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A Short Stop Motion Animated Film

NEW GOAL : $10,000

I am so happy to tell you we've surpassed our original goal for our campaign in just 11 days! I

So now we have a new goal of $10,000 for our campaign. $10,000 will allow us to make an even better set and give me more creative freedom to give Neil's world a lot of subtle details that You'll love.  I can hire Ron to be an assistant animator and hire my incredible composer Daniel Cadwell for the music.

if we go beyond $10,000 We can also make the short even better by paying for extended time in a professional studio, where we can really light the film well. So much of what makes stop motion unique is the lighting and it would be... Incredible if we could get a great studio.  So again, thank you so much! Have a happy holiday season and Please spread the word.  Tell everyone you know about Neil and help us make him the best he can be.

THE BIG IDEA
Faceless Neil is a dark fairy tale for young tweens and adults about an 11 year old boy, who is cursed by a Gypsy witch, and must travel between the worlds of the living and the dead to find his lost face.

The idea for Faceless Neil was sparked about 4 years ago by a simple little sketch that popped into my head one day.  This simple sketch grew into an idea that inspired, 2 short animated films (including the award winning "The Face Shop"), which developed characters from the Faceless Neil Universe and their creepy wonderful world of MORTEVILLE.


As the project progressed, professionals within the entertainment industry discovered Neil and interest to develop the story into a stop motion animation feature film script grew.  After writing a feature screenplay about the Epic journey of Neil to recover his face I made lots of concept art and started storyboarding.  BUT stop motion feature animated films are expensive.  To create more industry buzz and showcase my vision for the project, I want to direct a new 2 to 4 minute short film "Faceless Neil" that will represent what a FEATURE animated film of Faceless Neil can look like.

OUR GOAL

To make a short film, taken from the feature screenplay that will attract investors interested in financing the feature.  The short film will be a great way to promote the feature project by going to pitch, Festivals etc… We need at least $6,500 to make the film .  If we can get more than $6,500, then we can create an even better short with a more intricate set, costumes, and a studio to rent out for the shoot.  We also need talented voice over actors and a little team to make this short film look AMAZING!  Most of my team is currently volunteering their time and hard work because they believe in the project SO much.  But the more everyone contributes to our campaign the better the short film will be because then I can pay my team for their quality work. 

I know a lot of you from the Faceless Neil website and daily comic are excited to learn more about Neil, how he lost his face, and his adventure through the afterworld to get it back.  Contribute today and we are one step closer to bringing this unique story to the big screen.  Support the short film and the feature is very likely to follow SOONER than LATER!  LETS MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Why $6,500? Well, most professional 5-6 minute stop motion animation shorts  can cost over $75,000.  A brilliantly engineered puppet like the one you see in Coraline or The Fantastic Mr. Fox can cost as much as $6,000 EACH.  I only ask for a fraction of this to start the film because I have colleagues so passionate about the project that they are volunteering their free time and energy to help bring Faceless Neil to life.  

I found incredibly talented people who can make the puppets for less than $3,000 a piece and build them in as fast as 3 to 4 weeks.  

I can also do a lot of things myself; storyboarding, animating, editing… BUT I cannot do everything.  I need talented people for puppet engineering, set design, lighting, acting…AND some of these services will cost some money.

The more money we have the better the short will look!  Anything raised above our minimum goal will go directly into the production of the short.  Better puppets, set design, studio rental, and MORE Prizes!!!

The short will be about 2 to 4 minutes long which means a total production time of about 2 to 4 months.  Once the short is complete it will be sent out to producers in the entertainment industry (along with the feature film script) to create even greater interest in the film so that I can make the feature film.  I will also make exclusive motion tests and teasers to help promote the funding for the feature.

Imagine THIS in stop motion;

The Team
We are a small team now but with your help we will get more talented people on board!

I’ll be working with the amazing puppet makers and stop motion artists;
Ron Cole http://wobblytripod.blogspot.com/
Sal Denaro http://www.saldenaro.com/
And if we can afford it!
Ralph Cordero (Laika Studio)
https://www.facebook.com/raphael.corderostudios/photos_albums


Risks and Rewards
No risk to you!  Kickstarter is all or nothing.  If by the end of the campaign I have not reached or exceeded the goal, anything that you donated goes back to you.  However, when we do reach the goal you will receive individual rewards based on the amount you gave. Check them out on the right side of the page and below.  It’s a win-win situation. I have very cool prizes!!  If you like traditional animation you’re in for a treat!



Why Kickstarter ?
The great thing about Kickstarter is the opportunity it provides for me to spread the word about Faceless Neil and expand our community of fans around the world.  Faceless Neil is a very promising project, and I hope people will like what they see and will demand to see more !


THANKS
All of your contributions are immensely appreciated! Your support to independent quality film shall not be forgotten!  You will make history! Thank you so much for giving Neil a chance to make it to the big screen. 

To stay updated on the campaign and the project follow us on Facebook!

You can also show your support by getting a exclusive t-shirt of faceless Neil here.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

While there is a lot of interest in making the feature there is unfortunately no guarantee that the feature will be made once the short is complete. But the short gives me a much better chance to get the feature film made and prove myself as a new director. There are also risks of running into production delays for the short film which means you might not get to see the short film by the presumed date. Stop motion is a tedious process and there are always unexpected challenges and issues that you need to face and resolve, which usually means re-shoot or delays in the production. I've made only 3 short films that used stop motion animation and I am not as experienced in that medium. I have more experience as a 2d animator, however, I know I will learn during this process and do my best to make the most of this opportunity with everyone's help.

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