We mourn the passing of Richard Corben, who you may know from “Den” of Heavy Metal fame (the mag AND the film) was an artist well loved by the creative team behind Spaceship Zero. We were elated when we asked him to create some artwork for the Spaceship Zero interactive program on the CD. Here are the amazing results: a bat-being, hydronaut, and hydronaut hybrid in Spaceship Zero’s deconstitutor unit. Richard passed away after heart surgery. He was 80. What a loss to the comic and film industry and a tremendous legacy he has left to the art world.
Toren Atkinson from The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets loads up the 20-year-old video game that came with the Spaceship Zero Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, shows you how to play and provides some behind-the-scenes tidbits
What if I told you that you could listen to the Spaceship Zero Adventure Hour on your pip-boy radio in Fallout 4?
Thanks to the skills of John Peacock and Dave Johnson, the “Musicians Mod” adds a radio station in the town of Goodneighbor. Once you complete the quests, you can listen to the new radio station WSVR which includes (among many other bands) four brand new acoustic songs by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets — the folks who brought us the Spaceship Zero Official Movie Soundtrack — as well as the Spaceship Zero radio plays. Plus lead singer Toren provides a number of voices, both on the radio and in the wasteland.
Check out this video to see what it’s all about and the cool features:
The mod is available for Xbox 1 and PC. PS4 gamers will have to wait a bit longer. Crawl out through the fallout and follow the links below!
Bethesda PC (pending): https://mods.bethesda.net/#en/
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Attention SpaceCorp cadets! Before the doomed film, before the German TV series, there was the American 1950’s radio serial, the Spaceship Zero Adventure Hour! For years, all of the episodes were thought to have been lost in the 1962 studio fire, but this year archivists have uncovered six full episodes with their original advertisements from sponsor Vit-O-Pep! This is wonderful news for all Spaceship Zero fans and enthusiasts of old time science fiction radio. Restoration specialists are currently preparing the episodes to be released for free to the internet before the year is out, but in the mean time we are pleased to tell you the names of the episodes:
Chapter 1: The Crew Assembles
Chapter 2: Into the Beyond
Chapter 3: The Cataclysmic Miscalculation
Chapter 4: Directive Beta Five
Chapter 6: Escape From the Hydronauts
Chapter 9: Twenty Minutes of Oxygen
Sadly, episodes 5, 7, 8, and 10 & up are still nowhere to be found, but maybe with this news there will be a renewed interest in finding them. Who knows, there may be old vinyl or reel to reel recordings in somebody’s basement or attic!
Stay tuned to spaceshipzero.com for updates – we will be posting the episodes here when they become available! And until then, remember to bllllllllllllllast off with Vit-O-Pep!
Warren Banks and Toren Atkinson, authors of the SSZ roleplaying game and members of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, are running and recording a live Spaceship Zero roleplaying game session at a recording of the Caustic Soda podcast in Vancouver this week!
If all goes well, the finished recording is slated to be released as bonus content for the Caustic Soda podcast, of which Toren is also co-host.
The profile page for “20 Minutes of Oxygen” at the Hollyshorts Film Festival is up! Click here to visit the page where you can rate it, like it, and share it with friends. Please support your favourite nerd band, namely The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets.
Good news everyone! If you’re in Hollywood Aug 11-18 you can see Mike Jackson’s video for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets‘ “20 Minutes of Oxygen” at the Hollyshorts Film Festival, screened in HD!
HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, awards, and various panels and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less, as well as special alumni feature film screenings. The 7th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival takes place August 11-18, 2011 in Hollywood.
Go to hollyshorts.com for more info
The newest The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets music video “20 Minutes of Oxygen” – based on Spaceship Zero concepts – will be screening at the Celluloid Social Club on April 13 @ the ANZA Club #3 West 8th Ave Vancouver BC. $5-10 admission comes with tons of other films – see the Facebook Event for more details.
Band members (including Toren Atkinson) and director Mike Jackson of Steam-Powered Films will be in attendance for Q&A.
20 MINUTES OF OXYGEN music video by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets,directed by Mike Jackson (The Bar), produced by Toren Atkinson & Mike Jackson, exec. produced by Casey Snowdon, DOP Naim Sutherland, production designer Chris MacDonald, starring Toren Atkinson, Jordan Pratt, Merrick Atkinson & Warren Banks. 4 min., music video, 2010 – A sci-fi music video for the song “20 Minutes of Oxygen” by the cult nerdcore band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, from their album “Spaceship Zero”. A punk rock tale of disaster in space, starting with the simple act of dropping a hammer in zero-gravity.
The goal of The Celluloid Social Club is to provide a forum for filmmakers to share their completed films with an audience and through Q&A and a social setting gain feedback on their work. It also gives audience members an opportunity to view films that they might not otherwise be able to see as well as interact with the filmmakers. The event is also an opportunity to network and possibly find cast, crew and collaborators for upcoming productions. The event is also a location for leading filmmakers visiting Vancouver to share their films and experience with a local audience.
Uncle Mike’s Worldwide is working on miniatures for use with Spaceship Zero the Roleplaying Game and perhaps something more (to be announced later). For now, here is a sneak preview of the prototype for the Super-Intelligent monkey archetype, sculpted by the talented Kyla Richards and painted by the beautiful Uncle Mike.
If you’re interested in Lovecraftian skirmish games, head on over to Uncle Mike’s website or your local game store and ask for a copy of Strange Aeons!
Stefan Poag, known for his Erol Otis inspired drawings in the Goodman Games’ Dungeon Crawl Classics series, produced a number of fine drawings for Spaceship Zero the Roleplaying Game. We are pleased to announce that Stefan’s original artwork is now available for purchase on his etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/stefanpoag
Don’t miss this opportunity to own some original Spaceship Zero artwork, suitable for framing in your Mark V Space Hopper’s cockpit or deconstitution chamber!