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The Project

   This Kickstarter is to introduce my latest sculpture Regina Mundi to the world.   The goal for me is to raise enough money to pay for the prototype 3D print as well as resin and bronze molds.   

The Process

  Years ago I transitioned from traditional clay sculpting to digital sculpting.  I was an early user of ZBrush (version 1.5!) and I quickly realized the potential of using that 3D sculpting program for creating really detailed sculpts.  Now, with the advent of 3D printing I can make my dinosaurs real in a fraction of the time that a clay sculpt would have taken me!  3D printing is still very expensive, and this campaign will help offset the costs of that.  Hopefully I will earn enough to buy my own 3D printer!

About Regina Mundi-Queen of the World

Regina Mundi is my 3rd interpretation of Sue, the famous T.rex from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.  Our understanding of dinosaurs changes all the time, as do their appearance.  In 1999 my first version of Sue ( Rex Mundi) was much thinner- these days it would be called "shrink wrapped".  in 2008 my second version was the Sideshow Collectibles T.rex.  She was more fleshed out and reflected some of the wounds and pathologies that have been described on the skeleton.  This new version, Regina Mundi, is my most comprehensive version to date.   After working with paleontologists for a period of 5 months this is the shape she now takes.  She is now a big beefy brute!  New evidence suggests thats T.rex was perhaps covered in tiny little scales and its face may have been protected by a keratinous sheath and large scales on its snout.  The prospect of some kind of hair or feather like integument can still not be ruled out, so I included what I like to call "elephant hairs" over parts of her body.  Recently it has become common to depict dinosaurs with lips which was something I could not resist exploring.  I tried to incorporate every wound and pathology that Sue had, from gout, broken bones, infections, bites and pulled muscles...it is clear this dinosaur led a rough life .  She was a real character.  I can't resist a good character.  I won't lie, this sculpt was a hard one for me to do.  I was trying to break old habits and reinvent my style.  I wanted a pose that said "don't mess with mamma-bear" but still maintain a subtle more animalistic gesture.  I tried for grace and girth at the same time.  I hope I got that.

To All of You.

  To those of you who have supported me in the past, thank you.  As an artist working in the film industry is was always important for me to keep my own artistic identity.  Dinosaurs have been that outlet for me.  I am always grateful for your kind words about my work.  My Gorgosaurus sculpture entitled "Judith" that I created 22 years ago is still a bestseller.  That fact still amazes and humbles me.  This Kickstarter is for all of you.  I want the opportunity to make more work for you to enjoy!

Risks and challenges

I tried to keep my rewards small and manageable given my busy schedule. I didn't want to offer too many choices that would eventually be confusing and hard to fulfill. If this all goes well I will go into the next venture wiser and most likely more ambitious! The only setbacks I can see would be those involved in the time it takes to make molds and cast pieces. I've given myself any my mold maker/caster Edward Holt ample time to fulfill orders, and If they arrive sooner than October I will of course let you all know!

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    Regina Mundi Screen Savers

    A series of high resolution images of the Regina Mundi Computer model.

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    Unlock Exclusive Shapeways 3D Models

    An opportunity to unlock and order Exclusive David Krentz 3D printed models from Shapeways.com. These will only be available to those who buy this reward. To be clear, you are buying access to the models, not the models themselves. These will include 1/40 and 1/72 scale models in whatever printable material you choose. I even plan to do some smaller species of dinosaurs at 1/18th scale, the same scale as Regina Mundi! Maybe a juvenile T.rex?

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    The Reserve List

    You will be added to "The Reserve List” of three future kits. I will be making more kits in the future. I will inform you first of these before these releases go on sale, and you can choose to reserve the piece or not! As you know the first castings are always the best! One casting per customer.

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    Signed Pencil Sketch

    A personalized, signed small graphite sketch of your favourite dinosaur. It will be a simple “spot illustration” like the one in the introductory video. If you buy into this reward simply tell me the dino/prehistoric animal you’d like!

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    Sketchbook/Hardrive Tour

    Sketchbook/hardrive tour. I’ll give you a personal one hour tour via Skype (at an agreed upon time) of selected artwork from many of the projects and blockbuster movies I have worked on in past 25 years. Just do a simple IMDB.com search of my name for a complete list. I could show you some 3D models, storyboards, artwork, and even some sketchbooks that I doodle in during long boring production meetings.

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    Personal Lecture.

    I will present an in person lecture called Designing Dinosaurs for Film to an institution, school or college of your choice. I will show work from some of the dinosaur movies I’ve worked on and discuss the process of bringing pencil sketch designs to fully 3D animated big screen dinosaurs. I will also discuss the process of storyboarding, writing, and directing. Must be within a 25 mile radius of Los Angeles. I will consider travel further afield, but travel expenses will need to be paid.

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    Bronze Cast Regina Mundi -down payment

    Bronze Regina Mundi. A great big heavy limited edition bronze casting of Regina Mundi. Bronze is the ultimate collectors prize and a piece that will last forever. She will be mounted on a solid granite base with a brass name plaque. The bottom of the piece will be signed by me.
    NOTE: The pledge amount is A DOWN PAYMENT ONLY. The actual cost of the piece is yet to be determined, but $5500 to $6500 is the current estimate. The remainder payment for the piece will be charged at a later date and shipping will be determined.

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    A Resin Kit copy Regina Mundi

    Be one of the first 60 people to own a copy of this kit. The kit comes unassembled. There are a total of 9 pieces in this kit. The pieces fit together tightly due to 3D printing and very little model making experience is needed to assemble it. You can go the easy route and simply glue it together and spray paint it grey. That's what I do! Or, if you have painting skills or know of someone with painting skills you can make her look stunningly realistic!

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