This project's funding goal was not reached on June 19, 2014.
About this project
As well as being a 3D animator, modeller and texture artist, not to mention compositor, I have been writing stories for many years now. With Dead Salvage, I wanted to do a different take on some of the off-world colony sci-fi films that have been done in the past. Now I know that at first glance, this project may seem like all the others, but it has a much darker and much more realistic premise.
Sometime in the near future, when planet Earth is almost incapable of sustaining life, all the nations from around the globe came together to create the U.W.C. (United World Civilization).
But with food and water shortages common place, an emergency plan was needed.
A 10 year space project was formulated to find another suitable, inhabitable planet. It was the most incredible deep space exploration mission ever conceived and executed. After 20 years, and not a moment too soon, we found a planet that could sustain us, and was known from that day as Eden.
But, on the 21st February 2152, Eden colony went dark. No further communications were received.
A rescue mission was put into effect to find out what happened on Eden, and this is where the story of Dead Salvage begins.
The Eden Chronicles, a series of of feature films set in a distant future, is something that I've been working on for the last 5 years. Dead Salvage, and the films that follow, are a labor of love, and projects that I'm deeply excited about!
I have 10+ years of knowledge in 3D animation and storytelling, and have teamed up with several experienced filmmakers and a cast of talented voice actors to bring you an action-packed science fiction horror film like nothing on the market today.
The project is a large undertaking, but my team and I are confident and more than capable of delivering this professional, high-quality feature film!
We tried to keep the rewards as simple to understand as possible - but there is a lot we have to offer at many different perk levels, so we think we've got something for everyone!
From wallpapers, thank-you's on our website, a digital comic prequel, the film score/soundtrack, a PDF copy of the screenplay, HD digital copies, your name in the credits... there are many different reward tiers to suit whatever your specific interest may be! Or, for pledging £9, you can have each and every digital reward we have to offer!
BLU-RAYS AND DVDS!
We will of course be offering special edition 2-Disc Blu-Rays and DVDs of the finished film, each with as many extras as we can manage! We will be printing from both the US and UK to ensure the quickest delivery as soon as the film is finished.
SIGNED CAST PHOTOS!
We have planned a pretty epic cast photo of the 10 members of the rescue crew sent to Eden Colony! These photos will be professionally shot and printed, and signed by our voice actors!
Our finished screenplay will be printed and signed, and will include not only the original screenplay but lots of extras like artwork, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes photos!
SPECIALTY & LIMITED REWARD TIERS:
For those looking for more unique pledge levels, we are offering a limited number of pledge levels that include voice roles in the film, Executive and Associate Producer credits in the film (and on IMDB), physical replica helmets and suits fabricated by Midnight Armour (and by Jesse Lagers himself). Some of these will go fast so be sure to pledge early!
In the event that we exceed our main funding goal, we have put together some fun stretch goals for our backers!
£26,000 - 3D VERSION OF THE FILM ADDED TO ALL BLU-RAYS!
When we hit this pledge amount, backers whose pledges include a Blu-Ray copy of the film will also receive a 3D version at no extra cost!
£29,000 - TO BE ANNOUNCED!
This project is a massive undertaking, and we are asking for a significant amount of funding to make this concept a reality. A budget of £23,895 isn't that much to work with on a project of this scale, but it is the absolute minimum we need to complete this project without sacrificing quality.
As well as having already developed the script and storyboards, I have also prepared all the characters and environments required to produce this quality feature-length film (current running time is approximately 100 minutes).
I have already invested over a year of personal time into preparing this film, plus a substantial amount of personal money. As well buying 3 new 6 core AMD PC's to assist with the lengthy render times, I have purchased my very own motion capture system for all the animations in the film. Cheap, it was not... but it's a crucial piece of tech that I couldn't do without, and with that increased speed of character animation, we can finish the film that much faster.
ANIMATION AND PRODUCTION TIME
Animation is the most costly part of the production. Having an entirely computer animated film demands more time in front of the computer than anything else. I will be the primary editor on the film, but will need to bring in some help to get it finished in a timely fashion.
A portion of the funds will go towards the rental of a large studio space, which is required to lock down the required motion capture for the film. Studio space isn't cheap, but my existing space is quite small, and simply put - the larger the motion capture space, the more dynamic the animation will be.
I have been so overwhelmed by the support that I have gotten for this low budget feature! We have had some exceptional actors from around the globe audition for our film, and I know you will be pleased with the cast we have hired. And trust me, they are pretty darn good.
FILM SCORE & SOUNDTRACK
This to me is one of the most important assets to telling a story. Without an amazing film score, you don't have an amazing film. Try watching one of your favorite films with the sound turned down. Amazing how different it will be.
I have found an excellent film composer, Greg De Lulio, to work with on this project. We will also be commissioning some hard-hitting music tracks to feature during some of our most action-packed scenes, so we are set to have a pretty outstanding music score!
POST PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION
This is another key element. What's the point of doing all of this if you don't have an end product for people to see?
As well as repaying all of our backers with the rewards they have pledged for, we will need to make large enough initial run of DVDs, Blu-Rays, and other physical rewards. Funds will also be needed for packaging materials and shipping fees.
And, a little bit of funding for promotion goes along way. We will need to spread the word about Dead Salvage long after the campaign ends, and with the support we gain from there, we hope to be in a position to fund the next chapter in the Eden Chronicles universe!
KICKSTARTER & AMAZON PROCESSING FEES
Kickstarter and Amazon take a combined 8-10% of the funds we raise, so we will only end up with 90% of the raised funds to work with.
MISC. PRODUCTION COSTS & FEES
There will be several minor costs here and there, such as transporting hard drives securely between animators in the US and UK, promotional materials, ComiCon fees (it is our hope that the film will be available before the 2015 Emerald City ComiCon, and we want to be there to show you all!), and the like.
We have worked hard to put together a comprehensive budget that finely details every aspect of the film's costs, and it has helped us to really visualize the necessary expenses involved. We want to make this movie the best it can be, and proper budgeting has helped us come up with the absolute minimum required to do just that.
WANT A MORE DETAILED LOOK AT OUR BUDGET?
No problem! We want to be completely transparent with our process and that includes showing you exactly where every dollar is going. Most of these figures are based on quotes we have obtained by the the businesses providing each service, actor stipends, and estimates of reward fulfillment prices. We have spent months comparing rates to ensure we are getting the best deals on the most professional products/services.
You can download a copy of our budget here.
The biggest way to help us is obviously by making a pledge for one of the great rewards we have listed. But, if you can't support us monetarily you can still spread the world and help us get some exposure! This project is a big undertaking, so we need all the help we can get!
Please share our Kickstarter on your Facebook, Twitter, etc!
SHORTLINK FOR SHARING PROJECT
You can also follow us on:
Facebook: The Eden Chronicles
The Eden Chronicles Official Twitter The Eden Chronicles
Dead Salvage Movie Twitter: Dead Salvage
YouTube: Dead Salvage
Instagram: Dead Salvage
*we just set up our Twitter & Instagram so there isn't much there yet, but stay tuned for updates!
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.DeadSalvage.com
IMDB: Title page is in progress!
Seriously guys, thank you for taking the time to check out our project. We have been working tirelessly on pre-production for so long that it is hard to believe that we are finally here! It is so nerve-wracking but at the same time, so exciting to finally put it into your hands! All your help and support along the way has kept us motivated, and we are so grateful!
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!
Risks and challenges
We are a professional, motivated team of filmmakers and actors, but every production has its challenges and hurdles.
One challenge will probably be the coordination of schedules for the voice over studio time. We expect to spend 7-10 total days total logging everyone's lines, and since this is a CG film, we are confident that we can work around people's schedules and locations and get the lines logged in a timely manner.
The other challenge will be the daunting task of animating an entire feature film. But, we have given ourselves sufficient time to finish with a goal of attending the 2015 Emerald City ComiCon with the completed film.
All other aspects of production have been planned out carefully and we are prepared for any hurdles that get thrown at us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Though a majority of our production will be held in the U.S., our animation studio is based in the UK - therefore, all currency shows in British Pounds.
The quickest way to see the conversion is to click directly on the reward you would like. A popup will appear, showing the pledge amount in bold (pounds) and underneath it, in smaller print, will be the conversion to your type of currency. Then, you have the option to continue on to confirm your pledge.
You can also use google or any online converter to get a quick conversion rate, but the above option will be the fastest.
Here are a few rough examples of the conversions:
£10.00 = $16.00
£20.00 = $33.00
Quick and dirty. The suits worn by the chracters are state of the art. Called A.T.P.A - All Terrain Pro-Active Armour.
The suits change colour dependent on environmental and tactical conditions. For example - Out in the snow, they change to white to blend. Standard OP colour is grey and metallic. During Stealth and combat mode, they take on a dark grey colour throughout.
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