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Well, I suppose it's been long enough. If other people were going to get the jump on us in starting production threads (and winning things for them), then we decided it best to jump back into the game everyone knows we started. So here it is.
With all the commercial and music video work we've garnered and continued to work on the past several months, caught up in the connections brought to Atomic Productions through the likes of Inebriation and The Brocial Network, it's admittedly been a struggle to bring a narrative projection back onto the table- but here it is.
Following the completion of a few big projects this week and the inevitable turn of Inebriation past the one-million-views mark by the end of next, we thought what a better time to announce one of our upcoming narrative works- and the first to be publicly released in over 9 months from us.
That project, ladies and gentlemen, is the modernized Western-genre drug drama we've titled Retribution, TX.
Set in a nondescript (but still slightly/markedly older) time period, the film will chronicle the rippling effects of two brothers' lives on the US/Mexico border amidst a growing drug war and increasing racial and societal tensions.
This is an idea I had back in Summer 2009, while we were working on a 48-hour contest in the woods and mountains of Arkansas, and bolstered conceptually in the months following that. The project developed and went through different considerations and stages until last summer, when it blended with an executive producer's ideas and wishes, and amalgamated with their promise of investment and interest into what was then an early version of Retribution.
Then, following the slight collapse of this project in pre-production early last fall for budgetary (and frankly general location safety/liability) reasons, we've carefully and slowly worked where we could around other smaller and shorter-lived commercial successes to get the idea and people we wanted behind Retribution- and having done some of that, we intend for this to be one of our biggest projects ever. Needless to say, this is something we've generally held our tongue on, but wanted to do and had on our minds for a quite a while.
Part of saying this is also noting that this project has been scaled-down from a feature length to something in a more manageable (and enjoyable, likely) 25-30 minute runtime, and it's something we're still in early pre-production piecing together. Because of the concise (but long-form in relation to our previous work) runtime, we think we can capitalize on our resources and actors best, and this will also allow us to hit the festival circuit (and student Academy Awards consideration) really strong.
Scope & Outlook
This will be a financed project, and will require quite a deal of money to make it how we want, to be able to utilize the experience and precision we've gained over the past year, and really have the production values, music, and overall emotional resonance we know it can. It is for this reason, in addition to outside investors, we will also soon be launching a Kickstarter campaign with (likely) somewhere in the range of a $5-10,000 goal to get this puppy kicking. It hasn't gone up yet, and you all here are, as always, the first to (formally) hear about this. It's been a whirlwind of fun but rather contentless work the past nine months, and Retribution, TX is a narrative tour-de-force we're incredibly enthusiastic about getting to where it needs to be and making an incredibly awesome project out of it.
Soon you'll be seeing updates from here, along with a Facebook fan page linked through our current Atomic Productions fan page, a few from Ben and mine's respective Twitters, and like I mentioned- a Kickstarter campaign. This is a project we hope to have financed over the next few months and into production on into the summer.
We believe we can make this project work, we believe in the ambitions we've setup in creating it, and we hope to have an audience here that in turn believes in us. So, all that jazz being said, there you go. With revelations to soon see laid out ahead, I leave the community here with the much-discussed and oft-criticized concession to what Atomic Productions is really 'about' these days. And, at least we hope, that's still an impacting narrative drama.
So stay tuned here and on Facebook, and let us know you thoughts- and we'd greatly appreciate it!