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We're raising funds for a feature film - set in the world of Minecraft. Help us make this epic fantasy a reality!

We would like to invite you to build something that has never been done before - a full-length feature film that is set in the world of Minecraft!

We are massive fans of the Minecraft game! We have logged many hours playing the game and have made a bunch of fan films set in the world of Minecraft that have already been very well received online.

Moreover, we have been repeatedly disappointed by Hollywood's interpretations and creations of movies based on popular video-game franchises. We would love to see a video-game movie done right, and we feel that, as people with their feet in both the gaming and film-making worlds, we are the right people to do it. We specialize in creating films containing blockbuster quality on a hundredth of the budget that Hollywood requires by utilizing modern technology and a "think-outside-the-box" attitude approach to film-making.

Our plan is to tell an epic fantasy story that would stand alone on its own merit and set that story in the world of Minecraft for its visual appeal and the unique physical rules within the world.

We want to blend live-action cinematography with physically constructed Minecraft-style blocks and premier visual effects to tell a story of adventure, revenge, and creation - the likes of which has never been seen before.

My name is Brandon Laatsch, I'm the co-creator of youtube.com/freddiew, youtube.com/BrandonJLa and youtube.com/Node.

I have directed, produced and composed the VFX for many of YouTube's most-viewed action shorts and video-game-culture-infused videos, garnering more than 1.2 billion views worldwide. 

As an avid gamer myself and with a team of people who have helped create some of the highest quality and most entertaining action video game content on the web, I feel that we can make a movie that every single gamer can enjoy and be proud of.

Birth of Man VFX test - Minecraft tree crossed with real life
Birth of Man VFX test - Minecraft tree crossed with real life

We've made more live-action Minecraft films to date than any other filmmakers and already have the experience and the technology in place to bring the world of Minecraft to life.

In addition, we've created select concept videos (the first of which you can see above) and will be unveiling these shorts throughout this Kickstarter Campaign. To get your feedback, we've self-funded each of these shorts and intend to show you our vision for how "Birth of Man" both expresses the world of Minecraft and tells a unique story.

To us, $600K is a budget that we are comfortable working with to make an epic feature film while Hollywood would typically spend 100 times this much on a VFX heavy epic.  We've practiced for the past decade to produce quality at this budget level and incorporate every bit of modern technology to make filmmaking possible at this budget level.

Most importantly, we want this film to be done correctly - to build something every single Minecraft player will not only enjoy watching, but will be proud of.  We hope you feel the same and want to join us in creating it.

For years we've been building towards our goal of making a video-game film right, and we feel Minecraft is the perfect game to accomplish this goal.

Minecraft is a game created, developed, and owned by Mojang. As one of the most outstanding and inspiring independent game developers of all time, Mojang has encouraged the Minecraft community to take certain creative license with the overall world of Minecraft. Taking from their cues, we saw a unique opportunity to step up to the plate and create something that we hope will be a distinctive and incredible epic film.

In the same way that the "Dark Knight" approached the world of Batman, we want to approach the world of Minecraft with reverence and respect for the fans of the game.

It only seems fitting that the game which showed the traditional industry that people aren't just interested in AAA games should be the one that inspires a feature film which changes the way video-game-based films are made for the audience and approached by filmmakers.

Hollywood usually waters down films based on video game franchises in order to appeal to mainstream audiences, which is why a lot of their video-game movies end up being a disappointment to both the mainstream audience and the avid fans.

We'll say it again: we want to see the movie done right. 

This is a film made for us, the real Minecraft gamers. We don't expect non-players to get it.

Because we're not trying to recoup a hundred million dollar budget, we don't need the support of the masses. Or the studios.

We just need you.

The Minecraft feature film is in your hands. Collectively, you will help imagine, shape and create the first original Minecraft feature film!

Concept Art by Josh Newland
Concept Art by Josh Newland

What?! Have you been living under a rock for the last few years? Originally released in 2009, Minecraft has become one of the best-selling games of all time, selling over 33 million copies worldwide. 

It's one of the most incredible and innovative games ever, and we forbid you to continue reading this page until you've downloaded the game and put in a good, few hours playing one of the best games ever created. So go and do that now, and we'll see you once you've caught up to the rest of us.

First and foremost, you'll get to see an incredible movie about one of our favorite games done right!  It will be released for FREE on youtube.com/BrandonJLa

Beyond that, we have tons of rewards for our backers, including the option to see your own Minecraft creations in the film, gain access to exclusive film-based merchandise and collectibles, and maybe even spend a semester with us while getting the best film education - real experience on a cutting-edge set!

We also have some epic stretch goals in mind, and - more importantly - as we hit them, each and every reward will increase in size!

This means that the more goals we hit, the more rewards you receive regardless of which level you join us!

You can show your support for the creation of this film for just $10, and every single cent we get will go into making not just a good movie... But an epic film!

So please read through the rewards and pick the one that you feel is the right fit for you.

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With this movie, I intend to fully employ my take on how a movie should be made by utilizing current technology. This requires a reinvention of the filmmaking process. We've been demonstrating and refining this method of low-budget, high-impact filmmaking for years in the form of our YouTube shorts, but this will be the first time we've truly attempted it at this scale. The crew will be minimal, the camera and gear will be light and minimal, and the effects will be done on PC's, not super-computers. Everything will be the opposite of Hollywood, except for the resulting product.

This will surely be the greatest challenge that my team and I have ever faced, but it's what we've been preparing for ever since we decided that we want to make movies. I can't wait for you guys to share in this journey with us as we move forward in a communal effort to make this a reality.

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    Dirt Class. Access to the private Kickstarter-backers-only Production Diary, which includes exclusive BTS footage and videos, filmmaking tips and techniques and VFX project files unique to the film, and an invitation to take part in a survey to help make decisions that will guide the unlocking of additional rewards. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details.) Plus the previous reward, which is a huge Digital thank you and a credit at the end of the film.

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    Coal Class. A SIGNED and REGION FREE backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with unique cover art, plus all previous rewards, which include a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Glass Class. A Birth of Man production hoodie. This will be the same hoodie that the cast and crew will be given to wear during production. Plus all previous rewards, which includes a backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film signed by the artist, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Enchanted Iron Class. Join us on a private Minecraft server where you can create buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film. Plus all previous rewards, which include one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backer-s only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Gold Class. A Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film. This isn't a regular mass produced foam pickaxe. This will be built with a real wooden handle and will be one of the props that we actually use in the creation of the film! Great for display or making your own Minecraft short! Includes a certificate of authenticity. Plus all previous rewards, which include an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Lapis Lazuli Class. A Birth of Man VFX training program, including video instruction and scene assets. Learn how to create the VFX from the film so that you can create your own Minecraft short! Plus all previous rewards, including a Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film with a certificate of authenticity, an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Red Stone Class. A real-life Minecraft loot chest filled with secret Minecraft gifts and limited edition merchandise from the film. Trust us, roll the dice, this will not disappoint. Plus all previous rewards, which include a Birth of Man VFX training program with video instruction and scene assets, a Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film with a certificate of authenticity, an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Emerald Class. An open invitation to spend an evening LAN partying with us in Los Angeles at NODE Studios! You'll get the chance to see the film in it's pre-production state, learning about filmmaking and hanging out with the entire crew here. (Yes, you'll be in a LAN Party video, and, yes, you can bring a friend!) You will need to arrange your own Flight and accommodation to Los Angeles, but, if you can't make it, don't worry about it too much, we'll arrange some kick ass online LAN party sessions instead! Plus all previous rewards, including a real-life Minecraft loot chest filled with secret Minecraft gifts and limited edition merchandise from the film, a Birth of Man VFX training program with video instruction and scene assets, a Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film with a certificate of authenticity, an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. You won't need to worry about shipping as we'll give you your rewards in person! (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Diamond Class. A VIP tour of the set during the actual filming of the movie! You'll get to eat lunch with the cast and crew on the Birth of Man film set, and I'll even coach you through shooting a shot for the movie. You'll also get to see all the behind-the-scenes elements that go into making the ilm! (You will need to arrange your own flight and accommodation.) Plus all previous rewards, including an invitation to LAN Party with us at Node Studios, a real-life Minecraft loot chest filled with secret Minecraft gifts and limited edition merchandise from the film, a Birth of Man VFX training program with video instruction and scene assets, a Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film with a certificate of authenticity, an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. You won't need to worry about shipping as we'll give you your rewards in person! (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Obsidian Class. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You will get to spend the night in the Minecraft cabin we're building within Node Studios! For research and development we've currently started crafting a full on Minecraft Cabin to finalize interiors for the films set designs. This is something money literally cannot buy! You'll get a VIP tour of the studios, you'll get to play games with the staff and crew of Node and then settle in for a night in a real life Minecraft Cabin that will be featured in some of the scenes of the movie itself. (One friend with a sleeping bag welcome!) Plus all previous rewards including the chance to visit the set and even shoot some of the movie itself! (You will need to arrange your own flight and accommodation.) You will also get to LAN Party with us live at Node studios, a real-life Minecraft loot chest filled with secret Minecraft gifts and limited edition merchandise from the film, a Birth of Man VFX training program with video instruction and scene assets, a Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film with a certificate of authenticity, an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. You won't need to worry about shipping as we'll give you your rewards in person! (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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    Enchanted Diamond Class. A semester's worth of REAL-world Film School. We've been to film school and personally feel that no training in the world compares to real experience working on a real film. You'll arguably learn more in one "semester" making Birth of Man with us than you would in an entire year of actual Film School. Trust me, I've done both. This is a one of a kind chance to learn how to make a feature film as it's created! You'll be able to help out on set and will be trained by myself (Brandon Laatsch) and the rest of my team. You will be trained in the art of filmmaking on the set of an actual feature film. There is literally no better way to learn filmmaking than by getting real hands-on experience. This is the best real-world training and experience you could ever want for your film career and the chance to jump-start your film career with a credit on a real feature film! Yes, $10k is expensive, but it's much better priced then the $50k per semester I spent at "filmschool" for an out of date film education. Plus all previous rewards including spending one night sleeping within the Minecraft Cabin at Node Studios! You'll also get to visit the set during production and even shoot some of the movie itself! (You will need to arrange your own flight and accommodation.) You will also get to LAN Party with us at Node Studios, and you'll get a real-life Minecraft loot chest filled with secret Minecraft gifts and limited edition merchandise from the film, a Birth of Man VFX training program with video instruction and scene assets, a Hollywood-quality prop pickaxe from the film with a certificate of authenticity, an invitation to a private server where you can work with us on creating buildings and environments that will form the sets and backdrops for the film, one of the official costumes from the film with a certificate of authenticity a Birth of Man production hoodie, a Signed backers-only copy of the theatrical artwork from the film, a SIGNED backers-only Birth of Man DVD/Blu-Ray combo with original cover art, a Day 1 Digital Download of the film, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the movie and an invitation to take part in a weekly survey to help make decisions that will affect the outcome of the film, plus a huge Digital thank you, and a credit at the end of the film. You won't need to worry about shipping as we'll give you your rewards in person! (And potential upgrades, see main text for details)

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