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$51,351
pledged of $55,000pledged of $55,000 goal
222
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 25 2014 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

My name is Jeff Scheetz.  Here is how you might know me...

I love computer animation.  I love learning about it and I love teaching it. I decided a very long time ago that I would really like to make an animated feature with graduates of the school I founded. We have a great story to tell and with your help, we are going to do something that nobody has ever done before!

When alien thugs attack a deep space station, NAVY SEALS and NASA ASTRONAUTS are teamed together to rescue the survivors. While still being an outrageous action adventure, our story celebrates the courage and heroism of our greatest explorers and our bravest soldiers in a way that children and their parents can experience together.

What started as a class project is now ready to become a feature length film. Animated features can cost tens of millions of dollars to produce. Without the resources to complete a finished work, filmmakers often choose to create shorts. We’ve done that. Twice! Once as a live action short (2004), and later as an animated short (2008).

After years of development, several collaborators, mentors, and countless drafts we have a script! A really great one.

This means we intend to tell the entire 94 page screenplay in a highly creative yet minimally technical way. Every element (character, set, prop, vehicle, or creature) will be constructed as a "simple but cool" approximation of what would be needed for a finished film. An element that might take a studio like DreamWorks or Pixar 30 people and a month to prepare, we will do in a day. Will it look as good? No way! but it will pull you into the story and it will take you on our amazing adventure!

Telling stories like this with the amazing possibilities that computer animation provides shouldn't be limited to a handful of corporately owned studios.

We may not open on 3,000 theater screens, but with all the new ways people are enjoying content, NASA SEALS stands an excellent chance of finding an audience and a place in our popular culture. Once that happens we can develop a reasonable business model that will allow us continue. In the past few years low cost live action filmmaking tools have given voice to hundreds of directors who may have otherwise been overlooked. This is happening with animation as well. While we won’t be pushing the bleeding edge of computer imagery, you will follow the adventure of a 17 year old boy who is going to try to save the earth to impress a girl... and you’re going to cry!

It's important to note that while the school played an important role in the origin of this project, it’s not producing this film. Even with a successful campaign we could not begin to quit our day jobs, build a studio, buy new equipment, or hire a full time staff. This money will be used to pay recent animation school graduates to perform small but pivotal tasks on the film. When we need a spaceship designed we will have something to pay the artist. Then that design will go to a modeler who will likely build it on their workstation at home. Most will only work on the film a few hours a week, but they still need to get paid.

Below is the original NASA SEALS Live action short made in 2004!

In 2008 we made this animated short.

Minimate fans may remember our film Batman New Times starring Adam West, Mark Hamil, and Dick Van Dyke.

 ...as well as our rap video Minimate Galactica! This won the SyFy Channel's fan film contest!

Risks and challenges

There is always the risk that we will run out of money before the film is done or we are unable to fulfill our rewards. The people involved are committed to the project and will do everything in our power to complete this project and fulfill our rewards. We have been working on this for 10 years now and to say we are driven to make this happen is a ridiculous understatement. Even if we are ultimately unable to finish the film, you can count on sharing the journey every step of the way through updates, production blogs, and videos. But to be clear, we do plan to finish the movie! None of these rewards are too complicated or expensive to deliver; they will be our first priority of upon funding. Scenes that include a backer's name, likeness or performance will be the first to be produced and will be shared with you immediately.

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    OUR ETERNAL GRATITUDE.

    The entire crew will think happy thoughts and send them your way!

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    BE PART OF THE JOURNEY!
    In the video, we say that this will be YOUR movie. That’s because you will follow the entire NASA SEALS production process! All backers at this level and above will be emailed the screenplay as a PDF and updates that include, model shots, render-tests, and finished scenes. You will be able to follow our progress while understanding the context of the story. When complete you will also get a digital download of the finished film!

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    EXCLUSIVE!
    NASA SEALS KICKSTARTER MINIMATE! We have a long history with producing films staring these highly collectable figures and now you can have the rare "BLUE" NASA SEALS MINIMATE! This figure will only be awarded to backers at this level and above! It features a Kickstarter "K logo" on its back!

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    Just Added!
    NASA SEALS KICKSTARTER MINIMATE! We added a DAVE School RED Minimate for anyone who chooses this option! Those who already selected just the blue NASA SEALS MINIMATE will get one too!

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    THE COMPLETED DVD or BLU-RAY! In addition to the film, this disc will include just about everything associated with the project including previous versions, a behind the scenes documentary and much more! Those with 3D Blu-Ray players and 3D TV will get to see the film in stunning 3D! The shipping date may seem a long way out but it will take quite some time to make the movie!

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    OFFICIAL T-SHIRT!
    The first and only “NASA SEALS- I’m partially to blame” t-shirt made exclusively for project backers! Remember, you are not spending $75 on a t-shirt, you are supporting the arts!

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    Lil’ ALBATROSS
    A small but impressive 5-inch 3D print of our hero’s spaceship! Printed in glorious galaxy blue sparkley blue plastic!

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    YOUR NAME IN THE FILM! We will name a character, ship, building or device after you in a way that your friends and family will notice your name in the film! We will send an email to you in November describing what to look for in the finished film.

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    THE PRINTED SCREENPLAY! Look like a "Hollywood Playa" with a screenplay lying around your home or office! This screenplay will be mailed to you in a fabulous full-color die cut NASA SEALS POCKET FOLDER! The folder includes a DVD of the first two films and a pair of official NASA SEALS anaglyph 3D Glasses to view the 2008 film in all its 3D glory. We will also send you the T-shirt!

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    NUMBERED LIMIITED EDITION ALBATROSS MODEL!
    Originally designed to fly the super rich around space hotels, this vehicle was modified by our crew to be the first space combat vehicle. This is a massive 12-inch long 3D print has the potential to become priceless.

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    CUSTOM LEATHER CREW JACKET!
    This custom designed NASA SEALS crew jacket includes an original mission patch as seen in the film. This is the ONLY time this version of the Jacket will be made available to anyone outside the actual production team!

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    A CHARACTER BASED ON YOU!
    We will work from pictures of you, your child, or anyone of your choosing, and build a computer model of them for use in the film. This character could be a space camper, a station scientist, NASA astronaut, or military extra! We will also make sure they have a visible nametag and create a high-resolution image suitable for printing and framing!

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    PERFORM IN THE FILM.You, your child, or anyone of your choosing, will be invited to come to the set in Orlando to strap into a motion capture suit (as seen in the video) and provide motion and voice for a scene in the film! This $1,500 reward includes the creation of “A CHARACTER BASED ON YOU!”as described above. Anyone with a speaking role in the film will be listed in the cast and earn a credit in the film and on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com). This does not include travel or accommodations.

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    PRODUCER CREDIT and A TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD!
    As a member of the production team, you will join us for a celebrity voice recording session! We will fly you from any city in the continental US, provide overnight accommodations at the historic Burbank Marriot, and spend the day at a recording studio capturing celebrity voice talent! Includes dinner somewhere cool and driving around looking at famous stuff! You will also have your name credited on the front of the film and on IMDB!

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Funding period

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