film came about when producer Graham Garfield Barnard
read Robert Hood's story "Watching a Giant
Monster Trash a City" and decided that making a short film
out of it would be a suitably challenging task and one that appealed
to his particular sense of cinematic masochism.
no experience actually making films (though plenty watching them),"
Hood commented, "I had no idea what an incredible effort this
the next many months, I found out that even making a seven-minute
film was a grueling experience requiring much commitment and sacrifice
on the part of the filmmakers.
that I was the one under pressure. I just fiddled with the script.
My experience was an almost completely vicarious one. Garfield Barnard
did all the base-level planning and manipulating and cajoling and
organising. He then gathered together a team of friends and acquaintances
with expertise in filmmaking to undertake the subsequent acts of
attracted an impressive team of actors to star in the film, including
Bill Young (who has been in such auspicious genre films as Turkey
Shoot, Body Melt and The Matrix),
Mark Spain (Harlequin and Mad Max Beyond
Thunderdome), Mark Cinis (Dark City) and
Kym Goldsworthy (The Roly Poly Man).
turned up for the first day of the shoot," Hood said, "and
was blown away by how much effort had gone into the preparations
-- and how classy the props, the actors and the technical people
really were. I had expected something fairly low-key, but it was
much more than that."
resulting film is an ironic excursion into daikaiju lore and what
can be made of it -- one that even features a few seconds of giant-monster
destruction and some decent pyrotechnics.
it ever appear on DVD? Yes. It's coming. More news soon.
seeking further information on the film or wishing to organise screenings
may contact Barnard's Star Productions by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.