We are so humbled by the support of our family, friends and even complete strangers who have our backs for this film. It’s been a tough few years but we have severely underestimated the generosity of the world we live in. We blew past our goal in the first 24 hours! Thank you so very much. BUT we don’t want to stop fundraising there. Our base goal was to help us bootstrap this film as simply as we could, but it can be better. The original scripts was written with a smaller budget in mind, but now that we have passed that, we can enhance the script and put that extra money back on-screen. We have added a few additional rewards and have set some stretch goals so we can make this film even closer to what we really want it to be. These Stretch goals are detailed below under the Budget heading. Please continue to help us out by sharing and contributing to our Kickstarter. Also note: we are planning on allowing add-ons after closing for lapel pins, discs, axes and prints, so you will be able to further customize your reward tier after closing.
Did you know that the Tin Woodman from Oz was once made of meat? Just like you or me! This short film will show the process by which the Tin Woodman became who we know today. This story is inspired by a scene in L.Frank Baum's book The Tin Woodman of Oz, in which the Tin Man finds his old flesh head locked in a cupboard in an old cabin. Our take on this story focuses on the question: "What makes us human?"
Mattzilla and Nick have been friends for almost 12 years now and have always wanted to collaborate on a film project. Nick has worked as a videographer and photographer for 15 years and Mattzilla has worked for the stop motion studio Laika for over 12 years. The time seems right to put their experience to good use. Local Portland Illustrator Ann Tseng has been contributing beautiful production art to help bring things to life. Portland composer Jake Hull is on board to create a custom score once principal photography is completed.
NEW STRETCH GOALS! Now that we have passed our base goal (in less than 24 hours!) We have outlined a plan of stretch goals that we would like to try and hit in order to enhance the production of this film.
15K Our next stretch goal is geared towards enhancing the life of the film onscreen. Originally the script only featured the Tin Woodman and Nick Chopper as the moving puppets, but with more breathing room we can add some animated flora and fauna in the woods to help our little world feel more lived in. This involves creating a Gump puppet and he has been added to our rewards as well. Sound is very important for any film. At this level our composer will also be able to hire a full orchestra for the soundtrack and we will have a budget for a real audio engineer to finish the mix.
FUNDED! 10K Our first stretch goal is geared towards making sure our shooting space is functioning as it should. Getting our kickstarter up to 10K will ensure that we have the budget to build out our set beyond just the stage. We currently have some old janky light stands and were planning on salvaging old tables and backdrops for shooting. What we should be using are heavy duty C- Stands and study tabletops that won't budge during filming. We have a nice camera and two nice lenses but could really use an 85mm lens for the best closeups in our film. There is a miscellany of smaller grip and construction related items that would be useful to keep things running smoothly.
FUNDED! 5K The base goal for this project was set at the bare minimum it would take to get this project completely off the ground and rely on Nick and Mattzilla working the animation process during their spare time. We already have most of the tools and skills in order to make this film. The main puppet is already built and ready to perform. The money from our goal will mostly be used for building materials like wood, resin, paint, metal and silicone so we can create the two large scale sets we will need to film the puppet in. A large chunk of the money is needed for a completely custom score by our composer Jake Hull, so that we won’t have to rely on stock music. A smaller amount of funds are also earmarked for lights and animation software.
Anyone who donates $5 or more will be able to stream the final film once it is completed via a unique access code. Further rewards include an adorable pin, a replica of the Tin Woodman’s axe form our film, disc media, sculptures, and a unique puppet once it is retired from production. Have you ever wanted to be a film producer? Upper tier rewards include varying levels of producer credits as well!
Risks and challenges
As you can see, our star is ready for the camera. We just need to build some sets to perform on! The unfortunate thing about stop-motion animation is that it is very time consuming. Nick and Mattzilla are willing to spend the time to see this project through to completion once funded. With just the two of us working in our spare time, it is expected to take about a year to finalize all of the construction, shooting and editing for a short film like this.
It is our plan to keep a production journal/blog here on Kickstarter so if you are a backer, you will receive monthly updates for how the production is going, as well as behind the scenes photos and videos. Occasional emails will go out to our mailing list with updates and behind the scenes teasers will also be posted on our Facebook page. We really want you as donors to be able to see where your money is helping this film come to life.
Except for the lapel pins, all of our rewards are by-products of the production of a stop motion film, ensuring that gifts are available. Most of our lower level rewards will be ready to ship immediately after Kickstarter closes, so you will have something to enjoy while you wait for us to make this film. The film itself, as well as a few upper tier rewards, will need to wait until the film has finished principal photography.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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