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Spencer CrapoBy Spencer Crapo
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Spencer CrapoBy Spencer Crapo
First created
$380
pledged of $6,500pledged of $6,500 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 13 2014 2:02 PM UTC +00:00

About

Introduction:

The Oculus Rift is the leading edge in virtual reality technology, and while games and simulations are exciting developments for it, we think it can be used for more than that, and Cinematography is a good place to start.

DreamRifter is our way of showing that Virtual Reality can change the way stories are told, much like how film completely changed storytelling from plays, or how talkies revolutionized silent films. True to the film industry, DreamRifter will be strictly a non-interactive viewing experience, albeit with the ability to jump through time like with any good video playback viewer.

Part of the reason why making movies for Virtual Reality is seldom attempted is because people keep trying to think up ways to do it with pre-rendered imagery. This is problematic, because it means the film would need to be rendered for every possible position and every possible angle for each eye that your eyes could be in for every frame of the video, and that would require far more memory than can be reasonably handled. Instead, DreamRifter is taking a real-time, CG rendering approach. We believe that computers are at the point where quality real-time rendered videos are a real possibility, and with this project, we're setting out to prove that in combination with Virtual Reality, it can be a truly unique and marvelous experience.

Once production is funded and completed, DreamRifter will be available to everyone freely from our website. We will also provide a non Oculus Rift version of the movie, but please remember that the full experience can only be obtained with the headset.

Stretch Goal:

- $20,000 With all the tools that we could get with this, we will create a Mystery Theatre experience for you. This will be a mystery movie where you must examine deeply the scenes that you are put in to piece together the ending. At the finale, it will be up to you to select the culprit, thus choosing which ending you experience.

What the money goes to:

We're still in the very early stages for this project, mostly because we're lacking licenses to the professional tools as well as a few key products that we need in order to make this happen. Thus, primarily, the money will go to purchasing those necessary and useful tools that will allow us to provide a quality experience for you. In addition, It will also allow us to create a dedicated website and produce the rewards you deserve for your support. Last of all, it will go into any taxes, fees, and legalities that are involved with Kickstarter funding. Ultimately, we can't do this without you!

What is Oculus Rift:

Oculus Rift Consumer Concept
Oculus Rift Consumer Concept

The Oculus Rift is a rather innovative piece of technology. As a virtual reality headset, it’s a much more sophisticated than any headset before it. The Rift provides a full 3D, realistically sized view of the world around you, complete with 110 degree field of view and low latency head tracking. You can read more at the Oculus home page or their kickstarter page.

Synopses:

DreamRifter is, as one might guess from the name, a dream sequence. This Animated Short follows the dream of an elementary school girl who loves to read and loves fantasy novels.

This image is early concept and is subject to change
This image is early concept and is subject to change

The dream will reveal why she reads, and gives a small, sad glimpse into her world. Each scene within the dream is specifically designed to show off aspects of what cinema inside an Oculus Rift can do and be.

So far there are about six different scenes planned, spanning as many environments as possible in such a short space of time, which reflect action, war, friendship, and dreams themselves.

A denizen of dark dreams
A denizen of dark dreams

Each scene is a contrast to the others and will reflect different moods, effects, and camera work. It is meant to be thoughtful, playful, and adventurous.

The Guardian of Light
The Guardian of Light

About the Team:

Spencer Crapo: Project lead and lead programmer.

Christopher Crapo: Programmer and Website Architect

Scott Crapo: Composer and Creative Direction

Shanda Christiansen: Director and Choreographer

Austin Davis: Environment and Asset Modeler and Editor

Isabell Uhl: Concept Artist and Character Modeler

While we may be a small team of family and friends, we're all very passionate about what we do, and together we cover a large scope of talents. "We may not have it all together, but together, we have it all."

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenges will arise from scene set up and the actual character animations. But fear not! We are confident in our director and choreographer in her knowledge of all things theatre and film. Her bachelors degree in Theatre Arts and dance, with training in choreography, enables her to step up to the challenge.

For challenges regarding modeling and animation, any part of modeling, texturing, or animation we don't already excel at, our team is willing to build on our current skill-set and use the funding provided to obtain the necessary training and resources to do so, such as seeking out training videos and open license resources.

Sound effects may also be a challenging area to tackle, however, our composer and sound guy is also willing to do the research necessary to broaden his scope of skills and insure that the end result will be of satisfactory quality. We're also prepared to find and use purchasable sound effects.

Finally, shipping rewards to you is a foreseeable challenge that we're willing to accept. This may be our first time building a project of this magnitude, and our methods of composition may come across as unorthodox, but we are actively researching methods of creating and distributing rewards. We will be careful with how your rewards are created and make sure they're shipped to you as efficiently as possible.

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    DRIFTING TO SLEEP - A desktop background to display proudly, showing that you helped us get started. This reward package is included in all reward tiers.

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    LIGHT SLEEPER - A copy of the Animated Short's soundtrack. Music as composed by Scott Crapo. This reward package is included with all pledges above this amount.

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    OUT COLD - Access to pdfs of piano reductions of the soundtrack, so that you can play the music yourself at home, if you're so inclined. This reward package is included with all pledges above this amount.

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    NARCOLEPTIC - Your choice of two available T-Shirts so you can show your support to a new form of storytelling to the world. This reward package also includes the REM reward package

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    LUCID DREAMER - A bonus action scene separate from the main story. This reward is included with all pledges above this amount

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    DREAM DIVINER - For showing such great interest in our project, you'll get an exclusive book of concept art, detailing the process that led up to such an awesome movie. This package also includes the REM reward package.

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    DREAM-SCAPE SURFER - want something a bit more decorative? This reward package is a Figurine of the main character of the Animated Short. The spunky girl can help give personality to your home. This package also includes the REM reward package.

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    DREAM-SCAPE DIVER - You've helped us so much, that we'll recognize you both on our website and in the opening credits of the Animated Short. This reward is included with all pledges above this amount.

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    DREAM WORLD MANIPULATOR - You can create a character to, or have yourself, be included as a cameo in the Animated Short itself. Please note that we will not accept nudity. You will also be given the opportunity to select one of the following reward packages: DEEP SLEEPER, REM, NARCOLEPTIC, DREAM DIVINER, or DREAM-SCAPE SURFER.

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    LORD OF DREAMS - This is such a huge help to us, that we will let you write a story that we will create for you after this project (or the Mystery Theatre, if that stretch goal is reached). We won't make any crude or vulgar content. Details will be hammered out when we're closer to being ready to work on it. You will also be given the opportunity to select one of the following reward packages: DEEP SLEEPER, REM, NARCOLEPTIC, DREAM DIVINER, or DREAM-SCAPE SURFER.

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Funding period

- (30 days)