To court his muse, an artist must first outsmart her dog. A short animated film collaboration by Dana and Terrence Masson.
The Café - a collaborative student / professional short animated film
Some love is forever ... some more than others.
The Café tells the story of a hopelessly romantic artist who tries to win the woman of his dreams. Every day presents another opportunity to court her, or at least get her to notice him, as she passes the Café below his studio.
Standing in the way of our protagonist, a viciously protective, annoyingly cunning, adorably fluffy white dog.
Often thwarted but never deterred, watch as the artist dances through life embodying the dreamer in all of us.
THE FILMAKERS : Dana (Boadway) Masson & Terrence Masson
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The film's producers need your support to make possible a dream several years in the making. Both are accomplished individuals within the film industry, and also professors, who have used this animated film as a core teaching tool of their classes. Since introducing it to their students, the film has taken on a life of its own, and now a final funding push is necessary to bring it to completion, by paying our graduates!
THE CREW - THE COLLABORATION
Our crew is comprised of students at Northeastern University taking the upper-level courses in Capstone or Short Animated Film Production and Development which teaches students core aspects of pre-production and animation. Students have had the chance to contribute to every aspect of the film including modeling, lighting, animation, visual effects, look-development, editing, marketing, sound effects, music composition, and more. It's been 5 years (!) so far focussing on the learning objectives in the classroom but we want to make the final PUSH and get it finished!
In partnership with our students are a rotating "special forces team" of professional friends volunteering their time and talents for character design and animation. A unique international, interdisciplinary collaboration of epic proportions!
While the finished product of this film is important, we stress even greater importance on the journey, and we invite you to join us for the ride to the finish!
WHAT'S THE CASH FOR?
*** Go see our VIDEO UPDATE in the UPDATES TAB ABOVE!! ***
Our campaign is looking to raise the $$$ necessary to take the film out of the classroom and into the world of finished, professional independent films. Our aspirations are high, and so are the costs ... primarily to pay our students during the summer and after they graduate, to fund rendering hardware, professional musicians and promote the film when finished. We will also be looking for a part-time professional lighting / compositing TD to do some heavy lifting.
During the past year we have been iterating on our look development, the edit (about 5 min long), character animation, set dressing, lighting and compositing ... our animatic / story reel is getting tighter with every pass.
THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Like the artist, we're doing all we can to make the dream a reality. Join us for the ride and the learning experience, and here's to our not running into any angry dogs along the way!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The vast majority of work is already done; the Kickstarter funds will go mainly to push the massive lighting and compositing task past the finish line. The main risk is working with student / semester schedules and not being able to wrap up the other misc final work in a timely manner; but that's on my back as Producer to make sure that doesn't happen. With my experience and proven track record I'm confident we WILL wrap this up on time and to the highest level of quality. With a successful campaign we can also hire a full time lighting/compositing Technical Director to really move things along. We have purposefully driven our look-dev while also keeping the production tech "low" using industry standard tools (Maya and Mental Ray) to avoid any risky "R&D surprises" - Terrence
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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MERCI! For donations of $5 you will receive a personalized digital thank you from The Café director and producer, Dana and Terrence Masson .. and our eternal gratitude. That's barely the cost of a Starbucks caffé lattee and a cookie!Estimated delivery:
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A coffee mug? C'mon you've already got a few dozen on your shelf, which is why we are making .. the Café ESPRESSO CUP (complete with saucer of course) ... concentrated caffeine delivery system, an absolute essential to the production of any short animated film.Estimated delivery:Add $3 USD to ship outside the US
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"I want to support The Café ... But keep your tchotchke and just take the cash already!" This reward is ... you don't have to clutter your shelf or closet with any reward, and we get to put a little extra of your valuable contribution towards production costs. You could always consider just $5 more for the BluRay and be one present ahead for Christmas shopping next year :)Estimated delivery:
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Just want the film? Well that's what you'll get. A beautiful BluRay with Director & Producer audio track option and super secret behind the scenes bonus material too!Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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Blu-ray DVD package deal! All of the above, plus a full sized theatrical POSTER of The Café .. signed by the director and Producer of course.Estimated delivery:Add $7 USD to ship outside the US
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A 90 minute "Making Of / Behind the Scenes" live Q&A with Director Dana Boadway Masson and Producer Terrence Masson. Plus all of the above.Estimated delivery:Add $7 USD to ship outside the US
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Don't want any merch? Add to your "cell" collection. Pick your favorite frame from the film and we will print it (approximately 8"x10") in full color and frame it with archive quality photo paper. How cool is that? SO many great scenes!? Can't decide?? Get 2! Or 7 :)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"I REALLY want to support The Café ... But keep your tchotchke and just take the cash already!" This reward is ... you don't have to clutter your shelf or closet with any reward, and we get to put a little extra of your valuable contribution towards production costs. You could always consider just $50 more for a great info session with the filmmakers ...Estimated delivery:
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Student & Producer (or) Director private session! A 60 minute Skype session with either our Producer Terrence Masson or Director Dana Boadway Masson, to talk about .. anything you want. Review your demo reel, career advice, in-depth production behind the scenes info always included!Estimated delivery:
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Student & Producer (AND) Director private session package deal! A 60 min Skype session ... just like above only almost twice as much! Ok exactly twice as much. PLUS "all of the above" merch.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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Voice talent! All of the merch above, plus YOU will have your voice recorded and used in the actual film. But wait, there is no dialog you say .. this is true but we have many an emotional grunt, sigh, giggle laugh and dog barks that we need to include .. it could be you! And it's SO much more affordable than if it was $500.Estimated delivery:
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Your name in "lights"! All of the above, plus your name in a ‘very special thank you’ section of the credits of the film.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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Every single great reward above, plus a VIP pass and plane ticket to the premiere festival showing of The Café, a credit as “Executive Producer”, a personal dinner with the director and producer, Dana and Terrence Masson.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)