Meet the filmmakers: from Evil Cult to The Mad Scientist
Eight years ago my good friend Rob Taylor created “Evil Cult," a feature length film that was developed for a straight-to-DVD production company. I helped Rob as an actor in "Evil Cult" and it played throughout Portland, Oregon in 2003. Personally, I loved Rob's work. I thought he was hilarious and had a keen eye for filmmaking. Rob and I came together as screenwriters and penned everything from a musical version of the feature film "Predator" to a film about two die-hard "Big Trouble in Little China" fans on a quest to retrieve Kurt Russell's tank-top. Our writing progressed but Rob was still enamored with the characters in "Evil Cult" and vowed to revisit them when he had the chance.
Enter "The Mad Scientist."
Rob approached me about making the prequel to "Evil Cult"back in 2004. The timing was right and within six months we finished writing “The Mad Scientist."
After assembling a proper crew, we began shooting the first scene in 2005 (see documentary below). Since 2005, we have completed nearly 60% of the film on a budget of less than $12,000! These funds went to everything from building a medical frigate,
to building an entire library with over 5,000 books,
to creating various other sets including a sci-fi-action-adventure-comedy-thriller-takes-place-in-the-future armory,
to renting out Indent Studio in Portland, Oregon to create a futuristic hangar (Nic even shook the hand of Daniel Baldwin)!
We have a solid crew to complete the final 40% and hope to premiere the film this December (2011), but we need your help do get there...
but why should you help us?
Well, for one, this movie will make you blush.
This film will make you smile...
This film will make you wish we made a prequel to the prequel.
Our to do list:
We still have a number of action sequences to shoot. From the opening sequence where our hero, NEIL STRYKER, battles 30 armed thugs,
to an elaborate action sequence which requires (you guessed it) hundreds of Goblins!
Yes, we are using real puppets. No, these are not our goblins, but thank you, Jim Hensen Co., for this picture from the film "Labyrinth."
Funding The Mad Scientist
100% of your pledge goes into the production of The Mad Scientist. This includes shooting on location at Indent Studios, Evergreen Aviation Museum (we've negotiated a shoot inside the actual Spruce Goose in July), and a steel mill in Canby, Oregon. What we cannot rent we build. This includes practical special effects, such as, puppet goblins, robots, life-sized sets and vehicles. Accordingly, the majority of our funding will go to materials alone: wood, metal, screws, paint, plaster, molding, etc. We outsource very little, but we like to provide our CGI and computer effects team with coffee and donuts when we can. The Mad Scientist is truly a labor of love and we rely and appreciate the manpower that is entirely volunteered.
To give you another glimpse into where the funding is going, Rob (with Nic's help) has put together a comic rendering of the upcoming "Blimp" scene. This is an action heavy scene and we have the talent to pull it off exactly as you will see, even with our modest budget. Please take a look:
As you can see -- from blimp sets, to hover bikes and space probes -- there are a number of elements needing to be built for this scene. The blimp scene is just one of several sequences needing to be developed from scratch. Your donation will assure this ambitious scene, as well as the rest, are created according to plan!
Here's a sneak peek of some CG work our effects department has been cooking up for the film. This is an interior of a ship:
And this is a concept design for Neil Stryker's Elite Forces Headquarters :
- (60 days)