Science-fiction action film Popbot to shoot in Melbourne

25 March, 2011 by Sam Dallas

A science-fiction, action-adventure film, based on an award-winning Australian comic book series, will be shot in Melbourne later this year.

Based on the Ashley Wood and TP Louise graphic novel series of the same name, Popbot will be produced by Resolution Independent’s Pete Ford and Media Funds Management's James M and Kristy Vernon.


Wood announced a movie was in development in 2006 in his blog. He will provide art direction and design for the film.

The post-modern science-fiction film will combine live action and motion capture technology and 3D character animation.

Shot at Docklands Studios Melbourne and finance arranged by MFM, the film will go into production in the second half of this year.

Popbot joins crime thriller John Doe, which will be shot in Melbourne in May.

The John Doe Productions/Woodburn Sweitzer Management film, directed by Kelly Dolen and written by Stephen Coates, follows an accused vigilante whose actions have divided global communities. It will be produced by Keith Sweitzer and Kristy Vernon.

Film Victoria CEO Sandra Sdraulig, who leaves the organisation today, says attracting these two films provided an opportunity for local crews to further develop their skills and experience.

Both feature films will complete pre-production, filming and post-production in Melbourne.