Film Noobs

I had a fun time talking to David Mendez of the Film Noobs podcast about Robotica Destructiva and other projects. See it here:

Emerald Universe

We had a lot of fun making Robotica Destructiva (now available on Amazon Prime Video). Check out this collection of bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage.

The Construction of Destruction

Check out this short documentary about my fellow bandmates and cohorts, The Killer Robots and the making of our latest movie Robotica Destructiva.

Robotica Destructiva Now Available at Prime Video

The new movie I made with The Killer Robots and a bunch of new friends is out now and available for purchase or rental on Prime Video. Check it out and leave a review if you can as it helps out the algorithms. Click on the photo below to see!

Robotica Destructiva

My newest feature film, Robotica Destructiva premieres at The Enzian January 6th, 2023 as part of their Freaky Fridays series.

Strobo, Max, Auto and Trog once again find themselves hurtling from one adventure to another but this time they are antagonists to a trio of android warrior sisters activated to retrieve a doomsday device from them. Amber Belko, Torie Martin and Kristal Theron take on the roles of the warrior sisters, Mytra, Azalla and Luna.

The movie combines practical costumes, effects and people with digital sets, spaceships and environments. It was a lot of fun to make and we think you’ll have a lot of fun watching it. Look for a streaming release sometime in Spring 2023.

Check out the trailer on YouTube

I Am Robot You Are Not! Animated Series

Ulp! Time for an update! Just started a new animated series awhile back called I Am Robot You Are Not!. It’s a series that will go about 8-10 episodes at 10 minutes each. I’m designing and animating everything single-handedly so it’s taking some time.  I enjoy the process though and it’s given me lots of excuses to watch old and new cartoons for inspiration (Speed Racer woooo!).  Check out iamrobotyouarenot.com and The Killer Robots YouTube channel to learn more and watch the newest episodes.

Space Blast

I’ve just figured out that if I composite 10 different shots per day I should have a rough cut of the Killer Robots Next Movie by then end of December (2013). The workload is somewhat daunting but the notion that the film could be finished by February is inspiring.

Here’s a shot of some model work and compositing. I like the abstract form it takes on when frozen.SpaceBlast

Until next time!

Recyclable Barbarian Battle Machines

Just another Sunday afternoon waiting for a 4 second shot to render – 9 hours and 4 minutes to go.  In the meantime I’ve been putting some thought into how how better to promote the new Killer Robots movie. Unfortunately, I’m not too fond of promoting.  As someone hoping to be a successful artist and filmmaker, I realize this is something I should probably put more energy into.

Barbarion Battle Droid

Photo by Mike McGowan

So in the spirit of promotion, here is a shot of actor, Scott Yuken as a club-wielding barbarian battle machine.  One of hundreds and the reason the above described shot is taking so long. Can you guess what recyclables were incorporated into this costume?  This is of course assuming that Scott is not actually an android sent from the future to help us finish our movie.

Thanks for checking in.  Next week, more stuff.

-Sam

Conquering the Airwaves on Channel 1,235

In October of 2009, The Killer Robots appeared on Daytime TV, a nationally syndicated morning show. After receiving a request by an old friend of Mike “Max” McGowan to appear on the show, we began work in anticipation of our television debut. Our manager Ross “Captain Zonar” Parker drilled us through many rehearsals of our chosen single, the Killer Robots “Theme Song.” When not practicing, Samuel “Strobo” Williams set about constructing a large robot for Charles “Trog” Harris to fight while the rest of us performed our song.

The fateful day arrived and we set out for Tampa in the evening so that we could make it to the studio on time in the morning. The production was exciting and surreal.  We shared a dressing room with several angry looking dogs in Halloween costumes (please see video below). The pets were really nice though and we traded war stories about the travails of show business.

The performance finally arrived and we blasted through our set. We were a little excited though and came in a little too quick. The producer came out and asked us to stretch it out. We went for another take while Trog demolished the giant robot costume worn by his brother, Mike Harris.

After we were finished, the producer hurried out of the control room and exclaimed, “That was so horrible it was amazing!” I laughed and explained, “Our manager tells us that all the time!”

It was a great experience and the production team seemed to be having fun with all of the strangeness. Our manager, Ross was amazing and moved around the studio like a tornado keeping everyone updated and our performance on a smooth and steady course. Ross unfortunately passed away a year later after a long fight with cancer but I will always remember his raucous laughter and the upbeat energy he brought to that day.

Here’s the clip from the show:

Stick Figures Embroiled in Epic Combat

Storyboards! One of my favorite tasks while preparing for a movie. They usually start out with a lot of detail and shading. Eventually, about 60 pages in, they start to resemble abstract scribbles. This is from one of the first sequences assembled for The Killer Robot’s Next Movie.

When we shot it we didn’t have a lot of room as our green screen didn’t stretch but a few feet. Our actress, the indomitable Jenna Hellmuth, made the most of it with slow motion leaps and short hops that, in our mind’s eye, would translate into high intensity action once the backgrounds were added and the shots trimmed.

I’m happy to report, the sequence was a nice confidence booster. On the road to production I wrote and drew all kinds of way-out stuff with just a hope that it would all somehow come together in the final product. Seeing the puppets, performers, editing and effects come together in a final cut scene is a rush every time.

Check out the finished sequence below. Hope you enjoy!

Until Next time!