Burbank, California USA
Writer/Director Mike Pappa and company launched it’s Kickstarter campaign for their live-action sci-fi short film A Crimson Man. This practical effects driven film has a goal of raising $60,000 in 30 days and offering a collection of perks ranging from props, artwork to production credits.
A Crimson Man is set in a war-torn land of man vs. machine. Wei, a young runaway boy in search of his father, must ally with an unstable war-robot named Red or be hunted down by his overseers. This Phillip K. Dick inspired adventure is seen through the gaze of a young boy, touching upon childlike wonder and curiosity, while exploring such themes as fathers & sons and the invisible wounds of war.
Think Terminator 2 meets Born On The Fourth Of July. This short will require both visual and practical effects to build the world of humans and robots, drawing inspiration from such pivotal usage of practical effects from E.T., The Empire Strikes Back and The Thing. These effects are not just for awe and wonder, but for believability.
The goal is to build a practical robot for the young actor to interact with and get better performances from. With a VFX consultant credited on the BFG and X-Men: Days of Future Past and an animatronics lead who’s worked with the Jim Henson Company and Disney, the team intends to tackle these effects challenges head on.
Not only has the team crafted an emotionally interesting and original sci-fi story, but there is a thorough plan for raising and utilizing the $60,000 in funds.
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