Inspired by the spirit of the 80's films and music, BLOOD MACHINES is a 50-minutes science-fiction film written and directed by Seth Ickerman, scored by the synthwave artist Carpenter Brut.
BLOOD MACHINES is the sequel of the music video TURBO KILLER, their first collaboration. Shot in late 2017, the film is currently in post-production.
Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine, as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space...
CHARACTERS AND ACTORS
VASCAN - Anders Heinrichsen
Captain of the spaceship, Vascan is a "blade runner" who tracks down machines taken over by its artificial intelligence. In his 40's, he can be quite brutal as he takes pleasure in abusing and humiliating the machines.
When the story takes a supernatural turn, his rational personality prevents him from having any fear. An ambitious and talented hunter, he will not hesitate to risk it all in order to reach his goal.
MIMA- Joëlle Berckmans
Present in TURBO KILLER, Mima is the female ghost escaping from the machine, leading the space hunters' chase. She is a breathtakingly beautiful creature, transfigured by an unreal sensuality with graceful gestures.
COREY - Elisa Lasowski
Coré is a strange priestess who protects the machines. She leads a group of priestesses with an iron fist. Still, behind angelic features, Coré may hide a part of darkness.
LAGO - Christian Erickson
Lago is the partner of Vascan in the spaceship. In his late 60's, with a big white beard and a face wrinkled by the passing of time, Lago is a veteran full of wisdom and empathy.
As a mechanic, he looks after the machines and develops a special relationship with them. Lago is a sensitive man inclined to spirituality. At the end of his life, he wonders about the afterlife.
Inspired by the spirit of the 80's, BLOOD MACHINES is a 30-min science-fiction short film written and directed by Seth Ickerman, scored by the synthwave artist Carpenter Brut. Blood Machines is the sequel of the music video TURBO KILLER, their first collaboration.
TURBO KILLER IN THE MEDIAS:
"Holy fuck. This may be my favorite video of 2016 and we’ve still got over half the year to go!" - Bloody Disgusting
"This is absolutely fantastic stuff and should those involved ever have the urge to expand it out you can be damn sure I'd drop my money to watch that film" - Screen Anarchy
"Usually, we do not post music videos, but this video is that awesome" - Hell Horror
"Rosemary's Baby meets Tron" - Movie Pilot
"One of the coolest and most epic music video of all time" - Geeks Are Sexy
"Turbo Killer is a shot to the technofuturist's heart" - The Creator's Project / Vice
We are two French directors, working for more than 10 years under the pseudonym of Seth Ickerman. We started with the 50-minutes film KAYDARA, inspired by The Matrix’s universe. Produced with limited budget, Kaydara attracted a large audience when we released it online. Since then, we worked on various projects as directors for companies like LG, Ubisoft and Samsung, and directed the music video Turbo Killer in 2016 for Carpenter Brut. We are now developing our first science-fiction feature film ICKERMAN. We released online a proof of concept of Ickerman early this year which did more than 1 500 000 views online.
In 2012, Carpenter Brut releases EP I. His success was striking, especially with the music video Le Perv, a tribute to Fabio Fulci and the 80's slashers. After EP II, marked by Roller Mobster, Carpenter releases EP III closing his trilogy. Turbo Killer is part of this last opus and Seth Ickerman’s music video is a true synthesis of Carpenter Brut’s universe, developed through the three albums.
Carpenter Brut was influenced by many 80's TV shows and B-movies stuffed with synthesizers. Surrounded with mystery, the man represented by a Pentagon is paying a homage to the post-hippies, metal and electro culture, with a unique and striking sound. One of the leaders of the retro new wave, his music is also present in many famous video games such as Furi, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and The Crew (Ubisoft).
BLOOD MACHINES was made possible thanks to a first Kickstarter campaign which took place around Christmas 2016. This success came as a HUGE surprise for all of us. When the directors pitched the project before the campaign, many people responded: « It's too crazy for a short film », «Synthwave is such a small phenomenon », etc. Even with the success of the campaign, the mountain was not that easy to climb.
Indeed, we were still at the beginning of the adventure as our financing was not fully completed yet. We then officially launched the project and a few months later the production of the film. A challenging endeavor as the project has the ambition of a big Hollywood production - but with the budget of an indie film.
Used to make movies in their garage, the directors’ experience was useful as they put their hands to work and surrounded themselves with passionate people who did a lot with very little. The sets, sometimes huge, required several months of work during the summer 2017.
Surrounded by a highly-motivated team, the directors worked hard on each scene and managed to shoot enough material to make a longer film than expected. So Blood Machines which was supposed to last only 30 minutes at first is now 50 minutes long. Of course, even if we are happy to be producing a more ambitious and crazier film, this extra time comes at price.
We hope that all this shows you how high we are setting the bar for Blood Machines but also tells you why the film is taking so long to be completed. We have been working on this project since summer 2016 and we are doing our best to finish it this year as we don’t want our original backers to wait any longer.
We are not giving up on anything and still want to preserve the mystery on many story and visual elements but we really need your help to maintain the level of ambition that has always been at the core of Blood Machines.
No matter the outcome of this second and final campaign, we just want to say thank you to the 4 400+ people who have been supporting Blood Machines since the beginning and to all the ones who will join us tomorrow.