Sebastian: The Slumberland Odyssey
Sebastian: The Slumberland Odyssey

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LOGLINE: In a peaceful future world ruled by Artificial Intelligence, where unregulated dreaming is punishable by death; a young boy must journey into the dreamworld in order to find a cure for his misteriously ill grandfather.

 

Sebastian: The Slumberland Odyssey is the first "Sci-Fan" tale to take the viewer on a mind-bending journey through worlds that have seldom being intertwined before. It’s a classic coming of age legend that takes place in two worlds. One is the future where thanks to an incredibly advanced A.I., humanity has been able to overcome war and poverty. Disease is now a choice. At last mankind has been united under a mission of collective prosperity, with one small price to pay: The loss of individuality. In order for humankind to unite, people have forgone their ability to dream and their desire to be different. With just cause, since unauthorized dreaming is now punishable by death.

However there is another world beyond the reach of the A.I. : The Dreamverse. Or as it is known in legend, Slumberland.  It is known as a realm made up of the entire collection of human dreams and desires. It is a vortex of chaos, fun and adventure where the remaining renegades and thought-provocateurs escape to in the middle of the night. Slumberland is a place of wonder where nothing is what it seems and the last remains of human emotion remain pure and powerful.

There is a small house in the outskirts of the city of Vigilas, where the last unassimilated immigrants reside. Here two siblings thick as thieves and a few years apart: Sebastian and Mika take turns assisting their mysteriously ill grandfather. The clock is ticking and danger looms near for neither sibling can stop themselves from dreaming. Meanwhile grandpa succumbs to a mysterious illness.  Now that the A.I. has taken note of the last dreamers, Mika inexplicably disappears leaving Sebastian and his grandfather alone. With his last breath grandpa has tasked young and fearful Sebastian to venture into the dreamworld in order to obtain a magical potion before his time runs out. He must beware for no one knows what he will encounter there, perhaps a terrible nightmare looking to eat his soul or perhaps an amazing adventure…maybe he could find his long lost brother. That is, if the A.I. does not get to him first.

 

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Meet the creator of Sebastian's Odyssey:

 

 

 

Sebastian and Mika are the main characters. They are the last "Civinites" left with the ability to dream freely. They have chosen to remain "Unmeshed". They refuse to become part of the singularity and thus have created a problem for the powerful A.I.

BRUNO: Sebastian's trustworthy companion. Bruno is an unmeshed"Yokee" Mika rescued him as a puppy and although he comes from a fierece breed, Bruno is actually terrified of everything.

Pizhka-35 is a Rebellious teen. Her blood traces all the way back to the sand people. Having suffered a terrible accident she is now a "Semi-Synth". Human with bionic implants an outcast and good friend of Sebastian.

Faureen is the fire fairy princess and heir to all the asteroids in Slumberland. She was so curious, she flew too close to the water and lost track of her traveling family. Now yearns for them and her rightful place as a princess.

The Robaks or Dreamhunters: Comes from Latin American mythology used to describe the “Roba chicos”. It is used to describe atrocious creatures believed to be the remaining nonics. These nonics are thought to have mutated horribly due to naturally occurring blight. These creatures roam the nights looking to kidnap children, in order to take them to the last unmeshed forest and eat them.

Captain Timor Alkimos: A scoundrel of the worst kind! King of the seven seas..

General Leezo: The leader and controler of the provenance. 


VISUAL FX and process: Director Fede Ponce along some of his friends created all the effects for the film.

This is Henry's wireframe and it shows the way the polygons are arranged. Think of it as a giant cloth that wraps around a skeleton model. The polygons determine how the mesh (skin) will stretch and bend.

Then we go to rigging. Rigging is adding "bones" and controllers in order to be able to animate Henry. It's def not my favorite part.  After that we go to texturing and lighiting. We then render the model and have the FINAL COMPOSITE:

CONCEPT SKETCHES AND GRAPHIC NOVEL: 

Before and after cover for the novel.

BEHIND THE SCENES:  I shot everything on an Olympic pool. It was my most demanding shoot to date. We had underwater divers, animals and kids... 

CROWDFUNDING

This project is very important for me and I would love you to be part of it. There is no other way in this world to tell a story without having the intervention of studios, editors, marketing people or the like. The only way to nurture raw talent and generate fantastic stories is to allow creators and backers to meet so that together they can create amazing new work.

There are different ways to become a part of the project:

REWARDS:

1  $5 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE GOOD KARMA (+SOCIAL BOOST AVILABLE):

DREAMERS REWARD: PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE GOOD KARMA and become official backers of this amazing universe we are creating together. Your enthusiasm is the fuel that keeps our team going. But why stop here? Add a "+SOCIAL BOOST" to increase your reward's value to the next pledge level at NO EXTRA COST.

 

2         $10  PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE GOOD KARMA + ACCESS TO VIDEO Q&A + DIGITAL COPY OF THE SCRIPT + DIGITAL COPY OF ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC(+SOCIAL BOOST AVILABLE):

ASSIMILATORS REWARD: You have now become an assimilator in the city of Vigilas. You have gained access to first gate of the digital world. Your genetic code and generous pledge has given you exclusive access to a group video Q&A, plus a digital copy of the script and all original music from the series in digital form.  You get to experience this coveted piece of data before any of those dirty unmeshed nonics do….Wait; there is more. Prove to the provenance that you are a worthy and be handsomely rewarded for it.   Add a “SOCIAL LEGIONNAIRE BOOST" to increase your reward to the $25 pledge level at no extra cost to you.   

 

3         $15 - PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS  + YOUR NAME WILL RECEIVE SPECIAL CREDIT ON THE WEBSITE (+SOCIAL LEGIONNAIRE AVAILABLE):

MESHED REWARD:  You have become one with the Provenance. The world will know that, it was because of you that humanity has achieved peace. Everyone should know it; that is why your name will be featured in the thank you page.  But is name recognition enough for you though? Add a “SOCIAL LEGIONNAIRE BOOST" to increase your reward to the $25 pledge level at no extra cost to you.  

 

4         $25 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + DIGITAL COPY OF THE “ART OF SLUMBERLAND” PRE-PRODUCTION BOOK + DIGITAL DECK OF CHARACTER POWER UP CARDS + DIGITAL MAPS OF  SLUMBERLAND AND VIGILAS :

THE LEGIONNAIRE REWARD:  The Provenance is strong because of you. You are guardian of order and a custodian of the peaceful evolution. The world will recognize your efforts and your name will live forever in the credits of the show. You will have digital access to the origin of creativity and see how this world came about. You will come to know each character deeply for the provenance will offer you unprecedented access to each character’s profile cards. You will also be able to travel freely through this world and the rumored realm of the mindscape by acquiring two digital maps. Welcome to the provenance.

 

5         $35 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + DIGITAL COPY OF THE OFFICIAL MOVIE POSTER + DIGITAL COPY OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL :

ENTER THE VELUM REWARD: The provenance acknowledges you and now grants you access to information that is seldom shared with any other human being. The origin behind the provenance is now revealed to you by acquiring access to the graphic novel. EVOLUTION THROUGH ORDER.

 

6         $45 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + DIGITAL OFFICIAL MOVIE POSTER + DIGITAL COPY OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL + DVD with pilot + YOUR NAME ON THE CREDITS :

NONIC INTERFERENCE:  Walking dangerous territory here, venturing into the realm of the physical and risking blight…on top of all your digital benefits, you have gained access to a rare physical copy of the DVD. It will be known however that as a potential deserter from the provenance your name will appear on the credits of the show.

 

7         $60 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + TSHIRT + BLU RAY WITH EXTRAS(+SOCIAL AMBASSADOR AVAILABLE) :

POTENTIAL SPARK:  Your betrayal of the provenance is now undeniable. Acquiring a BLU ray disc is highly illegal.

 

8         $80 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + SIGNED  BLU RAY WITH EXTRAS +ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE GROUP VIDEO Q&A

WELCOME TO THE ROBAKS:  Hello friend, this transmission will be brief but if you receive in time you will be pleased to know that you have been officially invited to become a provocateur.  Welcome to the ROBAKS.  FLOW AND LET GO.

 

9         $100 PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + HARD COPY OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

INITIATED SPARK: As a member of the ROBAKS and a fellow dream hunter you will be given all rewards plus a beautiful hard copy of the graphic novel. Just like the old days.

 

10     $350 PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + 3D PRINT OF YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL.

DREAMHUNTER: You have finally left behind all vestiges of the provenance and are an avid rift surfer. But you cannot continue the journey without your Spirit Animal. Therefore you will tame and receive a beautiful 3D print of your guide through this quest. A true collector’s item.

 

11     $500 PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + HARD COPY, COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF THE “ART OF SEBASTIAN: THE SLUMBER LAND ODYSSEY” PRE- PRODUCTION BOOK.

MORPHEO:  The god of dreams shall hold in his hands the dreams of all beings in this truly limited edition book of the Mayasara, the great illusion.

 

 

 

12     $750 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + A CAST PAINTED SCULTPURE OF YOUR ANIMAL SPIRIT.

THE SANDMAN: Monster connoisseur and rider of dreams. You surf through the rift collecting Mirth. You are one with your Spirit Animal and flow gracefully through the dreamscape.

 

13     $1000 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + ACCESS  TO 1 ON 1 SCRIPT OR STORY REVIEW SESSION OVER SKYPE.

 

14     $2000 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS +  LIMITED EDITION PAINTED SCULTPURES OF ALL CREATURES

 

15     $3500 - PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + DESIGN AND RECEIVE A LIMITED EDITION 3D PRINT OF THIER OWN CREATURE!

ALCHEMIST – You will work with the Director and the creative department to develop your own creature. We will then sculpt it and send it over to you.

 

16     $5000 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + SPEND THE DAY ON SET + LIMITED EDITION CREATURE SCULPT:

MONSTICULTURIST or SPIRIT WHISPERER: You are the creator. You have mastered the art of Mirth and no longer need an Alchemist.

 

17     $10,000 - PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + OPEN ACCESS TO SET (good behavior required)

LUMINATO: You have achieved illumination. You no longer belong to the dreamscape or the real world. You exist in a hyper dimension and are able to see the holographic nature of life. Thus you can now visit the set and see how the illusion of life is created.

 

18     $50,000 – PLEDGERS WILL RECEIVE  ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + PRODUCER CREDIT YOU ARE CRAZY LET’S TALK.

Sir/Madam, you are crazy and that’s why I like you. Call me. No seriously call before making this type of pledge. Sorry it does not apply to Nigerian princes, or lawyers holding a hefty inheritance from my dead aunt Clovis.

 

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