Origami is a passion of mine, as well as animation. For months now, I have been planning a short film combining both great art forms. This combination has not been explored very thoroughly, which is part of the reason I am so enthusiastic to animate this story. Unlike the few other origami short films I have seen, I want to create a film that uses more complex models.
After I came up with an idea for the story, I set to work on writing a script and designing the origami models. A couple of months later I had produced a good inchworm design and bird design. Since then, I have folded over twenty inchworms, built a scale model of the set, storyboarded, and am in the process of folding over fifteen birds.
The next step is to build the full scale set. After crunching some numbers, we have concluded that $500 will cover all of the cost for the set and characters. However, if I can raise enough more money I might be able to buy better cameras, lights, and editing software.
Thank you so much for all of all of your generous donations so far. It has been a pleasant surprise to reach my initial goal so quickly. With the current funds I will be able to easily pay for the paper and lumber required to create the set and characters. If we can raise more funds I might be able to buy better equipment or software to use for the film.
The first piece of equipment I would like to get would be a table dolly and track. This would allow me to create smoother panning shots. Not only would a camera dolly improve the cinematic experience in the film, but a valuable tool to improve the quality of the film. The more money we can raise, the better dolly system I can buy.
Second would be my own personal copy of Final Cut Pro. In the past, I have used iMovie for most of my films. For the most part, iMovie has offered sufficient editing capabilities for my animated shorts. This is mostly due to the little editing that is required for animated features. With better editing software I will not have to compromise any part of the film due to software constraints.
Another would be to commission someone to compose a score for the film. While one can find soundtrack that might work and is creative commons or public domain, music which is tailored specifically for a film is always better.
If enough funds are raised for all of the above items and more I would potentially look into purchasing my own camera. As of now, I am planning on borrowing a camera and lenses from a family friend for the purpose of the film. But if we can raise even more funds I could get a camera for specifically for my animation purposes.
To see more about the progress I've made so far, visit my website.
Risks and challenges
As a self taught animator and origami artist I have a rough idea of how I can accomplish animating origami models. I am using tissue foil to make the origami figures fit for stop motion.
Most of the challenges of this project lie in the set. I have invented a set design that I can use for the entirety of the film. While this design is large in size, I will not have to build multiple sets. It is by far the most expensive element in the film, as well as the most risky. By using concentric rings of paper held up by a wooden framework I will be able to immerse viewers in an origami world with high levels of depth and detail. Having built a scale model, I have tested and confronted many problems that could arise. Hopefully, there will not be any issues when full scale production begins.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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