So in the last post I gave a link to 10 fan-made lightsaber fights, two of which are Ryan vs. Dorkman, some really exemplary examples of visual effects and choreography on a shoe-string budget [check out the videos at the bottom of the post]. Feeling compelled after watching those videos again, I did some research on one of the creators, Michael “Dorkman” Scott, who is currently working in LA as a visual effects artist. He’s had a hand in the creation of Night at the Museum 2, as well as the recent hit, Alice in Wonderland. He’s also a fledgling filmmaker, having compiled a few shorts he’s since put on his YouTube Channel.
Now he’s looking to make his first feature film, but has been having some trouble getting studios to give him a break into the business – they’re interested in looking at his work once he’s made a name for himself, but he needs to get a foot in, and he’s got a plan. He set up a Kickstarter page, which allows him to create a cause and accept donations. He’s trying to raise $60,000 by May 10th. If he doesn’t hit his goal by then you won’t have to pay a dime – if he does make the money, he intends to expand this short film he did, entitled Kung Fu Red:
Here’s his Youtube request for funds:
I’m personally behind him because I can see the exceptional quality of his amateur work, and it’d be nice to say I’d contributed (in some small way) to an advancing career. I’ve donated myself and encourage you to as well, the minimum donation is five dollars (the more you donate the more credit you’ll get) – help make a dream (and a birthday wish) come true!
Ryan vs. Dorkman
Ryan vs. Dorkman II