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The Adventures of Captain Atom Chapter 4: Trial by Fire

An Atomic Age superhero and a scientist’s daughter must evade the forces of a sinister military cabal in a space station on the moon, encountering danger at every turn.

  • Elias Hutchinson
  • Elias Hutchinson
  • Elias Hutchinson
  • Elias Hutchinson
    Key Cast
    "Male Ensemble"
  • Sarah Grace Hutchinson
    Key Cast
    "Carolyn Grant"
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Adventure, Thriller, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Western Carolina University
  • Controlled Chaos Film Festival
    Cullowhee, North Carolina
    United States
    May 7, 2021
    Synchronous Online Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Elias Hutchinson

Elias Hutchinson has been making stop-motion animations with Legos since the age of 11. His early work centered on history, which he submitted to his county’s Student Technology Fair via his elementary middle schools. He was chosen to advance to the Fair’s state level twice and won first place in his category‘s age group both years. At Milton High School, he was a productive member of his Audio Visual class, producing and directing shorts, informational films, and promotional videos for his school’s theatrical productions. Currently, he is a student at Western Carolina University, majoring in Film and Television Production.

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Director Statement

Captain Atom resulted from my fascination with pulp magazines and film serials from the early 20th century. Their adventures have an otherworldly and antique quality which fascinates me; I’ve often had a vivid imagining of this genre of fiction despite having experienced only some of it. This short and the others like it are the result of that imagining made real with the tactile reality of stop-motion animation.