Last weekend my fellow Defective Geeks and I went to Comikaze Expo. There were so many awesome vendors and panels that it was sincerely difficult to choose. One of the panels I decided to check out was for a film called Light Masters. The booth for the movie teased us with a dystopian future and the phrase, “Join the Resistance.” I’m a sucker for this premise, so naturally I had to find out what this Light Masters was all about.
The pitch trailer for Light Masters:
The panel started off with us watching this pitch trailer. Needless to say, I was intrigued. The panel featured Kelly Rigg, Clare Grant, Teresa Decher, Keith Adams, along with other cast members and people involved with the project.
The pitch trailer gives off a Matrix meets Tron vibe with a splash of metaphysics. In so many words, I dig it. Right now this pitch trailer is all that has been filmed of Kelly Rigg’s script, who is also the director of this project. They currently have a kickstarter, so that hopefully by next year they can film the feature. Click here to contribute to the Kickstarter.
What I really enjoyed about this panel and this project was how enthusiastic every single person was. Everyone talked about how interested they are in the message of Light Masters and the different philosophies behind it. This isn’t just some fluff project, there is a lot of meaning and passion involved.
Something I also enjoyed is that this movie addresses one of the possible outcomes of 2012. There’s a good chance you’ve heard about some of these theories, you know, the whole world possibly ending thing. Mayan Calendars, Nostradamus, tea leaves, and all that fun stuff. Or you saw the movie 2012. Either way, a good majority think that by the end of next year something pretty cataclysmic will occur (end of the world party, anyone?). There are other experts, though, that claim that instead of a geological, and physical change, it will instead be a spiritual change and a shift in consciousness. A change in how we think and perceive the universe. Light Masters addresses this possible outcome. One of the messages of the movie is the new world energy, and this is a change that all of the people involved are excited for.
In this world there are Light Masters, but there are also Dark Masters who are also referred to as “Nazis”. They each have psychic abilities, but as you can guess the Dark Masters don’t use them with the best of intentions. The leader of the Dark Masters is none other than Mr. Seth Green, who we see by the end of the pitch trailer. In this story, the world is run by one government and naturally that government is evil. The main character is Reagan, played by Teresa Decher, and she has the power to change the next era of humanity for the better. One of the things that attracted Decher to the project is that the script was very similar to her belief system, and that when they filmed it was a really fun experience.
Of course, the Dark Masters cannot let this Reagan change humanity for the better! There is a resistance, though, and one of the resistance fighters is played by Clare Grant, who is one of the awesome ladies of Team Unicorn. Rigg in fact wrote the part specifically for Grant. A really funny comment Grant made concerning the story was, “if I could become psychic from a video game, my world would be complete.” Agreed, madame, agreed. She also hoped that this movie will eventually have action figures, which means an action figure of herself. Honestly, who wouldn’t want that? An aspect of the story that Rigg explained is the idea that there is a calling in each of us to do good. She wrote the characters as everyday people, so that it could speak to all.
While writing this film, Rigg explained that she took elements of different myths and culture and combined them to create the elements of Light Masters. After each panelist discussed their personal involvement and interest in this project, Bonnie Burton (who was there as an audience member) asked, “How much real world research went into this movie?”
Rigg responded that for her this has been a life study, that she has been into the idea of psychic energy. According to Rigg, her friend’s mom studied the Mayan caves and Rigg herself explored the Mayan ruins when she was 17. She even got to see the infamous Mayan calendar in person. While there, she could sense its energy, and that it was a very inspiring and powerful experience. So, an “extensive amount” of research went into this project.
Decher responded that she is into archaeology and anthropology (ANTHROPOLOGY MAJORS REPRESENT!) and she actually participated in archaeology in Beliz. While there, she found fully preserved artifacts.
One of the ideas in Light Masters that Rigg hopes people will take away with them is the idea of being in a “light” state of mind. She talked about how we’ve all been through our periods of darkness, and how powerful it can be when we’re able to come out of that in body and mind. Light Masters was written with this in mind. It was really neat to see how passionate Rigg was when talking about this project. You can tell she cares a lot about it.
One thing about the panel that stuck out to me was when they were talking about the filming process and filming locations. Apparently the original location fell through, so they wound up having to film the pitch trailer in two separate locations. One was an abandoned hospital and the other was a zen garden. They talked about how in the end they were happy the original location fell through because they were able to connect to their surroundings and it gave energy to the scenes they were filming. For instance, the “light” scenes were filmed in the zen garden and the abandoned hospital was used for the “dark” scenes.
When they talked about it, you could see how they saw that happy accident as relating to the theme of the film itself. When asked, “What would make this movie a real success for you?” The general response was that it would inspire people to look at the world with an open mind and to think and discuss things that had not occurred to them before. Hopefully, people would become curious about these concepts and start doing research on their own.
When asked about the involvement of Nazis in the story, Rigg responded that she did research on the Nazi Party, and that a theory is that Hitler was interested in psychic power and actually had mediums. The Aryan race was to be a race of super humans, so in this story, the super psychics are Nazis. The Resistance, on the other hand, is based on the Knights Templar. Once again, a lot of the content is based on research and history.
I really appreciated the fact that so much research went into this project. Being interested in anthropology and folklore, a story like this is right up my alley. One of the concepts discussed was that they wanted to explore the ideas of normalcy in one culture vs. odd in another, and a large influence when writing this story was Joseph Campbell’s research and writing on cross-cultures. I’m a huge fan of Joseph Campbell’s work, so it’s exciting to know that his work has influenced this project.
I hope that they do reach their budget goal so that this feature is made. The ideas and passion behind this project are sincere, and I think this is a very creative way to explore one of the possible outcomes of 2012. Based on what I have seen, this is a really neat story and takes the fight of good vs. evil to a level of spirituality and consciousness, with some action-adventure thrown in. Also, the protagonist is a girl. Huzzah for strong ladies! It was inspiring to see how personally connected each panelist was to the story being told. If anything, I hope they reach their goal just because I want to know what happens in the story!
All in all, I’m really glad I wound up at the Light Masters panel.
Panel photos by The Space Pirate Queen.
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