Welcome to the trailer for Miss Wisenheimer and the Aliens, a forthcoming movie about humanity's golden age in the universe, when energy is plentiful and clean, space travel is as easy as opening a window, and no one has ever discovered an alien intelligence. But this trailer is just pretending to be for a finished movie. It is actually a device to help us raise the dosh for the full-length production.
MWATA will blow your mind. It's exciting and funny, but mostly it's going to make you realize how amazing the universe is and inspire you to dream about what other gobsmacking things are out in the cosmos. And on top of all that, it's about two really cool characters who obviously love each other but don't know it. Oh, and the technobabble is beyond Star Trek TNG genius. This is great science fiction for people who actually like to have science in their sci-fi.
The images are striking, the writing is brilliant, the acting superb, the direction inspired, the music dynamic, and the ending supremely surprising. You will love this movie (when it's finished!).
We spent two years producing the trailer, and that was after two years of production development. It will take another year and a half to complete the full-lenth film. I (Hal Dace, the director) have over thirty years experience in the film and television industry. It was my experience that helped me decide that the trailer was for developing the workflow and troubleshooting as well as hoping to impress our audience. We believe we have solved all the potential problems, but of course, we are humans (not aliens!) and it is always possible something might come up. The one problem we're still working on solving is ensuring the mocap translation process is smooth. At the moment the characters' motion is a little clunky at times. We're confident that we've found ways to solve this.
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments. Our production company is called Epistrophy Pictures. If you are interested in being a part of this production you may also find out more by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. If interested you can request a copy of the screenplay and budget.
I did most of the work on this film myself, but I also did get a lot of help from various lovely people. I wrote the original story but Lancer Kind co-wrote the screenplay with me. He deserves most of the credit for the brilliant script that resulted. I played Harold Babbage’s voice and all of the mocap performances. Here are the other voices: Elena Kolkutova is Zipporah Weisenbaum, David Barnard is Rosh, LaToy Burrell is Deborah, and Bob Fleener is the narrator (we’re hoping he’ll play a character in the feature too). I did most of the film production work but my wife Helena Liu also helped as a producer and technician. Rob de Wit helped out with some of the modelling.
A huge contribution, of course, is the music by Jazz Passengers. I’m very much hoping they’ll be composing and performing the music for the feature, but the current soundtrack is taken from some of my favorite album tracks by them.
Software & hardware used: LightWave 3D, Octane (4 Nvidia GPU's), iPi Mocap Studio, Rhiggit!, Optitrack/Motive, Softimage Face Robot, Terragen, Final Cut Pro, and Audacity.
I am not “monetizing” this short film on YouTube, so I am not earning any money from it. If you see a commercial before you watch it, that income is only going to YouTube, not me. (It's also possible The Jazz Passengers are receiving money which would only be right.)
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Visit again in a few weeks and it will tell more about the MWATA production.
What is epistrophy? It has been described as, "A composition that works toward every note being at once improvisational and intentional." Films are more like symphonies than jazz improvisations, and that's what's wrong with them. --Hal Dace
See Hal Dace's page on imdb.com
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