Mind City Terror

A Kaiju short film by Curtis Jaeger



Another Hole in the Head - San francisco, CA - 2015


About the Film


Mind City Terror is a story within the complex emotions of everyday life and around the very real battles we fight in the private space of our dreams. Isaac is a young man in a difficult time of his life. The city of his mind is under attack by an 80-story Monster of Shame. To conquer it and regain control of himself, he summons a steel guardian formed of his own ego.


Director's Statement


I had a dream a long time ago. All my Power Ranger buddies were dead and I alone was left in my giant robot. All my problems were now monsters, stalking me in an endless maze of a city. Friends, enemies, family, all were there. At the most hopeless point, my Mother called to remind me she loved me.

Mental health, the pressures of living in a modern society, the economy of the human soul: all are topics that I find interesting and yet most films that tackled these subjects always seemed doomed to be slow or boring. Every person has problems. I wanted to make the problems of everyday life as epic as it is to all of us who live it.

Mind City Terror is a tribute to all the people in the thick of it. Don't give up. Somebody out there loves you. It's why we keep fighting.




Mind City Terror was made over 3 years on a budget of $30,000. 

To create a film in the vein of classics such as Godzilla or Ultraman, we had to forgo the current trend of creating our world in a computer. We wanted a texture and life that felt both real and familiar, in a language of the film we all grew up watching. That meant putting stuntmen in monster suits and duking it out, old school. On a typical big budget film, costumes like these might cost upwards of $100,000 each to produce and would have several backups in case of any damage. 

Clever production was absolutely necessary to make the film look and feel like it belonged with those cinematic titans and Mind City Terror presented a lot of unique and interesting challenges that might be hard to find in a film of any other genre. We managed to get both costumes made for $10,000. As a 3rd of our budget, we couldn't afford more. We would have to get it right the first time. No reshoots, no excuses.

We had 6 days of shooting with actors and stunts as well as an additional day of VFX element shooting. With the exception of our stunt performers, our entire crew was 100% volunteer, filling a variety of roles where needed. Everybody contributed to create this film and it shows in the final work.

With limited post-production resources, I personally created and completed the over 300 visual effects shots in this film. With each one taking a minimum of about six hours to do, finishing the film took me a year alone in post-production.

Curtis Jaeger | Writer, Director, Editor, Visual Effects, Executive Producer

Dan Emanuel | Producer

Michael Winokur | Director of Photography

Tom Krymkowski | Camera Operator

Nicole McClure | Assistant Director