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Chatting with Sci-Fi Filmmaker Adam Batchelor

Satori Awakening interview with Adam Batchelor on The Fantasy Network News

Love a good sci-fi film, especially if it’s indie? Then you might want to check out Satori [Awakening]. In this blend of sci-fi, action and adventure set in a near-future earth, humans attempt to harness the power of artificial intelligence to reverse the climate crisis. In completing its task relentlessly, the AI spirals out of our control, covering the planet ...

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Sand in Your Reboot? It Must Be Villeneuve’s DUNE

A look at the 2020 Dune film on The Fantasy Network News

What is it about literary, philosophical science fiction that draws readers in, but drives filmmakers to distraction—challenging the very notion of whether some things are just impossible to adapt into a movie? If you’re asking that question about Dune, then you’re probably creating the right mindset for whatever happens—good, bad, or ugly—when director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the famed sci-fi ...

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Conspiracy Theories and Dark Comedy: Herman Wang’s Illuminagents

Do conspiracy theories ever go out of story writing fashion? Probably not, but these days it’s like they’re more relevant than ever for SFF creators. In this week’s Content Creator Interview, we’re chatting again with writer/director Herman Wang, this time about his new sci-fi web series ILLUMINAGENTS, streaming for free on The Fantasy Network.  In ILLUMINAGENTS, Wang wanted to explore ...

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Indie Film Review: VOLITION

“They say when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes. I wish it were that simple.” With those first words of dialogue begins the intense 92-minute ride that is VOLITION, a mind-bending, cerebral indie science-fiction thriller being released today (July 10, 2020) on Apple TV, Prime Video and other digital platforms. Co-written and co-produced by brothers Ryan W. ...

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Making Movie Magic with GILL Filmmaker Kieran Moreira

When a headstrong scientist, Gill, test pilots a prototype teleportation suit, a disagreement with her overbearing partner who engineered the suit leads to a drastic mistake. The suit malfunctions, and Gill must avoid disaster. That’s the idea behind the character study in director Kieran Moreira’s sci-fi indie short film GILL. Mixing beautiful cinematography from places in North Carolina with detailed ...

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Robots and Humans Face Off in Mark Freiburger’s EXILE

There’s something about androids, isn’t there? Their metallic bodies, cybernetic components and humanoid appearance capture the attention of sci-fi fans, filling screens with the question of what it means to be human, alive, sentient. There’s a rich tradition of androids in sci-fi, from I ROBOT to BLADE RUNNER to EX MACHINA to WESTWORLD. And now the short film EXILE by ...

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So You Want a Famous Actor in Your Indie Sci-Fi Film

If creating an indie film isn’t enough of a challenge as it is, and if adding cool special effects on a budget is still not hard enough, then there’s another route to make your film even more of a challenge. You could get a famous star to play the cameo. Sound impossible? Not if you’re fortunate enough to be Colin ...

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Red Velvet Revolution: The Making of a Dystopian Sci-Fi Web Series

Red Velvet Revolution by Vivien Rosewood on The Fantasy News Network

Creating indie sci-fi is a labor of love—even more so when the budget is near zero. That’s the case with RED VELVET REVOLUTION, which creates a dystopian future in which people’s lives are directed like reality shows without their knowledge. The characters in RED VELVET REVOLUTION don’t realize their lives are being scripted. And not everyone behind the scenes approves of ...

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Practical VFX and Indie Smarts: A Chat with Infinitus director Cameron Currin

When an operation to harness energy from the sun results in disaster, humanity is forced to live deep underground, longing for sunlight and attempting to reverse the damage before the world freezes completely. That’s the idea behind INFINITUS, an indie sci-fi short film currently in production in Wisconsin by director Cameron Currin. With a desire to fuse the style of ...

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