“Pigeon: Impossible” by Independent Artist

  • ©Lucas Martell  Independent Artist


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    Pigeon: Impossible


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    “Pigeon: Impossible” is the tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.

    The film took nearly five years to complete and is the first attempt at animation by writer/director Lucas Martell: “When the project started, it was mostly an excuse to learn 3D animation, but by the end of the project I had spent so much time reworking and polishing the story that I just wanted people to laugh.”

    The end-result is a hilarious six-minute romp through the streets of Washington, DC as our hero fights to save himself and the world from the chaos reigned down by a hungry pigeon. Breathtaking visuals and a sweeping soundtrack showcase the work of nearly 100 talented artists and musicians, and the film stands as a testament to what can be accomplished by a team of dedicated volunteers working for the love of their craft.


    XSI, Shake, Combustion, Photoshop, After Effects

Additional Contributors:

    Written, Directed, and Produced by: Lucas Martell

    Additional Story by: Austen Menges Scott Rice, Gopal Bidari

    Music by: Christopher Reyman

    Animators: Lucas Martell, Jason Lindsay, Adrian Zambrano, Rodney Brunet, Adnan Chatriwala

    Models/Textures: Tad Catalano, Jason Nichols, Don DeGrasse, Ousama Itani, Eric Burke

    Hair/Cloth: Tad Catalano

    Environment Coordinator: Ousama Itani

    Lighting/Rigging: Lucas Martell

    Assistant Director/Art Director: Belal Hibri

    Additional Character Design: Amalia Litsa, Lindsey Villareal, Magnus Skold

    Editor: Austen Menges

    Sound Design and Mix: Dave Bewley, Corey Roberts, 501 Audio

    Post Services: 501 Post, George O’Dwyer, Jim Reed

    Associate Producer: Gopal Bidari

    Music Performed by: Millikin University Jazz Orchestra, Austin Wind Symphony

    Acknowledgement: Additional support provided by the Austin Film Society

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