Downtime Diversions | Juneau launches “Space Trucker”
Anton Doiron’s “feature length science fiction film” is called Space Trucker Bruce and takes place in 2067 where common folk work not only on Earth, but also in space and anywhere in between. The main character’s name is Bruce, a lonely space trucker, who hauls 20,000 tons of hog fat used to blend food that needs to be shipped to a far away space station. The movie tells the story of one of Bruce’s trips where he allows a hitchhiker named Max to join him. The two men wind up having a mysterious adventure together while Max tries to adjust to the life of a trucker.
Aside from all the unexpected mishaps, Doiron is proud of his work. When asked if he could describe the theme of the movie he used the phrase “The Zen Space Trucker Philosophy” meaning that the main character, Bruce, “lived every day for that day.” This theme portrays Doiron’s journey of creating his film over the past six years and he describes the project coming together “bit by bit, day by day, month by month, year by year.”
This film took an extensive amount of time to create due to the fact that Doiron used his bare hands to build a lot of the set including the Nexus’ hallway that was built behind his house. This piece was 35 feet long, held together with wood screws, painted, and covered with plastic. It was an upset for Doiron when the piece blew down and had to be rebuilt. When it came to filming the shots for outer space, he built them with a software called Blender. The special effects took six years with over 400 various elements joined into one frame known as composite shots. Green screen shots were required many times but when the green screen failed Doiron manually edited the shots, taking days to edit a shot that only lasted for several seconds.
Movie making requires endurance and a whole new level of focus that many of us do not understand. Anton Doiron began his journey to film making many years ago in high school where he gained an understanding of film making by creating shorts for his Spanish class and met his leading man, Karl Sears. During college Doiron gained many technical skills while earning his engineering degree along with an interest in computer programming and robotics. Mystery has always been an interest to him and he incorporates this in his movie with his love for science fiction cinema.We can really get to know who Doiron is by taking a look at how he used his technological skills in his own home by placing a motion detector, electric heater, and temperature sensor in every room. The sensor detects when a presence is in the room and the computer is set to turn the electric heater on and off when a preset temperature is met. He has this system in place in order to save money. This ingenuity is a mere example of how much detail it took to make Space Trucker Bruce.
Space Trucker Bruce is available on Amazon and be sure to visit www.spacetruckerbruce.com for more details.