For a certain type of gal—and by that I mean me—Jonathan Langager is quite the catch. Surely there’s an insect pun in there somewhere—and by that I mean the “catch” bit—but neither Langager nor his Kickstarter project, Josephine and the Roach, needs be dressed up in wordplay. Combining live action with stop-motion animation in an “offbeat short film about a cockroach who falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests,” Josephine and the Roach—and one sweet ‘n smiley Langager—are an imaginative delight.
Langager’s first Kickstarter successful Kickstarter campaign launched this USC MFA production, and his follow-up seeks finishing funds for digital effects, score composition, and festival submissions. For his first project, in addition to the obvious goodies like DVDs and film posters, Langager offered such inventive rewards as “an original drawing of a cockroach on a postcard, in whatever context you would like him to be. Taking a bubble bath, for instance.” In this second campaign, Langager’s got a whole new shop of adorable. For $10 you can get “a copy of “The Small New Yorker,” the premier periodical of urbane arthropods. The tiny magazine (a little bigger than a postage stamp) includes poetry, illustrations, and articles written exclusively for cockroaches.” And, for the high-rolling queen bees, Langager encourages, “let your imagination go wild, and the director will draw it for you.” Check out that tiny mag and some wild-running imaginations below:
“Seagulls vs Moths”
“Oriole and Caterpillar Engaged”
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