Prescott production company, No Brainz Productions, is creating an independent feature film in the area.
“Habitat,” a science fiction thriller, wrapped production in Prescott Valley on Oct. 26, and is now in the post-production phase at a local Prescott studio. A trailer will be assembled in time for the upcoming American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. from Nov. 1 to 5.
Producer Greg Paul has hired a local crew and actors as part of this ambitious project. As a Yavapai County Film Resource Coordinator, Paul knew the Prescott area held the talent needed to accomplish a feature film. With the exception of Canadian director Derek Mackay, everyone else involved is an Arizona native.
“I wanted this to be an Arizona-based project from start to finish,” said Paul. “I have four or five people up from the valley. Everybody else is local. I want to use as much local talent as I possibly can and we’ve had just a great turnout from different people throughout the area.”
According to Paul, the production stage was built by an experienced set designer in a warehouse in Prescott Valley.
“We did a bunch of drawings and renderings, and had a couple of different artists work with us so that we could get some ideas of how we wanted it to be,” Paul said. “I hired a great guy named Rev Lederer, who has worked on a bunch of stuff. Primarily, he does a lot of haunted houses but he’s been called for “Stranger Things” and some other major Disney projects and Warner Bros. stuff.”
With the new Film Tax Credits going into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, the No Brainz crew is ahead of the curve. Several local businesses are supporting this film by supplying catering, locations, accommodations and graphic design.
‘Habitat’ is the story of seven “volunteers” who engage in an experiment for 100 days in a controlled environment as test subjects. On day 50 a major life support system fails, and the habitat suddenly becomes an escape room. Each person takes a different approach to the situation. There is someone here for everyone to root for.
“There is already a lot of industry buzz about this project and we have both Domestic and
International distribution talks in the works right now.” said Paul.
Paul explained that his goal is to eventually have a full production studio built in the area.
“I’m in talks to build a studio facility here so that people can work out of Prescott proper, out of Yavapai County, and have a place where they can park trucks build sets, do the whole kind of thing as part of a five-year plan for us,” Paul said. “What we just needed to do was get in here and work on a film and utilize all our local resources and build up our reputation, get this first project out so that we let people know what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and then I’m going to continue to expand.”
For more information about No Brainz Productions, visit www.nobrainzproductions.com.
Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.