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Based on the story by Henry Gregor Felsen, this is an intimate portrayal of an American fighter pilot on his last bombing run of WWII. Read more

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Based on the story by Henry Gregor Felsen, this is an intimate portrayal of an American fighter pilot on his last bombing run of WWII.

About this project

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 the reward.)

Please visit 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:

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)


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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    4 backers

    Besides our heartfelt gratitude you'll receive online credit for the world to see at and be signed up to receive regular production updates.

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    About $25 USD

    7 backers

    A digital download of the finished film that you can enjoy on your computer or mobile device.

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    About $50 USD

    10 backers

    We'll send you a special edition DVD copy of the film signed by the Director! In addition, you’ll get a limited edition “Hot Rod” t-shirt and a digital copy of the finished movie poster.

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    About $100 USD

    13 backers

    Not only do you get the DVD, the digital movie poster, and the “Hot Rod” t-shirt, you’ll receive a limited edition re-print of the original “Hot Rod” book signed by Holly Felsen Welch – a must for the true Felsen fan!

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    Pledge $300 or more
    About $300 USD

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    For the fan that wants to see “Gentle Rain” at its very best, in addition to the rewards mentioned above, we'll send you the Special Edition Blu-Ray combo pack (featuring Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copies of the film). This collection also contains a behind-the-scenes feature revealing exactly how this unique film was created -- all made available exclusively to our supporters.

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    About $500 USD

    2 backers

    In addition to the Special Edition combo pack and all the great rewards listed above, you’ll receive a printed production frame from the movie. Created by our amazing artists, these can stand alone as beautiful artwork and are definitely suitable for framing!

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    About $1,000 USD

    1 backer

    If you’ve ever wanted to see your name on screen, this reward is for you. Along with the wonderful rewards above, this donation makes you a certified “Associate Producer” on the film!

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    About $5,000 USD

    0 backers

    As an ultimate “Gentle Rain” supporter, you’ll receive “Executive Producer” credit on the film! In addition, you’ll attend a special theatrical screening of the movie in LA where you can sit in the VIP section with the filmmakers and enjoy the film on the big screen! While this doesn't include transportation, you can bring a guest and you'll get all the other cool rewards we’re offering!


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