"Sonic" is a non-profit 10-20 minute short fan film based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" video game franchise that will be available free to download and watch. This short film will implement various elements of the Sonic mythology ranging from the cartoons, comics, and, most importantly, the video games. The film will be a live action piece mainly focusing on the first 3 SEGA Genesis games of the series; in terms of tone, action, and plot. The film will be shot over the course of Fall/Winter 2010 with selective days in early 2011. The shoot will be a 6 day venture at various locations in various conditions. The 5 day shoot will also include special effects photography and aerial filming. There is no formal release date but we hope to have the final product premiere at the 2011 ScrewAttack Gaming Convention and to go online shortly after; however this is not a promise or a guarantee. The film's release will be announced upon completion of the film.
The character of "Sonic the Hedgehog" will be a complete CGI character and the film will be a hybrid of both live action and completely computer generated environments and action sequences. Various familiar enemies from the franchise will be featured and the CGI Sonic has been designed to be as faithful to his original design as possible while adding subtle touches to make the character more detailed.
The film could easily go in a series of directions; to being as dark and realistic as "The Dark Knight" or as lighthearted and colorful as "Speed Racer". Neither is our intention. We want to go in the direction of "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Die Hard", or any Spielberg/Abrams action picture film. The goal is to have a fast paced, action adventure film that takes itself seriously yet is willing to have fun without being cheesy or corny. We want this fan film to capture a fun and excitement that the original Genesis series made us feel and still make us free. There's no denying that those games still hold up to this very day.
Our goal is to make a live action Sonic film that can work while being extremely entertaining and enjoyable to all fans. We want to share our take and vision of Sonic's world with other fans. As huge Sonic fans, we want to make a film that is faithful to the character of Sonic while creating a story that fits with who he is and what is goals are. The film is being made as a short that could lead into a series of shorts of even a feature film but as of now, we just want to make one amazing short film that does justice to Sonic the Hedgehog,
Jaleel White as the Voice of "Sonic"
As of early October, we have officially signed Jaleel White to voice to do the voice of the titular character, "Sonic the Hedgehog". Jaleel White first entered the public eye as Steve Urkel in the TV sitcom. "Family Matters" and since then, he has been in various feature films and has also entered voice acting. One of his most popular voice acting roles was as Sonic the Hedgehog in various cartoon adaptations. He is widely known by fans as THE voice of Sonic; as we do. Thus, we want Jaleel’s involvement on this.
We firmly believe that to make the project more legit and truth to our fandom, his involvement is key. We are extremely happy to have him involved and thank him and his representatives for being supportive and helpful.
About the Director:
Eddie Lebron started film directing as a full blown career in 2006 after nearly 10 years of making various home movies ranging from all genres. His first feature; "Ghostbusters: Generation", was a fan film rendition of what "Ghostbusters 3" could be. The film has remained unreleased but from the experience, Eddie developed his skill and craft in all areas of film making. After enrolling into The School of Visual Arts, Eddie took on larger endeavors in an effort to get more experience. He currently works throughout the east coast film industry; primarily in New York City as a cinematographer and camera/editorial technician. He is mostly known for his feature length "MegaMan" fan film which has received over 430,000 views as of October 2010 (since it's May 7th release). Aside from fan films, many of Eddie's original films have seen success on the festival circuit and have received critical acclaim ranging from fellow film makers to industry professional. "Sonic" marks his last fan film and one of many dream fan films he has had since youth. Eddie Lebron is an avid retro gamer who enjoys gaming on his down time; especially classics. Coincidentally, Sonic 3 and Knuckles has been his favorite video game since 1995 (although he is also a hardcore MegaMan fan).
Eddie is current one of three partners of the production company "SollarSystems Studios", along with his producers David and Daniel Horowitz.
There are 3 ways to help:
1.) Donate to the production. This is STRICTLY voluntary, not mandatory. Whether we get donations or not will not effect us doing the film or being able to complete it. Donations, will however, allow us to fund the various aspects of the product. As of now, everything is out of pocket with no intentions of profiting. In fact, our budget is structured around the idea that we won't receive a single donations, however, we want to offer this opportunity to people out there who want to get more involved in the process. The reason to open a donation drive was to get fans actively involved in the process of making this film and allow all fans to be able to say they were a part of this. In addition, the film being paid out of pocket on this venture and it would be extremely helpful if we have extra funds so that EVERY aspect of the production is covered from cameras, props, and music to actors and visual effects. Every dollar will help in making sure we can keep the vision we have for this major feat. Last thing we want is to be cut short because of unforeseen production issues so every bit of security is important.
The perks to donating are the following:
LEVEL 1 - $1.00 - 5.00
Contributor credit in the film. Plus you have access to the first post on the blog.
LEVEL 2 - $5.01 - $15.00
Contributor credit in the film and access to up-to-date concept art, visual effects test, behind the scenes video, and be the first to be stills from the film before anyone else. In addition, provide input on the process and help us shape the various aspects of the film to fit what fans would like to see. All concept art, visual effects test, etc will be uploaded on a weekly bases and will be viewable only to contributors that donated.
NOTE: ALL concept art, visual effects test, etc WILL be publicly available 28 days after they are uploaded for contributors. We just want to offer those that donate more bang for their buck.
LEVEL 3 - $15.01 - $150.00
Get a free DVD copy of "The Short Films of Eddie Lebron Vol. 1" (2009-2010) which features 4 shorts directed by Eddie Lebron, some of which are publicly unreleased. DVD includes a commentary for each film by Eddie Lebron and a introduction video (trailer for the DVD can be seen below). A PDF version of the collectible book containing all art. All above perks included.
LEVEL 4 - $150.01 - $500.00
Associate Producer Credit. All above perks included. Plus a PDF version of the collectible book containing all art.
LEVEL 5 - $500.01 - $650.00
Producer credit on the film and talk directly to Eddie Lebron and his partners. You will read the script and provide feedback on it and discuss with us your thoughts on multiple aspects of the project until it's completion. Your suggestions will be taken into consideration. In addition, your name will appear on all promotional materials and posters. You will also see the working cut of film before it's prepped for release (of which only the Director and Producers will see). Plus a collectible book containing all art, concept and otherwise. Including the script and more. All above perks includes.
Note: Non-disclosure agreement will apply. You WILL see things no one else will aside from the Director and two Executive Producers. Additionally, all ideas and suggestions are at the approval of the Director and Producers. They are not guaranteed.
GOLD - $650.01 and above
All the above perks included with the addition of having name on all promotional material as "Producer". Plus a collectible book containing all art, concept and otherwise. Including the script and more. All above perks includes.
Make an donation and an account with the site and you will get instant access to all the content immediately.
Information on the DVD and it's release date will be e-mailed to all donators November 1st along with a trailer for the DVD. The DVD will include the following shorts:
"Tegan Rei"- Sci-Fi Action
"Project: Linda"- Drama
"Living Memory"- Drama
2.) Offer a service:
You good with 3D effects? Audio post-production? Matte painter or illustrations! We currently have all the 2D and 3D resources we need but the more help we have, the faster we can complete the film! We welcome:
-2D animators and illustrators willing to help with making animatics for the 3D team when it comes to the action sequences. If we are dealing with a hedgehog that can run hundreds of miles an hour, you KNOW want those action sequences to blow mind!
-Sound designers who want to help add a nice flare to the soundtrack.
-3D animators/modelers/compositors that want to help make our action sequences come to life. More importantly; making Sonic come to life without losing his essence and iconic character.
3.) Spread the word:
Just tell people about us and watch the film once released! After all, all we really want is for fans like us to watch the film and have a fun time whiling doing so. it's a short fan film. If you have 10-15 minutes to kill and want to see what the film has to offer, give it a watch! most importantly, TELL US WHAT YOU THINK. We welcome all criticisms and thoughts.
Ultimately we want something so polish and high in quality, it could possibly serve as a spec film to show to the right people in the industry, SEGA included.
Where Donations Will Go Towards:
-Props and Costumes: Every costume must look like in belongs in this world and every prop must look legitimate and plausible. From Robotnik's costume to the weapons used, we want this world to exist and feel alive.
-Food and transportation for cast and crew.
-Visual Effects (3D) - This mainly includes purchasing the resources needs to speed up completion. Purchasing pre-made models for some of our cityscape and modifying them will save days of modeling as oppose to getting additional modelers to work around the clock.
-Misc. expensive: Such expenses will include helicopter aerial filming, crane rentals, Steadicam fees, set pieces, etc.