Against all odds.

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10-12 to 1.
Every year thousands and thousands of indie movies are made. Only a sliver of these achieve any amount of success. The odds will tell you Insectula! will not make it.
But once in a while a well thought out and executed movie will succeed. I don’t know for sure how well we will do, but I do know this – the movie will find an audience.  I don’t know how big that audience is, but my gut tells me it’s bigger than most are anticipating. How can I grab the niche while trying to appeal to a larger set beyond the cult aspects? I think it can be done and this is kind of an experiment to see if my ideas prove correct.

As I've stated before I love the Asylum model of making movies, it's just that their movies are unwatchable for most. They just aren't smart or fun enough to grab a larger audience. I'm trying to make this as fun as possible to watch, and that's why it's taken me so long even with my lack of budget. Each scene must be fun enough to make the viewer want to stay for the next one. It's like a bunch of mini movies threaded together, but woven well enough that it flows as a coherent whole.

It’s a matter of how well I can put the pieces together at this point and we shall see.

A tough task

Insectula is a tough movie to do with no budget. I've had to learn and get as good at VFX, practical FX and compositing as one person can possibly get. From particle generation and physics modeling to servos and robotics mechanisms. Had to learn all the materials for the practical and the animation, rendering and compositing tricks for the combination of both. There are times when I look at a problem and it seems too daunting, but I learned if you just put your head down and say that you can do it, you usually can.
If I didn't have the software programming and visual arts background I don't think I could have done it. It was kind of luck that I had these two dissimilar interests that intersected on this project.

When I started the project I knew little of VFX and Practical FX. I knew some of the basics, but not having the budget to hire people to do it there was really only one way. They way I looked at it was if someone can do it why can't I? Maybe I don't have the time to ramp up on all the details but maybe I can learn enough to get things to a level that looks professional. Usually the results surpassed my expectations, and while it may not be Hollywood, I dare anyone to do it for what I did it for!

Melting Face


Keeping a small list of Insectula's movie references and spoofs on our IMDB page. This is a tiny list and there are many, many more, but here is some idea of the fun we have in it:

Wilhelm Scream

OK, using the Wilhelm scream and the Howie scream side by side (possibly for the first time?) Look them up on Google