As the audience for the They Rode the Flying Saucers grows on social media, I’m getting asked this question more and more frequently: “when will the movie be available?” This is a logical question, and it’s one I find myself asking repeatedly. The answer is a bit more tricky.
I have been in production on this film for close to nine years. Originally, I intended it to be a short doc using animation set to archival audio of the Contactees; but then it took on a life of its own.
At the beginning of production, I lived in Los Angeles, and in close proximity to me were a number of the historical Contactee sites: Giant Rock and the Integratron were a two hour drive away in Landers, Desert Center three hours away. Mt. Palomar, where Adamski lived, was two hours away near Vista, California. Just down the road from me was the Empire Center mall, which was once the Lockheed factory that employed George Van Tassel and Orfeo Angelucci. The empty field where Angelucci had one of his contact experiences is now an apartment building where I briefly lived. The Aetherius Society’s US headquarters were five blocks from my office. I couldn’t ignore the opportunity, so I started shooting footage of these areas to use in the film, which was the gateway drug to shooting interviews. And soon I had way too much content for a short documentary. This was now a feature.
In the intervening years, after I’d gone to conventions, met more people connected to this story and conducted more interviews, the project has bloomed into something that could potentially sustain a limited series. I have dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of content. Not all of it is golden, and some of it is quite academic and would only interest the dyed-in-the-wool fans of the subject. In the last year, I have committed myself to paring this down into a manageable format with all the best stuff. I have completed a rough cut and am on the way to a finished second cut of the film. While it is still too long for the average person to sit and watch, it’s getting there.
But there are a number of steps yet to accomplish: animation and graphics, music, sound mix, rights and clearances, acquisition of stock footage, etc. Without going too much in depth as to how the sausage is made, suffice it to say that my original goal that I established at the beginning of this year of having it completed by November 20 (the 65th anniversary of Adamski’s meeting with Orthon at Desert Center) is looking more and more unlikely. This is also the reason for the lack of recent updates to this blog: time spent writing blog posts could be spent finishing the film. For that, I apologize, but hopefully this will explain why.
The good news is, I suspect most of the production will be accomplished by then. It is just a matter at that point of the various hurdles of securing distribution, fundraising, etc., to get this all finished and off to the races.
Which is really my way of saying, stay tuned: I’m going to be begging for money at some point, and I’d love for the fans of this blog and the various outlets on social media to be part of this process. I want this movie to be the best it can be, and it will take a significant investment to finish this film and get it out to you. But it will happen. I’ve stuck with this film for the better part of a decade, so don’t worry that it will never see the light of day. I’ve put too much time and energy into it to do that to you. Or me.