I have always been very thankful that people say they feel a connection to my work. But after a few years, I realized I could go much further artistically. That is why I decided to create a film that would be epic, emotional and hopefully have a strong impact on the audience. More than ever.
A film without any compromise that should be unique and innovative.
I know... It's a lot !
But I do believe Cinema is meant to break limits. To make you feel and live something you would never experienced in the real world.
And this short one is meant to push the line a little bit further... It is a 8 minutes long film that is meant to kick ass.
... Yes, it is in 2 parts.
SHOOTING WITHOUT ANY LIMITS :
...OR ARTISTIC COMPROMISE :
Note : All the images below are WORK IN PROGRESS stills from the short film Triumph and Disaster and are completely computer generated.
"IT IS ALL ABOUT EMOTION"
Let me tell you in more detail about this project. So the film is in 2 parts. It can be viewed as a whole piece or as two separate shorts.
And both parts are 4 minutes long.
PART 1 - TRIUMPH
In the first film, a man is standing on the roof of the tallest building of a beautiful city. He is watching the sun rising... The mood is full of happiness and expectation. But who is he ? Why is he here ? The sun begins to spread its light like a wave of gold...
We realize the streets are empty. No one is here.
But there are people in the city... Waiting.
Waiting for him... Waiting for the sun...
Waiting for something that will change their worlds forever !
PART 2 - DISASTER
In the second part, a young girl is looking at us. She is walking into the biggest cathedral ever made... A breath-taking and magnificent place where each inch is pure creation.
She is alone, walking slowly to her destiny. She is beautiful like an angel and she is about to face the unknown. Why is she here ? In this place ? At this exact moment ?
It will be hard to believe what happens next. She will experience one of the most epic moments ever witnessed... Something that will change her destiny in a very radical way.
"THE NEXT STEPS"
The two characters evolve in environments that go beyond reality and that is why we are creating these locations from scratch. Yet it has to look completely real so that the audience ( you and me ) can concentrate on what is really important : Emotion.
I believe that visual effects are here to help to tell a story. So in order to bring this emotion to life, the visual effects have to be perfect. And this is why I’m inviting you.
Visual Effects Breakdown : Here are some samples from Triumph and Disaster before and after the Visual Effects.
The most challenging part is behind us and this is a chance for all of us. It means that if we are strong enough, the first part could be released in approximately 4 months.
All that remains is the 3 big final steps. The most important and tricky ones in fact.
Compositing, Sound Design, Music and something More...
In order to finish these two films the way they should be, your donation will be used to do all the compositing process ( which is 12000 images to work on ! ). It means making the images look photo-real, shooting elements ( like dust, fire...) and using a lot of magic to make theses films just right.
It will also help us to work with great sound designers and musicians, which will give the film the feature quality it deserves so that we can touch the biggest audience possible.
One important thing : Please donate only if you can offer it and if you believe in what I’m creating. If you don't have the financial ability to be part of this project, you can send me a motivational email. It would do the job too.
( .......... And now everyone is going to send me an email........... :).... )
Here we are...
Thank you for you taking the time to read this Kickstarter page and I hope those words will drive a community of motivated people and artists that will help Triumph and Disaster to become what it should be.
I know it is hard to share excitements through the net but I think it is a great opportunity for all of us to be part of a unique experience.
Let's make it big all together.
Risks and challenges
I’ve read that people ask for donations and then after a time they ask for more for the postproduction. Well, I’ve already taken care of the shoot and some part of the visual effects so I think we can say there is no "risk" to ask for more...
... But for sure this is a huge challenge : to make not 1, but 2 pieces that will stay in your memories for a long time. And that you’ll - hopefully - make yours too.
A1 - Michael Bay package : You'll get a link to a HIGH DEFINITION VERSION OF TRIUMPH at least 4 days before its release + a DIGITAL BOOK including exciting materials about the making of the film and YOUR NAME on it + a BIG PERSONAL THANKS by email.
A2 - James Cameron package : You'll get a link to a HIGH DEFINITION VERSION OF DISASTER at least 4 days before its release + a DIGITAL BOOK including exciting materials about the making of the film and YOUR NAME on it + a BIG PERSONAL THANKS by email.
George Lucas package : a RARE LIMITED EDITION BOOK including images from my work ( and never seen behind the scene images). I'll write a PERSONNAL THANK YOU in each copy. NUMBERED from 1 to 75 + A1 + A2
Robert Zemeckis package : ONE OF THE TWO EXISTING 35mm COPIES OF POLAR - MY VERY FIRST FILM and most famous one - WILL BE YOURS ! I keep the other one for me. This is what we call a COLLECTOR PIECE + A1 + A2