I.M.P.S. The Relentless (www.impstherelentless.com) is an internet based production that follows the adventures of the heavy carrier Relentless and her crew as they patrol the galaxy.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE FOR THE PRODUCTION SO FAR?
Pete Evans has been creating visual effects (VFX) for this production for twelve years as a "labor of love". In that time Pete has completed 98% of the VFX for the first 3 Chapters entirely on his own, in his spare time.
The first two Chapters are complete and can be seen for free at www.impstherelentless.com, and on youtube. Chapter 3 in the series is tentatively scheduled to be completed by early spring, 2013. Pete is currently finishing up the last few shots, and then they will be handed over to the editorial team.
There are still 4 Chapters to go, but with your help, we can drastically reduce the time it will take to create the VFX that make this production what it is.
WHY DO AN INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN?
Creating VFX is demanding, time consuming work. It would be nice if there was a "make it cool" button that makes it happen quickly, but sadly, that has not been created yet. Instead, we must use proper application of our skills and technology to create VFX. It's a detailed, artistic endeavor that takes know-how, resources and time. Lots and lots of time.
Since Pete began his journey with I.M.P.S., it has taken an average of four years to complete each of the first 3 Chapters in the series. Like the other members of the I.M.P.S. production team, Pete's VFX are done without compensation - just for the love of it.
Unfortunately, love alone doesn't keep the lights on and the computers running, and working a full time job leaves little spare time to work on I.M.P.S. That's the main reason why it has taken 12 years to complete VFX for just 3 Chapters of the series.
Another reason it has taken so long to complete just 3 Chapters is that Pete has been trying to tackle this huge task by himself.
It's true that good help is hard to find, but after 12 years of searching someone who has the same sense of dedication to the project has finally materialized - Justin Greiner, a former Navy submariner turned VFX wizard. Welcome aboard, Justin! Justin brings with him an arsenal of VFX know-how, and in conjuction with Pete, will undoubtedly be a major force in assuring that Chapter 4 VFX get done right and in the shortest time possible.
As passionate as we are about the production, our dream is to see the series completed well before the year 2024. And our guess is the fans would like that, too. Your contribution can help make that dream a reality!
I LOVE I.M.P.S.! HOW CAN I HELP?
Many of you have asked, "how can I help"? Well, thanks to IndieGoGo, your contribution will dramatically shorten VFX production time. No more waiting for years between Chapter releases!
Your generosity will enable the VFX artists to devote their time, effort and skills to the VFX for Chapter 4 - and complete them all within a time frame of approximately four to five months.
GREAT PERKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
As a thank you for your contribution, we've come up with some great perks that we think you'll enjoy. How many people do you know who have a fighter pilot character named after them? There's also a first-of-its-kind I.M.P.S. VFX Crew patch, and two variations of a collectible challenge coin. And everyone who contributes will get a personal "Thank You" from the VFX artists on the I.M.P.S. Facebook page.
THE BEST FANS EVER!
At this point we want to say "Thank You" to all the fans who have been so patient and stuck by us as we work our way through production. You are the "why" in this equation, and we love that you love I.M.P.S. as much as we do.
WHAT ARE THE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR?
Your contributions will go towards:
Enabling the VFX artists to devote their time to completing the project. Your contributions will make it possible for Pete and Justin to keep a roof over their heads and the electricity flowing as they devote their time, effort, and skill to creating VFX for Chapter 4. This will equate to approximately 58% of contributions.
New hardware purchases. Acquiring two dedicated render machines will enable the VFX artists to continue creating while shots are being rendered. These render machines will reduce production time significantly. Hardware purchases will equate to approximately 6% of contributions.
Software purchases. We are in need of the current Newtek Lightwave 11 update which costs $700. Software purchases will equate to approximately 1.5% of contributions.
Other necessities. Three things will be covered with this portion of contributions: bringing on other VFX artists on a limited basis for specific creations; the purchase of any additional hardware or software as needed; the cost of producing the perks. We estimate 21.5% for additional artists, hardware, and software, and 6% for acquiring perks. These other necessities will equate to approximately 27.5% of contributions.
IndieGoGo fees & Paypal/credit card processing fees. This will vary depending on the campaign's success. When we reach the Campaign Goal of $50,000 IndieGoGo charges a 4% fee. There is also a 3% fee for credit card/Paypal processing. Total fees will be 7%, meaning the first $3,500.00 of the Goal will go towards Campaign fees. Should the Campaign Goal not be reached, well...the fees go up dramatically and we'd rather not go there.We know the Campaign Goal can be reached because I.M.P.S. has the greatest, most dedicated fans on Earth!
The time frame for this effort will be four to five months, starting mid-January 2013. Your contributions will pave the way to completing all VFX for Chapter 4 of I.M.P.S. The Relentless by no later than the end of June, 2013.
Once the VFX are completed they are sent to the editing team to be incorporated into the Chapter. While the VFX crew has no control over how quickly the editors work, the fact is the editors are usually waiting for VFX to be completed. That said, we are certain the editors will do their part in a timely manner.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT I.M.P.S.?
Please contribute to the I.M.P.S. Chapter 4 VFX IndieGoGo Campaign today!
Thank you from the VFX Crew, Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year to all!
Team on This Campaign:
VFX Supervisor - IMPS: The Relentless