The Cucaranchula is a love triangle between an ambitious young writer, a pompous critic, and a frightfully lovable little creature.
Cucaranchula is a combination of the words cockroach and tarantula but the film won’t be nearly as creepy as it sounds!
The story is about a young woman by the name of Paige Turner who dreams of being a writer. One night, she invites a pompous author by the name of Clive Bradley to have dinner with her and critique her new book. He gladly accepts her invitation, only to tell her that she’s the worst writer that he’s ever seen. Paige is crushed by his remarks, and is about to give up on herself...
However, Paige shares her apartment with some sort of…creature. It’s a combination of a tarantula and a jumping spider, but with more personality. Although Paige doesn’t even know that this thing exists, it manages to convince her, however accidentally, to believe in herself. It also manages to teach Clive a well-deserved lesson in humility.
Besides being fun, quirky, and thoroughly entertaining, The Cucaranchula also has a message: Don't give up, no matter what. Work hard and believe in yourself, and always be kind to spiders.
However, in order to get The Cucaranchula creepin' around, we're going to need your help.
It’s important to have complete creative control over the environment, especially since the Creature will be brought to life using stop motion animation. So, we’re going to need to build a set. We’ll be extremely frugal, but we’ll still need approximately $2,000.00.
$1,000 will go to any necessary compensation, such as transportation costs for the cast and crew, and any necessary replacements to the set, costumes, or props that we may need.
$750 will go to Creature Effects. The creature designer/ animator is extremely talented and resourceful, but she'll still need funds to make sure that the star of The Cucaranchula can creep and crawl to its fullest extent.
$950 will go to feeding the cast and the crew. Good filmmaking requires a lot of energy, and we’ll need to be able to keep that up! (Luckily, the Creature won't need to eat anything, since it's just a puppet.)
$300 will go towards wardrobe, props, and makeup.
Anything else we're able to raise will go towards making your rewards as awesome as possible.
The total only comes to $5,000.00. Everyone involved in The Cucaranchula has made incredible, award-winning films with very low budgets. Imagine what we'll be able to do with only $5,000.00.
Once again, this will only be possible with your help. So overcome your fear of spiders, and give The Cucaranchula a chance to jump from the page onto the screen!
Because it will be a fun, quirky and inspiring project that is destined to get exposure at screenings and film festivals. Aside from being screened throughout the state of Wisconsin, writer/director Kate Balsley has exhibited her films and videos in film festivals from Los Angeles to New York, and from London to New Zealand. (check out her website at http://www.lipstickrobot.com.) The cast and crew consists of highly talented faculty, students, and alumni from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, so this project is sure to succeed!
If you contribute, you'll get amazing rewards and a chance to get your name in the credits of the film. This works out even better if you have your own business because we'll happily promote it on the Facebook page, the blog, and the credits of "The Cucaranchula."
"The Cucaranchula" won't be entirely animated, but it will be a combination of live action and stop-motion animation.
Digital technology has worked wonders, but we personally feel that it can't quite match the quality and unique characteristic of stop-motion animation. The creature must look as if it exists in the same space and time as the human characters, not merely added in post-production using snazzy computer software. Besides, stop-motion animation will be wonderfully reminiscent of those awesome 1950s science fiction films, as well as the early work of Tim Burton and acclaimed animator Jan Svankmajer.
Girls are stereotypically afraid of spiders. We want to challenge that assumption, because women are a lot smarter, braver, and stronger than they are typically given credit for. We also want the spider to symbolize the challenge that many aspiring artists face, as well as the fear of criticism and failure that many people find to be so crippling.
Besides, spiders are cool! Give 'em a chance!