In June 2014 the team behind Predator: Dark Ages started their Kickstarter campaign to fund their vision for a Predator fan film set in the Medieval times. It barely made the minimum they wanted, the amount that would have allowed them to do a short trailer.
Thankfully director and writer, James Bushe, and director of photography, Simon Rowling, were able to secure the remaining fund privately and that allowed them to go ahead and create this amazing fan film that has proved to be a hit, placing above Predator 2 and Predators in the IMDB rankings.
James and Simon kindly agreed to take some time to answer some of our questions about Predator: Dark Ages.
“Aliens vs Predator Galaxy – One of the challenges a lot of fan films face is making the extra-terrestrial creatures look good. A lot of the newer films are tapping into a great new resource, cosplayers, something you also utilized. You tapped up Philip Lane from Sentient Creatures to perform as your Predator. How did his involvement come about?
James Bushe – So as I mentioned I already had this medieval Predator idea in the back of my head, waiting to take to Hollywood. Then one day I was browsing Facebook and came across Phil and his costume and was amazed how good it looked. So I messaged him and asked if he had done any video work and did he fancy doing a (then) trailer. When I told him the idea he jumped at the chance to get involved and from that point the fan film became a reality.
Phil was really the main building block for the short. Without him and his costume I would not have bothered. I know some people have mentioned we should have designed and built our own costume etc, but the amount that would cost would have dramatically affected our budget and what we could do. I know another campaign was running on Kickstarter to create a suit but I believe already having our suit helped us in our initial campaign. We were able to use it to shoot a teaser and make posters. Besides I still think the Predator 1 hunter is still my frav out the lot. Yes we had to work around the suit but it was a great starting point.”
The pair talk about their background, the history of the project, how the Kickstarter campaign effected Predator: Dark Ages and much more. Be sure to head on over to our interviews section and check out the entire interview with James Bushe & Simon Rowling about Predator: Dark Ages.