Who is Yvette Horizon?
Dread captain of the Discordia. Most notorious pirate in the galaxy.
Is this a film?
Yvette Horizon is a new pulp space adventure from Spite Your Face Productions. A tale of vengeance, romance and piracy across the cruel black oceans of space. A spacepunk extravaganza, replete with aliens, pirates, cyborgs and space battles; a feature’s worth of adventure crammed into a breathless (under 10 minutes, tbc) independent short film.
What happens in the story?
Not telling. Our production development is an open book, but we are holding back all story details. Our film is set in a shadowed underworld, with no clear heroes or villains. Plus at (under 10 minutes, tbc) we only have so much story to share.
Where can I watch Yvette Horizon?
The film is currently in production. We have wrapped principal photography (the bit with the actors) and as of 2016 are in post-production. This site and its associated social platforms are a resource for production updates as they happen. Existing contributors will have exclusive early access to a 1080p release of the film as soon as it’s finished. The rest of the world will enjoy a tiered online release (details tbc) after the film has worked the festival circuit. Until then you can follow our progess on twitter, facebook, tumblr, flickr and pinterest.
Why should I support Yvette Horizon?
Because space pirates. Space. Pirates!
Okay, because we’re bringing an original, imaginative alien galaxy to life on a micro-budget. Because we promise the kind of story that Hollywood won’t deliver. Because we pass the Bechdel test in the first 10 seconds. Because we have stop-motion animated characters in live action scenes. Because we have positive queer representation. Because we have a BAFTA winning soundtrack composer. Because we have life-size puppeteer alien effects. Because it will earn you first, best access to the film and a wealth of exclusive behind-the-scenes material. Because we consciously haven’t used a green-screen. Because we’re a truly international crew. Because we’re crazy enough to actually be doing this. Because Space Pirates!
So is this going to be a series
No. Maybe. Yvette Horizon is a stand-alone short film. Where we go next will be decided by you and by how the project is received. Though some of the ideas in Yvette are lifted in part from a much larger, ongoing project we have in the works.
Who are you again?
Spite Your Face Productions are an animation, video and vfx service provider based in London. Previous clients include SONY, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Kellogs, that sort of thing. You know when they make animated LEGO versions of everything on youtube? We kinda started that whole thing. Sorry about that.
Spite Your Face is a stupid name, why are you called that?
Variations on the maxim “cut off your nose to spite your face” refer to the idea of doing something on principal whereby you yourself may come off worst. For instance, shooting an intergalactic space saga with no external funding instead of just, say, not doing that. We’ve had the name since 1999, it’s too late now to change it now.
Why haven’t you sought conventional funding?
Because we are making an unconventional film. This is the most ambitious film we knew we could make. It contains a rich original world that would have been difficult to illustrate without precedent, plus we wanted to retain all creative rights at this stage. Primarily though, we just wanted to set the wheels in motion without waiting for approval. We believe that if we can realize Yvette as a publicly supported independent project, that greater creative freedom arises from that, and we can offer audiences a film that we believe in.
Is this film anything to do with that movie Event Horizon?
No. We don’t even like that movie, we think that’s when it all started going wrong. Yvette Horizon is not a spoof or pastiche, it’s an original pulp space adventure with a punk disposition. The title is just a silly pun, though we do like this pseudoscience quote from an Alan Moore interview: “the mathematical equation for the beginnings of the universe is apparently exactly the same as the equation describing the event horizon of a black hole, except backwards”. Take any current space franchise and add the qualifier “except backwards’ and you have Yvette Horizon.
It sounds French. Is it French?
Our film follows a tradition of European sci-fi. Our main crew is British, while the atmosphere of our London and Berlin locations have informed our stylistic choices. Influences like 2000AD, Métal Hurlant and L’Incal leave their footprint, as do select anime. Our cast and crew are multinational and the sountrack will be flavoured to suit. Nobody has produced a film like this in live-action before.
You say it’s very ‘European’. Is that a euphemism?
There may be sapphic elements. Yvette Horizon is strictly PG13 material but the story features queer-friendly themes. Homophobes may not want to give us their patronage.
Is Yvette Horizon an animation?
No. Yvette Horizon is a live-action short film, featuring actors and cinematography and everything. In terms of content she could be described as something like a live-action anime, or a french BD comic adaptation, but our style of filming is raw and immersive. For example we are realising our imaginary world with no use of green-screen sets.
What kind of effects will we see?
Every shot entails a huge amount of digital compositing to expand our sets and locations into the realms of the fantastical. Plus, there are full cg sequences for things like space battles. But there is also a satisfying amount of traditional practical effects, like puppetry and stop-motion.
Stop-motion is the thing where you move models, right?
Yes, we have a long history with this. Plus there are puppeteer elements and physical models. We are not just kicking it old skool for nostalgia’s sake, but approaching each visual effect creatively and pragmatically, often mixing all and every discipline in a single frame.
How are you doing the effects?
We got this, it’s what we do.
We will be sharing our post-production development every step of the way through, on this site and via various social platforms. In the interests of nerdery, most of the digital work will be a combination of Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4D.
What did you shoot on?
We purposefully chose to shoot exclusively with the ubiquitous Canon DSLR series, as this best suited our organic shooting methods, and the assemblage of a versatile, voluntary crew or professionals.
Who is doing the music?
Our music score will be an eclectic mix of orchestral, rock, electro and folk elements. We have a number of bands on board, an expert sound engineer and contributions from BAFTA winning composer Jason Graves, a leading name in AAA videogame soundtracks and a veteran of previous Spite Your Face films.
Who is the director?
Yvette Horizon is written, produced and directed by Tony Mines, who has previously directed a number of tv commercials and viral videos for folks like LEGO, Kellogs, BBC, Barclays, Lucasfilm, Sony… explore his shizzle here.
Who is in the film?
Yvette Horizon is a journey amongst unknown stars. We think our line-up of unusual suspects is one of the most picturesque assemblages of exquisite freaks in all filmdom. We will be profiling them one by one in upcoming entries, but until then enjoy the sexiness of our production gallery.
What is a space pirate?
Like a regular pirate, but in space.