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Last updated November 4, 2014

The Message (Canceled)

An anime inspired sci-fi action short set in Tokyo, Japan by VFX veterans, Gerald Abraham, Kim Tran and sound engineer, Jeremy Corby.

The Message (Canceled)

An anime inspired sci-fi action short set in Tokyo, Japan by VFX veterans, Gerald Abraham, Kim Tran and sound engineer, Jeremy Corby.

$7,655
pledged of $80,000pledged of $80,000 goal
81
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 4 2014
Last updated November 4, 2014

About

The Message tells a short story about the brilliant explosion of technology that's opened countless pathways for creatives and visionaries to share their talent with the world. And it reminds us that the dark, raging battle between success and failure will forever push their resolve to the limit.

It’s an exciting short made entirely with computer generated images (CGI).

Right now, I have a few talented friends helping me finish The Message in their free time. I pay them for their work, but a successful Kickstarter will allow them to dedicate more hours to the project. Your contributions will help us complete it in 2015. Let's work together to share The Message with the world.

Hey. I’m Gerald Abraham, the guy with The Message. I'm a huge fan of anime, video games, and pretty much most things Japanese. I studied the language and even lived in Tokyo for some time. My inspiration for the sounds, visuals, and action of The Message can be traced back to the anime I watched in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. I enjoyed shows like Gatchaman, Macross, Mospeada, Megazone 23, Bubblegum Crisis, and more. Some of those shows and movies were inspired by books and movies such as Alphaville and Blade Runner. Now those anime have become inspiration for me.

Another inspiration was from video games. Games such as Sega's Virtua Fighter amazed me, and around late 1999, got me interested in learning 3D and visual effects. As soon as I started to understand the fundamentals, I used personal projects to improve my abilities. These projects led me to working professionally as a CG supervisor for commercials at Sway Studio and as a shading and lighting technical director for Scanline VFX on the film, 2012. After that, I started Industry VFX in 2009.

So, right away, there was an interesting challenge: I wanted to create a story that takes place in Tokyo but It's really hard to shoot live action plates in some of those areas. Therefore I decided to go a complete CGI route. I started by going around to various locations in Tokyo such as Ueno, Akihabara and Shinjuku and then taking the reference photos I needed.

As I was doing that, I also visualized how the action might take place on certain streets based on photos and then previsualized shot by shot on a laptop in my hotel room.

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This reference was perfect for what I needed. I took photos of many different vehicles as well as japan's uniquely designed taxis and police cars. I also took reference photos for a few city blocks of buildings and then all of them needed to be...

modeled...
modeled...
surfaced...
surfaced...
and lit.
and lit.

I hired Kim Tran in early 2011. He’s been working on The Message as well. Kim is responsible for setting up the street scenes from the layout of the city. He coordinates the traffic and verifies continuity among the vehicles involved in the chase from shot to shot. He’s also responsible for the swapping of low and high poly assets to optimize render efficiency.

Our render farm is a modest size and we don't have the luxury of hundreds of nodes, so we need to make sure our scenes are as tight as possible.

When completed, the message will be over 120 fully CGI shots. This is quite a bit of work for two VFX artists so we need your help. We want to make the message as cool as possible and for that we need funding for reference shoots, facial scanning and motion capture as well as help from some Visual Effects specialists. Kim and I have knowledge and expertise in some aspects of VFX but it's nearly impossible for someone to be good at everything. I've met talented artists over the years and I've paid a few of them to help out with certain aspects of The Message. With the success of this kickstarter, I can get more of their help.

If we go beyond our goal, we can expand the project and give you things that weren't possible before such as an extended cut with many more shots. Basically, the more money we get, the more cool visual stuff we can put onto the screen.

Introducing our animation, rigging, modeling, dynamics and compositing experts. Here's who they are and what they do.

Elvis Blazencic is one our modelers. He is incredibly fast and precise when it comes to building scene assets. The detail he can provide in his models is crucial for projects such as this one.

Paul Hormis is our rigging guru. Characters in VFX need bone structures. Vehicles and other articulated objects need easy to use controls for animators to work efficiently. 

Rob Glazer is our previsualization and animation expert. A strong previz is key for any successful animation project such as The Message. Rob's experience with car chase camera work will ensure the action is up to par.

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Some of the final sequences of the message will require extensive hard body physics as well as dust and debris simulation. Brandon Young is the man for the job. His work has been seen in many hollywood features over the years such as Snow White and the Huntsman, Thor, and True Grit.

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We're also working with Marc Rienzo, an extremely talented visual effects supervisor who has tuned a few of the shots on The Message. He's set up nuke scripts for us, showed us how to improve our compositing so we can maintain consistency, and polished the overall look. Marc has an extensive resume in the world of film dating back to the late 90s and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with him.

Thank you for your support. This Kickstarter will help pay our experts and send The Message to the world. Let's inspire people to create and live out their dreams.

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Risks and challenges

We’ve planned this project thoroughly and we can do the work (as evidenced by the teaser trailer). The only threats after successful funding are disasters beyond our control.

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    Get one 3D Print of a select item from The Message. We’re offering the Hero’s Motorcycle from the final cut of The Message and two mystery items that won’t be revealed until the short debuts. You’ll be able to choose after you’ve seen all three items. You also get the Bluray, tshirt, poster, onscreen credit, digital download, and website credit.

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    Transportation and lodging is not provided. You also get the backer credit, the Bluray,
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    Become an apprentice at Industry VFX for two weeks. Experience the ins and outs of VFX from the ground up or get help focusing on one particular area. This is one on one
    instruction from a seasoned industry professional. We’ll cover modeling, surfacing, lighting, compositing, and animation using 3ds max, Vray and Nuke. We’re in Los Angeles, California. Transportation, food and lodging is not provided. You also get all of the 3D printed models, the backer credit, the Bluray, tshirt, poster, and digital download.

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