Kickstart This: 'Homewrecker', 'cockroaches' & Practical FX in 'Sci-Fly'
by Ben Pearson
May 18, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we've got three great film projects that we want to spotlight: a drama about a temptation that arises in young marriage called Homewrecker; a wild and kinetic Guy Ritchie-esque crime caper known as cockroaches; and finally a cool stop-motion practical effects movie called Sci-Fly. Take a look at these three latest projects, sound off in the comments below, and don't forget to toss the filmmakers a few bucks if you can. See them below!
First up, there's Homewrecker. My friend Mike Eisenberg (who writes at The Movie Mash) has lamented the incessant appearance of infidelity as a plot point in movies these days, and I totally agree with him. Like in every other film, someone is being unfaithful to their significant other. Homewrecker is a short film that plays with this concept a bit and actually switches it up: what if a tempted young husband actually does the right thing and stays faithful to his wife? Is the temptation itself enough to ruin a marriage? The director, Gabe Hohreiter, is a recent graduate of AFI and - full disclosure here - I worked with him on a feature a few years ago, so I know your donations will be going to a guy who can make the most out of it.
For more information on Homewrecker, or to help support the film, visit its Kickstarter page. Gabe and his team are looking for $1,500 to make the movie by June 8th, and they just need a little bit more help to reach their goal.
What would happen if the Pope is kidnapped? That's one of the questions posed in cockroaches, a thriller about a bunch of small-time criminals who get in way over their heads. The film shares a tone with early Guy Ritchie movies, and they've got a professional cast lined up, including Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco) and Tommy Lister, a character actor that you've probably seen in a bunch of projects including Little Nicky, The Fifth Element, and The Dark Knight. But the strength of this movie seems to be the script, by writer/director Christoffer Aldell, which follows a group of low life hoods that are referred to as "the cockroaches" because they just won't die. If all goes well, they plan to make a trilogy of films similar to what Nicolas Winding Refn did with his Pusher trilogy, telling stories from the perspectives of a different main character each time. Take a look at the pitch video:
For more information on cockroaches, or to help support the film, visit its Kickstarter page. Aldell and his crew are trying to raise $80,000 by June 17th, so donate and spread the word if this looks like one you'd enjoy watching.
And finally, we've got Sci-Fly, a homegrown project that utilizes stop motion techniques along with organic and practical effects to achieve an original look. The futuristic sequences in Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain used macro photography to create amazing outer space scenes for extremely little money, and Sci-Fly director Joey Shanks is using that same methodology to bring his vision to life. The imagery is absolutely gorgeous, and it makes me wish that Hollywood filmmakers would use these effects more often in films instead of relying on expensive CGI visuals that, in all likelihood, won't hold up a few years down the line. There's a timeless quality to the stuff in Sci-Fly, so take a look at the video and see what I mean.
For more information on Sci-Fly, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Joey Shanks is hoping to get $8,500 by June 3rd to complete his movie, so if you're into visual effects and want to support independent filmmakers, this looks like a great project to help fund.
That's it for this week's edition of Kickstart This. Hopefully you like the projects we featured, so leave us some feedback in the comments letting us know what you think about each of them. Also, I've been getting some great ideas from your e-mails, so if you know of a cool project that needs some extra exposure or stumble across something awesome you want to see featured, send an email to BenPears85@gmail.com and let me know. As always, thanks for supporting these indie projects, because these filmmakers couldn't do it without you. For our archive of KickStart This and projects we've featured, visit here.