Written & Directed by Robert Mond
From the age of 17 I began making my own short films in Australia. I made them at every free moment, learning how to edit, write and direct on the go. Eventually I started to see some success with my film Reception making it into The Iron Mule Film Festival in New York. My Next film Love’s End made it into The LA Comedy Film Festival. I flew over to LA and watched the film in the festival where it got a great reception. I decided that my next film should be a feature.
I worked day and night with different ideas, trying to find something I was truly passionate about. Things became much easier in 2012 when I took the most incredible trip to the US to go to Comic-Con.
The Comic-Con was like nothing I had ever seen before. I was surrounded by artists, actors, writers, producers and of course fans. I went from panel to panel asking questions, trying to learn from the very best. I couldn’t help but wish I sat on the other side of those panels talking about my favorite superheroes to fellow geeks. As I sat listening to big studios talk about their next superhero film I had a thought. These films all had big budgets, big actors and big special effects. They all told the story of the great triumph of superheroes over evil. I started to wonder, if I was given those powers, just a regular guy, would I too become incredible? Would I use my powers for good? And would I actually be capable enough to save the world. The idea stayed in my head throughout the Comic-Con and for the rest of my trip around America.
I would daydream day after day wondering about regular people getting powers and how terrible that might be if it really happened. One night I was restless in bed trying to get this idea right when it hit me. Superpowers are always seen as something everybody would wish to have. But if we really got them, it stood to reason that actual people with extraordinary powers wouldn’t become superheroes at all, they would most likely use those powers for personal gain, hurting themselves and those around them in the process.
I began writing some ideas down and rereading Robert Rodriguez’s brilliant book Rebel without a Crew. Like me he was a self-made filmmaker so I used his advice as a guide on how I might achieve the same filmmaking dream he did. I loved the chapter about him being broke and doing clinical trials to make enough money to direct his first film. Reading about his trials I couldn’t help but wonder what amazing experimental drugs people must have taken. Just imagine if you took a drug and it gave you a superpower. Once that thought hit my head I knew the film I had to make…
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