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A mission goes horribly wrong killing most of the marines on board, stranding them on an uncharted planet filled with deadly aliens.

VFX TEST for the look of the film! This is not at full resolution. Enjoy

We filmed using the RED EPIC Camera. Same type used by Ridely Scott on Prometheus, provided by a company that supplied RED Epics for Prometheus!

SLEDGEHAMMER is provisionally the first science fiction visual effects short film shot entirely on a RED Epic camera.  A small team in Vista, California (near San Diego) helmed by its aspiring Director Frank Silas is a small team with big dreams. Back this project to help create the visual effects for this science fiction short film and be rewarded with many prizes including a feature length documentary on the making of this film and much more! We'll even turn your idea into a film in which you star or direct, see the RED DOOR REWARD!

"CREATE THE VISUAL EFFECTS FOR A SCIENCE FICTION FILM AND SAVE THE GALAXY!"

Concept Art by Wesley Griffith

The Cast for our Science Fiction Film!

This was a test shot that I turned into a poster to help nail down the look of the wardrobe. This is close to the final look.

Kickstarter Film Poster!

"A deep space reconnaissance mission goes horribly wrong when their ship is sabotaged killing most of the crew and marines on board, stranding them on an uncharted planet filled with deadly creatures!"

"Who the heck are these guys, and can they be trusted to complete this mission?"

The crew is from a small award winning studio in Vista California,  New American Standard Motion Picture Company. For the last five years the studio has been known for its pro-bono work with local churches and other charities such as World Vision.

 Professional clients have included local television stations and The Los Angeles Times. New American Standard MPC is lead by Mark Bealo a Professor at Palomar College in San Marcos, California, Frank Silas a video game artist formerly at Rockstar Games and Activision Blizzard, now an aspiring Director, and Kevin Calumpit a professional photographer and one of the Directors of Photography for 'SLEDGEHAMMER'. Their last film won for "Best Special Effects" at the San Diego 48 Hour Film Festival 2011, where their team shot a film then created all the visual effects, music, and editing within a contiguous 48 hour time period. To see the level of quality achieved on their award winning Thriller Suspense film (and as a thank you for visiting us on Kickstarter) here, for your viewing pleasure, is the entire short film, 'BOX'. (Everything you see including the story was created within a single contiguous 48 hour period. We work fast and deliver high quality.)

Our Award Winning Short Film 'BOX'

Our crew size depends on the scope of the project we are working on. Our crew working on "BOX" was thirty people strong, ten of whom were visual effects artists, including the director. Our visual effects crew alone on our science fiction film 'SLEDGEHAMMER' will grow to at least thirty people. The shooting crew was around twenty dedicated individuals.

"How will they get Hollywood quality CG Visual Effects done in a timely manner?"

We have built a network of talented friends from both the video game and film cg modeling, animation, effects industries. This team is helmed by the film's Director and Mark Bealo Professor at Palomar College where he teaches Nuke and Final Cut Pro as a certified Apple Trainer. What we need are a few more hands and a few more industry standard tools. What's more, we'll film every step of the way and share it with you as one of our backers.

Concept Art by Wesley Griffith

Your backing of this film will secure our working location, help us purchase computers to handle the larger render sizes required for creating seemless vfx, allow us to bring more vfx artists on board to help with this film, and secure software licenses for programs we will need to help us create Hollywood quality vfx, and not only will you have the eternal gratitude of a small film studio that has these capabilities, but also the ability to give input on how we use it on this film!

Get to know us. Crew interview Part One: Interview with Bethany.

CALL SHEET  (join us!)                                                                        

Director:  Frank Silas (co-writer)

Director of Photography: Kevin Calumpit

Director of Photography: Stuart Allman                                  

                                                                                        

1st AD: Geoff Kosty (co-writer)

Wardrobe: Chuck Vasquez, Frank Silas, Aries Hines                                   

Onsite Sound Mixer: Joel Boling

AC: Clarence Legaspi (RED Epic)

Camera Operator: Mina Brown (RED Epic)                       

VFX Supervisor: Gabriel Acosta

Hair and Makeup:  Marylu Gomez

Script Supervisor: Aries Hines (co-writer)

UPM: Gary Manjikian

Actors:

Bethany Farrington (Commander Alex Kross)

David Truax (Captain David Mcclinton)

Fred Seals (Staff Seargent Fred Smith)                       

Victoria Seals (Corporal Victoria Day)

Dennis Logashov (Corporal Victor Stanislovsky)           

 Crew:

Peter Charron (PA, Misc Crew) 3D Artist

Karen Gooding Haub (Matte Painter, PA)

Kenneth Schulte (Composer)

Christopher Caouette (Composer)

Paulina Beauroyre (Weapons Prop Master)

Nick Steklov (Slate and PA) Stage Director and Actor

Rodney Alan (Cannon Lenses used on RED Epic) Photographer

Greg Kosty (Assistant to 1st AD) Extra on James Cameron's Titanic

Wesley Griffith (Concept Artist/ Lead VFX Artist) Portal: No Escape, HMS

Tom Carroll (co-writer)

Adam Fairless (Prop Weapons Fabricator/Master) Art Director

FAQ

  • This is not a Cumulative Reward. You do not get all of the rewards from the reward levels before this level, only what is listed in this reward. Is this real? Yes, and it's a once in a lifetime kind of offer which is a very unique way for our studio to say thank you to our Kickstarter Backers! Ok, so what's the legal jargon? Here it is: By choosing this reward you agree to bound by the rules of this reward which are; No pornography, Film will be shot in San Diego Ca or Los Angeles, Film will be shot on DSLR at 1k (unless backer makes arrangements for a different camera...we shoot DSLR, RED One, and RED EPIC preferably), Film will be no longer than four minutes in duration once edited, You may be required to sign other legal paperwork before filming can start such as standard release forms, Film will be shot in a single day, any pick up shots will be done on set same day as principal photography, post production services can take no longer than 48hrs of additional time, pre-production will be handled in the backers only forum, Once a film is edited and delivered this reward is completed and there will be no changes after this point, our studio will create both a poster for your film, and a 15 second trailer, submitting to festivals and registering with IMDB will be the responsibility of the backer, this reward can only be combined to a maximum of 80 minutes still to be shot in a single day, as vfx are expensive and time consuming and since this is a gift our backers agree to keep any vfx to a minimum (this film will not be a vfx heavy short film), any vfx will be limited, children are ok to star in and/ or direct only with the written consent and attendance of a legal guardian, no deadly animals are allowed, no animals can be harmed, no hate or defaming of any race or sexual preference, studio reserves the right to refuse to shoot any film deemed unsuitable, but will work with film makers to craft the films of the highest quality and standards, backer will release studio from any and all liabilities related to and in connection with the production of this film. (If you agree to this that means we're friends! You care about our legal protection when offering this insanely cool reward! Let's make a movie!) [This reward, as all rewards are subject to the successful funding of this Kickstarter Project.]

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  • Glad you asked! The 'Crew With Us' Reward consists of a class on film making from idea to script, from financing to casting, and from production to post production, ending with the marketing and distribution of your film discussion. Then we crew up to shoot a short film together. This is a day long intense workshop. Backers will need to make their own travel and lodging arrangements. Our studio will be able to shuttle crew to and from set only. Lunch and dinner will be provided. Standard contracts will need to be signed before working on set. Working on set is optional. Great opportunity to meet new people, learn new techniques, and get a chance to see how our studio works from the inside!

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  • No, you do not have to wait til December of 2013 to get your RED DOOR REWARD. We will start shooting them in 2012 as each person finalizes what story they want to shoot and nails down the logistics of their shoot. We put 2013 as a range of when we would expect to be finished with all RED DOOR REWARD Films. It is very unlikely that more than 400 people will sign up for this reward. So if you were lucky enough to see the link and follow it here, and smart enough to take advantage by pledging $100 (provided this Kickstarter is successful )we will thank you by getting this done for you in a timely manner. No money will be collected if this Kickstarter is not successful. You are making a PLEDGE of $100.

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