Thank you from the Multiplex 10 Cinemas!

The Multiplex 10 Indiegogo Second Chance campaign is almost over! The $2,000 goal was intended to fund the production of Multiplex 10 USB cards pre-loaded with the short, help cover film festival submission fees, and also give us a little extra funding to promote the short film.

We’ve ended up raising over $4,000 from over 100 Indiegogo backers — and counting — which has added a director’s commentary audio track to the digital download for eevvvveryone and provided enough extra funding that we can promote the short with some all-new Multiplex 10 animated mini-episodes. These “webisodes,” as I’m calling them, will be posted free online all over the place (at least at first).  In other words, Multiplex 10 is now a web series!

Now, to be clear: we’re going to start small. While the second stretch goal for the Indiegogo project includes at least one 2–3 minute webisode, that isn’t necessarily the one we’re going to do first. (But we will get to it in 2018!)

Tom is getting a new mic so that his audio quality sounds better than in the video above, and I need to pick up on some tricks in order to very quickly make decent-looking animation, so that the movie jokes we come up with are as timely as possible. Things will probably look and feel a lot like… well, this video here, or some of the really early Multiplex comic strips. This is a fairly different format from the animated short, so we want to get our feet wet before jumping in.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the short film and either of the crowdfunding campaigns!

There is still time to back the project! It ends TONIGHT (FRIDAY) at MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME (a.k.a. Saturday 3AM Eastern). Every additional dollar helps with the release and promotion of the short, and with the production of the upcoming webisodes.

Multiplex 10 is coming… on January 29, 2018!

With the end of post-production in sight, I can finally announce that the Multiplex 10 animated short will be released to the public via Vimeo On Demand on January 29, 2018!!! (Kickstarter backers will get to see it over a month earlier, though, via an exclusive early access streaming link!) The time in-between is necessary to maximize our marketing mojo. We need to submit to film festivals, send out copies for review, and so on, as that is our best chance to raise the funds to make more (and even better) Multiplex 10 episodes.

Thanks to everyone for their patience while the short was in production (and post-production), especially during the several weeks I needed to take a break and fix my shoulder. We’re allllmost there.

To help tide you over until then, here is a snippet of composer Tangelene Bolton’s wonderful original score:

Multiplex 10 Official Trailer

MULTIPLEX 10 centers around the lives of the movie-loving and customer-weary staff of the Multiplex 10 Cinemas. Kurt is an usher, pining for that special someone to share his love of horror movies. The newest hire, Jason, is a film snob who just needs a freakin’ job, okay? Jeez. Despite their differences, the pair will make fast friends — unless they kill each other first.

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Directed, executive produced, and animated by Gordon McAlpin, MULTIPLEX 10 was co-written by McAlpin and Dana Luery Shaw (“Echo Chamber,” “Classic Alice”), based on the comic strip “Multiplex” created by Gordon McAlpin. The cast includes Gordon McAlpin, Tom Brazelton, Dana Luery Shaw, Aiyanna Wade, Javier Prusky (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Joe Dunn, and Chris Rager (“Dragonball Z”, “Borderlands 2”). Tangelene Bolton (“American Zealot,” “Jem and the Holograms”) composed an original score.

A Chase Sequence and Strangewaze film, MULTIPLEX 10 is coming in January 2018 to Vimeo On Demand and select theaters.

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Taking Multiplex 10 from the script to your screen

This video show three early steps in the (long, long) process of getting from script to screen. Here, we’re looking at a shot in the first scene of the short, in which Jay — the snarky Asian employee of Flickhead Video — is seen getting smart with a customer.

Our script is already written, so after some time designing the locations and characters, I’ll finish the storyboards.

The next step is to do a rough animatic, which is essentially the storyboard but timed out and with a little (very rough) animation added, temp dialogue and sound effects (but no music). Once the timing and everything in this stage is looking good, we’ll record final dialogue. We don’t have that at this point, of course.

The next step would be do design and draw the art assets for the shot, and to build the shot files in Animate CC (Flash) and/or After Effects, depending on which is better suited for the action in the shot. (Note: The background is not final in the video above.)

The third/last shot in this video shows a little movement added between the poses. I’d also sync the mouths at this point, though I didn’t do that here because this clip just has temp audio in it. You get the idea, I hope!

Related: Idiot Customer #1 (on the left) could be you. At the $600 level, you can appear in the Multiplex 10 short. If you haven’t already pledged your support, please stop by the Multiplex 10: the animated short Kickstarter project page to learn more about it!

We’re hovering at just over $9,500 right now, and the sooner we get past the minimum goal, the sooner Multiplex 10 will officially enter pre-production. Actual animation can’t start until after the funding period, because the final budget determines two crucial specs: what resolution the video will be (1080p vs 4K), and how many frames per second the animation will be drawn at (18 vs 24).

Multiplex 10: the animated short is LIVE on Kickstarter

The Multiplex 10: the animated short crowdfunding project has launched on Kickstarter! Watch the video below for the main details and then venture over to the project page to either learn more or pledge your support.

There are some limited (discounted) rewards, so hop in early! Early pledges really help establish a Kickstarter project’s momentum. And please share the Kickstarter project with your friends on the social medias… especially the ones who work at movie theaters.

Thank you so much for your support!