Thank you to all our backers for bringing us this far! To give you a little taste of the awesome, 80's-inspired things to come, here is a sample of the original soundtrack to Escape from North Korea, composed by PYLOT.
In a distant 1980's future, America's Last Ninja and the President's Daughter must Escape from a hyper-advanced North Korea.
This 30 minute onslaught on your senses is inspired by the wacky imagination of the 80's. It pays homage to films like Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and Game of Death.
It's wall to wall action with the Ninja facing off against genetically-enhanced super-soldiers, kung fu masters, monstrous beasts, and of course the Supreme Leader. Parodying several classics, this adventure packs some nostalgic punches wrapped together with some brand new kicks!
Plot: Russell Kang, the last of the American Ninja Task force, is sent deep behind cyber-punk, enemy lines by the President of the United States. There lies North Korea: masters the most deadly and advanced weaponry in the world. The Supreme Leader has the President's Daughter held captive at the top of the Ryugyong tower. In homage to The Game of Death, our hero must battle a different adversary on each level from bottom to top. If successful, only then will he reach the First Daughter who proves she's more than just a damsel in distress. Together they team up to face off against the most powerful opponent of them all, The Supreme Leader.
This is a reboot of an older Kickstarter.
Our original Kickstarter plan was to raise $110,000 to hire a professional Visual Effects studio to finish off the computer graphics to the film. We cancelled that kickstarter when it became apparent that the goal was too steep. However, that campaign came in handy in a different way. Visual Effects artists from around the world reached out to us with a strong interest in getting involved and offering their creative services on a freelance basis. After vetting their work, we've spoken to a select few and and formed a team.
This new goal of $20,000 will be used to hire freelance VFX artists who will work with us to finish the movie. Of course, since we aren't hiring a proper studio with the resources and equipment on hand, finishing the film will take a bit longer. However, it will get done slowly but surely with our focused team. A proper break down of what the money will be spent on in terms of post production is as follows:
- Freelance VFX artist payment
- 3D model design
- motion capture
- Software and/or upgrades (adobe suite, 3D software, etc)
- Stock footage (istock, getty, etc.)
- Stock 3D models (turbosquid, buildings, vehicles, etc)
- Storage (hard drives, cloud, thumb drives)
What exactly do we need help making?
If you've seen the trailer above, you know the Ryugyong tower blasts off in to outer-space. In the epic final scene, it sustains damage and sets itself on a collision course with the White House. The Statue of Liberty is then mobilized as a giant mechanical robot and is sent to intercept the Ryugyong at all costs. Sounds incredible, right? It's also extremely VFX intensive and I can't do it alone. Watch the abbreviated animatic to get a sense of what's going to be made:
The finished film:
When the film is finished, it will be entered in to festivals and conventions. After that, it will hopefully find a distributor and be streamed off a digital platform. If not, it will be placed on youtube. No matter what, it will be available to the public!
We are appealing to Kickstarter because I no longer have the capability to continue the project on my own. I quit my job at NBCUniversal in 2016 to launch this production off of my own savings. As the project slowly got bigger and better, it also became more expensive and complex. It's been a year into production now and the needs of the film now require a team instead of just me at my solo computer. If you like the trailer and want to get involved, make a pledge and become a part of our team! Every little bit helps and we are thrilled to have our EFNK family grow larger everyday.
We have an arsenal of impressive rewards.
Popular Synth musician PYLOT has joined our team and scored the original soundtrack! You'll be able to get these tracks using several of the pledges in the rewards column.
We have a talented artist working on the official poster. He is creating it in the style of classic 80's action posters.
There's also DVD's, Blu Rays, T-Shirts, Posters, and other fantastic means of involvement. Check them all out in the rewards column.
My name is Keith Eng and I have over 10 years of experience in professional filmmaking and post-production. I also won an Emmy Award in 2010 for motion-graphics and editing. I have created video for broadcast agencies like NBCUniversal and tech companies like Yahoo. In 2016 I left NBCUniversal to pursue my own dream of making this film. It's been an incredible journey and I've learned the hard way just how difficult making a film can be. However, I wouldn't have it any other way. This is my dream.
[CREDENTIALS REFERENCE: My Emmy win is listed on the 2010 press release for the New York Emmy Awards. Here is the link to the release from the official NY Emmy's website. Look for the name "Keith Eng" on page 18 under the program: "City of Churches". Link to Press Release.
[It should be noted that the emmy was won only for season 2 of the series and that is the only season where Keith participated.]
Craig Jason Weinstein
Scott Daniel Albrecht
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BY:
3ngine.net - Neil Benjamin
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Check out the original Kickstarter Trailer:
View the kickstarter video to the original campaign.
Behind the Scenes:
The entire film is shot against green screen in my 8'x10' bedroom. This required some creative thinking to achieve some of the dynamic camera moves you see in the trailer.
Because the film has thus far been funding entirely on my own savings, I took measures to cut costs. This meant designing and fabricating props and costumes.
This also meant learning how to do special effects makeup.
As mentioned earlier, I've reached the point in the process where I can no longer work alone. I'll need a team now, and that's where you come in. Check out the kickstarter video to learn more.
Risks and challenges
As many know, making any kind of film of any scale, in any genre, is a tremendous task in it's own right. This film is no exception and a multitude of things could go awry. However, the good news is that shooting is nearly finished. I've also purposely kept the crew tight and small, thus maximizing reliability with less chance of failing variables. In conjunction, post-production has already long begun and my professional background in this field will definitely help in the completion of this final phase. It's only the funding that I need help with.
The trailer you see above was made with only a portion of the finished footage with plenty of good stuff still in store. I can not wait to share it all with you once it's done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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