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Sometimes the greatest names don't appear in history books. In the cold emptiness of space, one man's legacy will live forever.
Sometimes the greatest names don't appear in history books. In the cold emptiness of space, one man's legacy will live forever.
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Capsule - A Stop-Motion Sci-Fi Short Film

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What is Capsule? 

Capsule is a short film exploring ideas of sacrifice, loneliness and the value in being remembered. Capsule centers around Howard, an aging grey-haired astronaut with a lot to live for, and not much time left to live. Howard has been alone in space for a long time. Decades. And, when his 20 year shift turned into a 50 year solo mission- it became a task no man would envy. 

As the details of his mission are revealed, we discover how much he’s given up and why; and hopefully learn a little bit about ourselves, our loved ones, and what exactly makes this small planet we call Earth feel like home.

A Style to Match the Substance.

The story of Capsule will be told using traditional stop-motion techniques and in-camera special effects. No green screen. No CG characters or backgrounds. Everything you see will have been built by hand and animated frame-by-frame in front of an actual camera. It’s not that we dislike modern effects, some of them are truly astounding and require as much attention to detail as any stop-motion film, but the story of Capsule is best told in this format. The hand-touched nature and composition of each shot will be a reflection of the care Howard has for his mission, and the painstaking level of attention he has given it.

Everything Old...

The artistic style of the film is an homage to the space programs of the 1960’s and science fiction films of the 1970’s that inspired me as a child to wonder about exploration, extraterrestrial life, science and technology. Some might call it “retro-futurist” but I like to call it “nostalgic-optimist”.

The Mission Needs You,

Looking toward the future is the easy part. Making it happen today is where it gets tough. I’ve invested all my savings, and all my time over the past several months getting this “ship” ready to launch. I’ve built a great team of artists, and the ball is rolling. We have the script, storyboards, set designs, puppets and talent, but there’s a lot left to do.

We have four out of five sets left to construct, a camera dolly to build, lights and equipment to rent, a studio space to pay for and a host of sound design and dialog to record. Our composer is already at work crafting awesome soundscapes to compliment and carry our visuals to another level, but without each one of you lending a hand, we won’t reach our goal.

I Need You.

I’ve been working in stop-motion for years. I’ve created award winning short films and had the pleasure to work on many really great projects. I recently was able to help bring to life the stop-motion fantasy scenes for the film I Believe in Unicorns (a Kickstarter and film festival favorite!) by Leah Meyerhoff, and before that worked with Ben Richardson on the stop-motion sequences in the Magic of Heineken. They believe in the magic stop-motion animation holds, I hope you do too.

Making Capsule a reality is more than just a contribution to a short film. It's an investment in the future of stop-motion animation. There's so much I want to see happen in stop-motion, and Capsule is a first step toward making that future a reality. Traditional effects, prop and set building, miniature model making and stop-motion animation techniques carry a breath of life that is hard to replicate. Capsule embraces all that has made, and continues to make, old-school filmmaking something special. Capsule isn't against digital effects, it's simply celebrating traditional ones. 

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Howard may be on a solo mission, but bringing Capsule to the screen will take all of us!

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Risks and challenges

Once funded it should take about three months to finish fabrication and animation on Capsule. We are currently scheduled to finish shooting in November. From there we head into editing, sound mixing and color correction. Of course, there are always unforeseen circumstances that can arise, but the likelihood of something keeping us from getting finished is extremely small.

Part of being a filmmaker is rolling with the punches and making things work. Our team is experienced enough to handle those kinds of issues and keep moving forward. The ability to make solid creative judgements while thinking on our toes is what makes the whole process exciting. Sometimes things no one expected to work end up better than anyone imagined.

We will always keep our backers in the loop. You can expect regular updates and behind-the-scenes photos from us (without spoiling the story, of course). We want you to be as excited as we are as things progress. You are part of the process!

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