Trippy Machinima Series "Chadam" for Warner Bros.
Quiet Earth is a movie site I visit frequently as the "post-apocalyptic" theme is a favorite and the entire website is devoted to it. Imagine my surprise when I was reading through the description of a trailer for an animated film series called "Chadam" that is to premiere on the Warner Bros. website this Fall, and came across this description:
"CHADAM is an upcoming project that will premier on The WB this fall (wow, they'll actually have a show someone wants to watch for once!) and from the looks of it, it might just be post apocalyptic. The project is based upon characters Alex Pardee created for the rock band The Used. This is supposedly an internet "phenomenon" but I haven't heard of it before now, when the teaser premiered at SDCC.
"Chadam lives as the "chosen one" in the hyper-stylized and exaggerated metropolitan island city of Vulture. His power of imagination is strong enough to physically change his environment and, therefore, his world … to save it from evil. The series will find Chadam in a place of refuge where he and others have retreated to plan their attack against a serial killer known as Viceroy. A dark, emotional action-horror-adventure fantasy story filled with self-discovery, Chadam will come to full 3D animated life via the magic of the Unreal Engine 3, the leading technology and development framework that powers cutting-edge games such as Gears of War and BioShock on today's popular platforms, including PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Internet series will serve as an incubator for future expansion of the Chadam universe, from additional online episodes to television, film, videogames and more."
An Unreal machinima series on the Warner Bros. website? How did I miss this? Take a look at the trailer which was shown at the recent ComiCon.
Sure makes the Unreal engine look good.
Digging further (the official website is just a photo with no info at this point), I found the MySpace page for the writer/producer, Alex Pardee, which has a lot more info. Alex has a background primarily in graphics and apparel design. He kind a hit it big with graphic design for a group The Used on their album. Now he's doing a machinima series in collaboration with producer Jason Hall and HD Films.
“As film, television and video games continue to evolve, the convergence of their associated tools, techniques and audiences are providing a fantastic opportunity for creative, cost-effective and compelling storytelling such as 'Chadam,'” said Jace Hall, Producer and President of HDFilms. “Utilizing the Unreal Engine 3 as part of our overall production process has enabled us to realize our full vision for the 3D series.”
I'm sure there is a very interesting story behind this production. I'm going to try to contact Alex and see if I can't set up an interview.