Toonocalypse follows John and Michael, two students living in Edinburgh, as they document the arrival on Earth of a species of small, cute, cartoon aliens, known as "Toons". Over time the Toons become integrated into society and into John and Michael's lives, but after a year on Earth, without warning, some of the Toons start to change into something far larger and scarier. As John and Michael try to survive in the streets of Edinburgh they start to learn the grim reality of the Toons' true intentions.
Toonocalypse is a hugely ambitious project visually. We will see large numbers of animated aliens, spaceships and a huge amount of destruction!
The film will be shot on a HD handy cam and the animation will be composited into shot during post production. To do this we will be using techniques like 3D and planar motion tracking alongside 2D character animation and simulated building damage to sell the illusion that the characters are in the scene and interacting with their surroundings.
Sound design is an incredibly important element of an animated film as the characters sounds have to be made from scratch. In addition we have to create the sounds for all of the destruction caused in the later sequences. We will be focusing on creating a natural and rich soundscape using pre-recorded elements, synthesized sounds and voice actors.
There are also sections in the film that require music, both as an original score and also songs for the background of certain scenes. Along with an original score by Callum Barton, we also have original music from Orange Unsigned Acts winner Tommy Reilly and Scottish Folk outfit, The Blind Dog.
UPDATE: We are excited to announce that the second of our three main roles has been filled by Jimmy Thompson who will be playing the part of Charles. Say hi Jimmy;
- Owen Rixon - Writer and Director. Owen has been working in animation and VFX for the past 5 years. His degree film, "Welcome To Twister", was nominated for a variety of awards including the Mclaren Animation award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and a Scottish New Talent BAFTA. He now runs The 2D Workshop, a 2D animation, VFX and music production company based in Edinburgh.
- Callum Barton - Writer and Composer. Callum has been working as a composer and Jazz pianist for the past 3 years. In 2012 he became the Head of Music and Sound at The 2D Workshop.
- Siggy Stone - Producer. Siggy has worked in the film and television industry for nearly 3 years now. Having worked in various roles on a number of Jamie Oliver series, he has moved on to Drama and Film, working on many notable Productions including: Paddington Bear The Movie, Alpha Papa, Dark Shadows, The Worricker Trilogy, Pusher, Broken, Great Expectations, Street Dance 2, Him & Her, Family Tree, Friday Night Dinner, Black Mirror, Red Dwarf and currently Night At the Museum 3.
- David Kaye - Actor playing "John". After being educated in Scotland, England and America, as a writer, David embarked on a filmmaking career, training at the Met Film School in Ealing Studios. He quickly realised he'd rather be in front of the camera however and made the decision to train at Drama Studio London where he graduated in July 2013. Since then he has amassed experience as a screen, stage and voice actor.
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By donating you'll be entitled to lots of different perks including a film credit, copies of the film, postcards, posters, music, the chance to adopt an alien and many more! See the side of the page for a full list of perks.
We're really excited to get this project off the ground and can't wait to show you all the finished product!
Owen and Callum
Risks and challenges
The challenges of the film come primarily from the scale we are aiming for visually. The amount of work required needs a large quantity of artwork. The money from the campaign will be put towards hiring a team of great animators and artists to achieve the required quality as quickly as possible. We are also asking for artists who want to volunteer to be involved in this ambitious project to get in touch.
How Can I Get Involved?
There are more ways to get involved than simply pledging money. Due to the large number or characters and effects shots we are looking for animators, illustrators and matte painters who would be interested in being involved in the film. If you are interested in animating a walk cycle, designing an alien or painting a photoreal destroyed landscape and would like to see your name in the credits, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org .Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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