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THE HARD SURFACE: DEVELOPING TRIBORN

Posted by info on September 30, 2016 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

DEVELOPING TRIBORN:

THE HARD SURFACE

Kitbashing versus Computer Modeling

by Gale Benning


     The TRIBORN Universe contains many new themes and settings and with it many varied modes of transportation and each of these require a sense of design. The results of building and designing in 3D modeling software are impressive and the flexibility is unprecedented. Digital lighting and texture mapping techniques have had decades to improve, meet most of any director's vision and can be rearranged with relative ease. During the development of TRIBORN, I decided to take the opportunity to not only use contemporary methods but to also utilize a more traditional process.


     When it comes to hard surface design, computer software often provides an edge with precision, scale and replication, but it lacks in the sense of puzzle-building or discovery that I find with physical Kitbashing. To the unfamiliar, Kitbashing is the practice whereby a physical scale model is created by taking pieces from standard retail model kits and combining them to shape something new. This method does not rely on instructions and with it brings a chance for discovery, a chance to hold pieces together and see a relationship you could not have otherwise envisioned on the computer screen. Once the design was completed, further development could happen by either remodeling in the computer or building a larger scale model for use in filming.


     Two ships are on the TRIBORN “progress table” that have finished what I would call the "design phase" and are ready to move forward into the multiple "development phases". One is the Hero Ship or most used or recognized vehicle of the film, which I chose to design entirely in 3D software. The other is a smaller transport ship that is normally housed inside the Hero Ship, this one I chose to Kitbash.



     I would say that creatively I found enjoyment in both exercises, the former being a method that I was more recently active with as the software Sketchup has a broad spectrum for use. I recognized that Sketchup is not on the higher end of programs available, but it's quick and easy to navigate. From this point, the production will farm out the design to other artists to transform the original into a textured digital model ready for on screen animation. The latter ship, the smaller transport was a conglomeration of parts from four off-the-shelf model kits; two jet planes, a spaceship and a manga robot.


     The timeframe for each of these builds was surprisingly similar, both having a slow start as I had to find what the shapes called for and how a particular ship began "telling" me what fit within it. I could see with both of these projects, it was about the details. Whether it was bending small tubes of copper for the utility lines of the transport ship, or a click-and-drag extruding of the main engine thrusters of the Hero Ship, it's the little parts that make it feel like the model existed with a scale and in a space. In the end it’s about the design, regardless of the process. I always remember to ask myself; does it feel like it lives in this Universe called TRIBORN?


FAIR FIGHT TAKES HOME AWARDS FOR BEST FAN FILM FROM TWO FESTIVALS

Posted by info on September 14, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)


FAIR FIGHT TAKES HOME AWARDS FOR BEST FAN FILM FROM TWO FESTIVALS


Saturday night on Sept 10th, Sonnet Realm Films' FAIR FIGHT received the award for BEST FAN FILM at Action On Film Festival, BEST FAN FILM and BEST ARTWORK for MartialCon Film Fest. Directed by Adam Sonnet, FAIR FIGHT was his first fan film and first ever film to be entered into a festival. They were competing against many other fan films, some with even larger budgets, but FAIR FIGHT took the win.


"We have a great team of talented actors that are well trained in stunts and martial combat. With Carmine Downey of Combat Stunt Consulting choreographing the fights, I had no worry about whether it was going to look real. He knows the organic nature and dynamics of fighting styles to make sure our actors are performing their moves with realism. My thanks goes to Carmine, our talented crew, and the awesome people at Vanaheim Studios for collaborating on this little action flick." - Adam Sonnet


FAIR FIGHT is still being circulated in other film festivals. The producers are hoping to have a special panel screening at Stan Lee's Comikaze in October. 

 


SONNET REALM WRAPS ANOTHER DC UNIVERSE TRIBUTE FILM - CRAZY PUDDIN'

Posted by info on September 7, 2016 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)




SONNET REALM FILMS WRAPS THEIR SECOND DC UNIVERSE TRIBUTE FILM - CRAZY PUDDIN'


Anyone who has read a comic with the Joker and Harley Quinn, knows that there is something very off about their relationship. Sonnet Realm Films is presenting the short film, Crazy Puddin' - a bold look into the dark and twisted world of the Joker and Harley Quinn starring Elle Viane Sonnet and Hunter C. Smith.

This will be Sonnet Realm's second film venture into the DC Universe, but this time they want to share the untold truth about the reality of domestic violence through this short film directed by Adam Sonnet and Gloria Downey. Sonnet Realm wants it known that this project is an awareness piece for victims in domestic abuse relationships. Crazy Puddin' is currently in post production and upon completion is planned to be submitted into the film and comic convention circuit. 



 


 


Sonnet Realm Announces Their Fall Film Production Slate

Posted by info on August 31, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

August 31st


Sonnet Realm announces plans to produce multiple short films in the coming fall months.


As their feature film, TRIBORN, is in active development, their production team is moving forward with smaller projects in the meantime. In the tradition of FAIR FIGHT, their DC Tribute film, they have plans to produce a sequel plus another DC universe short film that is scheduled to go into production the first week of September. Along with those projects they are happy to announce their sci-fi original, STASIS, for the month of October, plus a secret fantasy/sci-fi film scheduled for November.




"The creative synergy within our team is fervent right now, so we want to keep the flame hot towards making some really exciting and artistic projects." - Adam Sonnet


Sonnet Realm is currently in the works of expanding their company and producing several cutting edge sci-fi and fantasy films. Their goal over the next several years is to produce quality thought-provoking multi-genre feature films and media.


Sonnet Realm is a Trans Media company that is also in the process of developing comic books, video games and board games.

 


FAIR FIGHT, THE DC UNIVERSE TRIBUTE FILM PRODUCED BY SONNET REALM FILMS, PREMIERES AT ACTION ON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND MARTIALCON FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2-10, 2016.

Posted by info on August 24, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

FAIR FIGHT, THE DC UNIVERSE TRIBUTE FILM PRODUCED BY SONNET REALM FILMS, PREMIERES AT ACTION ON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND MARTIALCON FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2-10, 2016.

 



Sonnet Realm Films Director Adam Sonnet, and Producer/Actress Elle Viane Sonnet will be present at this year’s Action On International Film Festival and MartialCon Film Festival in Monrovia, CA. Their DC Comics Tribute Film, FAIR FIGHT, has been nominated for BEST FAN FILM, BEST COSTUMES and BEST ARTWORK for MartialCon. Action On Film Festival nominations have yet to be released.

 

FAIR FIGHT: Deathstroke lures young Speedy into a trap in hopes to ambush Arrow, but he is challenged by the Black Canary to a ‘Fair Fight’ that ends… well, not so fair.

Fair Fight starring Elle Viane Sonnet as Black Canary, Drew Curtis as Deathstroke, John Maclay as Arrow, Kiani Downey as Speedy, Hunter C. Smith as Dead Shot, and Carmine Downey as Batman.

Directed by: Adam Sonnet

 


Tentative screening times are as follows:

MartialCon: Monday 9/5/2016 at 8pm

http://www.aoffest.com/#!product/prd12/4551351481/martialcon-screenings-9-5-8pm-block

 


Action On International Film Festival: Wednesday 9/7/2016 at 6pm

http://www.aoffest.com/#!product/prd12/4550797021/don't-miss-this-block-9-7-6pm-block

 


Sonnet Realm is an innovative trans media company that focuses on producing captivating original content. Creating compelling and thought-provoking stories that inspire the imagination and move the human spirit.

 


For more information on the festivals, visit www.aoffest.com – for more information on FAIR FIGHT, visit www.SonnetRealmFilms.com

 

Film Festivals run September 2nd-10th, 2016 at the Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12 & LFX

410 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

 

Penka Kouneva, Joins TRIBORN as Co-Composer

Posted by info on July 20, 2016 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 Penka Kouneva, Joins TRIBORN as Co-Composer Along with Composer River Sonnet.

 

 

  • ELYSIUM,
  • ENDER’S GAME,
  • PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 3,
  • TRANSFORMERS 1, 2, 3
  • TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2,
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2010,
  • ANGELS AND DEMONS,
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES,
  • THE MATRIX 2 and 3,

 

Meet Penka:

Film & Game composer of "exquisite talent" (NPR) Penka Kouneva began her career in film & TV in 2000, and in 2009 had a break scoring AAA video games (PRINCE OF PERSIA: FORGOTTEN SANDS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN games, with themes by Steve Jablonsky, the Transformers composer). Recently, Penka has scored a dozen award-winning independent features (Primrose Lane, The Third Nail starring Chloe Moretz, Midnight Movie starring Brea Grant), television and games.


Penka has released two award-winning concept albums: The Woman Astronaut (2015, on Varese Sarabande / Universal Music Group) and A Warrior's Odyssey (2012, on Sumthing Else) both receiving 5-star press. Her music has been reviewed as "luminous, original, innovative, groundbreaking, brilliant." Penka's composition awards include: Game Audio Network Guild's Recognition Award (2016), Sundance Composer Fellowship, two Ovation Awards, Aaron Copland Award, etc.


In addition to composing, Penka is a top studio orchestrator on Ninja Turtles 2, Elysium, Ender's Game (films) and Sony's 2016 Game of the Year Bloodborne. Other orchestration credits include the franchises Matrix, Transformers, Pirates 3, and the games Gears of War 2, 3, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Overwatch, Sims, Lord of The Rings, and many low-budget independent films and games. Penka is also a passionate mentor who has trained and opened life-changing doors for dozens of young composers now working at the studio level. During the worst years of recession Penka was employing large teams of musicians and orchestrators to work on her studio jobs in film, TV and games. As a unique composing talent and role model, she has been profiled in two documentaries, two textbooks, NPR shows, keynote addresses, and national press.


Penka was born and raised in Bulgaria, began studying classical music at an early age and graduated from the National Academy of Music. In 1990 she was awarded a Duke Graduate fellowship to study composition at Duke. Penka arrived to US with $150 in her pocket. In 1997 she received Duke University's first-ever Doctorate degree in composition. In 1999 Penka came to LA with one contact, small savings, no job, and a dream to become a film composer. Today Penka is recognized as an industry leader.

 

 

www.PenkaKouneva.com


Microsoft HoloLens - The Future of Holographic Computing

Posted by info on December 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)


What do you get when combine Quark's Holodeck and Geordie's visor? Microsoft's HoloLens of course! Gene Roddenberry once called Interactive Holographic Technology Science-Fiction, however, Microsoft calls it Science-Fact.


What is Hololens? Well, it's more than virtual reality, it's augmented reality. Rather than just observing a new world and playing within its confines, the HoloLens interacts directly with your world. Enhancing your experience, simplifying work flow and assisting with tasks. With the Microsoft HoloLens Headset you can use your eyes to point your cursor, and your hands to manipulate objects. It's a complete computer incorporated into the headset, a fully untethered experience setting your imagination, and body, free of limitations… and cubicles.


From day-to-day business, video chatting, 3D modeling, entertainment and more, the HoloLens brings forth a revolutionary way to incorporate your work into your reality.


Inside of the HoloLens you have advanced sensors that detect your surroundings and your activities, a High-Definition lense that projects full-colors images to blend with your world, and a one-of-a-kind Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) that can process large amounts of data in order to keep up with your movements and real-time needs. All of this Science-Fact power wrapped up in a shiny adjustable headband with the weight evenly distributed for comfort.




If you are a Developer, Microsoft is looking for you! First shipment of HoloLens Developer Editition goes out in the first quarter of 2016, be part of this great adventure as Microsoft continues to turn Science-Fiction into Science-Fact.

SONNET REALM FILMS WELCOMES A NEW LEAD ACTOR, RICO ANDERSON, FOR THEIR SCIENCE-FICTION ACTION THRILLER FILM TRIBORN.

Posted by info on September 21, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

[Photo by Bjorn Wilde, photo from IMDb]


Rico Anderson is known for his role in Star Trek: Renegades and dozens of guest starring roles on shows like Bones, Criminal Minds, Code Black and many sitcoms.

 

"We are very happy to have Rico Anderson on board portraying a lead character. In his audition he took my direction and captured the essence of the character. This will be a heavy acting role for Rico."

-Writer and Director, Adam Sonnet

 

TRIBORN is a Science-Fiction Action Thriller feature film by Sonnet Realm Films. Production is tentatively slated for Spring 2016 first starting with a Kickstarter which will run through to the end of October.

Once their Kickstarter goes live, the direct link will be www.TRIBORNmovie.com


SONNET REALM FILMS ANNOUNCES ACTOR NEVILLE PAGE TO CO-STAR IN THE SCI-FI ACTION THRILLER, TRIBORN.

Posted by info on August 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sonnet Realm Films announces Creature Concept Designer and Actor (STAR TREK, 2009), Neville Page, to also co-star in the science-fiction action thriller, TRIBORN. Not only will Neville be designing a new unique alien species for the film, but he’s agreed to come on board to perform in a leading role.

 

Many people know of Neville Page from his work on such films and TV shows as AVATAR, STAR TREK, PROMETHEUS, FALLING SKIES, SyFy’s FACE OFF, and many more. However, what many do not know is that Neville Page moved to Hollywood to be an actor above all else. Writer and Director Adam Sonnet wrote a very special role for Neville Page in the upcoming film TRIBORN.

 

When asked about performing in the film, Neville Page responded,

“I'm very excited, but also very nervous about performing in TRIBORN - because it's not my comfort zone, but that excites me because it's going to force me to do things I don't normally do, and it's going to force me to recall all the skills I once 'maybe' had as an actor years ago."




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