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Erin HeathermanBy Erin Heatherman
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Erin HeathermanBy Erin Heatherman
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About

OUR PURPOSE

The heart of this project is rooted in faith. The concept was born from the desire to present truth to Christian audiences in an unconventional way--animation!  The result of this collaboration between you, the donors, our animators, our 2D artist, our composer, and the producing team will be a three minute short available on all possible media outlets for the world to view and share. Our message is simple: as Christ followers, regardless of which denomination we define ourselves in, we need to be on the same team, working on the same goal of fulfilling the great commission.  Lately it seems as though we spend more time fighting each other than we do fighting anything else, and it's allowed the dark to creep in.  The call for Christian people to unite needs to be louder, and this is our way of trying to help.  So with cartoons we battle the dark, my friends, and we need your support to help make it happen!

THE STORY 

Our setting: a Central Park-like park--it is a beautiful summer morning. People are walking about, old men are playing chess, and a painter works his canvas--it's the kind that spins, so he is twirling it about and you can't make out what he is painting. A man walks into the scene with a flute case. He sets up and begins playing. What a wonderful tune! He’s really good and naturally some people milling about stop to listen. One throws a coin into his case. Then another sound cues and the flutist sees a woman nearby playing an bucket, a hat out in front for tips. She is equally as talented and thus draws the attention from the flutist’s crowd—much to the flutist’s chagrin. The painter’s strokes become a bit faster. The sound of a trombone towers over the rest, ripping attention away once again. Coins in hat. The painter gets more and more animated as paint begins to fly. The three musicians each take short turns trying to draw the crowd, moving closer and closer to each other in the process, eyes bulging, faces blue from effort. A couple of people look at each other confusedly. The trombone player’s exhaust blows the sheet music from the flutist’s stand, which causes him to lose it and all three play all the more fiercely. They play over each other, creating quite a horrible sound. The people turn to move on when they see the painter furiously painting something--you still can't quiiite make it out. The three musicians are all in a tight circle as the clamor reaches a climax—then! Silence. The painter is done. The three musicians freeze and take full hold of the situation. The painter gives his canvas a 'wheel of fortune'like spin, and backs away. The crowd, including the musicians, walk up as the painting slows. The painter is no longer visible. The canvas comes to a stop, revealing a picture of the three musicians being robbed. The three quickly turn to see that they have indeed been robbed. Already a long way off, the painter taps his pants pocket and slips away. One defeated musician separates his buckets for the others to sit down next to them. They look miserable. Blackout.

After the credits: The three musicians on buckets begin to tap. They each tap and create a beat. They begin to jam and their smiles return.

THE PROCESS

Once we reach our goal, the process begins.  Our 2D artist takes the original concept and turns it into visual elements--each character gets a face, each object gets a look, and the environment gets...an environment.  While that is happening, our music man Dave Sprinkle, works on the score.  He will get a breakdown of short so that he can create a musical map for the animators to use to create the action.  For this particular short, it will work better for the music to come first, rather than the animation, even though sometimes it is the other way around.  Then it comes time for the storyboard.  Our director of photography works out the visual map for the animators to follow--working out the specific angles in the specific order we want it in.  Batta-bing batta-boom, one animatic later and we pass on the entire project to our three animators.  Finally after hours and hours and hours and hours of computer screens, 6-10 months later, we will have the final project of DisChord.  It is going to be a fun ride, ladies and gents, and we can't wait to keep you updated all along the way!

WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING

The majority of the budget for this short goes into two areas--crew salaries, and the animation program necessary to pull it off.  We have five brilliant creative minds here, each willing to give up 10-12 months of their time to dedicate to this project.  If we hit our goal, these guys will be getting paid approximately $1 per hour---AKA a lot of these hours will end up being volunteer for them.  That's one of the reasons we chose the story we chose.  If we are going to ask these guys for so much time, and ask you all for this much money, we sure as heck wanna have it mean something to all of us.  And hopefully we're gonna have a final product that can be shared all around the world over the web, sending out this message of truth.    

This animation program we are talking about is called Autodesk Maya.  It's a program our animation team trained on during Undergrad and know how to use well, but one they don't have the licensing for outside of educational use.  One thing we take pride in, besides our creative prowess, is our law-abiding prowess, which is why it's in our budget.  Unfortunately, it's expensive--totally around $1470 for EACH animator--though once we have it, the world is ours!  

OUR TEAM:

E r i n   H e a t h e r m a n

Erin Heatherman. Producer.
Erin Heatherman. Producer.

 Erin is from the Chicagoland area and graduated from the University of Missouri before beginning her work in film.  In the last year she produced two short films with Burnt Bridge Films in Columbia, MO, both of which are currently under festival consideration and already accepted into the Garden State Film Festival!  She loves what she does.  And she appreciates what you do so that she can keep doing what she does!

A l e x a n d e r   H o w e l l

Alexander Howell.  CG Supervisor.
Alexander Howell. CG Supervisor.

 Al is a husband and father of eight.  When he's not playing with his kids, he's making art.  Animation is his jam because he love breathing life into seemingly static characters.  This project excites him because it involves two of Al's passions: Animation and Jesus.

D a n i e l   S.   P e c k

Daniel S. Peck. Animator.
Daniel S. Peck. Animator.

Daniel is a 3d animator, Maya generalist, compositor, and recentgraduate from Full Sail University.  He's stoked about this project!  He's also available to help bring your projects to life!  Please take a look at his demo reel at www.dannovation.com if you're interested.

A n d r e w   L i e b e r

Andrew Lieber.  Animator.
Andrew Lieber. Animator.

Andrew is a character artist with a Bachelors of Science in Game Art from Full Sail University. Andrew graduated Valedictorian from his class, striving to be the best artist he could be. Andrew enjoys a wide variety of video games. His favorite aspect has always been the art and character design that drives the virtual world. He has always enjoyed character-creator options in video games that let you play as your own inspired avatar, but has always wanted to fill video games with his own inspirations built from scratch with his own skills.

S h a w n   B i l l i e 

Shawn Billie.  Animator
Shawn Billie. Animator

Shawn is from Florida and has a Bachelors degree in Computer Animation. He graduated from Full Sail University in October of 2014. He is aspiring to become a professional texturing and lighting artist in the video game and film industry. He’s very excited to work on this project!

W a l k e r   P e r k i n s

Walker Perkins.  2D Artist.
Walker Perkins. 2D Artist.

Walker is presently a graphic design student at the University of Central Missouri, and currently working as an advertisement designer.  He's always been interested in illustration and conceptual drawings.  This project is going to be a new experience for Walker, but one he finds a welcomed challenge.  Obviously, creative forces such as Disney and Pixar were a big influence for him growing up, and he is excited to enter the world of animation!  He's really encouraged by the energy and enthusiasm of the people he's working with and can't wait to get started with the team!

D a v e   S p r i n k l e

Not pictured, but equally present: Dave Sprinkle!  We are so honored to have Dave on our team composing for us.  A born artist, a trained musician, and an overall great man, he is vital to this project's success.  Check out this guy's AMAZING talent here: https://davesprinklemusic.wordpress.com

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What we are up to riiiight now: 

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 Al's flexing his ol' animation skills, finding inspiration from real life.

The fine work of Andrew Lieber
The fine work of Andrew Lieber

 Our character man himself did this little guy.  He's not a DisChord character, but imagine what Andrew can do with the drawings below!

Oh Walker, you've impressed me again...
Oh Walker, you've impressed me again...

 This is Walker's first draft of the character of 'John' from the project DisChord.  That's right folks, he's gonna be showing up real soon in all THREE dimensions.  Welcome to the world Johnny!

Risks and challenges

CHALLENGE 1, TIME: Animation takes lots of time. The human brain, when collaborating with computer brains, can take anywhere from 6 to 10 months to complete a short film of this length. That's where carpal tunnel free producers such as myself come into play! Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines, progress, progress progress...these renegade animation artists need some structure to go along with that natural gift of determination they each possess. That's why a lot of our rewards don't have deadlines until January of '16--the entire process from 2D concept art to animatics to animation could very well take up the entire year.

CHALLENGE 2, DISTANCE: Home base for this project is in Columbia, Missouri, but some of our team live elsewhere. Creatively, it is important for us to be on the same page every step of the way through constant communication, which is quite frankly made possible only through today's technology, which makes it easy to share concepts, art, and animation all online. Barring any North Korean hackers, we should be in good shape.

CHALLENGE 3, EGOS: The egos of cartoons can be really difficult to work with. Sometimes they just storm off set for no apparent reason, hiding out in their trailers until you bring them a Crunchwrap Supreme and a York Peppermint Patty. Luckily for us, each of our three animators has extensive experience with these kind of things and will work diligently to overcome any hindrance to progress.

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