We were contacted by Robert Yahnke about his proof of concept trailer for a film called Blowback. What was interesting was that Robert said “We have grown up with and have been influenced by the action movies of the 80’s and 90’s that eschew CG in favor of practical effects and, most importantly, consider story and character to be of paramount importance.”
I’m all over that so I was happy to put up hos proof of concept trailer on the site.
PLOT: Alex Mason is one of the world’s best secret agents. He’s also never been very good with women. His controlling and conniving girlfriend, Monica, is the best he’s been able to do.
While on a mission to stop an arms dealer, she accuses him (incorrectly) of infidelity for the last time, and he breaks up with her. As she exacts her revenge, Monica discovers Alex’s true occupation as a spy and decides the best payback is to blow his cover to the arms dealer who is now looking for him.
Love the tagline: “Espionage is a bitch.”
Directed by Robert Yahnke
Screenplay by Aaron Thomas
Story by Robert Yahnke & Aaron Thomas
Produced by Carlos Dorsey
Ever since I was a little kid in Houston, Texas, I can’t remember any part of my life that didn’t have movies in it. I consider movies to have a certain magic to it, a magic that can’t be found anywhere else. I love how the movies can allow a person to escape into a world that isn’t their own and take the same journey with everyone else in the audience. Movies are ingrained into our culture and our consciousness and can, in a way I suppose, bring people together from all over the world. I love that if one can imagine something, anything, then it can be brought to life for everyone to see. It’s my goal to create something similiar, create a certain magic that people might enjoy and have fun watching.
I love every genre of movie, but it’s the action movie that is my favorite. I love the chases, explosions, gunfights and fistfights that are cornerstones of the genre. As much fun as it is to watch, it’s also a blast to film as well. While every action movie has these exciting elements, I’ve found the best action movies to be the ones that have interesting and complex characters to drive the story, rather than the story driving the characters. I consider this movie to be an action movie of characters driving story.
Blowback represents the culmination of my film education I have recieved while at USC. I’ve tried to make something different from most student films at USC, but I’ve also tried to create an action movie that’s familiar, while at the same time telling a story that hasn’t been told from quite from this perspective. This is an action movie in the same vein of the action films I grew up on, those that are just fun and exciting to watch. It’s my hope that the audience simply enjoys themselves while watching this movie. If that happens, I’ll know I’ve accomplished what I’ve set out to do.