LESS THAT 24 HOURS LEFT!
Hello everyone! Thank you for all your pledges and support!
There is less than 24 hours left on our campaign and would appreciate any extra funds to get "Odd Dog" done and shown at festivals!
Just for fun, here is a sneak preview of one of our favorite rewards, the Cat Shopping Tote:
Please help us spread the word and thanks again for your support!!!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 10/26/17
WE HIT OUR GOAL!!!
Thank you to all who have pledged for this campaign so far!!
As a gift of thanks, all "Odd Dog" backers (old and new) will be receiving an additional desktop wallpaper with their pledge!
And please note, the campaign is not over yet and we still need your support! All funds that are made beyond the goal amount will be used in adding scope and increasing the quality of the film.
Love and thanks, Keika Lee
“Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide.” ― C.S. Lewis
“Odd Dog” is a tail about a cat who thinks he's a dog and tries to find a friend only to be turned away by the animals he meets along the way. Then one fateful day he meets a boy who accepts him for who he is and the two become the best of friends.
The characters are based on my son and our cat and their unique relationship. It is my dream to bring these characters to life and share their story.
The moral of the story is based on my own childhood experience of being an oddball and trying to find where I belonged only to realize that being "odd" is what made me unique.
This traditional animated film will be at least 5-minutes in full length and done in black and white with no voiceovers.
So far we have achieved getting storyboards for Act 3, character designs of the two main characters, animations tests and have almost completed a piece of key art. I've been able to personally fund what we have so far but now I need your help in taking it to the finish line!
By reaching our funding goal of $9,000 we will be able to finish and deliver Act 3 of our film. Any funds beyond our goal will go towards finishing the entire film. Please read our "Stretch Goals" section below for more details.
Meet CAT, he thinks he's a dog and is having a tough time finding a friend who understands his odd ways.
This is BOY, he wants a dog but his parents will only allow him to have a cat. Luckily he meets the purr-fect match!
This is HAIRLESS who Cat meets and wants to chase. She'll have none of that!
CORGI looks like a lot of fun to play with! Too bad all he sees is a typical Cat trying to annoy him.
Quick sketches (aka thumbnail sketches) by Nichole Wong Forti representing the touching relationship between Cat and Boy.
Key art by Nichole Wong Forti.
The following is a storyboard sequence where Boy first meets Cat by Steph Dere.
Here is an animation test that shows the characters interacting and animation style we are targeting to achieve for the film.
Maquettes are generally used as a hands on point of reference for animators to be able to draw a character from different angles. (It's also really cool to have one!)
Here's a photo of our maquette of Cat (work in progress) by our sculptor, Eric Leive:
Here is a visual breakdown of where the funds will be going:
- Below are the details of each step it takes to finish this film:
- Storyboards are the visual representations of the script and helps sets the tone and staging of the film to understand what the director wants to achieve with the story. We need to wrap these up before moving on to animation.
- Character designs are created to pin down the look and personality of the characters. These designs are for animators to refer to while working on their scenes. We will use the funds towards finishing the designs of the Boy and remaining two characters, Hairless and Corgi. (This includes concepts, turnarounds and expressions.)
- Key art helps us set the tone and mood of the overall film. For “Odd Dog” I wanted our first key art to show the heart-warming friendship between Cat and Boy and not necessarily a scene from the film itself.
- Animation will take a big chunk of production as it takes the longest to complete. For context, the animation test you saw above took our animator 20 hours to do!
- Audio will entail us hiring a composer to create an original soundtrack to our film.
- Post production is when we wrap things up with compositing and editing. Not a lot of people know it actually takes a lot of time to do this part because you are coordinating all the pieces together to make one cohesive product.
Meet the Crew
We are pleased to give a shout out to the following industry professionals who have agreed to advise on "Odd Dog":
Craig Kellman is an industry veteran and extraordinaire who will be giving input and feedback on the character designs for "Odd Dog". We are fortunate to be working with an animation legend and are certain this film will be made at it's best with his expertise. Craig has brought to life such projects as "Samurai Jack", "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends", "Madagascar" and "The Power Puff Girls Movie".
Gary Trousdale is an industry icon in the animation world who will be providing some feedback on the direction of the story for "Odd Dog". There is no doubt his magic touch will make this film incredible and touch the hearts of many. Gary is responsible for such films as Disney Animation's "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Lou Dellarosa is a seasoned professional and phenomenal animator who will be providing feedback on the animations for "Odd Dog". With his help, we know the film will have the best squash-and-stretch animation with dynamic poses. Again, we are grateful and excited to be graced with such a superstar. Lou has worked on such films as Disney Animation's "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King" and DreamWorks "How To Train Your Dragon".
These advisers will steer us in the right direction in making "Odd Dog" a special film.
And a special thanks to Slugline! A simply amazing screenwriting application which was used to write the "Odd Dog" script. It's super easy to use and makes scriptwriting a breeze. Check 'em out!
So what's next?
To take over the world!!! Just kidding...sort of.
My ultimate goal for this film is to submit it to festivals and other forums to generate enough interest in making a miniseries or TV series. This is just the beginning and I'm excited to see where it goes from here!
Thank you all for your support!
Risks and challenges
It take a lot of time, money and energy to create an animated film.
Time -- Because our crew members have full-time jobs and are working on this film on their free time, this film will take longer to complete than most films.
Money -- Animated films are costly and we are doing everything we can to pinch pennies with the amount we make from this campaign.
Energy -- We need an extra artist or two to finish this film and the funding will help us find the talent we need.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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