Short Film Drakken Takes Viewers to a Post-Apocalyptic Dark Fantasy

Short Film Drakken Takes Viewers to a Post-Apocalyptic Dark Fantasy


Check out our behind-the-scenes interview with Drakken filmmakers Matthew Wilson and Justin Robinson.

We're searching for the next great sci-fi filmmaker with the Prototype contest, where eight filmmakers are vying for a chance to win a feature film deal with New Regency. You can check out the short films by all eight finalists right now, but if you want to go behind the scenes to learn more about the creation of these movies, we're publishing interviews with the Prototype filmmakers.

Today, you can take a peek into the minds behind Drakken in our interview, where writer/director Matthew Wilson talks about where the idea behind the film came from:

The whole thing started with Justin Robinson and I sitting at a restaurant in Eagle Rock. Justin's one of my best friends from childhood and just happens to be a very talented novelist (he's got 8 books in print). We often hang out and spitball ideas. So that's what we were doing and, eventually, one of us said, "Has someone ever done a post-apocalyptic fantasy story?"

Usually, post-apocalyptic movies are set in modern day or the near-future and they center on a zombie outbreak or nuclear holocaust. We wanted to put a twist on the genre so we started talking about how the apocalypse might happen in a fantasy setting. We decided on necromantic magic. A horrible ritual goes awry and creates a pestilence that spreads out across the land, killing many of the plants and animals and making everything infertile. There's a giant smoking sinkhole that opens in the earth and starts leaking out death-energy.

For more, check out our interview or go watch Drakken for yourself.



Necromantic magic. So is this different from any post-apocalyptic modern settings again? Aside from using melee weapons (which are common in zombie stories anyway) and magic.

Hey there Sillarra. Thanks for reading the Q&A. I appreciate you posting your thoughts and questions here. It's always interesting to hear our audience's opinion. To answer your question: I think the main difference we were going for with Drakken is exactly what you said - that this isn't "modern." There's no guns, cars, or helicopters. There's no leftover can goods or vending machines. This is a post-apocalyptic world that is also an old world. Also, there are no "zombies" in our story, but there is one Lich (which is kinda similar to a zombie, I guess) and there are many people who are sick with a horrible wasting disease. Anyway, I hope that helps. If you have any other questions, I'm happy to discuss it further. Thanks again for watching, I hope you got some enjoyment from it.


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