Thunder Levin, Writer of Sharknado talks to The Movie Guide Blog

I’m pleased to say today we are joined by Thunder Levin, the writer of SyFy’s Sharknado and director of such films as AE: Apocalypse EarthAmerican WarshipsMutant Vampire Zombies from the ‘Hood! and SoulmatesSit back and enjoy this Interview..

Firstly, what inspired to become a director?

TL:  When I was a very little kid, my favorite TV show was Star Trek.  I knew that when I grew up I wanted to be Mr. Spock.  Or at least work on the Enterprise with him.  But I was just old enough to understand that TV wasn’t real and that was depressing.  One of my first memories was the Apollo moon landing and that just seemed so primitive that I knew I didn’t want to be an astronaut.  Then someone gave me a book called “The Making Of Star Trek”.  It was really to adult a book for a little kid, so basically I just looked at the pictures.  The very first photo in that book was a group of 1960’s studio technicians working on the Bridge set.  It suddenly clicked in my head that there was a way I could work on the Enterprise!

Then, later, in high school, I took a TV production class, and just got hooked.  I went to film school at New York University and then moved to Los Angeles to take over Hollywood.  It’s been going slowly until a few days ago!

Can you tell us about some of the other projects that you are and have worked on?

TL:  I’ve written and directed three films.  MUTANT VAMPIRE ZOMBIES FROM THE ‘HOOD! starring C. Thomas Howell, AMERICAN WARSHIPS starring Mario Van Peebles & Carl Weathers, and AE APOCALYPSE EARTH starring Adrian Paul and Richard Grieco.  And I’ve written the screenplays for 200 MPH and SHARKNADO.

Let’s Talk Sharknado!

 Firstly, Where did the idea of Sharknado come from?

TL:  The title and therefore the idea, came from the Syfy Channel.  They gave me about half a page of notes and I created a story from that.

What is the plot of Sharknado in your own words?

TL:  On the Pacific Coast of Mexico, a super hurricane fueled by climate change drives tens of thousands of sharks up the west coast. When the storm hits Los Angeles, flood waters swamp the city. There are sharks on the freeway, sharks in Beverly Hills, sharks everywhere! And it just gets worse, because huge waterspouts form over the ocean, spinning even more sharks into the air and onto the populace. It’s a sharknado! Several in fact. But I think the Syfy commercial really said it best: Sharks…  Tornado…  Sharknado!  ‘Nuff said.

Can you tell us a little about the cast on Sharknado?

TL:  Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210) plays Fin, the owner of a waterfront bar, who along with his beautiful young bartender Nova, played by Cassie Scerbo, and regular customer George, played by John Heard (Home Alone), travel across a flooded Los Angeles to rescue his ex-wife April, played by Tara Reid.

Can you tell us a little about the crew on Sharknado?

TL:  Sharknado was produced by David Latt, David Rimawi & Paul Bales, partners at The Asylum, the production company that makes many of SyFy’s original movies.  The film was directed by Anthony Ferrante.  I was actually in Costa Rica shooting AE Apocalypse Earth at the same time Sharknado was being filmed in L.A., so I didn’t really get to work with any of the other crew.

 Can you tell the UK Viewers what to expect from Sharknado?

TL: It’s a scientifically accurate documentary about the dangers of global warming.  😉  No, seriously, it’s 90 minutes of insane fun.

Thanks for taking the time out to talk to us! 

TL:  You’re welcome!

AcChat – Gina Holden of Sand Sharks

Hello everyone and welcome to the last in The Sand Shark interviews for today, This time we are pleased to have Gina Holden talking to us about her role as Amanda Gore. Enjoy!

MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and who you play in Sand Sharks ?
GH: Gina Holden, and I play Amanda Gore. Best name in the film!

MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in Sand Sharks?
GH: I was sent the script to read over. I had worked with the writer on Mysterious Island, and he and the others thought it would be fun to have me play this character. Once I read it, I knew it was something I wanted to be part of. Just an overall good time!

MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set as characters?
GH:  I didn’t play a ton in the film, so I only had a few days on set. But that being said, it was a really fun atmosphere when I was around! Like most sets, it became a family very quickly and we have all stayed in touch since. Made some amazing friends on this project.

MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
GH: Absolutely! There is always something in every character that I can relate to or explore! She is demanding and driven. Powerful and a little cold. I just gave over the that closed off part of myself and had a great time bossing people around! Fun times!

MG: Can you tell us about your schedule during the production and what moment really stood out for you?
GH:  My schedule is always pretty crazy. Juggling filming with castings and day to day life, but the stand out moment for me was seeing my prosthetic head hanging around set. Got some photos taken with it! Not something you see every day…thank goodness!

MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
GH: Cast and crew were great! Brooke Hogan is one of the most wonderful people I have ever worked with. Professional, sweet, kind and prepared. All the cast was. We had a great time.

MG: After you’re experiences on Sand Sharks, what is next for you?
GH:  Oh wow, what’s next?! It’s been very busy with some producing projects, and various films and TV appearances. I am very fortunate to keep as busy as I do. Lots coming up for me!

Thanks to Gina for taking the time out to talk to us, Join us again soon when we talk to more stars of Syfy’s Sand Sharks.

AcChat – Delpaneaux Wills of Sand Sharks

Hello Everyone and Welcome Back, I’m pleased to say we’ve got another cast member from Sand Sharks, This time we’re going to be talking to Delpaneaux Wills who plays Willie in the film, Enjoy!

MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and who you play in Sand Sharks ?
DP:  My name is Delpaneaux Wills and I play the roll of Willie

MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in Sand Sharks?
DP: My friend and producer of the movie, Stan Spry called me and wanted to know if I would be interested in doing a Sci Fi film called Sand Sharks. I told him that I would love to do it and I jumped at the chance.

MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set as characters?
DP: My character required that I be on set for ten days

MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
DP: My character is the social media guy. In the movie he has the ability to reach the masses, just like when I was in college. I was a club promoter. I was able to reach all types of people and bring them to the clubs in order to get the party started.

MG: Can you tell us about your schedule during the production and what moment really stood out for you?
DP: My schedule was easy, we filmed on a beach, and there was sun, sand, and a lot of comedic moments. Overall it was a great 10 days, there was not one moment that stood out for me. From my cast members to all of the crew everyone was great to work with. It’s hard to pin point one moment.

MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
DP: It was great to work with the whole cast and crew. I felt that we really worked well together. I learned a lot from veteran actors such as Corin Nemec who played the role of Jimmy. He had a lot to teach me about the industry.

MG: After you’re experiences on Sand Sharks, what is next for you?
DP: I have a few of projects in the works. I just finished a film called The Unbreakable Sword starring Eric Roberts and myself. A period piece based in Kenya in 1914 when the Germans and English occupied Kenya. I play the character of “Rovumba” a local Kenyan that is loyal to the Germans.  This film is about a British Officer and his missionary niece that trek across dangerous East African terrain pursued by the enemy natives intent on stopping them from reaching the distant outpost.

Also, in Use Me Up. I play “Obi”. The film is about giving up power. I play a lawyer that is the best of what he does. He is in charge all of the time at work yet when he goes home he lets his girlfriend dominate him. His family and friend do not understand his need to relinquish control.

Also, another Sci Fi film called Desert Storm; I play a meteorologist named “Fishel”. This film is about the end of the world in the film 2012 with a bunch of natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. The people in the film have to build ships, etc to survive yet there is a lottery system to make it on the boats. My character sees the storm first and I have to tell them how to survive.

MG: Thank you for taking the Time out to do this Q & A, I really do appreciate it!
DP: No Problem, glad to do it

Thanks to  Delpaneaux for taking the time to talk to us, join us again next time when we’re going to be speaking to Gina Holden.

AcChat – Vanessa Evigan of Sand Sharks

Hello everyone and welcome to another AcChat on The Movie Guide Blog, I am pleased to be joined by Vanessa Evigan who plays deputy Brenda Stone in Sand Sharks. Please enjoy!

MG: First of All, can you tell us your name and who you play in Sand Sharks ?
VE: My name is Vanessa Evigan and I play deputy Brenda Stone

MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in Sand Sharks?
VE:  I have worked with some of the producers of Sand Sharks in the past and they came to me and asked me if I would do this one!

MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set as characters?
VE: I believe we filmed Sand Sharks for just about two weeks if I can remember correct and I was there for most of the shoot.

MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
VE: I think this is one of the first characters I have played that is nothing like me in real life. Brenda is a bit harsh and what I would like to call “moody” and doesn’t smile much and I am the complete opposite of that! Well, maybe I am a little moody, but that only happens when I don’t eat

MG: Can you tell us about your schedule during the production and what moment really stood out for you?
VE: One of my favorite moments had to be the big beach day where I was running around on the sand shooting at imaginary sand sharks trying to make it as believable as possible so when they added the sharks in post it would look as real as possible!

MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
VE: Sand Sharks was a fun shoot. Everyone got along really well and the hours weren’t so bad. Brooke Hogan and I became friends immediately and that made everything even more fun and enjoyable. I also enjoyed working with Corin. There was never a dull moment with him around and it was fun to see Parker Lewis all grown up

MG: After you’re experiences on Sand Sharks, what is next for you?
VE: I just finished filming a Christmas movie called “A Christmas Wedding” that will be out on Ion this winter and a movie called Blood Ransom. What is keeping me the most busy right now is the TV show I wrote, produced, and am acting in along side my father and sister! We shot the pilot so I hope people will get to see the show sometime in the near future!!

Thanks  to Vanessa for taking out the time to talk to us, join us again soon for another AcChat..