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Sheer Force Of Will Pictures Opens In Glendale, CaHeaded by industry veterans Kevin Kutchaver and Linda Drake (February 09, 2005)
?Sheer Force of Will Pictures, LLC, a new feature film production company, has opened in Glendale, CA. The new company is owned by co-founders Kevin Kutchaver, a visual effects veteran who concurrently remains head of HimAnI Productions (a leading visual effects design and production company in Burbank,) and by feature film producer Linda Drake. Sheer Force of Will Pictures plans to produce 2-3 original feature films a year. The duo today also announced the start of production on the new companys first feature film, ?Rescue Rocket X-5, which begins in late February 2005 in Los Angeles.
About ?Rescue Rocket X-5
Kutchaver wrote the original screenplay for ?Rescue Rocket X-5, which he will also direct. George Hock will serve the film as Director of Photography, bringing to the set his lighting expertise with credits including ?Titanic, ?Dantes Peak, ?Independence Day and ?The Abyss. The film, a retro-style sci-fi comedy, will combine live action and CG VFX segments. ?Rescue Rocket X-5 will star newcomers Tim Halpin, Mark Bedell, Kimiko Rojas, Christina Carter, James McCullough, and Mark Sawicki.
The storyline takes place in the year 2041, as a lone rocket ship hurtles through space. On board, waking from cryogenic sleep, is the crew of Rocket Ship X-5, and spearheading the mission is Captain Zach Gallagher, who hasnt been ?unthawed since 1954. Other mission members are three young soldiers, two of them women. After the crew receives an urgent message from the President to save his sons crashed rocket ship, their ships computer malfunctions, and they must also deal with a ?smart-ass robot named R.A.L.P.H.
Regarding the new company, Mr. Kutchaver said, ?With Sheer Force of Will, I am hoping to set new standards for the word ?standards. This new company allows me to cross-pollinate my years of visual effects experience with my dream of writing and directing films people can laugh at?on purpose, of course. Our budget for ?Rescue Rocket is extremely limited, but our model suggests to other producers that, with todays technology, there many ways to produce indie films with much more production value than in the past. Imagine what we could pull off if we had some money!
Added Ms. Drake, ?With the advent of the HDV prosumer HD format, we will be able to work with a smaller crew with limited resources and still create a much larger and more impressive final product.
About Shooting In HDV
DP George Hock will use two JVC HDV cameras for the two week shooting of ?Rescue Rocket X-5. Using ?bleeding-edge desktop technology, Kutchaver and Ms. Drake will edit the feature on Apples Final Cut Pro HD, using the Lumiere Brothers Lumiere HD software, which digitizes the JVC HDV format onto hard drives as standard MPEG2 and audio files. The company will be able to go to a 10-bit lossless format to preserve images at full 720p resolution.
Visual effects work will be done in Newteks Lightwave, Messiah and Adobe After Effects, and processed with The Orphanages Magic Bullet, to give the film a stylized, 1950s look.
About Kevin Kutchaver:
Sheer Force of Will co-partner/co-founder Kevin Kutchaver has been involved in creating, designing and producing visual effects for 25 years, and has over 150 feature film credits, along with dozens of TV series episodes. He has created VFX for such blockbusters as ?Return of the Jedi, ?Ghostbusters II, ?The Addams Family and its sequel, along with all three ?RoboCop, and ?Big Trouble in Little China, to name just a few.
Kutchaver was previously president of Flat Earth Productions, a VFX production company that designed, created and produced all of the CG VFX for the international smash hit TV series ?Hercules and ?Xena: Warrior Princess for Renaissance Entertainment and Universal Television, as well as for feature films such as ?Blade and ?Mortal Kombat Annihilation.
Kutchaver founded HimAnI Productions, a full service, boutique digital visual effects design and production company based in Burbank, CA., in 2001. Kutchaver and HimAni have worked on many other highly popular feature films and TV series. These have included the filmis ?Hellboy, ?Alias, ?Tremors 3 & 4, ?X Men-2, ?Eurotrip, ?League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and ?Scooby Doo 1 & 2, and the hit TV series ?Lost, among many others.
About Linda Drake
After receiving a Doctorate in Film from Northwestern University, Linda Drake moved from Chicago to LA to try her hand in the ?film business. She was co-founder and owner/operator of Motion Opticals, a boutique title, optical and visual effects house that has credits on over 300 independent films. With the advent of digital, Ms. Drake left the optical camera for a computer, and continued with digital compositing on such films as ?Blade and ?Rush Hour.
As a member of the Editors Guild, Ms. Drake is highly sought out as a VFX Editor. Her credits include ?Stuart Little, ?Bourne Identity and ?Bourne Supremacy, ?Paycheck, and ?Team America: World Police.
Her most recent credit as a VFX Supervisor, for Universals ?Tremors 4, has earned a nomination by the DVD Exclusive Awards for Best Visual Effects.
The formation of Sheer Force of Will is the next logical stop for Ms Drake, combining her VFX organization skills with the artistic talents of Mr. Kutchaver.
About Sheer Force Of Will Pictures
Sheer Force of Will Pictures is headquartered in Glendale, CA. The phone numbers are 818/694-2146, and 818/567-4128, and the website is: www.sheerforceofwill.com.
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