About this project
It's Round 2 of Kickstarter for RECOIL! Thanks to the first Kickstarter campaign, we finished physical production and we're now looking to raise funds to finish the film. But, FIRST! More about RECOIL...
RECOIL follows cantakerous space freighter, Marshall Walker, who has a crisis of conscience when he discovers a distress call from his estranged brother, but his deadly search at the edge of a black hole has him trapped in recoil, revealing he may have done this all before.
This story is inspired from a significant moment in my life. After 25 years, my twin brother and I had the opportunity to meet our biological father for the first time. My brother wasn't interested in meeting him at all, but I couldn't do it alone... but before I made a definitive decision, all I could think about was: What if it didn't go well? Would I be able to handle the grief it would cause me? Then, a simple paradox spawned an entirely new thought: What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could endure an intensely emotional experience, relish in it, and then have the opportunity to forget it for the sake of yourself? What if Marshall's only brother dies in his arms after rescuing him, would he knowingly enter back into Recoil in order to forget? ...well, you'll have to see the finished film to find out what happens!
But the best and most meaningful Sci-Fi films I've watched are the ones that you can enjoy cinematically and connect to emotionally. My goal is to provide the audience with a sense of adventure, a story about family, and deliver it within a genre that I have been closest to all my life.
AND, NOW THAT WE ARE IN POST PRODUCTION!!!
We need to raise funds once more, but this Kickstarter round would cover a WIDE variety of necessary funds for POST PRODUCTION. It reaches beyond just editing and DVDs, though. We need to take care of the editors, sound designers, sound mixers, foley artists, visual effects artists, 3D modelers, composite artists, animators, motion graphics, our composer, the musicians, stage space, engineers, the final mix and color correction, Blu-Ray DVDs, and, finally—festival submissions so you can see this awesome film on a big screen near you!
It's a long, but exciting road through post and the world of visual effects (that we will also document for the DVD) as we are thrilled to collaborate with you on a project that I am incredibly passionate about and excited to bring to the big screen. Take a look at our goals and incentives and help us FINISH the most epic, short sci-fi film ever.
Who Is Involved?
We have a well-balanced mix of seasoned industry professionals and USC professionals. Helming our seasoned industry mentorship are:
Michael Peyser - an accomplished producer of both major studio movies as well as cutting edge independent films. Recent credits include producing The Warrior’s Way (starring Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth and Danny Huston), and executive producing the groundbreaking U23D, the first stereoscopic live-action 3D film that was the sensation of both the 2007 Cannes and 2008 Sundance Film Festivals. Peyser also supervised production on several Woody Allen films. In addition to his producing credits, Peyser was the founding senior vice president of Hollywood Pictures at The Walt Disney Studios where he supervised creative development, production and an extensive slate of films.
Michael Fink - a VFX genius. Michael Fink created his first miniature shot -- a still of a rocket to the moon -- in the hallway of his parent's home at the age of 10. He went on to earn degrees from California State University Northridge, San Francisco Art Institute, and California Institute of the Arts. He has since become a powerful force in the world of VFX, overseeing visual effects for more than 45 films including: WarGames, Braveheart, Batman Returns, X-Men, and Avatar. In 2007 Fink won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for The Golden Compass.
Bill Marsilii - Writer of DEJA VU, which sold to Jerry Bruckheimer and Touchstone Pictures in June 2004 in a record-setting pre-emptive bid. Starring Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Scott, the film opened Thanksgiving 2006 and went on to gross over $180 million worldwide. He has also written feature scripts for The Samuel Goldwyn Company, TriStar, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures.
Helming our USC/Professional crew is:
Evan Matthews (Director) who has directed over 20 short films and is an avid (and we mean, avid - like, fiberoptic light sabers under his bed) fan of Star Wars. Evan has worked on many film and television productions ranging from network and cable television to independent and feature films. He is currently working on his MFA at USC's prestigious Cinema School for the Arts for directing and screenwriting. This past fall, he won 2 awards for his short film, "Arlington Heights" at the Los Angeles Shorttakes Film Festivals for Best Editing and placing as Top 3 Finalist. His latest film, "August's Claim" will make the festivals rounds in 2012, and will premiere at Slamdance in 2013.
Josie Azzam (Editor) received her BFA in Film and New Media at the University of Nebraska’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. She moved on to become a full time editor of television documentaries at PBS affiliate NET Television, before choosing to pursue her MFA in Film Production with an emphasis in Editing at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
Kari Barber (Sound - Supervisor/Design/FX) currently works in Editing/Motion Graphics at DreamWorks Animation. She is a Graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard University, and also holds an MFA in Film and Television Production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Her experience, education, and advanced skills as a director, producer, cinematographer, and sound designer make her a quadruple threat in the industry!
Christina Granados (Producer, right) is an MFA Film and Television Production candidate at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Her most recent projects include producing "Cyberbullied" an intimate documentary about three kids are their experience with online harassment, "Where The Sky Is Born," a Sloan-Foundation/USC film about a young boy's journey into the Mayan underworld. She was also an assistant to the director of indie feature, "My Uncle Rafael," and various other collaborative roles in film production.
Matthew Wardenaar (Producer, left) - Digital Swiss Army Knife! An entrepreneur and a business developer at heart and have had the pleasure of working for some amazing enterprises including MySpace and Technicolor/DreamWorks to name a few.
Howard Newstate our crazy, sexy, cool Director of Photography - Has worked on a variety of Film, Television, Commercial and live events as Cinematographer. He's no stranger to technically demanding projects and specializes in work with green screen and visual effects, perfect for Recoil. Most recently, Howard has worked on Hostel III, Carrie Underwood music videos, American Idol, The Icarus II Project, while running his company Iceberg Farm.
Associate Producers include: Annalisa Robertson, Tom Sopit, & Eric Matthews.
Where Your Money Will Go?
Post-Production can be deceptively expensive. The cost is in the quality of equipment and talent. Aside from basic post costs, we are fundraising for:
* Feed and fairly pay Editors, Assistant Editors, Sound Designer, Sound Mixer, Visual Effects Artists and their assistants, Mixers and Engineers, Composite Artists and more.
* Even after the edit and all the VFX work, we still need to professionally color the film and compose an original score on a sound stage with live musicians, all of which need to be paid for.
* Finally, we need to output to Blu-Ray DVD since we shot beautiful Red Epic 5K footage and want to screen in film festivals across the globe. Additionally, film festival entries and press kits for the festivals are expensive after xeroxing and the costs adds up quick!
How Kickstarter Works
If we meet our goal, we get the whole pot! If we do not meet our goal, we do not get a single penny. Help support our film by also sharing this page with your friends and family!
We are reaching out to the world as we are in the throes of post production and need your help! We have unparalleled access to professional equipment and staff, but we need your help to convert all our footage into the amazing film we envisioned.
-- Recent News and Updates --
This journey has been such a thrill-ride, we don't want it to end! We have come up with a strategy for staying in touch with all of our supporters, so don't you worry, this will not be the last you hear from Team RECOIL.
We are working hard to make sure RECOIL will be a STELLAR film! We can't wait to share more with our community of supporters as this project progresses! It's not over after Kickstarter's over - so be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/recoilthefilm, or by visiting our website www.recoilthefilm.com.
-- More News and Updates --
Every dollar pledged over 100% will go toward the making of RECOIL, whether it is allocated to editing and vfx labor or the sound and score, our aim is to make this epic sci-fi film EVEN MORE EPIC for you!
Check out our $250 award - A $750 value! Professional headshots by Matthew, our Producer who has done shoots with Esquire and Harper's Bazaar. This package includes a one-hour studio shoot with up to five professionally touched up photos. PLUS the HD download of the film. This is a killer deal for anyone looking for something professional. Check out this link for an example: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Kinoflow-Headshots/4558405
The momentum is surging, and we're not the only ones who feel it! RECOIL has previously been selected as a "Staff Pick" in addition to being featured in the "Popular This Week" category! Very exciting! We hope to have the same success this time around :)
Also be sure to visit our Facebook page, where we give away FREE KICKSTARTER AWARDS—and if you have already donated, we’ll upgrade your gift if you win!
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