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$571
pledged of $8,750pledged of $8,750 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 25 2015 6:15 AM UTC +00:00

About

A love story that reaches across space.

 

Blue and Red are both creative scientists who love inventing things and looking to the stars.  With their uplifting and adventurous ways of looking at life, they seem absolutely perfect for each other.  Unfortunately, they are currently living on two different planets and so far neither has the technology to fly to the other.  So for now they meet with very crude holograms set at a dinner table.  But when Blue's projector is broken, he becomes determined to find a way to Red's world.

My Name is Hasani Walker, an animator and film maker.  Star Crossed is a light hearted love story about two characters who will go to any lengths to be with each other.  Most of my animated shorts in the past have been dark, like the Grim which was funded on Kickstarter, but Star Crossed is an attempt at a brighter and more animated setting.

The Characters

Meet Blue

Blue and his world is very rounded in design.  nearly everything is made from circles or has beveled edges.  The time period of his planet is meant to reflect the 1920's.

Meet Red

 Red's world is much sharper than Blues with everything made in squares, triangles, and corners.  Her world is meant to have a late 1800's feel crossed with steam punk.  Much of her design is inspired by Amelia Earhart.

Meet Blue's Cat

 Of the two characters, Blue is the only one with a pet.  A very curious cat named Turquoise.

Why is this on Kickstarter?

I try to only turn to Kickstarter when a project gets into a position where it will absolutely need help.  This film has had story boards made

 Character models have been created and rigged.

 And sets and props are being put together.  

The next step is animation, and that's where I need help.  In the past, the crew of people helping me on a film has been either just myself or 2 to 3 other people.  This time around I want to get help from a larger group to help make this project less of a struggle compared to my past ones and hopefully speed up the time of production (animation can take a while when you have only one animator).

So with the help of schools like iAnimate, Animation Mentor, and Ringling, I found a group of 8 artists to help bring this film to life!

And that brings us to why I'm on Kickstarter.  I've always wanted a larger team of animators helping me on a film, but I don't want to have them work for free.  After you graduate from an art school it can be hard to find work and a lot of people will expect you to work for free and accept exposure as payment.  I don't want to treat artists like that.  I want to give them payment for the work they do.  

So on this project, each animator will be paid $1000 for 40 hours worth of work.  The extra amount I'm asking for is to help pay for gathering and shipping rewards.  If we go over our goal, I'm going to split the stretched amount among the animators as a bonus!

Help support our animators!

Here are the animators that are helping me on this film!

Hernán Guerra

 Hernán is a 29 year old Argentinian artist, who studied Audiovisual Design at the University of Buenos Aires. He worked in three animated feature films so far: 'Underdogs' (2013), 'All Creatures Big And Small' (aka 'Two By Two', 2015), and 'Richard the Stork' (2016). He loves every aspect of the animation process; from rigging and scripting to character animation.

http://www.hernanguerra.com/

Steven Ray

A little about myself, I am a graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design with a degree in Computer Animation. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, I've been wanting to be an animator since I was around six years old, doing small stop motion animations. My biggest production was my senior thesis from Ringling called Song of the Knight. I have moved to Los Angeles where I've been working on freelance for about 2 years now as well as working as customer support at The Foundry.

Michele Le

Reel

Michele Le is a freelance character animator/3D generalist who has worked on various projects including short films, architectural visualizations, and storybook apps. She graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design majoring in computer animation, and coproduced a collaborative senior thesis short film called "Hellbent". Shortly after graduation, she began freelance work on a short film called "Arabesque" for Vivid Animation Studio that is still in production. Most recently, she has worked on various projects for Blue Ocean Studio as a generalist. 

Eric Swymer

Reel

I'm from Boston and relocated to Atlanta when I was younger and am now located in Los Angeles. In Atlanta I founded an artist Co-op where I produced and curated art exhibits and when I moved to LA I began working as a freelance story artist doing clean up for various films, tv and commercials. I've recently finished training in Ianimate's feature program and am working on my own projects while looking for studio work.

Jorge Alvarez

Jorge Alvarez is a character animator with several years of experience in traditional and 3D animation. He worked in many Tv series, commercials, independent projects and animated movies since graduates for animation school. He realize also several personal projects and wins two awards for a short film.

Gabriele Ranfagni

Reel

My name is Gabriele Ranfagni I'm born in Italy in 1975 begin to work as 2danimator in 95 in Italy After 4 years of traditional animation i've flow to Luxembourg where I begin to work as storyboarder. In the meanwhile I work as 7 years as animation adn drawing teacher. For 10 years I work as storyboard artist before to come back to my first love. Animation. Since 2010 I travel around the world to work in many projects as CGI animator

Jenny Huggins

My name is Jenny Huggins. I graduated from The Art Institute of Austin in 2013 at the top of my class. During my studies I became fascinated with character rigging and have continued to grow my rigging skills sense leaving school. I was very honored to have rigged the characters Red and Blue for this project. I have worked many on my other projects that have required a range of my skills. From concept art for children books and post cards to Rotoscoping and composition. I am passionate about my work. And I look forward to this amazing story coming to life.

Leah Sackett

Animal rigging and animation

What can you get for helping?

Other than the satisfaction of helping out animators, You'll also get rewards for your donation like making of books, concept art, and custom made items!

Here are some of the items available!

3D prints of the characters!

The art of Star Crossed book detailing the making of the film!

 Original sketches of characters!

Hasani crew t-shirts!

Custom made images of you as a Red or Blue alien.

 Here's a look at exactly what each level of rewards will get you!

Rewards

What do I get in return? 

I get to have this story told and with the help of amazingly talented artists!  I love animation, and I'm hoping this campaign works so I can continue this trend and do more films with the help of a team of animators!

So I hope you'll help us bring this film together and take it to the film festival circuit!  I'm very excited to tell this story!

-Hasani

Risks and challenges

As with any film, the main risk after reaching the goal is making sure everything is done on time, especially when rendering comes in. Render times can be unpredictable at times.. Fortunately I found some dedicated artists and I tend to obsess over getting things done so you can be assured that this film will be completed, and if the campaign fails the first time I'll revise post again!

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    Every bit helps! for this donation you'll get access to all backer exclusive updates, my everlasting gratitude and a Twitter shout out on my personal page!

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    What is life like on Red's planet, or Blue's? Find out with a series of wallpaper images that show different aspects of the world's they live in. You'll also get the twitter shoutout!

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    Want to know more about the art and inspiration of this film? You can see and read all about it in the PDF book of the art of Star Crossed. See concept art, storyboards, and stories about how this film came to be.

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    You get all of the above plus a limited edition Star Crossed Coffee Mug! I'll also send a signed thank you letter for your support!

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    All the past rewards, plus A pencil sketch of Red or Blue made just for you by the director! Each sketch will be signed and numbered.

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    The past rewards and A Hasani Legion film crew shirt! Show that you're part of the team with this amazing fashion statement!

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    All of the above plus a printed and signed book of the art of Star Crossed! The printed book will also feature additional images not available in the pdf version!

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    All of the above plus a 3D print of your choice of Blue or Red!

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    How would you look if you were in the world of Blue or Red? Find out with an original print image of yourself made by the director!
    You'll also receive all the previous rewards!

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    You'll get a bust of Red or Blue, you're choice, signed and sculpted by the director! You'll also get the past rewards!

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    COUPLES DOUBLE!

    You get a replica of the flower from Blue's planet! Along with this you'll get 2 coffee mugs, one Red and one Blue, 2 posters, 2 prints of the book, 2 concept art prints, 2 pencil sketches, 2 shirts, the 3D prints of Red and Blue, the sculpted bust of Red and Blue, and a custom character image of you and a person of your choice in the style of Red or Blue! You'll also get the twitter shout out, thank you letter, and other digital rewards!

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    STAR CROSSED PRODUCER CREDIT!

    You get all the rewards of the COUPLES DOUBLE and also a producer credit on the film! Your name will also appear on the film poster.

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Funding period

- (30 days)