About this project
only 8 hours left!!! MONDAY is the deadline. Every $10 or even $1 donation helps. Thanks to everyone for the great support so far...
(for a HD version of the test footage above, go to http://www.vimeo.com/8299093)
UPDATE: We're going to Austin to SXSW! See us on March 16 on the "3DIY" panel talking about Sea Monster! http://sxsw.com/film/talks
And our Kickstarter pledge deadline is the night before....
We're launching a sci-fi 3-D web series inspired by Moby Dick. It's designed to be shot in our own DIY stereoscopic 3-D, around Coney Island and Brooklyn next summer, and the budget for the pilot is $5,000. It's going to be a lot of work, but a lot of fun. I have a group of talented New York actors that I've worked with on my previous films, and we've shot test footage showing our new approach to 3-D storytelling.
What makes this 3-D web series unique is a completely new film grammar for 3-D stereoscopic filmmaking that I've been working for the last two years called Stereo Expressionism. You can watch the test footage above (we'll mail you 3-D glasses for a $1 pledge) or a HD quality version and some tests from an early version of this project at
The main idea of Stereo Expressionism is this: 3-D filmmaking works by sending a slightly different image to your left and right eye. Your brain puts those two images together when you wear the 3-D glasses and interprets it as depth. But no one has thought to explore the creative storytelling potential in having the option to slightly tweak the difference between what the left and right eye are seeing. It's exciting because it's actually new film grammar-- for the first time, a story is being told by two images that aren't 1) shown in a sequence through editing, and not 2) shown through being double exposed or composited together with visual effects, but 3) by being literally juxtaposed and combined in the audience's brain.
I started experimenting with this technique because, in the script, one of the characters is an epileptic who has had the left and right hemispheres of her brain surgically split to control her seizures. I felt the Stereo Expressionism techniques could put the audience in her split-brain POV in a way that could only be presented with 3-D technology. We've shot scenes where the right eye fades out before the left eye as she passes out, or she has a seizure in the right half of her brain, and the right eye goes to a streaky 4 frames per second while the left eye remains normal at 24 frames per second. And scenes where the 3-D depth effect flickers away, as a flashback flickers up in the left eye only
SEA MONSTER weaves together multiple plots involving the return of a man, "Fish", who walks out of the sea. The Navy is obsessed with him and seems to know about his past, as do a team of rogue oceanographers from a shadowy international agency. The multiple storylines involve a disgraced marine biologist specializing in dolphin cognition, a husband and wife Navy Special ops team, and our split brain epileptic wandering the streets of Chinatown.
SEA MONSTER is experimental but entertaining, a pulp sci-fi / hard science mix. The story revolves around current issues in marine biology, neuroscience & ocean ecology. We have one of the early pioneers of split-brain research consulting , as well as a dolphin cognition specialist, and an epilepsy specialist.
I think indie 3-D is imperative for innovation in the art of filmmaking. 3-D movies can't all be giant studio pictures, or the form will stagnate and die. I've been workshopping the SEA MONSTER script, and everyone's working very hard for free, but even with a 2-3 person crew and lots of DIY equipment and donated time, the 3-D shooting & post has costs. We're excited about what we've accomplished so far, but we've reached the end of our resources and need you, the kickstarter community, if we're going to go any further.
If you think it's an interesting idea and a worthwhile experiment, please contribute--
We need to raise $5,000 for a pilot episode-- and any donations above that will go to the full series, at $3,000 per 3-5 minute episode. We currently have an 8 episode first season plotted out, so if we can get to $30,000 we'll have the first season funded with a 10% contigency.
You can see a short film of mine that played at SXSW last year and won the narrative prize for SXSWClick called "Visit".
The website for my last film that was in the IFP Rough Cut Labs at
more clips at http://www.vimeo.com/daydreamglacier and more of my work at www.daydreamglacier.tv
Thank you for supporting our excursion into new stereoscopic film grammar and DIY 3-D. Maybe someday we won't need studios at all.
Also please check out the following worthy projects:
A homemade Viking Lander mission to Montana http://kck.st/afFXsT
Save the City Reliquary, home of irreplaceable oddball Brooklyn history http://kck.st/9OE7TT
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