A STRETCH GOAL of $52,800!
A film doesn't exist if people don't know about it. We have to print posters, buy ads, pay festival submission fees, translate the voiceover and do subtitles. Let's bring "Rocks" to as wide an audience as possible! Thank you!
"Rocks In My Pockets" is a story of mystery and redemption. The film is based on true events involving the women of my family (including myself) and their surrender to madness, with names changed to protect innocent bystanders. The film is packed with visual metaphors, surreal images and my twisted sense of humor. If you love animation, art, women, strange daring stories, Latvian accents, history, nature and adventure, this is a film for you!
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I am making this film because I find the fragility of our minds fascinating. Life is strange, unpredictable and I see the humor in it all. Yes, I almost broke down, but I came back to tell my story. I hope you'll laugh with me.
THE ART OF IT
Each of the 129,600 frames in "Rocks In My Pockets" has been hand crafted. First I made paper mache sets - rooms, forests, city streets. Then we lit and shot them with a digital camera either as still pictures or as stop motion sequences creating a 3D effect. Then on paper I hand animated the 2D characters walking, talking and interacting with the stop motion sets. After the animation was done, each drawing was scanned and colored in Photoshop. Then the sequence was imported into After Effects for compositing and output. The final edit is being done in Final Cut Pro. "Rocks In My Pockets" is 90 minutes long, it has 20 episodes comprised of 669 scenes. There are 28 stop motion paper mache sets and approximately 23,000 drawings.
THE MAKE OR BREAK POINT
The "Rocks In My Pockets" animation is finished. We see the light at the end of the tunnel! Still, only 2/3 of the film is colored. We have 7,500 more drawings to go. Our small, but very dedicated team is working hard on that. The film promises to have a beautiful, unique look. But a fully colored film without music and sound effects is not a complete cinematic experience. We need to raise $42,800, the bare minimum to finish coloring, editing, and to add the music and sound.
HOW YOUR MONEY WILL HELP
- it will help the coloring team continue the work without interruption and delay
- it will afford a talented composer to focus solely on this project for 6 weeks to write an original score
- it will allow the composer to hire a small orchestra (4 - 8 musicians) to record the music with acoustic instruments
- it will rent a sound studio to record the music
- it will allow a talented sound designer to work exclusively on the "Rocks In My Pockets" sound design for more than 12 weeks. Each of the characters' moves or steps has to be accentuated with a specific sound. The sound designer will have to do a lot of foley work. In the end all of the sound effects, the music and the voiceover will have to be mixed so you get the best of each
- it will allow us to do the final edit in a professional studio
Your support will give color, music and sound to "Rocks In My Pockets". You will be part of this creative process.
OTHER WAYS OF HELPING
You can spread the word of the "Rocks In My Pockets" Kickstarter campaign to your family, friends, as well as to your Facebook community!
If you know of any mental health organizations or groups that we should contact regarding this campaign, please let us know!
If you know people who love animation and art, tell them about "Rocks In My Pockets"!
If you know a person who has an interest in mental health or simply likes unusual stories, please tell them about "Rocks In My Pockets"!
Tell your Latvian friends about the film!
Tweet about the "Rocks In My Pockets" Kickstarter campaign! And Tweet some more!
If you know a blogger who writes about mental health or a blogger who writes about animation, please let them know about "Rocks"!
With your support we are looking to finish "Rocks" by April.
SEE THE PROCESS
We have a blog where over the last year we've posted brief videos on our production process. Here are stories on:
Please, write me if you have any questions, concerns or want to see pictures of specific rewards: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
We were very lucky to get a big part of our funding at the start of the project. In 2010 "Rocks In My Pockets" received grants from NYSCA and The Jerome Foundation. Women Make Movies became the "Rocks In My Pockets" fiscal sponsor, which meant the project's donors received tax deductions. We did a few fundraising events and an IndieGoGo campaign. In the fall of 2011 we stopped fundraising and focused solely on the film. Making an animated feature is a laborious and time consuming process. One cannot imagine having people working for free on a project for 2 years.
The "Rocks In My Pockets" team is very small - 4 people including myself. We work every day for 9 - 12 hours. By December 2012 it became clear that even with running the production very frugally, by the end of February 2013 we'd run out of money and have to stop production to raise additional funds. But the film is almost done! The coloring and compositing teamwork is running seamlessly right now. To stop this well-run process indefinitely risks shelving the project for who knows how long? We want to make the film available to the broader public sooner rather than later because mental health is a big national conversation right now and we would like "Rocks In My Pockets" to be part of it.
Without funding there will be no sound nor music. It can take up to four months on a feature film for a sound designer to select and edit sound effects, then mix the sound effects, music and voiceover together. The work has to be compensated or the film will have no sound.
Since the film has a special handmade, Eastern European look to it we chose to work with a composer whose musical style would perfectly match the visuals. The composer needs to rent recording space and hire a small orchestra. It all requires funds.
I wish it was less, but $42,800 is the bare minimum to finish the film. Without it "Rocks In My Pockets" might be in danger of becoming a beached whale - first alive, screaming and kicking, then tired, then limp and then just a memory in the sand.
Please, don't let that happen!
The rewards for supporting this project go beyond the original paper mache sculptures, paintings and drawings that I am offering. You'll become a patron of a unique piece of art - a daring film that offers a glimpse inside an artist's mind, with all the fun, colorful, visual metaphors that accompany it.
With all my heart,
- (30 days)