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An animated feature for adults: a funny film about depression. A visual adventure that will make you squeal, weep, cringe and laugh.

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!

THE STORY
"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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Miranda amid Midsummer flowers.
Miranda amid Midsummer flowers.

THE PERSONAL
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.

Anna falls in love with Indulis.
Anna falls in love with Indulis.

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. 

Water Spirit dances with Linda near her big house.
Water Spirit dances with Linda near her big house.

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.

Thank you!

Indulis receives funding for his turpentine enterprise
Indulis receives funding for his turpentine enterprise

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"!

GOAL

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:

Storyboards

Making Sets

Stop Motion Animation

Hand Drawn Animation

Linetest

Shadowing and Color

Compositing and Editing

Different Ways of Financing 

Thoughts on Grants

Why Make a Personal Film

Please, write me if you have any questions, concerns or want to see pictures of specific rewards: signe69@gmail.com

A child's life depends on cow milk: the magic of Cowcium!
A child's life depends on cow milk: the magic of Cowcium!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.
THANK YOU!
With all my heart,
Signe

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    MARBLE PACK You will be one of the first to receive a private, password protected link to the completed film online (available after film's theatrical run). You will also receive 5 digital hi-res images from "Rocks In My Pockets" for your desktop. In addition you'll get exclusive updates on "Rocks In My Pockets" developments and screenings. Est. delivery of the private link: Dec 2013

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    RUBY PACK You will receive a signed original animation drawing from "Rocks in My Pockets". And you'll receive the MARBLE PACK. Est. delivery of the private link: Dec 2013

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    JADE PACK You'll receive a pencil colored, original animation drawing from either one of Signe's previous films, "The Threatened One" or "Love Story". In addition you'll receive the MARBLE PACK. Est. delivery of the private link: Dec 2013

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    MOON ROCK PACK You will receive a colorful original artwork by Signe, painted on a wooden board from one of "Rocks In My Pockets" stop motion sets, ready to stand on a table for your enjoyment. Additionally, you'll receive a drawing from "Rocks", a hand painted cell from Signe's "Dentist", two signed DVDs ("Teat Beat of Sex" and "Ten Animated Films") and the MARBLE PACK. Est. delivery of the private link: Dec 2013

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    SAPPHIRE PACK You'll receive one of the paper mache buildings from the "Rocks" sets, signed by Signe. It is a one of a kind sculpture - a stylized, funny version of Riga's Jugendstil. Additionally, you'll receive DVDs of "Teat Beat of Sex" and "Ten Animated Films by Signe Baumane" and the MARBLE PACK. Est. delivery of the digital download: Dec 2013

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    DIAMOND PACK You will get a colorful paper mache Puppet from the film. The Puppet is capable of moving her hands, turning her head and reading a small book if presented a chance. It does not sing, does not tap dance and keeps quiet company. EXCLUSIVE addition: if you are in New York between February and May 2013, you will be invited to participate in a foley session at our sound designer's studio. Additionally you'll receive the MARBLE PACK. Est. delivery of the digital download: Dec 2013. Shipping and travel not included.

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    ROCK STAR PACK You will receive one of the two paper mache trees from the film's sets. Varnish will allow you to keep the tree outdoors. Since neither tree is small you'll need to pick it up in person. This visit would include a thorough studio tour plus delicious snacks shared with Signe and the "Rocks" team. At sunset Signe will lead you through a personalized therapeutic ritual of throwing rocks into New York harbor. A good time is guaranteed. Additionally you'll receive DVDs of "Teat Beat of Sex" and "Ten Animated Films by Signe Baumane" and the MARBLE PACK. Est. delivery of the digital download: Dec 2013. Travel not included.

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    SUPER ROCKET PREMIUM PACK You will receive an Associate Producer credit on the film, plus a personalized paper mache sculpture made to your specifications, and anything else you see on the rewards list that you might like. Available from April 2013 till infinity.

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