Check This Out: Photos From Indie Sci-Fi Flick Hunter Prey!
How about a few more awesome photos today from another great indie sci-fi project? Our friends at io9 have the first look at a film called Hunter Prey being made by up-and-coming filmmaker Sandy Collora. That isn't a CGI suit of armor above - it's entirely real. Way back in 2003, before Batman Begins had ever hit theaters, Collora made a controversial fan film titled Batman: Dead End that premiered at Comic-Con (watch it online). It became an overnight sensation but before long, he encountered legal problems bigger than he could handle (and ended up getting a book written about them). Now Collora is back with an indie sci-fi project titled Hunter Prey that looks absolutely fantastic - as you can probably tell.
Hunter Prey centers around a crew of special forces commandos who must recapture an alien prisoner that has escaped after the military transport ship carrying it crashes on a desolate and hostile planet. As Collora himself explains, "there are subtle political and environmental overtones that I certainly don't hit anyone over the head with at all, but that will hopefully make you think about things like war, politics and current events, by presenting them in situations cinematically from a uniquely different perspective." Collora already finished shooting this on a shoestring budget down in Mexico and is currently in post-production, putting on the finishing touches like a computer system voiceover and visual effects.
Those three photos above come from the extensive interview that io9 recently did with Collora. In it, he explains that the film is a lot like James Cameron's Terminator, where it's "a very small piece of a much larger picture." He continues, "It concentrates on how the bigger situation (which in this case, is interplanetary war) is affecting the two main characters, who are now separated from it, and how they relate and react to their situation and each other as a result of it. As the story unfolds and more things are revealed about the characters and what their relationship is, we had to create in a sense, what we could not show." It's a very fascinating interview about the struggles of budding filmmakers like Collora.
I don't yet know the actual fate of Hunter Prey, whether it will be released in theaters, on DVD, or shown at Comic-Con in the future, but I'm very excited no matter what. These photos look awesome! Whoever designed those suits of armor deserves a hell of a lot of praise - they kick some serious ass! I'm interested purely to see how they work in action on film. No matter what happens with this project in the end, I'll be following it very closely. It's definitely something that has quickly become a priority on my short list of upcoming films and I won't let it down. In the meantime, check out the full interview with Sandy Collora and keep on look out for updates. Anyone else think these photos look awesome?
Reader Feedback - 32 Comments
This may be the next big thing. These images look crazy, i cant wait!
THERBLIG on Nov 17, 2008
You know what? Yeah, I like 'em. I have no problem with this.
Matty on Nov 17, 2008
Coming from the guy that did Batman: Dead End, this movie has got to kick ass. Hopefully since they say its part of a bigger picture like Terminator, they'll think about doing sequels or better yet parallel movies (different stories going on at the same time).
Viper on Nov 17, 2008
looks a lot better than the faggy Star Trek trailer...I'l save my bucks for this instead...this will be interesting to see....
moldybread on Nov 17, 2008
that guy in the first phone is what boba fett wishes he could have been like...looks freakin sweet!
OhNo on Nov 18, 2008
Oh, this looks really slick. And I'm really digging the alien. Definitely can't wait for more pics!
Brooke on Nov 18, 2008
wow wow wow wow wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-))))) all my dreams are coming true its sci fi time yes no more GD reality TV or Movies good old make beleive is back woot.
WERDNAFAZ on Nov 18, 2008
It's impressive, the level at which we have come to, when people are admired that an actor's suit of armor looks good and is not a CGI... Now, about the production, indeed it looks good, and if the story is worth it, all the rest gets easier to swallow, even if the production values are low. But judging from the photos it as the potential to look good.
rml on Nov 18, 2008
I don't see any originality in the armor suits of the commandos. They are Stormtrooper rip-offs. What about the photo of the alien? It looks like a Tusken Raider! And the 3rd photo? Does this film take place in Tattoine? Just say that this film is made by a geek with a Star Wars obsession. I have no problem with that. But do not promote it like an original and innovative sci-fi thriller. That's worse than corporate marketing.
MajesticXIII on Nov 18, 2008
I think those are painted Sykes Army of Two replica masks. Armor looks pretty badass
Ryan on Nov 18, 2008
Batman: Dead End = One of the greatest moments of film. Period. I'll totally see this.
Laser-beak on Nov 18, 2008
#10 I was thinking that as well actually! does look a bit like salem. The idea for this film kind of reminds me of Warhammer 40k if you get my drift?
Tom Dearsley on Nov 18, 2008
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the first photo was "Star Wars" Boba Fett. Look. http://accel21.mettre-put-idata.over-blog.com/0/37/33/64/boba-fett.jpg
Jeremy on Nov 18, 2008
I agree jeremy, thats what i thought first. Production looks tight. If anything it looks like Republic Commando sprinkled with Firefly over it. I'm real interested to see where this goes.
Nick Sears on Nov 18, 2008
Yes, I'm not one to spam links on FS but it's only an image I googled real quick to show the resemblance of the costume. If it's anything like Star Wars thought it may kick some serious butt. Just seems there's going to be alot of SW fans putting this one down as a quick judge but I see potential.
Jeremy on Nov 18, 2008
Star Wars bounty hunter * the first half of Pitch Black + Batman: Dead End's potential = insane! 😀
kevjohn on Nov 18, 2008
Wow like Star Wars * Haloisk style genre....I saw Batman DEAD END numerous times and was hoping that something would come out of it. Badass idea....can't wait!
Cameron on Nov 18, 2008
These photos look good! whats the definition of an Indie film??
big r on Nov 18, 2008
Why the hell havent they made a Warhammer 40k movie yet I mean if they gave it to someone who was an actual fan of the world they could do so much but it would have to be so high budget. But yeah I dunno why you guys think this armor is so cool it looks exactly the republic commando uniforms in star wars, the clones before they were stormtroopers.
Cody on Nov 18, 2008
Go Go Power Rangers
Dusty on Nov 18, 2008
very mandalorian like, very cool looking, if this came from the same guy from batman dead end, then I am at least happy he is getting his chance to do something more, that was a great concept and a great film. shows everybody how to think outside the box.
yoyo on Nov 18, 2008
#12 - My thoughts exactly man..I was thinking the exact same thing with respects to this reminding me more of Warhammer 40K. The Green dude looks like an Orc sapper down to what appears to be a bone shoulder pad and welders goggles. Very cool. I have missed war themed/political Sci-Fi. Always excited to see something new, but more often than not, I am usually disappointed. I am hoping that this one delivers some thing fun and entertaining. I will say this - Sandy Collora was able to direct some great practical action sequences in that batman concept video. but, let's hold our judgment till we see some actual video footage of this thing before people start calling this the next big thing... I am intrigued and will be waiting to hear more on this one.
ERivas on Nov 18, 2008
I agree with #9 MajesticXIII and #13 Jeremy. Those suits are definitely ripoffs of Star Wars... and the Tattooine thing, too. And look at the alien's shoulder. Is that an Ewok skull, or that of a baby panda? I'm not really crying foul here, because I probably will give this a try after seeing Batman: Dead End. However, if vagina-faced alien musicians dressed all in black start playing the sax with their queefs, I'm outie.
JL on Nov 18, 2008
I totally agree with # 5
Lucky on Nov 18, 2008
Sounds like "Enemy Mine" from the brief plot you guve and looks like someething from the warhammer 40k universe Space marine scouts and orks looks great. And Dead End was the bomb !!! cant wait
Fenris on Nov 18, 2008
This director has a girl's name and make's cheese sandwiches rather than compelling films. You tube this dude and see for yourself.
icke on Nov 18, 2008
I can see the resemblence in the helmet to the starwars clonewar and armor a la storm troopers! But give the dude his credit where its due! Take a look at this link from one of his drawings Cybertribe: http://www.collorastudios.com/projects/cyber/cyb4.htm You ask me...he is also pulling from his own design and inspirations! But that's just me! Also here's the main page to Cybertribe http://www.collorastudios.com/projects/cyber/cybermain.htm
Aaron on Nov 19, 2008
By own inspirations I mean the helmet for the most part...not the rest of the armor they are wearing in those pictures!
Aaron on Nov 19, 2008
If you want to find out the inside story behind Sandy Collora's superhero flicks--and how they paved they way for Hunter Prey--you may want to check out my new book about the history and future of fan films, Homemade Hollywood, which is coming out at the end of November in bookstores everywhere. Also, if you're interested in fan films overall, visit my daily fan film blog, fancinematoday.com, where I first covered Hunter Prey all the way back in May.
Clive on Nov 19, 2008
looks like boba fett
leo on Nov 20, 2008
Those 4 photos are better than all the Star Wars prequels combined. I cannot wait for this!
Todd C on Nov 21, 2008
more news! =(
Nick S. on Dec 28, 2008
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