June 28 2019

A ten-part sci-fi film set to the Alice in Chains’ Grammy Award winning album Rainier Fog, sounds pretty great to us. Titled ‘Black Antenna’ and directed by US film director Adam Mason, the film follows two aliens as they struggle to survive, elude capture and communicate with their mothership. It’s dark, sometimes bizarre, and for a film about aliens it’s a surprisingly human story – exploring very relevant concepts about immigration, homelessness and xenophobia.

Cutting Edge joined the project from episode six, collaborating on design and VFX sequences. We caught up with Adam to talk about the film ahead of the release of the finale.

Where did the idea of creating a 10 part sci fi film come from?

It actually came from the band, the very same day I had the concept about the homeless aliens.

What’s Black Antenna about?

It’s about this father and daughter who are homeless and living out of the back of his beaten up Ford Bronco. It starts to become apparent that they are actually aliens, hiding in human bodies… trying desperately to get a signal to their people.

How did you come to work with The Double-Blind Experiments & Cutting Edge?

Paul Sloan who played Alpha and wrote the script with me sent me an instagram link to some of their work one day (Cutting Edge’s The Double-Blind Experiments) and I was absolutely blown away by it. I immediately knew they were people I would love to work with. I basically cold called them thinking there wasn’t a chance in hell I’d get them involved, they were just too good! But now here we are.

What have the guys brought to your project?

They elevated the whole thing so massively I can’t even really put it into words. It has been a wonderful collaboration… they suggested so many things I would never have even thought of.

What’s it been like collaborating with the Cutting Edge guys? How would you describe the process?

It’s been a totally fluid thing. There were obviously plenty of things in the script that needed addressing, all of which they totally knocked out of the park. But for me the real joy came for me in our collaboration on the more subtle things… like the title sequences for each episode. Those were all things I never really expected and are now my fav things in the episodes full stop.

With the final episode release coming soon, what should audiences’ expect?

Ten is just absolutely epic! I can’t believe it’s coming to an end to be honest. Fifteen months of filming and almost two years of my life.  Pure insanity of the very best kind. Now I just need to get my head around turning this thing into a movie!

Black Antenna is set to be developed into a feature and currently available on YouTube. Watch episode 9, ‘Never Fade’ below ahead of the release of the final episode 5 July. Watch the full series here: https://youtu.be/dcirgpbpRZ8