In an era of progress stifled by an overwhelming viral pandemic,
Ukrainian filmmaker Vasyl Moskalenko was able to find his own creative avenue. He’s filmed a new superhero shortfilm in Apple-Man, shot entirely in his own 150 square foot bedroom with a two-man crew, a VO actor and a budget of just one dollar.
And that’s pretty much the gist of it. Aside from Moskalenko’s push toward investment and production partner’s for a 90-minute feature, the crux of Apple-Man was to showcase and exude creativity and it’s overall importance as the country (and much of the world) endures mandated lockdowns and shelter-at-home orders by state and local governments.
“The main idea of the project is to demonstrate that it’s possible to stay creative even when spending lockdown in a single room and also that it`s still important to stay safe during this time,” says the announcement.
The official trailer is online also featuring Moskalenko who not only plays all twelve characters in the forthcoming shortfilm, but also created costumes and props he found in his own kitchen. Volodymyr Kratinov serves as director of photography, with VO artist Stefan Ashton Frank (Need for Speed, Call of Duty series, Lego Marvel Super Heroes) providing voice-over work. As for the future:
“I spent one dollar to make a short movie,” the director said. “Now I have a plan to make a 90-minute feature film version of Apple-Man. I want to add more SGI, action and hire American actors and actresses for VO of the super-hero characters, such as Apple-girl and Captain Cabbage.”
The Apple-man trailer received more than 300 000 views within the few hours on one of the Instagram pages that reposted it.
“We have had amazing feedback about the project from people all over the world,” says Vasyl. “This support makes me think Apple-Man has good potential. I want to release the movie on digital VOD platform, such as Netflix or Amazon next.”
So, is Apple-Man worth taking a bite out of? Peep the trailer and share your comments!