Chase the Ball is a touching story about best friends; a tennis ball and his dog named Chase. Told from the tennis ball's perspective during the final day of Chase’s life, the tennis ball reminisces about their time together. Through these memories, we witness the formation of a life long bond not even death can break.
Chase The Ball addresses a highly emotional and universal topic: the loss of a loved one. In creating this film we want to explore the mental and emotional upheaval when death transitions from abstract possibility to heartbreaking certainty. On its surface this is a sad story, but the true heart of Chase The Ball is acceptance and finding closure after our loved ones are gone.
It's important to note that we are not raising funds to simply create an extended version of the teaser, which is just a series of illustrations with minimal animated effects.
Chase The Ball will be turned into a 6 minute short film using traditional animation in order to achieve a similar artistic style to older animated films such as The Lion King, All Dogs Go To Heaven, and The Land Before Time, where every second of the film is drawn frame by frame.
From script to screen, there are several intermediate steps that drive the animation process. Some of these include:
Character Design - Character design is one of the first steps to bringing a story to life. For Chase The Ball, there are two main character's at four different stages of their lives together.
Concept Art - Concept art is produced at the early stages of a project to convey the look and feel of the film.
Story Boarding - Story boarding visually breaks down the script. The story board artist is responsible for drawing out the story, framing each shot and directing the movement of the camera and characters as well as other background elements. Below is a portion of the storyboard developed for the beginning of Chase The Ball. (Note: View left to right)
Animation - Animation begins by taking the story board beats and filling in the gaps. This is the most time consuming step of the animation process but also the most exciting! It's here where the characters and story finally come to life, frame by frame.
The Budget - Traditional animation is a tedious and time consuming process that requires a motivated team of diverse artists working together, with a common vision, to complete a film. All of the money raised on Kickstarter will go directly to the production of Chase The Ball, with the largest piece of the budget being allocated to character animation to achieve a look and feel similar to older animated films in the vein of Don Bluth’s, The Land Before Time.
Afterwards - When Chase The Ball is complete, we will submit it to various film festivals, beginning with The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
TML Studios - TML Studios is an award winning animation and VFX studio housed on the 4th floor of Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU) in Salt Lake City, Utah. We create magical characters, exciting stories, and wonderful adventures that inspire, excite and motivate!
Juhmelly Carlson is a up and coming Concept/Character design artist who is responsible for all the amazing illustrations in the teaser video.
Ben Rowberry is a story board artist/animator and will be one of our animators when we go into production.
Every contribution counts and is greatly appreciated. Check out all the fun reward tiers that we're offering to say thank you for supporting Chase The Ball.
"Come Here Boy!" - You deserve to see it first! By contributing 5$, you will be able to see Chase The Ball when it's completed. This means you will see it before being screened at film festivals during 2016 and 2017.
"Bad Dog!" - Be apart of Chase The Ball! Every week we are in production, you will receive emails with video journals showing what's being done that week. This will be a priceless look at the complete animation process from beginning to end.
"Good Dog!" - ChaseThe Ball is a story and all stories deserve to be read. Using the illustrations from the teaser along with several new additions, you will be able to download Chase The Ball -- The Book, that will be written in a traditional third person narrative, to your computer and mobile devices. Also receive concept art along with a digital design pack of storyboards, design sketches, and the Chase The Ball Script.
"Go Get It!" - This is our favorite reward! What could be better than having your very own tennis ball with Chase The Ball's face actually printed on it? Answer: NOTHING!!! You can choose between "sad ball" or "happy ball"! Keep it on a shelf as a memento or go outside and play fetch with your dog. What you do is up to you. We only ask that you have fun!
"Let's Go To the Park!" - Since we are located in Salt Lake City, this special rewards tier is for everyone who lives near or in SLC. On a yet to be determined summer afternoon, we will "throw" the best dog friendly BBQ you've ever been to! Can I get a BARK BARK!? There will be great food, beverages, and games for both humans and dogs. If you don't live near SLC but would still like to come, that would be amazing too, but you would have to take care of your own accommodations.
"Now Bring It Back!" - It's kind of a big deal! Although we will thank all our contributors at the end of the film, this rewards tier gets your name in the credits listed under KICKSTATER PRODUCERS.
"Not On The Carpet!" - This is an even bigger deal! Wowy Wow Wow! We realize that a thousand dollars (or more) is a serious commitment and with this level of contribution, you will be credited as a legitimate EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.
It's also important to mention that all contributors will receive the rewards that are below their contribution level. For example, if you pledge $100 ("Now Bring It Back!"), you'll get your name in the credits, plus all of the rewards in the lower tiers.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges are apart of any project, however the benefit of creating an animated film, as opposed to live action, is that there's significantly less external factors that can disrupt production.
That being said, there are factors unique to the animation process that require special care and attention. Perhaps the most important is consistently having all digital material and information saved to multiple backups. If technical problems do arise, this will prevent any data from being permanently lost.
Being an experienced animation studio, we have pipelines already in place and years of experience in creating animations. Short of having our studio explode, and needing to rebuild, we're confident in our timeline we have set for Chase The Ball.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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