World Premiere of 'Lazer Team' at Fantastic Fest 2015 - Exclusive Interview

'Lazer Team’ made history in July 2014 when it broke Indiegogo's record for Most Funded Film Campaign. The group became famous for launching one of the single most successful Indiegogo campaigns ever, exceeding their stated $650,000 goal to 2.5M.

The world premiere of the sci-fi comedy ‘Lazer Team’ by the renowned creative studio Rooster Teeth had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2015 in Austin on Thursday, September 24th and another screening on Wednesday, September 30th at 2:15PM at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar.

‘Lazer Team’ begins decades ago when the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence project received a one time signal from outer space, which was never decoded. Or so we were told. Unbeknownst to the general public, the secretly translated signal said two things: One, we are not alone, and two, the galaxy is a dangerous place. Working in total secrecy, the US government has been training a single Champion of Earth - a warrior of incredible skill to don a suit of unimaginable power designed by new alien allies in preparation for Earth's battle of survival against an evil race of aliens.  Unfortunately, the suit never made it all the way to its intended destination. Instead of a lone savior, four hapless idiots find the suit and are thrust into the role of heroes as the Lazer Team.

Yenis Monterrey Exclusive Interview with Lazer Team Cast (Burnie Burns, Alan Ritchson, Michael Jones, Gavin Free)

Burnie Burns (Founder of Rooster Teeth,  Executive Producer, Producer, Writer of ‘Lazer Team’)

Yenis Monterrey - Why did you decide to do a feature film?

Burnie Burns. - "We decided to do a feature and it was one of the roots of Rooster Teeth. I was a student at the University of Texas and I met my business partner Matt Hullum at the University. I was studying computer science at UT, and Matt Hullum was a communication filmmaking student and I wanted to learn how to make films so instead of sitting in classes and learning about filmmaking through books I decided to take the same amount of money that I would spend on classes and use it to make a movie. I would probably figure out what I need to know by the time I’m done making the movie. I was pretty much inspired by the time Robert Rodriguez who has just made "El Mariachi' for $7,000, so Matt Hullum and I made a movie called "The Schedule"on $9,000 and we went to the independent film festival world for about one year to try and make a distribution for it. While we were doing all of that we stumbled on to the online world and we started the race from there. We posted one video online and it went viral and we really never looked back from that, but we always wanted to get back to on making features films and with Lazer Team we were ready to do that."

Yenis Monterrey.- What is the secret about your crowdfunding campaign? Do you have any tips for the new filmmakers? Business wise.

Burnie Burns.- "We did a lot of research, we got a lot of credit for being progressive. We had merchandise, we did subscriptions, and licensing as well. There are many traditional ways in approaching media and it’s the way how you monetize media. We measure everything we are doing. We were pretty late in the game of crowdfunding since they were like three or four years before we got involved with crowdfunding, but the audience really answered at a very high level and we spent a lot of time researching for months and months.  In fact one of the projects we researched was Alan Ritchson’s project. The film “Blue Mountain State” had a kickstarter, “The Veronica Mars Movie Project,”  Freddie Wong for “Video Game High School”and we also looked at the campaing of Zach Braff for the the film “Wish I was Here.”

You have to be an student of things, everything is out there as public information and you will find out what works or what doesn’t work and our research really helped to structure our campaign. We did our crowdfunding with Indiegogo, they are huge and really helped us. When we were trying to decide what platform to put it on, we talked to Indiegogo and they understood what we were trying to do and gave us very informative advice and helped us to set up our goals. You know that being part of crowdfunding is to raise money to make a project, and crowdfunding campaigns are in a lot of ways like a marketing campaigns for the project. It’s the first way the people learn about your project and this is very important for movies at the level of our movie ‘Lazer Team’."

Alan Ritchson 

Yenis Monterrey.- What were the biggest challengers for you in the film of Lazer Team?

Alan Ritchson.- "OMG, leaving the set, because this was one of the most pleasant experiences that I had as an actor. I have been working in films that have left such a horrific experience, but in Lazer Team the human beings were the most important thing in the whole process of making the film. We had a great script, the filmmaking was very easy since everyone was very calm, so I didn’t have many challengers really, in fact It was a fabulous experience for me as an actor."

Gavin Free 

Yenis Monterrey.- You are transitioning from being a big star on youtube to the big screen? How do you feel about it?

Gavin Free.- "It’s pretty nerve racking, in youtube it’s more about personality base and in a film you have to do acting so it was scary for me. We made good friends on set, I haven’t met

 

Alan Ritchson or Colton Dunn before and we instantly bonded. It was really a very pleasant experience. On the screen you can just see we had a great time on making the movie."

Michael Jones

Yenis Monterrey.- You were like the sunshine during Lazer Team your character was really funny and the chemistry with the actress Alexandria DeBerry was really fun to watch. What can you tell me about your experience going from a youtube star to the big screen?

Michael Jones.- "The girl was probably the most terrifying part, the female lead. I’m like Gavin as a personality in youtube and I don’t have so much experience as an actor in a feature line film. Definitely I never had a co-star. I was very frightened and worried the first time we get out on the set to see so many people around like one hundred people with the crew and cast. I have done just 3 to 5 minutes videos and shooting with 8 or 9 people with the crew, but knowing Gavin, Burnie and Matt the director definitely put me at ease and after a couple of day I said, “I can do this.” The crew was really amazing since they have been working on films for many years."

Review:  ‘Lazer Team’ (2015) is a fun film to watch with cool visual effects by Moontower VFX. The effects were fun to watch, for example, Hagan's shield, Zach's laser blasts, and the boots and helmet effects for Herman and Woody were very amusing to watch.

Alan Ritchson (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” plays Adam who has been training his entire life for around 20 years to be the champion of Earth and save the world using a suit with incredible superpowers, but Hagan (Burnie Burns), Herman (Colton Dunn), Woody (Gavin Free), and Zach (Michael Jones), four local men from Milford, Texas, who are losers, find the suit and are thrust into the role of heroes and call themselves the Lazer Team. ‘Lazer Team’ has a hot and talanted cast with Alan Ritchson and Alexandria DeBerry. Ritchson is the perfect match to play someone highly intelligent and physically capable to be a superhero just like Ironman. The audience will enjoy watching the film made with love and dedication, a film that has made a story especially for fans of Rooster Teeth who are most likely to have a special attachment to this film. After watching the film the audience and fans will want and expect a future sequel with the comical characters and unique films made by Rooster Teeth.

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