The creatively tireless visionary that is Brendon Small has released Galaktikon: Nightmare—a short-film companion piece to his 2017 album Galaktikon II: Become the Storm, and the six-part comic book that followed.
Small wrote and directed the 7:36 minute sci-fi/metal movie—which he calls "a love letter to all the filmmakers in the ‘70s and ‘80s that helped inform the creativity in my childhood, such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tobe Hooper, Roger Corman, and Dino De Laurentiis."
The short is striking in that it doesn't use CGI—the computer imaging tools that inform practically every major cinematic experience these days, from superhero flicks to romance movies. Small called his process "Corman '82," which meant that anything the legendary budget filmmaker Roger Corman could achieve in 1982 would be allowed for his own filmmaking process.
In fact, Small and his brother, special effects master Jeff Small, even found Corman's old spaceship set, and used it for Nightmare. Other effects were achieved with anamorphic lenses; aquariums filled with multi-colored, multi-density liquids; and robots, space suits, and monsters created by Jeff himself.
“I’m happy to report,” says Brendon, “the results are incredibly cool.”