About this project
Just Hours to Go!
You all are amazing in continuing to help push us past our goal! With just hours to go, we've got something new to offer.
Scott Morse, writer, comic artist and Pixar story artist, was inspired by James Robertson's paintings last week to do a set of his own to offer to Sweetpea supporters. There are 4 gunslinger paintings up for grabs on a new contribution level - check them out!
They're roughly 4"x6", painted on watercolor paper with cel vinyl. We are so grateful to Scott for his support!
There are much better scans of the paintings over on Scott's blog: http://scottmorse.blogspot.com/
We've Passed Our Goal!!
Thanks to all of you for your support so far. It's because of you that we hit 100% funding, and will be able to make the Sweetpea that we envisioned from the start!
We couldn't help but notice that you're still contributing...! We're excited to see new people finding Sweetpea and wanting to be a part of it, and we want to thank you and talk a little bit about where extra money will go.
The budget we drew up for Sweetpea was comprehensive - so we really are ready to go. Anything you contribute past 100% is much appreciated, though, since it provides for breathing room (which we did not budget for). Believe us, breathing room is good. We may also use it for background extras or a background horse, extra lenses past those included in our camera package (telephoto, awww yeahhh), and maybe even a second unit camera package so we can be shooting two setups at one time for maximum efficiency on set.
We didn't expect we'd have met our goal so soon, so we were still soliciting help at the end of last week. James Robertson, story artist extraordinaire at Pixar, volunteered. He painted six 3"x5" watercolor paintings of outlaws for us to offer as Kickstarter rewards, and we're offering them at a new $100 level. Check them out below:
James' website: http://theironscythe.blogspot.com
Sweetpea is about a chase, a pearl-handled revolver, and two outlaws with a complicated relationship. Stylistically, we follow in the footsteps of classic westerns, but Sweetpea is definitely not a retread of a story you've already seen. Where a certain other film turned to aliens for their unique take, we chose to explore something nearly as foreign to the genre as aliens are: a strong female character.
Working in a story department, we're trained to ask "what would I want to see?" and "what wouldn't happen next?" The answers to these questions combined with a generous helping of action, suspense, and real heart make the story of Sweetpea.
Where We're At
The script is ready to shoot and we're continuing to refine it as we begin rehearsing using the same process of revision that works so well at our day jobs. We've been doing plenty of visual development with the sketches, storyboards, and test footage you see in our video further helping to define how Sweetpea will come to life. We're fortunate to be working with a talented crew and have fittings for the handmade costumes we hope to create and a trip to the desert to finalize locations and meet with animal wranglers booked for this month.
Please Join Us
While we have enough of a budget established to forge ahead, we need your help to make Sweetpea amazing. We're committed to get the most out of every pledge and have pooled our knowledge and contacts to ensure we're only spending money where we have to. Every dollar you contribute goes towards the cost of equipment, professional actors, animal handling, location permits, handmade wardrobe, and special effects that will allow you to enjoy Sweetpea as it was meant to be.
Who We Are
Emma Coats, Writer/Director:
Emma has managed to avoid structured education except for kindergarten, third grade, and freshman year of college. After dropping out of art school she worked her way into Pixar, where she's been a story artist for four years. At Pixar she learned storytelling and structure and has been applying these in her own films - five in the last two years. She's noticed a lack of heroines in the market today, and plans to get that problem fixed in the near future.
Her previous film, HORIZON, is in the mail to film fests and the trailer can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMoaTgkkM_w
Shion Takeuchi, Writer/Co-Director
Shion is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, with a concentration in Character Animation. She stumbled into animation in high school after a registration mix-up at the School of Visual Arts Pre-College program, and it was the best clerical mistake of her life. Since then she has made three short films, one of which has been featured in several festivals and showcases, and was named Best Comedy Short at Animayo Film Festival. Shion has gone on to work in both television and feature animation, and is currently employed by Pixar as a story artist. Before that she worked on the animated television series, Regular Show, for Cartoon Network. She is excited to be attending the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, after an episode she co-wrote got nominated for the Outstanding Short-format Animated Program category. She's hoping to eat a bunch of free hors d'oeuvres.
Paul Washburn, Producer
Before landing at Pixar, Paul amassed his experience in live action producing spots for clients ranging from global athletic giant adidas for 180 Amsterdam to Belvedere Vodka for Marc Ecko's Complex Media. With two independent features under his belt (The Pacific and Eddy with Executive Producer Alison Anders and Fade starring Sarah Lassez), Paul is no stranger to the dexterity it takes to bring great stories to the screen (and see them distributed) with no budget to spare.
Crediting his initial love of moving pictures to the films of Jacques Cousteau, Paul screened his recent documentary, Listen At Me Good featuring blues icon Harmonica Shah, at the San Francisco International Festival of Shorts.
Josh Anon, Co-Producer:
Josh has been an artist at Pixar since 2002, working on Academy Award-winning films such as The Incredibles, WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3. He's currently a camera & staging artist on Monsters University.
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