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The Tin Woods is an experimental short film about identity and loss from the point of view of the Tin Woodman of Oz.
The Tin Woods is an experimental short film about identity and loss from the point of view of the Tin Woodman of Oz.
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The Tin Woods: A Stop Motion Short Film

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The Tin Woodman Comes to Life
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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. 

The Story

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?"

Concept Art by Ann Tseng
Concept Art by Ann Tseng

The Creators

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.

Crewed Up
Crewed Up

The Budget

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. 

Help us make this film an even bigger success!
Help us make this film an even bigger success!

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.

Base Budget Breakdown
Base Budget Breakdown

The Rewards

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!

Metal Lapel Pins (1" tall)
Metal Lapel Pins (1" tall)
Commemorative Axe (5" long)
Commemorative Axe (5" long)
Fine Art Prints (19' x 13")
Fine Art Prints (19' x 13")
Maquette Sculpture (6.25" tall, 6" wide, 5.25" deep)
Maquette Sculpture (6.25" tall, 6" wide, 5.25" deep)
Concept Art by Ann Tseng
Concept Art by Ann Tseng
Tin Woodman Puppet (12" tall)
Tin Woodman Puppet (12" tall)
Early Gump bust sculpt.
Early Gump bust sculpt.

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.

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    Stream the Final Film

    Thank you for helping this film get made! Anyone who contributes $5 or more will have access to a unique code to stream the film once it is complete and available to the public.

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    Lapel Pin

    In addition to being able to stream the final film we will send you a small metal lapel pin of the Tin Woodman's head, so you can show the world that you've contributed to this film. Wear it with pride.

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    Commemorative Axe

    This is where you are starting to really help us out. You will receive a replica of the Tin Woodman's axe that is used in the film.

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    Physical Media

    Disc media is dead, but that sure does make it more collectable! If you would like a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the final film this is the tier you need. It will be pressed once the film is complete and placed in a special case just for you. The film will also be made available for streaming once it is ready, so you won't have to wait to see it.

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    PDF of Screenplay

    Once the film is streaming live, you'll get a PDF of the original shooting script emailed to you along with the code to stream the final film. Spoil at your own risk!

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    Choice of Fine Art Print

    Thank you for putting such a big dent in our production bills! Please enjoy one of our beautiful pieces of production art to have as a print. Each is signed and numbered by the artist, Ann Tseng, The image is approximately 11x17" and printed on 13x19" textured paper with a deckle edge. These will be limited to a numbered print run during this Kickstarter only and will not be available after closing. There is a choice between The Cabin and The Woods printing and you will be able to choose when funding closes. Also includes a streaming code when the film is released.

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    Live Recording Session

    Are you into music production? We are recording a live orchestra for the soundtrack and this reward is an invitation to watch the recording session in person from the control room.

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    All the Little Things

    THANK YOU! Includes a streaming code, a lapel pin, the axe, the physical media and a fine art Print (of your choice).

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    Signed Print Screenplay

    Nick and Mattzilla will sign one of our printed Screenplays and send it to you once the film is complete. Spoil at your own risk!

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    Commemorative Sculpture

    We are casting replicas of our pre-production sculpture of the Tin Man Sharpening his axe on a stump. Cast in resin and handprinted, limited to an edition of 5 and signed by the artist Mattzilla Duron. Also includes the lower tier reward.

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    Executive Producer Credit

    A thousand bucks goes a long way to buying supplies and equipment to making a stop motion film, so if you would like to make such a commitment, we will gladly give you a producer credit on our film, credited on screen, as well as each of the other rewards we offer. We don't know where and the when the Premiere of the film will be, but we will save you a seat and send you a personal invitation.

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    Original Gump Puppet

    A gump is an elk like creature that roams the Oz woodlands in the original books. Ours has a little cameo in the film, that's been expanded thanks to our successful funding campaign. It will need a good home once he's done shooting his big scene.

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    Producer Credit

    Contributing more than what we need to get this project completely off the ground will net you the top producer billing, with your name appearing first thing when the movie rolls. Also includes most of the lower tier rewards.

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    Original Tin Woodman Puppet

    Once principal photography has completed we will be able to send one of our retired Tin Man puppets to a lucky individual as a collectable. They will also receive an executive producer credit and some of the lower their rewards.

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    Original Tin Woodman Puppet

    Once principal photography has completed we will be able to send one of our retired Tin Man puppets to a lucky individual as a collectable. They will also receive an executive producer credit and some of the lower their rewards.

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    • DVD or Blu-Ray Disc
    • Fine Art Print
    • Metal Lapel PIn
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