"The New America" is a short film where each frame will be laser engraved on a wood block, which backers can decorate their walls with.
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* Important Note: Even-though the project has been funded, the more frames are sold, the longer the film will be. Any extra funds will be just as appreciated and will still go towards producing more frames, posters, shirts. Thanks again for your participation!
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In 2010 I created a limited edition series of illustrations that were laser engraved on blocks of wood. I instantly fell in love with the process and since then I have been really excited to create a short film in which every frame is a unique engraved artwork.
The film I want to create is called “The New America” and is set in a fictitious place and time where a very advanced society goes through a phase of structural and financial collapse, but eventually re-emerges with it’s values rooted in a strong relationship with nature.
One of the most exciting parts of this film is that every frame would actually be engraved on wood and that each person participating would get to keep one of these one-of-a-kind artworks. There are many levels of involvement and some include a limited edition poster for the film, a limited edition shirt and even other artworks I’m made recently.The length of the film depends on how many people decide to participate, but it will vary between 1 and 5 minutes. Each artwork will be laser engraved on a 8 x 4.5 in maple panel from Plywerk, which is ready to be hung so there is no need to frame it. The film’s music track is also a very important component and will be created by my friends at World Gang.
Once all the engravings are produced I plan on photographing each and everyone and compile them into a sequence for the film itself. Then each frame will be mailed to you, shipping cost already included.
I’ve been directing animation and live-action for over 10 years. You can see most examples of my work on my website at nandocosta.com.
I am really excited to begin working on this project and hope you want to be part of it. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will answer them as soon as possible. I will continue post updates about the project on this page as well as on my website and Twitter account. Thanks for considering being part of this project.
Once the animation is completed, I will contact each one of you and give you the chance to select the frame(s) you wish to keep.
Potentially yes. This will depend on how many shirts and posters are sold before the timeline ends. My plan is to have a few extra of each and sell them on Etsy. If you are interested in this, please follow me on Twitter and/or Etsy and I will keep you updated. Here are the links: http://www.etsy.com/people/nandocosta & http://twitter.com/nandocosta_work.
This kind of animation is very time consuming. Each and every frame of the animation will be designed and animated digitally and later engraved on a wood block. Only once the entire sequence is ready, I will photograph each one and create the animation.