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Road to the Oscars for WALLENDA the Short Film!

Our campaign is to raise the final funds for post-production expenses and to screen our film to qualify for consideration for the 2013 Academy Awards.

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Road to the Oscars for WALLENDA the Short Film! is sponsored by SCAD - The University for Creative Careers

The GOAL:

Our campaign is simple – HELP US GET “WALLENDA” INTO CONSIDERATION FOR THE 2013 ACADEMY AWARDS.  :)

In order to be considered for the Best Live Action Short Film category, we need to screen “Wallenda” for 3 days (2 screenings per day) in a Los Angeles theater.  Our Oscar-qualifying screening is scheduled to take place August 28-30, 2012.

Watch the "Wallenda" trailer here:  http://vimeo.com/32929184

The FUNDS:

--  The money we raise here will go to pay for (1) extended licenses and clearances for songs, photos and historical video footage used in our short film, (2) the theater rental, (3) final color correction and (4) the perks we’re offering to all contributors.  If we exceed our goal (WOW!), then we’ll use the funds to help defray costs for future festival expenses (travel, lodging, food, etc). 

 The UPDATE:

--  We’re halfway done with the film festival circuit for “Wallenda” and it's been a great run so far.  Our film won the Golden Crescent Award for Best Film and the Cinebarre Best Short Film Award at this year's Charleston International Film Festival - http://charlestoniff.org/filmmakers-writers/jury-awards/, in addition to the Award for Best Drama at the High Desert Shorts International Film Festival http://www.highdesertshortsiff.com/index.php/en/ , the Best Costume Design and Audience Favorite Award at the FirstGlance Hollywood Film Festival - http://www.firstglancefilms.com/hollywood/awardwinners, and the Master Film Award at the Ollies Animation Festival - http://cinemawithoutborders.com/news-issues/3077-german-animation-films-and-ollies-animation-festival.html.

--  We look forward to participating in a few more festivals this year.  Right now, we’re heading to Tipton, Iowa to screen at the Hardacre Film Festival (Aug. 3-4), and then to Big Bear Lake, CA for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (Sept. 14-16).  We’re still waiting to hear back from about 25 more festivals, which could take us as far away as Uppsala, Sweden and as close as Ojai, CA.

--  We update our festival news regularly on our Facebook page so please check it out.  http://www.facebook.com/RareformPictures?ref=hl

--  If we’re screening in your city, please come out and support the film.  We’d love to meet you and thank you in person for your encouragement and contribution!

TO HELP:

--  Please consider contributing any amount you can!  We have some wonderful perks to give at all contribution levels, so there's sure to be something you'd like or that you can give to that special circus or film lover in your life.

--  Also, please help us to spread the word about our campaign!  Facebook, Tweet and email our link to everyone you know.  The more, the merrier!

The THANKS:

--  We couldn’t have made this film, a true labor of love, without the help and support of our family, friends, and colleagues.  Thanks to the whole team for making “Wallenda” the short film a reality! 

--  Now, let’s go win an OSCAR!!!!  

The HISTORY:

Launched in 2009 by VW Scheich and Uyen Le, RareForm Pictures is a development and production company based in Los Angeles, CA.  The company focuses on telling compelling stories in new and exciting ways.  Combining evocative storytelling with cutting-edge technology, RareForm Pictures strives to immerse its audience in a unique and entertaining world, all the while creating films that people want to watch again and again.

Check out our website: 

http://www.rareformpictures.com/

In fall 2011, RareForm Pictures completed “Wallenda,” a VFX heavy short film that is currently making its way through the 2012 film festival circuit.  The world premiere of “Wallenda” took place on Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Cleveland International Film Festival (March 22-April 1, 2012) in downtown Cleveland, OH.  

The path that RareForm Pictures took to make “Wallenda” was a long and colorful one, involving over 300 artists and almost two years of post-production.  “Wallenda,” set in 1920’s Germany, tells the story of Karl Wallenda's first high wire performance as a young man, years before he became the patriarch of The Flying Wallendas, the internationally famous troupe of high wire walkers known for death-defying feats, such as the seven-person pyramid.

Using Red One cameras, the film was shot entirely against a green screen and all of the backgrounds were created in CG.  The film has three distinctive environments – a German tavern, a circus tent, and an opera house, which were built in 3D.  Due to the ambitious nature of the project, RareForm Pictures spent two years in post production.  The extra time was worth it though, and Team Wallenda is exceptionally proud of the vibrant and unique film that was created.

During the post-production phase of this film, VW (co-writer/director/producer) realized that he would need many artistic hands to help with the various VFX tasks involved in a film containing over 250 CG shots, tasks such as modeling, rotoing, keying, lighting, texturing, rigging, matte painting, compositing, and digital animation.  In conjunction with the Arts Work Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, RareForm Pictures developed an artist-in-residence program centered around “Wallenda” and provided continuous educational opportunities and hands-on experience for student and junior artists.

VW recruited students from the following local art schools - Art Institute Santa Monica, Art Institute San Bernardino, Otis School of Design, Art Center of Pasadena, California State University Northridge, Santa Monica College, and Gnomon School of Visual Effects - and matched them with various CG and stereoscopic 3D tasks according to personal preferences and skill levels.  With the help of Gresham Lochner and Kevin Williams (VFX post producers), Shawn Hull (Art Director), and other senior artists, the junior artists received crucial supervision, mentoring, and feedback in order to hone their skills and find gainful employment as CG artists in the entertainment industry.  After their “Wallenda” experience, many junior artists found work at prominent VFX houses, including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sassoon Film Design, Stereo D, 9K9, and West Wing Studios. 

The LESSON:

This film was an exciting learning experience for all involved.  “Wallenda” the short film taught everyone to push themselves and take risks to accomplish a dream in which we all believed, precisely in the indomitable spirit of Karl Wallenda. 

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