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What do you do to blow off some steam, after you’ve
successfully produced what is sure to become a modern midnight movie classic
for ten thousand dollars?
If you’re Astron-6, the creative terror-cell behind FATHERS
DAY, you go home for the holidays to spend time with old friends and family,
sip egg nog in ill-fitting knitted sweaters, make strings of popcorn to adorn
the family tree and then shoot a quick and dirty little video-nasty about Santa
being lured into a family of sadists.
In fact, this is a bit of an Astron-6 tradition, as I’m told
by Adam Brooks. “We used to make a Christmas short every year and we're rarely
in the same city, so xmas came and Matt and Conor came home to see their
The end result is going to be BREAKING SANTA; in
post-production right now and should be released in the next few weeks.
It’s a return to form for the crew. They were discovered
making shorts and releasing them online, and producing their own DVD
collection. TROMA financed the production of their first feature FATHERS DAY,
which is currently playing to rave reviews in select theatres. After the stress
of making your first feature film–which really accomplished some incredible
things on a budget that to most features would be impossibly restrictive–taking
the time to unwind and do something fast and a little nuts was a welcome
opportunity, as Brooks remarks, “BREAKING SANTA is just a fun, goofy short, but
it's also a bit insane. I think you'll dig it. We didn't worry about any formal
stuff with it. It's like a crazy nightmare; something we didn't have to take as
seriously. Something fun.”
When talking with Brooks about the film I asked if this was
a sign of their commitment to the short film medium that they came from, as
opposed to making features. His answer was candid and shows the future is wide
open for Astron-6. “That all depends on opportunity. We would love to make
features most of all, but features require money, and we're not going to make
another 10k feature. Until we have financing to make another feature we're back
to no-budget shorts.”
Based on their track record, we are sure to be in for
something uniquely twisted when BREAKING SANTA is released. Until then, here
are some stills from the short which are exclusive to FANGORIA.
All images are provided courtesy of Astron-6.
PS: My personal vote is for a feature length LAZER GHOSTS
but that’s just me.
PSS: In case anyone is curious about what the other “home
for the holidays” shorts were like, I just happen to be armed with links and
you can see all the hallmarks that make Astron-6 who they are, and see this
technical and thematic development year to year. This is a great example of
what I want this blog to be about. We may never see the student films of the
past generations filmmakers, never see that process of growth and discovery.
This new generation is coming up on desktop studios and YouTube and we can see
it all. It’s inspiring to me, and I hope to filmmakers out there who want to
know what to do next.
The answer is simple: Get a camera. Make movies. Put them
online. Good things can happen to you.
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