I like pretty ladies, who are actresses, but also British spies. So I’m all for this project:
Steampunk and science fiction fans will have an opportunity to support the development of an independent action adventure feature film, The Amazing Adventures of Victoria Clarke on Indiegogo.com this summer.
Veteran visual effects producer Kendrick Wallace (Aliens verses Predator II, The A-Team, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) is taking a unique approach to getting a movie made in Hollywood. By engaging movie fans at the earliest stage of development, he hopes to build a dynamic community of people personally invested in every stage of the movie’s development and production.
“I think fans often wonder why Hollywood doesn’t make the movies they want to see. Crowdfunding offers fans of a genre the chance to tell studios that this is a project they are excited about, and that it is a project they believe in enough to back. If we come to the studios with a development package and a fan base of thousands of people, we get a different response than if we stand on their doorstep with nothing but a spec script and a dream,” remarks Wallace.
Significant progress has already been made on early aspects of the project, such as character development, story, a website, and a rapidly growing Facebook fan page. Ken has also enlisted help from his contacts within the global visual effects community, including notable companies like Rodeo FX in Montreal, Gentle Giant Studios in Los Angeles and Atomic FX in London.
“The visual effects industry is in a state of turmoil right now for many reasons, and I think one of the solutions to the situation is to involve these companies as early in the process as possible so that they become creative partners,” says Wallace. “Crowdfunding offers fans of a genre the chance to tell studios that this is a project they are excited about, and that it is a project they believe in enough to back.”
In some cases, such partnerships may even include equity ownership in the movie in exchange for visual effects work done at a reduced cost; a novel approach that Wallace believes may hold the key to revitalizing a struggling visual effects industry. “I am certainly open to any arrangement that allows us to get the best work done in a way that makes this an attractive project for Hollywood to consider. This project isn’t about me–it is about building a community of artists and fans who want to make the best movie possible. If we manage to create a new model of filmmaking through this process, that would be the ultimate success.”
The Amazing Adventures of Victoria Clarke is the stylish and exciting story of the exploits of a female British agent living undercover in the United States in the 1920s as a struggling Hollywood actress.
Stylistically, Victoria Clarke draws heavily from the world of Steampunk, and its sub-culture Dieselpunk, incorporating technology from World War I and Art Deco design influences. Because Victoria’s backstory is solidly rooted in Victorian London, fanciful technologies, the designs of Edison and Tesla, and the writings of HG Wells and Jules Verne strongly influence both the design aesthetic and story elements. “This project isn’t about me–it is about building a community of artists and fans who want to make the best movie possible. If we manage to create a new model of filmmaking through this process, that would be the ultimate success.”
The filmmakers and their creative partners are planning to create a development package that includes the feature film script, concept art illustrations, set and wardrobe design, and a sizzle reel, all aimed at clearly communicating their creative vision for the movie. If they pass their $15,000 target, they also have plans in place for expanding the package to include additional artwork, animated previsualization, and visual effects tests.