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    Visionary: Erik Kriek

    Today we would like to introduce one of our ‘visionaries’: artists that are going to contribute to our film project with concept sketches and elaborate artworks.

    Erik Kriek, a comic artist and illustrator from the Netherlands, is the first one, since his new graphic novel “From Beyond and Other Tales” has been released now in Germany and he will be on a signing tour in Bochum, Bonn, Frankfurt, Hannover and Berlin in the next few days.

    You can see a preview of his adaptation of “The Outsider” if you follow this link. Unfortunately there is no English version planned at the moment, but we will keep you informed!


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    Lost in Time and Space

    Well, we had no no luck in the last few weeks: First one of our brand-new hard disk drives decided to get a severe head crush. That wouldn’t have been a problem, since there is a backup drive with exactly the same data on it. At least we thought that. Unfortunately one folder wasn’t mirrored. Recovery attempts all failed. In the end we lost most of the making of material we shot during our recent additional shooting day in the studio. It’s a minor loss, but still very annoying.

    Then another hard disk drive with rendered visual effects layers on it got lost in time and space AKA the German Mail Service. Since the sending VFX artist went into holidays afterwards, it took us almost three weeks to get it back and be able to send it out to the other artist again.

    Apart from this we’re on good track – you will see some beautiful things in a few weeks!


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    Fear of the Unknown

    There are really many crowdfunding platforms. What is yours? What will be ours?
    This question is the reason why we are collecting a lot of information for a good decision.
    Only one thing is certain : We are crowdfunding – because it is the best way to make this movie!

    Therefore, we must dig ourselves through tons of raw data and hundreds of websites. We try to learn as much as possible about what others have experienced as supporters and creators of crowdfunding-campaigns to see what we need to avoid and which essential ideals we should pursue.

    We already have smaller and larger ideas, of what we will offer as rewards. We would be delighted to hear from your own ideas about any reward you would like. Your idea could be the one bringing us closer to successfully financing this movie!

    Mail us your thoughts and experiences.

    info@the-dreamlands.com

    Or just leave a comment.


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    The Green Meadow

    Crane building

    Crane building

    Crane building

    Crane building

    Meeting in the night before

    Meeting in the night before

    We are using state-of-the-art technology ...

    We are using state-of-the-art technology …

    ... the mighty RED EPIC (and some lightsabers)

    … the mighty RED EPIC (and some lightsabers)

    Next morning: Green light

    Next morning: Green light

    Next morning: Green light

    Next morning: Green light

    Final assembling

    Final assembling

    Final assembling

    Final assembling

    Opening the gateway

    Opening the gateway

    Outside: preparations on the costume

    Outside: preparations on the costume

    Outside: preparations on the costume

    Outside: preparations on the costume

    Inside: Last checks and tests

    Inside: Last checks and tests

    Inside: Last checks and tests

    Inside: Last checks and tests

    Inside: Last checks and tests

    Inside: Last checks and tests

    Director Huan Vu looking forward...

    Director Huan Vu looking forward…

    ... to his first ...

    … to his first …

    ... crane shot

    … crane shot

    Upstairs a library

    Upstairs a library

    Downstairs a gate to another world

    Downstairs a gate to another world

    Medienwerkstatt Stuttgart-Neugereut is a municipal media studio for local youths and schools

    Medienwerkstatt Stuttgart-Neugereut is a municipal media studio for local youths and schools

    Makeup work starting

    Makeup work starting

    Makeup work starting

    Makeup work starting

    Makeup work starting

    Makeup work starting

    Balancing

    Balancing

    Starting position

    Starting position

    Checking the distance

    Checking the distance

    Arcane markings

    Arcane markings

    Do cameras dream of sheep in 5K?

    Do cameras dream of sheep in 5K?

    Cleaning the green meadow

    Cleaning the green meadow

    Discussing changes to a costume part

    Discussing changes to a costume part

    Discussing changes to a costume part

    Discussing changes to a costume part

    The Dreamlands Crew

    The Dreamlands Crew

    Daylight workshop

    Daylight workshop

    The other green meadow

    The other green meadow

    Colors and... other stuff

    Colors and… other stuff

    Cooking lunch?

    Cooking lunch?

    Cooking lunch?

    Cooking lunch?

    Good signal

    Good signal

    Final lighting touches

    Final lighting touches

    Final lighting touches

    Final lighting touches

    Building reflections

    Building reflections

    Golden light from the left

    Golden light from the left

    Golden light from the right

    Golden light from the right

    All ready and done for the shooting

    All ready and done for the shooting

    Filling the void

    Filling the void

    Shooting

    Shooting

    Shooting

    Shooting

    Watchers from beyond the wall

    Watchers from beyond the wall

    After a couple of hours: It's a wrap!

    After a couple of hours: It’s a wrap!

    After a couple of hours: It's a wrap!

    After a couple of hours: It’s a wrap!

    That's it! Now it's all up to the post-production team

    That’s it! Now it’s all up to the post-production team


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    The Doom that Came to Neugereut

    Yesterday we gathered in a studio in Stuttgart-Neugereut to shoot the final scene for our preview. It’s a scene we initially planned to create as full CG animation, but we decided to opt for a greenscreen shoot with an actor in full costume instead, since the result could be much better in terms of quality and believability. And it turned out to be true: It’s just a small scene, but it was worth all the effort! Behind the scenes pictures will follow soon!


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    First look

    We made it back to reality – just in time! Today was the deadline for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Los Angeles that will take place this weekend. Among many Lovecraftian short films and movies, that will be screened there, attendees will be able to watch a very first look on our project in form of an excerpt of the full preview that we’re currently working on. Most VFX shots are still unfinished so it’s a rather refrained but also very moody sequence that will have its premiere in San Pedro in a few days.

    The same teaser will also be screened in Stockholm in October at the third H.P. Lovecraft Festival and in Portland, Oregon at Best of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest. We’re very curious about the feedback by Lovecraft fans and hope they will support us on this journey!


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    CthulhuCon

    Last weekend director Huan Vu hosted a film night at German Cthulhu Convention 2013 taking place on Castle Rieneck. After “The Thing on the Doorstep” by Will Severin, the centerpiece of the evening, a short preview sequence of the full Dreamlands trailer was shown to the audience. Ungraded footage, no visual effects, layout sound and temp music only – but it received very positive feedback. And if a small crowd of die-hard Lovecraft fans is loving it, you can really be sure to be on the right path, I guess…


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    Dreamscapes

    We’re proud to present you a new member of our post-production team: Chris Reinfels is a matte painter and has worked at Pixomondo in Stuttgart on “Game of Thrones” (winning an Emmy for Visual Effects) and the big Tom Cruise sci-fi epic “Oblivion”, where he has created the ice canyon together with other artists.

    As you probably have guessed, I cannot show you the painting he is contributing to our teaser trailer, but I can tell you it looks amazing. Stay tuned!


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    Kaleidoscope

    Props in the appartment

    Props in the appartment

    Playing Tetris

    Playing Tetris

    Fits like a glove

    Fits like a glove

    Our shooting location

    Our shooting location

    Cleaning couldn't be avoided

    Cleaning couldn’t be avoided

    Testing a construction

    Testing a construction

    This ain't no candle light diner

    This ain’t no candle light diner

    Brighter boxes

    Brighter boxes

    Patience is a virtue

    Patience is a virtue

    Schedules

    Schedules

    White is the new black

    White is the new black

    Also a good place for a horror film

    Also a good place for a horror film

    First shooting day

    First shooting day

    Godspeed!

    Godspeed!

    Position is everything - Director Huan Vu

    Position is everything – Director Huan Vu

    Image control - Director of Photography Martin Vincent Kolbert

    Image control – Director of Photography Martin Vincent Kolbert

    Supervision - Producer and Lead 3d artist Jan Roth

    Supervision – Producer and Lead 3d artist Jan Roth

    Pulling all levers - Camera assistant Christian Mario Löhr

    Pulling all levers – Camera assistant Christian Mario Löhr

    Daring to dream - Lead actor Scott Chambers

    Daring to dream – Lead actor Scott Chambers

    Back to the Dreamlands - Lead actor Ben Sternberg

    Back to the Dreamlands – Lead actor Ben Sternberg

    Dressing up - Costume designer Hannah Deuss

    Dressing up – Costume designer Hannah Deuss

    Putting the finishing touches - Makeup artist Kristina Pankova

    Putting the finishing touches – Makeup artist Kristina Pankova

    If it doesn't fit, ask him - Production assistant Peter 'Pit' Tillisch

    If it doesn’t fit, ask him – Production assistant Peter ‘Pit’ Tillisch

    Beaming - Gaffer Kevin Wohlmannstetter

    Beaming – Gaffer Kevin Wohlmannstetter

    Levelling and shaking - Production design assistant Denise Kerll

    Levelling and shaking – Production design assistant Denise Kerll

    Witnessing a false sunrise - Gaffer Christopher Caldwell

    Witnessing a false sunrise – Gaffer Christopher Caldwell

    Hearing voices - Sound editor Christian Wiechers

    Hearing voices – Sound editor Christian Wiechers

    Indispensable - Production assistants Ephraim Wörner (left) and Andreas Pagel (right)

    Indispensable – Production assistants Ephraim Wörner (left) and Andreas Pagel (right)

    Preparations

    Preparations

    Preparations

    Preparations

    First shot done!

    First shot done!

    Shooting with the RED camera

    Shooting with the RED camera …

    It's his baby

    … his baby

    Fitting windows

    Fitting windows

    Let the sunlight in

    Let the sunlight in

    Breaking glass

    Breaking glass

    On the dark side

    On the dark side

    Finding the right angle

    Finding the right angle

    New for old

    New for old

    Additional lights

    Additional lights

    Don't try this at home

    Don’t try this at home

    Blackout

    Blackout

    Searching for electricity

    Searching for electricity

    84 and still looking for adventures

    84 and still looking for adventures

    'Well Mr. Vu, could you please repeat and pronounce the name of the god you are supposedly trying to summon?'

    ‘Well Mr. Vu, could you please repeat and pronounce the name of the god you are supposedly trying to summon?’

    That's a wind machine

    That’s a wind machine

    And that's happening if a wind machine is on the set

    And that’s happening if a wind machine is on the set

    Here be VFX

    Here be VFX

    Opening the gate

    Opening the gate

    Seeking warmth

    Seeking warmth

    Even death may die

    Even death may die

    Ready for the final spurt

    Ready for the final spurt

    Change of colour

    Change of colour

    Last adjustments

    Last adjustments

    Observing progress

    Observing progress

    Getting wet for the camera

    Getting wet for the camera

    Storyteller

    Storyteller

    Final moments

    Final moments

    Final moments

    Final moments

    Rich harvest

    Rich harvest

    Shortly before waking up

    Shortly before waking up

    Without sleep but not without dreams - It's a wrap!

    Without sleep but not without dreams – It’s a wrap!

    Back to reality

    Back to reality

    Images © Elisabeth Mochner or © Huan Vu, see filename


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    Beyond the Wall of Sleep

    It’s a wrap! The storm is over, sunlight’s crashing through…

    It has been an exhausting three-days-shoot, but also very rewarding. Loved every minute of it and our thanks go to our awesome crew and our talented cast for embarking on this ship and trusting her captain. Our short journey to the other side went pretty well considering the fact we haven’t shot anything since “Die Farbe” exactly five years ago and that we had to antedate.

    On our first shooting day it didn’t look that well, since we started with a delay of more than three hours due to necessary changes to the production design. Many props came out much too dark in front of the white walls, and since we didn’t expect the contrast to be that strong and unpleasant, we had to re-arrange everything, paint some props and use white cloths to create the mood we were aiming for. In the end our first shooting day took much longer than planned and we couldn’t realize two shots, but since they weren’t that important, we could live with that and were happy to get at least a couple of hours of sleep.

    Unfortunately our second shooting day didn’t start much better. Again we had to face a delay, this time over one hour, due to production design issues. Windows with intact glass were discovered in the house and our production design assistants tried to put them into the window frame of the room we shot in. They had to be fitted and it took some time, but again the outcome was worth it. It looked more natural, no additional VFX work was needed and the actor could touch the glass in one particular shot. Despite the delay we managed to shoot all scheduled shots but one, a complex bluescreen shot, though we managed to go back to one of the two shots from the day before. that had to be omitted. It would have even been possible to reach planned target if there wouldn’t have been a special event that very evening… an event called Champion’s League Final…

    Thus, we had to get that bluescreen shot on our third and last shooting day and the scheduled rest in the remaining time – and we succeeded! One could see that crew and cast grew stronger together from day to day. It’s a pity that everything had to end just when we started to really get to that level. Hope we can continue to push beyond the Wall of Sleep again someday soon!