PENGUINS IN SPACE [video]
PENGUINS IN SPACE Episode Two
Episode Two was the lost episode, filmed before Episode 3 and Episode 4 of the Trilogy, and the tape had been misplaced and considered lost.. When Penguins In Space was first published to DVD, it featured Episodes 1, 3, & 4. Episode Two was improvised without a script and very crude compared to Episode 1 which was scripted and taped in a TV studio. Episodes 3 and 4 conclude the Trilogy, and were shot on location in Colorado from 1988 to 1990. On the DVD a special movie review segment separates 3 and 4. There are also a few fake commercials tossed in to give the series the feel of late 20th Century television. Let your imagination run free and enjoy!
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PENGUINS IN SPACE Episode 1
This Trilogy was created by Jeff Watz as a satire of current sci-fi films of the day.
Episode 1 was inspired by two Second City players, Mary Tallman and David Cohen, who were seen performing in Chicago and were approached by Jeff with this idea. Fortunately they accepted to star in the initial production, and Penguins In Space was born. This was the first time there was a female lead character in any science fiction films. This short episode produced in a television format was created before the brilliant film by Mel Brooks, "Spaceballs", and was not inluenced by that film. Another film came out in the same time period, "Flesh Gordon" but that film had not been seen either before production on Penguins In Space was finished.
Episode 1 was viewed by Colorado Springs Public Radio personality Michael Lester. Lester insisted on making Episodes 2 and 3, which were produced and shot in Colorado. Episode 3 introduced new characters and new players, all friends of Lester from Colorado. Episode 4 was in pre-production when Lester was killed on his motorcycle by a motorist. Several of Michael's closest friends and his fiance wanted to re-write and produce Episode 4 as a tribute to Lester. The series has been edited in 2012 and 2013 and re-formatted for the internet. Episodes 3 & 4 are being re-edited for internet viewing and will be available here as soon as possible in 2016. Episode Two was misplaced and considered lost until recently; it is not included on the DVD Trilogy but is on Jeff's YouTube channel.
The Trilogy was written, produced, directed and edited by Jeff Watz. Much dialogue was improvised by the actors and they deserve credit for writing some of their lines. The theme soundtrack "Penguin Nation" copyright MCMLXXXIV Jeffree Watz.