"Attack of the Cyber Octopuses" is a retro-futuristic cyberpunk short film. The aim is to recreate the look and feel of the Eighties Sci-fi classics, without using CGI nor chroma key. Therefore it'll be shot in real locations and use various original miniature models and handmade props. It's an indie low budget project that you can support on kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/piovesan/attack-of-the-cyber-octopuses
The story takes place in Neo-Berlin, 2079 A.D. A dark and rain-soaked city held by mega corporations where the only way for people to enjoy life is by connecting into cyberspace and taking the "binary trip", a cyberdrug that fries your neurons but promises a feeling better than a hundred orgasms at once.
The film is inspired by William Gibson's cyberpunk landmark Neuromancer and by some of the most awesome sci-fi products of that 80s era, like Blade Runner, Terminator, Escape from New York, Aliens, Akira, Tetsuo the Iron Man and many more.
Lately there have been some great short film projects with 80s moods, but "Attack of the Cyber Octopuses" wants to reach the next level. Avoiding almost entirely the use of computer graphics (Editing, compositing and creating the virtual world of cyberspace will be done on a PC). Production of the weapons, vehicles, helmets, the cyber octopuses and even a miniature of the city will be crafted using junk, old toys and some 3D printed parts. Trying, as much as possible, to follow methods used in film as Blade Runner or the original Star Wars, that have amazing backstage photos. It is possible to follow the “making of” of this project on the official blog.
2017 is an essential year for the return on big screen of the cyberpunk genre, which sees - among others - Blade Runner 2049, Ghost in the Shell, and Mute. "Attack of the Cyber Octopuses" is a tribute towards certain way of doing film that has disappeared in recent years with the arrival of CGI. A "pulp" film, as Quentin Tarantino could make it, without being "trashy" or "cheesy", but also without taking things too seriously. A short film to make people think, in a visually attractive way, about our daily life and how addicted we are to the internet.
Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/piovesan/attack-of-the-cyber-octopuses
Offical website: http://www.chaosmonger.com/aotco/
“Making of” Blog: http://cyberoctopuses.blogspot.com