Rookie journalist and “outworlder” Ellie Parish returns to the long abandoned frontier with the dream of writing a career-making story about the descendants of those who were left behind. There she finds a decaying society ruled through fear by a nameless, ageless despot commanding the will of the people with a massive army of mechanical sentries.
“Trash and Progress” is an indie sci-fi feature about another kind of Earth trapped in a morass of social stagnation and littered with the rusted technology from a forgotten war.
It is an ensemble-lead story of rebels, murderers, scientists and soldiers, all tasked with fighting what they don’t understand. But before she can record the story for history to discover, Ellie must come to terms with her own fears and remorse about a life left behind and a future made suddenly uncertain.
“Trash and Progress” is a fully independent science-fiction feature shot in the San Francisco Bay Area over roughly 40 days, with an almost entirely local cast and crew. It was finished in March of 2012.
It was the intention of the filmmakers to create a film that both broke away from the expectations of indie sci-fi as well as returning the audience to a dustier, rustier practical aesthetic familiar to fans of the genre’s 1970′s and 80′s heyday.
Months went into the development of original costumes and design work to create the mix of retro sci-fi and western post-apocalyptic style that makes up the film. Almost 90% of its shots have been digitally composited through the use of effects miniatures, full-scale electric models, and practical weather elements to create a more subtle, realistic feel to its otherworldly setting.
The film is currently being submitted into the festival circuit in hopes of finding a larger audience.
See more at the film’s official Facebook page.
Director of Photography
Makeup and Practical Effects
Maryssa Joy Wanlass …. Ellie Parrish
Samuel Richie …. Ben August
Lindsay Cookson …. Darla Dixie
Conor Hamill …. Willard Dodd
Charlie Vaughn …. Maynard Fletcher
Peter Jonathan McArthur …. Elliot Muddle
James Camblin …. Robert Leland
Jesse Filipko …. Johannes Pullings
Jessica Lyn Robertson …. Molly Pullings
Remi Barron …. Polemarch Calvin Aprils
Daniel Korth ….. Daniel Parrish
Kat Bushnell …. Charlotte Dixie
Kip Baldwin …. Pete August
Angela Hahn …. Dorothy August
Mia Wheaton …. Milly Fletcher
Riis Butrick …. Milly’s Friend
Julian Butrick …. Milly’s Friend
Roy Dieckman …. Vagabond
Julumarie Joy Cornista
Elizabeth Marks …. Propagandist
Steve Settle …. Farmer
Bill Pope …. Ira Culver
Second Unit Photographer
Editor / Visual Effects
Sound Design / Editing
Post Sound & Keying Technician
Mask Design / Construction
Assistant CG Artist
Dakota Wilder Smith
Photon Creative, San Francisco
Know Knew Books, Palo Alto
LMA Productions, Pleasanton
Monaco Labs, San Francisco
Video Copilot (www.videocopilot.net)
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