A Steampunk Western

Post-Production Update

Greetings, everyone!

I realize it’s been a couple of months since our last update, but we haven’t been idle. A lot is happening behind the scenes to make C&E shine… Color is being tweaked, our sound designer is going to work, and everything is FX, FX, FX.

Every day, some piece of work-in-progress FX video rolls in, like this awesome full-color test of the Temporal Engine powering up:

I know this seems like a slow process, but to be clear, there are several hundred VFX shots in Cowboys & Engines, and we’re still a low-budget film. We don’t have a 60-person CG crew working in shifts.

HOWEVER, we do have a new deadline, and one we think is going to stick: We plan (fingers crossed) on having the film finished by mid-July. In fact, we’ve asked ComicCon to give us a Cowboys & Engines panel, and if that happens, we’ll be screening the opening scene there for the first time anywhere.

That’s all the news. Keep an eye on this space for more updates about the film, the premiere, festivals, rewards fulfillment, etc.

We’re on our way to Mars!

Post-Production Update

Howdy, all.

Just a quick update on where things stand with C&E. The film is edited (barring any tiny tweaking), and the Visual FX are fully underway. We knew this was going to be a huge undertaking, and we’ll get it done, but without a big-budget Hollywood team of hundreds, the process is slow.

Once final color and FX are finished, sound design and music get added, then we begin arranging screenings and pressing discs.

As our own Richard Hatch likes to say, Keep the Faith! We certainly haven’t forgotten about you. The Steampunk Western you wanted is coming soon!

Post-Production for the Holidays

We apologize that it’s been so quiet around here lately. Everyone involved with the project has been positively buried, but that’s a good thing, right?

As most of you know, we launched a second successful Kickstarter at the beginning of September to finance an expansion of the film. As a result, we’ve added scenes to the film we couldn’t originally afford to shoot.

The good news is everyone from the first Kickstarter campaign is getting a bigger, better, expanding movie. The bad news is, this pushed all of our delivery dates back until March of next year.

We’re in post-production right now, with tons of effects work being the primary focus. The final film should be a truly amazing piece of work.

As we get closer, we’ll try to post a few teases of what you have to look forward to. In the meantime, and Richard Hatch likes to say, we’re keeping the faith!

  • photo from Tumblr

    This shows why color-grading is so vital to post production. We shot Cowboys & Engines on the Red Epic, which produces a very washed-out image, and has issues reproducing blacks.

    Given the work of a proper colorist, though, the final result has Richard Hatch & Libby Letlow looking amazing.

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