While moving forward, a fun look back

Now that we’ve got things going again on the project (which has shifted into fun new territory), it’s worth taking a look back at the plan for the original short film. Followers of the project, or anyone who’s glanced at the concept art from past posts, know just how overly ambitious this project was from the outset. Below are a couple of storyboards we had planned to shoot — nearly 2 years ago. Fun fact: these boards were generously made by the immensely talented Mark Englert, now a successful and oh-so-collectible poster artist!

Novos SBoard 06 01_small Novos SBoard 07 02_small

Blockbuster similarities

Those of you who have followed this project for a while may have noticed some interesting similarities with a few of this summer’s sci-fi blockbusters. Though part of me wants to simply ignore those films and focus on making Novos purely on its own terms, they offer a good opportunity to discuss originality and creativity in the context of independent sci-fi film making.

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So, what’s happening with Novos?

It’s been a long time since the last project update, so you might be wondering what’s happening with Novos. Everyone who donated their time, money, and interest deserves a clear explanation of where the film is.

The live action portion of Novos was set to shoot last September but was again derailed by unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances. Though setbacks happen in every production, Novos has proven particularly susceptible to them. I decided to put the project back on hold to assess why it was too difficult to make.

Part of the problem was I underestimated the true difficulty of what I was trying to achieve. My success with the print series and attracting talented artists to the project made me chronically overconfident. I was coasting on the extraordinary talents of those artists I convinced to help me rather than honestly assessing obstacles and making the editorial decisions that all filmmakers face. This made the live action portion of Novos dependent on everything going right — and those of you familiar with filmmaking know that never happens.

While one of the goals for the production was to show that the highest quality standards are attainable with enough planning, innovation, and work, reality has clearly illustrated the limits of that ambition. That’s not to say that this or any other project cannot be ambitious — just that the goals must be more fluid and flexible to accommodate the genuine difficulty of film production.

This is a long way to say I’ve been rewriting the film, and while the process is ongoing, I’ve started moving forward with a team on the new game plan. The changes reflect both artistic adjustments and the practical requirements of reaching a finished product. Novos is happening. I’ve invested too much time and energy and believe too strongly in the work so many talented artists have created to allow the project to wither. I will also finish the print package. One of the two final prints arrived in the mail a few days ago and I’ve been discussing the timeline with the final artist.

Independent filmmaking is a collaborative process between passionate, possibly-a-bit-crazy filmmakers and the support network built around the project. Novos has come this far thanks to all of you. It has been a transformative experience to witness the amount of enthusiasm so many of you have displayed for this little film. That alone will keep me going.

Thank you,

Jonathan Brebner, Director

“From The Shadows” art print by Russ Moore!

We’re getting into the home stretch prior to our planned shoot dates for Novos, and in the print series. Unfortunately David O’Daniel had to be replaced in the print lineup. Instead, artist Russ Moore created this incredible print, titled “From The Shadows”. It’s a 24″ x 18″ 5-color screenprint, edition of 80, signed and numbered by the artist. It will go up for sale on the Novos Store today, August 15th, at 11am PST for $30.

Check out below the jump for a detail shot. These prints look fantastic in person.

 

 

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“Synesthesia” art print by Chuck Sperry!

*The Novos batch of Synesthesia is sold out! If you missed out, fear not — Chuck Sperry will be selling his portion of the prints on his website tomorrow, July 26th, at a random time!

The Novos project, prints and film, is getting really busy. We’re currently rebuilding the crew, working with costume artists, and generally prepping to shoot the short film around the beginning of September, and we’ve got a brand new print by artist Chuck Sperry! We could extoll to you all the virtues of this print, but we think this one can speak for itself.

The prints will go up for sale on the Novos Store on Wednesday, July 25th at a random time!

“Synesthesia” by Chuck Sperry

22″ x 33″

Regular Edition of 100

8 colors printed on archival cream paper

Signed and Numbered

Check out below the jump to see the gorgeous variants!

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“Foreign Objects” print by Eelus!

For those who are new to the site/project, I encourage you to subscribe to the website using the button to the right. This is all going toward making a cool short film, and there will be more awesome art print releases by great artists in the future! The email subscription is the best way to stay updated on print releases (and the film’s progress).

The newest print in the Novos promotional series is ready for sale, and it’s a stunner. The immensely talented Eelus created this latest piece, titled “Foreign Objects”, a 50cm x 70cm (19.7″ x 27.6″), 5-color screenprint on 300gsm Paperback – Loop stock, with an edition of 125. There’s also a Dusk special variant, on 300gsm Somerset – Satin stock, with an edition of 15. All prints are signed, stamped, and numbered by Eelus in the UK.

The regular edition will be $170 and the special $260 in the Novos Store. Both will be available for purchase at 11am PST on Friday, May 25th. All prints are ready for immediate shipping.

Regular

Dusk Variant

Some close-ups of the actual prints after the jump.

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“Symbiotica” promotional print by Guy Burwell!

The next print in the Novos series is finally ready, and it’s by the incomparable Guy Burwell! “Symbiotica” is a 16″ by 23″, 4-color screenprint with an edition of 120. There is also a green variant with an edition of 35.

The print will go on sale on the Novos Store on Monday, February 13th at 11am PST. The 1st Edition will be $30 and the green variant will be $55. All prints are in-hand and ready to ship.

 

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Novos New Year’s Update

Hello all!

It’s been a while since the filming delay was announced, but since then Novos has been moving along. Several prints in the print series are nearing completion and should be released soon. There’s also been some exciting progress in creating the film’s digital assets, a teaser of which you can see below. Expect more updates soon as the project really ramps back up!

Novos filming delayed

First, I want to apologize for the gap in communication. I wanted to have everything as certain as possible before announcing this.

Filming for Novos has been delayed until next summer. At the end of August the crew and I were all ready to shoot, but unfortunately our main costumer (whose name was never published on this site — i.e. not Travis Boatright, who is marvelous) failed to deliver the main-character’s costume. It was a big fiasco. The producers and I attempted to find a new costumer, and managed to get in contact with some very talented professionals, but the timing wasn’t with us. As those familiar with the Pacific Northwest know, once the weather changes in the fall you rarely see the sun again for a while. I made the call to push production back rather than sacrifice the quality of the film. Between now and next summer I’ll be working with the visual effects team to produce as much of the CGI work as possible. In the end, I’m confident the film will emerge from this setback and be a better film for it.

As for the print series — that will go ahead as planned. I’m working with the artists on each of their prints. My goal is to try to have all of them finished by January, then release them staggered through spring. Given the delays with several previous prints, I’ll now be sticking to a policy of only revealing prints once I have them in-hand. But rest assured that all prints are still going to be made, and within a reasonable timeframe. I’ve even managed to get some new artists interested in creating prints for the series, with at least one fantastic artist committed and several in-talks.

If anyone has any questions, about either the film or the print series, I encourage you to contact me. The film marches on, and there’ll be some cool new updates soon!

-Jonathan Brebner, Director

 

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