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The What!

A project in Spanish Fork, UT by Schaffer Studios

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An homage film to the “giant monster” movies of the 50’s.
Backers: 114
Average Pledge Per Backer: $469

Funded: $53,509 of $50,000
Dates: Jan 25th -> Mar 26th (60 days)
Project By: Schaffer Studios
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March 23rd - via:
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Batman Forever

March 18th - via:
More great memories from ‘Batman Forever’. The 1/4 scale alleyway set on Warner Bros Stage 16 where we shot the miniature Batmobile climbing the wall, the gargoyle at the top of the wall, and me inspecting the Bat Cave tunnel. Look closely, the... (Read More)

Three Bods in a Pod

March 16th - via:
At the end of ‘Sphere’, in order to escape their impending demise, the three main characters escape in a small exploration sub. We built two scales, one for the motion control footage and one for the surfacing scene at the end. I flew to Alameda... (Read More)

Back To The Future

March 15th - via:
You can imagine how excited I was when I was handed an actual DeLorean and asked to convert it into Doc Brown's iconic time machine. I completed the task in under three weeks with the help of the famous and talented Randy Cooper and the brilliant and... (Read More)

The Making of an Iconic Movie Logo

March 10th - via:
"What" it takes to make an iconic logo. It's more than just a font, it's more than just a color. It's a mixture of inspiration and ingenuity. Watch how "The What!" logo came to life. #TheWhat #indiefilm #movieLogo #monstermovie #kickstarter You'll... (Read More)

Filmmaking on a Budget!

March 8th - via:
When you are making a film with a minimal budget, this is how Schaffer Studios gets it done! Help support our film "The What" on Kickstarter: Please share the link with your friends. You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see... (Read More)

Rodent of Unusual Size

March 8th - via:
This client wanted their own "Rodent of Unusual Size". I was delighted to wrangle one up for them. #princessbride #rodentofunusualsize #giantrat #kickstarter #indiefilm  (Read More)

The Little Mermaid

March 7th - via:
When Disney brought "The Little Mermaid" to life at the Tuacahn theater in Utah, I was Happy to provide the "extreme" characters and puppets. I have the reputation of creating the wild and unusual. #disney #littlemermaid #tuacann #ursela #kickstarter... (Read More)

Stop Motion Fantasy

March 6th - via:
I was the concept artist, production designer, and model lead on this unrealized, stop motion, fantasy film. It had so much promise. What do you think? #conceptartist #modelmakers #stopmotionanimation #kickstarter #indiefilm  (Read More)

The Asylum of Mystery Men

March 4th - via:
This is the asylum that housed Geoffrey Rush as Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men. The one built indoors was shot with a motion control camera. The floor was replaced with water in post.The outdoor version was blown to bits. #mysterymen... (Read More)

Meteorite or something else?

February 28th - via:
Here's the process for making common items into movie props for our film "The What!". #miniatures #movies #indiefilm #specialeffects #kickstarter You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00... (Read More)


February 27th - via:
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Mystery Men Mansion

February 24th - via:
For Mystery Men, a large miniature of the mansion was used for establishing shots and the final collapse. Even got to sculpt the grotesque garden statues.  (Read More)

Sam Zell Music Boxes

February 22nd - via:
Working with fine artist, Michael Speaker, we engineered and fabricated multiples of these original, exotic music boxes at Grant McCune Design. Our client was Chicago billionaire #SamZell. The recipients included #dianaross and #michaeljordan.... (Read More)


February 21st - via:
This is the descent sub from "Sphere", with Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel L. Jackson. I'm on set giving final looks...making sure it's functioning properly and looking its best. #sphere #dustinhoffman #SharonStone #SamuelLJackson... (Read More)


February 20th - via:
We have added two exciting new prizes to the list of exclusive content already offered. For a $500 pledge you can receive a signed, screen-shown prop to add to your collection or to start a new one, not to mention all the previous prizes listed above... (Read More)

My Move to Hollywood

February 17th - via:
My move to Hollywood…and the story of an owl and a Dreyfus. #richarddreyfuss #Owls #Hollywood #filmmaking #movies #monstermovie Support us on Kickstarter:  (Read More)

A Heartfelt Thanks!

February 16th - via:
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Leonard Nimoy

February 7th - via:
When I was nine years old, I had a personal interaction with Leonard Nimoy in my hometown of Concord CA. While in Hollywood, I designed for TNG series and two Star Trek features. I drew this Mr. Spock caricature as a tribute when Mr. Nimoy passed.... (Read More)

Deep Blue Sea

February 6th - via:
Makin' shark bait for Deep Blue Sea. Mini stunt double of Stellan Skarsgard. Live action was shot in the Titanic tank in Mexico. I shared lunch with Stellan, shot a roll of reference pics, and then built his likeness. #StellanSkarsgard... (Read More)

Dante’s Peak

February 5th - via:
In Universal Studios’ “Dante’s Peak”, most of the destruction was achieved using our elaborate 1/4 scale miniatures mixed with shots of full-sized FX and stunts. #PierceBrosnan #LindaHamilton #kickstarter #indiefilms #thewhatmovie... (Read More)

Blast from the Past

February 4th - via:
This plane causes a bunch of trouble in Brendan Fraser’s, ‘Blast from the Past.’  (Read More)


February 3rd - via:
When it's too expensive, too dangerous or just plain impossible, models make it happen.  (Read More)

FX Sequence on Daylight

February 2nd - via:
We blew up the Holland Tunnel 20 different ways. An incredible FX sequence.  (Read More)

The Fly Boys

February 1st - via:
This is from "The Fly Boys". I love the challenge of fooling the audience. To me, this is the true expression of movie magic. Like many of my models, we blew this one up.  (Read More)

Inside the mind of the Director

January 31st - via:
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The Millennium Falcon

January 30th - via:
The Millennium Falcon interior is a private commission. It's a one-of-a-kind playroom for my client's grandkids. It can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs!  (Read More)

My Days at Boss Films

January 29th - via:
My first major movie was Batman Returns. I built the Gotham Cathedral miniature at Boss Films, sculptures and all. Besides being featured in the film, the miniature showed up in several publications. I was 23 years old and off to a good start.  (Read More)

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