A sci-fi/horror film by Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis, that will celebrate Animatronics and Makeup FX. Help keep FX real!
In 2010 Amalgamated Dynamics (ADI) was hired to create the practical monster effects for the film The Thing (2011). However much to ADI's dismay, the studio had the majority of their work digitally replaced with CGI for the final cut of the film. In response to this, ADI used Kickstarter to fund this film, Harbinger Down, which features entirely practical creature effects created through the use of animatronics, prosthetic makeup, stop motion and miniature effects. There are zero computer animated monsters in this film.
An all-practical FX film by Academy Award-nominated special effects artist Alec Gillis, Harbinger Down pays homage to classic '80s creature films like The Thing and Alien. A group of grad students set out on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a thawed piece of Soviet space wreckage, the experiment-gone-wrong frozen in the ice is drawn to the warmth of human companionship.
Director Alec Gillis
Writers Alec Gillis
Actors Lance Henriksen, Camille Balsamo, Matt Winston, Reid Collums, Winston James Francis, Milla Bjorn, Giovonnie Samuels, Mike Estime, Edwin H. Bravo
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Run Time 1 hour 22 minutes