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.
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UPDATE: INVITATION TO AUDITION & CAMEO ROLES IN THE FILM
There's some useful information here for all, and especially for writers, actors, and producers.
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.
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 !
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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