Nightcast video diary
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 5:11pm
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Though they may have been quiet since the last Nightcast concept test video, NoControl Cinema have certainly not been idling, with development on their first major feature film still progressing. We recently caught up with director Marco Von Moos, aka Sollthar, to find out all the latest news.Click here to view the video diary!
Taking a lead from Peter Jackson, NCC are going to be producing regular video diaries that chart the project over the months, charting the highs and lows of a complex film production as it happens. The first installment is available for download now, offering an introduction to the project and key players.
It's been fifteen months since preproduction began, with the focus being on the script, location scouting, planning and casting. Progress is good, with strong reactions to the script driving the project forwards. "We have a database filled with actors and we already have a selection which we'll choose the final actors from," says Marco. "All of the actors are professionals and some of them are well known in Germany and Switzerland."
While pre-production was continuing apace, financing the project proved to be much more difficult. "Our original production partners, who should have enabled us to work with a budget suitable for the film, turned out to be unreliable and we are no longer working with them."
Finding the funds
Since parting company with the previous financiers, NCC have been looking to raise the film's budget from other sources. Their efforts have not gone unrewarded, but the film still requires an additional $20,000 before going into full production. "We had to do a completely new budget plan and try to raise the money ourselves," says Marco calmly. "Some has been acquired through hard work of our team and small investments from companies who assist and support us." NCC don't give up easily - one way or another, they'll get the film made.
If you're interested in helping the team, you can donate to the production funds over at the Nightcast website. "We've put every penny we have in the film and still need a lot. If people would be willing to help us out, we would be most grateful. Depending on how much money one donates, you can get a free DVD once the film is out, or an actual screen credit."
Click here to go to the Nightcast website!
Fighting the revolution
Increasing the challenge is the lack of local support in Switzerland, not a country accustomed to ambitious special effects blockbusters. "It is something that has never been done here," explains Marco, "so the media are interested in what we do. However, production people and distributers are very sceptical about whether we're able to pull it off."
As Marco puts it, it is an "NCC vs the world" situation. "We are mostly alone and have to prove to everyone that we can do it," he says, as determined as ever.
Even if it feels like it during the difficult times, though, NCC doesn't stand alone - the whole of FXhome is right behind Marco and the team. When the box office queues begin to form, FXhomers will be the first in line.
NCC vs the world? We know who we're betting on.
CGI car models
The CG city
Digital double work-in-progress
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 5:16pm
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I can't wait...looks
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 6:12pm
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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 7:07pm
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Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 9:58pm
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Is FXHome getting a copy of it in the cinema, or will we have to purchase the DVD?
I hope we get an FXHome copy, but... I totally understand if Mr. von Moos wishes this film to be totally marketed. Looks great, so... I think I speak for everyone here when I say he's earned it.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 10:09pm
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he hasnt been posting in this forum in a long time
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 11:14pm
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A Pickle wrote:Is FXHome getting a copy of it in the cinema, or will we have to purchase the DVD?
Nightcast is intended for a full theatrical release, so I doubt it'll be showing up in the FXhome cinema. Maybe we'll get a trailer though.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 11:38pm
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whooo! American dvd in 2008! vote sollthar!
Posted: Wed, 23rd Mar 2005, 11:43pm
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Wow, look where he started, and now.... Very cool, looking much forward to it.
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 12:57am
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Best of luck Marco, if you can get this done Im sure financing your next project wount be such hard work. Well I already have money put aside for the dvd hopefully it will come a bit sooner than 2008.
Good read Tarn as always.
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 2:22am
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Can't wait. It looks real cool. Good luck.
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 4:05am
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Wow! Looks nice! Any chance, I'll be able to get my hands on any of those 3D Models?
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 11:16am
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awsome, everything looks great about this.
When does shooting begin? You surly need some PAs don't you?
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 1:56pm
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Tarn wrote:Nightcast is intended for a full theatrical release, so I doubt it'll be showing up in the FXhome cinema. Maybe we'll get a trailer though.
I dunno. That's just darn spiffy, that an FX Home chap made it to the silver screen. Woot.
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 3:28pm
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Very nice...getting me more interested in this film, Sollthar.
You still remind me alot of Alfred Molina...except for, you know, the accent.
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 3:37pm
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Sollthar, very very nice man. You keep on pushing your limits and thats what makes you so talented. The diary was very cool and interesting. Best of luck with the rest of production. What does full theatrical release fully mean? Does that mean like a theater near me or no?
Posted: Thu, 24th Mar 2005, 5:33pm
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Really really impressive. I can't say more than that without beginning to drool.
Well done NCC and keep fighting towards production.
Posted: Fri, 25th Mar 2005, 8:37am
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Thanks for the supportive words all!
We won't give up so fast and try hard to get the film as good as possible.
The final film won't make it's way to the fxhome cinema, no. It is aintended for a theatrical release. What that means is, that we're trying to get the film distributed into as many cinemas as we can. Obviously, we can foresee how far this distribution will go outside switzerland. That will be determined once the film is done and is the decision of the distributor, not ours.
We'll hope the best.
Posted: Fri, 25th Mar 2005, 12:47pm
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Do you think it'll make it to the U.S.?
If not, their will be a DVD, right?
Posted: Fri, 25th Mar 2005, 10:11pm
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There'll definatgely be a DVD
if it makes it to the US or not, I can't say. :I
Posted: Fri, 25th Mar 2005, 10:39pm
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You are going to face a lot of problem and especially when the film will be finished.
I think we are all here to support you !
I wish you all the best man, you deserve it !
Posted: Fri, 25th Mar 2005, 10:48pm
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This is awesome stuff. Very inspriring.
Posted: Sat, 26th Mar 2005, 9:40pm
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Looking very cool, and as Aculag said, inspiring. My best wishes to you on completeing and distributing this film. If I could I would invest alot into this.
Posted: Sun, 27th Mar 2005, 4:52pm
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*bows down* Looks awesome sollthar i know for a fact you deffinately have me excited to see it and by the looks of things a lot of other people. Keep going buddy.
Posted: Mon, 4th Apr 2005, 12:08pm
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Sollthar, like so many others since first viewing the concept trailer for Nightcast, I’ve been following the project with great interest. And now with the big success of “Sin City” I would think that a nice ground work has been laid for a grass roots effort such as this one to take hold.
If you guys resigned yourself to initially release the film yourselves, I think you might just be able to raise that $20,000 in DVD pre-sales. The project could still be your breakout vehicle and you’d still be able to sell it outright to another company for distribution.
I’m just thinking out loud. I know at least one forum member that would send your $20 today for a dvd. I’ll bet there are a 1000 more on this site who’d buy on faith based on your previous work.
Best of luck to you all. I’m so looking forward to seeing this film when it’s done!
Posted: Wed, 6th Apr 2005, 10:07pm
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Thank you Greybro. Raising the money is always the most difficult part in a film. I'm confident that we'll manage it somehow, even though I have no idea how yet...
And just as an info for those still following: The next diary is online.
Posted: Thu, 21st Apr 2005, 6:56am
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wow i cant wait till this project os up and running!! i was just woundering.....were did you learn to model and do stuff in cinema 4d. the 3d looks great. i wish i could do stuff that good in 4d!!
Posted: Thu, 21st Apr 2005, 10:18am
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Thanks a lot!
I learned it by trying. I am still learning it. There is lots of things I still cant do.
Posted: Thu, 21st Apr 2005, 7:22pm
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Still, your CG work is INCREDIBLE, i like the video diaries
Posted: Wed, 27th Apr 2005, 1:22am
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texturing is awsome as well. Looks photo-realistic. I'm assuming you took several pictures of the actor (you some one else) and just photoshoped it to get the skin you needed?
Also, does Cinema 4D support shaders?
Posted: Wed, 27th Apr 2005, 8:14am
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Yeah, I took 12 high res pictures of the actor and turned these into textures.
Cinema4D does support shaders, yes.