Drew Bolduc is one-half of the power team responsible for 2010's indie horror film The Taint (the other half being Dan Nelson, who shared directing/producing/acting/effects/sound/etc. duties). The Taint was a truly DIY affair that rose above its low-budget origins thanks to over-the-top gore effects, a ton of humor, a killer soundtrack, and even a little bit of commentary on the nastier side of horror films.
Word of Drew's new project Science Team hit the internet recently, and fundraising is now underway. From the promotional material on the fundraising site, Science Team looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. Even with preparation for the new film keeping him busy, Drew was nice enough to take the time to answer a few questions.
First, just in case there's anyone out there who isn't familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Drew: I wrote and co-directed a movie called The Taint and I worked on special and visual effects for Return to Class of Nuke 'em High.
Your new project, Science Team, begins filming in a couple of months. What should we expect? Lasers? Aliens? Gore? (Exploding dicks?)
Drew: All of those things. Probably not exploding dicks.
You've spoken about some influences on your filmmaking in past interviews, but what are some of the films (or other media) that inspired Science Team?
Drew: Moebius, Ultraman, 2001
The Taint really skewered the horror genre's penchant for misogyny by taking it to its utmost extreme. Is there a questionable assumption common to sci-fi films that you're looking to blast with Science Team?
Drew: In Aliens, Ultraman, and Independence Day there is something very nationalistic and xenophobic. They are about humanity having to defeat or destroy "the other"(aliens) which is not like us. It has a quite a bit to do with that.
After The Taint, you spent some time with Troma doing effects work for Return to Class of Nuke 'em High. How was the experience working with Troma, and what were some of the things you learned along the way?
Drew: It was insane, but an amazing experience. I met a ton of awesome people and learned so much about effects and how to operate in a much higher pressure environment than The Taint. I feel like many of us left that movie feeling like we could handle anything after it.
You're planning to start shooting in June - is Richmond aware, or are you going to take the city by surprise and shoot semi-surreptitiously again?
Drew: It will be a bit more planned this time.
I really enjoyed the soundtrack to The Taint. Are you composing the soundtrack for Science Team as well?
Drew: Yeah, but there will probably be other contributors as well.
You've turned to crowdfunding to help raise money (via IndieGoGo). Are you still looking to keep things small-scale, or are you aiming for a slightly bigger budget?
Drew: It's bigger this time. We want to do something greater and of a higher quality, but it is still relatively low.
How do you feel about bigger studios getting in on the crowdfunding game, as they did with the recent Veronica Mars movie? Do you worry that it'll sap attention and funds away from smaller productions like yours?
Drew: It might. The fact that the movie that did it was Veronica Mars is hilarious on some level. I mean, it may mean that crowdfunding has reached its logical end. But why wouldn't they do it if it works?
As a real-life scientist, I'm really looking forward to seeing my job reflected accurately and in an undoubtedly positive fashion. Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions! Any last comments you'd like to leave us with?
Drew: It will be a totally accurate movie. Thanks!
Head over to Science Team's IndieGoGo page and throw a few bucks their way if you can. Pre-production starts in May, with filming to follow in June.