Have you heard of Sharknado, the SyFy Channel’s global pop culture phenomenon? The first movie was released last summer, and Sharknado 2: The Second One was unleashed on July 30. The movies feature a freak weather system of tornadoes and sharks that spells disaster for major cities, and they’re epic guilty pleasures that generated a lot of buzz on social media networks.
Imagine our surprise and delight to find a KU connection to Sharknado: Matt Jacobson, associate professor of film and media studies at KU, contacted the KU News Service to let them know that Sandell Stangl, c’11, served as visual effects coordinator for both installments of the franchise. Many thanks to Christine Metz Howard, public affairs officer, who passed the tip along to us. We reached out to Sandell this week, and he shared a little bit about working on Sharknado and his time at KU.