"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.
This is a short trailer for the film:
Everything you see was actually constructed and hand-animated, frame-by-frame, 24 times per second.
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...
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- (25 days)