Arcayus is the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic world, and Wastelander Panda is his story. After the release of the prologue in January and a successful crowd-funding campaign the project was able to spend three weeks in the Flinders Ranges filming three short episodes expected to be released early 2013. And with a spot at next year’s South By South West in Austin, Texas, who knows where Wastelander Panda will be heading next. Fresh back from the shoot writer & director Vic Cocks and cinematographer Viv Madigan joined us in the studio for an indepth chat about the shoot, where the project is heading next, and video game easter eggs.
“Fantastica” by Loon Lake
“Codebreakers” by Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!
“Antibiotics” by Bob Evans
“Speak of the Devil” by Hermitude
“Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” by Velociraptor
“Don’t Deny Your Heart” by Hot Chip
It’s not often the dark knight and an anthropomorphic panda have a photo opportunity but that’s the beauty of AvCon, Adelaide’s anime and video game convention. The story behind this photo (although feel free to make up your own) started last year when the web series Wastelander Panda racked up 90 000 views in the first 5 days of is online life. Since then they’ve successfully crowdfunded over $25 000 and are in the process of filming the next stage of the series. We spoke to writer/director Vic Cocks and producer Kirsty Stark back at the start of the year about their amazing success and we thought it was time to follow up and see where Arcayus, the panda from the wasteland, is now.
Jonathan Brown, creative director of wemattermedia.com
When Channel 10 came to the decision to axe their morning chat show, The Circle, they defended the choice claiming low audiences and costly production. What are we losing when our commercial channels cancel homegrown content in favour of cheap imports, like Entertainment Tonight and The Insider? Jonathan Brown, media commentator (@JB_AU) and creative director at wemattermedia.com, had a few things to say on the matter. Is Australian TV in crisis? Download:Jonathan Brown
The Mercury Cinema’s Seniors on Screen is a film club which allows those over 50 to not only watch new and favourite films, but to take part in the creative process and even try their hand behind the camera. The program includes film screenings, workshops, forums and guest speakers set to run all the way til December.
Director Stephan Elliott. Source: The Daily Telegraph
Stephan Elliott usually writes all the films he directs but he decided for a change of pace for his new film A Few Best Men. Dean Craig, the screenwriter behind Death at a Funeral, penned the script with a British cast in mind but Stephan was adamant he would film his next project in his home country. I asked him about translating the British script to an Australian setting and why he is sick of weddings.
And that is the tale of the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Or at least it’s a taster of the tale. Adelaide production company Epic Films made this prologue to show the world their vision of Arcayus, the Wastelander Panda. The video has struck a chord with thousands of people worldwide with over 90 thousand views in the first five days of uploading. Writer, director and editor Victoria Cocks and producer Kirsty Stark came in to the studio to tell us the origins of the story and how they’re going to make their series. (And just how hot was it for the guy in the panda suit).
If you want to make Wastelander Panda a reality you can donate at their fundraising page and keep up to date via Epic Films facebook page.
Playlist “Kadinchy” – Pogo
“Mickey (Remix) – Olivia Newton John, from A Few Best Men
“It’s Nice To Be Alive” – Ball Park Music
From The Vaults: “The Boys Are Back In Town” – Thin Lizzy, from A Knight’s Tale
“Monkey Dance” – Washington
“You Like It” – 8 Bit Love, from ABC TV show twentysomething