Eagle-Vail filmmaker Travis Milloy creates sci-fi film ‘Infinity Chamber’
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A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape and try and find his way back to the outside world that may already be wiped out.
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Movies come in all shapes and sizes — and budgets.
“Our whole budget for the movie was less than what other films spend on catering for a week,” said Eagle-Vail filmmaker Travis Milloy, who recently released “Infinity Chamber” — available on iTunes and Amazon.
And for Milloy, a man with years of experience in the industry, he made the most of his time — before he had any money secured. His time in Los Angeles taught him the traditional movie making process of securing money, actors and then creating the film.
The moons have to align, he said, and it takes a really long time, especially for an unknown director.
“So I decided to do a very untraditional movie and basically go make a movie without names and without money, which is a really risky endeavor because 90 percent of movies made never get sold or distributed,” Milloy said. “It’s extremely competitive.”
“Infinity Chamber,” in its first few weeks, has drawn positive reviews and made its debut with a seven-day run at Arenacinelounge Sunset in Hollywood in late September.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
From his desk in his Eagle-Vail home, Milloy looks out to the mountains through one window and onto the golf course through another.
He says he’s more creative when he’s here as opposed to in California, although he thinks he fools himself into that logic — in a similar way “Infinity Chamber” was created.
“I basically rented an industrial space and I started building the set because I knew that would be the most expensive part of this movie was the prison cell,” he said.
Milloy would go to the industrial space in California every day for a year, creating the main scene for the film — without even having a script. He would make trips to Home Depot, pull stuff from dumpsters and ultimately put a one-room set together.
After months of putting time, money and energy into this space — without a script or any financial backing — he knew he would have to make the film. (He said in filmmaking, procrastination is really easy.)
Some of his friends and peers offered to help, but many of them would really just reassure Milloy that he was indeed a little crazy for making a film is such a non-traditional way.
But that’s eventually how word got out about the movie, with curiosity and interest peaking in his project from his mysterious set coming together. Milloy would go on to get investors as well as talented actors including Christopher Soren Kelly, Cassandra Clark and Chuck Klein.
“Before you know it, you’re making a movie,” he said.
FILMING IN COLORADO
Milloy’s script revolves around a man trapped in a prison cell talking to a computer, a very claustrophobic setting. He knew it had to breathe and couldn’t only take place in the cell he had created, so he injects moments and memories from outside of the cell.
“I wanted to make the movie as big as possible without having money,” he said. “So I picked very exotic locations to go do these little things.”
Milloy led his crew to the Mojave Desert, the Continental Divide and Minturn, among other places.
“I wanted to shoot in Gilman, the abandoned town. I was looking for cool, empty locations like that,” he said. “We shot over in Frisco and Hoosier Pass — places that are remote and beautiful.”
Milloy credits his team for keeping an open mind while shooting in these locations.
Carl Lindbloom, of Lindbloom Photography and a Minturn resident, was part of the production team as well.
The filmmaker grew up in Minnesota and frequented Vail as a child with his family. He started his career in California but has lived in Eagle-Vail for the past 10 years.
“I’m a screen writer, so that’s my main thing. That’s what takes up 90 percent of my time,” he said. “That’s the beauty of the computer era — it doesn’t matter where I’m at.”
He started out working special effects and stunts, wanting to get into the industry any way he could.
“I quickly realized that’s not what I wanted to do. I have a lot of respect for those guys,” he said, adding that one stunt doesn’t seem like much, but try it 30 times and see how it feels.
His advice for young filmmakers:
“Just go make your movie. Don’t worry about how much money you have or if your roommates are the ones that star in it, just make a movie and do the best job you can,” he said.
Milloy is hoping his next film will build off his grassroots effort of “Infinity Chamber.” He is considering filming his next movie entirely in Colorado.
“That’s the grind,” he said. “Just keep making movies until someone says stop doing it.”
Entertainment & Outdoors editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.
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