June 24, 2008
FOOT: PHANTOM OF THE FOREST AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
It's my pleasure to announce my latest project... Foot: Phantom of the Forest, a brand new animated short film that FunKo founder Mike Becker and I have been kicking around for nearly four years. Today we were thrilled to learn that it will make its world premiere next month at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con International Independent Film Festival!
Foot is about Monty, a 10-year-old boy living in the 1970s at the height of America's fascination with Bigfoot and other unexplained phenomena. When he learns that his recently deceased father was on the trail of the "Phantom of the Forest," Monty finds himself on a quest leading deep into the mysterious woodlands of Washington state. Our tale was given lush, beautiful life by the now-weary hands of Vance Reeser. (Check out this example of his eye-massaging work; and here's another one.) Jamey Clayberg contributed the eerie-licous original soundtrack, and Mike Becker and I co-wrote and co-directed.
The project went through many transitions before finally taking its current shape, but our goal has remained the same since day one; we wanted to end up with a story that's loaded with heart, and seasoned with our mutual appreciation for old school aesthetics— a film that would seem almost entirely out of place in today's film festival scene.
But easily as exciting as the Comic Con news is the fact that we've teamed up with FunKo to release the first ever Bigfoot Wacky Wobbler! The DVD and a wobbler inspired by the titular character will be sold together in a combo pack. The Foot design is a combined effort from both Vance Reeser and Rob Schwartz, the veteran FunKo artist and all-around cool guy who's been blessing the world with his wobbler-craft for nearly a decade.
Needless to say, I'm reaching hazardous levels of excitement over here. I'm planning to attend the screening as well as a signing event with Mike Becker and co. at the FunKo booth. I'll be posting the schedule (and eventually some images) here at the Fun Blog. So until next time, Keep on Footin'!