LAST DAY - SPECIAL REWARD
At its core, Valrosa Beach is a classic hard-boiled detective film with a touch of science fiction. The film follows the journey of veteran detective Jack Gibson, as he tries to solve a series of murders related to an experimental substance known as "X5". Let's just say X5 does more to a human body than meets the eye, and it's not pretty. As Jack uncovers the epidemic that is plaguing the city he swore to protect, everything about his character is put into question. The film could be best described as a "neon-soaked" Noir, or better yet, "John Carpenter meets Miami Vice."
We are shooting the film on a Sony PMW F3 Super 35 Camera (In fact everything live action in the Kickstarter video was shot on the F3).
Besides the live action we are doing whole sequences of pixel-art in the film. Instead of animating sequences in CGI we chose to incorporate pixel-art to give the film a unique 80's look. We are inspired by art from 80's video games like Snatcher and Mortal Kombat.
Check out this Time-Lapse of the Pixel Art Process!
CGI is good for simple effects and matte paintings but we plan to do our science fiction and gore effects practically. We are completely inspired by the golden era of 80s practical effects in films such as The Thing, Videodrome, Total Recall, and The Terminator. Mark Santos, our Lead Practical Effects Artist, will make our effects a reality (See his Bio in The Team section below.)
Since we will be mainly shooting in Boston, the surrounding area, and in Connecticut we are using creative lighting and detailed set design to create the fictional city of Valrosa Beach. Valrosa Beach is inspired by a combination of 80's cities like Miami and Los Angeles.
The team making Valrosa Beach is made up of film students at Massart in Boston and Local professionals. Check out our Bios!
Nick Sabia - Director , Writer, and Director of Photography
Nick currently resides in Boston where he attends The Massachusetts College of Art and Design for his BFA in Film/Video. Valrosa Beach is Nick's senior thesis film and he specializes in Cinematography, Editing, and Visual Effects. Nick has interned at Zero VFX in Boston and also works freelance in the city. Apart from filmmaking Nick is a Second Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate and has been practicing martial arts since 2003.
Ray Hryb - Lead Actor; Detective Jack Gibson
Ray is a New England based actor, with a lot of independent films and commercial work under his belt. He is a huge fan of 80's Film and TV( such as Miami Vice and Magnum P.I.) He is super excited about the project and portraying the character.
Thomas Kim - Assistant Director
Thomas Kim is a Junior Film/Video major attending MassArt fulltime with crew experience on 30+ short films. Currently an intern at DirectR, Thomas is an expert on organizational management and regulating on set priorities.
Nick Valaskatgis - Camera Operator and Lead VFX Compositor
Nick is Junior Film/Video major at MassArt and a talented editor as well as a digital compositor. He is also a camera and technical expert and has been making films his whole life.
Mark Santos - Practical Effects and Makeup
Mark is a Special Make-up Effects/Dental Technician from southeastern Massachusetts . Experienced in all areas of make-up effects including , but not limited to; Character Design/Creature Effects, Practical Effects, Dental Appliances, Prosthetic Make-up, Eye Balls, Props, and Collectible Masks.
We have many other dedicated film students working on this film as well!
We wanted to offer rewards that would really get people excited about the film. For even the smallest donation we are giving away our exclusive Synthwave soundtrack. The second you donate, you will get access to the first three songs on the album for free download!
Beyond that we are giving away custom pixel art portraits and even props like our one of a kind custom printed VRPD detective badge! See the panel on the right for details.
LUXAR aka Tom Oke is composing most of the soundtrack for the film. He is an immensely talented composer and his expertise even led him to become one of the Lead Audio Producers on the DJ Hero video game franchise.
Besides LUXAR the soundtrack will feature exclusive tracks from other Synthwave artists, including MoweLan and KFDDA.
Money goes to a lot of different places , most of that being our art department. More than half of the budget is going to physically creating the city through practical effects, props, and set design. This means making silicone destroyable heads, weapon props, buying vintage 80's clothing, and building sets to name a few things. The remainder is covering our travel and food expenses as well as paying the artists doing the soundtrack and of course Kickstarter fees. Almost everyone working on this project is donating their time, out of passion and love for filmmaking, which makes the project even more amazing to be a part of.
Risks and challenges
This film will face the same risks and rewards that every film has. The money we're requesting is the minimum needed to make our short to the full vision, so if extra fees arise during production we will have to improvise solutions. If problems arise, we have the experience to create solutions on the fly and rework any scenes as necessary. We have used film school to temper ourselves to the life of production, and we anticipate problems before they happen to better prepare ourselves.
Our main challenge right now is producing until May, when we loose access to production equipment and facilities.
- (30 days)