A 16mm live-action/animated short about a curious young boy who encounters a pair of circus performers in the woods.
Peter & The Paper Wolves will be shot this fall and edited this spring as my senior thesis at Wesleyan University, and then submitted to short film festivals next summer. Right now I am knee-deep in pre-production, and have started drawing the animation sequences and storyboarding the scenes as I finalize the script. So far, I have been lucky enough to get this production off the ground with the help of an extremely dedicated and capable crew and cast that I would trust with my life. But at this point, I need a lot of help from you.
16mm color film is beautiful, magical, and... expensive. Film stock needs to be purchased and then processed for the shoot, and then a final "answer print" needs to be made after I have edited the film together. Titles have to be shot separately for the film, and magstock needs to be purchased so the sound can be on the same 16mm print.
Yet despite these costs, I know that this short needs to be shot on film. In a time when highly accessible digital cameras flood the markets and become the primary means of shooting shorts, film has taken on a special visual quality. 16mm film has been granted the look of an otherworldly medium--an antique, an artifact from a long-lost era. What better way to tell the story of a boy's disillusionment at the turn-of-the-century then to use film?
This is also a film that relies heavily on production design to make the time period and setting convincing. Props, costumes, and set pieces are all integral to making the world of a turn-of-the-century circus seem tangible and concrete--circus tents, phonograph horns, tophats, and selbit boxes (google that one for a spoiler) are just a few of the things we are hunting down right now. Not to mention the basic costs like food for the cast and the crew and housing. I have already received one grant to help fund this project, but this project cannot reach its full potential without the amount I am asking you for now.
For more information about the project and its production, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for making it this far, and thank you for hopefully being a part of something special.
"You're no wolf today, but the other day when you came in as if you had fallen from the moon there was really something of the beast about you." Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf
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