Your upcoming movie Abaddon - in a few words, what's it going
to be about?
Basically it's about a good guy, Remington, who's been persecuted by the prison
system in a different galaxy (charges like those against Richard in Casablanca). When he gets out of jail on Dargonia (a planet in said galaxy
that's a fantasy nineteenth century-esque version of a planet similar to
earth) his bounty hunter girlfriend Linda (Kaylee Williams [Kaylee
Williams interview - click here]) and him head to an
abandoned carrier ship he heard about while in the joint that is supposed
to have a shipment of cannabis aboard in order to pay to get his ship out
of impoundment. When they arrive at the derelict spacecraft and begin
gathering up the loot, an Izan warship appears and boards the cruiser.
Linda kills the soldiers and hauls ass from them. In the process of
pushing the capabilities of the steam-powered vessel, she hits a wormhole
and the two are shot 53 years into the future. Now a wasteland, the planet
that they once occupied is under the rule of the Aesir, the same
theocratic government that took over earth a couple hundred years ago and
eventually depleted all of its resources. Under the rule of the Aesir,
women don't count as citizens unless they are married (and sex before
marriage is a capital offense). Driven underneath the surface into the
caves, a rebellion against the ruling power has begun and Remington Troy
and Linda Lux end up leading an assault with the terrorists in an effort
to free the citizens.
What were your sources of inspiration when
Other than history, I really had no
inspirations while writing Abaddon. I wanted to tell a story of a
civilization overthrowing a tyrannical government in my own new steampunk
setting, and have an indifferent but good-natured prisoner forced to lead
With Abaddon being a
steampunk movie - what were the challenges to get this specific look just
Costuming has been the most difficult issue. Old
power plants and 3D printers have made things quite easy to create the
exact look I have wanted for miniatures, props, and locations, but
costuming has been very difficult because wardrobes have been pieced
together and many have had to have specific parts made. Most props that
are practically created have just been built by things from hardware
stores - gauges, valve stems, pvc pipe, epoxy and spray paint have become
staples in my arsenal, as has corn syrup and red food coloring, of course
I even built the flame thrower with stuff from the hardware store.
From what I hear, Abaddon took quite some
time and effort to make it onto the screen - care to elaborate?
been a six year journey from script to screen. I originally wrote it as a
straight space opera like Star
Trek, but then I felt that not only had it
been done so much before, I also felt that I needed to say something as
well as take the story in a new Monumental
Pictures direction - it now has
testicles being electrocuted and a man being force-fed feces. So principle
photography began in Washington D.C. in 2015.
will actually release a documentary, Farts of Harshness: Making Abaddon, about the making of Abaddon along with the movie - so
what was the idea behind that?
Since the film has taken so
long to make as well as having been shot in so many different places, the
idea for Farts of Harshness came about when I was shooting the explosion
of the pyramid scene. Beginning at dawn, I filled a plastic kiddie pool
with sand, lit it with all of the lights, mixed chemicals, set blasting
charges, etc. By the time that I finally got the finished shot, the day
was over. So, like a fart, a shot that will last a second or two in the
film was surprisingly harsh, as it took all day to do. Aside from the fun
play on words about the Apocalypse Now (Joe Estevez voices some of his
brother's monologue in that film and is also in Abaddon) companion doc, I
thought it was a story people would enjoy to hear, especially because
people had been pushing me to share all of what I was doing with Abaddon.
So the documentary began production. The
show will be chock full of bloopers, behind the scenes footage, and
interviews and will premiere alongside the completed cut of Abaddon on
July 4th 2018.
Could you describe your
approach to making the documentary for a bit, and its inherent tone?
going to be totally straight - just slices of life; moments in history
documented. There is no specific agenda like many documentaries. This is
just a (mostly) fun portrait of a film being made.
to Abaddon - what can you tell us about your directorial approach
to your story at hand?
As relaxed as possible, I take my
time and shoot until I get what I like. I can also really only create when
I am inspired - otherwise it doesn't turn out right like my music,
painting, or any other artistic work.
Abaddon is also described
as a comedy - so do talk about your movie's brand of humour?
very, very dark satire that I think might hit a little too close to home
for some, but there are some quirky oneliners and many of the characters
have fun with the situations. They often treat horrible situations like
they just don't care because they assume that they're going to die anyway.
can you tell us about Abaddon's key cast, and why exactly those
They are all just fabulous people in my opinion. I
pick people that I think closest represent the character's in my script
(Ron Jeremy is "The Minister of Medicine," for instance and his
character's job is to inspect hymens' to ensure that they haven't been
The $64-question of course, when and where will Abaddon
and Farts of Harshness: Making Abaddon be released onto the
I can't answer the location part of that
question for certain as of now, but it will be on July 4th of 2018.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Fiction: The Movie is now in post production and will be released soon. I
feel that people really need to laugh right now, so I made a feature
length version of Monumental
Pictures' popular comedy series that compiles
bizarre, random, and obscure footage into a story, often re-voiced,
titled, and edited. What is special about the movie though is that it is
going to feature a lot of footage from lost films of mine that were never
finished, including Secret Bonfire starring Tiffany Shepis circa 2006.
Lucidland is still filming. A trailer for it will be
released soon. It's a very dark, full length stop-frame animated fantasy
picture that I am very excited to share with the world.
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