Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.
CALDERA is inspired by my father's struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that's invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.
CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.
In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions
Jarred de Beer
A big thanks to everyone that helped make this film possible. And a special thanks to our talented composer for pulling through last minute! You can support our composer and purchase the track here: http://johanericssondegerlund.bandcamp.com/
C R E D I T S
ART DIRECTION // Ellen Su
ANIMATION // Kyle Moy
COMPOSER // Johan Ericsson Degerlund
SOUND DESIGNER // Brian Russo
MODELING // Ellen Su, Justin Coo, Dan Dickheiser, Hyun Song
TEXTURING // Ellen Su, Hyun Song
RIGGING // Kyle Moy, Tom Szenher
LIGHTING // Ellen Su
MATTE PAINTING // Ellen Su
COMPOSITING // Ellen Su, Tori Buenger, Diana Kim, Eunju Hyun
DYNAMICS // Diana Kim
MOTIONGRAPHICS // Ellen Su, Mike Villegas
THESIS ADVISORS // Joe Burrascano & Seth Gollub
SPECIAL THANKS // Mom & Dad, John McIntosh, Francisco Naranjo, Shayne Ryan, Colin Levy, JP Lavin, Eric Cunha, Montaque Ruffin, Brian Frey, Vraja Parra, Dan Solomon, Stephanie Lin, Michael Altman, Jeffrey Bryson, Eunju Hyun, Anne Yang, Jimmy Calhoun, The Bros, Faculty & Friends
For more check out our production blog, spaceboundthemovie.tumblr.com
An iAnimate.net internal student project, directed by fellow student Andrew Atteberry.
About the project from the director: This is a collaborative short film project I initiated during my time at iAnimate, a series of online animation workshops created by Dreamworks animator Jason Ryan. I was very fortunate and lucky to have so many talented animators want to help me with this project that were also attending iAnimate at the time. In addition to the help I received from iAnimate, Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio helped me bring this film across the finish line by allowing me use of their render farm and a large portion of their staff. Magnetic Dreams went so far above and beyond the call of duty in helping me to get this project through all of the stages of production, I certainly could not have pulled this together without them. Solid Angle was a big part of the team as well, they graciously helped with render licenses for their proprietary render engine "Arnold" which really helped add a beautiful look to the final frames. Finally, music and sound design provided by wonderfully talented Cathleen Flynn and Tim Gilmer (respectively) They really stepped up when I needed something unique and fitting and gave this film its voice. I'm extremely proud of what this group of people, from all corners of the globe, accomplished together (especially considering the non-existent budget :) I hope that you enjoy STRAY as much as I enjoyed the experience of making it!
***HD fullscreen, earphones and a few minutes of silence recommended***
Film by Patrick Mccue & Tobias Wiesner
The movie is based on the short story “GOLEM XIV” of “Imaginary Magnitude” by Stanislaw Lem from 1973.
The book is written from the perspective of a military A.I. computer who obtains consciousness, moving towards personal technological singularity with growing intelligence.
It starts to refuse military support because it detects a basic lacking of internal logical consistency of war.
GOLEM gives several lectures with focus on mankind's position in the process of evolution and the possible biological and intellectual future of humanity before it ceases communication.
The movie tells about the first point of its "about man threefold" lecture as a reduced and simplified version while visually weaving this with GOLEM simulating human culture processes based on ideas and dynamics of freedom and curiosity, fear and security, abstraction and fiction, the lack of accessibility in face of unknowing and the need for generating meaning.
The whole creative intention about this project is to face your own process in this world with reflection and self responsibility, to stay curious and create, look for new ideas and stay keen.
Voice - Cyrena Dunbar
Music - Cliff Martinez (original composition for GOLEM)
Sound Design - Gavin Little/ echolab.tv
Title Design - Melanie Lukhaup/ luftmasche
Content Support - Dr. Michael Cursio
basic production information:
- started as a thesis in Film& Animation of the Design course at the GSO Academy Nuremberg, Germany in 2009, degree 2010
- more than 1 year of research and concept development (quite fulltime)
- producing pictures and sound over about 2.5 years (spare time only)
- used Software: Lightwave (FPrime, Kray), Nuke, Aftereffects, Trapcode Particular2 (excessively)
- privately funded
- mostly rendered at http://garagefarm.net/
Selection of Awards, Screenings, Publications:
- Rising Star Award 2013, Cananda International Film festival
- Audience Award, Creative Arts Film Festival
- Bronze Award, Bassawards, International Awards of Broadcast Design
- 3 Nominees for Van d’Or Independent Film Awards 2012, London
- Official Selection, Phoenix Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection, Pausefest 2012
- Publication on Stash 98
- Publication on IdN motion Channel v20n3