Space Detective

An exiled space detective returns to help an old flame but finds himself tangled in a web of interstellar intrigue, galactic gangsters, and a sinister scheme that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy!

  • Antonio Llapur
  • Matt Sjafiroeddin
    Joker Does Shakespeare!
  • Antonio Llapur
    Joker Does Shakespeare!
  • Matt Sjafiroeddin
    Joker Does Shakespeare!
  • Matt Sjafiroeddin
    Key Cast
    Joker Does Shakespeare!
  • Angela Rysk
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Feature
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Film Noir, Anime, Superhero
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    January 14, 2017
    World Premiere
    Best Science Fiction Feature, Best Soundtrack, Sci-Fi Citizen Induction for Director Antonio Llapur and Producer / Star Matt Sjafiroeddin
  • GeekFest Toronto
    February 14, 2017
    International Premiere, Canadian Premiere
    Best of Festival, Best Visual FX, 3D Animation
  • SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 28, 2017
    United Kingdom Premiere
    Official Selection
  • SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    May 4, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Mammoth Lakes Film Fetival
    Mammoth Lakes, CA
    United States
    May 25, 2017
    California Premiere
    Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature
  • Phoenix Comicon Film Festival
    Phoenix, AZ
    United States
    May 28, 2017
    Arizona Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Berlin Sci-Fi Film Festival
    November 17, 2017
    German Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Care Film Awards
    Parkersburg, WV
    United States
    December 12, 2017
    Grand Jury Prize, Best Sci-Fi Feature, Best Actor - Matt Sjafiroeddin, Best Director - Antonio Llapur
  • Boston Sci-Film Festival
    Boston, Massachusetts
    United States
    February 13, 2018
    New England Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Antonio Llapur

Antonio is an actor, writer, director, and part-time costumed vigilante from Las Vegas. He is the director of Swamp Media Group’s ambitious sci-fi adventure SPACE DETECTIVE. In addition to calling the shots behind the camera, Antonio is Space Detective’s Co-Writer (with Matt Sjafiroeddin), Art Director, VFX Supervisor / Lead Artist, and is an Executive Producer.

Antonio studied film at UNLV, where he co-wrote, and produced the short film THEY’RE JUST GIRLS. Antonio dove into his life-long love of comics and co-wrote, produced, and directed Swamp Media Group’s first short - JOKER DOES SHAKESPEARE! Antonio also spent time as a successful nightclub / rave / music journalist, with a notable stint at the LAS VEGAS WEEKLY and the column, DIGITAL TONY. Antonio’s acting exploits include playing the psychotic cannibal CHEF - a lead killer featured at ELI ROTH’S GORETORIUM on the Las Vegas Strip, and a bit-part as BATMAN in JOKER DOES SHAKESPEARE! Antonio also portrays Space Detective’s nefarious MR. BLACK, as well as RAY-RAY, the galactic gangsta rap superstar featured in the film’s show-stopping musical number.

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Director Statement

My best friend (and SWAMP MEDIA GROUP collaborator) Matt Sjafiroeddin and I began SPACE DETECTIVE over a decade ago as a short film meant to bolster our portfolio. Instead, SPACE DETECTIVE became an epic that consumed our life.

Our story is a culmination of every bit of entertainment that Matt and I devoured growing up. We loved sci-fi, we loved comics, we loved the movies; we're both pop culture junkies. We wanted to create a rousing space opera and a celebration of all that we loved. We wanted to play with our own culture and zap it through an alien lens. How would aliens reinterpret our society? How would our civilization influence theirs? And how could we exploit that for cheap jokes? We figured this might be the only movie that we ever make, so we threw caution to the wind and let our imaginations go nuts.

Still, we couldn’t raise a single penny. No one outside the Swamp believed in us, and crowdfunding was still a few years from being a thing. Sure, we may have bent a few laws and played the outlaw filmmaker bit, but we were SWAMP MEDIA GROUP and nothing was going to stop this picture!

It was early on when Matt and I realized that SPACE DETECTIVE was something special. We had taken inspiration from indie comics and created high-contrast black & white imagery that would not only hide our very cheap VFX, but give the audience a whole new kind of visual representation. The kinetic rough cuts gave us characters that weren’t exactly cartoons, but weren’t quite real either. It was impossible to look away. What started as a VFX cheat ended up working to our advantage aesthetically. Even our script remained tight as we evolved into a feature. We strove to create characters that were obvious archetypes, yet with fresh approaches. We felt that if Zyzzo, our little hip-hop alien gangsta, worked then the rest would follow. We experimented and grew the SPACE DETECTIVE universe with montages, comedy skits, and commentary. We even included a ridiculous music video. It all played. There wasn’t anything like our movie.

Directing SPACE DETECTIVE wasn’t easy. Quite frankly, there were a few times that I almost microwaved the footage. But how could I? All that I’ve ever wanted was to be a director. Hell, my earliest memory is of a movie theater and STAR WARS. But most importantly - my best friend and I made a movie we always wanted to see about the shit we've always loved. SPACE DETECTIVE is as much about who we are as it is about dudes with talking laser guns...

But don't worry, we don't cheap out on the talking laser guns!