Who am I?
My name is Skyler Roberts, a Kansas City local who breathes filmmaking.
Like many beginning filmmakers, I grew up “borrowing” my grandma’s video camera (yes we still used tape back then), convinced my friends they could act, and filmed whacky stories as much as possible.
As I grew up I did everything from filming concerts, local commercials, how-to videos, and of course…independent genre short films.
The majority of my early work could be classifed as a wannabe Sam Raimi who tried to write Troma stories.
In 2011 I started college and while I still did video work on the side, I mainly focused on computer programming, finishing my degree in 2015.
After graduating I tried to get back in the small film industry Kansas City offers. This proved to be difficult, not finding jobs, but finding the right group to surround oneself with. As Adam Green and Joe Lynch say, you have to find your film family.
I had gave up trying to make films after a financing deal fell through and all my leads disappeared. Yet, I took one last gig as an extra on Dreaming Purple Neon.
It was as an extra on Dreaming Purple Neon (left) I got to see true filmmaking for the first time. There was a crew, equipment, and a makeup department! It was amazing and I wanted to be a part of it.
I asked the crew if they needed help. Some were flattered, others were not, but I caught the attention of Alex Brotherton. They couldn’t offer me a gig that day, but Alex needed an audio guy for his next short film.
I did the best job I could as an audio guy for his short film. A few months later he was offered a directing job for Zombie Rampage II (right). He invited me to be crew on it. Through doing the best job I could on Zombie Rampage II, Todd Sheets brought me onto Bonehill Road to work crew.
There were many late nights working from 7pm to 7am. There were days where we had to reshoot full scenes. All in all, it was everything I wanted and more.
Bonehill Road was truly an amazing experience where I gained another family. I got to meet the amazing Linnea Quigley and Gary Kent and work with werewolves. I did not look forward to the shoot coming to an end.
I had setup to do my first feature film after Bonehill was done filming. One week before we started filming, everything fell through again. I was heartbroken, but Extreme Entertainment came to the rescue again.
They decided to co-produce an anthology film with me as one of the writers and directors which became Vault of Voodoo.
Now I can finally get to the part of the story that really matters for the about section. Bizarre Media is my own production company that I will use to create my own content.
From feature films to podcasts, everything is on the table. My first feature is also currently in the works. I don’t want to say much but it is a romantic comedy which may be the kiss of death in the independent film world. Yet, I am confident the film will find its place in the market.
Discussion based movie reviews, true crime stories, and a how-to filmmaking podcast are all on the way. Stay tuned to find out more!