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A short animation about a woman who finds her twenty-year-old diary, and goes back in time to talk some sense into her teenage self.
A short animation about a woman who finds her twenty-year-old diary, and goes back in time to talk some sense into her teenage self.
187 backers pledged $10,260 to help bring this project to life.

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What is I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently?

I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently is a five-minute 2-D animated film.  It's about a woman who discovers the diary she kept in high school, and then travels back in time to confront her teenage self. The style of the film is "tradigital" animation--hand-drawn elements combined with computer animation.

What's the story?

Lydia, a woman in her mid-thirties, discovers the diary she kept in high school. Reading the diary is unexpectedly compelling—it’s from so long ago that it seems like it was written by a different person. Lydia begins rooting for her teenage self as she makes her way through the social dramas and spells of self-doubt she recounts in the diary.

When her teenage self sinks into a self-indulgent funk over a boy, Lydia gets annoyed, and then, as it goes ON and ON, irritated!  She knows now that THAT BOY ISN'T WORTH IT! Lydia bursts into the world of the diary to try to talk some sense into her teenage self.  Through the magic of animation, 36-year old Lydia and 16-year-old Lydia go head-to-head!

Who's involved?

Nina and Lyn are co-directing the film.  Nina is the production designer and lead animator, and Lyn is the writer and editor.

The project came about when Lyn, a filmmaker, and Nina, an animator/illustrator, reconnected 15 years after attending college together, learned about each others' work, and decided that a collaboration was in order!  We were both curious about how our work could grow by learning about the other person's medium.

We are very excited to be joining creative forces on this project.  Not only are we psyched to tell this story and get it out into the world, we're both developing our visual storytelling technique through the collaboration. 

Where will the funds go?

Animation is awesome, but very painstaking and time-intensive.  We want to involve other animators in making the film, which will in turn help us to complete the film much faster.  Most of the funds raised on Kickstarter will go to paying these animators for their time and talent!  The rest will go to paying a composer to create music for the film, and to the costs of the final sound mix.

What will happen once the project is finished?

We're hopeful that the film's look and story will have a broad appeal, and we plan to submit it widely to film festivals, both animation-specific and general interest.  We also plan to make the film viewable FREE online, once it's finished with its festival run.

What are the rewards?

We are offering lots of great rewards in exchange for your support. We've designed original artworks based on the film for all support levels, listed at the right. We have two proto-animations--a thaumatrope (a double-sided image that, when spun, appears to combine into one), and a short flip book rendering of a pivotal scene from the film. We're also offering an original silkscreened print, a giclée print-of-your-choice of any image from the finished film, and custom drawings and writing. See below for images! 

We plan to finish the film in August 2014, and mail out rewards in September 2014.

The thaumatrope, front and back.   2.75" in diameter.
The thaumatrope, front and back. 2.75" in diameter.
The flip book.  4"x 2.5", 40 pages, black-and-white.
The flip book. 4"x 2.5", 40 pages, black-and-white.
Write It Down.  Design for original silkscreened print by Nina, 16"x 20".  Signed and numbered.
Write It Down. Design for original silkscreened print by Nina, 16"x 20". Signed and numbered.
Sample portrait by Nina. 16"x20", signed.
Sample portrait by Nina. 16"x20", signed.

Risks and challenges

Given the project's current stage (i.e., all artwork for each scene created; animation, editing, and sound work remain to be done), we're confident that our estimate of the amount of time and resources it will take to complete the film is accurate.

Should we encounter setbacks arising from technical problems, or from unforeseen events, we will stay in good communication with our backers as to the nature of the setback, and our plan and timeline for surmounting it.

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    A thaumatrope--when you spin it, the main character and her younger self meet eye-to-eye!

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    A flip book of a pivotal scene from the film! 4" x 2.5", 40-pages, in black-and-white. Also, a digital download of the finished film.

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    A DVD compilation of nine of Lyn's short films! Plus the flip book, the thaumatrope, and a digital download of the film.

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    A 16"x 20" silkscreened print based on the film, original artwork by Nina, signed and numbered! Plus a digital download of the film, and your choice of any or all of the previous rewards (Lyn's DVD, the flip book, and the thaumatrope).

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    A 16"x 20" giclée print of your favorite frame of the finished film, signed by Nina! Plus the silkscreened print by Nina; a digital download of the film; and a thank-you in the credits of the film.

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    Nina will draw your portrait! 16" x 20", signed. Plus a giclée print of your favorite frame of the film; the silkscreened print by Nina; a digital download of the film; and a thank-you in the credits of the film.

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    An original, 1-page, animation-ready story by Lyn, theme or content of your choosing! Plus your drawn portrait by Nina; a giclée print of your favorite frame of the film; the silkscreened print by Nina; a digital download of the film; and a thank-you in the credits of the film.

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    Executive Producer credit! Plus an original, 1-page, animation-ready story by Lyn; your drawn portrait by Nina; a giclée print of your favorite frame of the film; the silkscreened print by Nina; and a digital download of the film.

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