Fans of science fiction, and those interested in low budget media production, may want to check out PIONEER ONE, a 2010 American independent film project / Web TV series by Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith (the duo behind the other torrent delivered film THE LIONSHARE) that is being funded purely through donations and created for release via BitTorrent networks.
The series is about a spaceship crash in Canada and its one lone Soviet survivor, riddled with cancer, who may be a cosmonaut from a base on Mars. Federal agents working the case, are conflicted by orders to bring the man back to the United States as a suspected terrorist, despite his severe condition and the possibility that his story may be true.
The pilot episode – a 35 minute webisode – was filmed on a budget of $6000, raised in advance using Kickstarter, and was released under a Creative Commons license. The rest of the season is funded through direct donations. At the time of writing, they’ve already raised $20K US.
Now I sadly won’t be watching it, as I hate watching something that I have to wait ages in order to see the finale. But that’s just me. If you are not bothered and want to get involved, find out more and study it as a model to launch your own web series, please visit the website:
Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is still a no-go project sadly. Despite it being the first on his list to do after HELLBOY 2 as stated back in 2007.
Madness is a short novel about an Antarctic expedition made by scholars from Miskatonic University who discover strange, ancient life forms that are unknown to their science. Highly evolved creatures that seem to pre-date humanity. The script is already written, and in a recent interview with Aintitcool Del Toro Said:
“is exactly the movie I would like to do; it would push buttons, and it’s extreme in many areas. It’s a hard R-rated, big production tentpole in the genre of horror. What I love about tentpole horror.”
Despite the fan interest in the film and Del Toro’s clear proven talent for such tentpole flicks, the movie is not in production. However, the script is available to read via Raindance: Download the PDF here. Or read Del Toro’s other film scripts HERE.
RAINDANCE posted a great article on “How to make it with a short film in Europe” that nicely sums up how times have changed for the film industry. It shows that although there are less obvious paths into the industry for those trying to break in by making a short, there are still ways to monetise your film and get your start – if your smart and prepared to work hard that is.