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April 11, 2012 10:11 AM
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Project of the Day: Trackers Save the Day when New Forces Enter the World in 'Dust'

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Dust takes place in a world that is rapidly changing where new species and adaptations constantly alter the balance of their ecosystems.
Elevator Pitch:

Dust takes place in a world that is rapidly changing. Each year new species and adaptations alter the balance of their ecosystems. Throughout history Trackers have studied shifts in the environment and taught people to live in harmony with the natural world. With the advancement of technology people’s views began to shift and the Tracker ways were abandoned. Now a deadly new plague linked to a mysterious dust is devastating the countryside around Kabé—the world’s oldest city. Filmed on location in Shikoku, Japan, this VFX intensive short film offers a first glimpse into the world of Dust.

Production Team:

Director: Mike Grier
Producer: Josh Grier
Writer: Jason Gallaty
DP: Michael Nie

About the Production:

"My travels in Japan inspired many of the themes in Dust. I was amazed by the diversity of Japan’s countryside and the distinct contrast between rural areas and the nearby cities. While developing the concept for Dust I founded Ember Lab, a VFX and animation studio, to help fund the project and establish a creative team to bring the world to life. Each project we’ve taken on has pushed us to grow and allowed the possibilities for Dust to expand. The journey of making this film has brought us closer together and in many ways we’ve become like a family." -- Mike Grier

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  • Aaron Ybarra | May 5, 2012 10:44 PMReply

    Dust has the makings of great science fiction: heart plus special effects. I'm sold!

  • Nitchamon | April 18, 2012 2:20 AMReply

    I really like it :)

  • joyce champeny | April 14, 2012 10:20 AMReply

    "Dust" looks like a very creative project. I want to see the finished film!

  • jon champeny | April 14, 2012 10:14 AMReply

    Looks like a great movie!

  • Volleybeach | April 13, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    Sounds fascinating. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  • Val Dunnam | April 13, 2012 11:03 AMReply

    Yes, I want to see Dust. Looks intriguing.