Check out our behind-the-scenes interview with Drakken filmmakers Matthew Wilson and Justin Robinson.
We’re searching for the next great sci-fi filmmaker with the Prototype contest, where eight filmmakers are vying for a chance to win a feature film deal with New Regency. You can check out the short films by all eight finalists right now, but if you want to go behind the scenes to learn more about the creation of these movies, we’re publishing interviews with the Prototype filmmakers.
Today, you can take a peek into the minds behind Drakken in our interview, where writer/director Matthew Wilson talks about where the idea behind the film came from:
The whole thing started with Justin Robinson and I sitting at a restaurant in Eagle Rock. Justin’s one of my best friends from childhood and just happens to be a very talented novelist (he’s got 8 books in print). We often hang out and spitball ideas. So that’s what we were doing and, eventually, one of us said, “Has someone ever done a post-apocalyptic fantasy story?”
Usually, post-apocalyptic movies are set in modern day or the near-future and they center on a zombie outbreak or nuclear holocaust. We wanted to put a twist on the genre so we started talking about how the apocalypse might happen in a fantasy setting. We decided on necromantic magic. A horrible ritual goes awry and creates a pestilence that spreads out across the land, killing many of the plants and animals and making everything infertile. There’s a giant smoking sinkhole that opens in the earth and starts leaking out death-energy.