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An animated fairytale about dreams that celebrates ingenuity of one of the greatest inventors – Nikola Tesla!
Make this movie happen! An animated fairytale about dreams that celebrates ingenuity of one of the greatest inventors – Nikola Tesla!
438 backers pledged $30,077 to help bring this project to life.

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Friends, fans, backers ...  We reached our stretched goal and beyond, and there are still 4 days left. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now we will be able to make a really great movie.

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THE STORY

The dream of the World Wireless System is crushed. On the verge of bankruptcy, Tesla accepts a trivial job - setting the electric light in the window display of a musical instrument store. When a little lamplight girl sees great wizard in window display, the dream becomes reality…

ABOUT THE FILM

Tesla & the Lamplighter is an animated short film (~ 8 min) for children and adults. Even though it is based on a real event, this is not a biopic. It is an enchanted, surreal story about regaining faith in your dreams. 

We wanted to somehow evoke the strong experience of scientific discovery which Tesla himself had considered impossible to describe, and what medium could be better for that then animation. So, we took a basic concept - electric vibrations and  replaced it with musical vibrations. Inventor’s measuring instrument has become a musical instrument, and the invention itself a melody … We found a different way to show Tesla's story.

For the past two years that this film has been in the making, this original story has been the thing our team believes in.

The visual style of the film is not photo-realistic. We are reaching for the surreal and  romantic atmosphere from old postcards images.

WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS MOVIE

Our main goal is to raise interest in Tesla's work and life.

Nikola Tesla was one of the smartest people in history. You can find his discoveries in your lights, computer, TV, radio, cell phone, hair dryer, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, car… even in the satellite that transmit this message to you... but still he is unknown to many people. He dedicated his life to the well-being of humanity, trying to make life on earth better for all and always emphasized the importance of environmental protection ... more than a century ago.

So, the more people, especially the young, find inspiration in Tesla's work the better it will be for all of us.

This year we could see how one artist raised a lot of interest for Tesla; when comic artist Oatmeal helped to raise money for buying the land on Long Island for the first American Tesla museum. You can check his delightful illustrated story "Why Tesla was the greatest geek who ever live". 

There are a lot of things still required to actually build the Museum. As our film is closely related to the old Tesla's Long Island laboratory,  we'll give our best to promote the importance of this Museum. 

Our second goal is to show the movie on as many festivals as we can and after that to make the great number of  theatrical and TV screenings.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

We have been making this movie for almost two years now. In an animated film, the pre-production period is extremely long. Once the production starts, the whole film already exists in the form we call 3D animatic. Then we start animating. So far, we have completed the animation and post-production for almost half of the film.


Why we need YOU?

In order for the film to get the final cinematic look we need to render all the scenes in a render farm. Render farms are made of powerful computers rented by the hour. The longer a film spends in a render farm, the better it looks! Apart from that, it is necessary to cover the cost of professional sound and the rest of the animation. These are minimal costs we can cover with 6500$ (8-10% of which will go to cover the expenses of kickstarter and money transaction). It's not much, but it will help as to finish the movie. With a larger sum, we could raise the production level and apply it for a greater number of festivals.

WHO WE ARE

We are an independent team of dedicated and passionate animated film makers. We have gathered together as Tesla’s fans with the aim to produce an animated film on a highest level of production, which would raise an interest in Tesla’s work.

Our production is distributed between our office in Brooklyn, NY and our studio in Belgrade, Serbia near the world’s largest Tesla Museum. 

Basic Team

Branislav - author, director, animator, prod./char. designer, char.modeler

Ivan - tech. director, 3d modeler, rigger, compositor, animator

 Marko - 3d modeler

  Dragan -  music composer

Vasil - music composer

Sofija - prop designer, illustrator

Tiho - character/prop designer, illustrator

              TAKE YOUR ROLE!

If we reach our founding goal the film will be finished in the next  five months, however, due to some festival rules we can only distribute it after it has been shown at the festivals. (After July 2014 but no later then September 2014).

Single digital art pieces  -  invitation card, poster, ringtone and sample of PDF book will be distributed in December. All other rewards will be distributed as soon as we finish the movie (February/March)

Your Rewards will be distributed from our NY office. (For all shipping out the USA and Serbia, please add 10$)

AWARDS UPDATE 01

AWARDS UPDATE 02

WE WILL ADD  BONUS VIDEO  "BEHIND THE SCENES" AFTER THE MOVIE, for all backers who get the film!

Titles of our rewards are a small reminder for all the great inventions based on Tesla's work.

Risks and challenges

As we are very close to finalizing this movie, with your support, there is almost no risk. We have already invested so much in this movie, and can hardly wait to show it to the audience. We are keeping all the back-up files on different locations, to prevent any problem in case of computer malfunction.
If we get enough money to make a longer version, there is a bit of a risk that completing the movie would last a bit longer, but that will not effect the distribution date.

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    ALTERNATING CURRENT FAN

    Tesla was obsessed by number three. If you just want to express your respect to Tesla this is for you. - you will get INVITATION CARD for TESLA wireless exhibition 1907- digitally + "TESLA'S DREAM" movie composition as phone ringtone, Thank you!

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    NEON LIGHT FAN

    Digital download of "TESLA & the LAMLIGHTER " movie 720p
    + INVITATION CARD for TESLA wireless exhibition 1907 as PDF + "TESLA'S DREAM" movie composition as phone ringtone
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    RADIO FAN

    Digital download of "TESLA & Lamplighter " movie 1080 p
    + full MOVIE SOUNDTRACK download
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    REMOTE CONTROL FAN

    you will get "TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER" movie 1080p digital download
    + BOOK " TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER" as PDF
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    AC MOTOR FAN

    you will get special "TESLA THANK YOU ANIMATION" made just for backers + YOUR NAME LISTED ON THE END OF THE MOVIE + TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER movie poster PDF full size + all previous rewards included

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    physical TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER movie poster signed by author, limited edition + physical INVITATION CARD for TESLA wireless exhibition 1907 + all previous rewards included

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    TESLA LASER FAN

    "TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER" as physical book. + physical INVITATION CARD for TESLA wireless exhibition 1907 + all from 50$

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    WIRELESS TRANSITION FAN

    T shirt TESLA UNIVERSE + physical TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER movie poster signed by author, limited edition + physical INVITATION CARD for TESLA wireless exhibition 1907 + all from 70$

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    MAGNIFYING TRANSMITTER FAN

    T shirt TESLA UNIVERSE + " TESLA & the LAMPLIGHTER" as physical book +signed movie POSTER + INVITATION CARD for TESLA wireless exhibition 1907 + all previous rewards included

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    YOU & TESLA ARTWORK

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