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Giant Monster Playset
After receiving a mysterious package, a young boy innocently plays with it's toy monster contents, unknowingly unleashing a gigantic beast bent on destroying his own small town.
". . . an homage to giant monster films like King Kong, Godzilla, Them!, and Tarantula, to name only a few. Giant Monster Playset turns back the clock on filmmaking technique to get back to the real purpose of the movies. Young Collin steps out his front door and finds a package wrapped in tantalizing reptilian paper. He opens it to reveal a board game that, frankly, looks totally awesome. A game where the purpose is to take a giant monster on a path of destruction through an unsuspecting, sleepy town? Yes, please!
What Collin doesn't realize is that the game he is imagining in his home is being played out on the real streets of his hometown. Martin, Collin's older brother, wanders past the gigantic monster, but doesn't notice him because of the blaring tunes from his iPod. Is it a coincidence that the most recent piece of technology in the movie distracts the protagonist from the crazy awesome thing happening right behind him? I think not. When Martin arrives home, he turns on the television and sees the monster causing havoc on the news. He realizes the connection between the game and takes it upon himself to save the town.
It's telling that Collin is so enraptured by a board game in an era when we might expect him to be playing video games on the television or computer. Similarly,Giant Monster Playset turns back the clock and uses retro monster movie techniques to create the beast that wreaks havoc on the town. The hyper-attention to realism that so often plagues CGI takes away from the creativity of films as filmmakers focus too much on the details of how things look and forget that the movie is supposed to be fun. Pope and his creative team realize that it's important to play with the movie's concept and make something new and imaginative. They know that movies take our imagination, creativity, and sense of fun and blow them up to gigantic proportions. And luckily we all get to sit back and enjoy a rollicking good show."
-Jason Parker, Nashville Art Scene
Written, Directed & Produced by Greg Pope
Collin - Finn Pope
Martin- Asher Pope
Mr. Chilton - Paul Conrad
Director of Photography: Daniel Collins
Art direction: Paul Conrad
Production Assistant: Josh Davis
Original Powerpop Score written & performed by Greg Pope.
ASPECT RATIO: 16 x 9
AUDIO: 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Visual Effects Reel
-Storyboards, trailers, concept art
-Full length original powerpop score