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religious fanatic accidentally helps SETI scientist in search for aliens

Wisenheimer is exciting and funny, but mostly it's going to make you realize how amazing the universe is and inspire you to dream about what other gobsmacking things are out in the cosmos.  And on top of all that, it's about two really cool characters who obviously love each other but don't know it.  Oh, and the technobabble is beyond Star Trek TNG genius.  This is great science fiction for people who actually like to have science in their sci-fi.

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It's only four pages and even I could hardly believe how good it is when I typed it up.  It's here.

Zipporah says the lake monster almost ate her
Zipporah says the lake monster almost ate her

The images are striking, the writing is brilliant, the acting superb, the direction inspired, the music dynamic, and the ending supremely surprising.  And the movie's gotten a good review already and it's not even finished yet!

Babbage is surprised there really is a lake monster
Babbage is surprised there really is a lake monster

The trailer and the Blu-ray rewards are/will be in 1080 High Definition.  However, we'll also be rendering the final movie in 4K for cinema distribution and future 4K transmission/media.

Hal Dace did most of the work on the trailer, but he also did get a lot of help from various lovely people. He wrote the original story but Lancer Kind co-wrote the screenplay with him. Kind deserves most of the credit for the brilliant script that resulted. Dace played Harold Babbage’s voice and all of the motion capture performances. Here are the other voices: Elena Kolkutova is Zipporah Weisenbaum, David Barnard is Rosh, LaToy Burrell is Deborah, Daniel Roca is the robot, and Bob Fleener is the narrator (we’re hoping he’ll play a character in the feature too). Dace did most of the film production work but his wife Helena Liu also helped as a producer and technician. Rob de Wit made the great Aquinas bridge model.

Rosh tells about the ingress injector killing terraforming Mars.  Poor Mars
Rosh tells about the ingress injector killing terraforming Mars. Poor Mars

A huge contribution, of course, is the music by Jazz Passengers. We're very much hoping they’ll be composing and performing the music for the feature, but the current soundtrack is taken from some excellent album tracks by them.

Mandarin speakers can watch this version

You can watch on YOUKU here 

Miss Wisenheimer And The Aliens is about humanity’s golden age when, although space travel is as easy as opening a window, no alien intelligence has ever been discovered. This has resulted in a societal upshift in Christianity because people believe that only God could have created a coperniverse just for human habitation.

Babbage is lost.  You go Zippy!
Babbage is lost. You go Zippy!

Dace coined the word coperniverse because universe is inadequate to describe a discreet unit within a multi-verse. It is a conflation of Copernicus & universe. In the future there are trillions of Earth-like planets available and anyone can live alone on one if one chooses to. Habitable planets in the coperniverse are as common as land was when the Wild West offered itself to anyone who chose to move there.

Although Dace’s high-concept story intrigued Lancer Kind when he first heard it in a Chinese pub, he realized that what was needed were strong characters in an emotionally charged adventure. He set about creating an introduction to the plot that exposed the characters and their desires, including an endearing pig named Petunia. Dace’s original idea was that Zipporah should speak religious gobbledygook in the face of Babbage’s science-based stoicism. Kind worked hard to make Zipporah’s position somewhat reasonable albeit with a twist: 20th century rock stars have been canonized. They’re saints in the future and our descendants will worship them as such. The upshot: the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence has been outlawed. The coperniverse is for humans and that’s the way God wants it. Babbage secretly continues his search. The adventure that ensues is totally original.

Babbage FAIL
Babbage FAIL

There’s something there, if only you afford yourself the time to find it.

Asteroid 929 Galatea orbiting planet Eelia
Asteroid 929 Galatea orbiting planet Eelia

Regarding rewards, we guarantee that all physical items will be unique.  Any future merchandising efforts of this movie will endeavor to create new products significantly different to those being offered for this Kickstarter campaign, ensuring that one's investment won't be diluted by a deluge of identical products.

Epistrophy Pictures

Where Are the Aliens? Blog

The Miss Wisenheimer Facebook Page

The shooting script is available upon request.

Risks and challenges

We've planned this project carefully and we don't expect any serious problems. One of the reasons for our confidence is the hard work we put into making the trailer. We spent two years producing it, and that was after two years of production development. Our director has over thirty years experience in the film and television industry. That's why the trailer was for developing the workflow and troubleshooting as well as hoping to impress our audience. We believe we have solved all the potential problems, but of course, we are humans (not aliens!) and it is always possible something might come up. The one problem we're still working on solving is ensuring the motion capture translation process is smooth. At the moment the characters' motion is a little clunky at times. We're confident that we've found ways to solve this.

Of course, the biggest challenge is raising the money. We have several contingency plans, but the most obvious one would be to simply lower the rendering resolution from 4k to 2k. This would save about $158k on expenses including the knock-on effect to the cost of rewards. That way we could try another Kickstarter campaign for about $665k instead of $823k. The full budget is available upon request.

Total cost of each animation minute: it is estimated that the completed picture will be roughly two and a half hours in duration. The total budget divided by 150 minutes translates to $5,487 per animation minute.

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