Another vampire flick is on the way, one titled “Vampire Dog” and as I’m sure you can guess, it’s about a dog that is a vampire. The upcoming family film will be the directorial debut of Geoff Anderson, who has worked in the movie business for 16 years as a visual effects artist and a second unit director. The man is finally getting his big break directing this kid-friendly vampire movie.
If you have children you may have recognized Anderson’s past work, for he was the visual effects artist behind Disney’s Buddies series, such as Snow Buddies, Space Buddies and Santa Buddies. Anderson was approached by Tim Brown and Nolan Pielak, co-producer and executive producer of Vampire Dog, to not only create the visual effects for the upcoming movie but to direct it as well.
“After discussing the visual effects they asked me if I wanted to be the director,” said Anderson in an interview with Moose Jaw Times. “They’re happy so far.”
Written by Tracy McMenemy, Vampire Dog is about Fang, a 600-year-old talking vampire dog who is entrusted to a boy named Ace. Together, the two of them, along with Ace’s friend Skyler, try to protect Fang from a mad scientist named Dr. Warhol.
“These types of movies are very family friendly,” said Anderson. “No swearing, no violence. It’s about a friendship that develops between (Fang) and Ace. They become a team.”
Knowing Anderson’s past work you may have already guessed that this new dog movie will be similar to his others in one big way – there will be live action talking dogs.
“We film live action of the dog and place 3-dimensional tracking markers on the dogs face. Animators then use the trackers to make the dog talk (with a computer). An actor’s voice is added afterwards and all of (the animation) is layered over the live action footage,” said Anderson. “(We create) lip syncing animals.”
There’s no word on when the movie will be released, but considering that they just started filming it may be a while before we see Fang the talking vampire dog. There’s also no word on what breed of dog they are using, which I admit I am curious about. What dog would be best to play the role of vampire? As you can see by the picture above, I went with a black lab as my guess.
What do you guys think of Vampire Dog? Is it a movie you would see yourself or one you would watch with your kids?