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HENRI 2.0 -- A science fiction short film about what it means to be a conscious individual, utilizing old-school, in-camera effects techniques.
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Eli Sasich

169 backers pledged $21,902 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Susan Ator on November 8, 2012

      The DVD arrived in the mail today. Thanks for the adventure :)

    2. Creator Eli Sasich on September 21, 2012

      Chad - thank you for your patience. Please see update 31. We are actively working to get the rewards out as soon as possible, with some extra surprises added in as a thank you!

    3. Creator Chad Jeffrey Russey on September 20, 2012

      Has anyone that invested in this film received their production book, dvd or other promised rewards yet? I'm still waiting.............

    4. Creator Doug Roos on June 22, 2012

      What an incredible film! The end actually made me and my wife cry. You really did an excellent job. Beautiful cinematography, great sound and miniatures. Just amazing.

    5. Creator Brian Wright on June 13, 2012

      I have to agree with the last two comments. This film is beautifully crafted, the cinematography is perfect, the pacing and story is spot on, Henri works perfectly in his quirky robotic newborn way leading right up to thought provoking climax. The 3D version of Henri does not hamper this film in the slightest. Thank you for all your hard work in getting this film together as I know it was quite the challenge. Here's hoping to many awards for Henri 2.0. If I had a glass of Champagne, I'd raise a toast the birth of Henri 2.0. Let me be one of the first to congratulate you a film well done.

    6. Creator Susan Ator on June 12, 2012

      Beautiful and poignant. Very well done. After it was over I just sat still for quite a while letting it wash over me. I am so glad I backed this and so very glad funding was successful. Of all the projects I've been involved in this was the one I was the most excited about and had the greatest hopes for. Worth the wait in spades.

    7. Creator David Pennington on June 11, 2012

      Congratulations to you and your team, Eli. I just watched your completed film, and I found it mesmerizing. I particularly enjoyed its minimalism, and especially the sort of meditation of imagery in the final act. Very moving and well crafted. Bravo, sir! It was well worth the wait!

    8. Creator Christopher White on July 8, 2011

      How's the CGI stuff coming along? :)

    9. Creator Eli Sasich on March 22, 2011

      Hi Bruce:

      Good question. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to provide additional support through Kickstarter. The backers who wanted to contribute more contacted me and sent pledges through Paypal's "Send Money" function. I was blown away to say the least! If others are interested, my Paypal account address is:, which links to the film's budget account -- so any and all additional funds go directly to the project. The film will obviously be completed regardless, but the additional support does help in a big way.


    10. Creator Bruce on March 22, 2011


      So, how does one go about pledging some additional support?

      Is there a way to do this from the kickstarter page?


    11. Creator Brian Wright on March 15, 2011

      Eli, as much as others may be disappointed because they wanted to see in-camera effects using only puppets, I'm actually very happy to see you embrace a CG model. They are very flexible and can be quite convincing when rendered correctly. There is no reason to close off your options unnecessarily when you really want the film done to its best quality. There are just some shots that can be more easily accomplished with a CG puppet, so I'm glad to hear you are opting for CG to fill these gaps. Thanks for the update and I look forward to the final film.

    12. Creator Nathan on March 9, 2011

      Eli--thanks for the response. I think I was too harsh to use "bait and switch" in my previous comment. Finishing a film like this is important and the director should be free to do what is best. I can't wait to see the final product and I still think it will be great--just use your artistic license and do your best!

    13. Creator Eli Sasich on February 28, 2011

      Nathan, I understand your disappointment, and I'm certain there are others who share your feelings. Imagine my own disappointment and frustration when the realization came that we were going to have to do things differently. However, because the puppet couldn't perform, the choice now comes down to finishing the film, or not. Obviously we are going to complete the film, and utilize whatever tools necessary to do so. I want to assure you that we did everything we could to try and make the rod-puppet work. I can see how it may feel like a "bait and switch" situation, but I promise you that we never intended or expected to go this direction. I'm doing what I believe is best for the story, and evolving based on the circumstances. I want to add that the "special look" that you mentioned, and I think many of you responded to, is absolutely still intact. As I said, 95% of the film will still have been accomplished through miniatures and other in-camera effects (including all the sets, backgrounds, exteriors of the ship, and select puppet shots). In the end, it's not about HOW we made Henri come to life -- it's about whether or not you believe in him as a character. My hope is that when you see the final film, you will forget the method and embrace the story. That's my job, and it's a big one. I'm up for the challenge. I want to thank you again for your support. If you have any other questions, or if anyone else has any questions for that matter, please don't hesitate to ask. Let's start a discussion going.

    14. Creator Pat Thompson on February 28, 2011

      Re: Nathan
      The film isn't relying on CG for its special look. It is still using models, a rod puppet, and tons of practical effects according to Eli. It's not like the whole film is now going to be made in the computer. If anything, the film will be even more unique since it will have to rely on multiple forms of special effects to make it all work; it's just as unique as when we all donated. I don't see how this is a bait and switch since the film was advertised as using a rod puppet and miniatures, which is still will do according to Eli. It's exactly what Eli said it would be.

    15. Creator Nathan on February 27, 2011

      I have to admit update #17 was a disappointment. I backed this project specifically because it was going to be unique in not relying on CG for its special look. I know things change, but it feels a bit like bait and switch.

    16. Creator Eli Sasich on October 21, 2010

      Sorry for the lack of content recently. The film is coming along great! We're very busy, but things are looking fantastic. Look for a new video update tomorrow with more information. Thanks!

    17. Creator Christopher White on October 21, 2010

      how's the film coming along? I can't wait! :)

    18. Creator Jim Henderson on September 13, 2010

      Brilliant work. I keep telling people about your project. Thanks for continuing the updates.

    19. Creator comfortndrew (deleted) on August 27, 2010

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

    20. Creator Garrett DeHart on August 19, 2010

      As a fellow kickstarter. Working on my own film i can't really help your project financially but I would love to help out with post in any way I can. Let me know if there is anything I could do for your project. It looks great.
      Garrett DeHart

    21. Creator T. Films on August 19, 2010

      Wonderful, I've been talking about this project since I first read about it... Can't wait :)

    22. Creator Susan Ator on August 8, 2010

      thrilled beyond belief! can hardly wait until the film is done. really looking forward to this one.

    23. Creator Justin Hamel on August 8, 2010

      Congratulations on completely blowing your goal out of the water! I really cannot wait to see the finished product!

    24. Creator Darnell Witt on August 3, 2010

      Happy to support your project, and I've been passing word along to lots of friends. Congrats on meeting your goal and good luck blowing past it!

    25. Creator T. Films on August 1, 2010

      Clever.... The story is a draw, but the production tactics are even more interesting. Best of...

    26. Creator Joseph Wain on July 30, 2010

      Congrats! Very happy we hit the funding target.

    27. Creator Susan Ator on July 30, 2010

      oh this is going to be so good. got chills on the latest posted video update.

    28. Creator Eli Sasich on July 30, 2010

      Thanks again everyone! We will continue updating you. A lot of work ahead of us, but things are looking great. Can't wait to share the finished film.

    29. Creator Brett Nieland on July 29, 2010

      Congratulations on getting KickStarted! Looking forward to seeing the product.

    30. Creator Gideon on July 29, 2010


    31. Creator E. T. Young on July 29, 2010

      I upgraded mine right before you did! Congrats, Eli. This project really deserves it.

    32. Creator Christopher White on July 29, 2010

      I just upgraded my pledge to push you over the edge -- I'm psyched about this project, you're doing awesome work! Keep it up! :)

    33. Creator Eli Sasich on July 29, 2010

      Thanks everyone! New update with video just posted. We are so close!

    34. Creator Susan Ator on July 29, 2010

      95% funded! looks like we're going to make it :D

    35. Creator swithdrawn on July 29, 2010

      Great project, wonderful imagery. Are you doing the compositing optically too? Haha! Let me know if you need a vfx freelancer, I would love to be involved in some capacity, even pulling greenscreen keys. Portfolio:

    36. Creator Jeffrey Gold on July 28, 2010

      Dangit, that wasn't supposed to happen. Something was falling off my table when I hit comment---so now there are two versions: the first is American English, the second British English. Sorry. Now I'll know to be more careful around that Pledge button too.

    37. Creator Jeffrey Gold on July 28, 2010

      Great job, Eli et al. I like the idea of not going with CGI. I think they did the Moon sequences in "Moon" the same way (fast frame rate and then played back at regular speed), and it felt real. It is amazing how the CGI physics is so far off, when they know the physics equations to a 't' (you can turn an earth-sized spaceship on a dime: SW E1, E2, E3). Your story has pathos, and reminded me of how I felt when I first read about the pre-production of A.I. --- a robot who wants to be real (that might have been before you were born). You'll be in great company with Blade Runner. When's the feature? :-)

    38. Creator Jeffrey Gold on July 28, 2010

      Great job, Eli et al. I like the idea of not going with CGI. I think they did the Moon sequences in "Moon" the same way (fast frame rate and then played back at regular speed), and it felt real. It is amazing how the CGI physics is so far off, when they know the physics equations to a 't' (you can turn an earth-sized spaceship on a dime: SW E1, E2, E3). Your story has pathos, and reminded me of how I felt when I first read about the pre-production of A.I. --- a robot who wants to be real (that might have been before you were born). You'll be in great company with Blade Runner. When's the feature? :-)

    39. Creator Clark Baker on July 27, 2010

      Eli...this looks absolutely amazing. Seriously I cant wait to see this.

    40. Creator Susan Ator on July 27, 2010

      oh jeez; it's getting close. i just upped my commitment. i really really really want to see this finished!

    41. Creator Eli Sasich on July 27, 2010

      Thank you for the kind words and support everyone! The rough cut is looking fantastic, and we will have another video update soon. Keep spreading the word. Let's meet our goal!

    42. Creator Jon Madison on July 27, 2010

      sweet i was 111 :)

      this looks flipping AWESOME. so looking forward to it. what a concept!

    43. Creator Justin Beaudy on July 26, 2010

      Being a Film Enthusiast and Maker myself as well as a thoroughly avid fan and writer of science fiction this film looks amazing. I'm very interested to see how it plays out. Oh and Huzah for using tangible effects. CGI cannot do what physical effects can.

    44. Creator M.D. Morgan on July 20, 2010

      You had me with the opening dialogue. The manner in which you crafted your pitch told me you knew how to tell a story. Can't wait to see the completed project.

    45. Creator Jim Henderson on July 12, 2010

      Wow, your new announcement really is a cool casting move. I'm excited to follow the progress.

    46. Creator Kris Gillespie on July 12, 2010

      Looking great.

    47. Creator Christopher Barnes on July 7, 2010

      This looks great! I love the synopsis and looking forward to seeing the old school FX played out onscreen!!

    48. Creator Eli Sasich on July 6, 2010

      Thanks everyone! The support has been incredible. As I said in the last update, we have a very exciting announcement to make about the latest addition to our cast! The announcement will be made in an update at the end of the week and will be exclusive to backers. Please continue to help spread the word. Thanks again.

    49. Creator Zachary on July 5, 2010

      This looks awesome. If I had the money Id have pledged the whole 15G.

    50. Creator Nicholas Connolly on June 30, 2010

      Eli, everything is looking great. I can't wait to see the movie. Ohh, yeah! I have the same chair at work. Hahaha!

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