￼At a Glance
“Rebirth” is an experimental short film by Patryk Kizny, a visual artist recognized for pioneering motion-controlled timelapse cinematography and exploring innovative imaging techniques.
"Rebirth" is the first film ever to pioneer the use of high-end pointcloud data visualizations obtained via laser scanning as a means of expression. Set in an extraordinary decaying church in Zeliszow, Poland (known from a short film "The Chapel", 2010) the film combines art and technology to answer fundamental questions of humanity through a metaphysical story exploring human desire for transcendence and achieving immortality through creation.
The film’s distinctive qualities are based on cross-discipline visual approach, an innovative use of emerging technologies and as such the film has no precedence in the history of visual arts and cinema.
Yet, with this short film Kizny steps far beyond typical visual means such as live action cinematography or time lapse, reaching for such innovative imaging techniques as laser scanning, used for the first time in film as a mean of expression and point cloud-based visuals combined with motion capture or photogrammetry.
A story behind the project
Interior of the temple in Zeliszow, Poland. That's where the story started back in 2010.
Back in 2010 i stumbled upon this amazing abandonned protestant temple in Zeliszow, Poland and have instantly fallen in love with the place. We captured the place in a short film“The Chapel”that has become highly popular in the Internet gathering an audience of over a million viewers.
In fact that was not the end. Rather the opposite - just the beginning. I did not consider the challenge complete. Something was missing. It took me half a year to realize the missing part of the puzzle was human being inside the place and that's how I decided to shoot "Rebirth" - a more refined version of the movie or as you may call it - the sequel.
Irena Lipinska performing dance choreography for Rebirth
As an artist I believe that art and technology can make significant impact on the cultural environment.
Ever since shooting TheChapel I wondered what could be done to help save that place. TheChapel's popularity and viral spread made a big impact not only bringing attention to the film, but also to the place itself.
The project started to grow unexpectedly and engage audiences.
Right after the release of the film invitations to major heritage preservation industry events followed and I presented the film and the story of the place at such events as Spar Europe or DigiDoc in Scotland.
Early, but quite refined ideas of the film were presented in a TEDx Wroclaw talk that I delivered back in 2012.
The film and the place has become highly inspirational and I was pleased to see a non-goverment independent foundation being founded recently to help save the place. The temple is about to get [EDIT: HAS JUST GOT] into the right hands which is the first step to save it.
"The Chapel" was a spark that helped bring initial attention. To save the place requires much more effort and one of the reasons I am producing "Rebirth" is that I believe it will have huge impact on bringing the attention to the place.
One of the results of shooting "The Chapel" is also my interest in laser scanning and contacts I made in the heritage documentation industry. That's how I got to know EKG Baukultur and decided to use laser scanning to document the place and use it in "Rebirth". Yes, you got it right. The temple got scanned.
Producing "The Chapel" took us 2 weeks. Laser scanning and other techniques I wanted to make use of in "Rebirth" resulted in many challenges and that's why the story of the film goes on already for about 2 years of research, trials and work on the film.
Work in progress still from the movie - visualization of the pointcloud data obtained with a laser scanner.
The project has been supported by a vast range of industry professionals, and companies from the VFX, laser scanning, heritage documentation and data processing industries including Autodesk, Alice Labs, Geomagic, Designing Reality or Thinkbox Software.
Through the project we have also established a partnership with CyArk, one of the world leading digital heritage preservation archives. Selected range of media will be included in CyArk online archive and made available to the public along with scanning documentation of the object.
Where we are
That's been already over 2 years. As for now we have completed most of the production and we're highly advanced in post production.
During the shoot of the dance scenes for Rebirth, Nov 2011
What's the goal now
Initially the film was meant to hit the festivals circuit as well as VOD and online paid distribution.
However, in order to maximize the impact I made a decision to do everything that is possible to make the film and all related technical materials released online, free of charge and accessible to everyone.
Releasing the film free of charge will let it spread and spread information about this amazing building and therefore help achieveing the next goal of restoration.
What we need
The film has never got any funding and as the project grew, it required more and more resources to get completed. We need your support to acquire necessary funding for covering the production costs, producing hardcopies and making the release as impactful as possible.
Where the money goes?
- covering production and postproduction costs
- producing physical film copies (Collector's Edition)
- having some budget for promoting the film (premiere, screenings, festival submissions, advertising & marketing, attending events).
- having a basic compensation for artists and contributors
Let's have a look at some scenarios:
We're disappointed. We'll produce small number of copies and send to backers. Film goes online anyways. Our expenses are not covered. No budget for promotions not premiere.
That's still below what's needed. We'll produce small number of copies and send to backers. Film goes online anyways. Our expenses are not covered. No budget for promotions nor premiere.
That's the minimum target to get things on a track w/out losses. Artists are paid, copies produced in the forseen amount. We go online.
That's good. Artists are paid, copies produced in the forseen amount. We go online. We have budget for promoting the film, festival submissions and attending some events. Some budget's left to compose more music and release an extended soundtrack album. We can focus on releasing tutorials and technical stuff and sharing the knowledge gained during the project.
The following is planned assuming the success of the campaign:
- The film will be released online in September on Vimeo, free of charge.
- The Collectioner's Edition will be produced (more below) and shipped to backers. It will also be available at $100.00 price.
- The film will be submitted to a range of festivals around the world.
- The project and film will be presented as widely as possible on conferences and events of various industries worldwide.
Obviously, the "making of Rebirth" minidocumentary as well as additional technical releases explaining the technologies, techniques and workflows used are planned.
The Collector's Edition
A really nicely designed package containing:
- a BluRay disc with a copy of the film and high-end 5.1 sound.
- an Audio CD soundtrack in 2 versions - with film voiceovers and as pure music.
- a DVD with an ultra-high quality digital (file) copy of the film (HD) to play on your computer.
- additional production and making of materials
- a DVD with "The Chapel" and "making of The Chapel" as a bonus.
If campaign is successful and surpasses the goal, we're planning on releasing an extended version of the soundtrack converting a 12-minutes score into an album.
How you can help
You can help by donating any amount of money (every cent counts), pre-puchasing a copy of the film and at last but not least - by spreading a word about the project.
What's also very important, bringing attention of media, professionals and organizations will be crucial for the future success of the project not only helping the film reach the audiences, but also bringing attention to the place.
Spread the word. Share. Help make the change.