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Sci-Fi film that does not rely on CGI effects. Join us as we experiment with the wonders of our own world, in order to create another. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 3, 2012.

Sci-Fi film that does not rely on CGI effects. Join us as we experiment with the wonders of our own world, in order to create another.

About this project

Update 6-1-12  12:00pm ET

Right now we have hit our goal, but we still have time left!!!  So to keep everyone involved I have decided that the lucky backer that pushes us over the $10,000 mark will get the custom made spaceship "SPUD" in the film!!!!

What's SCI-FLY about?

SCI-FLY is a space adventure short film that follows the tiny vessel "Spud" trying to elude a black hole that is engulfing the universe.  A dark premise contrasted with divine imaginary.  A fluctuating ride of tone and emotion.

This will be our 2nd animated film.  Our debut, "Wiggle Room" would go on to be an official selection at the Atlanta Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival, and won "best animated short" at four film festivals to date.  The Indie Grits Film Festival, Cape Fear Film Festival, Carrboro Film Festival, and 42 annual USA Film Festival.  Teaser trailer for "Wiggle Room" can be found at the bottom of this page.

SCI-FLY will rely heavily on "in camera" visual effects using stop-motion animation & time lapse photography.  CGI will be used sparingly during the shooting process.

Why the lack of CGI?

First of all, I love CGI and in no way I am trying to discredit the great elements it can bring to a film.

CGI has opened a whole new world of film making and is growing at an extremely fast rate.  No shocking news there, but I feel it is also hindered the creative experience of the cinema process.

I do believe in MOVIEMAGIC (corny, I know).  I think there is an element of surprise that can happen when filming in a physical environment.  When the only way to find out how it will look is to go out and film it.  Sometimes it doesn't work and other times you really can find magic.  Some people call it luck but I think it is the energy of being "in the moment" and having the camera rolling.  This is my favorite element of making a movie.  It keeps me coming back every time. 

Turn "Mystery of Science" into "Movie Magic"?

I have found dozens of wonderful science experiments online that would make fantastic elements to use in our film.  Check out these examples and tell me how cool it would be to incorporate this into SCI-FLY.

We will try to discover new methods for capturing effects.  The techniques we learn & develop will also shift the storytelling arch.  I want SCI-FLY to evolve organically just like all the effects we are creating. 

So, how's it going?

If you watched our video, you can see that we've already started test shots that turned out really nice with the minimal amount of materials used.  We've created stunning wide shots but now need to actually follow our little ship "Spud" as he weaves in and out of a crumbling universe.  

Where is your $$$ going towards?

Since we are creating a universe from scratch a lot of your pledges will go to obtaining the materials needed for creating planets, spaceships, aliens, stars, clouds, laser beams, black holes, and wormholes just to name a few. (its crazy how all this adds up to be quite expensive)  

We are asking for $8,500 which will cover the costs of getting the film shot.  We believe it will take a bit more for professionally done post-production.  SCI-FLY will be an experience of sight and sound.  We plan to have the color and sound professional mixed and processed.  This is something we wish we had in our budget for our last stop-motion film "Wiggle Room".  It is our goal to have SCI-FLY processed to a high-end digital format (DCP) for viewing on large theater movie screens and mixed for Dolby surround. 

So, if we happen to hit our goal of $8,500 before deadline please consider helping us campaign more to cover post-production costs.  We will cross that bridge when we get there. :-)

If we don't make our goal of $8,500, we don't get anything.  Plain and simple.  That's the way KickStarter operates.  

What are the rewards for your backers?

You can read more about them on the right hand side if you haven't yet. ---->

We want you engage our backers as most as possible during the production process.  The more you pledge, the more access you will have to see what we are doing with your contributions.  There will be tons of behind the scenes footage of us trying to create all sorts of elements for our universe.  Here is a little taste of you are in store for...

Another reward will be our cool SCI-FLY posters.  Check out the poster we came up with for WIGGLE ROOM to help you get excited!!

And just remind me, who are you again?

I'm Joe Schenkenberg (aka: Joey Shanks), and I've been making little passion projects like this one for over a decade now.  This will be my 2nd animated film and my first (Wiggle Room) has already made some noise in many film & animation communities.  It has won best animated short at 4 film festivals, including a win at the prestigious 42nd annual USA FILM FESTIVAL in Dallas, TX.

I have only touched the surface of what I can create within the realm of stop-motion and can't wait to see what creations I can conjure up for SCI-FLY. 

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Check out our updates above to watch more videos shot during the campaign process.

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  • Sci-Fly will run in the 7-12 minute range. It could run a longer but I doubt it will be much shorter.

    Mp4 will be offered in 720p & of course 1080p.

    We plan to meet with professional audio mixers and weigh our option on what the best mix will be for "Sci-Fly". So, we will be seeing how well surround sound works for Sci-Fly and most likely will how a couple different mixes for film festivals, streaming, and blu-ray viewing! We are going to try and get it right for every viewing environment.

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  • It works like other "Kickstarter Campaigns" where you get every award below your level as well as your specific backer reward level. My apologizes for not being more specific.

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    Pledge $2 or more

    9 backers

    - At the first of each month you will receive a newsletter update & a high res 5k resolution wallpaper image for your Mac or PC. You will be amazed with how good these images look at full quality. *** IF YOU DECIDE TO DONATE MORE YOU WILL GET EVERYTHING UNDERNEATH YOUR "REWARD LEVEL" ALONG WITH YOUR SPECIFIC REWARD. SORRY FOR NOT CLARIFYING THAT. **

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    Pledge $5 or more

    14 backers

    - Screen Saver file for Mac or PC featuring many of the stunning video clips that were created. Be proud watching them when you screen goes to sleep. Without your pledges this footage would have never been created.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    12 backers

    - When new space environments and elements are captured, you will be provided a password protected link to view what was created. This will be happening quite a bit, so you will get a great feel of how the production process is going.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    45 backers

    You will get behind the scenes access of us in experimenting mode. I will be documenting a lot of the new things we try and you will be the first to see how we created our newest little piece of movie magic. With having a more in depth look into the production, we will be expecting to hear comments, suggestions, and ideas from the backers that want to be involved in the creative process. This project is really going to elevate the "backer" / "artist" relationship during the production process. Sure, we love some funding but we want your imagination as well. You will also receive a downloadable mp4 file of completed film.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    16 backers

    You will receive an 11x17 movie poster of "Sci-Fly". We will have 3 to choose from, and you can pick the one you like the best. Shipping cost will be free of charge within the Continental United States. You will also get a bonus DVD of all the behind the scenes footage of the production process.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    15 backers

    Your name will appear in the end credits. You will also get a Blu-Ray copy of film. If you don't have a Blu-Ray player this will give you reason to get one!

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    Pledge $250 or more

    9 backers

    You will get a Producer credit for "Sci-Fly". You will also get all 3 movie posters from film.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers

    Producer credit where no other names will accompany yours. Also, a 1 hour Skype session with me and you can ask me anything you want in regards to creation process of "Sci-Fly".

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer

    I will submit to the most established film festival in your area and if it gets accepted you will have the opportunity to present it to your local community. If you have multiple festivals that you would like me to submit to, we can always chat about that later down the road.

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    0 backers

    I will submit to 2 extra film festivals in your area and you can present "Sci-Fly" to your local community.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers

    Executive Producer credit and we will worship the ground you walk on till the end of time!!!

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