All Engines Go Wiki:Exclusives/Rick Suvalle Interview

Former Wikia admin, EpicLafiteau, got in contact with creator/former producer, Rick Suvalle via email for an exclusive and exciting new interview, here on the Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go Wikia!

1. To start off, did you have any prior knowledge of Thomas the Tank Engine before joining the reboot?

Absolutely! I was about 12 years old when the original series premiered. At the time I was a fan of stop motion animation as well as Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation, so seeing a show with radio-controlled trains was really cool to me, especially with Ringo Starr narrating, as I was, and still am, a huge Beatles fan. I discovered the CG version of the show when I had my own kids and we watched a lot of those episodes together. And my kids collected the wooden railway toys. We also read the Railway Series books to our kids. So, I definitely had a working knowledge of the franchise before I began.

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Dread Central

In advance of the debut of Syfy Original Movie Roadkill, Dread Central had an opportunity to chat with screenwriter Rick Suvalle about his approach to this project and how he managed to make it slightly different than the average Syfy Original entry.

I can tell you from personal experience writing a Syfy Original Film is not easy. You know going in budgets are thin (transparent even), the special effects aren’t going to be very good, and casting is always a game of Russian roulette with four bullets in the cylinder. So, as a writer, you have to try and compensate for all of those hazards up front: use modest locations, limit special effects screen time, and include no complex dialogue or characters which require too much acting muscle. Yet, you still have to deliver the goods and tell a compelling, visually interesting story even though you don’t have the luxuries afforded even the most modestly budgeted theatrical release. As we know all too well, many fail in this endeavor.

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