An Update on Special Effects

By September 1, 2015Production Updates
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Greetings Recursion Theorem fans!

It’s been a while since our last update on the film! Read on to find out why, where the project stands, as well as what to expect in the coming weeks! 

As you might recall, we reached a semi-final edit of the film in December, and moved into the scoring and special effects phases of post production. Our composer, Christian Hessler, continues to refine and shape the score, working with our director’s vision for the look, feel and sounds of the film. We recently posted a video from Christian with a peek of the music in progress on our Twitter and Facebook pages — please follow our social media sites and spread the word! We’ve made a lot of progress on the score and will continue to refine it over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, the special effects work required for the film was more demanding than we originally anticipated. It became clear that in order to complete the film in a reasonable timeframe, we had to hire an outside team… and spend more money. Fortunately, a few primary investors helped cover part of the additional costs — allowing us to hire Buzzbox, a small visual FX company located in Wales. They’ve been working with us for three weeks, already completing one of two complex visual FX sequences in the film! We anticipate another 3-4 weeks to complete the second sequence. 

In addition, there are a number of shots requiring matte paintings/set extensions with some rotoscope work (look for a feature on our website detailing this process soon). We are currently hiring additional artists to complete these more simple tasks within the same timeframe as the more demanding sequences.

So the FX are finally moving along, but there is still a lot to be done — including audio processing, sound effects, credit sequences, and color grading. We’re optimistically aiming to finish the film by late November! Of course, this target date is subject to change, but we are working very hard to wrap up the film.

With the end in site, you can help in two ways:

  • It’s time to get the word out about our film. We will now post regular updates to our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Join us on social media, and help spread the word! 
  • Although the initial fundraising stage is over, we need your help to cover the increased costs of post-production. Visit our store page to order Recursion Theorem T-Shirts and Posters, or donate directly! 

Thank you again for being such an important part of our team. We look forward to completing this film with you and for you!

The Recursion Theorem Team

One Comment

  • Thomas Luca says:

    Hi Ben, I think what you are doing is wonderful! Really, the whole team has done a great job on this and the fact that it is something of an homage to the great Rod Serling and Twilight Zone is awesome, I’m a fan as well. I want to thank you for posting this because I’m gearing up to have several pictures made and I will be facing similar circumstances with location or space to build sets. I particularly found your solution of finding a local warehouse as your answer, what a fantastic idea! I like your work. Hey listen, if you’re ever in New Jersey, look me up and we’ll collaborate on something.

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