Kane Films

This was Mike Kane's website, created to promote his short films and keep his fans updated on his most recent projects. The content is from the site's 2004-2006 archived pages.

My name is Mike Kane.

Hope you liked my creations. I've always been a big fan of animation and I've been pencil sketching since as long as I can remember. I've been doing computer animation since 1999.

My influences include Alex Ross, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, Walt Simonson, John Milton. There's more than that but these are the ones who have given me such memorable stories and images, that they are at the top.

Things I've worked on: 

  • INFILTRATION- Mike Kane, Kanefilms. Star Wars Fan Film (Completed 2003)
  • AVATAR: Origins - Mike Kane, Kanefilms. Original Animated Short (Completed 2003)
  • THE PREMONITION - Bankato, LTD. Star Wars Fan film. 3d animation for environments, the finalle, and animated stunts for the characters.
  • A RISING THREAT- Red Planet Productions. 3d animation and character animation

 

2004 Latest News


April 29, 2004 - ANNOUNCING, Avatar: Child of Peace is completed and ready to view.

April 28, 2004 - Two of my films have been selected for the 2004 Atomfilms Star Wars Fan Film competition. A Fan Letter and Funk'd are now Viewable at ATOMFILMS.COM

March 11, 2004 - I have completed a short Star Wars Spoof of a current TV campaign called "A Fan Letter"

Jan 29, 2004 - Both Infiltration and Funk'd will be playing at the 3rd Annual London Scifi Film Festival this weekend Jan 30-Feb 1st. If you are in the area, Come on out and support the films.

Jan 13, 2004 - I have completed On Your Potty. A short film for children based on the book from Candlewick Press.

Jan 4, 2004 - AVATAR: Torment The next chapter in the Avatar series is underway.

Dec 23, 2003 - I have completed another Star Wars Spoof called Funk'd. That Ashton guy over at MTV only wished he was as smooth as Boba Fett. Se what happens when Fett tries to Funk Darth Vader!

Nov 6, 2003 - Finally, after months of delays and other excuses I'll come up with later...I am please to annouce Avatar: Origins is complete. Free to view online.

Nov 3, 2003 - I'm back. After the overwhelming respose I received from Infiltration, thanks to a frontpage story at CG Channel and exposure from theforce.net, I had 80 gigs of transfers in just a few hours. My ISP Shut me down until November. So now I'm looking for hosts and mirror's to help with the film.

And let me just say, I am so pleased with the response to Infiltration. Thank you to everyone who watched it.

Sept 30, 2003 -

I am pleased to annouce the completion of Infiltration, a computer animated, Star Wars Fan film. Plenty of action with my favorite characters from the Star Wars saga. I hope you enjoy it.

Sept 12, 2003 -

I've added works to the Pencil and Ink Gallery. The Avatar Film has had to return to Post for sound changes. I am very optimistic that the final product will come soon. Perhaps before the end of October. Look here for more news soon.

July 22, 2003 -

Just flying back from Comic-Con in San Diego. Excellent time. I was there to support the Start Wars Fan Film Awards and my entry >"Tie TV Spot". Well, I didn't come away with the top prizes, but I was thrilled by the audience's reaction to the clip of my animation that was playing during the awards.

Comic-Con 2003
San Diego, CA

Just a great time in San Diego and at Comic-Con 2003.

As you probably already know, I was out there to support the "Tie TV Spot" for the 2nd Annual Atomfilms' Star Wars Fan Film contest. I didn't come away with the top honors, but I came away with something better. During a montage of all the films, the audience roared and laughed to my clip. I might have received one the loudest reaction from the crowd during the montage when they saw the image of Boba Fett dancing in the spoof of the Mitsubishi commercial. Those few seconds of laughter from the fans and the other directors/creators meant more to me than that trophy.

While there I had the oppurtunity to meet many of the other artists. Trey (Pink Five) and John (Jedi Hunter) were great guys and very fiendly, and I hope to meet them again next year. I spoke with and was interviewed by Dave Gross from Star Wars Insider. I met Steve Sunsweet from Lucasfilm and many others.

The Awards Ceremony was held on the first day of Comic-con at 8:30. Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) hosted the show. He was very cordial and friendly. Sturck me as a gentleman and an all-around nice guy. The show opened with a montage of all the shorts and proceeded with the awards. The awards were handed to the winners with a viewing of each winners film. You can visit. Atomfilms to see all the results. We were also treated to a performance of "The Star Wars Trilogy in 30 minutes". A live performance that was hilarious and entertaining and very well done. The performers received a standing ovation at the end of the show. Afterwards we all congratulated each other and just had a great time.

On subsequent days at Comic-con, I attended the Kevin Smith Q&A, but his autograph line was capped at 100 people and I missed the oppurtunity to meet him.

I did did get a chance to meet Neil Adams, a very nice man who seemed genuinely pleased to meet his fans. I picked up an autographed Conan Lithograph from him.

I also met Randy Bowen. This guy bent over backwards for his fans. Some people brought what seemed like their entire Bowen collections. Let me tell you, Bowen signed each and every statue, took pictures, shook hands, and was cordial to all his fans. I got my symbiote Spiderman statue signed by him and got a picture as well.

I picked up some nice art from a few guys at the Artist's alley, got to meet other traditional artists and digital artists, and saw some really memorable costumes. Only some of which I posted below.

My wife and I had a great time and I can't wait until next year.

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Latest Projects


On your Potty is a short animation based on the children's book of the same name by Virginia Miller.

This short was created for my children, I think yours might like it also.

 

 

 

 


Funk'd is a Star Wars/Punk'd Spoof where Boba Fett is the Prankster and Vader is his Target. Just wait until you see what happens to the Lord of the Sith!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATOMFILMS Star Wars Fan Film Finalist 2004

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View Funk'd on ATOMFILMS
If you would like a DVD of the film, please contact me at mikekane@kanefilms.com
Directed/Animated/Edited by Mike Kane
Most models provided by the Artists at Scifi3d.theforce.net

Total Running Time: 3 minutes 58 seconds
Those folks over at MTV only wish they were as smooth and cool and Boba Fett! And only Fett can pull a stunt on Darth Vader. Watch what happens when the Lord of the Sith is next in line to get Funk'd!

Total animation and modeling time was (roughly) 25 hours not including render time.
I provided all the voices and music for the comedy spoof.
Thanks for your support.
Thanks for Watching!!


Those folks over at MTV only wish they were as smooth and cool and Boba Fett! And only Fett can pull a stunt on Darth Vader. Watch what happens when the Lord of the Sith is next in line to get Funk'd!

Total animation and modeling time was (roughly) 25 hours not including render time.

I provided all the voices and music for the comedy spoof.

Thanks for your support.

Thanks for Watching!!

 

 


A fully animated, independent short film. Created, written, and animated by Mike Kane. Featuring an original score by composer Derek Devore.

 

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Avatar: Origins is a computer animated fantasy. A tribute to old heroes and tales of adventure.

Its a MOV 320x240 with IMA 4:1. 60 megs large. If you have any trouble watching the film, make sure you have the latest quicktime viewer from www.quicktime.com.

Directed/Animated/Edited by Mike Kane
Written by Mike Kane
Music by Derek Devore http://www.derekdevore.com
Sound Engeneering by Andy Lee Robinson http://www.haveland.com

Total Running Time: 13 minutes 16 seconds

The power of the soul in in each of us, but only a precious few discover it exists.

This first installment, of what I hope will be an ongoing series, tells the story of the Avatar of Hope, his origin, his first battle, and his first experience of his true power.

The film was animated using 3dStudio Max 4.2 and edited in Vegas Video 4.0. Total animation and modeling time was (roughly) 180 hours not including render time. There are several stories that I could tell about the production of the short, some good and some not so good. But here is the end result: a cgi fantasy stylized after Silver Age comics and the Heroes that introduced me to adventure stories.

The soundtrack was written by a very talented and imaginative composer, Derek Devore. He has a long list of credits to his name and I was very fortunate to have him work on this project.

Andy Haveland-Robinson, another very talented artist came in to handle the sound effects and mixdowns for me. He worked magic on much of the dialogue and he was a great addition to the team.

The Avatar of Hope will return in the next installment called "Avatar: Torment". Already in production, I hope to have this completed by Fall of 2004 with excellent sound and improved animation.

Thanks for your support.

If you keep watching them, I'll keep making them.

 

 


 

A Star Wars Fan Film

 

ATOMFILMS Star Wars Fan Film Finalist 2004

If you have any trouble watching the film, make sure you have the latest quicktime viewer from www.quicktime.com.
If you would like a DVD of the film, please contact me.

Directed/Animated/Edited/Music/Vader's Voice Mike Kane
Thanks to Martin Garnier and http://scifi3d.theforce.net
Total Running Time: 45 seconds

A STAR WARS Spoof of the TV campain for a certain company that uses celebrities to read fan mail on the air. I always like the simplicity and the blue and black colors for this campaign .

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2005 Latest News

Solomon Kane The Return of Sir Richard Grenville

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This is an independant, non profit, artistic expression. It is not endorsed by the owners of the Solomon Kane property rights nor is it meant to compete with or undermine any future material.

This short film is taken from the Solomon Kane poem "The Return of Sir Richard Grenville" by Robert E. Howard.

Though most prominently known for creating the genre now known as “Sword & Sorcery”, Howard’s body of work includes historical adventure, suspense, epic poetry, gothic horror, sea stories and Western burlesques in the vein of the great Mark Twain --- Taken from http://www.rehoward.com

Solomon Kane The Return of Sir Richard Grenville Credits

Written by Robert E Howard

Directed/Edited by Mike Kane

Starring:
Michael Ellison
Rob Batie 
Evens Duplessy, Jr

Narration by: 
Andrew Bowyer http://www.abVoices.com

Original Music and Sound Mastering by Wolfgang Mittendorfer

Sound Design by Jodie Kupsco

Filming Crew:
Mike McCarthy
Shirley Kane
The Cuban Menace
Angel Martinez

Total Running Time: 3 minutes 59 seconds

 

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