Kickstart This: Spectacular Sci-Fi 'Sundays' + A Calvin & Hobbes Doc
by Ben Pearson
July 5, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects around the web that need your help to become a reality. This week we've got three cool projects we want to spotlight here: a science fiction movie with incredible concept art called Sundays; a documentary about Calvin & Hobbes called Dear Mr. Watterson; and a call to action to fund some writing from a good friend of ours. Take a look at these projects, sound off in the comments below, and don't forget to toss these filmmakers (and writer) a few bucks if you can. Check ’em out below!
Sundays is without question one of the most impressive projects I've ever seen on Kickstarter. If you're even remotely interested in sci-fi, this project is a must-watch. It deals with the relatively common theme of "singularity", but this looks like an absolutely original concept with insanely gorgeous visuals. The technical prowess of this team is extremely impressive, and seeing their jaw-dropping concept art has me really stoked to see what kind of product they can create here. The production design alone will be a huge undertaking, since the majority of the movie takes place 50,000 years into the future, but they've got ideas on how society will evolve that I've never seen explored elsewhere, which is always reason to celebrate.
For more information about Sundays, or to help support the film, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Mischa Rozema is looking to secure $50,000 by July 20th, and as of this writing he's about halfway there. Donate if you can!
"Calvin's like the kid you want to be, even if you're a 300 pound black kid. You still want to be Calvin." If you've ever read the comics section of the Sunday paper, you're likely familiar with Calvin & Hobbes, Bill Watterson's excellent comic strip about a boy and his friendship with his stuffed tiger. Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary that aims to shine a light on the cultural impact of the series, featuring interviews with other comic strip creators and regular people alike who have been affected by the legacy of Calvin & Hobbes. The final project will be about 90 minutes when it's completed, and you can take a look at this pitch video below right now:
For more information about Dear Mr. Watterson, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. The project has already reached its goal, but it's still worth supporting to help them make as high quality a film as possible, especially if you're a fan of the beloved comic strip.
If you aren't a regular reader of critic Eric D. Snider, you should rectify that immediately. He's a writer for Film.com, Movies.com, and other outlets, he hosts a movie podcast called Movie B.S., and he's been a guest on FS's own Golden Briefcast podcast a couple of times as well as my own Not Just New Movies Podcast multiple times too. He's been writing a pretty great column called "Snide Remarks" (get it?) for years, and unfortunately, none of his employers can afford to pay him to write it any longer. But that's where we come in. If you're so inclined to read these clever writings in the future, Snider is hosting a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for 50 more entries in the series, which will run from September 2012 through the end of 2013. He doesn't have a pitch video, but he really doesn't need one - his writing speaks for itself.
For more on 50 More 'Snide Remarks', or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Eric is hoping to reach his $6,000 goal by July 20th. You'd be doing a good deed if you took the money you were going to spend on seeing The Dark Knight Rises a second time on opening day and put it towards this.
That's it for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're always looking for more feedback from you guys, so leave us some comments with your thoughts on each of these projects below. Plus, my personal inbox remains open, so if you come across something you'd like to see as a featured project in this column in the future, fire an e-mail my way at BenPears85@gmail.com and hopefully we can give it the push it needs to thrive. As always, thanks for supporting these projects, because these filmmakers (and writer, in this case) couldn't make them without your help. For a Kickstart This archive and projects we've featured, visit here.
LOVE Calvin & Hobbes! Still have my books from when I was in grade school. Can't wait to see that!
grimjob on Jul 5, 2012
Me too Grim, I remember devouring those books as a teenager, he created magic on a page. Also kindo like the fact he never merchandised his work. I've only heard little bits and pieces about Bill's life, he was quite a private person so just to hear a little about who he was would be great to check oot.
Carpola on Jul 6, 2012
I just backed my first project (Sundays). I like these "Kickstart This" posts.
Snev De la Fontaine on Jul 6, 2012
I hope Dear Mr. Watterson gets off the ground soon. I've been following it on Facebook for a couple years now.
Scotty97 on Jul 6, 2012
I hate sounding like a downer, but "Sundays" seems like another Special FX Demo reel posing as a movie. The guy seems very talented, and a great designer, but why can't people like him just admit that they can't write and pair up with an experienced writer? During that entire film he spoke only one vague sentence about a story, but kept saying he had a great story. This is why Hollywood keeps remaking things, and making garbage like "Battleship." No one actually wants to sit down and learn what it takes to be a writer.
Greedo on Jul 6, 2012
You kind of nailed it.
Jeffrey Lamar on Jul 8, 2012
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