In response to fans’ questions as to what happened to the practical creature effects work that Amalgamated Studios had provided for the 2011 The Thing prequel, partners Alec Gillis’ and Tom Woodruff, Jr. uploaded a YouTube video to showcase all the blood and sweat that had actually been put in before the majority of it was replaced by CGI. The content of the video caused quite a buzz amongst fans and it wasn’t long before the duo realised it was time to produce their very own film to nourish fans’ pangs for practical creature-features.
They took to Kickstarter to crowdfund their first film, Harbinger Down and, after becoming the most successful science-fiction Kickstarter project ever, the film was finally unleashed in theatres and on VOD yesterday.
To celebrate the release SCREAM’s Howard Gorman spoke with Writer/Director/Producer Alec Gillis and Lead Actress/Producer Camille Balsamo as they welcomed us into Amalgamated Studios to talk all about the movie and they were even kind enough to take us on an eye-opening impromptu tour around their grotto which is brimming with all manner of creature-feature delights…
Words: Howard Gorman (@HowardGorman)