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)
Photography: Kevin Calumpit
Director of Photography:
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
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)
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