I’m not sure how many remember the 2001 Anthrax Attacks- when everyone was scared to open their mail because you didn’t know if it was a care package from Grandma or just a healthy dose of Bacillus Anthracis waiting to snuff you out; but this is kind of how I felt when producing partner Ryan Colucci sent me the latest cut of White Space.
The one thing we (WS producers) all know- is that we have a high-margin product on our hand. If we learned one thing from AFM it’s that there’s an insatiable industry appetite for Disaster Films, Thinking-person’s horror and Effects Driven Sci-Fi films like White Space. So profit margin is there- pretty much built in from the get, thanks to some hard work from a talented crew and a win-win deal with our VFX masterminds, www.filmworksfx.com.
However, from a creative standpoint, after viewing the first rough cut, I can’t say I was doing cartwheels. The screenplay – written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Ryan Colucci- is top-notch, solid – and I wanted so very much for our final product to be as loyal to the page as possible. This wasn’t exactly the case. Again, from a product standpoint— great- check, please. But creatively- I knew we had a much better film on our hands and thankfully, Colucci- was straight up, Judd Nelson, Relentless, in tracking down the man with a plan— Eric Potter– an immensely talented editor with a VFX background. His credits speak for themselves with work on movies like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans and The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey, to name a few.
His name may as well be HARRY Potter because he turned out sheer magic in comparison to the initial cut I reviewed. I made notes on the cut last night from around 11pm to 3am and the only thing missing was the popcorn.
This is the movie we set out to make. It’s a Monster. Brooding and mysterious with thrills and jumps along the way through to an exciting conclusion with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a sci-fi thriller about a deep space crew gone mad as they get in over their heads on the chase for a black market take, disturbing a legendary beast that will do anything to protect its territory.