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We were tired of just talking about making films so we decided to take action. 6 Filmmakers. 3 films. 1 goal: Community filmmaking.

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The Crane Collective is a group of people who just want to make films. Most of us are involved in the industry in one way or another, but narrative filmmaking is our true passion. We are making three films as a start: two stop motion short films and one live-action feature film. They are Battery Life, Those Who Watch Closely, and Not For The Faint Of Heart (respectively).  We have some experience, equipment, skills, and connections, and are overflowing with ideas and passion. We just need a little money. We think that in 2013, one doesn’t need a fortune to make a film, just a community. One doesn’t need a million dollar idea to contribute to the world through art, just a good one and enough resourcefulness and dedication to see it through. Art is one of the human frontiers. And as young artists, we are asking you to invest in all our futures. We are giving our very lives (at least several years of them), please help us by giving what you can.

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Introducing...

In a dystopian land where robots scavenge for parts, fuel and companionship a father works tirelessly to revive the woman he loves whom his son has never met. After being excommunicated from his community he decides to make one last effort to retrieve the final pieces he needs to reach the sky and save his love. With his son fast asleep he treks into the unknown where a great darkness awaits him, but will it be more powerful than the love for his family?

Here's the scene by itself from the kickstarter!

Some behind the scenes production stills.  Our primary material is foam for the walls and a few other background props.

our first set!
our first set!
Justin animating our man of the century.
Justin animating our man of the century.

Some original sketches from Battery Life's protagonist and antagonist. 

In addition to many other helping hands, the Crane Collective will be sharing the load of each film to ensure its success.  Here's part 1 of "Crane Collective talks roles for Battery Life."

introducing...

In the shell of a human city, reptiles are living and developing the remaining buildings into a steam powered world. A small group of creatures are following an ambitious, driven leader, Ardin, hoping to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the Komodo Dragons. When Chloe, a chameleon, becomes the latest recruit, plans that were stagnant move like gears into motion. 

Here is the animatics with a NEW sample of the musical score!

Our two leads Ardin (left) and Chloe (right)
Our two leads Ardin (left) and Chloe (right)
Chloe traversing the underbelly of the city.
Chloe traversing the underbelly of the city.

Here's a 3D test of Ardin. We'll be making these sorts of renders as tests to help us build the puppets.

introducing...

Two men search for meaning in life and their relationship as their bounty-hunting business spirals out of control. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We're no strangers to the challenges and complications of video projects. Precisely because of these challenges we have decided to tackle these films as a team, one persons strengths shoring up another's weak point, one's resolve reminding the others. For a full list of our credentials, surf over to cranecollective.com

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    NEW!! CYBER JUNKIE - everything digital! Production blog access, Battery Life HD, soundtrack DL, entire web comic in PDF form, stills, behind the scenes featurette, entire viral campaign DL. (we’ll even throw in Justin giving you the thumbs up!)

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    • Fly out for a day on set (US only), dinner with the stars and filmmakers of Not For the Faint of Heart! • Special-edition posters! • Special-edition Blu-ray autographed by cast and crew!

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    • Blu-ray of Those Who Watch Closely! • Executive Producer credit! • Original storyboards! • Director’s script! • Animated thank you from a character of your choice and keep that character model after production raps! • Originally scored song, using sounds/themes from the film by Paul Zito!

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