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.
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
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 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)
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