Oklahoma filmmaker Kyle Roberts, an award-winning director with more than 10 years of experience, will be featured late tonight on Syfy’s original reality competition “Viral Video Showdown.”
Kyle’s Oklahoma team’s appearance on the show is scheduled to air during a marathon beginning at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Syfy. The specific episode featuring Roberts’ team will broadcast at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“One of the producers just contacted me. They found my work through different stop motions and music videos and stuff,” Roberts, who is also a NewsOK videographer, told NewsOK TV reporter Melissa Hayer. “They said, ‘We love your work. We’d like you to send an audition tape,’ so I had to still go through a process. They didn’t just say, ‘Come out to L.A.’ ”
From 495 Productions, the producers of “Jersey Shore,” and hosted by Kevin Pereira (“Attack of the Show”), Viral Video Showdown features the greatest viral video creators on the planet going head-to-head in an epic battle for bragging rights and a cash prize of $5,000.
Each week, two new teams get four days and a shoestring budget to create a video that best captures that week’s theme. These talented filmmakers will have to dig deep into their bag of viral tricks and put their editing, writing and acting skills to the ultimate test. The pressure is on as they work hard to impress an expert panel of viral video judges that includes Adam Sessler, Editor-In-Chief of Games Content for the G4 Network, Brittani Taylor who has received more than 160 million video views for her creations and Sandeep Parikh, creator and director of Comedy Central’s online smash hit “The Legend of Neil.”
Roberts, 28, is owner of Reckless Abandonment Pictures. He named his “Viral Video Showdown” team after his production company. His team includes about 18 crew members, all from Oklahoma.
“It was a big challenge, but I think we did a good job. I totally stand behind what we did … wholeheartedly. It was nothing short of amazing. The fact that we had five days to do this, we incorporated live action and stop motion and fights and not superhero stuff, but video game stuff … and it was (an) all-Oklahoma based crew. It was awesome. I think everyone’s going to enjoy it,” he told Melissa.
Kyle has received two national Telly awards for a series of sports-based webisodes and motion graphics. He specializes in film projects, including stop motion animation and music videos, and through these creative efforts, media outlets all over the world have written about RA-Pictures, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, VH1, Gizmodo, WIRED Magazine, and Mashable.
He just started directing the independent movie “Posthuman,” which is expected to be released online next spring as a web series in eight to 12 segments.
“Posthuman,” written by The Oklahoman’s Features Editor Matt Price and DC Comics writer Sterling Gates, is a mix of the styles of two of Roberts’ favorite filmmakers — John Hughes and J.J. Abrams.
Set your DVRs and support Kyle on “Viral Video Showdown,” and in the meantime, check out his interview with NewsOK video host Angi Bruss: