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(Released July 27, 2009)

 

In May of 2009, I stumbled upon the already begun STAR (Space, Time and Reality) animated film contest on BricksInMotion.com.  Before that, I had just begun reading Isaac Asimov’s novel “The End of Eternity”.  From that, a simple idea for a film that would fit the contest’s theme came to.  But I didn’t feel I had the time or energy to make a film by the July 26 deadline.  Then I remembered my friend PWC who I had met on YouTube sharing stop-motion animation tests back and forth.  From our emails, I felt like we shared a similar view of what made for good quality animation and he seemed like the kind of person I could work well with.  So I pitched my story idea to him, and he decided he would help me make the film.  Had he not been able to, “Crisis Reverted” would have simply never been made.

 

With only two and a half months before the deadline, we began working like mad on the film.  I wrote most of the script, and I had such a blast writing it that it just kept growing and growing in size and detail.  Having read a good bit of Asimov lately, I really wanted to follow his lead in creating a fantastic future for humanity that still felt realistic.  By the end of May, we finalized our script, a whopping 15 pages.  The story could essentially be split in two parts: scenes in the 27th century and scenes in the 33rd century.  It made sense then for me to film the dialog heavy 27th century scenes and PWC to film the action 33rd century scenes.  Since the Atlantic Ocean divides me and PWC, it was nice then that the only bricks we absolutely had to have in common were the Cadet who was to be sent from one century to the other.  Even at that, I had to order the Cadet minifig from BrickLink.com so we’d have a matching figure that looked the part.  The two of us voiced most of the characters, and we were on our way.

 

After filming so many more shots in just a few of days than I ever had, I came to realize that we would still not complete the film by the contest deadline.  So we decided we would cut three non-essential scenes from the film, with thoughts that we’d still film them eventually for a “Director’s Cut” of the film.  It was a little painful to cut them, but in retrospect, had we not, we definitely would not have completed the film by the deadline.  The last 2 weeks before it, I was doing post-production work every free moment I had, right up to the day before the deadline.  In fact, I submitted the film only 15 minutes before the deadline, spending the last full day and part of the night on sound design and filming and editing the prologue and the end credits.  Including credits, the film weighed in a substantial 18 minutes, 20 seconds.

 

The film premiered in the live STAR Contest’s Film Festival on the internet on July 26, 2009.  It was very well received by those who hung around to the end of the festival to watch our film which aired last.  We “released” it on YouTube and Vimeo the next day.  On August 15, the contest results were announced and we were so pleased to have placed 3rd out of 22 films, behind The River by Nikolas Jaeger and CYCLIC by David Boddy, two very excellent films.

 

I have to congratulate and thank PWC for his great help and hard work on this film, without which it would not have been made.  And special thanks to my wife and three kids for sharing me with this project.  They are my greatest blessing and my first and foremost audience.

 

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Duration
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Crisis Reverted

Full-length

18:20

Streaming on Vimeo.com
[1500kbps WMV source]

Crisis Reverted
[part 1]

Part 1

7:10

Streaming on YouTube.com
[1000kbps WMV source]

Crisis Reverted
[part 2]

Part 2

4:28

Streaming on YouTube.com
[1000kbps WMV source]

Crisis Reverted
[part 3]

Part 3

7:09

Streaming on YouTube.com
[1000kbps WMV source]

 

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