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Evolution (Canceled)

A beautiful, dazzling, visual poem to the greatest scientific discovery in history.

Evolution (Canceled)

A beautiful, dazzling, visual poem to the greatest scientific discovery in history.

$75
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 20 2014
Last updated August 20, 2014

About

Imagine this animation from 35 years ago...

Was remade today by this guy... award-winning computer artist Glenn Marshall (Prix Ars Electronica Winner)

'Evolution' - the animated film...

A beautiful, dazzling, visual poem to the greatest scientific discovery in history.  A love letter to the cosmos, and to the harmony of art and reason.  A flowing tapestry of evolving forms, colours and patterns, spanning 14 billion years captured in 5 minutes.

I wish to poeticise science, to be its Milton, or Blake, and to express the greatest story in the universe as a piece of video art.  

The film takes Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’ as its iconic visual theme, deconstructing it symbolically to reflect the films ultimate message.  In the final scenes, after the 'Evolution of Adam', Man ponders the infinite night sky, and realises "We are all made of star stuff.  And we are all African". 

Storyboard

NOTE:  This storyboard and all concept art, are static, mocked up images - they reflect nothing of the complexity and quality of the final rendered scenes - for which I will need the time and hard work to create. 

Part One: The Universe

Part Two: Life

 Part Three: Mind, God, and Beyond

Artist Notes

I want to enter the debate of Creationism vs Evolution, of Religion vs Science – by creating something which is inspirational, emotional and beautiful as the force of its argument.

There are enough lectures and books about these controversial issues, but too much cynicism and fighting, on both sides.

The film confronts God as a delusion, but replaces it with an inspirational and uplifting view of the cosmos without any need for the supernatural, and celebrates ‘the magic of reality’.

The main artistic technique used is based on self-repeating patterns, a unique video art concept developed by me called ‘Fractal Iteration. These patterns are found everywhere in nature – from seashells, snowflakes and flowers to crystals, molecules and galaxies.

Glenn Marshall, July 2014.

Rewards

T Shirt
T Shirt
Bumper Sticker
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Poster
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We are asking for 25k, the bare minimum to complete this project. To take us all the way to the finish line we realistically need about 50k.

 With the bare minimum we can:

  • finish the film
  • create a professional package to pursue additional funding for our stretch goals

Additional money will help to reach our stretch goals:

  • create a Virtual Reality immersive, interactive experience of Evolution for Oculus Rift 
  • hire extra animators and artists to improve overall production and creativity
  • experiment with 3D sound for the film and installation experience
  • build an interactive website for the film launch
  • create promotional materials for the launch of the project 
  • create limited edition packages for foundations and institutions 
  • hire an assistant producer to expand our digital distribution strategy

In addition to helping us create Evolution, your donation will get you some great gifts! Limited edition posters, personalized artwork, signed and numbered prints, a beautiful storybook and first access to the digital download of the film of course!

You can find us on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/evolutionthefilm) and see updates on the various gift designs above. While your at it, like the page, share with friends and keep up to date together on the film's progress!

ABOUT US

Glenn Marshall (Director)

Glenn Marshall’s distinct style of abstract computer animation blends modern art, eastern mysticism, mathematics, nature and science. A strong advocate in the digital artist’s necessity to be both artist and programmer, creating their own technology to create their own art, his recent works are entirely self-coded animations. His clients have included Guinness, Panasonic and Vimeo, and has produced work for studios such as Onedotzero and Nexus, London. Glenn is also a collaborator with Peter Gabriel, having created live concert visuals and music videos for him, one of which won an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 2009, one of the most prestigious cyber arts festivals in the world. Most recently his work was exhibited in New York City drawing the attention of the New York TImes marking it out as a breakthrough in the world of fine art and interactive art.

In 2012 he was awarded an O1 Visa - ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’, reserved only for artists of outstanding international achievement, allowing him to work and live freely in New York and the USA.  His work, hosted on Vimeo, has had over 1 Million plays to date.

Video works - Vimeo Page

Persona Website - butterfly.ie

Debra Anderson (Producer)

Debra Anderson is a cultural producer, company founder and curator based in New York. Since founding Culture Shock in 2007, she has consulted on interactive project for clients such as Vimeo LLC, Tribeca Enterprises, The National Film Board of Canada (at Sundance New Frontier and Tribeca Storyscapes), Ogilvy & Mather, Made in New York Media Center by IFP, Reboot Stories and United Nations Environment Programme. In 2012 she launched a creative studio led by Hugh McGrory, Creative Director, and Glenn Marshall, Interactive Director co-founders of Make.ie, the award-winning Belfast-based film, design and animation studio. Her curatorial projects featuring Glenn Marshall’s generative art works have been featured at Volta (New York during Armory Arts Week and Basel, Switzerland and Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach), and Museum Ludwig  She has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic and CNET and her campaigns have garnered coverage in thousands of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, WIRED, Mashable, Artforum to name a few. cultureshockny.com

Risks and challenges

Glenn Marshall will be making this work entirely by himself from scratch, including all the animation and music. It will take time and dedicated work utilising his skills in computer animation, motion graphics and code art. Such a technically demanding project needs time. 6 Months is a minimum with our 25,000 goal. Having more of a budget and to create the project over 12 months, our stretch goal, would be better of course. Glenn wants 'Evolution' to be his Magnum Opus.

Apart from a small line animation in Carl Sagan’s Cosmos 80's TV series, nothing really has been done depicting the purely visual story of how humans evolved from a single cell. Certainly nothing as an epic, cinematic experience.

If Glenn were Michelangelo today and he was recommissioned to paint the Sistine chapel based on scientific knowledge, this is what hewould do instead, but the cinema is now the new chapel, and technology like Oculus Rift takes it further. With cinema and VR, and this kind of sensory immersion, Glenn wants to give a ‘religious experience’ of science and the ‘miracle’ of reality.

Beyond making a short film, he would love to extend the project to creating an Oculus Rift version, depending on further budget and time of course.

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    Spread the world about the film in your community and receive a free download of Glenn Marshall's interactive generative art of your choosing for iPad and iPhone featuring his critically acclaimed applications "Eyegasm", "Supernova" and "Zio" for iPhone and iPod touch.

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    'Evolution' Storybook. A high res, full colour book based on the storyboard (to be revised with updated imagery from final film). Signed and numbered.

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    PERSONALIZE IT! Your own Personalised Poster. Choose any of the images from the storyboard, concept art, or still from the final film - and have it printed as a poster (signed and numbered), a T-Shirt, signed Evolution poster, bumper sticker and a special thank you on the official Evolution website.

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    Associate Producer. 2 Tickets to World Premiere AND See all the tests/experiments and updates weekly as the movie ‘evolves’, plus a personal thank you and screen credit at the premiere event. You'll also receive an invite to a special doner-only party hosted by the team in NYC (travel not included)

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    Presentation / Screening / Q & A with Glenn Marshall who will personally give a presentation of the film, his inspiration and thoughts behind it - at any school / university / organisation.

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    Executive producer. 2 Tickets to World Premiere and be involved directly with the production with creative input and direct regular communication, screen credit, plus a private dinner with the team in NYC (travel not included)

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