RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop is coming in the very near future, and it will forever change the way movie documentaries are made. Robocop is one of the greatest sci-fi action adventures ever to appear on the big screen. But it was not an easy way to get there. Co-directors and co-writers Eastwood Allen and Christopher Griffiths are working alongside producer Gary Smart to bring the behind-the-scenes story of this unique cult classic to the screen. They're still in the midst of post-production, but today they've shared a new exclusive 19-minute preview with us that takes a look at the unique way the franchise saw a vision of the future, in a clip they call: Robovision of the Future.
RoboDoc: the creation of Robocop It will fully explore all the avenues that were used to create this gigantic franchise. From the earliest seeds of development, to the aftermath, television shows, toys, and their continued presence in the American pop culture landscape. RoboCop came to surprise and stun audiences worldwide in 1987. Since then, it never left, most recently appearing in KFC commercials and the recent video game Mortal Kombat 11.
Today, we have an exclusive look at the next RoboDoc It explores the unique POV shots used in the film, along with creating the iconic SFX, which brings an undeniable soundscape to procedures that has never been recaptured, but is often imitated. We also have a new take on Eastwood Allen and Christopher Griffiths as they take us through various stages of this production, giving us an update on where the movie is right now. We have learned that the film will be divided into three separate entries, each centered on one of the three films in the trilogy. This is truly an epic undertaking. There is no release date set at this time. But Allen and Griffiths assure us that we are definitely getting there.
We've seen in the trailer and previews you've released so far that you're taking a different approach than the normal 'create' format, what do you think it does RoboDoc different from other documentaries?
Eastwood Allen: We want RoboDoc be great fun to watch We are trying to incorporate images and sound in an effort to do something different with the talking head format. I thought it would be great to go to town in the green screen settings and integrate our interviewees into the production itself, making the elements 'interact'. with those on the screen, sometimes even putting them in the movie to 'revive' Iconic Scenes We want the overall look to reflect the time period of those movies. It didn't feel good to have people's living rooms as a backdrop, given the subject. Seated documentaries like this are built in editing and that's what I like. Basically the challenge is, how do I make this as informative and enjoyable as possible? The lengthy runtime we are facing means that we must keep energy flowing and dynamic.
Christopher Griffiths: This entire project was originally meant to be a solid retrospective of the original film and touch on the subsequent franchise. Instead, we have now created something different from anything seen before. The first part lasts approximately 4 hours and covers all aspects of the film, from conception to a scene by scene of RoboCop (1987). With what co-director Eastwood is meticulously creating with the help of the film's staff, we're practically breaking down the film and putting it back together. Even to me, it's amazing to see the work you've created with the images in After Effects that I can't even begin to try to recreate, and it's that kind of work that will make this long runtime fly by. As a keen fan of movie documentaries, from mini-feature films to epic works from Tommy Hutson's memories of Crystal Lake and retrospectives of Charles De Lauzirika's Alien saga, I know that RoboDoc It is something completely unique.
Eastwood: We did a lot of research in recent years to try to locate rare or unearthed materials that we had heard whispers during our conversations with the cast and crew, and with the generous help of some of them we have discovered images that will be the world's first. I received VHS tapes from the USA. USA Without any labels, these tapes were over 30 years old and had been stored. I had them transferred to digital. I remember the first time I hit play and I literally screamed out loud with excitement, then I called Chris giddy to tell him what we had. We have Robbery diaries, stunts, the Boddicker gang causing carnage, and alternate scene shots, many of which have sound. We were both ecstatic. It's surreal to witness clips of scenes you're so familiar with, but this time the angle is new or the lines are delivered differently. We also have hours of Robocop 2 BTS footage and RoboCop 3 home movie tapes.
Fans will be happy to know that we cover the notorious deleted scenes from RoboCop movies, plus some scenes that were never filmed, so we made the decision to have some of these play as 2D animations, to try and recreate what the filmmakers originally intended if they were ever fully realized. We have a friend of ours who is an incredibly talented illustrator named Marten Go. Marten is externally working on the artwork for these animations. Its details are extraordinary and we were amazed by what it has given us. I think the 'what if' and what they might have been They do a good visualization and it gives us a better understanding of the evolution of film development and how the final scenes finally came to be.
So between BTS images, B-roll props, sound recordings, storyboards, production docs, and animations, we have a lot to keep people engaged, I hope.
Throughout the franchise, RoboCop He has had some great and unexpected weapons. Do you have a particular favorite? And did you discover anything interesting in the files that was not used in the movie?
Chris: The franchise is riddled with cool weapons, from the cobra assault cannon to the Robo weapon in the third movie, but nothing will beat your 9 Beretta car and we didn't overlook its importance and how it was demonstrated in this preview.
Eastwood: We go into detail about all the key weapons in the movies. The first movie in particular is famous for the number of different weapons he used on screen. Ed Neumier was so passionate about choosing everyone's weapons, many of which were movie debuts or unique. I tried to pay tribute to that in our end credits and showcase weapons with icons as the credits progress.
Randy Moore, who was the weapons master in the movies, told us that he did not believe the Robo pistol needed sight, since RoboCop He would never need them to manually aim due to their assisted abilities, but Paul Verhoeven insisted on keeping the design in mind. When you think about it, it doesn't make sense that the weapon has them, but it sure adds to the overall aesthetic. The Robo pistol is said to have been the most powerful "stunt" pistol in the movies, thanks to Randy Moore. This was definitely a fun part to put together in the documentary.
Chris: A unique and somewhat bizarre story we discovered actually happened in the production of the second movie, where the weapons master, Randy Moore, eluded that director, Irvin Kershner had asked for all the weapons to be repainted blank. RoboCop 2.
Eastwood: The concept of bladed weapons was Kershner's idea of the future, he wanted his weapons in Robbery 2 to further reflect the look of & # 39; Star Wars & # 39; He was obviously familiar with after directing The Empire Strikes Back. Yes, he actually started repainting the weapons, which was a great task for the crew.
Chris: Despite carrying out this request, Jon Davison canceled it and found out about this, and all the weapons were once again painted black, which I think most of us would agree is for the best.
Eastwood: As for the archives, I have copies of all the original production documents from the first film, so being able to immerse myself in the first treatments of 1984-1986 has been incredible. I'm still talking to Michael Miner (co-creator and writer) and Jon Davision (producer) and I'm lucky enough to be able to pick his brain while I edit. The original treatment for Robo was quite different, Michael and Ed (Neumeier – Co-creator and writer) originally wanted RoboCop to have these & # 39; stimulant cartridges & # 39; it could be injected into his armor to give him a blast of fierce speed to chase criminals "Like a hound from hell" this was in the first draft of 1984. Can you imagine how terrifyingly cool it would have been if he made it to the picture? They presented RoboCop murdering its creator Bob Morton in the OCP tower once remembering who he really is. The main character is much more sinister in those early drafts, and once Verhoeven and Weller were involved, the tone changed. Weller also had a unique contribution that you can hear about in the document. We have trivia in the first RoboCop that no one will have heard before. Most of what we cover is new information. We are aware of what already exists (and the big fans of ourselves), but we are adamant in giving fans something new. There are a lot more interesting things to learn about that first movie and I think people will be amazed.
RoboCop lives up to Star Wars in some of the iconic sound effects used in the movie. Were there surprising elements in the sound mix you discovered? We know that George Lucas' team banged spoons against telephone wires to hear the sound of a laser pistol being fired. Was there any strange or shocking means to achieve a particular sound in the movie?
Chris: I think the most impressive aspect of the movie's FX sound is that they were all created from scratch, as Stephen Flick tells us. In today's era, anyone can locate sound effects on a large number of websites or plugins. These guys had to record sound effects from the strangest places to create these amazing sounds.
Eastwood: The totality RoboCop The soundtrack, including its sound design, editing and sound mixing, is the best of that era of cinema, in my opinion. Sound work was crucial in bringing those characters to life. There was great ingenuity and dedication in every piece of sound you listen to RoboCop and RoboCop 2. The team even earned a special Oscar achievement.
With RoboDoc, we explored all the sound work, in great detail. The sound process for the most part has been lacking in previous documents and I think it is often overlooked or overlooked in many 'making' documentaries. Throughout the document, we covered everything from RoboCop's servos, mechanics, steps, and voice to the ED-209, weapons, and even how analog synthesizers were involved in sound design.
The sound of the documentary is something I have also spent a lot of time on. I am very sound oriented in my editing work, I think you paint with sound, the images are almost the icing on the cake, the added bonus. If a story can only work with sound, then you are a winner. We have a beautiful orchestral score by Sean Schafer Hennessy. I'm also a huge fan of synthesized wave, so the document itself is very focused on sound. Our goal is to reflect the sci-fi era of the '80s on the soundtrack, and we've been fortunate to have synth acts like Lost Years, TimeCop 1983, Kalax, Meteor, Gunship, and a dozen more have music included in RoboDoc. I get to work with the music that I usually listen to in my spare time, it's great.
The original RoboCop It has one of the most interesting and inventive POV shots in any science fiction movie until 1987. The preview delves into the meticulous efforts the effects team had to make. Why do you think that particular POV has been so durable to keep RoboCop Mythos alive?
Eastwood: I think it is such a memorable design and partly because it is quite simplistic. Completely green text and interlocking lines are so identifiable. It was important that we draw the picture of how thorough the pictures were to create in the 1980s, for such a small team at Peter Kuran's VCE. I spoke to Peter and his colleague Kevin Kutchaver (Robovision Animator) when I was building this scene (in the preview) so that I could ensure that the details were correct on how they created the HUD RoboCop. Using Kevin as a reference, he guided me through the recreations I did to demonstrate the process they went through on the day. I think we all take for granted the art and skill necessary to make something look digital without the use of computers. There is also much more to hear about the images.
We delve into how digital technology came into play during the production of RoboCop 2 and the industry began to change. I think this is an aspect of documentaries that movie fans in general will appreciate, as well as Robo-nerds like us, and of course, there is a blue screen on RoboCop 3, that Robert Burke (RoboCop) speak frankly.
Chris: Yes, the HUD RoboCop is iconic. It's the first thing we see in the wake of Murphy's transformation into an incredibly well-developed reveal and has been referenced in works like Edced Wright & # 39; s Spaced and countless other genres.
We have noticed that there are more new faces in the documentary since the last time we spoke. Are you planning more interviews? Can you give us an update on Peter Weller? Do we know you met him a few months ago and discussed the possibility of being interviewed?
Chris: From 15 people confirming the production of the documentary, to achieving 60 interviews during the main photography, we have outsourced and executed a series of interviews in the last 3 years, including the director of photography, Jost Vacano in Munich, the cast of the series of Vancouver television and even members of the FX visual team along with the wonderful Sage Parker (Dr. Tyler) who basically represents a big part of this Robo HUD sequence last year. Hopefully this shows that while the Eastwood Badgers are running a visual effects team, we've made sure not to sit down and do our best to enhance this documentary with more interviews and file searches.
Eastwood: We managed to locate beloved specialist and RoboCop double Russell Towery too, who spent most of the time with Peter Weller on set during the first 2 movies. His interview is fantastic and he talks about his downtime with Weller and how he shared the same frustrations with the suit and the stunt work when he was hospitalized. The boy really had it hard. Course going into motorcycle work in RoboCop 2 too.
Chris: We have tried to involve Dr. Weller since the project started and he respectfully rejected him on several occasions, we were told that he no longer wanted to talk about RoboCop in interviews. We have a collection of archival material to be present in the document. Then last year we met him at an event and he expressed a lot of interest in participating in the project, but only for a certain fee. Until the fat woman has sung, I keep holding that a miracle could happen.
What is your plan with the two original sequels to the RoboCop franchise? Originally it seemed like you were planning to include them in the first movie. Will be RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3 be getting their own individual documentaries after the release of RoboCop?
Chris: We promised fans in our original Kickstarter video in 2016 that we would be studying the 2 sequels, which certainly have a mixed reputation, but for most fans of the franchise, they are still well-liked. As mentioned above, we weren't expecting to get as much material as we finally have and now they are their own stories and each has their own dedicated document. So considering how much we earn in this crowdfund, and of course how long this has taken, we will have created a package that offers a nuclear investment for your money.
Eastwood: So fans can expect a documentary of more than 4 hours about the first movie. Then separate documents for the aftermath RoboDoc 2 (currently 2.5 hours) and RoboDoc 3 (Expected to be 2 hours), then additional special features on the Canadian television series, the original line of Marvel RoboCop comics, and the original Ocean video games. We have parts of the toys, video games, and comics that appear during the movie discussions as well, when relevant to each movie. That is the total alignment. For those of you wondering, we are not covering the 2014 remake. We like to think of this as the Orion Pictures set.
Between RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3What has the most interesting back story to be explored in a documentary? And what is your personal favorite?
Chris: For me, the second movie is the closest thing we have to the original. It certainly drops the ball in several areas, but from the childhood perspective so far, Robocop 2 uses many of the materials that were attractive in the original film. From the blood-soaked gore, albeit with less tongue on cheek and meaner, to the incredible stop motion work, which reached its climax in the climactic battle of this movie. That doesn't mean there is no love for 3 of me, since I was still a little kid at the time of its release and I still take advantage of those good memories that my mom rented it to me every weekend.
Looking at their documentary counterparts, I've noticed that each movie has its own unique story to tell that reflects them a lot. RoboDoc it is an in-depth celebration of one of the best movies ever made, meticulously detailing all the interesting things that the public first witnessed. RoboDoc 2The story is a bit of a mixed bag where the themes of the movie's script stand out a lot, but then we have a 45-minute section detailing RoboCain's conception and two notable sequences. The third movie has fewer players involved, but we do have some incredibly rich stories from Fred Dekker (Director) who is incredibly candid about the movie's reputation and even boldly claims at one point "Any mistake in this movie is my fault." You really feel for the boy as he talks through the script of the movie and all his intentions. Robert BurkeRoboCop) is an absolute class act that repeatedly shows his admiration for what Peter Weller had accomplished in the first two films and how difficult it was to work in a suit that didn't fit exclusively, yet still did a great job despite being mortified by the use of his own voice, which he comically criticizes throughout his interview.
Eastwood: We have some surprises in the behind the scenes footage to include images of RoboCop visiting his own grave at RoboCop 2. We discussed the deleted scenes and the many "what could have been" from both sequels.
Can you tell us about the launch?
Eastwood: First of all, let me say that I can appreciate that this is taking a while to complete and if I were on the other side I would also be asking "When the hell will it be ready to see?" I get it. We started this in 2016. I just want people to know that this whole project is being put together just by me and co-director Chris. Since we decided to take the route of expanding the project to a ROBO-MAMMOTH of more than 8 hours, our current workforce is made up of just the two of us. Everything you've seen in the first previews RoboCop I did this in my spare time between my full-time job as an editor. That means that editing, imaging, green screen, sound design, music editing, and all of Robo's interim research was done at home on my iMac. Normally you would have 5 or 6 people doing each of those roles.
Chris has his hands busy putting together the RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3 schedules and development of those stories with more than 30 interviewees, again between a full-time job. Then we have to start all the visual, green screen and sound work for the subsequent documents. So there are probably a good 5-6 hours of material left to fully develop.
We currently do not have the resources for a larger workforce. I got a couple of my editing friends involved years ago to help, but it's too much to expect other people to work on this for free too. While it is our passion project, we are happy to pass the hours. I love doing these things, knowing that there are people eager to see it. We want it to be the best possible
Chris: I think I was able to accomplish about 35 minutes in RoboDoc 2 over a 6-month period before Covid-19. Within the first 2 weeks of closing, after spending every day and night in editing, we now have a 2.5 hour cut-off and never in a million years would I have imagined we would have such an important story to tell RoboCop 2. With that, I have now moved on to editing RoboDoc 3, which is also set to be 2 hours. It is incredibly challenging but ultimately rewarding to build these documentaries.
Eastwood: It is difficult for us to give any kind of release date because we work on these things when and when we can, it changes in a given week. We have almost quadrupled our workload since the original proposal because this franchise means a lot to us. Sure, we could have had a 2-hour version of the project finished a few years ago, it would have been nice, a little new materials and probably would have covered a similar terrain to what the previous documents had done, but it would have been ok, but we want to create something make them sit proudly alongside those movies and make it work for both franchise fans and movie enthusiasts alike.
Thanks to a lot of work and persistence, we now have all the materials to do something worthwhile and fight against some of the best film documents. We appreciate everyone's patience, I just want to clarify that this is the smallest team that is doing this. We will try to give people another taste of what is to come RoboDoc 2 and 3 once we start adding all the bells and whistles.
Chris: If we don't make this documentary, I doubt there is anyone else taking it, and with all the new material we've acquired, it only makes sense to go the extra mile to make it really worth it. Not only for the fans who watch this, but also for the over 100 cast and crew members who all gave their free time.
Can you give RoboCop fans an idea of how this project will be grouped? For those of your early sponsors? How can they expect to see this when it's done?
Gary (Producer): With Kickstarter's promises, we wanted to give fans a number of collectible options. We offered standard DVD / Blu combos, Blu-rays with special cards and the most popular is the VHS clam case. The set will contain the 3 documentaries plus special features. We want fans to get something special when they buy from us. So we'll take a look at a special Blu-Ray set with sliding cover and booklet for the initial release of the Collector's Edition. This will be followed by a standard blu-ray release. It will also be available to the general public, not just to our sponsors. We will find out later. We only ask that people remain patient. Unfortunately, a project like this takes time.
RoboDoc: the creation of Robocop It does not have a firm release date at this time. Updates are imminent as the filmmakers race towards the finish line. You can learn more about the upcoming release by visiting the official RoboDoc Facebook. And be sure to track your progress both on the RoboDoc Twitter and RoboDoc Instagram. The films are directed by Christopher Griffiths and Eastwood Allen.
Topics: RoboCop Documentary, Robocop