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    Novos -- a science fiction film

    Novos -- a science fiction film

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    Hello all,

    I figure that since this project necessitates a lot of design work and concept art, this would be the place to post. I'd like to put the word out -- and, seriously, I'm really looking for feedback -- for my short sci-fi film Novos. Novos will act both as my thesis project and a collaborative work featuring the talent of creative contributors from around the world. The production will be jointly produced by students from USC and NYU, and will include work from professionals in Seattle, LA, New York, London, and more. We've already added multiple CG artists and concept artists to the team, and will have a 3-time Oscar winning sound mixer consulting for all aspects of the film's sound design and mix.

    The project is currently in pre-production, and will be for the next 9 months; filming will take place around Seattle, WA, in June 2011. This extended pre-production period will allow for both the development of the film's complex CG assets and physical props, based on the fantastic artwork of the film's concept artists, and the time necessary for the ambitious fundraising plans. Here's a basic breakdown:

    Novos -- a science fiction film

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    2000 years ago, humanity left a toxic Earth in search of a new home among the stars, leaving behind an army of synthetic organisms to terraform and re-cultivate the planet as a failsafe. Now, a human military scout returns to a home he’s never known and comes face to face with a biosphere that has evolved and become very hostile to humans.

    Budget: $30,000 approx.
    Start date: June 2011
    Location: Tacoma/Seattle, WA
    Shooting Format: RED 4k
    Final length: 8 minutes

    Novos -- a science fiction film

    In all aspects of the production -- concept design, cinematography, CG effects, sound design, etc -- I'm aiming for nothing short of the quality exhibited by Carl Rinsch's short “The Gift” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOZkLIwbRrw).


    If you're interested in contributing to the film, or would just like to learn more about it, please contact me by PM or at: brebner@usc.edu
    I can provide you with a copy of the script and more detail on the production plan.


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    Sounds like Wall-E meets Terminator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckWeisel View Post
    Sounds like Wall-E meets Terminator.
    I am abundantly okay with that mashup comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckWeisel View Post
    Sounds like Wall-E meets Terminator.
    agreed, but you should add some vampires in their to spice things up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krato View Post
    agreed, but you should add some vampires in their to spice things up a bit.
    Did I forget to mention that these are vampire robots and the returning humans are all space werewolves? Shoot, I knew I left something out...


    But seriously, the background premise is similar to Wall-E (which is one of my favorite films), but after that completely different.

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    No offense, but your story is nothing too new or interesting, though I do like that space craft you posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FightingSeraph View Post
    No offense, but your story is nothing too new or interesting, though I do like that space craft you posted.
    No offense taken. I'm fully aware that the premise doesn't jump as original, though I don't think premise dictates the originality or quality of story. I do, however, need to work on the quick synopsis, because it's not particularly good as-is.

    I'm always open to suggestions and critiques, if you wouldn't mind reading the script!

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    Good luck with your project!
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    Here's some more of the fantastic concept art. This is an example of the iterative design work the artists and I are doing for the synthetic creatures in the film.

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    Here’s a glimpse at the very first promotional materials for Novos — postcards and a bookmark! Very special thanks to Tom McDowell for the artwork and Jim Brebner for the printing.

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    Seems like a cool project. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CruShTinbOX View Post
    Seems like a cool project. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished movie.
    Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing it too!

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    I think your plan doesn't seem too half baked. You have a reasonable budget and deadline established. The story isn't too complicated. I'm afraid the designs are too close to the halo play book, but that's okay, you're still early on in development and have time to find your voice. There is a hint of professionalism to the design work though. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    I think your plan doesn't seem too half baked. You have a reasonable budget and deadline established. The story isn't too complicated. I'm afraid the designs are too close to the halo play book, but that's okay, you're still early on in development and have time to find your voice. There is a hint of professionalism to the design work though. Best of luck.
    Thanks. I'm actually interested to know where you're seeing the Halo influence -- I'm not questioning your insight, but I'm probably a little to close to the design work to see it objectively and I'm not seeing it.

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    It certainly doesn't sound too bad - and hell, I'd be willing to sacrifice 8 minutes of my life to watch it. I'm interested to see how you'd be able to pull of a good sci-fi plot in 8 minutes - Wall-E took an hour and a half. Either way, wish you the best of luck and will keep and eye on this - I'll probably get around to reading more indepth later on.
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