Bad Ideas

A Stranger has awoken in an unknown world, the Astral Field; the ultimate reality where past, present, and future, real and unreal exist at the same time. An evil bartender begins manipulating the Stranger into believing he knows a woman, Love, and must travel through the fields to find her.
Riding into the future to find the past, the Stranger is pushed and pulled by the hysterically suicidal voices in his head, a blind and bluesy bathroom attendant, a beached folk singer, an alchemist, and a mindless body; all wanting a piece of a mysterious and apocalyptic power that lies inside the Stranger. A metaphysical noir, a horror comedy, and a symphonic fantasy adventure are only a few ways to describe this genre-bending, mind-expanding independent feature.

  • Ryan W. Martin
  • Ryan W. Martin
  • Ryan W. Martin
  • Ryan W. Martin
    Key Cast
  • Nathanial Perz
    Key Cast
  • Scott Loeffler
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    2 hours 2 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 4, 2012
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Washougal, Washington
    United States
    August 8, 2014
  • The Indie Gathering
    Hudson, Ohio
    United States
    2nd Place Science Fiction
  • Twin Rivers Media Festival
    Asheville, North Carolina
    United States
    September 13, 2013
    North American Premiere
    1st place Experimental Feature Film
  • Shockerfest 2013
    October 23, 2013
    2nd place Science Fiction
Director Biography - Ryan W. Martin

One thing that can easily be said about Ryan W. Martin is that he is a man of vision. Nothing seems out of reach when it comes down to him trying to capture or express something. Completely self taught in music making, writing, producing, video editing, directing, acting, costume design, and many other fields, he brings a fresh sense of mystery and humanity to his works.

He graduated high school in a small Ohio suburb in hopes of studying music and making hip hop music. He was always a lover of film and was a storyteller since he was very young, writing short stories for extra credit in one of his English classes. Slowly he started thinking more about how films get made, but more specifically, art films. A few years later and he started writing what would be his award winning independent film, Bad Ideas. Since then he has made several music videos, composed several soundtracks, written numerous scripts, is working on a new hip hop album with a UK producer, was cohost of the Life Is People podcast for over 30 episodes, created over 110 digital artworks that coincided with poems that he wrote, shot a scene for Breathe Easy (a film composed of scenes shot by different directors from all over the world) and is working on an audio graphic novel based on a short story he wrote. Needless to say, he is always doing something and its get weirder and better every time.

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Director Statement

Wow. Where do I start? 5 years making a film is a long time: 1 year writing, 6 months in pre production, 2 years filming, 1 year editing, and 6 months in post production.
From day one I knew we were going to stray away from traditional movie storytelling, we wouldn’t introduce things the way movies typically do. The idea in the script was that the audience would learn along with the main character so I didn’t want long explanations about who the characters were or an introductory scene about how the environment worked, these scenes have almost become standard in today’s mainstream movies.
I wanted the story to be experienced, not just explained.
The final outcome is something we are very proud of and we hope you enjoy experiencing it as much as we enjoyed making it.