Every now and then you come across a short film that blows you away, this is one of them for me. The story sounds compelling and unique. Also the way it is being created is truly fantastic - with no CGI and no green screen effects. In my opinion if done right these methods will make the budget look far bigger than actually is and the film will age much better over time. For proof look no further than Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) and Kubrick's Space Odyssey 2001 (1968). Also, more recently Ducan Jones has harnessed some of these methods in his debut feature Moon.
This post makes me very exited because I am also passionate about making my debut with a low budget art house science fiction film (my calling card project). My film will be an immersive human centric story in which the science fiction is more of a backdrop than what the story is about. Basically, normal people having to live in a future antagonistic landscape that reveals their humanity for the good or bad. I plan to collaborate with a visual concept artist to flush out my unique visual ideas, defer to old school visual effects sensibilities while limiting CGI, and make grunge a key part of the film. From the perspective of the budget I would like to be known as a filmmaker who can do amazing things with minimal resources. This includes continuing to build my own audience, embracing crowd funding, and producing my film in a foreign country such as Japan if my story calls for it. I would like to put the priority on imagination and audience experience over budget.
This film is the story of an idealistic flight officer who hijacks her spaceship during an interplanetary cold war, and attempts to escape our solar system in search of other habitable worlds. However, when a small group of soldiers led by Second Lieutenant Kai provide unexpected resistance, Malleck's master plan is threatened. A compelling sci-fi action/drama about one woman's vision for the next logical step in human development: the leap from interplanetary to interstellar colonization.
They launched a kickstatter campaign that is now fully funded but I am sure that even at this point any funds will be appreciated.
Update - Here is the online release. Enjoy!
What do you think of using old school effects vs the new CGI techniques?