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A stop-motion film filled with wondrous sights and unforgettable creatures needs a world of sound design and music to bring it to life.
A stop-motion film filled with wondrous sights and unforgettable creatures needs a world of sound design and music to bring it to life.
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"Fabricated' is the title of a stop-motion animated short film that I have been working on for the past ten years. 

A story of growth and rebirth, it is a wondrous and fascinating journey through an alien world that was once our own. Strange creatures built from discarded parts range across the landscape left behind after organic life has passed from the scene. The film follows one of these creatures as he explores this strange world and discovers his purpose in the evolution of his imperfect kind. 

The main character, Oto, faces the BrassMan
The main character, Oto, faces the BrassMan
Oto and the Doctor
Oto and the Doctor

This is a short trailer for the film:

 Everything you see was actually constructed and hand-animated, frame-by-frame, 24 times per second.

Tooth meets bone.
Tooth meets bone.
The Brass Dome
The Brass Dome

I did all of this myself, and at long last, photography is complete. The film is eighteen minutes long and it is beautiful. I have completed the final edit of the picture, and for the first time, watched it as a finished piece. It is wonderful, epic, otherworldly, cinematic,  

...and it doesn't make a peep. 

It needs sound design and music. A film cannot truly come alive without sound and this one needs a lot of detailed sound design and a musical score, as well as color-timing for the picture.

The budget is roughly as follows:

  • Professional Sound Design for a 18:00 stop-motion film:         $7000          
  • Original musical score for the film:                                               $3000 
  • Color-timing and fulfillment costs:                                                $2000

With this, I will be able to hire a sound designer, a composer and a colorist to complete the film. Any funds above this goal will help me to get even better sound, music and color. I plan to have the film fully completed by June 2014. 

Most importantly, the picture portion of the film is already done. That was the most difficult and time-consuming part of the process. 

I plan to enter the completed film in film festivals over the course of the year after it is finished. I will put it online at some point after that, but if you would like to see it soon, be a backer!

Stop-motion is neither the easiest nor most economical way to make films, but it achieves a certain magic that can't be attained any other way. If this is an art form that you enjoy and would like to see more of, I ask you for your support.

With the shooting portion of the film complete, I can now offer some very cool and solidly-constructed characters, props and gadgets from the film as...

REWARDS

All backers will receive a digital download of the film. This is what it's all about, to watch this thing. It's pretty cool.

The Stills

At the $30 level and above, backers will receive their choice of one of these images in an 8.5" x 14" photo print affixed with a strip of aged brass foil cut from the roof sections of the Brass Dome used in the film:

The prints will be limited in edition to the number of backers and will be signed and numbered.

The Grab Bag

Fifteen metal pieces from the film.
Fifteen metal pieces from the film.

The Machines

The Mid-Mechanisms
The Mid-Mechanisms

The Mid-Mechanisms are a group of devices and assemblies from the film. They are of robust metal construction (except for the mystery piece), one-of-a-kind design, and hand posable.

Mother's Little Helper
Mother's Little Helper

Mother's Little Helper is the BrassMan's robot assistant. It is an arm, wrist and three-fingered robot puppet of solid brass construction. It is posable, animatable and has a nice heft to it.

The Machine Garden

The Machine Garden is a set of whimsical machines I designed and constructed for the climactic showdown of the film. They form a cold mechanical landscape which is initially dormant, but comes to life as the gears begin to turn. They are of unique design, solid and precise all-metal construction and can be turned by hand. After the sequence for my film was shot, I lent them to Phil Tippett for his Mad God project to use as props, so you'll get a piece of two twisted stop-motion productions for one.

Machine Garden-Medium Duty
Machine Garden-Medium Duty
Machine Garden-Heavy Duty
Machine Garden-Heavy Duty

The Characters

These are the actual puppets used in the film. 

They are one-of-a-kind, limited editions of one. I could not bear to go through the process of building them again.

Bugney
Bugney

What Bugney lacks for in size, he more than makes up for with heart, which is made of tool steel for magnetic holding purposes. His tail is posable and his wings flutter on springs.

Boxo, the Bitten One
Boxo, the Bitten One

Boxo has been through the wringer. He has more of a junk construction than the other characters and his joints have limited animate-abilty. Even so, he has more character than other puppets twice as alive as he is.

Oto, the Lead Puppet in this Production
Oto, the Lead Puppet in this Production

This is Oto, the main character. It is built of stainless steel, bone and a woven-wire tail. It is a posable and animatable puppet, 6.5"tall with six ball and socket joints. It is a unique example of its type with a novel uni-ball hip design.

The Doctor
The Doctor

This is The Doctor. He has the cleanest styling of all of the puppets. He is built of aluminum with stainless steel ball-and-socket joints. He is fully posable and has a very smooth action. He was originally built integral to a large and ungainly tabletop set. With your input, I will remount the arms, the head column and sliding door hatch into an arrangement suitable for display, or play. 

The BrassMan
The BrassMan

This is the BrassMan. In the film, he represents the last vestiges of mankind, now reduced to a single, solitary individual. After losing his left foot to corrosion, he is chairbound in a rotating support base made of solid brass (his foot was successfully reattached after filming wrapped).

He is very nicely put-together with brass, wood, steel, neoprene lungs and a head of polished hematite. He has ball-and-socket joints in his neck, shoulders, hips and ankles. He is posable, animatable and his lungs pump. He can be removed from his base and stand on his tied-down feet. 

Technically and aesthetically, he is the best puppet in the film, and I think his acting was tops, as well.

All of the creatures come with a flash drive containing media documenting their design and construction, including sketches, in-progress photos, beauty shots, test footage and outtakes featuring the character.

Please contact me if you would like to see additional photos of the machines or creatures, or have any questions about them.

All of the objects are ready to ship and the prints will arrive shortly after. The downloads of the finished film await its completion, which I plan to accomplish by June 2014.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my project. It is something I am very proud of, and eager to share. A contribution at any level is greatly appreciated, and will bring this film one step closer to completion.

More about the film can be found at bfophoto.com

Thanks to Phil Tippett for the kind words.

Risks and challenges

Working with a sound designer and a composer will be a collaborative effort, and there is much work that needs to be done to complete the sound and score for a lengthy short of such detailed stop-motion animation. This could push back the planned completion date and delay the delivery of the digital downloads of the finished film.
I will strive to meet the goal of June 2014. After ten years of work, I am very eager to see the completed film myself.

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    You will receive an 8.5" x 14" photo print of a still from the film (your choice among 6 different images) affixed with a strip of aged brass foil from the Brass Dome Set used in the film. You will also receive a digital download of the film.

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    Brass Flowers. You will receive 2 miniature flower stalks made of brass cuttings. These flowers were used in the film.
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    The Grab Bag. At this level, you will receive a randomly-selected item of machined or formed metal from one of the sets in the film. All the items are nicely-built and at most three-of-a-kind. You will also receive a limited-edition photo-print with brass strip, and a digital download of the film.

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    The Character Bugney. You will receive the actual puppet used in the film and a flash drive containing media documenting the design and construction of the character.
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    The Mid-Mechanisms: The Lifegun. You will receive this unique, posable metal and acrylic robot prop used in the film.
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    The Mid-Mechanisms: The Peristaltic. You will receive this unique, rotatable metal mechanism used in the film. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Mid-Mechanisms: Mister Piston. You will receive this unique, rotatable metal mechanism used in the film. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Mid-Mechanisms: Mystery Object. You will receive this unique, finely crafted object of an unspecified material. A photo or further details of the object would be a big spoiler for the story so I will label it a mystery object. It is very nicely made and quite significant to the story.
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    The Machine Garden-Medium Duty: The Chrome Stand. You will receive one of these machined sculptural mechanisms used in the film. It has a very sturdy metal construction and can be turned by hand. Limited Edition of Two. They were built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Machine Garden-Medium Duty: Spring Action. You will receive this one-of-a-kind machined sculptural mechanism used in the film. It has a very sturdy metal construction and can be turned by hand. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Machine Garden-Medium Duty: The Eccentric. You will receive this one-of-a-kind machined sculptural mechanism used in the film. It has a very sturdy metal construction and can be turned by hand. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Character Boxo. You will receive the actual puppet used in the film and a flash drive containing media documenting the design and construction of the character.
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    Mother's Little Helper. You will receive this posable brass robot prop used in the film. You will receive a flash drive containing deleted scenes featuring this character.
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    The Machine Garden-Medium Duty: The Levelled Bevel. You will receive this one-of-a-kind machined sculptural mechanism used in the film. It has a very sturdy metal construction and can be turned by hand. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Machine Garden-Medium Duty: The Chipper. You will receive this one-of-a-kind machined sculptural mechanism used in the film. It has a very sturdy metal construction and can be turned by hand. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Machine Garden-Heavy Duty: The Armillary. At this very generous level, you will receive this handsome clockwork mechanism of sturdy and precise metal construction used in the film. It is a one-of-a-kind, all of the gears operate and can be hand-turned. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The lead character, Oto. At this very generous level, you will receive the actual puppet of the film's central character. This is a fully posable one-of-a-kind-puppet made of stainless steel and bone. You will receive a flash drive containing media documenting the design and construction of the character.
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    The Doctor. At this very generous level, you will receive the metal puppet used in the film. With your input, I will mount the components (originally built into a much larger set) into an arrangement suitable for display or wall-hanging. You will receive a flash drive containing media documenting the design and construction of the character.
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    The Machine Garden-Heavy Duty: The Engager. At this very generous level, you will receive this handsome mechanism of sturdy and precise metal construction featured in the climactic showdown of the film. It is one-of-a-kind, all of the gears operate and can be hand-turned. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The Machine Garden-Heavy Duty: The Reciprocator. At this very generous level, you will receive this handsome clockwork mechanism of sturdy and precise metal construction used in the film. It is a one-of-a-kind, all of the gears operate and can be hand-turned. It was built for this film and also used in Phil Tippet's Mad God project.
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    The BrassMan. At this most generous level, you will receive the actual BrassMan puppet and rotating support chair used in the film. Solidly built from brass and wood, this is a fully posable one-of-a-kind-puppet. You will receive a flash drive containing media documenting the design, construction and deleted scenes of the character.
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