Inspired by the spirit of the 80's films and music, BLOOD MACHINES is a 50-minutes science-fiction film written and directed by Seth Ickerman, scored by the synthwave artist Carpenter Brut.
BLOOD MACHINES is the sequel of the music video TURBO KILLER, their first collaboration. Shot in late 2017, the film is currently in post-production.
Shudder, the streaming service of AMC Networks, joins the project during the Kickstarter campaign and will be distributing Blood Machines on its platform in the English and German-speaking territories.
Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine, as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space...
BLOOD MACHINES was made possible thanks to a first Kickstarter campaign which took place around Christmas 2016. This success came as a HUGE surprise for all of us. When the directors pitched the project before the campaign, many people responded: « It's too crazy for a short film », «Synthwave is such a small phenomenon », etc. Even with the success of the campaign, the mountain was not that easy to climb.
Indeed, we were still at the beginning of the adventure as our financing was not fully completed yet. We then officially launched the project and a few months later the production of the film. A challenging endeavor as the project has the ambition of a big Hollywood production - but with the budget of an indie film.
Used to make movies in their garage, the directors’ experience was useful as they put their hands to work and surrounded themselves with passionate people who did a lot with very little. The sets, sometimes huge, required several months of work during the summer 2017.
Surrounded by a highly-motivated team, the directors worked hard on each scene and managed to shoot enough material to make a longer film than expected. So Blood Machines which was supposed to last only 30 minutes at first is now 50 minutes long. Of course, even if we are happy to be producing a more ambitious and crazier film, this extra time comes at price.
We hope that all this shows you how high we are setting the bar for Blood Machines but also tells you why the film is taking so long to be completed. We have been working on this project since summer 2016 and we are doing our best to finish it this year as we don’t want our original backers to wait any longer.
We are not giving up on anything and still want to preserve the mystery on many story and visual elements but we really need your help to maintain the level of ambition that has always been at the core of Blood Machines.
No matter the outcome of this second and final campaign, we just want to say thank you to the 4 400+ people who have been supporting Blood Machines since the beginning and to all the ones who will join us tomorrow.
COREY - Elisa Lasowski
Corey is a strange priestess who protects the machines. She leads a group of priestesses with an iron fist. Still, behind angelic features, Corey may hide a part of darkness.
VASCAN - Anders Heinrichsen
Captain of the spaceship, Vascan is a "blade runner" who tracks down machines taken over by its artificial intelligence. He can be quite brutal as he takes pleasure in abusing and humiliating the machines.
When the story takes a supernatural turn, his rational personality prevents him from having any fear. An ambitious and talented hunter, he will not hesitate to risk it all in order to reach his goal.
LAGO - Christian Erickson
Lago is the partner of Vascan in the spaceship. In his late 60's, with a beard and a face wrinkled by the passing of time, Lago is a veteran full of wisdom and empathy.
As a mechanic, he looks after the machines and develops a special relationship with them. Lago is a sensitive man inclined to spirituality. At the end of his life, he wonders about the afterlife.
MIMA - Joëlle Berckmans
Present in TURBO KILLER, Mima is the female ghost escaping from the machine, leading the space hunters' chase. She is a breathtakingly beautiful creature, transfigured by an unreal sensuality with graceful gestures.
???? - Noémie Stevens
Let’s keep it mysterious !
Released in February 2016, TURBO KILLER generated close to 7,000,000 views and thousands of positive comments. Independently produced in over 6 months, Carpenter Brut’s music video had many fans requesting a movie version. A desire shared by Seth Ickerman as the two French directors always considered TURBO KILLER as the segment of a larger work that could become a feature film.
THE MUSIC VIDEO
BEHIND THE SCENES / VFX MAKING OF
THE MEDIA FEEDBACK
"Holy fuck. This may be my favorite video of 2016 and we’ve still got over half the year to go!" - Bloody Disgusting
"This is absolutely fantastic stuff and should those involved ever have the urge to expand it out you can be damn sure I'd drop my money to watch that film" - Screen Anarchy
"One of the coolest and most epic music video of all time" - Geeks Are Sexy
"Turbo Killer is a shot to the technofuturist's heart" - The Creator's Project / Vice
As mentioned before, Blood Machines which was supposed to last only 30 minutes is now 50 minutes long. So, this extra time implied an additional budget as it's adding more visual effect work.
On top, there is also the reality of low budget sci-fi films we face during the shooting. We had to shoot quickly to fit our tight schedule and we had to rely on visual effects to fix what couldn't be done on set. So overall, the post-production of Blood Machines became much more ambitious than originally expected.
To give you some numbers, we now have more than 500 shots of the film requiring visual effects work, so almost all of the shots! And most of the them are involving pretty complex VFX as you can see in the teaser or guess from the original Turbo Killer music video.
The VFX shots are currently shared among six VFX houses located in France: Trimaran, Black Lab, Reepost, Hecat Studio, PicsProd and Fabulous. Which is pretty unique at a French level! So everything is on track thanks to all these companies.
Now, what we need is one last financial push to optimize over the summer the quality of our visual effects which almost doubled in ambition and quantity since the very beginning of the adventure.
Costs will also go to the rewards you deserve, such as printing costs for posters, t-shirts, blu-rays etc. And shipping all these top rewards to your house!
Putting BLOOD MACHINES again on Kickstarter is a way to give everyone an opportunity to get involved. It was born on the internet with the interest behind TURBO KILLER and the success of the first Kickstarter campaign. Without this original support, BLOOD MACHINES would not exist.
For each backer, we've put together and designed a special series of goodies to tempt you, from special production news access, limited edition posters and T-Shirts, to special screenings and original artwork.
Find out more about the rewards on the panel to the right. More rewards may come during the campaign but we are still quite busy with the post-production of Blood Machines so don't expect crazy new things compared to the first campaign.
SETH ICKERMAN (Director with two brains)
We are two French directors based in Paris, working for more than 10 years under the pseudonym of Seth Ickerman. We started with the long short film KAYDARA, inspired by The Matrix’s universe. Produced with limited budget, KAYDARA attracted a large audience when we released it online. Since then, we worked on various projects as directors for companies like LG, Ubisoft and Samsung, and directed the music video TURBO KILLER in 2016 for Carpenter Brut. We are now developing our first science-fiction feature film ICKERMAN: we released online a proof of concept early this year which received more than 2,000,000 views online.
CARPENTER BRUT (Composer)
Carpenter Brut is a famous French synthwave artist. His anonymity is a deliberate artistic choice in order to place more importance on the music itself rather. He started writing music as Carpenter Brut with the intention of mixing sounds from horror films, metal, rock, and electronic music.
To date he has released three EPs, which were collected and released together under the title Trilogy in 2015; as well as the original album Leather Teeth in 2018. His success was striking, especially with Le Perv whose clip video is a tribute to Fabio Fulci and the 80's slashers and the famous Turbo Killer emphasized by the Seth Ickerman’s music video.
One of the leaders of the retro new wave, Carpenter Brut has also contributed original music to a variety of soundtracks such as Furi, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, The Crew (Ubisoft) and Wolfenstein.
LOGICAL PICTURES (Production)
Logical Pictures is a production company created in 2016 by Yannick Bossenmeyer, Frédéric Fiore and Alexis Perrin. Their mandate is to finance and produce a slate of elevated genre films with high international market potential, focusing on promising talent.
Financed by a pool of private investors, Logical Pictures took part in the production, coproduction or financing of a dozen films since its launch. Their credits include Coralie Fargeat's REVENGE (TIFF Midnight Madness, Sundance), Pascal Laugier's INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s FARMING.
And soon: Carlo Mirabella-Davis's SWALLOW (Tribeca 2019), Ninja Thyberg's JESSICA (in post-production), Gerard Johnson's MUSCLE (in post-production) and the animation film TERRA WILLY. More information on www.logicalpictures.com.
DAVID SANDBERG (Executive Producer)
David Sandberg is a Swedish filmmaker with years of experience in directing television commercials and music videos. In 2012, he quit the commercial industry and focused on writing a script for an action comedy film set in the 1980s, inspired by films of that era: Kung Fury. The film become a world-success premiering in Cannes Film Festival and was later released on Netflix.
Risks and challenges
BLOOD MACHINES is a challenging project as the filmmakers wanted to create a great story with a certain scale. As it's quite ambitious and as the film is now 20-minutes longer than originally planned, it needs some additional financial investment to complete the VFX and post-production. But we remain on track to complete the film this year. Therefore, compared to the first Kickstarter campaign, we can now see the finish line and guarantee the future backers that they won't wait too long compared to the original backers, whose patience has been extremely precious.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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