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Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Indiegogo campaign for the Sci-fi action short film TELLURIAN - the most ambitious project yet from Ironstar Films! + 5D Competition

"If you love Sci-fi or Action films. Then this is for you! How about Badass characters with some awesomely cool Scifi weaponry? Not convinced? How about the baddest female lead since Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor. How about a male lead touted as an outsider to be the next Bond? No..what about influenced by both Stranger things and our love of 80's movies. Come on!! That's a clincher!! 

Check it out, Only with YOUR help can we save the world!!"

And so goes the confident claim from Arbroath-based film company, IronStar Films about their next film venture, TELLURIAN, and the accompanying Indiegogo campaign to finance it. A confident claim perhaps, but a bold unsubstantiated claim? Well not if the company's past work is anything to go by it isn't. We here at 5D have been fortunate enough to have seen some of the previous good works from the group. For example BLOOD LOSS a tale of retribution and redemption among a group of friends who find themselves in too deep was a deliciously atmospheric slice of horroresque film making. You can read the article RIGHT HERE.

If that wasn't enough not long after that a very short, but very beautiful fantasy film came the way of 5D headquarters. The Clearing runs for 5.5 minutes and is a visual narrative which explores the very essence of life and death. Without giving to  much away here is a brief synopsis. After waking up in a strange and otherworldly place called "The Clearing," Chris soon realises he is not alone and must unravel the mysteries that have lead him to this point before its too late.

In truth, The Clearing provided a totally unexpected richly visceral experience, both on a visual and auditory level. For a start it looks wonderful with a rich tone of colour, texture and lighting which all serve to very nicely enhance the atmospheric narrative. The quality is such that visually the film completely belies the fact that it cost so little to make, it simply doesn't look cheap at all. In fact, so impressive is the visual element that I've now watched the film a couple of times without the sound and the overall effect is still striking. You can read the full review RIGHT HERE.

In other words, I have every reason to believe that TELLURIAN will be the next in the successful production line of short movies from Ironstar Films.

TELLURIAN is a tale of the enduring human spirit in the wake of an Alien invasion where all the children on earth disappear. While the War for the planet rages on a small group of militia find themselves trying to protect not only themselves and their way of life but also possibly the last child on earth.

The theme of the film is inspired by the team's love of 80's action Sci-fi movies along with the aesthetic of recent shows such as Netflix Stranger things.

The actors include Craig McGinlay, who featured in the wonderful Blood loss, Chris O'Mara (The Clearing), Kerry Browne, Stephen Humpage, Tom Ingram, Wayne Russell, Alan Cuthbert. Holly Woodhouse will come on board as the personification of the invading force with Nikki Curley and Brodie Toriati as the first member of the invading force.

David Byrne and Ellie Reid with both lend their incredible talents to the roles of their young heroes, While Director and Actor David Izzat will join as Breakers father. 
They also welcome into his first film role Brandon Boyd taking on the role of Seth. The last boy on the planet!

This exciting short Sci-fi film is coming from Scottish filmmakers - IronStar films for which the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has just started at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tellurian-short-film-movie#/ and included is a range of tasty incentives for backers. 


Have a look below for a just a few examples of what you can get for your pounds if you decide to join the already growing list of backers wanting to get in on the act.



£10GBP
Big Thanks Shout Out.
A shout out across social media thanking you for your contribution
£50 GBP
Tellurian Dog Tags -Major
Personalised Tellurian Dog Tags customised with your own name. You too can be a leader of the Telurrian Militia and do your part in helping mastermind the downfall of the Alien invaders.

£200 GBP
Executive Producer
Become a Hollywood bigwig. Be given the title of Executive Producer on both the film credits and on IMDb. Backers will also receive two tickets to cast and crew premiere, a set of dog tags, social media shout out and an invite to join us on a shooting date of your choice. Perhaps even a speaking cameo. Travel and accommodation not included. Dates 18/19 Feb , 11/12 March 2017 (TBC) , 18/19 March 2017 ( TBC)

£3000 GBP
The Pod
You get all of the above perks plus you get to keep the custom built space pod. Woohoo! Shipping/Delivery of pod not included and to be arranged by the purchaser. Pod will not be available to collect until after Comic-Con Edinburgh 2017.


Check out the campaign page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tellurian-short-film-movie#/ for the other fab perks.



COMPETITION TIME - WIN A TELLURIAN GOODY BAG!!


We at 5D are genuinely overjoyed that the good people at Ironstar Films have graciously offered to put together an incredible 'Tellurian Goodie Bag' which will include such delights as; A Tellurian T shirt; A set of personalised dog tags; A Tellurian poster; A digital download of the film ( approx Aug 2017); Your name in the credits under a special mention.

To have a chance of winning answer the following question;

Q) What is the name of the artist/prop builder who is creating our custom built space pod for TELLURIAN. (Hint: take a looksee on the campaign page).

To enter the competition go to the competition (no, really) page at www.5d-blog.com and do that competition thing that you do!






IronStar films, are an independent production company set up in 2014 in order to produce a variety of media content. As a team they are passionate about film making and are working hard to reach their goal of producing their first feature film. You can find their website RIGHT HERE

You can find the Facebook page for IronStar Films RIGHT HERE

Their Twitter handle thing is @IronstarFilms








This article can also be found via the 5D website www.5d-blog.com. There you can find a veritable feast of blog articles, news items, pictures and and other mouth-watering salutations to the gods of the geeks and the nerds. We have now inherited the earth, you know.

There is also a newly launched forum on the website designed for ANYONE involved or interested in the Independent film industry related to genres of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. Feel free to register and contribute - Everyone is welcome!

In addition the 5D website now has PayPal Donate button. Any donations kindly made will be fed directly back to help with a podcast materials, competition prizes and other general costs etc. If you wish to contribute to the exciting growth of the website & blog then we here at 5D headquarters would be eternally grateful. If you would like your contribution to be acknowledged publicly then simply send a message via the website’s contact section and we’ll send you some love!

If all that was enough to entice to 5D land, should any of you fine people out there wish to advertise on the 5D website then have a look at the offer below.







Sunday, 6 November 2016

A review of Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter (2016)

A winner of numerous critical accolades and festival awards, not just for the film itself but also for the quite remarkable performance of its leading lady........ mention upon mention of the film in the various 5D social network timelines over the past couple of months....... the news that none other than SONY has picked up the movie and a franchise is planned together with moves for a proposed TV series......... 

Yes, in the time-honoured fashion of hanging onto the coat tails of those far more talented about myself it became abundantly clear to me that something had to be done about this situation - I had get involved. In other words, it was about time that I watched Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter for myself to see just exactly what all the fuss was about.

The previous blog article here at 5D featured an in depth (OK, in other words I waffled on a lot) interview with the producer and leading lady herself, Tracey Birdsall. If you want to see for yourself a fascinating insight into Tracey's mind-set then you could do worse than read it RIGHT HERE

If you feel that actually you could do much better than read anything that I put together (and just who would blame you?) then I will simply say that Tracey is a wonderfully entertaining, gracious and refreshingly honest interviewee. The rumour that we here at 5D are more than a little smitten with the gorgeous, talented geek that she is would be something I couldn't possibly comment upon........ :-)

However, my abject and fawning method of "tell me why you're so fab" line of questioning didn't seem to put her off too much and she was in fact very complimentary on my article. I know what my regular reader (yes I do have one) is thinking, that Tracey was probably just as shocked as anyone that I had managed to get at least some of my spelling, grammar and basic factual information nearly correct. Well, if that suggestion wasn't probably harsh but true I would be contacting my legal team to counter that remark with threats of legal action, though they would probably tell me that I was once again onto a losing case...

Nonetheless, Tracey did indeed like the article, so much so that she suggested that I may wish to see the finished product of Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter for myself on a super secret online screener....... and so watch it I did.


ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER is a complex science-fiction actioner described as Mad Max meets Star Wars. Written by Neil Johnson, the science fiction film is set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds. Starring are Tracey Birdsall, William Kircher (The Hobbit), Daz Crawford (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Stephen Manley (Star Trek III), and Marilyn Ghiggliotti (Clerks).


I will admit that I was more than a little apprehensive before watching this film - What if I didn't like it? How much of a negative review might I have to write? Would Tracey Birdsall never talk to me again?......

Thankfully I never needed to answer any of those questions because Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is quite simply a triumph, it is in fact a genuinely scintillating slice of Sci-fI cinema.

On the face of it there is apparently little new to the narrative themes within the film, it's clear that the makers wear their inspirations firmly on their sleeve as influences abound with the likes of Terminator and Mad Max. 

However this is not a criticism, because while the concept of the rise of machines and technology threatening the very existence of humans may seem familiar, the treatment here means that there is a freshness and sincerity to the production that otherwise may have just been another by-the-numbers tale of technological armageddon.

For a start, the film looks great, making the full use of some stunning locations both in the States and down-under in Australia. Some of the panoramic aerial shots in particular are incredible and fully utilise the use of drones (a genuine boon for any low-budget filmmaker) to provide a richly textured and fluid look to the movie. If you add to that some inspired lighting and taut direction, the result is that unlike other films of a similar nature in terms of limited finance. It all serves to provide the viewer with a genuine sense of planetary and interplanetary scale. The irony that a film that deals with the notion of technology becoming dominant beyond belief in fact benefits from the increasingly complexity of technology, such as drones, is rather amusing methinks. This movie is quite simply a delight for the visual senses,

Of course, the true heartbeat of Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is the producer and the woman who plays the lead character of Sienna, Tracey Birdsall. In her interview with me she talked about rejecting the cliched 'screaming gorgeous blond woman' often seen in mainstream scifi and horror in favour of the force of nature that is Sienna;  " I’ve never been a screaming blonde. No thank you very much. I very much lead with my talent in everything that I do. What you look like just gets you in the door. A movie like Rogue Warrior (any movie to me actually) can’t be cast on looks. When you watch a movie, you have to be drawn into the character and that’s not a reality with looks........Whether you’re male or female (we’ve found out), you will relate with Sienna’s character: you will cheer for her, laugh with her (and at her), cry for her, have angst for her and revel in her."

Do you want to know something? She isn't wrong. I really don't want to come over all hyperbolic and fawning (for a change) but it is safe to say that her complex performance with varying undertones of determination, strength and vulnerability would clearly explain the plethora of awards and future plans for expansion of the Rogue Warrior universe. Yes she looks stunning, mouth-wateringly so in fact - however she skilfully manages to avoid falling into blonde bombshell cliche by making her nuanced character the main focus of audience attention.

Perhaps one of the only niggles with Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is the use of the fine ensemble supporting cast. Yes this film is quite clearly driven by Birdsall's character, Sienna, though I couldn't help feeling that the fine performances from the other cast members could have been even further utilised. The likes of Stephen Manley, Tim McGrath and William Kircher are equally good, whilst the character of the wonderfully named 'Skullcrusher' played by the excellent Daz Crawford, could also have been further employed in the narrative.

However, this is but a minor negative and in only in a slight way detracts from what is a genuinely exciting and intelligent science fiction story. It could well be that there are plans to further expand on the story arc of the cast in future, an opportunity that arises after the recent announcement that not only has Sony picked up the film for distribution with an option for further franchise plans, but also that there are also plans now afoot for a TV series.

I'll leave it up to Tracey herself to have the (almost) final say............."Rogue Warrior is a journey - a complicated, exciting, excruciating journey… The relationships are deep and multi-layered, every cast member is skilled and on point, most of the film is practical including the effects where possible (and most of the robots), the arcs and the curves of this film are very much a deep drama delved into a science fiction film - like you’ve never seen before in this genre."

I just cannot argue with those sentiments. I think it's safe to say that the future of Sci-fi looks pretty safe in the hands of Rogue Warrior.












This article can also be found via the 5D website www.5d-blog.com. There you can find a veritable feast of blog articles, news items, pictures and and other mouth-watering salutations to the gods of the geeks and the nerds. We have now inherited the earth, you know.

There is also a newly launched forum on the website designed for ANYONE involved or interested in the Independent film industry related to genres of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. Feel free to register and contribute - Everyone is welcome!

In addition the 5D website now has PayPal Donate button. Any donations kindly made will be fed directly back to help with a podcast materials, competition prizes and other general costs etc. If you wish to contribute to the exciting growth of the website & blog then we here at 5D headquarters would be eternally grateful. If you would like your contribution to be acknowledged publicly then simply send a message via the website’s contact section and we’ll send you some love!

If all that was enough to entice to 5D land, should any of you fine people out there wish to advertise on the 5D website then have a look at the offer below.












Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Bridal Fever

A few days ago I was contacted by Hayley McInline who wanted to share news of her directorial feature film debut, Bridal Fever.
Bridal Fever is a gritty, suspenseful feature length horror film written and directed by Hayley McInline. Here we witness the clash where real life meets the supernatural, where the peace and security of everyday life no longer exist and there is nowhere left to hide. It shows just how crazy and savage a wronged woman can become in her path for revenge. The film began shooting in April and has just finished filming its final scenes.

Bridal Fever focuses on the story of Lisa, a good looking, troubled, 23 year old, who is plagued with memories of a traumatic childhood. Lisa, now married, finally thinks she has escaped from the devil inside her, that is until she sees the love of her life cheat with a teenage girl. I don't know about you, but I foresee trouble ahead for the cheating husband, his young lover and anyone else who finds themselves in the the unfortunate position of being their friend. That's right, the Evil Bride is coming for you...... and there is no escape - only excruciating pain!

So what makes me think that this film may have what it takes? Well two things; firstly the director of Photography (Stuart Gilmartin) and the film editor (Ironstar Films) are old friends of 5D - in other words I've seen their previous work and I like what I've seen! Secondly, this evening I was lucky enough to be sent an early version of the film's trailer......... and, well.......
At just a little over 2 minutes the trailer gives enough of an insight into a deliciously horrifying tale of demonic revenge. If you like your scenes of slow painful retribution in which rather inventive methods of dispatch are used, then it looks like this may be the film for you - and me. Believe what I say, it looks chilling and electrifying, all held together with a plentiful dose of dark claustrophobic terror. I genuinely cannot wait to see the finished product.

Hayley McInline is from a special effects background and so has always been extremely passionate about bringing practical effects to our screens, working mainly in the Horror Genre. She creates horrifying characters and brutal wounds that make even the cast and crew wince during filming. Directing her own films has always been her ultimate goal and now Bridal Fever will bring her love of creating unique horrifying characters and her love of storytelling together perfectly. 

It certainly bodes well with a fine cast and crew taken from all over Scotland. Bridal Fever stars Nicolette McKeown as the evil bride. Director of photography is Stuart Gilmartin and the film is getting edited by Ironstar.

Keep on checking here at 5D for further news of this intriguing slice of Scottish horror.






This article can also be found via the 5D website www.5d-blog.com. There you can find a veritable feast of blog articles, news items, pictures and and other mouth-watering salutations to the gods of the geeks and the nerds. We have now inherited the earth, you know.

There is also a newly launched forum on the website designed for ANYONE involved or interested in the Independent film industry related to genres of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. Feel free to register and contribute - Everyone is welcome!

In addition the 5D website now has PayPal Donate button. Any donations kindly made will be fed directly back to help with a podcast materials, competition prizes and other general costs etc. If you wish to contribute to the exciting growth of the website & blog then we here at 5D headquarters would be eternally grateful. If you would like your contribution to be acknowledged publicly then simply send a message via the website’s contact section and we’ll send you some love!

If all that was enough to entice to 5D land, should any of you fine people out there wish to advertise on the 5D website then have a look at the offer below.