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Progress on our latest work

QUANTUM ENIGMA SHORT FILM LAUNCHED FOR MUSICBED CHALLENGE

 


The Quantum Enigma short film is finally here. We have worked on this short film for months trying to smooth it all out. Now that it is complete, it's time to see it. We have entered this piece into a music challenge contest and we need your vote!

CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!





Our previous short film won numerous awards and we're working hard to do the same with this one. The live-action short film was originally created to promote the new Graphic Novel Quantum Enigma.



The Quantum Enigma graphic novel will be released later this year.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT HERE


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Quantum Enigma NFT Art Collection


Who are you? Where do you come from? Why are you here? Questions not easily answered when you are nine light years away from earth without a way to get home.


Quantum enigma is one man’s journey through space and time. In a future where past and present meet a fallen astronaut searches the unknown for a way home. What he finds will change the future of humanity forever.

Your only connection to your past is staring at you in the mirror and your only motivation to keep going, are the dreams of your family that keep you awake at night.

Below are twenty three digital works of art using hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation. Each of these pieces are available as NFT's at a much higher resolution than what you see here. They include music, and looped video similar to the Gif's below. All NFT Artwork is available here.

This very rare collection is one of one, there are no editions.

Check back soon, there are more pieces in this series.


Ancient
23
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Underworld
22
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



New World
21
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4




Crash
20
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Stress
19
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Atmosphere
18
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Trouble Ahead
17
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Velocity
16
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Escape
15
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



G-Force
14
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Overwhelmed
13
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Beyond
12
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Traveler
11
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



GRIFON
10
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Capture
9
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Deity
8
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Unearthing
7
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Ambush
6
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Expedition
5
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Anguish
4
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Enthrall
3
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Stunned
2
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4



Deception
1
2021
Hand drawing, pen and ink, digital paint and animation, NFT, .MP4


Quantum Enigma is a much larger creative project than what you see here. It is the culmination of nine years of work. 

A graphic novel will be published later this year featuring a complete story to the animation. 



An award winning teaser trailer and short film have been created, along with working props, robotics, costumes and hundreds of drawings and digital artworks. 



Check out the trailer and more info on this project below.


To Learn More About This Project Click on the Links Below


Storyboards: Here we will continue to bring storyboard thumbnails sketches and changes for the live action trailer.


Concept Art: A lot of interesting art leading up to the finished ideas. Multiple changes are made frequently to work out problems and detail of the props and effects that we are trying to create. We will continue to drop new art here all the time.


Props, Animatronics and Practical Effects: This is the good stuff that takes so long to make. After we sketch it all down, it is s trial and error process using various materials to create a practical effect and prop. We'll try to update this area as much as possible.


Behind the Scenes: This is some behind the scenes shots from production of the trailer and more.


Film Festivals: During this process we are submitting our teaser and soon to be trailer to various film festivals which are responding very well to our work.


If you've waited this long, it will be worth it. Check back in for more details soon.

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QUANTUM ENIGMA CHOSEN AS FINALIST AT THE MIAMI EPIC FILM FESTIVAL!

 


Another year and another film festival. Once again, our trailer for Quantum Enigma was chosen as a finalist at the Epic Film Festival. Our short film will be out later this year. Check back for updates.


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QUANTUM ENIGMA COMIC BOOK SHORT FILM GETS INTO ANOTHER FILM FESTIVAL!


How cool is this! We are so excited that this is our 4th Official Selection for a short sci-fi film. Quantum Enigma is a story about a fallen astronaut that searches the unknown for a way home. What he finds will change the future of humanity forever.

Quantum Enigma Movie Poster.

If you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out below.


Check back for updates as we get closer to the comic book and short film release.




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Prop space helmet design for Quantum Enigma


Here's a close up of the interior lit. The helmet had a full suite of electronics and led lights in and out.


Above are images of the prop build process for the astronaut helmet used in the film. Below are more detailed images of the finished prop.





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New poster and IMDB listing for Quantum Enigma


As we are finishing up post production on this exciting film project, we have also finished the film poster and we have our IMDB listing here. Check back for more updates in the future. For additional info on Quantum Enigma, check out their site.


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ALIEN BLASTER CONCEPT ART AND PROP DESIGN


Above is a close up of the finished blaster. Below concept art showing our process of building props, in this case we started with a basic plastic toy gun and modified it to look real on screen. We added real leather grips, brass and stainless steel bolts, sheet metal and a myriad of other items, and then topped it all off with paint and weathering and it looks like the real deal on screen.


Here are some very cool concept illustrations and the prop design of the alien blaster seen in the QE teaser for the upcoming Quantum Enigma comic book release. Linder started off with some basic outline illustrations based on a movie weapon used in G. I. Joe and later released as a toy blaster from Hasbro. Further down you can this page, we have included a photo of it of the basic toy before the heavy modifications.



The shear amount of work required to create something like this is amazing but we are firm believers in practical effects and real props. There are several designs here that we would love to see come to life.


These all look pretty cool, but in the end I guess you can only pick one. Below is the finished product, we are waiting for additional photos of the detail work and build.

There are all sorts of little greeblies added to this, including brass and aluminum parts, it looks like leather handles and heat/ battle damaged paint job with a whole lot of weathering.



Here is another image below that we use on the site.


Here is the neon plastic toy gun by Hasbro that was used as the base unit.


Screen matched image of the gun in holster from the QE teaser.



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We do storyboards


Story boards can make or break a shoot. We've seen it so many times where a team has a difficult time expressing the action translated from a script to the rest of the crew to get the shots they need. We have done animation and live action storyboards for many years. 

Below are some examples of different storyboard styles that we have used for a range of projects. Near the bottom we have included some character design and random sketches for various projects. For more info contact. BlkFlyProd@gmail.com


Family Guy, Film Roman







The Incredible Hulk: Animated Series, Marvel Films
This TV show was a crossover with the Fantastic Four on the Marvel Action Hour.











Fantastic Four: The Animated Series, Marvel Films










Rugrats, Klasky Csupo: Animated Series






Silver Lining: Live Action Film

































True Vinyl: Live Action Film





Character Design


I have worked for a number of animation studios, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Men in Black, Godzilla, and more. Animation is quite different then live action film or TV. I didn't design any of these characters from scratch, I had to adapt my drawing style to their model sheets and then draw them as they were. Below you'll see some of my practice runs at these characters. Teams of people made these characters what they were. They were refined and edited down to their most basic, repeatable designs and lines. 


Each drawing of and existing character is a challenge. I have to adapt what I know to suit the director's needs and make the character look like it is meant to. The above and below illustrations are older drawings of getting familiar with each of the characters nuances.











  


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