The indie science fiction film Prospect, directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell, shows that you don’t need $100 million to make a first-rate space opera. Horror author Christopher M. Cevasco was surprised that the movie looks as good as it does.
“If I had just seen this movie in a vacuum and wasn’t told it was a low-budget film, I wouldn’t have thought that it was,” Cevasco says in Episode 360 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “It seemed high-budget to me. They did a lot with a little.”
One way that Earl and Caldwell are able to stretch their budget is by setting most of the action in the wilderness. Science fiction author Rajan Khanna enjoyed how the story, which involves ruthless characters struggling over a scarce resource, resembles a classic Western.
“It replicated the idea of what it must have been like back in the day, where you’re just camping in the wilderness and all of a sudden a dude rolls up with his six shooters and wants to rob you,” he says. [...]