Back in the early part of 2014, we shot some footage for a silent film. It was for a competition in Geelong, and we had fun. Then I read the rules. It had to be G rated.

And we were certainly PG.

To quote a phrase “D’oh”. So we made Shedbot, which went on to win the Peoples Choice Award.

And  The Troll was put on hold.




But not for long. See it was too cool not to put on the shelf forever.

“The Troll” is at its heart a celebration of b-films of yesteryear, a story about the monster of the day. We though a different take on Trolls would certainly fit this era of the internet too.

We also want our story to tell a message, but not beat you over the head with it, as its a dumb, fun silent film. As you sit back and watch it the first time, you will more than likely miss it. But when aware at what to look for, what is sometimes said, isn’t the true meaning of what is spoken.

Quite some time went into designing the Troll, including a back story, most of which is not even on film. We really wanted our monster of the day to come to life, in as b-grade a way as possible.

About the author

Tony Hooper’s career began in the corporate world, however that changed dramatically with a move into the Media industry. He began making short documentary pieces (on aspects of business) and in exploring his more creative side he produced a number of short films, including the series “Stock Footage Fairytales” (now being remastered). He has worked on a number of music videos and commercials, as well as writing screenplays for both short and feature film. Tony is currently exploring the intrigues of experimental film while preparing for his debut directing a feature. He is a CPA, and a member of a number of screen bodies, and has worked within the corporate sector for over a decade, including as a Senior Executive in a major media company. His plethora of experience, from negotiating contracts, reporting financial affairs, and managing film sets, and his adaptability with situations and technology, has given him a wide breadth of knowledge on all aspects of production.