William Eubank's Indie Sci-Fi Opus LOVE Looks Exciting And New!
While most of the film world is gearing up for Sundance, let's briefly look forward to the Santa Barbara Film Festival in February, where William Eubank's LOVE will premiere. There's been some excitement around the web for this independent sci-fi feature (Eubanks's first), and if you give the trailer a look, you'll see why.
Though Eubank's influences are myriad here (2001, SILENT RUNNING, THE FOUNTAIN and MOON leap instantly to mind), there's considerable filmcraft on display. And this trailer looks even more impressive when you consider that many of the sets (including the space station) were built in Eubank's parents' backyard. The film is executive produced by Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 and Angels and Airwaves, so it's not the scrappiest of independents, but it does appear to be uncommonly accomplished for a debut feature. I'm intrigued. Eubank could be the real deal. What do you think?
Here's the official synopsis for LOVE...
After losing contact with Earth, Astronaut Lee Miller becomes stranded in orbit alone aboard the International Space Station. As time passes and life support systems dwindle, Lee battles to maintain his sanity – and simply stay alive. His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship. Driven by the powerful music of Angels and Airwaves, LOVE explores the fundamental human need for connection and the limitless power of hope… A high-impact visual adventure, that resonates a common truth, that everyone has a story to tell and something even greater to leave behind.
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Jan. 19, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST
given A&A's three album track record of releasing the most derivative empty soul-less bore-rock records with the dumbest hamfisted imagery and lyrics, masqueraded as records that would "CHANGE ROCK MUSIC FOREVER" and "PLAY HUGE STADIUMS TO MILLIONS", and really just sat lifeless in used bins and 2000 capacity venues, im not so sure a movie thats essentially a continuation of tom delonges delusions, featuring a bunch of already done ideas (moon, fountain, etc), and rip off score (3rd rate TRON intro) is really going to be anything good.
Jan. 19, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST
Some parts of the trailer that look great, others that look a little TOO derivative (Moon, Y the Last Man, the Fountain all came to mind), and other parts that just look off (gravity on an otherwise realistic looking space station, the music, some of the shots looks like they're from a film student while others look really pro). Overall it looks too hodgepodge and inconsistent based off the trailer alone.
Jan. 19, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST
slow-mo can be pretty cool, but when overused is very annoying. lots of mediocre films hide behind excellent image quality. throw a shitload of sci-fi movies in a blender, and you'll get LOVE. is it even trying to hide it? MOON borrowed some classic sci-fi concepts and mood, but the final product was fresh. This looks like 10 layers of 'direct homage'. the music sounded like canned stuff from video production (i've worked in the field) i don't look forward to being negative, it just happens. i was hoping for more when i clicked on that vid. i am disappoint.
Jan. 19, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST
it looks as if it has some potential... we'll see then won't we
Jan. 19, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST
oh man geekin out right now to be posted here... my parents live in santa ynez on a horse ranch and my brothers and i built all those civil war structures over a year out of railroad ties
Jan. 19, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST
which would be cool if the music is badass. looks like the civil war scenes will mingle well with the space stuff, i'm liking the whole visual feel and detail
Jan. 19, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST
Sometimes I just don't understand talkbackers. You'd offer them a wad of money and they'd criticize how it was folded and which hand you used to give it to them. I'm in the camp that says if you want to make a better film, then do it. Write the great script, become a cinematographer, an actor, a producer. I look at this and see only blood, sweat, and tears poured onto the screen, and we should be encouraging the independent spirit, not tearing it apart.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST
Man, am I getting old.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST
The two trailers I've had the most fun watching in a loooong time. I can't comment on the films themselves yet, but the trailers were beautiful.
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST
Agree with stone13, just a beautiful trailer, and i don't agree with UGH, i really like the way the trailer is put together, i hate so much the ones that give away everything, i'm really curious to see how this movie turns to be, i don't mind the Angel Vs Airwaves relation, in the trailer in sounded really good. Hell i'm up for any smart sci-fi...
Jan. 19, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST
because it doesn't mean 'first' like how you used it. for art, it means 'best work'. it's not very nice to say that someone's first work is going to be the height of their career, even if that's the case a lot of the time. Opus in fine art: * Magnum opus (or Opus magnum), the best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author, artist, or composer.
Jan. 19, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST
And I liked the trailer too
Jan. 19, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST
..without being able to make a comparable piece. i don't have to make a movie to have the right to speak about one. welcome to having an opinion. the way i see it, great sci-fi has a huge battle to fight, most people still think it's a joke, either below them, or above them: not that i want my sci-fi to be dumbed down into oatmeal for the mass audience, because at the same time i want my sci-fi to be intelligent and fresh and lofty. what i don't want is a sci-fi movie that looks like a student project to make a best-of-reel from classic sci fi of the last 50 years. this one runs the gamut of cribbing all the greats, from what i see, and i strongly agree with the person who said some looks amateurish, and other things look great. that's what happens when you get a budget or get produced halfway through your film, and someone lets you borrow the hi def slo-mo cam.
Jan. 19, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST
...then I went to see videos of the band. My expectations went down several notches. Hopefully the movie is detached enough from Burbank Pseudo-Punk pretention.
Jan. 19, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST
It's the magnum that puts the "best" in the opus. Opus is just a piece of work.
Jan. 20, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST
by The Merk
I'm not hating, it just seems from the both the poster and the trailer that this is more feature length music video than an actual "movie". It looks interesting either way.
Jan. 20, 2011, 1:38 a.m. CST
by Tim Reuschling
there's nothing on imdb, who can help?
Jan. 20, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST
...as a piece of drift wood. For fucks sake, you may need to stock up on smelling salts if you want to watch this shit. What you should be promoting instead Beaks, is the sizzle reel, for SLINGERS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfPQ1axa5Og&feature=player_embedded
Jan. 20, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST
...Mission Of The Sacred Heart, from A New World Record.
Jan. 20, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST
Bring it on. I'd much rather see this sort of stuff than another tepid X-Men reboot.
Jan. 20, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST
...Blink-182 album instead? WTF happened with those guys after 2003 or so? Oh well.
Jan. 20, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST
Looks like an all style, no substance Tarsem thingie...
Jan. 20, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST
I'm guessing it's intentional and will attempt to make more sense in the film, but I hate the raw un-color corrected look to half of it. I did like the overall vibe though.
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