HOW IT BEGAN
Drawing Life director Nathan Fitch met George Booth at a party while working at The New Yorker Magazine as a Video Producer. Immediately, he knew that he wanted to make a documentary short about George, whose charisma, work and storytelling are all-enveloping. Nathan began production on the project in 2017 with the working title "Drawing Life".
MEET GEORGE BOOTH!
At 92 years old, George is among the oldest living New Yorker Cartoonists, and continues to publish regularly in the magazine. Born in Cainsville Missouri (population 200), George launched his cartooning career while serving in the US Marines during World War II, when he was recruited to draw for the Marines publication Leatherneck Magazine. While George will gladly tell you of any number of humorous misadventures along the way (blowing up outhouses, being screamed at by officer managers), he would ascend to become a celebrated artist in the golden era of magazines, influencing a younger generation of cartoonists with his wit and imagination. Today George is a proud Brooklynite, working out of a studio in his daughter Sarah's apartment on a vibrant block in Crown Heights.
One of the elements of Drawing Life that we are very excited about is the use of animation in the project, which is being done working with the animation artist Emily Collins (Emily is also a Producer on the film). Rather than solely animating George’s existing work, the stop motion animations for the film will be done in collaboration with George, creating unique moments that highlight George's personality, humor and history.
The truth is that filmmaking is expensive work. We've been putting in countless unpaid hours of producing, shooting, editing and animating over the last year. However, in order to really finish Drawing Life the way the film deserves we need resources. We also want to make the final film look and sounds as good as possible, so we need funds to cover those costs. Lastly, we want to be able to pay George for his participation and artistic contributions to our project. Below is a pie chart that shows the breakdown of how we will be spending these funds if we are successful.
HELP US GET THERE!
With approximately 80% of Principal photography completed, we are currently in the process of scheduling animation production that will be a significant part of the film. Our plan is to complete the film in the next year, having the film festival premiere in NYC with George in attendance before his 93rd Birthday.
Please help us make this happen!
Risks and challenges
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