Throwback Thursday is back after a small hiatus! This time we go back to spring 2007 to look at a series called Facility. The shorts that started an era for us!
April 2007 saw Insane LLama create the short ‘The Alamo’, showcased in our previous throwback. The Alamo started what we consider modern Insane LLama and jump started our thirst to create short films. Nearly a week after The Alamo was released we all got together to film a new short; which ended up being ‘The Facility’.
The Facility is about an agent played by Spencer Morris who is tasked with infiltrating a secret cloning facility. Spencer successfully gets into the facility but once in is attacked by the clones played by Eliot and Evan. A massive shootout ensues with Spencer taking out many clones, but when one goes down, brand new clones come out to attack. After some battles Spencer tries to escape but is knocked out and taken hostage. The end scene sees Spencer confronted by the two original clones where they tell him their plan and that there will be a bomb going off, blowing up the facility and killing Spencer. After unmasking Spencer, Eliot and Evan leave, which then Spencer reveals he kept scissors in his pocket that he uses to get loose. Facility ends with an intense decision by Spencer to decide which wire to cut to stop the bomb.
This short was mainly made because I (Evan) had gotten some stock muzzle flash effects. The effects for the short were the first special effects we had ever done; which you can tell now by how shitty they are. I had no clue how to use Adobe After Effects and after browsing Videocopilot’s website for a long time I finally figured out how to do the effects.
Once completed we all thought the short was pretty fricken badass. Here’s the short for everyone to enjoy!
Link to Video – The Facility
We had enjoyed making The Facility so much that literally about two days later the sequel Facility 2 was made.
Facility 2 starts off right where the first one ended with Spencer cutting the wires to the bomb. Spencer regains his composure and finds a pistol in a closet, which he uses to break the lock to the room. The movie cuts to the main clones Eliot and Evan outside where they wonder why the bomb didn’t go off. In response they send in two clones to check out what is going on. A shootout erupts with clone Eliot getting shot and killed by Spencer. Soon a fist fight breaks out between Evan and Spencer, with Spencer eventually winning and shooting Evan in the head.
Spencer makes his escape out of the facility where two more clones attack him. Spencer does a pretty cool slow motion jump off our patio, which upon landing a clone throws a grenade that explodes. Spencer easily avoids the explosion and escapes into the nearby forest, while the clones retreat to alert the generals or lead clones. Facility 2 famously ends with a cliffhanger where Spencer hears a twig snap and turns around to see what it is.
Facility 2 basically followed the same plot and structure as the first one. The biggest and most ambitious aspect of the second Facility was the grenade explosion effect. At the time we thought it was pretty dang cool with even friend and follow LLama Brad Delfeld saying that the grenade won him over. Like most early stuff when you look back at them now it’s obvious that the effect was badly done.
Here’s the video.
Link To Video – Facility 2
With Facility 2 ending in a cliffhanger we planned to make a third and final installment of the trilogy. The third one was in planning a pretty ambitious project for us with a massive battle at a big dirt hill in our local park planned. For unknown reasons the final chapter was never made, which is very unfortunate.
The Facility series is some of our earliest planned work where we learned a lot in the process. The series also started a period where we did many guns and shootout videos since what kids wouldn’t want to create action gun flicks.
Here’s to the Facility series! Well that’s our throwback to some of our classics. We hope you enjoyed reading a little about our past. Be on the lookout for future Throwback Thursdays; we’re starting to get into the good stuff of our past. Thank you and see you next time!