Friday, January 23, 2009

Captain Blasto, Mercury Men: Serial Radio Style on the Internets

Christopher Preksta created a video web series called Captain Blasto last year about a wimpy high school student who takes on the persona of an old-timey radio drama hero called Captain Blasto. He gets together a group of disaffected guys who want to blow off the frustration in their life by getting involved in something bigger than themselves: which just turns out to be pretending to be the bad guys in faked crimes so Captain Blasto can seem like a hero. Each episode is just minutes long and uses a lot of radio drama voice-over and comic book-like split screens and animation. Here's the first one:

You can view the rest here.

Preksta and crew are now working on creating another similarly serial series, The Mercury Men,

currently in production. This series will be a sci-fi one:
Edward Borman, a lowly government office drone, finds himself caught in a nefarious interplanetary plot when deadly invaders seize his office building as a staging ground for the destruction of Earth. Aided by a daring aerospace engineer from a mysterious organization known as “The League,” Edward must stop the invaders and their doomsday device, the Gravity Engine.
Considering how low-key all of the sets and props are for Captain Blasto, I'm really interested to see what kind of time and money goes into this project. I wonder if it will be as simple as Blasto or will Preksta totally blow my mind? These production stills sure make it seem like it will be flashier:
Watch The Mercury Men blog for release dates!

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Hyperblogal said...

Alright.... this is just plain coool!

Chris Preksta said...

Thanks for the great write-up on Blasto and Mercury Men! Very much appreciated.