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Talitha and the Gnome is a 3D animated film (approximately 20 minutes long) for young children, filled with magic, mystery and mayhem.

UPDATE:   Well, here we are.  Please look for our project on IndieGoGo.com  It'll be up and running in about two weeks, once we've secured a letter of intent from a REALLY WELL-KNOWN ACTOR.

To our backers, thank you, so much, for your support, financial and moral.  You know that it means the world to me. 

We're forced to port our project over to another site.  We've had absolutely NO promotional help from  Kickstarter on any level.  Not even when we launched did we get a mention in the new projects posts. No amount of contact or direct requests on our part (and there were many) seemed to help.  They simply gave us no support - not one single, tiny little shout-out.  Why this disclaimer?  Well, Kickstarter insists on "transparency."  So here it is.  They will not allow us to delete this project, so we have to broadcast our opinion in the name of "transparency", for anyone who may see it after we've canceled the project and all funding with Kickstarter.

UPDATE:  We want to stress that most of the production money will be spent right here in the USA.

UPDATE :  VOICE-OVER ACTORS and WRITERS scroll about a third of the way down the pledges, to the "writers" and "actors" sections.  Take a look at the wonderful opportunities you have to submit your work to people who are planning to make more films in this genre.  Actors, there are some very cool cameo parts available in this production.  Also, learn from successful Hollywood professionals - how to get a professional gig, what's expected of you, and how to keep working in this incredibly competitive environment.

UPDATE:  INVITATION TO AUDITION & CAMEO ROLES IN THE FILM

There's some useful information here for all, and especially for writers, actors, and producers.

STORY

Talitha, a pretty, 12-year-old girl, lives in a remote village, a simple place, existing in a time before coffee shops, internet, and television.  The village people, mainly farmers, happily toil from sunrise to sunset.  During the day the sounds of cheerful children filter across the fields and through the nearby woods. 

Come sunset, everything changes.  People hurry to their homes, lock the doors and latch the window shutters.  Before the light is gone, the streets are consumed by an eerie silence.  And then it comes – a woeful wail from the woods, long and loud.   It becomes the task of one little girl, Talitha, to show the village that love and courage are potent weapons against fear.   Upon her tiny shoulders rests the fate of an entire village, as she and her beloved little dog, Scamper, enter the woods one night.  There they find a world enchanted and magical, populated by a ferocious beast called a “warg”, talking trees, a crusty old gnome, and a myriad of other strange beings.

OVERVIEW

Talitha and the Gnome, was initially conceived as a number of self-contained short stories for children.  The Warg is book one in the series. It's available on Amazon.com, and may be viewed here  http://www.amazon.com/Talitha-Gnome-Rowan-Grey-Sutherland/dp/1456533533/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331703944&sr=8-1 

The film, which is to be attached to the Kindle version of the book, will run approximately 20 minutes.

The series is designed, through entertainment, to teach young children respect for the environment, respect for the many creeds, colors and cultures of the world, respect and compassion for animals, and compassion for the needy and underprivileged.  Book one underlines the power of love.  Love conquers fear ... every time !

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A LITTLE HISTORY OF PRODUCTION, TO DATE

The stories for Talitha and the Gnome were born of a time when I'd drive my precious little girl to school in the mornings.  It was a fairly long drive, so I made up stories to amuse her on the way.  Years later, to my amazement, I found that she still remembered many of those stories and characters with great affection. 

Production begins.  With finance in place, pre-production for an animated short-film began in 2008.  Things went well for a few months - storyboards looked good, concept character drawings looked really good, the theme song was written and recorded, character voices were cast and dialogue recording sessions went very well. 

Disaster strikes.  The time came to begin actual animation.  We decided to animate using MAYA - it seemed a logical choice, as so many of the huge studios make use of it in their productions. That, too, started very well.  And then ... the hammer dropped.  Long story short, we used overseas animation companies on two separate occasions - it was a nightmare!  Financial considerations had driven us to use these companies.  In the end, though they were paid for every rendered frame they'd submitted (even the awful stuff) the second company never sent us our models or raw files.  So there we were, about 18 months in, without our sets and characters, and deeply out-of-pocket.

A new beginning.  Fortunately, we still had our boards and dialogue recordings.  So, we've started again, far wiser than when we began.  This time, most of the production money will be spent right here, in the USA.  Much of the animation will be done in house. 

So far, so good.  The animation we've done, so far, looks beautiful.  Take a look at our intro video, above.   With the help of Kickstarter angels we'll get on track to turn out a wonderful, magical product, in time for some of the excellent film festivals here and around the world. 

THE WEB SITE

The planned web site is not part of this Kickstarter project, but we thought we should mention it as it's going to be DYNAMITE !   All will be welcome on the site, not just children.

It'll be an alternate universe ... one where Talitha, her family, friends, and foes really exist.  Yeehah, I'll spend days there ... who needs sleep?

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    001 ... Our love, and many thanks for your help (well, that goes out to ALL of our wonderful patrons), AND thanks in the film credits - CREDIT LEVEL 30 - approximately 30 names on the screen at one time. To see the approximate layout, click on the link in the "credits" section.

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    WRITER 01. Submit your beautifully conceived and crafted TREATMENT, up to 3 pages, (for each page over 3 please add $15, up to a max of 5 pages) of your film script to us, together with a "release" to protect all parties. Your treatment will be reviewed by a professional reader (and you know these are the gatekeepers to the industry), who will give you an honest 1 page review. Writers, if you can't take honest criticism, this may not be for you ! CREDIT LEVEL 14 - approximately 14 names on the screen at one time.

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    ACTOR 03. For a TWO ACTOR scene. SPECIAL NOTE - the very best recordings from this category will be placed on file, and actors will be eligible for an invitation to audition for other projects. Receive two copies of the production script AND join us in a PROFESSIONAL RECORDING STUDIO in Los Angeles. I will direct the scene, and a professional sound technician will help you get the best out of your session. You'll record YOUR BEST VOICES, each actor playing ONE of the characters from any ONE page of the "Talitha" script. Your recording will be LIP SYNCED (not on the same day, of course) to the video for that page, and you will have access to an amazing segment for your voice-over reel. You'll receive SPECIAL THANKS in the film credits, which will go under ACTOR PLEDGES - CREDIT LEVEL 08!!!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit. We have limited this to only 20 patrons. Join us for one of the most FANTASTIC invited guest-only premier parties you've ever attended, at one of the hippest venues in Los Angeles. You attend as one of the PRODUCERS OF THIS FILM. WE SUPPLY A NIGHT IN A HOTEL AND DINNER, you pay for your air fare and drinks. If there's enough support for it (i.e. if we get maximum pledges for this category), we'll do a major film-release party in Las Vegas, too - and you're invited! It's an exclusive and prestigious credit, on a film which we believe is going to make all kinds of waves as a standalone and as part of the series. CREDIT LEVEL 04.

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    ACTOR 07 - Do the voice for Chubby man (about 28, comedy character), a CAMEO VOICE-OVER in the movie. We'll pay for the recording session and a night in a hotel, if you get yourself to our studio in Los Angeles. If you're out of town and can't make it, we'll arrange for a remote recording session. CREDIT LEVEL 05.

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    ACTOR 09. Cast any or all of the characters in the film. Get your cast to our studio in Los Angeles, and we'll HAVE A BALL RECORDING THE ENTIRE MOVIE in one full day. Our staff will then LIP SYNC the entire film with your recordings. Every one of the cast will have access to a 512 Kbps version of the film. This is high quality video and near CD quality audio - to protect our copyright we can't release anything which is broadcast quality. Recording will be done in May 2012. Sync will be done when the visuals for the film have been completed. CREDIT LEVEL 05.

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