This story has truly inspired me and stayed
with me for over thirty years. My goal is to adapt it into an animated short
film and ultimately be able to share this lesser-known work of Henry Gregor
Felsen’s with as many people as possible. With the full support of Henry’s
daughter, Holly Felsen Welch, my team and I have set out to create a beautiful CG
film that hopefully holds the same power and emotion I felt when it was first
read to me.
GENTLE RAIN is a mesmerizing piece that journeys into the mind
of an American WWII fighter pilot on his last bombing run. As he banks and
dives over the city, our tragic hero takes on the role of God deciding who in the
city below will live or die. Forced to reconcile his desire for revenge and the
intoxicating feeling of power with the compassion that lies deep within, our
pilot is confronted with a decision: is he a God of mercy or a God of wrath?
For three years I’ve researched
how best to bring this piece to life, examining all the different ways to
illustrate the power and beauty of the story. After reviewing many possible
creative techniques, my team and I have decided to make this an animated film.
By using a combination of traditional 3D CG animation blended with 2D
“painterly” environments, we’ll be able to achieve a unique look for the film
that we think is a perfect fit for the first-person storytelling, the time
period, and the dream-like quality of the piece.
The money raised through
Kickstarter will be used to create all of the designs, high-end 3D models, digital
characters, environments, original music, special effects & titles, as well
as for the process of combining all of these elements: rendering, compositing,
sound design and editing. Because we have to build all of the elements from
scratch, animation is often much more expensive than traditional film-making,
and that’s why we need your help.
We’re so excited to be
able to tell this story and think that we’ve found an excellent way to do it.
But we need your support to get this done. For rewards, we’ve partnered with
Holly Felsen Welch to offer some great Felsen collectibles in addition to some
beautiful design and film-making memorabilia from the project itself. (Of
course, if you just want to support the project, we’re grateful for that too. There is a button that you can select if you don’t feel like receiving
Please visit www.gentlerainmovie.com for more
details and to sign up for regular updates and a look behind-the-scenes at our
progress.You can also follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/GentleRainMovie
We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to
make this and can’t wait to get started! Thank you so much to the entire Kickstarter
community for your support!
- Darrin Reed (Producer)
- Bryan Dick (Producer)
Chris Akers (Director)