If you’re into science fiction and a fantastic animated series, then keep your eye on Brandon Wright, Creator of Deadstar: The Animated Series. Brandon lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
I was looking forward to interviewing you after seeing your work. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve wanted to make movies since I was a kid. When I was a junior, I made one short film. When I knew that I could do it, I began to make short films using a camcorder. Towards the end of high school, I began to watch and study the tutorials on the internet. I saw something on Star Wars and since I had been making short films, I thought it would be pretty cool to do an animated movie as an experiment.
Did you go to school for art?
I went to Penn State for Communication and then after two years, I started at the Art Institute of Philadelphia as an Animation Major. But, a lot of the stuff I learned was from online tutorials and from other animations.
Who does the artwork for Deadstar?
I do all of it. I write, direct and I’m the voice of the main character, Harrison.
You also have other people doing the voices.
I’ve been lucky enough to score some big voice over talent for the new episodes of the show and the film. The film includes guest voice performances from Jessica DiCicco, Yuri Lowenthal and Johnny Yong Bosch voiced the villain. Mr. Bosch agreed after I animated a music video for his band, Eyeshine, back in March 2014
You’ve put a lot of work into the animation.
It is a lot of work. When I first started out I had to create everything. The hardest part was building it initially, but I’ve been doing it for a while and I can just build on what I’ve already developed.
I watched, Deadstar the Movie: Falling to you and Deadstar the Movie: Memories of Rain. Are your characters considered Anime?
It’s Anime-style. Anime is Japanese animation, but it’s definitely Anime-style.
How long does it take you to complete a film?
The two movies are basically just the episodes edited together. The first film was edited from the first season. Memories of Rain is from the second season. That one has new footage included.
Have you submitted your work to any film festivals?
I’ve been submitting different episodes to different festivals. I did win a “Best Web Series” at the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in New York.
You’ve done quite a professional job on the series. What are your future plans?
I would like to get a wider audience for the show. I want to keep it going as long as I can and until it’s finished.
It’s great to know that there are more episodes to look forward to. Will there be more films?
I know there’s two to three more seasons. I’ve written a lot for the series and I want it to go on for a while.
Thank you, Brandon.