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Sharknado 2: The Second One features contest winners as extras

Ian Ziering, Vivica A. Fox from the set of Sharknado 2
Ian Ziering, Vivica A. Fox from the set of Sharknado 2
Mike Searson

Sharknado 2: The Second One wrapped its first week of shooting in New York City on Friday and the sequel is going gangbusters when it comes to cameos and celebrity casting. There is even a rumor that the made for TV Movie may have a soundtrack by Sugar Ray. We were on set and saw Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Ian Ziering and (briefly) Tara Reid. Yet there were some other VIPs who made it to the movie: Karla Koenig and Shannon Matheis.

Shannon Matheis' award winning Sharknado photo
Shannon Matheis

Koenig and Matheis were winners of a Twitter contest sponsored by MTI Home Video and Family Video. Both sent in award winning photos of themselves in a Sharknado inspired theme. The prize was an all expense paid trip for each of them and a guest to New York City and a role as an extra in what very well may be the hottest disaster/horror film of the summer.

Koenig said, "It was such a fun trip and we met so many nice people. I was not expecting to win at all. I just thought it was something cool to do as a project with my daughter, Samantha. Needless to say I was thrilled when Family Home Video sent me a direct message in September on Twitter saying I had won and would be filming in NYC sometime between November and March. I enjoyed seeing how the director needed different shots and angles of the same footage. It was really interesting to see the equipment they use and nice of the actors to take time after the shoot and have pictures taken with us. I really would like to thank Mark Dresner of MTI Video for making this the best trip ever and thank you to Family Home Video for the best time of my life!"

Her sentiments were echoed by Matheis, "That was one of the best trips I've been on. I've never won a contest like this before but they took care of everything. Mark at MTI Home Video was great in making sure we were happy and taken care of every step of the way. I entered the contest because I had seen the first Sharknado and thought it was a blast. I had my brother take the photo on a Sunday afternoon at a lake by my house and he added in the shark. Our part in the movie was probably cut down to less then expected due to the weather and they were already behind schedule but they really did a good job of making us feel welcome on the set. The best part for me was just being able to hang out on set and watch the process involved in filming, some people may find it a little boring but it was my favorite part of the trip. The Asylum really made this a great trip by letting us have so much access and even taking us out to dinner with the director and producer. I hope our scene makes it into the movie but even if it doesn't I'll still remember this trip as an awesome adventure."

Principal photography on the set seemed to go well, although the weather was far from perfect, the slightly overcast day acted as a natural light box and seemed to go with the weather of a Sharknado.

Sharknado 2: The Second One is scheduled to debut on the SyFy channel in July.

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