Paul Wedgwood and Eddie Alcazar Team to Launch Entropy Pictures
Debut Production Will be Hybrid / Genre-Bending Feature “Absolute” Written and Directed by Alcazar, Produced by Paul Wedgwood
January 23, 2023 – It was revealed today that award-winning director/writer Eddie Alcazar and British gaming mogul Paul Wedgwood have teamed to launch the independent film production company Entropy Pictures.
The launch follows the raucous Sundance Film Festival world premiere of Alcazar’s latest feature “Divinity” starring Stephen Dorff, Moises Arias, Jason Genao, Karrueche Tran, Bella Thorne and Scott Bakula, and was written, directed and produced by Alcazar alongside Steven Soderbergh, who served as executive producer.
Wedgwood most recently executive produced the upcoming thriller “The Kill Room” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.
Both having profound success in the video game industry, Wedgwood and Alcazar’s likeminded creative visions and business philosophies sparked the formation of Entropy Pictures. The company takes a transmedia approach to seeding and developing IP and embraces disruption in the entertainment ecosystem, connecting unique stories with audiences looking for bold new offerings.
Creating and running an independent production banner dedicated to telling character-driven, high-concept stories with commerciality, Wedgwood and Alcazar will channel their combined creative power and resources to tackle daring, boundary-pushing concepts and introduce a selective slate of unique stories and edgy material.
Headquartered in Los Angeles and London, Entropy Pictures aims to make anywhere from three to five films a year. Budget ranges of the films on the Entropy slate will vary depending on the size and scope of the individual projects with most intended to be mid-level budgeted films.
Financial backing for Entropy will come from Paul Wedgwood’s Supernova Capital LLP.
Veteran, award-winning studio executive Nick Bridger joins Entropy Pictures at launch as the company’s Head of Development and Production. Also joining the studio is experienced Line Producer James Allen who has worked on all of Alcazar’s productions.
The first film from Entropy Pictures will be the genre bending, hybrid live action / animated thriller “Absolute”, which Alcazar wrote and will direct as his next feature – producing alongside Wedgwood.
“Absolute” follows a pair of college friends who are working on a device that will change humanity’s relationship with the universe. Their device can transport a person into a neighboring dimension using one’s mind to complete a roadmap. When one of the friends confronts a devastating relationship breakup with his girlfriend, he makes a choice to enter the portal they have created in search of a better version of her. What transpires in story of friendship, betrayal, love, loss and the obsessive desire for perfection. The obsession for the Absolute.
Financing is in place and the film will shoot this summer.
Said Alcazar, “Creating a foundation for this type of film is very motivating as there are so many opportunities to explore different worlds and each can lend itself to many formats such as film, digital and animation to truly immerse the audience in a specific style of emotion. Ultimately this is a story about young adults striving to be recognized and significant in an imperfect world. They follow grandiose ideas in order to give their lives meaning and end up realizing peace of mind and love are found in simplicity, not absolute perfection.”
Said Wedgwood, ‘I want to work with the most talented storytellers in the business – and Eddie is of course in that upper echelon of multitalented next generation writer/directors who really challenge audiences. In ‘Absolute’, he has created a gripping and evocative story that is a distinctly original cinematic experience. This is the type of bold film that will define Entropy.”
Wedgwood added, “As a company, we see ourselves as hyper-creative, nimble and collaborative. Eddie, Nick and myself are creators at heart and have complex projects we’ll develop and nurture very carefully. With the film landscape continuing to shift and evolve, our approach to championing distinctive material and bringing our creative visions to life is what drives us. I’m thrilled to start this exciting new endeavor with Eddie and Nick and work creatively and collaboratively to build a specialized brand.”
Added Alcazar, “With Entropy, we have an exciting new model for making films – one that empowers creators and their vision. Paul and I share a unique creative vision and underlying business philosophies that will fuel us as we grow the company and our output.”
Alcazar is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.
About the team
Paul Wedgwood is one of the most prolific personalities and successful entrepreneurs in the gaming industry – known for being one of the world’s first eSports television presenters and commentators with his own TV shows, then as the owner, co-founder, and chief executive of the hit video game developer Splash Damage, and now as Managing Partner of Supernova Capital LLP.
Wedgwood’s obsession with games started in the late 90s as Leader for team Clan EarthQuakers, winning multiple national UK tournaments in Team Fortress.
Wedgwood simultaneously became one of the world’s first eSports television presenters and commentators, with his TV shows ‘Lock n Load’ and ‘Quake Republic’, filming over 300 episodes for two years, completely dedicated to online multiplayer video games.
Wedgwood would reach even new professional heights when he launched the blockbuster video game developer Splash Damage in 2001. While under Wedgwood’s leadership as sole owner, co-founder, and chief executive, Wedgwood raised over $100 million as Producer from major US and Chinese publishers, and Splash Damage developed eight #1 hits in the WOLFENSTEIN, DOOM, QUAKE, BATMAN ARKHAM, GEARS OF WAR and DIRTY BOMB universes.
Wedgwood sold Splash Damage in a cash deal worth over $70 million to Hong Kong-listed company Leyou in 2017. After 16 years at the helm, Wedgwood stepped away from Splash Damage and founded investment firm Supernova Capital LLP, and made his first acquisition buying the studio Flying Wild Hog, the acclaimed developer behind the Shadow Warrior series of games. Wedgwood grew Flying Wild Hog from near bankruptcy and 90 staff, to more than 275 staff in three cities, with a cash profit ix excess of $10m per anum, in under three years. Wedgwood sold Flying Wild Hog in a deal to Embracer for $137 million in 2019. He has since acquired Little Red Dog in New York, Mi-Clos in Lyon France, the Insomnia Gaming Festival in Birmingham, UK, and founded publisher Modern Wolf in London.
Wedgwood also founded Fireteam.net, which developed online services for several major hits including HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF EDITION; and publisher WarChest, which released original titles such as RAD SOLDIERS – a worldwide #1 iPhone Christmas Day hit in 100 countries, and DIRTY BOMB, which has accumulated over nine million owners on Steam.
Wedgwood’s titles and businesses have garnered over 300 awards and nominations, including several Game of the Year, Best Developer of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year awards, before achieving the highly coveted Sunday Times Top 100 Best Company award for exceptional staff morale in 2017 – the first AAA games studio to ever do so.
Eddie Alcazar is an American director, writer, producer and game developer. Unconfined by genre, his multi-technique approach to visual storytelling is an exploration of undiscovered cinematic territories. He coined the term “meta-scope” to describe a visionary technique that blends live action and stop-motion.
Alcazar was the winner and sole recipient of a worldwide art and design competition, receiving a scholarship to the Academy of Art University where he studied VFX and Animation Film Theory. He was named one of the 25 New Faces of Film by Filmmaker Magazine and one of the best new directors in America by Shoot Magazine.
His work includes the award-winning and AICP-shortlisted commercial “Everlast Astral” and the Berlin Fashion Festival winning Versace “Bright Crystal”. In 2013 he directed the documentary TAPIA with Executive Producer 50 Cent for HBO, and in 2015 his short film collaboration with Flying Lotus premiered at Sundance.
Alcazar’s additional credits include: directing the feature length sci-fi thriller PERFECT executive produced by Steven Soderbergh through his company Brainfeeder Films; producing KUSO which was selected into Sundance 2016 and directing the shorts THE VANDAL (Cannes Film Festival) and FUCKKKYOUUU (Sundance Film Festival).
Alcazar just last week earned a Vimeo “Best of the Year” award for THE VANDAL.
Nick Bridger has over 30 years of experience in the video game and entertainment industries, working at some of the biggest interactive entertainment companies in the world including: Marvel, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, AMC Networks, Jim Henson Studios, Paramount Studios, Sony Entertainment, GT Interactive, and Eidos.
Bridger has directed games and transmedia across high-profile collaborations with some of the biggest talent in the world: Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Microsoft, Sony, AMC, 20th Century Fox, FX, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Bros. Studios, Universal, CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Tim Burton Productions, Scott Free, Marv, Image Movers, Paramount, ILM and LEGO, and some of the worlds most beloved entertainment IP including: The Avengers, Iron Man, Star Trek, Toy Story, Alien, Kingsman, Planet of the Apes, Ice Age, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in the Wonderland, Breaking Bad, X-Files, Mad Men and billion dollar game franchises Gears of War, Halo and Doom.
Bridgers’s titles and teams have won over 150 awards including four BAFTA’s for best games.
Producer James Allen, has over five years of experience working with Eddie Alcazar on award winning titles including the Borderlands commercial, short film THE VANDAL, and Alcazar’s most recent feature, DIVINITY.
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