So, we did a thing, and (not to brag), but that thing is pretty flipping cool. As most of you know, Fairfield Studios does a great deal of work for clients on the marketing and PR side of the biz. It’s fun work, and we love it, but we’re all also total film nerds. We have a particular fondness for sci-fi, so it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that The Immortal Game falls in that genre.
From its first inception to the final product, The Immortal Game has undergone a bevy of changes. Like I said, it’s an homage to so many of the sci-fi tv shows and movies we love. When you watch the short, you’ll see nods to Star Wars, Firefly, and other sci-fi mainstays. You’ll probably also notice a hint of anime inspiration in play. I’m half tempted to list out all the parts that were inspired or exist in homage, but I think it’d be more fun if you sounded off in the comments over on our Facebook page. There’s no prize except the reward of geeking out with a bunch of other geeks over super awesome geeky stuff, which, honestly, is its own reward.
Having said that, I am going to give away one big inspiration involving the protagonist, The Challenger (played beautifully by Chelsy Goldsmith). Clint McCommon (who wrote and directed The Immortal Game) initially had more of a Leia-esque heroine in mind. During the creative meetings, however, someone mentioned Zoë Washburn (played by Gina Torres) from Firefly, and Clint, who’d also recently watched Hidden Figures immediately latched on to the idea of making The Challenger the ultimate underdog, not just from the galactic perspective encoded in the world building, but from our own, very human, twenty first century perspective as well.
Though Fairfield Studios spearheaded the production, it was also a really awesome collaborative effort with UberGeeks. The costumes, design, and overall vibe owe so much to Jesse Broughton and the rest of the UberGeeks team. Their expertise and enthusiasm made working with them an amazing experience. Being able to work with industry professionals who genuinely love what they do makes all the difference in the world, and we’re so glad they were willing to come on board for this project. You can check out their work here: https://www.facebook.com/ubergeekTeamUGC/
The rest of our cast and crew were equally fabulous. Joey Barto really came through on the visual effects, and we’re incredibly fortunate to have someone of his skill available for productions. He wound up having to go the extra mile when the attempt to use miniatures didn’t pan out (which was a serious bummer, because Aaron McCommon built some amazing models for this production). We also owe a huge thank you to Wade Marshall, who created the original music for this production. He also did the music for our Outlier Project, and you can check out his amazing work here: https://www.facebook.com/Wademarshallcomposer/
If you follow any of our social media pages, you’ll see us often using the hashtag #livewhatyoulove. That sliver of advice has been a guiding principle for so many of us in this industry, particularly here at Fairfield Studios. We love the work we do, and we love that it allows us to tackle projects like this. Not only do we get to flex our creative muscles, but we get to expand our knowledge base and practice techniques that we can bring back to our clients. We had a blast collaborating on this project, and we hope you guys have as much fun watching it as we had making it!
In the meantime, feel free to bask in the glory of these BTS photos!