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Brett Kelly is quite literally a man who never sleeps, eats, or does anything else besides work. He is the poster-boy for hyperactivity.
Granted, I don't really know if Kelly never sleeps or takes a break to down a microwaved burrito, but it would certainly seem as though he doesn't. The man has been cranking out movie after movie for the past couple of years, only taking time off to release his own line of comic books through his Nedor Comics label.
Recently, Kelly has produced the remake of "Attack of the Giant Leeches", the comic book inspired, "The Scarab", the sci fi film, "Iron Soldier", the adventure film, "Pirates: Quest for Snake Island" and probably a few I haven't even heard off.
Now, Kelly has turned his creative eyes towards reinventing the classic comedic styles of Abbott & Costello and Ritz Bros. in his project of the moment ,"She-Rex."
As you can imagine, "She-Rex" is a comedy with dinosaurs in it, a truly unique idea......what?....."Land of the Lost"?.....a comedy with dinosaurs.....Will Ferrell you say......hmmm.
Sorry about that. I was purposely trying to forget that movie ever happened.
Anyway, yes, it's a comedy with dinosaurs, scantily clad cave girls and dim-witted cavemen.
Kelly has stepped out from behind the camera to play one of the bumbling duo that gets lost in a world where time has stood still for millions of years, alongside Ray Besharah. Actress Shawna McShefferey is also being billed as one of the leopard-skinned cave women.
It is interesting to note that Kelly has opted to use a hand-puppet for his T-Rex...or should I say, "She-Rex"? Don't laugh though, hand-puppets have been used in such films as "The Land That Time Forgot" and even by Eiji Tsuburaya, in such classics as "Godzilla" (Gojira) and "King Kong vs Godzilla". Though Kelly's method is a little different, he is placing the puppet in front of the camera with the live actors and scenery in the distance, to make it look like both are in the scene together.
Cult film maker David “The Rock” Nelson used this technique in his films, "Killer Cicadas" and "Attack of the Giant Cicadas!", using real bugs in front of the camera shot against live-action, with mixed results.
If done properly, the puppet Rex is a good, low-budget effects alternative for those who can't afford CGI or the time consuming stop-motion form of animation.
I'm certain that within the time it took me to write this, Kelly has probably already started another movie, or made a new comic book, but let's wait and see how "She-Rex" turns out before we start talking about those.
Here are a few shots from "She-Rex":
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