"The Fanimatrix - Run Program" is a collaboration between over a dozen
professional actors, stuntpeople, special effects artists as well as an
amateur filmmaking crew (all based in New Zealand) who set out to
accomplish four primary goals:
- Do something constructive with our spare time (boredom is a killer y'know...)
- Create a short film that the general audience would actually WANT to see
- Celebrate our mutual love for one of the finest film sagas put on our
screens for over a decade - "The Matrix".
- Provide an opportunity for everyone involved to practice and hone
their filmmaking skills and respective talents.
"The Fanimatrix" is a fan-made, zero-budget short film set within the Matrix
universe, specifically shortly before the discovery of "The One" (i.e. the
first "Matrix" feature film). It tells the story of two rebels - Dante and
Medusa - and of their fateful mission onto the virtual reality prison world
that is The Matrix.
The film was shot on the Sony Mini-Digital Video format and edited on a PC
editing suite utilizing Adobe Premiere, After FX and AlamDV Special FX. The
entire production was completed over nine nights, ranging from six to over
fifteen hour shoots, not including rehearsal and blocking-tape-shooting
sessions. Most of the props, sets and lighting equipment was borrowed and
locations were either hired or shot guerilla style. Although the film was a
"zero budget" production, the final cost of the movie (combining personal
expenses of cast and crew such as investment into costumes, transport costs,
food etc) has reached upto approximately $1000 NZ (or $400-$600 US). The
movie was shot entirely within Auckland City, New Zealand (our home).