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Breakdown at 238 Hypatia

A squadron of fighters in a civil war between Earth and Mars set out on a supposedly routine mission that will test their skills and comraderie to the breaking point.

  • Andrew Bugenis
    Toronto Cybercide: Abstract Messiah
  • Andrew Bugenis
    Toronto Cybercide: Abstract Messiah
  • Andrew Bugenis
    Toronto Cybercide: Abstract Messiah
  • Jessica Sayer
  • David Carlson
    Key Cast
    "Capt. Davis"
    The Hyacinth Disaster
  • David Mann
    Key Cast
    "Lt. Brooks"
  • Andrew Bugenis
    Key Cast
    Toronto Cybercide: Abstract Messiah, The Hyacinth Disaster
  • Christopher Spenceley
    Key Cast
  • Juan Soler Jr.
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Hookway
    Key Cast
  • Anthony Magliulo
    Set Construction
  • Damien Valentine
    Visual Effects
    Chronicles of Humanity, Heir to the Empire
  • Grant Robertson
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  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Andrew Bugenis

Andrew is a life-long fan of Star Wars who had the grave misfortune of discovering fan films after the 2002 release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. From that fateful realization of, "That could be me on-screen swinging a lightsaber around," he would go on to direct, shoot, act in, and edit numerous fan films, then original short films, arguably culminating in wearing all of these hats and more for the 2011 feature film Toronto Cybercide: Abstract Messiah. He has also worked in other mediums, contributing his voice to the machinima web series Chronicles of Humanity and the audio drama The Hyacinth Disaster. The curse of inspiration struck again in 2016 when he watched a sci-fi dogfighting film from 1999; and once again he realized, “I could do that,” calling upon contacts from all of his previous endeavors to join him in the five-year-long process of creating the short film Breakdown at 238 Hypatia.

He still gets to swing a lightsaber around on-screen from time to time.

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Director Statement

Breakdown at 238 Hypatia happened because I watched Wing Commander (1999) in 2016, after I'd been making films and other video content for almost fifteen years. "I could do that," I said. I then brought in a friend to help me construct a single starfighter cockpit set in my garage, a process which took nearly a year. Then filming, in the dead of the northeast US winter, with any friends who could make it, including one I hadn't met in person before filming. Then, as the set stayed in the garage, evicting my car from that cozy spot, years of post-production. And in the end... it turns out that, yeah, I could do that, with the help of so many friends, both old as well as new ones made on the journey. (The set still stands, half-deconstructed, finally tucked into a corner of my garage because I don't have the heart to truly take it apart.)