"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll burn stuff!"
Jack's had some previous experience in front of the camera in a little 16mm Sci-Fi spoof titled "Mutant Swinger from Mars." The films director Mike Kallio emailed me and confirmed that it was infact Jack White. Jack's role in the film is a small one...a friend of the lead character. He was only on set a day or two total. The estimated budget was around $22,000. Filming took place starting November of 1997 and ended sometime in January of 1998. There were only two locations for the film, a cigar/martini bar in Pontiac, Michigan and the studio, Illuminations, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The sets in the studio were built "in the round", meaning, there was a set in any direction the camera was pointing. Principal Photography was only eight days long, with a day and a half of special effects and pick up shots. The sets, miniatures, models & spaceships were built using remaining and revamped pieces from commercials (Lincoln, Mercury, ABC Appliance) and motion pictures (Frostbiter: the Wrath of Wendigo, Flesh Gordon 2, Evil Dead 2). The script was written around things the producers knew they could get - all the miniatures and models, set pieces, the ape costume, a cigar/martini bar, etc. The opening and end credit "mockumentary" interview footage was all ad-libbed. Some lines are taken from Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). The film is currently being looked at by the Sci-Fi channel so it just might see widespread release on cable in the future. Lets all wish Mike luck in getting a good distributor for his film. Mike is currently working on a film called "Ground Zero," a comedy drama revolving around the Detroit music scene.
4.7 Mutant Swinger From Mars
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