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An Interview with Alan Maxson, Director of Alien Planet

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2021

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Your upcoming movie Alien Planet - in a few words, what's it going to be about?

 

It's a feature length sci-fi adventure about two different species with a history of hatred for each other. Their planets are almost out of water and they must learn to put their differences aside if they want to survive.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Alien Planet?

 

I was heavily influenced by movies like Enemy Mine, Alien Nation and countless other sci-fi stories about prejudices.

 

From the sounds of it, Alien Planet is going to be a space opera - a favourite genre of yours, and some of your genre favourites? And what do you think sets Alien Planet apart from other movies of its ilk?

 

This movie has no humans. Most sci-fi movies are humans and aliens mixed together. This one takes us completely away from earth and into a universe far different from our own... except they seem to have the same struggles as we do as humans. Hopefully viewers can take something away from that. 

 

Science fiction is a genre that demands its fair share of special effects almost by definition - so what can you tell us about the projected effects work in Alien Planet, and how will it be achieved?

 

It will be 95% practical effects. All makeup, real blood, puppets and miniatures! I plan on shooting with the intensions to have zero VFX. But there will be a very small amount needed for space travel shots. But even those will be shot with practical miniature space ships!

 

What can you tell us about Alien Planet's intended look and feel?

 

The best way I can describe it is that it will be a mix between Enemy Mine and Star Trek!

 

Anything you can tell us about Alien Planet's tentative cast yet, and why exactly these people?

 

It is a wonderful cast of actors that all specialize in non-human characters. This will be perfect for all the heavy prosthetics and makeup they will all be under for the entire film.

 

As far as I know, you're currently running a fundraiser for Alien Planet - so do talk about your campaign for a bit!

 

The campaign is currently live - https://igg.me/at/alienplanet -, we are offering fantasitc perks such as Blu-rays, producer credits and autographs on Godzilla and Puppet Master merchandice! Each week I am also interviewing members of our cast and crew. It's very interactive and very much like the Telethons we used to watch on rabbit ear TVs!  

 

Once the budget's in place, what's the schedule? And any idea when and where your movie might be released yet?

 

The plan is to start filming around the end of summer this year. The release of our film is TBD but I'm anticipating having it available on all the regular platforms we all use.

 

Any future projects beyond Alien Planet?

 

As a filmmaker, this is currently consuming my time, but im confident there will be another after this!

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I have always been into the entertainment industry, even as a child. I have degrees in filmmaking and broadcasting and 15 years under my belt as a television editor. All of that alongside my 10 year long career as an actor all leads me to this spot I'm currently at now! 

 

When it comes to making movies, you've worked many a position both in front of and behind the camera - so what do you enjoy the most, what could you do without?

 

I love both on camera and behind it so much! They are both such different beasts that it's even hard to compare for me. My heart is definitly in creature performance. That is my true love. But there is something just magical about creativing my own world as a filmmaker.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Alien Planet, in whatever position?

 

I wrote and directed two films before this. My first film, Christmas with Cookie, was a wacky B-movie made for only $1,000. It's bad but hilarious at the same time. My second movie is a short film called Patina, about a killer robot warning us about technology in our homes such as Alexa.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

Since I'm an actor, I work well with actors and know how they work, but I also see the big picture. Having 15 years of post production under my belt, it's very easy for me to see how each shot is going to cut together in post. I think that is one of the most valuable assets any director can have and I'm grateful to have that skill.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you

 

George Lucas, Tim Burton, Rob Zombie, Rod Serling, Arthur P. Jacobs and many more. There are so many great filmmakers out there and I take a little bit from all of them.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, American Werewolf in London, The Thing, Tremors, Gremlins, Critters, Jurassic Park, and the list goes on and on. This would be a hard one to even lower down to a list of 100 haha.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

This is hard for me. Even if I don't like a movie, I think there is something so commendable about making one. It's so difficult and there are so many things invovled in creating a finished product that I think no matter how bad a movie is, I give props just for doing it!

 

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Your/your movie's website, social media, IndieGoGo, whatever else?

 

The campaign is at https://igg.me/at/alienplanet

And you can find the film on social media at @alienplanetfilm and find me personally at @monster_maxson

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Thank you to everyone who has backed my film already, and thank you to all who will after reading this! We cannot make this movie without you!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you! This was fun!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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