By Brandy McDonnell
An abbreviated version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman.
Pioneering views: From DreamWorks' 'Trolls' to the book of Job, Oklahoma filmmaker Kyle Roberts exploring cinematic possibilities
Whether it’s raising money for a “truth-based” teenage adventure film inspired by a biblical hero or taking DreamWorks’ colorful, bouncy Trolls into virtual reality, telling Kyle Roberts that something cinematic can’t be done isn’t likely to hold back the Oklahoma City filmmaker.
“Since I was in college and right after, I’ve kind of been about ‘let’s show the world what a bunch of Okies are capable of.’ It’s actually a big motivating part for me, too,” he said.
Before the founder and creative director of Reckless Abandonment Pictures returns to the deadCenter Film Festival next month with his groundbreaking VR project “Trolls: Stop Motion,” Roberts is launching Tuesday the crowdfunding campaign for “What Rhymes with Reason,” his sophomore feature film, with a benefit event Tuesday at the Tower Theatre.
“Kyle Roberts is one of our most technical and certainly one of our most exciting filmmakers,” said deadCenter Executive Director Lance McDaniel, who is leading a panel featuring Roberts, two producers and two actors at Tuesday’s “What Rhymes with Reason” kick-off event.
Roberts is returning to deadCenter this year with what’s believed to be the first commercially-made 360-degree stop-motion production.
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