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"Master of Disaster: A Behind-The-Scenes Mystery " by Ira Teller, introduces one of contemporary mystery fiction's most unusual protagonists, Irv North, a writer- producer of Motion Picture Movie Trailers (Coming Attractions) who's life and limbs are almost electrocuted, crushed, burned, drowned and buried alive on a movie set, where he is attempting to produce his first "Behind The Scenes documentary - aka Electronic Press kit (EPK). North, desperate to revive a once thriving motion picture marketing career, accepts a Studio assignment for a high energy, low budget, graphic novel inspired movie, "Master Of Disaster," filming in Augusta Georgia and plagued by local dissent, a series of unexplained "accidents" and a sabotage scheme. With the help of Larry and Jeff Knowl, his "Twin Tower" sized EPK cameraman and sound operator, Irv North uncovers a sabotage plot that, if successful, will not only end his new career before it begins, it could cause the deaths of innocent cast and crew members. For the first time, North is faced with putting the lives of others before his own. At first, suspicion falls on a host of Industry types, a bombastic Studio marketing executive, an egotistical film director who keeps upping the ante on the risks the stunt crew must take, a Bollywood star in his first American movie, who thinks he's immortal, his sexy firebrand assistant/ lover, who starts a riot with the Augusta locals and a publicist, who puts out PR fires and maybe starts them. In the end, it is discovered... "Master Of Disaster" is based on the author's personal experiences on movie sets and in the movie business. His very first "Behind-The-Scenes" documentary production was on the "accident" plagued movie, "The Crow," where he was the last person to interview rising star Brandon Lee, just days before the young actor's tragic, freak and startling death during filming. As Creative Director of his own Marketing Company, Ira Teller has earned many Industry awards for his innovative and successful Movie Ad Campaigns. Newsweek Magazine built an entire article around his copy line: "If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead " His marketing credentials include producing more than 75 Behind-The-Scenes Electronic Press kits (EPKs) and documentaries, among them "Pulp Fiction," "Kiss The Girls," "Highlander 2,"Imax "Mission To Mir."and "The Crow," which became the inspiration for his first novel, "Master Of Disaster." His play " In Place Of Thought" was produced Off Broadway and his screenplay, "Silent Night, Bloody Night" was produced by Canon Films and has become a late night TV Horror cult classic; he has also been a marketing consultant for the Sundance Institute and an instructor at UCLA Extension.
RetroFan #3 celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Superman: The Movie with an exclusive interview with Superman director RICHARD DONNER! ANDY MANGELS dives in to Saturday morning’s undersea adventures of Aquaman! The Oddball World of SCOTT SHAW! unravels Marvel’s wackiest product ever: JIM SALICRUP and MARIE SEVERIN’s Spider-Man and Hulk toilet paper! ERNEST FARINO flips through monster fanzines of the Sixties and Seventies! SCOTT SAAVEDRA grows his own Sea-Monkeys®! Retro Travel to Metropolis, IL, home of the Superman Celebration! Plus: IRWIN ALLEN’s sci-fi universe, Funny Face beverages and collectibles, a fortress of Superman and Batman memorabilia; and more fun, fab features! Edited by Back Issue magazine’s MICHAEL EURY.
Through detailed analysis of films such as The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Titanic and The Day After Tomorrow, this book looks at the ways in which disaster movies can be read in relation to both contextual considerations and the increasing commercial demands of contemporary Hollywood. Featuring new material on cinematic representations of disaster in the wake of 9/11 and how we might regard disaster movies in light of recent natural disasters, the volume explores the continual reworking of this previously undervalued genre.
Though science fiction certainly existed prior to the surge of television in the 1950s, the genre quickly established roots in the new medium and flourished in subsequent decades. In Channeling the Future: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television, Lincoln Geraghty has assembled a collection of essays that focuses on the disparate visions of the past, present, and future offered by science fiction and fantasy television since the 1950s and that continue into the present day. These essays not only shine new light on often overlooked and forgotten series but also examine the 'look' of science fiction and fantasy television, determining how iconography, location and landscape, special effects, set design, props, and costumes contribute to the creation of future and alternate worlds. Contributors to this volume analyze such classic programs as The Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as well as contemporary programs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Angel, Firefly, Futurama, and the new Battlestar Galactica. These essays provide a much needed look at how science fiction television has had a significant impact on history, culture, and society for the last sixty years.
Before establishing himself as the “master of disaster” with the 1970s films The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, Irwin Allen created four of television’s most exciting and enduring science-fiction series: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants. These 1960s series were full of Allen’s favorite tricks, techniques and characteristic touches, and influenced other productions from the original Star Trek forward. Every science-fiction show owes something to Allen, yet none has equaled his series’ pace, excitement, or originality. This detailed examination and documentation of the premise and origin of the four shows offers an objective evaluation of every episode—and demonstrates that when Irwin Allen’s television episodes were good, they were great, and when they were bad, they were still terrific fun.

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