CHILD OF VINTAGE SCI-FI
After premiering on the Gold Coast, The Osiris Child hits the big screen today. speaks to the movie’s creator Shane Abbess
YWars – I love that people love it. With these sorts of things, indie films, you have to try different things. everything, he has no purpose, and no idea what’s driving him forward. It’s important for him to go on that journey. So those are definitely people and stories that exist in the everyday, but transformed to fit into this sci-fi world. And then from a basic point of view there’s the “don’t judge a book by its cover” lesson. The monsters I think is where all the divisiveness of the film comes from. They’re the most talked about thing. Some people like it that it’s real animatronics like in the 80s. They also find them quite old school and reminiscent. For me it was a step towards taking the audience back to what I grew up with. It was a conscious decision to ground the film rather than use CGI monsters, but I do think it portrayed the pulpiness of it. But as for nailing the right look and movements, they were always designed to be almost like a clunky snapping turtle. They got out before they were meant to; they were not an ultimate killing machine yet. But it definitely comes with its challenges. It’s very difficult to make them run, do an action scene – they’re just very difficult to work with. Initially, I was just going to have the normal solitary confinement but then I thought, if you’re in the worst prison in the universe with the worst people, you’d probably like to be locked in a room by yourself. Solitary needs to be more about punishment. So I thought maybe something like a coffin and you can’t stand up. Somewhere there are lights messing with your senses. You can never sleep because every five seconds you’re getting flipped on your head. I was tapping into my sadistic side. The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One is out in selected cinemas today.
The Osiris Child writer and director Shane Abbess in scene with Kellan Lutz, who plays escaped criminal Sy.