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6-year-old Jack (animated) discovers he can talk to real (filmed) wild animals. He has fun scrapes and is immersed into their world.
6-year-old Jack (animated) discovers he can talk to real (filmed) wild animals. He has fun scrapes and is immersed into their world.
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[NEWSFLASH: BAFTA Winning Wildlife Presenter, Chris Packham, will be in the new role of narrator. Full story here. ]

Wildlife Jack tells the enchanting stories of a young explorer's adventures with real (documentary) animals. Jack lives in a city, but yearns for the great outdoors. He enters natural habitats through his magic nature book and can talk to the animals he meets. The creatures share their challenges, the secrets of their awe-inspiring skills and show Jack what life is really like for a wild animal.

Everything the animals say is based on their real lives, so other than their ability to talk, they are not humanised in any way. They remain as animals.

We'd like Wildlife Jack to be THE show for young children to find out about British animals. We want to inspire them to go out and experience wildlife for themselves and have their own Wildlife Jack adventures.

We want to make 6 x 5-minute films available as a DVD and DOWNLOADS.

Please watch our 5-minute taster episode.

NB. The uncoloured bits are unfinished. Also, we are developing the format to have more fun around Jack discovering or interrupting the animals’ day-to-day business and their reactions to him.

WHO ARE WE? 

The creators are Ed (TV Producer) and Abi Kellie (Journalist / Trainee Primary School Teacher), who are also parents of two boys aged, 2 and 4.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

We were inspired by our boys’ love of animals, but British wildlife was difficult to encounter from a flat in London. There weren’t any real wildlife shows for pre-schoolers, focusing on British animals, on TV or video – and there still aren’t. You can see our eldest’s enthusiasm when he first saw some deer, birds and fish on TV…  

Most British children are more familiar with lions and elephants than they are with otters, hedgehogs, deer or seals. But they can be just as exciting and you can see them in their real habitats in sanctuaries or wilderness around the country.

In 2005, the New Economics Foundation found that contact with nature positively affects children by:

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES

We want to encourge children to get involved in activities away from the TV eg. go on bug hunts and British animal safaris, role play as their favourite animals or make footprint casts. As you will see from our "rewards", we intend to offer many of these activities alongside the films.

In fact, we’ve already started sharing activities on: FacebookTwitter and our Wildlife Jack Blog. This quote captures what we’re all about:

Jack quizzes the doe about her day
Jack quizzes the doe about her day

WHAT WILL YOU SEE IN THE NEXT
5 EPISODES?

We have 7 hours of captivating animal footage and storyline ideas ready to be turned into scripts by a professional children’s writer.

We want to develop the style and format. Jack’s power should be his secret and his adventures are his escape. We’d like to create more comedy with the animals’ reactions to him. When he interrupts their day – they may be too busy, too suspicious or overly keen to unburden their problems. Maybe the animals will talk to each other about Jack. But everything they say will be based on their real lives, so other than their ability to talk, they are not humanised in any way. They remain as animals. 

Fundamentally, we want young viewers to experience the animals’ lives as closely as possible, which means being more involved in their daily business. And this will often lead to Jack learning a lesson about life.

Here are some possible storylines based on our footage.

In the future, we would like to give Jack a sidekick, be it a Wildlife Jill or an animal pal. However, we believe that the current format works well because the animals become his confidants and friends.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?

Neither Ed Kellie, Abi Kellie nor Moon Studio will be paid, in fact Kickstarter revenue will cover only 1/3rd of our film production costs.

The Kickstarter money raised goes on:

If we reach £15,000, at least £10,650 will go towards the films.

The film production costs are £30,000 to be spent as follows:

THE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

2nd Sept 13 – Writing & Animatics for 6 weeks

14th Oct 13 – Animation & Post Production for 14 weeks

21st April 14 – Latest Delivery (see Risks & Challenges below) & Marketing of Launch for 6 weeks

2nd June 14 – DVD / Download Launch

MEET THE TEAM

We have already delivered the taster film and as a team of professionals we are confident of delivering the rest of the films.

We are currently in discussion with several successful children's writers.

Special thanks to Sarah Weal for filming the Kickstarter film, and also to Forest Ranger Ed Heusser, and Rhiannon and Peter Newman Brown for helping us to run Wildlife Jack bug hunts at Elderflowerfields Festival.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS?

1. If we don't hit our target, we don't receive anything and the 6 episodes will not be made. 

2.  Each backer can only buy one reward per account (if you are a couple you could buy two by registering separately.)  This is why we have done rewards as packages, because we figure you will want the films but you might also want the activities and gifts.

3. Kickstarter is not an equity sales platform. It is an opportunity for people who really love an idea to help the creators make it happen by pledging to buy merchandise / experiences. Find out more here.

Risks and challenges

We are fortunate to have highly talented professionals who want to be involved in making the DVD and are prepared to work for the bare minimum. Our main challenge is that they will be juggling Wildlife Jack with other professional commitments.

Ed is also going to be doing other jobs during the production (we are not paying ourselves), but since he is in an overseeing role, we feel this is achievable.

The production could therefore be delayed by a maximum of two months giving us a 2nd June 2014 launch date.

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    SUSSEX ANIMAL TRACKING PACKAGE: Full Films Package + 1-Hour Animal Tracking (Deer, Foxes, Badgers, Barn Owl, Hedgehogs, Squirrels) & Bug Hunting led by WILDLIFE JACK GUIDE at Bentley Wildfowl Country Park + Animal Footprint Casting + free entry to Bentley for child all day and guardian for the hour (kids must be accompanied) . Date: 28th Aug, 2013

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    LONDON BUG HUNT & POND-DIPPING PACKAGE: Full Films Package + 1-Hour Bug Hunt, Pond Dipping & Clay modelling at Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross, led by WILDLIFE JACK GUIDE. Date: 31st July 2013.

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    CHRIS PACKHAM SIGNED POSTER PACKAGE: Full Films Package + A2 Size poster of Wildlife Jack in a scene with an otter, deer and rabbits signed by UK nature hero Chris Packham (our new narrator).

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    YOUR CHILD IN A JACK SCENE PACKAGE: Full Films Package + Your child's photo (or anyone of your choice) in a Wildlife Jack Scene printed on an A5 Greeting Card (10 copies)

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    ANIMAL VOICE PACKAGE: Full Films Package + You (or anyone of your choice) recorded as an Animal Voice in one of the Wildlife Jack films.

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    HAND-DRAWN PORTRAIT PACKAGE: Full Films Package + Framed Portrait by the WILDLIFE JACK ANIMATOR of your Child (or anyone of your choice) & their Favourite Animal, in the Wildlife-Jack style.

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    SUSSEX GLAMPING SAFARI WEEKEND PACKAGE: Full Films Package + 2 Nights' Accommodation in Family Bell Tent at Bentley Country Park + 2 Days' Meals + 3 x 2-hours of large animal tracking (foxes, deer, badgers, barn owl) / Bug Hunting / Bushcraft / Wildfowl Tour led by WILDLIFE JACK TEAM (children can be unaccompanied so parents can get well earned break)
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