When Chris Preksta first shot a short film back in 2008, little could he know that a Twitter handle would grab the attention of a Syfy executive and land him a distribution deal.
The Mercury Men–the web series on Syfy.com about a mild-mannered office worker stuck in a building being invaded by strange, glowing aliens–started out as a simple desire by Preksta to shoot a short film that involved ray guns.
By 2008, Preksta had an 11-minute piece called “The Mercury Men” that he was taking around to sci-fi festivals, most notably San Diego Comic-Con where he says it played really well. It was at that point that he started thinking about doing something more with it. He considered making it into a feature but then another, more timely idea hit him. Continue Reading
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The home of Eureka and Warehouse 13, Syfy has ordered a new, 10-part science-fiction web series called The Mercury Men, according to mediabistro.com.
“It is a modern web series that hearkens back to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers,” Craig Engler, senior VP of Syfy Digital, said. “It is black and white, there is a ray-gun, there is a brain in a jar, and you don’t see brains in jars anymore!”
Just what is The Mercury Men?
It’s a web series is from Christopher Preksta, who also created the Streamy-winning web series Captain Blasto. Each episode lasts around seven minutes.
Syfy has had successful experiences in the past moving web programming into their network. For instance, Riese: Kingdom Falling has racked up over 1.3 million views since it launched at the end of October.
“The first thing we learned from Riese is that this online stuff works,” Engler said. “[Web series] are getting much better. The production quality is fantastic. If you look at Riese, it is amazing, if you look at Mercury Men, it is amazing in an entirely different way.”
Although no premiere date has yet been chosen, the network is currently looking at which of its current television programs would work well with Mercury Men. “By tying the launch of a web series to a TV event like a season premiere or finale, Syfy can market the program to millions of already-engaged viewers,” the site reports.
“The obvious pairing for it would probably Eureka,” Engler said. “It has a very big retro feel to it. It has a lot of retro-futurism, which is what Mercury Men is really about.”