Exist tels the story of two men who accidentally stand in the middle of the world’s first encounter with extraterrestrial life.
Back in January we caught wind of an astounding short film that soon became infamous across the Web. Directed by the 19-year-old Aussie Tyson Johnston, Exist told the story of two men (Curtis Simmons and Alain Singaye) who accidentally stand in the middle of the world’s first encounter with extraterrestrial life.
Tyson contacted us this morning with some very exciting news: he’s currently in pre-production on a feature-length version of Exist!
With the increase in demand for alien invasion genre films (Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters March 11), there needs to be more independent visions to compete with Hollywood’s big-budget CGI-laden features. Making the short for next to nothing, it’s going to be pretty dan exciting to see what Johnston can deliver with a modest budget.
Inside you’ll find a letter from Johnston about the in-development film, along with Bloody Disgusting’s exclusive look at the teaser poster. I so cannot wait!
Thanks to technology and the internet, being discovered is much easier than it had been in the past. Anyone with the right training, programs, and talent can create something “special” that gets the right people to take note.
Last week we caught wind of Tyson Johnston’s upcoming short Exist, which stars Curtis Simmons and Alain Singaye as two men who accidentally stand in the middle of the world’s first encounter with extraterrestrial life. While the trailer was a big tease, the poster was absolutely stunning, and the added visual effects demo reel added more fuel to the fire (check it all out here). We were so excited about this project that we got in touch with the young Australian director who provided Bloody Disgusting with the first ever exclusive look at his short film!!! You’ll find the goods inside, along with a little big more on the short, such as the insane budget of $0.
The 19-year-old Johnston was born and raised in Australia before moving to the States at 15. He’s a giant sci-fi fan, UFOlogist, and extraterrestrial fanatic.
He wrote, shot, edited, and cut ‘Exist.’ It was shot on both a Sony EX3, and a Canon 5DMII. The Sony was supplied by supporting actor Curtis Simmons, and the Canon was ownded by Johnston.
“The budget for ‘Exist’ was literally $0. Nothing” Johnston tells us. “A budget that small is never something to brag about, but it’s great to have people backing you to make it work. My cast and crew all woke up with me at 3am, drove to downtown and started shooting. We shot in my lead actors (Alain Singaye) car, we moved on to the Subway and shot that scene extremely quickly, then we moved to the alley way and had a few minutes there. When you’re shooting guerilla, everything has to be fast. If it isn’t you’re gone and you’ll never see the location again.”
He hopes to eventually turn this into a full-length feature: “The plan for ‘Exist’ is simple for us: Raise as much money as we can, then shoot our first independent film!”
We were pretty pumped for Skyline until we learned that the real budget for the indie was allegedly masked by the earlier work the Strause brothers did on Columbia Pictures’ Battle: Los Angeles. Even most of District 9‘s visual effects were alleged early works for Universal’s Halo adaptation. In short, I’d like to see a true indie alien invasion movie. One that costs under a million dollars (for realz).
This morning we stumbled across a well-made, yet vague teaser trailer, along with an incredibly creeptastic poster for Ninety One Pictures’ short film Exist, which stars Curtis SImmons and Alain Singaye as two men who accidentally stand in the middle of the world’s first encounter with extraterrestrial life.
Written and directed by Tyson Johnston, inside you’ll find not only the teaser and poster, but also a VFX reel that shows some of the work being done. Join me in saying OMFG?