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A retro-futuristic cyberpunk short film entirely made with practical effects and hand-made models in truly 80s style.
A retro-futuristic cyberpunk short film entirely made with practical effects and hand-made models in truly 80s style.
A retro-futuristic cyberpunk short film entirely made with practical effects and hand-made models in truly 80s style.
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€21.000 TOKYO!  A small part of the crew will fly to Tokyo and shoot some outdoor scenes in the most cyberpunk city in the world!
Besides Tallinn and its awesome locations, everybody knows that some streets of Tokyo are pure science fiction!

€22.500 PRO STOP MOTION We will animate the Cyber Octopuses with the support of a professional and renowned stop motion studio.
We can do it ourselves in a pretty good way, but having a 60+ years experienced studio will improve the overall result.

€24000 PROP REPLICAS! We'll buy some famous prop replicas from the 80s films, like the Blade Runner Voight-Kampff machine. And spread them around the film as tributes/easter eggs.

ATTENTION! The currency of the stretch goals is in EURO () not dollars ($)

The aim of “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses” is to re-create the look and feel of an eighties sci-fi classic, without using CGI. Therefore it will be shot in real locations and use various miniature models and handmade props.

The film is inspired by William Gibson's cyberpunk landmark Neuromancer as well as some of the most awesome sci-fi products of the 80s era, like Blade Runner, Terminator, Escape from New York, Aliens, Akira and many more.

In the last few years there have been some other 80s style projects, but what sets “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses” apart, is that we are not aiming to make a cheesy movie. Instead it will be made very seriously. However, it will likely have some involuntary funny moments.

Watch the teaser:

 

The story takes place in Neo-Berlin, 2079. A dark, rain-soaked city held by mega corporations where the only enjoyment in life is connecting to cyberspace and taking “Binary Trip” a cyber drug that fries your neurons but promises a feeling better than a hundred orgasms at once. In this setting, a team of crack cyberspace detectives are investigating a new menace: an army of cyber octopuses that are terrorizing the city.

 

Here some pictures made by Guido Salto. This is how the film is going to look like!

Pete at the phone is looking Neo Berlin

 Maverick returns home while John and Tina are into cyberspace

Dimitri the hacker is attacked by a Cyber Octopus  

 The Master of Octopuses control room

 Maverick is chasing the Master of Octopuses

 

The original soundtrack is composed by Andrea Ragusa, a member of the band Mothell, and it’s almost entirely made with analog synthetizers. At the moment two tracks are ready, the synth-wave one you hear in the teaser, and “Join the Cyber Octopus”, a truly post-punk track, recalling Billy Idol. All together there will be 8 tracks, available for the backers on a vintage audiocassette (as well as in high quality mp3 files)!

 Here a couple of music videos for two of the original tracks!

 

 

 

 

There are many amazing perks, such as a digital copy of the movie in 4K with 5.1 surround audio, a large poster, t-shirts, a vintage audio cassette with the soundtrack of the movie and even the models and props used in the movie will be given out! Generous backers might have the weapons, vehicles, part of the city miniature and even the cyber octopuses! Check out the photos or the perks on the right side for more details.

 PLEASE NOTE: These are hand crafted props and models. They are not toys. Everything is self-made and some parts might be a little bit rough.

 

The person behind this project is Nicola Piovesan, an award winning filmmaker and producer, Italian based in Estonia, with more than 60 awards in hundreds of festivals worldwide. Check his showreel or vimeo channel for further details.

A large part of the crew come from the Baltic Film and Media school, an international university of cinema, based in Tallinn. Some are still students and others are alumni. All have plenty of experience creating movies.

Besides Italians and Estonians, there are members from Canada, the States, Portugal, Belarus, China and even Nigeria!

In the video below you'll meet some of the team members that are working hard to make this a reality.

 

 

These are just few photos of the work done to recreate the world of “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses”. If you want more info about the “making of” please visit the blog.

 

"Attack of the Cyber Octopuses" is set in Neo-Berlin, 2079 A.D.. However, we chose to film in Tallinn, Estonia. There are a couple of reasons for this choice. First of all a large percentage of the crew is based here. Second, Estonia is an affordable filming location. Third, and most important, Tallinn has some great locations and a wonderful mix of a very modern city with many relics from the Soviet Era. This will all be combined with our custom-made miniature city.

Bonus point: we will shoot in some locations where also the Tarkovskij's masterpiece Stalker was shot!!! 

 

Risks and challenges

Like every B-movie with a low budget, the biggest challenge will be to do everything in time, while creating a high quality product!

We have more than 15 years of experience and many awards worldwide from class A festivals. We specialize in low budget films and are very capable of creating high quality products with limited funds. A nice example is the short film THE BEARDLESS GARIBALDI https://vimeo.com/23876484, which cost only $600 and won more than 20 awards all around the world.

Check out our company website www.chaosmonger.com to see more examples of quality low-budget films!

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    N.B. We are shooting the second week of April 2017, in Tallinn-Estonia.
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