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BONUS PRIZES IN ADDITION TO YOUR PLEDGE!!!
Most campaigns out there offer stretch goals in order to entice participation above and beyond the initial funding requirement. Well, our stretch goal IS our actual goal. We’re coming down to the wire here and we wanted to do something to sweeten the pot. We’re offering the following additional incentives at the clip levels described below. This is our way of saying “THANK YOU” for what you’ve already contributed and as a way to possibly entice you to look even deeper into your pockets for a little more generosity. As always, we're wishing you the very best and ask you to please help up spread the word about The Yellow Feather. Thanks SO much everyone… LET'S DO THIS!!!!!
Lincoln thanks the legendary… LANCE HENRIKSEN!!!
The Yellow Feather is proud to announce the involvement of 30+ year veteran makeup/FX artist Mike Spatola!
Mike will be acting as our Makeup/FX Department Head, and contributing to all the visually striking death effects we will be presenting. For those not familiar with his career, Mike has worked on all types of films from Return of the Living Dead, to Tremors, Stargate, Terminator 2, Predator 2, Iron Man 3 and HBO’s Tales From The Crypt (to name just a very few). He’s been nominated twice for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup EMMY Awards and twice for Best Makeup, Cable Ace Awards. Besides his long film career, Mike is the author of The Monstrous Makeup Manual Book 1, and Book 2. These two books have quickly become the ‘go to’ books on character and monster makeup, and prosthetics. Mike is also Chief Academic Officer of Hollywood’s most highly regarded school for makeup and fx, Cinema Makeup School!
What is The Yellow Feather about?
The Yellow Feather: An orphaned young girl, Clara and younger brother, Rafi are shipwrecked in 16th Century Guatemala with a small group of survivors led by a priest and a fierce conquistador, Raul. Clara witnesses the cruelty of the Spanish as they abuse the native Mayans. The group then find themselves face to face with a being that forces Clara to make life-altering decisions.
We feel this film is an important story about the transformative power of morality and accepting responsibility for one's actions … and ultimately about one's struggle to survive. We hope to introduce the beautiful, surreal mythology of the Maya people and Guatemala in the tradition of classic Hollywood monster movies... and truly hope you'll join us!
The Yellow Feather has been our dream project ever since we were in college. It was initially intended as a short film to showcase our love of monsters, mythology and powerful unique protagonists facing impossible odds, bringing a team together of our most talented friends, united by the passion to see this story come to life.
We now have a completed script, dozens of concept paintings, hundreds of storyboards, a detailed animatic and a concrete budget prepared... all in the attempt to make this ambitious indie film as organized and effective as possible. Our small, yet extremely dedicated team have been centered on countering every potential problem, every step of the way for the past two years.
We're all truly thankful and extremely grateful for your time and consideration of our project.
JUST ADDED! OUR LIMITED EDITION POSTER!!!
This one sheet for The Yellow Feather depicts the film's central character, CLARA, our film's protagonist in a confrontation with GENERAL RAUL, a vile Spanish Conquistador. Unbeknownst to them both, the monster GUKUMATZ is lying in wait, ready to strike against the invading force.
JUST ADDED! LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRTS!!!
There are very few things that Lucas and I love more than great Practical FX movies. Films like Alien, The Thing, Jurassic Park and Tremors were our inspirations growing up. From monsters, robots and amazing miniatures, watching these movies and their special features (hundreds of times) was our first real 'film school'. They introduced us to some of the most amazing artists behind the scenes who were making everything happen, and so has the magazine Cinefex (which is probably the most essential tool for any young aspiring VFX or Practical FX filmmaker). In particular- Rob Bottin, Phil Tippett, Rick Baker, Dennis Muren, Dick Smith and Stan Winston were always on our radar growing up. The Yellow Feather simply wouldn't be possible without a similar vision by our small team of dedicated skilled painters, sculptors, miniature effects and SFX artists.
While making the animatic, we felt that we'd benefit by commissioning some of the film's iconic set pieces as miniatures for the film's production - a practice done in all of our favorite Practical FX films. We reached out to our artist pals to craft both the crater in which the Mayan village resides, and the cave temple entrance. We used the cave miniature as a reference for a concept painting to illustrate what the final environment might look like in the film.
We've made sure everything's ready to bring this homegrown story to the screen. We abide by the simple truth that friends are the family you choose and a truer thing couldn't be said for the talented team on The Yellow Feather. Pre-production on this film has been a dream come true working with our amazing crew. We've invested our savings and many paychecks to adequately compensate these talented artists; though sacrifices have been made to make this possible, it has been absolutely worth it to get our project this far.
A large scale (real) monster would be a dream come true, of course! We can still rely on our most visible sets, a volcanic crater village miniature and lake, a Mayan temple and cliffside will be realized alongside real gore FX and props as totally practical creations. One of the main attractions of our film is a CGI monster. It started as a drawing, then a clay sculpture that was then finally scanned into a computer and rigged to be animated.
Gukumatz- 'The Dragon God', which plays a central part of our film, has gone through multiple stages of design, modeled in clay, 3D scanned, and animation tests have been completed.
The more resources we have the more we'll be able to afford a much higher production value, especially on location.
ONLY with your help will we be able to complete this film on time, on track and under budget. We're hoping to be able to tell this story in a way that stays most true and most respectful … to the people, the land and the culture … and not just in front of a green screen in L.A.
Thank you so much for your time and support… THANK YOU!
JUST ADDED! GRIM REAPER SPECIAL!!!
It vividly represents Clara facing down the Gukumatz Mayan god in a vast mountain landscape and is framed by the icon yellow feather symbol. The magnet measures roughly 3 3/4in wide by 2 1/2in tall (9.5cm x 6.5cm) and is finished in a aged copper.
Risks and challenges
If set-backs in the making of this film do arise, we vow to work through them together and will keep the supporters of The Yellow Feather in the know, on all counts. We are committed to seeing things through.
Your donations will go directly towards funding the production and post-production stages of the film. We'll need to create costumes, including: suits of armor and weapons (swords and blunderbusses!) for our Conquistadors, and accurate tribal costumes for the Mayans as well as elaborate makeup FX for the fantastical and gory sequences in our film.
We want The Yellow Feather to look as sharp and as visually rich as any fantasy film you'd see in the theater... and are hoping that (with your help) it will play competitively at film festivals (and then some)!
We hold ourselves to a very demanding visual standard and want this film to look its absolute best. Funds will go towards the rental of a cinema lens package (Zeiss and Leica primes) as well as professional lighting and sound gear. Most importantly, we will (as we have), albeit paycheck to paycheck... continue to compensate ALL of our staff and crew for their time, energy and the indescribable creativity that they've brought to The Yellow Feather and beyond.
Funding for post-production will be directed towards the completion of the extensive Visual FX planned for the film. Animating the creature in our film will be hard work and long hours, but with your funding we will be able to hire more Visual FX experts and purchase more processing power to get the job done at a high quality without delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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