If you ever think the power of fans is dwindling, and find yourself disheartened at the lack of interaction some franchises have with their core audience, let this story cheer you right back up and give back some lost hope in the industry!
We've all heard the amazing stories that come out of crowd funded sites like Kickstarter. These places allow for 'amateurs' to get funding via anonymous donors for their dream projects, with many only being restrained by their lack of finance. One of the most exciting stories in the last year, was Texas-based company Rooster Teeth raising a staggering $2.48 million via Indiegogo to fund a comedy called Lazer Team.
For those who do not know Rooster Teeth, I've provided a brief background below.
Who are Rooster Teeth ?
An American production company located in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California that specializes in the creation of live action shorts, animated pieces and machinima. They are most famous for the longrunning machinima web-series Red vs. Blue. Check out their YouTube channel HERE for loads of great content!
Ok, back to Lazer Team!
The crowd funded film revolves around the search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. What ensues is a battle for the survival of earth, and lead by a time of... unlikely heroes. Check out the trailer and official synopsis below!
Lazer Team begins decades ago when the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project received a one time signal from outer space, which was never decoded. Or so we were told. Unbeknownst to the general public, the secretly translated signal said two things: One, we are not alone, and two, the galaxy is a dangerous place. Working in total secrecy, the US government has been training a single Champion of Earth – a warrior of incredible skill to don a suit of unimaginable power designed by new alien allies in preparation for Earth’s battle for survival against an evil race of aliens. Unfortunately, the suit never made it all the way to its intended destination. Instead of a lone savior, four hapless idiots find the suit and are thrust into the role of heroes as the titular Lazer Team
Directed by Rooster Team co-founder Matt Hullum the films cast features Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Burnie Burns, and Alexandria Deberry.
The team have revealed that the full movie trailer will be premiering at SXSW, on March 16, 2015. You can see a count-down for that on the Lazer Team Movie webpage.