BREAKING NEWS - BIGGER VALUE FOR BACKERS OF $25.00+
Everyone who pledges $25.00 or more will receive a wonderful limited edition HD download of the Short Film/Trailer, assuming we cross the funding threshold known as Step 3 ($300,000), because unless we raise that amount we can't make the trailer.
Hello my name is The Cat, and I know that an awful lot of you already know who I am and have been nice enough to buy my books by the thousand. My readers are so very enthusiastic Cat fans that they all want to know when they will see me in my own movie?
Well now I have the answer and knowing me you probably would have guessed it wasn't going to be the most conventional one. The answer is: Kickstarter!
Before my clever translator
John Woodcock was forced to devote all of his time to my literary career
he was, as they say, "something big" in animation, which you have to
admit, is rather handy!
So together with my greatest fan Tammy
Shook and our studio of merry men and women we've hatched a plan to turn
my dreams, and of course the dreams of my dear cuddly readers, into a 3D
reality, or to be more accurate a 3D animated movie.
Our Project Video
This is a very rough cut, as we movie-makers say in the trade, it’s a sort of screen test to ensure that we can create a realistic me in 3D and it helps to demonstrate our abilities.
Obviously I used a stunt Cat and body double for the test because we
don't want to spoil the surprise and delight of my fans when they see me
in 3D for the first time.
We actually made this short clip with
rather old software so if you are impressed with it just wait until you
see what we can do with the latest 3D software.
It goes without
saying that our final animated Short Film/Trailer will be much more detailed and even
more realistic and best of all it will star me! So it's going to be
When you make a full length animated 3D movie you need to make a Short Film/Trailer and that means creating 3D models of the characters, pre-production, rigging, post-production and indeed so much more that if we included it all here there wouldn't be enough room to tell you what we want to do.
One of the reasons
why I would prefer to get funded from all of you wonderful and
wonderfully generous Kickstarter type people is that if I went to a bank
or any other type of funding source to get the cash we need, I have a
feeling that I would end up owing loads of money forever. Who can trust
banks these days? In addition it will be great to have the freedom of being able to
create the type of animation that I know my readers and fans want and
We all know animation is expensive and generally looked
down upon by major studio executives because of that. Which is odd
because there is a large animation fan base among adults and children
alike and if the audiences were ‘allowed’ by the studios, they would
watch more of it.
That’s where you come in, to help us make a Short Film/Trailer and
by following our three very simple steps below we will in return supply
you with unique mementos from the production and eventually cool
animation (if we beat our ultimate target - Step Three) that will entertain you and your family for a very long time. Still let's not get ahead of ourselves, our first target - Step One is to create a 3D model of me, The Cat, which will be a really good place to start!
so as Charlie Kaufman said about his amazingly successful 2D paper
puppet animation project ‘Anomalisa’ which earlier this year broke the
record for crowdfunding for this type of 2D animation we want to make
‘Getting Out’ “without the interference of the typical big studio
a budget for a 3D animated project is not like shopping in the
supermarket. You can’t fix a price on creativity. Which means that the
more we raise the more we can invest in elements that will make the
I have tried to make my request for funds as
simple as possible so that even a Cat could understand it. Our ultimate goal is to
fund a Short Film/Trailer. In order to
make that happen there is any number of steps that have to be taken but
for clarity I have narrowed them down to just 3 steps.
For those of you who like a bit of detail before you spend your hard earned cash these are the steps in full.
Step One - Bronze
first thing we need to do is to develop a really cool 3D model of me, The Cat. To do that we need
$60,000 and we’ll call that Step One shall we? This is where you say "yes" and drop money in my hat (metaphorically speaking of course).
Step Two - Silver
making a 3D animated movie you need to create incidentals. These include building the environment the story takes
place in and (though I try to forget him) we'll have to produce a 3D
model of The Dog I lived with and other minor characters. Step Two is
going to be accomplished if we reach $140,000, and worth every penny if
you ask me!
Step Three - Gold
We would like to see just how much you think of the most
famous Cat in the world by asking you to help us raise a total of
$300,000 for our ultimate goal - a Short Film/Trailer. A Short Film/Trailer being a rather handy thing to have if you
want to go on to make a full length 3D movie.
We'll be delighted if we make it to Step One, because we understand that money is tight these days. We'll be over the moon if we get to Step Two and delirious if we get to Step Three! By introducing these steps we are able to guarantee that you'll get the rewards promised in each level of funding.
The Cat's Book
Of course I owe all of my stardom to a book I wrote called ‘Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary” which was translated from the original Cat by John Woodcock.
The book is very funny and normally I would spend time bullying you into buying it from Amazon.com but there is no need because you can easily get your own copy either in ePub form or good old paper right here on Kickstarter, although by mentioning that I might just be getting ahead of myself, because you need to know about the amazingly successful book that will one day become a terrific 3D animated movie.
The book is about a very good looking Prawns (Shrimp) loving Cat (me if you need a clue) who thought he was being held prisoner in an ordinary suburban house and the reason why he believes he is a prisoner is as simple as it is complicated.
When I was a Kitten I was sleeping on the sofa while the TV was on playing the Steve McQueen movie 'The Great Escape,' hearing this unconsciously not only implanted the belief that I was a prisoner but also gave me a never ending supply of ideas for cunning and ever more complicated escape attempts.
To fill idle moments when I was recovering from yet another escape attempt and literally licking my wounds I wrote a diary to record the things, or "injustices," as I thought of them, that happened to me while I was being held prisoner and in doing so also kept a record of my disastrous escape attempts.
These escape attempts included digging a set of tunnels, making a glider in the attic and not being able to fly to freedom because it was too big for the windows, and dressing up in drag, complete with makeup and garish lipstick, though I don't believe Steve McQueen or the prisoners Stalag Luft III tried that one!
Just imagine what that is going to look like in 3D wow, I can’t wait! What about you? I thought not!
Our team is headed by Tammy Shook. Like John Woodcock, Tammy is a veteran of too many classic animated movies and TV series to mention, it's enough to say that ‘Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat’s Diary’ is in safe hands with her and the rest of the team.
Tammy is one of Maryland’s most respected entrepreneurs. Animation has
been a passion of Tammy's for a long time and when she was introduced to
The Cat she insisted that we turn his book into an animated movie.
Without Tammy we wouldn’t be on Kickstarter and we wouldn’t be about to
turn The Cat into a 3D reality.
For over 30 years John Woodcock has been involved in animation in London and Los Angeles, through the 1980’s and 90’s he worked with Melendez Animation, Treehouse and Sleepy Kids.
More recently he has been writing books for The Cat or “translating”
them as The Cat would prefer the process called. John tried to call what he does ‘Ghost Writer’
but for some reason it made The Cat very worried. Now after an enormous
amount of ‘badgering’ from The Cat he is about to create a Short Film/Trailer
based on the Cat’s first book “Getting Out - Excerpts from The Cat’s
Gerry is an experienced production manager, he has overseen a great number of computer animation projects around the world and is a key member of our production team.
By tracking the status of every sequence of the production process, Gerry's keen eye and attention to detail will ensure audiences will be delighted with the results of the Short Film/Trailer and one day the movie "Getting Out."
The Animation Team
Funny, odd, touched, manic, weird, noisy... the list of compliments our team of animators have been paid is endless.
Our Quality Control Team
Our QC team don’t work for Peanuts, oh no!
Not related to this project in anyway, but like cute Cats, Puppies help to sell things!
Risks and challenges
Thank you for all of your support and here's a special thanks in advance for being patient if we encounter any delays regarding delivery of the rewards. We have done a lot of creative work over the years but this is the first time we have done anything quite like this, things like getting feedback as we create the project and especially providing rewards will be a new challenge for us all, but it goes without saying we are very much looking forward to it all!
We promised that "Getting Out" the Short Film/Trailer is not a "hypothetical
future product" as someone once said about a lot of the projects on Kickstarter, it is a serious project, developed by committed people who have a definite goal and who will move Heaven and Earth not only to deliver any rewards promised, but also to complete the project and then go beyond our goal.
Will Hollywood make our movie?
We believe by engaging all of the cuddly fans of the Cat, and getting funding from the Kickstarter community we will be able to demonstrate to Hollywood moguls that there is a groundswell of support for "Getting Out" the movie and that will prove just how viable the project is. After all if we have thousands of Kickstarters parting with their hard earned cash then surely we have a marketable product, so come on what are you waiting for?
More on the risks and challenges in The Cat's own words...
The main risk to a Cat's quiet life in my experience is Dogs. They can be terribly noisy active things and will often give away one's position especially if you happen to be hiding in the trash waiting to be put out to gain your freedom, which makes the whole thing and the taste of garbage all worthwhile.
I see on this site that when projects talk of risks they seem to be talking of not being able to deliver what they promise. That won't be the case with this Cat. A Cat's word is a solemn thing and when given is never broken and I promise to do exactly what I have said I will do!
The biggest risk to this project is pretty obvious, but sometimes it's a good idea to state the obvious, so here goes. The biggest risk to this project is that all of you nice Kickstarters don't fund it and quite frankly that would be sad.
As an honest Cat I have to stress that some, but by no means all of the rewards are only offered and can therefore be claimed if we reach the level of funding that allows us to produce that reward. This is the reason why we have three steps.
You will get a wonderful limited edition HD download of the Short Film/Trailer assuming we cross the funding threshold known as Step 3 ($300,000) and a signed limited edition electronic letter of thanks written by The Cat.
The Short Film/Trailer the estimated delivery date is Mar 2014.
We will let you make as many suggestions as you like for an actor to give The Cat a voice in the movie. We already know who we want and if that actor’s name is included in your list you will get a reward for being so clever – an ePub version of "Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary" together with an autographed (electronic) photo of The Cat, and all previous rewards.
You’ll get a paperback copy of The Cat's best seller "Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary" together with an ePub version of his second book "The Cat's Travelogue." And you will receive all previous rewards that aren’t duplicated by this reward.
You will get a signed paperback edition of the book "Getting Out - Excerpts from a Cat's Diary." Plus all previous goodies and rewards where they aren’t duplicated by this reward. On all items except the Short Film/Trailer the estimated delivery date is Apr 2013.
Well what about this? You’ll get a marvelous signed limited edition HD DVD of the Short Film/Trailer assuming we cross the funding threshold known as Step 3 ($300,000). In addition a limited edition HD print of the movie poster and a paperback copy of The Cat's second book "The Cat’s Travelogue." Together with all previous goodies and rewards where they aren’t duplicated by this reward. On all items except the Short Film/Trailer the estimated delivery date is Apr 2013.
We will record you making a special effect sound which will be used in the movie. Only available to those who specifically select this tier. You will receive all previous rewards where they aren’t duplicated by this reward. Please be advised that the delivery date for signed limited edition HD DVD of the Short Film/Trailer is Mar 2014.
We will arrange a special preview screening of the completed Short Film/Trailer prior to release for you and up to 5 of your friends in your home town with complimentary Shrimp, Cheese and other Nibbles provided. I should explain if you don’t know just how special this reward is, Shrimp are The Cat’s number one favorite food of all time and normally he wouldn’t part with a single Shrimp ever. If available, either John Woodcock or Tammy Shook will attend. Only available to those who specifically select this tier and assuming we cross the funding threshold known as Step 3 ($300,000). Additionally you will get five copies of "Getting Out - Excerpts of a Cat’s Diary” signed by The Cat and John Woodcock and all previous rewards where they aren’t duplicated by this reward. On all items except the Short Film/Trailer preview screening the estimated delivery date is Apr 2013.
Your name in the credits as a valued supporter of the movie and ten, yes TEN copies of the signed limited edition HD DVD of the Short Film/Trailer to hoard or give to your friends as very special presents and two signed copies of "Getting Out - Excerpts of a Cat’s Diary” signed by The Cat and John Woodcock. Only available to those who specifically select this tier and assuming we cross the funding threshold known as Step 3 ($300,000). You will also get all previous rewards where they aren’t duplicated by this reward. On all items except the Short Film/Trailer the estimated delivery date is Apr 2013.
An official “Executive Producer” production credit. We will fly you to meet John Woodcock and have lunch with him and senior members of the production team on a date to be mutually agreed. Plus you will receive all previous goodies and rewards. Only available to those who specifically select this tier and assuming we cross the funding threshold known as Step 3 ($300,000). On all items except the Short Film/Trailer the estimated delivery date is Apr 2013.