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BlastOff! Press Releases
DreamLight’s BlastOff! Wins
Silver W3 Award at the 2007 W3 Awards for Web Video - Animation
DreamLight’s BlastOff! Awarded “Official
Honoree” Distinction for the 11th Annual Webby Awards
DreamLight Launches its first Award-winning
3D Animated Short Film – BlastOff!
1 Line Synopsis
A child’s new space shuttle bed takes a toy alien
on a wild ride through the rings of Saturn in the child’s
115 Word Synopsis
The story begins at dawn with a child’s wishful drawing
of a space ship. During the day his father builds him a custom
designed space shuttle bed and fills his room with toys.
As the sun sets, one of the child’s toys, a little
green alien, comes to life and is excited to play space ship
pilot. As his imagination soon takes over completely, the
room fades away and the shuttle bed blasts the little alien
out into space for a wild rocket ship ride through the rings
of Saturn. The alien finally comes crashing back to reality
as the child returns home to find his room is a complete
BlastOff! is a pilot for an upcoming 3D animated web
series where each night when a child goes to bed, his toy alien
comes to life
and flies through various space adventures while the child sleeps
in his BlastOff! Bed. This 3-minute pilot webisode shows the BlastOff!
Bed being constructed and its maiden voyage.
BlastOff! tells the story of how the worlds of reality
and fantasy easily blend together in the fertile imagination
of a young child. What
better way to launch a child’s imagination than a custom designed
space shuttle bed?
The toy alien in BlastOff! is really a proxy for
the child’s own imagination. After being warned not to make a mess
by his mother,
the boy goes
to his room to play with the brand new space shuttle bed that his
father built for him. He immediately becomes so immersed in an
imaginary space adventure that he makes a complete mess of his
room before he even realizes it.
Various conventions of time passage are used to show how time
varies dramatically in a child’s mind, from the slow, continuous,
time-lapse of the sunlight changing and sliding across the room
during the progressive stages of the construction stills, to the
frantic pace of the imaginary space flight, and finally the abrupt
return to back to reality.
BlastOff! was conceived as a test pilot project where
I could exercise and refine the skills necessary to produce a 3D
animated short film, from concept to completion. I especially wanted
to focus on many aspects of 3D character animation and build a
viable animation pipeline in preparation of launching a new 3D
animated series of shorts. I’m currently in the process of designing
a new main character for the BlastOff! series name 0090™ (NineOh™)
since the initial little green alien was a character I had originally
older project. The progress of the series can be seen on the Autiton
Archives™ Work-in-progress Web log.
BlastOff! was inspired by the real BlastOff!
Space Shuttle Bed that Michael Scaramozzino designed and
for his son MJ when
he was three years old and ready to graduate to a “big
The real BlastOff! Space
Shuttle Bed was featured on
What I Did!, Episode
#HLWID-106, which airs as follows.
Check HGTV.com for
- Sun, Dec 17, 06, 6:30 PM ET/PT
- Thu, Jan 11, 07, 6:00 PM ET/PT
- Thu, Jan 18, 07, 1:30 PM ET/PT
- Wed, Jan 24, 07, 1:30 PM ET/PT
- Wed, Feb 14, 07, 6:00 PM ET/PT
- Wed, Feb 21, 07, 1:30 PM ET/PT
- Wed, Mar 21, 07, 6:00 PM ET/PT
- Thu, Jun 21, 07, 6:00 PM ET/PT
- Wed, Oct 31, 07, 5:00 PM ET/PT
- Mon, Jun 16, 08, 8:00 AM ET/PT
- Mon, Aug 25, 08, 8:00 AM ET/PT
Dec 26, 08, 8:00 AM ET/PT
BlastOff! - A Family Film Production
BlastOff! is not only a short film for the whole family, about
a family, but the whole family actually contributed to its creation.
The film’s inspired by the custom designed space shuttle bed that
Michael Scaramozzino built for his son MJ and he invited the whole
family to participate in the film.
- Michael’s son MJ and wife Ann, both had a blast recording
the vocals to play themselves in the film.
- The marker drawing of a space ship used in the opening is
one of MJ’s actual drawings, right down to the backwards “J”.
- The murals of Saturn and rocket exhaust on the walls are the
actual paintings that Ann did in MJ’s real bed room, which the
entire set is based upon.
Telebites.com - Internet Broadband Premiere
Internet - November 1, 2006
Web Video/Animation Competition Awards
wins a Silver W3 Award from
the International Academy of the Visual Arts’ W3 Awards
competition in the pioneering category of Web Video
- Animation. Receiving over 2,700 entries, The W3 Awards
honors outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, and Web
Video created by some of the best interactive agencies,
designers, and creators worldwide.
wins an Official Honoree Webby Award in
the category of animation, a distinction that recognizes
work exhibiting remarkable achievement. Hailed as the “Oscars
of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby
Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence
on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising,
Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites.
Film Festival Awards & Official Selection Screenings
Film Festival Official Selection Screenings
City Film Festival - Palatka, Florida - January
Short Film Festival - Boulder City, Nevada -
February 8-11, 2007
Damn Film Festival - Minneapolis, Minnesota
- February 17-18, 2007
Ann. East Lansing Children’s Film Festival -
Michigan - February 23 - March 1, 2007
Film Festival - Ogden, Utah - February 28 -
March 3, 2007
Beach Film Festival - Delray Beach, Florida
- March 13-18, 2007
Other Venice Film Festival - Venice, CA - March
Annual Cleveland International Film Festival -
Cleveland, Ohio - March 15-25, 2007
Fernando Valley International Film Festival -
North Hollywood, CA - March 16-25, 2007
Planet Short Film Festival of Hollywood - North
Hollywood, CA - April 20-22, 2007
Bones International Film Festival - Muskogee,
OK - April 23-29, 2007
Windsor International Film Festival - Children's Film Fest -
Detroit, MI - June 27th, 2009
- New Hampshire
Film Festival - Portsmouth, NH - October 15-18, 2009
Forms: 3D Computer Animation, Short
Genres: Family, Comedy, Fantasy, Independent,
Runtime: 3 minutes
Date of Completion: October 2006
Country of Production: USA
Preview Formats: DVD Region
0 NTSC, QuickTime
Exhibition Formats: DVD Region 0 NTSC,
MiniDV NTSC, QuickTime
Exhibition Info: SD DV, Color, Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 (4x3 VIDEO)
Distribution: The film is available for
BlastOff! Special Edition DVD
Producer, Director, Creator, Writer, Animator, Editor, Sound
Effects, Voice of Alien, Contact
323 Andover Street, Suite 6
Wilmington, MA, 01887
U S A
Tel & Fax: 978 658-5110 (Day)
Original Music Composer
Michael James Scaramozzino
Voice of Boy
Ann M. Scaramozzino
Voice of Mom
As an early digital media pioneer, Michael Scaramozzino has been creating award-winning
computer graphics and interactive multimedia for over twenty years.
Michael studied computer science at the University of California
San Diego before transferring to the Rhode Island School
of Design where he earned a BFA in illustration / animation
a year early, due to the strength of his portfolio.
Upon graduating, he became the acting director of RISD’s newly established
creative computer center as well as a computer software consultant designing
software in C for Unix.
Michael then founded the pioneering digital studio DreamLight
Interactive in 1987, where he could meld his computer science
expertise together with
talent in the brand new fields of 3D animation and interactive multimedia.