Robots that turn into cars don’t come from far away in the darkness of space.
They mostly come from North Hollywood and Studio City.
The “CarBotz” trailer for June’s ALTER-EGO crate is an amalgamation of several different influences that all came together and shot in under a week. The script was written in two days with Adam Murray creating the base screenplay, inspired by films like R.O.T.O.R. and Robot Jox.
Then Julian Higgins (director) and Stephen Kramer Glickman edited the script and added additional jokes. The script required several locations, most of them warehouses and industrial yards; thankfully, Lacy Street Studios has all that literally around the corner from Loot Crate HQ. Complete with a fake presidential office!
The look of the “CarBotz” was very important: the right amount of low-quality along with being able to withstand slowly acted fist-fights. Jo Crandall (art department) crafted the CarBot suits out of cardboard and spray paint in two days. Makeup for Shad Armstrong (Rumblebug) and Sancho Martin (Corruptotron) was done by Meg Wilbur and Kaleb Lewis. It takes a lot of work to make something look bad, without it looking so bad that it’s not enjoyable to watch.
Tommy Wiseau came onto the project pretty much through a stroke of luck: Julian knew a contact who knew another contact who knew Tommy. 24 hours before shooting, he confirmed that he would be there and thankfully he didn’t pull an Axl Rose and not show. He was also kind enough to sit down for an interview with us after filming his scenes as President Roman. (A name he gave himself, which helped him get more into character.)
Here’s our exclusive chat with Tommy on the set of “CarBotz!” We asked him a few questions about his career and how he interacts with his fans:
And here’s an important message from President Roman himself.