Wormtooth Nation


Q: How did this happen?!??
A: A couple of maniacs named Geoff and Cullen who are crazy enough to want to make film-making their lives were sitting around in Geoff's dorm room one day and thought, "Hey, we should make another movie!" A lot of strategery went into Wormtooth Nation, but the original conversation went something like this:
  1. Cullen: We're done with We Are Theo, what's next?
  2. Geoff: I'm thinking Feature.
  3. Cullen: Surely the next step after 20 minute short is a feature length film, for no-one would be foolish enough to waste time in the interim.
  4. Geoff: I've got this steampunk idea for an underground city where no-one dies, only instead gets recycled in a postmortem game-show.
  5. Cullen: I always thought a steampunk Midsummer Night's Dream would be cool.
  6. Geoff: Let's do both of them!
  7. Cullen: A Steampunk Midsummer Night's Dream set in an underground city where no-one ever dies?
  8. Geoff: Awesome.
Q: What is this "steampunk" thing you guys keep talking about?
A: Steampunk is a genre evolving from the early science fiction masters like Jules Vern, HG Wells, and Mary Shelly. Steampunk usually poses advanced technologies, like re-animation (Frankenstein) or Space Flight (From the Earth to the Moon), in times and using fanciful techniques well before they were actually possible. It's a kind of retrospective science fiction. Vern was writing science fiction when he sent men to the moon in a giant bullet launched with black powder, but if someone wrote that same story now (when we know better), it'd be Steampunk. Imagine steam powered space ships, or coal burning robots and you'll start to get the idea.
Q: Wormtooth Nation is soooo amazing, so you guys must have, like, used a crazy expensive camera in a big studio right?
A: With the exception of one sideways-crawling tunnel shot, the entire of Wormtooth Nation was filmed on location. Our camera was a cheap but wonderful Sony HVR V1 filming in 30p HDV. Our lights were a handful of 250-500 watt Lowel instruments that all fit into the same 35 pound TOTA case. In short, our production equipment was about what you might expect to see a documentary journalist tote into Afghanistan: the bare minimum to get the job done. It worked out wonderfully.
Q: Where in the world did you find all those weird locations?
A: Mars mostly. There are vast subterranean ruins of an alien civilization of which we alone know because of the spaceship Geoff keeps in the secret cave beneath his parent's garage. One day we will take you there, and you can live forever as royalty amid the powerful alien artifacts, and help us in our war with the secret sect of Gobagha, the seven headed.

Actually, Geoff doesn't have a garage. Which sucks, because if he did, we probably would have filmed in it. As it is, Cullen called the entire listing of industrial companies in our area and managed to find a few amazing people who were stoked about a college film, and willing to let us in to shoot cool stuff in their unusual places. If you're thinking that sounds dirty, well, most of our sets were filthy, only one was air-conditioned, and we were filming in the dead of Iowa winter. But seriously, big thanks to all the people who let us use their space. Especially Carl.

Q: What kind of totally awesome editing rig did you guys fly for post production?
A: We call it the editizor, and it is a six foot tall robot with the mac logo on it's chest and eyes that occasionally, randomly, turn into spinning pinwheels of death. We feed it digital tapes of our footage and it eats them with a crunching "Nom Nom Nom" and, after hours and weeks of torturous manipulation through the interface of final cut pro suite, spits out fully edited episodes as decals on it's massive forearms. We dare not plug it into the internets for fear of the havoc it would wreck. Indeed, we must keep it locked up at night, to keep you safe...
Q: Are your characters based on you and your friends?
A: Nope. Wormtooth Nation is loosely adapted from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, not from any of our real life experience, although of course, that leaks in.
Q: Why A Midsumer Night's Dream?
A: Why not? Geoff and Cullen were in a production of that show some years back, Geoff as Puck, Cullen as Snug the Joiner, which gives you an idea of their relative theatric ability. They both thought, "Hey, this is a cool story! What if we were to make this story, only it's not like this story at all?" The exact relationship between Wormtooth Nation and Shakespeare's play is rather hazy. You'll have to judge for yourself.
Q: Don't you think it's pretentious for an Indy film to remake Shakespeare?
A: No. Firstly, I don't think Shakespeare would have minded. Second, we're not remaking Shakespeare. That would be silly, Shakespeare does not require revision. We're telling a new story, which in many ways, pays homage to one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
Q: What kind of budget were you working with?
A: Our total budget was/is somewhere under five thousand dollars, and came entirely from donations.
Q: Are you hoping to earn money with Wormtooth Nation?
A: Everyone who worked on Wormtooth Nation volunteered their time and effort. If we make any money, which at this point seems like a really long shot, it will be given back to the community.
Q: How many episodes will there be? Will there be one big dvd full of Wormy-toothy goodness?
A: That's two questions! You are fail. But yes, all nine episodes will be released as a feature length film. We're not sure yet if there will be a DVD.
Q: Where'd this rad website come from?
A: A couple of genius Orangutans with brains way bigger then mine (more sex appeal too) named Collin Miller and Quin Shanahan put it together for the lolz. And we're paying them. Don't ask me how.

Any other questions? We'd love to hear from you: whiskerfree@gmail.com