Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight – Batman or Darth Vader, the Green Ranger or Ryu from Street Fighter? Or what Captain America, Wolverine and Spider-Man would talk about in a waiting room? Or maybe what a day in the adventurous life of Jason David Frank (Green/White Ranger) looks like?
By Miljan Tanic
Well, the answer to all those questions and more is just one click away – on the YouTube channel “batinthesun” by Bat in the Sun Productions, which is run by father and son – Sean and Aaron Schoenke. The channel has nearly 2 million subscribers and almost 136 million views, as well as about 400.000 fans on Facebook and 12.000 followers on Twitter, with an ever-growing fan base. Their most popular show is the Super Power Beatdown, where various movie- and comicbook-characters are put against one another, and the audience decides who wins. Their films and music videos have been featured on USA Today, MTV, The Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post, and we sat (virtually) down with Aaron to talk about their work.
Q: How did you get the idea for the name “Bat in the Sun”?
A: We all know that bats come out at night, but there are actually a few bats that come out first at dusk, these are the brave bats, making sure its safe for the rest of them – these are bats in the sun.
Q: How did it all get started?
A: Me and my father started over ten years ago, making movies, telling short stories, and over time and lots of experience – we are here now!
Q: How would you describe “Bat in the Sun” to someone who’s never heard of it?
A: It’s a film production company that has created fun, artistic entertainment for people around the world to enjoy, and intern we are grateful because of it!
Q: I see you have big love for Deadpool, are you excited about the upcoming movie and what do you expect?
A: Oh yeah, it really looks great, fun, action packed, funny, true to the character, I’ve heard so many great things about that project!
Q: What do you think about comicbook-movies in general?
A: The are so much fun and entertaining, audience from all ages love them! My favorite being the original 1989 Batman, I am very excited to see Ben Affleck’s Batman, it will be the most true to character version we’ve had!
Q: How long does it take to plan, shoot and post a video, what does the process look like?
A: It takes between 3 to 6 months to make a beat down, depending on the epic scale of the beat down!
Q: How do you achieve better looking SFX than in some very popular TV-shows, being on a much lower budget?
A: It’s our effects wizard, Nikolay Zamkovoy, he is SUPER talented, he has such a wide talent for effects, you can ask literally anything of him and he will deliver it perfectly!
Q: What do you think the future of independent YouTube-based (or generally internet-based) production is? Is it going to be the big thing or just stay what it is (i.e. “on the margins”)?
A: It’s great, giving artists all around the world a voice, it’s here and its only getting bigger!
Q: What is it like to work with people who are famous in the fandom, like Jason David Frank?
A: Jason is great, he really loves his fan base and goes out of his way to make them happy. It’s so important to have that open communication with your fans! We try and do that as well, always asking them what they would like to see next, who would they like cast, stuff like that.
Q: What can we expect from Bat in the Sun in the near future?
A: More Beat Downs, more Waiting Rooms and some original projects! stay tuned!
Q: And what kind of advice can you give people starting out in producing their own videos?
A: Get out there and do it! Grab an iPhone and film a video, so much is available today, just keep making them, learn from what you’ve done and apply it to the next project. Work hard, think smart!