Happy New Year from everyone at Epic Films!
This time last year, we’d shot the Prologue, but were still in the editing process, and had no idea what was in store for us. It’s been a huge year, and we can’t thank you enough for all of your support.
Here are some of the highlights of the past 12 months…
Releasing the Prologue
On January 24th, we released our Wastelander Panda Prologue online, never anticipating the response we’d get from all of you! Within just 3 days, it had over 100,000 views, 4000 Facebook shares, and had been shared on over 1100 websites and blogs around the world. It was a crazy week, but just fueled our desire to make more episodes of Wastelander Panda for you all to see.
The next week, we launched our Pozible campaign, and were again amazed by everyone’s generosity. We went well above our target of $20,000, raising $25,225 from 353 of you. This incredible support led to us convincing the South Australian Film Corporation and Carclew Youth Arts that Wastelander Panda had an audience, and each of them chipped in some more money towards the new episodes.
We had an awesome weekend with Arcayus at AVCon, where we met huge numbers of Wastelander Panda fans (one of whom would go on to become a cast member!). Arcayus also appeared at the Adelaide Tropfest screening and the Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Launching our Blog
Thanks to our designers at Freerange Future, we launched our temporary website, including this blog, earlier in the year. The blog has since gone on to detail our pre-production process, including casting, rehearsals and location recces in Adelaide and the Flinders Ranges.
Over the next few months, we’ll be releasing behind the scenes videos from the shoot, in the lead-up to the launch of the next episodes and our brand new website.
Being Accepted into SXSW 2013
In October, we found out that thanks to your votes, and the decision of a judging panel, we’ve been selected to present a panel as part of the SXSW film conference in Austin, Texas. We can’t thank you enough, as this will give us the opportunity to launch the new episodes on the world stage. If you plan to be at SXSW, please drop us a line - we’d love to meet you.
Arcayus in Borderlands 2
Gearbox Software included an easter egg of Arcayus in Borderlands 2 when the game launched earlier this year. CEO Randy Pitchford then mentioned us in Game Informer. Is there any higher honour? We think not…
Over 17 days in November, our awesome cast and crew shot the next three episodes of Wastelander Panda. The episodes will launch next year and will be available to watch for free online. The shoot involved many highlights, including electrical storms, a road trip to the Flinders Ranges, shooting in a run-down house, amazing fight scenes choreographed by FEAT, and huge extras days.
To read more, check out our blogs:
- Part 1 – Flinders Ranges
- Part 2 – Flinders Ranges
- Part 3 – Abandoned Shop & Scrapyard
- Part 4 – Run-down House
- Part 5 – Warehouse Fight Pit
- Behind the Scenes Photos
- Cast & Crew Photos
Launching our Online Store
Last week, we launched our online store at http://www.wastelanderpanda.com/shop, where you can get yourself your very own Wastelander Panda hoodie or t-shirt. All proceeds from these sales go directly towards the project.
We hope you all have a fantastic New Year.
We’ll be busy with editing, post sound, visual effects and composition over the next couple of months, and will keep you up to date with everything that’s happening on Facebook, Twitter and our blog. We can’t wait to show you the new episodes!