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A story of realizing your dreams, equipped with carnivals, tentacles and explosions.

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PRESENTING THE ONE, THE ONLY, “FROM THE SEA” CALLIOSCOPE! 

This project combines the imaginative animated stylings of Austin Hillebrecht and dreamy experimental pop of Pacific Northwest duo Josh and Mer. Feeling the project neither fits the generic category of music video nor a scored short film we’ve termed the project a Callioscope—a play on the on combination of calliope, the steam organ that supplied music to early carnivals and circuses, kinetoscope, the early motion picture device, and kaleidoscope, the optical toy that blends different elements and mediums to create a unique whole. 

The story follows our main character, imprisoned and forced to work as a freak in a nautical carnival that is trapped inside the belly of a steam-powered whale. He dreams of flying free through the sky with his wings, which have grown shriveled and weak during his time as an indentured performer. When he finds the perfect opportunity to realize his dreams, a musical romp of mayhem and liberation ensues.

"From the sea, my minds afloat 
 I try to row over the ocean floor
 From the sea, I listen low 
 adrift my soul, over the waves that grow
 from a life so long ago"

 Sample artwork from the "From the Sea" Callioscope

Storyboard Sample

THE MAGICIAN:
Animator Austin Hillebrecht has been working in film, well, since he can remember. He attended Lifeways College in New Zealand for animation and has won awards for his short animated films The Missing Sock and Two Sizes Too Big, as well as his feature with long time film partner Sean Parker Coup De Cinema. Austin currently works for Bent Image Lab in Portland, Oregon. The "From the Sea" Callioscope marks his first endeavor into a mixed media musical collaboration.

View prior projects and artwork
https://vimeo.com/croonstreet
croonstreet.deviantart.com/gallery

THE TONE SPINNERS:
Josh and Mer have been a musical force in Portland Oregon for the past year and a half. Their debut album Planet Music was produced by Jason Carter (Frank Black, Pete Yorn, Art Brut) and was met with much critical acclaim. The duo has since been playing shows veraciously including opening for national touring acts as well as playing several showcases at this years SXSW. Endlessly inspired, they will release their record The Tithe next year.

"Planet Music is a fantastic combination of silky vocals, distorted effects, steady upbeat drums, classic indie folk guitar, otherworldly synths, and an overall terrific grasp on a combination of indie sub-genres intertwined to create a distinctive sound that Josh And Mer can proudly call their own." -Indie Shuffle

"Schroeder and Adelaide take turns with lead and background vocals, which really helps to balance what is undoubtedly their strongest attribute. There is a wholeness to Planet Music that is maintained in it’s softly building and expressive sound. Josh and Mer stay true to what they know, but show they're not afraid to experiment with reverb and drawn-out synths." -buffaBLOG

http://www.facebook.com/joshandmer
http://joshandmer.com/

Listen to "From the Sea"

Photo credits: Erik Simkins http://simkinsphotography.com 

We graciously thank you for checking out our project. Should you decide to contribute, your donation will go to pay for production costs including crew salaries for our technical director, data specialist, editor, compositor and sound mixer, equipment and studio rental, and the modeler and model materials. We'd like to let you know that our asking rate is only a portion of our budget. If you choose to be a part of this excursion we hope you will enjoy our lovely incentives at each level of contribution. Animation is a slow and meticulous process so anything we receive above our ask will go into making this project even better, and relieve some of the costs we are currently in the process of fundraising for. 

If you are digging what you see, more images and details are available on our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/callioscope and our website at www.fromtheseacallioscope.com Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or to request a promotional kit! Contact us at blackknightstudio804@gmail.com.

Please give us a like on Facebook and spread the word!

Thank you so very very much,
The “Callioscope” team

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Animation is a long and meticulous process. One of the biggest challenges we’ll face is to make sure we generate interest around the project as we move through production. We plan to give regular updates on the production of the “From the Sea" Callioscope posting photos and giving sneak peeks of the work via our Facebook page and website as well as on Kickstarter. Our partners Josh and Mer also play regular live shows, thus offering constant creative updates.

This project has been in the planning stage since October of 2011. While no amount of planning can anticipate all the twists and turns of the production process, we have a solid team of dedicated and experienced problem solvers that will stop at nothing to see its vision come to life. Creator/director/producer Austin Hillebrecht has successfully produced several award-winning shorts as well as the feature Coup De Cinema, for which his craftings took the best opening credits award at the Action on Film Festival in 2010. Producer Kristin Blyler has recently completed producing the short film Jack and Jill, which screened at the 2011 Action on Film Festival. Josh and Mer and their manager Bruke Getachew are a tireless working act and are involved in all aspects of development and production.

Another special aspect of the team is that all members have worked in and are passionate about both music and film. Austin has composed several soundtracks and an opera; Kristin spent nineteen years working in the music business before turning her attention to film. Josh’s music has been featured on several international hit TV series, and Meredith frequently works as an actress and a production assistant for local film crews.

Our team is so excited about sharing our vision of “From the Sea” and we feel that our unique blend of passions and expertise will guide us through any turbulent waters we may encounter along our journey.

FAQ

  • THE MAGICIAN:

    Animator Austin Hillebrecht has been working in film, well, since he can remember. He attended Lifeways College in New Zealand for animation and has won awards for his short animated films The Missing Sock and Two Sizes Too Big, as well as his feature with long time film partner Sean Parker Coup De Cinema. Austin currently works for Bent Image Lab in Portland, Oregon. The "From the Sea" Callioscope marks his first endeavor into a mixed media musical collaboration.

    View prior projects and artwork
    https://vimeo.com/croonstreet
    http://croonstreet.deviantart.com/gallery

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  • THE TONE SPINNERS:

    Josh and Mer have been a musical force in Portland Oregon for the past year and a half. Their debut album Planet Music was produced by Jason Carter (Frank Black, Pete Yorn, Art Brut) and was met with much critical acclaim. The duo has since been playing shows veraciously including opening for national touring acts as well as playing several showcases at this years SXSW. Endlessly inspired, they will release their record The Tithe next year.

    "Planet Music is a fantastic combination of silky vocals, distorted effects, steady upbeat drums, classic indie folk guitar, otherworldly synths, and an overall terrific grasp on a combination of indie sub-genres intertwined to create a distinctive sound that Josh And Mer can proudly call their own." -Indie Shuffle

    "Schroeder and Adelaide take turns with lead and background vocals, which really helps to balance what is undoubtedly their strongest attribute. There is a wholeness to Planet Music that is maintained in it’s softly building and expressive sound. Josh and Mer stay true to what they know, but show they're not afraid to experiment with reverb and drawn-out synths." -buffaBLOG

    http://www.facebook.com/joshandmer

    http://joshandmer.com/

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    THE DOUBLE: Double download that is! In addition to the the thank you and the download of the special video version of the song you will receive a HD video download of the "FROM THE SEA" CALLIOSCOPE in all it's beauty!

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    THE DOUBLE AND A PINT: We thank you so much for your contribution. For your generosity in addition to all previous incentives you will receive a pin with original artwork from the Callioscope! A true mark of flare for your philanthropy. Wear it proudly.

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    $50 THE HALF YARD: Thank you one and all for your kindness! Along with all previously listed incentives you will receive the one, the only... DVD of the "FROM THE SEA" CALLIOSCOPE which includes special features, outtakes, behind the scenes footage, and making of information. You will NOT be disappointed

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    THE DOUBLE ROD: We know you ain’t no rube! Thank you so much for your contribution, you will receive all the gifts previously listed as well as a signed high quality print of ORIGINAL artwork - COOL. The images shown in our story are just two that you can choose from... WHOA!

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    THE D NOTE: WELCOME to the “Star Backs"! We are so appreciative of you and you are in for a treat, in addition to all previously listed prizes you can ask our amazing musical duo to perform a cover of your choice--just for you or a recipient of your choice--with a personalized message. Can you say bragging rights!!!

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