Must Watch: Outstanding Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short 'Dust'
by Alex Billington
July 12, 2013
"We need to find what did this." Damn this looks good, really good. We've been tipped to check out a new trailer for a sci-fi/fantasy short film called Dust, directed by Mike Grier and filmed in Japan in 11 days. The guerrilla-style production took their cast and crew to abandoned rural areas and remote sites in the southern island of Shikoku. The project was funded on Kickstarter last year and now has a trailer ready teasing an eventual full release. This footage with finished VFX looks incredible, better than I was expecting, and the story seems intriguing as well. Cool fantasy creatures, maybe a dragon? I'm looking forward to this.
Produced by Ember Lab and filmed in remote areas of Japan, Dust takes place in a world of rapid evolution. Each year new species and adaptations alter the balance of their ecosystems. Technology and deep tradition exist as symbiotic opposites dividing people who live in the countryside from those who live in walled cities. Amidst this cultural turmoil, nature offers up an unexpected challenge. Dust is directed by Mike Grier, produced by Josh Grier, with music by Yasuharu Takanashi and Francois Jolin. The cast includes Masashi Odate, Michael Lopez, Madeleine Lee and Kiyomi Fukazawa. For more Dust, visit their website or Facebook.
Reader Feedback - 10 Comments
Sharkman on Jul 12, 2013
Not too shabbies!
Carpola on Jul 12, 2013
The Grier's are a talented family. I guarantee you will know their name in the next few years. BTW, they cut their chops on a student film from Kyle Higgins. http://www.theleaguefilm.com/trailer.html
Brad Bode on Jul 12, 2013
Looking at this trailer I honestly couldn't say that their budget was anything under $20 million. This looks like something completely fresh and well done. Take notice Hollywood, you're wasting your money most of the time.
Fatal Error on Jul 12, 2013
They started a VFX company after the League. Coca Cola hires them a lot, which helped fund the film. Once they shot the majority of the project they switched to kickstarter to push them over the top financially. The original budget was under 100K for sure. I can't remember the exact numbers. But they made their money go far.
Brad Bode on Jul 12, 2013
Tyler David Kirk on Jul 12, 2013
Looks pretty bad ass!
Michael Paterson on Jul 13, 2013
I put some money towards this when it first popped up on Kickstarter and have been following it since then. It is good to see the process behind making a movie outside of the normal channels and I wish it all the best.
tobyct on Jul 14, 2013
Awful look for the protagonist and its clear vfx are their main skill. Nice effort getting it made though.
nathan on Jul 14, 2013
Looks like a mix of the games The Last of Us and Metro 2033/Last Light
Mark Alters on Jul 24, 2013
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