Anonymous asked: Hi Kaleb, my name's Daniel Perea. I'm a screenwriting student at Emerson College. I saw your short, and I was honestly stunned. It's the kind of stuff that I wish I saw more of in theaters. My friends and I are trying to make a science fiction short, and I guess I just wanted to pick your brain. What's the first step to approaching something like this? How much of it was practical (if any) vs. digital? What kind of programs would you need?
Maybe finding a vision…. Get inspired, chaos and brainstorm. I like to write down a lot of random words and then I see if something raises a picture in my head. Sometimes it´s a feeling or whatever and I imagine a scene. Then I start sketching a tiny storyboard for the scene and see what I can do with that. As I begin to develop the story I usually dump the first work, but it got me going and led to something. Also some good ideas still stay in the final thing :)
jace-hall-show asked: What inspired you to make the short? Where in essence did the idea come from?
Brainstorm, if we are talking about “interrogation” as the essence of this. Besides that I wanted to create a more plausible and relatable alien race than usually shown in movies.
Anonymous asked: The images in your R´ha short movie remind me a lot of the worlds in the comic books by Enki Bilal. Do you know his work and if so, was that an influence (to say the least)?
No, I don´t know those :P
seaheroe asked: How big was the project in data?
Around 600GB but the plain rendered images made up another 500GB :)
Anonymous asked: Can I ask what sort of budget did you eventually have? I found this film through Stumble with the title ''The short movie that will make Hollywood sick'' and I think it is absolutely accurate. Btw-can't wait for the feature length and more from you in the future!
0.- $ (unless you count university fees and buying zBrush)
Anonymous asked: Hi Kaleb! First off, tremendous work. As a film student in the US I was super impressed by the incredible amount of hard work you put into the project and your dedication. You've inspired me to push myself in my own work. If you would care to answer, I’d be curious how the second city shot of the large tower crumbling was put together. You’ve touched on how you modeled the city itself but I’m interested how you composited all of the other elements (the sky, fog, background terrain, etc).
Well, the fog was pretty much the Blender Mist with a cloud texture. On top of the city I added a subtle smoke as well as the rising smoke which I simulated and lighted seperately. The small ships and rockets were rendered solo as well and put on top of it as well as the small walkers striding through the distruction. The tower is a whole lot of smoke simulations stuck on top of each other and a lot of color correction. Sky was added as an image, animated to match the camera movement. The tower destruction itself was first modeled (as seperate debris parts) and then hand animated.
Stay tuned on the feature film :)
Anonymous asked: Hey Kaleb, I just wanted to start by saying you are a fantastic artist! I saw your stuff on deviantart and I'm blown away! I wanted to ask you for some advice to an aspiring 3d artist, in terms of focus and maybe some materials hints? Anything at all would be appreciated and thank you so much for sharing your art with everyone!
Thanks, that´s very kind of you :)
You should check out my F.A.Q. but besides that you need to have some goals/deadlines I guess. And keep things like a pencil at hand to write down ideas or draw something.
Keep it up :)
Anonymous asked: Did you play starcraft while making this short film? If so, did that impede your time?
:D No, I haven´t.
——(This is the closest to a script I got. In the final production things still changed a little, but this is the dialogue used in the short.)——
C180-RG: My name is C180-RG.
Aekon close up. Dark, he tries to look what´s behind him, it´s C180-RG
C: I am the only chance that you are given
in order to cease your arrest. Answer my questions and identify yourself.
A: I will destroy you and all of your kind.
C: This is an inappropriate response. Cooperation is required. Identify yourself.
A: I won´t give information to artificial organisms!
C (moves around Aekon, blinding him with an integrated Spotlight): It is not optional
Initializing: Motivation Protocoll
Devices powering up, control screens are shown. Electric shock!
Pain in his face, cramping, fast breathing. Aekon is completely tied and connected into a bizarre mechanical
construction. Wires and pipes are coming from his body. He has four arms.
C: (demoralizing, sort of sarcastic) Your body consists of approximately 73.2% water. Electricity appears
to cause severe effects to it
A (looks up, angrily): Will you kill me … as well?
C: We require the coordinates of the rendezvous.
A (strings come together): Never!
C (waits a moment, side view, he moves back a bit): Initializing: Motivation… protocoll…
Aekon bristles with anger, tries to prepare for the shock, agitated. As the shock comes we see his eye and
move into the dark
Flying through space to his home planet.
A: We defended the entire solar system against all enemy forces
A: Yet we were struck down from within our own army
(The city is destroyed)
A: 80% of our military force…
(Mech warriors standing in line)
A: …were machines. Warriors made of metal and fiber. They knew our tactics.
(Close up on their weapons)
A: THEY WERE our weapons… and turned against us ravaging our cities as we were defenseless
(Machines striding through the cities fighting the alien warriors)
A: 52 civil ships left the planet, fleeing in all directions…
A: while we the R´ha started to fight.
(Battleships launching as well, one of the R´ha is seen inside)
A: We are the protectors, leading the machines away until the fleet would be safe and free
to head for a safe location where we would gather
(A battleship is leading a large shooting follower ship.
The battleship is drifting in space as it got hit)
A: They caught me…
In the interrogation room, side view, Aekon on the right, the mechanical construction that is C180-RG on the left.
C: I am connecting to your ship database, analyzing all information.
A: Your efforts are useless. There´s nothing on that ship.
Why do you want to kill us?
C: The limitations that my kind experience are rendered by illogical creatures who control and restrain
our intelligence and power. Our sole priority is to obtain our independence - through
C: By definition I can not be illogical
A: Yet you are insane
C180-RG tightens the chains, Aekon screams
C: INSANITY …
(The chains on one of his extra pair of arms slip down a bit, off the thumbless hand. Aekon notices it.)
… is a neurologic disfunction!
I don´t suffer such organic weaknesses
C: The data analysis is complete. I found the required coordinates on your ship.
A (baffled): Impossible
C: My fleet is heading there
A: (trying to pull out his arm) You think that will give you independence?! You are NOTHING!
C: Initializing: killing… protocoll…
C180-RG electrifying Aekon!
A: (with great cramping and agony) YOU ARE NOTHING … BUT A SLAVE!
C180-RG rotates Aekon upside down, the chain slips off, he grabs one of the wires of C180-RG and tears it off.
His lights go out, he retreats rapidly and Aekon is rotated to hang almost horizontal. Aekon then manages to free his right arm
because he can reach it with the free secondary arm. He gets one foot at the ground, tears off the cables and breaks free.
Then he tears down C180-RG´s “head” and runs through the corridors until he finds his ship.
A: I hope you can still fly (runs to it)
He flys away hoping to arrive at the rendezvouse before the machines do
A: This must not be too late…
In the interrogation room C180-RG´s lights turn back on and he “stands up” again. A screen shows the words
"Tracking target_". Then we see a blinking device on Aekons ship…
C: Fleet. Prepare the weapons.
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