Wastelander Panda, produced through an independent but emerging company from Adelaide, Epic Films, has attracted plenty of attention in the internet community since the three-minute prologue to a developing television series was released online this week.
The three-minute film, which is a live-action tale of the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, has prompted comparisons to iconic films Mad Max, The Road and The Book of Eli. Produced by Kirsty Stark and written and directed by Victoria Cocks, Wastelander Panda was created as a prologue for a television series that the team at Epic Films has been developing for the last 12 months.
Epic Films raised the money for the prologue independently, with assistance of a grant from the Helpmann Academy. They also received lots of support from the local Flinder's Ranges communities of Blinman, Parachilna and Hawker, who offered locations and acted as extras in the film. They hope to use the prologue's success to fund a full series of Wastelander Panda, and will be taking their concept to television stations and funding bodies, in the hope to have production underway at the end of the year.
To view the prologue and share online, go to http://www.vimeo.com/epicfilmsAUS/panda