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Kayfabe is a 3D animated short about the magic of childhood as seen through a young boy watching professional wrestling. Read more

Galloway, NJ Animation
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Kayfabe is a 3D animated short about the magic of childhood as seen through a young boy watching professional wrestling.

Galloway, NJ Animation
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The word Kayfabe is professional wrestling term which basically means the portrayal of events within the industry as "real." Boiled down to it's simplest terms, that is the central plot of this short.

A young wrestling fan is watching his favorite "sports entertainment" program and doesn't realize it's all staged. So he is freaking out while watching the action. This is contrasted against the nonchalant attitude of wrestlers in the ring, to whom the match is just another day at the office.

This idea is similar to the classic Warner Brothers cartoons with the dog Marc Anthony worrying about his pet cat being cooked. Or more recently, the scene in Monsters Inc where Sully thinks Boo is a garbage cube.

In broader terms, the hope behind this short is to create a feeling of nostalgia in the viewer, and what it was like to look at the world through less cynical eyes.

The idea for Kayfabe came to me when I attended a recent WWE event and saw the way children were reacting to what was going on. I've been a life long fan of wrestling, and at 31 years old I watch wrestling with a critical eye. I judge work rate of the performers, execution of moves, how entertaining someone is on the mic.

But to these kids, everything was 100% real. They were there to cheer on their favorite wrestler in hopes he could finally shut up the villainous bad guys. And they were really worried if the bad guy got the upper hand in a match. They were caught up in it in a way we can't be as an adult. Not only because we know "sports entertainment" is a work, but also because children have such a simple view of the world, and much more visceral reactions to it.

This is how kids react at wrestling events
This is how kids react at wrestling events

The comedic flavor of the short will largely rely on the visual slapstick of our lead, Tommy. Dialogue of the wrestlers, ring announcer, and of Tommy's mother, will bring some more adult wit to the short. And the whole thing ends with a heartwarming scene between our young hero and his folks after the match is over... and one last big laugh that Tommy never sees coming.

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We're proud to offer some exciting rewards for those willing to help support our project. I'm particularly excited about the $40 reward, which makes you an integral part of the production by letting you help us pick one of the main character designs.

$40 contributors can VOTE on the heel wrestler's design !
$40 contributors can VOTE on the heel wrestler's design !

Other great rewards, as you can see to the right, offer you the chance to star in the cartoon yourself! Have your likeness modeled and inserted into the cartoon as either the referee of the match, or as a fan in the crowd.

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Your contribution will help our team of modelers, animators, texture artists, concept artists, voice actors, and sound editors to create the best short film possible. One that blows away anything we've previously worked on and is worthy or your donation.

For an example of our director's work, check out Kill Vader on youtube.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our project and if you have any questions/comments, don't hesitate to contact me.

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    Our eternal thanks and a virtual hug. (Fear not, no actual physical contact will be made.)

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    A collection of digital images (including the poster and desktop wallpapers) + a virtual hug (no touching), and our eternal thanks.

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    See YOUR NAME in the CREDITS! + all of the above (digital images, virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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    a downloadable copy of the film + all of the above (digital images, a virtual hug and our eternal thanks)

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    a DVD of film + all of the above (download copy of film, name in credits, digital images, a virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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    signed 8x10 + all of the above (DVD copy, download copy, digital images, virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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    Participate in a poll to choose the final design of the heel wrestler! + all of the above (signed 8X10, DVD copy, download copy, name in credits, digital images, virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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    An exclusive look at the making of Kayfabe in the form of a PDF documenting the entire process. From concept, to fundraising, through production and distribution, this offers anyone interested in the process a great look 'behind the curtain.' This PDF will be filled with exclusive artwork at all levels of production not available anywhere else. + all of the above (heel design poll, signed 8x10, DVD copy, download copy, digital images, virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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    YOU WILL BE IN THE CARTOON! Send me a picture of yourself, and a character of your likeness will be created to be sitting in the front row of the arena, watching the wrestling match! You will also receive an 8x10 print of your character. + all of the above ('making of' PDF, heel design poll, signed 8x10, DVD copy, download copy, name in credits, digital images, virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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    Why settle for just being in the crowd? 1st supporter at this level is THE REFEREE! Yes, 1 lucky person will have a character with their likeness modeled to be the referee of the wrestling match. You will have a co-starring role in the finished short, complete with dialogue and closeups! + most of the above ('making of' PDF, heel design poll, signed 8x10, DVD copy, download copy, name in credits, digital images, virtual hug, and our eternal thanks)

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