MicroFear is a new line of tiny dioramas based on classic horror scenes from movies and books. Each piece is crafted with a process that retains impressive sculptural detail like you wouldn’t believe, and at an incredibly small scale!
As an accomplished artist and craftsman in both the film and 3D printing industries, MicroFear is my homage to those stories and to the world of miniatures. I wanted to create high-end, multi-material pieces that that would amaze people and immediately capture their imaginations.
The result is a set of tiny horror scenes that any lover of the genre or garage kit enthusiast can appreciate, along with anyone who marvels at detail and modern manufacturing.
1. The scene is first created with digital sculpting and NURBS-based 3D modeling.
2. Parts are 3D printed in wax at extremely high resolution, using a professional level 3D printer.
3. A master mold is created from the wax original.
4. The individual pieces are cast in classic bronze using lost wax casting.
5. The remaining parts are created from many materials, such as onyx resin, hydrostone, wire, even sand.
6. The final model is assembled, painted, and finished by hand. Ready to be displayed in your cabinet of curiosities!
As a kid, I spent hours and hours with the classic Aurora monster model kits. Miniatures and dioramas let you re-live a story, and I couldn’t get enough of that. If you’re a kid like me from the Monster Generation, you get it! And if you’re not, you definitely know someone who was.
Each MicroFear kit comes with a collectible trading card!
To create MicroFear, I carefully selected scenes that could stand alone in this format. They’re small cinematic moments. Something happened right before this scene, and something happens right after.
I wanted to create something so detailed and so visually interesting that it would draw the viewer into that moment. The innovative process I use for MicroFear is what lets me accomplish that goal. It’s new and modern, but it is so classic at the same time.
MicroFear dioramas are NOT your standard styrene plastic model kits. Each and every scene is composed of several materials that add realism: bronze, onyx urethane resin, stained and lacquered wood, even sand.
Bronze is a stronger metal that lets me create realistic proportions and small, thin elements that will not bend or break. The bronze also gives each piece the weight it deserves and elevates the artistic look and feel.
WHAT YOU GET
Anyone pledging at the $200 level also gets this ridiculously cool custom, handmade, solid wood and Lexan display case, complete with dimmer switch! This is the ultimate way to display MicroFear.
I worked as an FX makeup artist and have many film credits to my name. I have also worked for many years as a professional sculptor, which I do both by hand and digitally. I have tons of experience with casting and with many kinds of production and manufacturing. I am also one of the founders of the successfully Kickstarted Fire & Bone.
Creating MicroFear can’t be done by just one artist. I work with an excellent foundry that is proven to be capable of producing large production runs of such detailed pieces. I am also assisted by amazing partners in the assembly, packaging, and design phases, especially my partners in our other venture, Fire & Bone, Matt Kroner and Chris Boynton.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
We’ll use the money from this campaign to produce the first large production run of MicroFear pieces and fulfill all the Kickstarter reward orders.
We’re already off to a great start because the entire line is completely ready to be produced. We’ve even already done some small runs.
Kickstarter is the perfect way to get the funds needed to launch a new product that is almost ready. We need to pay for packaging, shipping materials, web design, and a marketing push. And of course, the funds help me get ready for Series 2!
I am already dreaming of the next pieces, with more horror, more story, and more detail! I am deeply involved in the worlds that combine to make MicroFear – the film and effects industries, 3D printing, sculpting and casting, miniatures and dioramas – and I know that nothing like this exists. But it needs to!! Your donations can make this possible, and I know what you get back will be a welcome addition to your Cabinet of Curiosities.
Thanks for checking out MicroFear!
Risks and challenges
There can always be production challenges associated with any manufacturing project (delays, equipment failure, etc.), so we have built relationships with reliable foundries, wood shops, and suppliers to fulfill orders. We have contingency plans in other locations, just in case.
Another unique challenge for us is that molds wear out over time. I have years of experience in special FX makeup, jewelry design and metal casting, and I know how to plan for this.
As many people have discovered, 3D design, and printing all require expertise. The team involved with MicroFear are all veteran users of these technologies and have worked in many high-stress situations to develop great products.
- (30 days)