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Oklahoma City filmmaker Kyle Roberts competes in Syfy reality series “Viral Video Showdown”

Oklahoma City filmmaker Kyle Roberts and an all-Oklahoma based team, named after his production company Reckless Abandonment Pictures, participate in the new Syfy reality series “Viral Video Showdown.” Roberts has also begun production on the independent movie “Posthuman.”

BY MELISSA HAYER Published: December 4, 2012
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/articleid/3734320/1/pictures/1898948">Photo - Director Kyle Roberts, left, poses for a photo with make-up artist Jenny Hausam, production assistant Jason Oser, editor Hal Gatewood, and writer/actor Lucas Ross, from left, in Oklahoma City's historic film row. All members of this group participated in the episode of "Viral Video Showdown" featuring Kyle Roberts and his team, Reckless Abandonment Pictures. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN <strong>CHRIS LANDSBERGER</strong>
Director Kyle Roberts, left, poses for a photo with make-up artist Jenny Hausam, production assistant Jason Oser, editor Hal Gatewood, and writer/actor Lucas Ross, from left, in Oklahoma City's historic film row. All members of this group participated in the episode of "Viral Video Showdown" featuring Kyle Roberts and his team, Reckless Abandonment Pictures. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN CHRIS LANDSBERGER

“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.

“It’s kind of a combination of the two, of the sci-fi superhero stuff and John Hughes teen angst, like in one movie,” Roberts said.

And Oklahomans have shown support for Roberts’ filmmaking in the state.

“The biggest pro is just that everyone gets so excited, which is awesome,” Roberts said. “And they should be. You know, like we’re doing cool stuff. But that’s probably the biggest pro of pro-Oklahoma filmmaking is you tell someone you’re doing a movie of any kind, and then you tell them you’re doing a teen superhero movie or whatever, and they get so passionate about it.

“Things that could cost two or three thousand dollars for a space rental for that night is either free or like maybe 500 bucks tops,” he added.

As far as professional goals go, doing what he’s passionate about is at the top.

“I’ve just been kind of making videos and doing what I love, and then started getting a bunch of attention and then quickly realized it’s not just my friends watching this, it’s people all over the world. And, it’s like, ‘OK, maybe we’ve got something here.’

“I don’t do statistics on my personal YouTube account and figure out ‘OK, this is trending, I got to do that.’ I just do what I really want to do.”

For more information about Kyle Roberts and Reckless Abandonment Pictures, go to www.ra-pictures.com; and on “Viral Video Showdown,” go to www.syfy.com/viralvideoshowdown; and on “Posthuman,” go to http://posthumanmovie.com/.

Each episode of “Viral Video Showdown” centers on two viral video creators being given a limited budget and a handful of days to complete a video featuring the same theme.


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