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Animated film about the most epic battle in Marine Corps history. Produced by award winning filmmakers and combat vets.

FORWARD MARCH!  The hill is secured and now we fight our way to the sea!  Thanks to your support, we have hit the 100% mark and now each additional dollar allows us to add more time to the short film! Thanks for helping us capture this amazing true story!

The MEET THE FILMMAKERS live event was great!  We had viewers from as far as Rio De Janeiro!  If you want to watch the broadcast or share it, here is the YouTube Link!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oq_r3tilFs

NEW BATTLE VIDEO!  As we near the final push to victory, I wanted to share this video with you.  

WELCOME.  My name is Brian Iglesias and I am a combat decorated Marine infantry officer. After 13+ years of active duty, I decided to transfer to the Reserves to pursue my dreams of filmmaking. I am now an independent film producer and member of the Producers Guild of America. To date I have produced 5 feature films, 2 graphic novels, and I co-produced the NYC Veterans Day Parade live broadcast.

WHAT IS CHOSIN?

Art from "Chosin- Hold the Line" by Thomas Jung
Art from "Chosin- Hold the Line" by Thomas Jung

Chosin is an epic battle that took place during the Korean War. In the winter of 1950, deep within the frozen mountains of North Korea, 15,000 U.S. Soldiers and Marines were surrounded and trapped by 120,000 Chinese soldiers. Despite the odds, the Marines refused to surrender and fought their way 78 miles to the sea and rescued 98,000 refugees. 17 Medals of Honor, 73 Navy Crosses, and 23 Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded, making Chosin one of the most decorated battles in American History.   

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WHAT’S THE PLAN?

Nobody has ever successfully produced a feature-length animated war film-- this is literally film history in the making and we want you to be a part of it!

Our ultimate objective is to use this short film to help us secure funding to complete a 90 minute, 3D animated film. A successful campaign would mean that we would be able to complete a 2 minute scene from the movie. Each additional $15,000 would allow us to add one minute. The more animation we produce on our own, the more of this amazing story we can tell, and the easier it will be to find investors or a studio to help us finish the film.

Script/Character Design/3D Modeling/Storyboards/Animation
Script/Character Design/3D Modeling/Storyboards/Animation

Over the past year, we have spent over $20,000 and hundreds of man hours in developing the story, building the 3D models, creating storyboards and layouts, and conducting animation tests. The real life heroes of this story have already been immortalized as 3D models - Now they're waiting for you and your contribution to bring them to life.

The $25,000 would get us two minutes of animation which breaks down roughly to: Texturing 10%, Rigging 10%, Environment modeling 10%, Animation 40%, Effects 10%, Compositing 10%, Final Render 10%.

Art from "Chosin- To The Sea" by Otis Frampton
Art from "Chosin- To The Sea" by Otis Frampton

ARE YOU NUTS? WHY DO YOU THINK IT'S POSSIBLE TO MAKE A 2-MINUTE ANIMATED WAR FILM FOR ONLY $25,000?!?!

My co-director Richard C. Meyer is a 3D animator and cartoonist. While we developed the graphic novel and especially after seeing the anime-style character designs by artist Tom Jung, we started to realize that this could be done as a 3D animated film for a fraction of the cost of your normal studio film. 

One of the major costs of an animated film is assets, that means 3D models of characters, vehicles, props, and environments. In your typical 3D film, you have to create the mom, the dad, the 3 kids, the talking dog, his enemy the talking cat and the granny. That is 8 completely different character models and you haven't even left the house. Every person or animal they encounter in the story requires a completely new character model. Every house, streetlight, and car they walk by costs hundreds of man-hours and thousands of dollars to produce.

A single basic body model can be modified to make 4 different characters
A single basic body model can be modified to make 4 different characters

But this is a military story which means uniformity. So we only have to build one basic body model for Marines and one for the enemy soldiers. Then we make them bigger, taller, wider, whatever, but it's the same basic model. This is an incredible savings and we have things like this throughout the story. Both armies use about 5 different weapons and just a few vehicles. Almost the entire movie takes place in the mountains, which are a lot easier to build than an entire city.

When you add in the fact that most of it takes place in the snow at night, we have a lot of mitigating factors that help us make a dramatic and stylish piece of animation while also being able to "hide" things that would cost money to perfect and polish if this story was set in the middle of a city on a sunny day.

And to make sure we weren't crazy, we've consulted with several major animation production houses and they have confirmed that our plan is feasible. 


PROJECT HISTORY

The Chosin project began in 2010, when Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler produced and released an award winning documentary film titled "Chosin which has screened across the US and South Korea – and is now available on EPIXNetflixAmazon VideoDVD, and iTunes. The material was optioned as the basis for a 100 million dollar 3D Korean War action film that was written by Academy Award winner and WWII Army veteran Frank Pierson. Check out the trailer:  

*** Click here watch an EPIX exclusive behind the scenes interview with the filmmakers and Chosin veterans.  

When Richard C. Meyer (a 3D animator and former machinegun squad leader in Brian's unit) heard about about the project, he contacted Brian and they decided to produce a graphic novel that focused on the embattled Marines defending Fox Hill.  One look at the anime-style character designs by Tom Jung and we realized that this story would be a natural fit for animation.

Female refugee and her brother by Richard C. Meyer and James LoPresto
Female refugee and her brother by Richard C. Meyer and James LoPresto

KEY PERSONNEL

Brian Iglesias- Director, Producer, Writer, Executive Producer

Richard C. Meyer- Co-Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Animator

Anton Sattler- Producer, Executive Producer

Stephanie Hogue- Animator, Rigger

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. We receive funds only if we meet or exceed our goal of $25,000. Your credit card will not be billed until the campaign ends, and only if it is successful. 10% of the total is given to Kickstarter and Amazon Payments as fees for usage of the site and then about 2 weeks later we will receive the rest of the funds.

The animated short will be completed and distributed to you by June 2013, but the graphic novels rewards will be distributed as they are completed. Which will be January for "Chosin- Guts and Hope," February for "Chosin- To The Sea" and March for "Chosin- Hold The Line."

AND FINALLY, THANK YOU...

The Korean War is known as the forgotten war – and the primary mission of the Chosin project is to make sure that the sacrifices of these heroes are not lost forever. We are not just asking you to fund an animated film, we are asking you to stand with us, and ensure that their amazing story, their sacrifice, their victory - is not lost. We sincerely appreciate your consideration. Thank you and Semper Fi!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Making an independent 3D animated film, even a short, is quite expensive. We have already invested more than $20,000 into this project and the greatest risk is that we will not able to finish the short.

As for the challenges that we might experience after funding, the greatest challenge is dealing with the inevitable set-backs of production, especially in the digital realm (corrupted files, lost files, wonky rigs, etc). Fortunately, the animation test we have already conducted has been a good "shake-down cruise" to help us learn what works in our plan and what needs to be adjusted.

FAQ

  • Funny you noticed! My grandfather served in the Puerto Rican element of the US Army. He passed away while we were filming the Chosin documentary in Texas. I went home for the funeral and returned to finish filming. He collected clowns and this is one of his which I keep on my desk in honor of him.

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  • Yes. No movie about Chosin would be complete without Chesty Puller!!! Hell, no movie about Marines would be complete without him. Even a Fallujah movie would have to at least have his ghost in it. And to be honest, I cannot wait to get our Chesty animated and talking!

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  • Absolutely. We have had several instances where people donate money in honor of a loved one's memory/legacy. We will be happy to put that in the credits if applicable - all you need to do is contact us and we will see it done.

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