Kickstart This: Giant Robot Prison Guard Goes Berserk in 'Goliath'
by Ben Pearson
June 21, 2013
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're taking a look at a new science fiction short called Goliath, which features a 12-foot-tall robot that guards a prison with a gang problem. There are a lot of people involved with this who have some very impressive credits to their names - from Peter Jackson's King Kong to AMC's "Breaking Bad" - so take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment here with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate if you can spare a few bucks. Watch!
Goliath is a sci-fi short set in a dangerous prison where fights between warring gangs are the norm and the guards fear for their lives on a daily basis. They can't properly quell the skirmishes that break out, so the warden commissions a 12-foot-tall robot called Goliath to instill some law and order. Programmed with the ability to hunt and the weapons necessary to stop riots, the gangs are quickly whipped into shape. But just when a local reporter comes in to do a story about the prison's impressive turnaround, Goliath goes berserk and starts killing inmates and guards, forcing the convicts to band together and use their limited resources to take down what is essentially a walking tank.
Director Eric Bross and writer Matt Lazarus have already secured enough money to film in an abandoned prison, and they've locked down a solid cast that includes Fernanda Andrade from The Devil Inside and Luis and Daniel Moncada, who played the Cousins on "Breaking Bad." They have talented crew members on board who have worked on visual effects for King Kong and X-Men: First Class, the editor behind Rocky Balboa and Rambo, and the cinematographer of Bobcat Golthwait's World's Greatest Dad.
Truth be told, Bross and Lazarus already have enough money to go out and film Goliath this summer. But they don't have enough to make Goliath, the 12-foot-tall robot, come to life. So that's where we come in. What's the point of making a short like this if you can't do it with badass visual effects and create an iconic, believable robot to anchor the entire story? Sounds like it could be like the ED-209 from Robocop inserted into a prison setting, which could be very cool with the right visual style applied to it. With just a little bit more money, the short can live up to its full potential. Check out their pitch video below:
For more on Goliath, and to help support the indie robot project in any way, visit its Kickstarter page. Bross and Lazarus are looking to raise $7,000 by Friday, July 5th, and they already have close to $6,500 so they just need a tiny little push to cross the finish line. If you'd like to see a cool sci-fi action flick, donate and spread the word about this project on Facebook and Twitter.
That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Feel free to e-mail me at BenPears85@gmail.com if you find a cool film-related project that needs some extra attention to meet its goal. My inbox is always open and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't promise we'll feature it, but I will always at least take a look at it. Also, if you send something in as a suggestion, please make sure to remember to include a link! Thanks for your continued e-mails, and as always, thanks so much for your support of these projects because they definitely could not be completed without the help of film lovers just like you.