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AU$ 5,692 pledged of AU$ 40,000 goal
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By Ryan Grobins
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About this project

After years of searching, Grunt the automaton has finally caught up with pirate captain, Corliss Vail’s skyship. His objective is over - from the bounty hunter’s imprisonment and return her to his creator Tane, Nessa’s father.

Look development of the deck of the skyship, The Black Cloud
Look development of the deck of the skyship, The Black Cloud
Look development of the deck of the skyship, The Black Cloud
Look development of the deck of the skyship, The Black Cloud

It was in the first quarter of 2013, as production of my animated short film, The Rose of Turaida, was coming to an end, I was deciding what to do next. I then though about wanting to do something exciting with lot's of energy, something that looks really cool. Cyan Eyed is a swashbuckling steampunk adventure that focuses on a rescue attempt, using visually spectacular action sequences. The title of Cyan Eyed is in fact an anagram of ‘eye candy’, and that is exactly what we are making: an awesome looking film that will leave a memorable lasting impression.

Concept art for the location Crystal Rock Landing
Concept art for the location Crystal Rock Landing
The skies of the world of Cyan Eyed.
The skies of the world of Cyan Eyed.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are probably my ultimate inspirations, directors who created not just stories, but worlds of stories. Design-wise, the characters were born out of a collaboration with concept artist, Artur Zima and myself, referencing traditional steampunk themes, but also trying to come up with new and interesting additions. Ideally, I want the film to look like a high end game cinematic, or a slice from an action sequence of a Marvel film, by utilising the latest in photoreal rendering technology to deliver a high impact and visually stunning adventure.

Asset development for the character, Grunt
Asset development for the character, Grunt
Asset development for the pirate's cannon.
Asset development for the pirate's cannon.
Look development of the hold of the skyship, The Black Cloud
Look development of the hold of the skyship, The Black Cloud

 

Concept design for Grunt.
Concept design for Grunt.
Concept design for Corliss Vail.
Concept design for Corliss Vail.
Concept design for Nessa Baelin.
Concept design for Nessa Baelin.
Concept for The Black Cloud
Concept for The Black Cloud

We need your support to help us finish this action-packed film and in return, get some amazing rewards!

Thank you so much for every little bit of support you can offer.
Thank you so much for every little bit of support you can offer.
Listen to some of the best musicians in Hollywood perform the amazing music composed by Nicole Brady.
Listen to some of the best musicians in Hollywood perform the amazing music composed by Nicole Brady.
Watch the film in glorious high definition as soon as it finished.
Watch the film in glorious high definition as soon as it finished.
Get Cyan Eyed on Blu-ray, along with Ryan's previous award winning films, Sneeze Me Away and The Rose of Turaida.
Get Cyan Eyed on Blu-ray, along with Ryan's previous award winning films, Sneeze Me Away and The Rose of Turaida.
The art book will have all of the cool and inspiring art work that went into making the film.
The art book will have all of the cool and inspiring art work that went into making the film.
The design of the poster will be finaled at a later date.
The design of the poster will be finaled at a later date.
Show your support with a stylish Cyan Eyed T-shirt. The logo is an ambigram, which is able to be read the same way upside down.
Show your support with a stylish Cyan Eyed T-shirt. The logo is an ambigram, which is able to be read the same way upside down.
Hold the art of Cyan Eyed in your hands to read anywhere you want.
Hold the art of Cyan Eyed in your hands to read anywhere you want.
A unique opportunity to mine Ryan's twenty year experience in the film, VFX and animation industry.
A unique opportunity to mine Ryan's twenty year experience in the film, VFX and animation industry.
Renowned concept artist, Jessica Smith, will be available to talk about art, her work and more.
Renowned concept artist, Jessica Smith, will be available to talk about art, her work and more.
Be the envy of your friends with a selection of cool mechanical steampunk themed watches.
Be the envy of your friends with a selection of cool mechanical steampunk themed watches.
Pose to be finaled at a later date.
Pose to be finaled at a later date.
Be apart of the amazing Cyan Eyed team, and enjoy a hand picked selection of exclusive Skywalker merchandise only available at the Skywalker General Store on the Ranch.
Be apart of the amazing Cyan Eyed team, and enjoy a hand picked selection of exclusive Skywalker merchandise only available at the Skywalker General Store on the Ranch.
Be one of the most important members on the Cyan Eyed team, while enjoying two large prints of art from the film (design to be finaled at a later date), and a large exclusive hand picked selection of merchandise from the Skywalker General Store.
Be one of the most important members on the Cyan Eyed team, while enjoying two large prints of art from the film (design to be finaled at a later date), and a large exclusive hand picked selection of merchandise from the Skywalker General Store.
An extremely rare opportunity to gain access to all of the digital assets used in a high quality animated film. 1000's of hours of work from over 30 people all easily accessible for non-commercial use. Estimated to be worth over $100,000 in value.
An extremely rare opportunity to gain access to all of the digital assets used in a high quality animated film. 1000's of hours of work from over 30 people all easily accessible for non-commercial use. Estimated to be worth over $100,000 in value.
A once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to stay at one of the most exclusive film maker destinations in the world. Enjoy the wonderful grounds and relax in the tranquil scenery. Travel expenses not included, but accommodation is for 4 days!
A once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to stay at one of the most exclusive film maker destinations in the world. Enjoy the wonderful grounds and relax in the tranquil scenery. Travel expenses not included, but accommodation is for 4 days!
Concept art inside the hold of The Black Cloud
Concept art inside the hold of The Black Cloud

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Risks and challenges

Ryan has been working on this film since 2013, and has already spent a considerable amount of his own money getting the film to where it is currently at. It is important to note that our goal to raise $40,000 is to not start the film, but to help us finish the film, which is already about 70% complete. Partnering with the same company that provided the sound design for Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America, is an incredible opportunity and having them fulfil the sound design will not only be a dream come true, but will result in the best possible sounding film Hollywood can offer. The funds raised from Kickstarter will mainly be used to pay for the amazing sound design, and to take the film into the home stretch for worldwide release. Will you help us?

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About $1.51

    Dipper

    It might not seem like much, but every single dollar counts, and we are grateful! You will receive a thanks on our Facebook page and website.

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    • Thank you on our Facebook page and the Cyan Eyed website.
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    Duffer

    Official poster in a selection digital formats, the soundtrack in digital form, plus all previous tier reward.

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    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you on our Facebook page and the Cyan Eyed website.
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    Maltooler

    A link to a downloadable version of the film in HD, plus all of the previous tiers rewards.

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    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you on our Facebook page and the Cyan Eyed website.
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    Blackleg

    A Blu-ray copy of the film (as well as Ryan's previous two short animated films: Sneeze Me Away and The Rose of Turaida) and a thank you in the film credits, plus all of the previous tiers rewards.

    Includes:
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Gizmologist

    A 40 page digital version of the 'Making of' art book, plus all previous tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Pryonist

    An impressive A1 sized official poster signed by the director and available crew, plus all previous tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Mechanist

    A Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt, plus all previous tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Metalurgist

    A 40 page printed version of the
    'Making of' art book, plus all previous tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Inquiry Agent

    A 1 hour Skype session with the Director to talk about any film or visual effects related topic, plus all previous tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • 1 hour Skype session with the Director
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
    • Access to the production diary
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    Rocketeer

    A 1 hour Skype session with the talented concept artist Jessica Smith, plus all Metalurgist tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • 1 hour Skype session with Concept Artist: Jessica Smith
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Pledge AU$ 750 or more About $565

    Collector

    A set of 4 steampunk themed watches that have 'Cyan Eyed' and an individual number engraved on them.

    Includes:
    • A set of 4 steampunk themed engraved mechanical watches
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Cracksman

    A 3D printed figure of a character from the film, plus all Collector tier rewards

    Includes:
    • 3D printed figure
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • Cyan Eyed 'Backer' T-shirt
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
    • Access to the production diary
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    Captain

    An 'Associate Producer' credit on the film, website and IMDB, a Cyan Eyed 'crew' T-shirt a Skywalker Ranch gift pack, plus all Cracksman tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • 'Associate Producer' credit
    • Cyan Eyed 'crew' T-shirt
    • A Skywalker Ranch gift pack
    • A set of 4 steampunk themed engraved mechanical watches
    • 3D printed figure
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
    • Access to the production diary
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    Pledge AU$ 5,000 or more About $3,766

    General

    An 'Executive Producer' credit on the film, website and IMDB webpage, and 2 different limited edition framed and signed large prints of the beautiful artwork from the film, plus all Cracksman tier rewards.

    Includes:
    • 'Executive Producer' credit
    • 2 different signed and framed limited edition prints
    • Cyan Eyed 'crew' T-shirt
    • A Skywalker Ranch gift pack
    • A set of 4 steampunk themed engraved mechanical watches
    • 3D printed figure
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
    • Access to the production diary
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    Pledge AU$ 8,000 or more About $6,026

    Commodore

    On request access to all digital assets used in the film for non-commercial use only, plus all digital rewards.

    Includes:
    • Access to all digital assets
    • 'Executive Producer' credit
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
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    Master Commander

    As an EP, be present for the final sound mix. 4 nights accommodation included at Skywalker Ranch, the ultimate film experience! Travel expenses not included. Plus all General tier rewards. You must contact us before selecting this reward to confirm dates and more details.

    Includes:
    • 4 nights at Skywalker Ranch and present for the final sound mix
    • 'Executive Producer' credit
    • 2 different signed and framed limited edition prints
    • A Skywalker Ranch gift pack
    • Cyan Eyed 'crew' T-shirt
    • A set of 4 steampunk themed engraved mechanical watches
    • 3D printed figure
    • 'Making of' art book - printed version
    • A1 size official signed poster
    • 'Making of' art book - digital version
    • Blu-ray copy of Cyan Eyed, Sneeze Me Away & The Rose of Turaida
    • HD digital download of film
    • Digital versions of the official poster and soundtrack
    • Thank you in film credits, Facebook, and Cyan Eyed website
    • Access to the production diary
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