Gone In A Flash
Their diverse, awesome & insane animations helped make the internet, but you don't know their names. You will now. This is their story.
There was a time when there was literally NOTHING worth watching on the internet. Then a group of diverse, talented and completely independent creators started making and distributing animated work. These pioneers revolutionized the idea of digital content, got more attention than any major brand (we're talking hundreds of millions of viewers) and did it all with a punk rock attitude. Gone In A Flash is their story, brought to life in documentary form.
Jim Choma. Joe Cartoon. David Firth. Bob Cesca. Marc Manalli. Tim Panella. Tom Fulp. Before them, an internet wasteland of company and government boredom. After them - and their ingenious use of Flash and ancient modems - an internet filled with glorious content.
The internet changed. An entire form of interactive entertainment morphed into a more simple, linear and direct mode of storytelling. But the original work is still out there... to be uncovered, remastered and archived. (On this front we'll be interviewing Newgrounds Retrospective archivist Sean Buckelew, amongst others!)
HENCE, GONE IN A FLASH
This eclectic and talented group of individuals used Flash to advance animation and made the internet worth visiting. And our team of filmmakers, artists and technicians is going to bring their stories and work to life in a way no one's ever seen before. Who they were at the time. Why they created what they created. And who they are now, looking back!
ON THE ROAD
Why Kickstarter? We'll be hitting the road, interviewing these folks in their homes and / or places of work, in person. We've already talked with everyone. We'll be collating, archiving and transferring mountains of content. And we'll be augmenting special creative moments using modern vfx and sound. All of this will be brought together in an incredible documentary. But we can't do it without YOU. No one is going to bring this story to life... except for us, together.
By the time you've read this, we'll have conducted three major interviews, collected a huge swath of archival material and locked in a ton more sources. We've done this on our own initiative as we believe wholeheartedly in this untold and frankly awesome story. Here's who we are.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Josh Singer - Executive Producer
Josh Singer has been the CEO of Web312 for over 13 years, and he leads the best web folks in the biz.
Justin Zimmerman - Director / Writer
Justin Zimmerman is Jim Choma's cousin, which is how he got involved in this whole crazy project in the first place! He holds a MFA in Film from OU, and is a nationally recognized writer, filmmaker and professor. His narrative and documentary work has appeared in film festivals across the globe and has been broadcast on national public television, where he won two international television awards. He's also been the recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, and his script and comic work has been optioned on multiple occasions.
Tory Maurer - Assistant Director / Editor
Torrance Maurer grew up in rural northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. He took full advantage of skiing, rock climbing and mountain biking in the surrounding mountains. During his time at Western State Colorado University, he started making short experimental films. His artistic ambition led him to the prestigious University of California Los Angeles School of Theatre, Film and Television where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. His emphasis was narrative film directing, but he has a strong background in documentary production and post-production. He has been working for the award-winning Bricker-Down Productions for over a decade.
Scott Ballard - Director of Photography
Scott Ballard is an award-winning director of photography. He has over 15 years of experience filming narrative features, shorts, documentaries and music videos. He holds an MFA in Film Production from Boston University. He worked in Seattle, LA, New Orleans, NYC and Boston before settling back in his native NW corner of the country to focus on personal indie cinema.
John W. Snyder - Composer
John W. Snyder is a composer and pianist in Los Angeles. He scores films, documentaries, theatrical works, theme parks, and commercials for numerous clients such as Capitol Records, SyFy, Chevy, DJI, Volkswagen, MTV, CNN, Disney, Lenovo, Bosch and four collaborations with Zimmerman's Bricker-Down Productions. Snyder holds a Masters from UCLA (M.M.) and has been honored by ASCAP, the Wheaton Scholastic Society, UCLA's Henry Mancini Award, and others.
Donaldson + Callif - Legal
Michael C. Donaldson is an entertainment attorney who has been fighting for independent filmmakers for over 30 years. Donaldson + Callif provided legal services for Zimmerman's most recent documentary, SMART.
Mike Lawrence - Art
Mike Lawrence is the illustrator of Muddy Max (Amp! /Andrews McMeel, 2014) and the creator of Star Scouts (First Second, 2017). Mike lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and kids.
Zack Linkow - VFX
Zack is a VFX artist with over 10 years of film, television and advertising experience. He has worked with Laika, The Mill LA, Bent Image Labs, Moving Box Studios and Mode Adjust as a compositor, editor and roto/paint artist.
Kane Brassington - VFX
Kane Brassington has been working in VFX on feature films since 2002. Credits include Hellboy, Cloverfield and Harry Potter. His work has taken him to studios including Digital Domain Canada, Rising Sun Pictures Australia, and ILM San Francisco. Kane’s next feature film will be his 30th credit.
Ken Webster - Sound Design
Ken Webster is a sound designer with over 20 years of experience in field recording, foley, mixing, music composition and teaching. He practices a firm belief in capturing and designing original sound effects for film, escape rooms, haunted attractions and video games.
Super Powered Design - Web
Super Powered Design offers an extensive list of web development services, including professional web design, web hosting, domain registration, online payment setup, search engine marketing, advanced company presentations and logo design.
Douglas Hanford Snyder - Consulting Producer
Douglas Hanford Snyder is an award-winning talent agent, producer and actor with over a decade of professional experience.
THE FINE PRINT
Our rewards are exclusive to this campaign. From the Blu-ray and DVD packaging to the t-shirts to the original art tiers, you'll get limited edition work here and here alone.
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Where does the money go? Pretty simple. Taxes. Travel, accommodation and food for our field shoots. Archiving and transferring the animated work to editable pro formats. Reduced rates for crew. (Everyone is bending over backward to make this happen at an affordable and timely rate.) Score, mix, color-correction and final exports. Rewards and shipping. (Priority mail in the US, with tracking and insurance. International will be packed to withstand WWIII.)
We've identified the folks we're going to interview and the resources it will take to get us to a GREAT final film product. But if the unbelievable happens and we raise more money than our minimum, we certainly won't be sitting around on our behinds. We'll be adding more interviews, which will add more trips, which will add more footage, which will add more post-production, which will in turn add a significant amount of more work. Sure, we'd LOVE to have that problem, and would be delighted to widen the scope of Gone In A Flash. But we're confident that with our goal in hand, we'll make a film that'll blow you away.
REGI WANTS THE FINAL WORD
Risks and challenges
Folks, I've delivered multiple Kickstarter projects on time and on budget. I am communicative throughout the process and take my responsibility to my backers 100% seriously. I see no issues with delivering Gone In A Flash in a timely and professional manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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