* * * Hosted by Gregory Moffett (star of "Robot Monster") * * *
Sixty-five years ago, one motion picture produced outside of Hollywood’s orbit became an original cult classic, inspiring generations of low-budget filmmakers and entertaining legions of B-movie fans.
Released in 1953 at the height of 3-D’s golden era, “Robot Monster” was a modest success, both domestically and abroad, thanks in no small part to its titular villain, the robot monster himself: Ro-Man!
Produced independently for the summer movie market, “Robot Monster” was the directorial debut of Phil Tucker, a young midwestern filmmaker who also conceived the project. Principal photography for “Robot Monster” spanned four days total on a budget of barely five figures.
Legend has it that the film drove the director to suicide, but the truth about the man behind the monster largely remained a mystery.
In 2015, a book was published which chronicles the untold story of “Robot Monster” as well as of its elusive creator. Researched over the course of a decade, this nearly-700 page biography documents the history surrounding the making of the film, separating fact from folklore about Phil, about the poverty row film industry, and about a matinee creature-feature destined to become a late-night TV staple.
Located under the Hollywood sign inside the greater Griffith Park area of L.A. lies Bronson Canyon, home to the famous cave site where hundreds of movies, shows and serials — including “Robot Monster” — helped make it a popular location for over a century.
Next March, to commemorate the blue sky anniversary of “Robot Monster”, a crew of filmmakers will return to Bronson Canyon to shoot a brand new movie about the movie.
“Man or Ro-Man” is a feature-length, 35-millimeter biographical film about Phil Tucker, from an original screenplay that is authorized by both its biographer as well as by Phil Tucker’s family.
Here’s how you can help to make this film a reality.
The $65,000 budget covers all aspects of production, including cast/crew salaries, music licensing fees, location and equipment rental costs, and also a 10-minute sequence to be shot in 3-D at a studio in Culver City.
Thanks for your help in bringing Ro-Man back to life and back into theaters!
Cloudy Eden Productions
Risks and challenges
Producers of "Man or Ro-Man" have reserved Bronson Canyon for four days in March 2018 through the Griffith Park Film Office.
Funding for this location will cover the general location fee, the park monitor (and their report), as well as permit/insurance.
"Man or Ro-Man" will be released in December 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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