Bladfold: an animated musical documentary about Brad Nixon
Brad Nixon was a fascinating guy: The dyslexic president of the college Republicans goes to San Fransisco in 1967 (the "Summer of Love"!), discovers LSD, gets put in a mental institution, and before long becomes a powerful and charismatic leader in a sect of Japanese Buddhism in Seattle in the 1970's, with over 1000 members taking guidance from him. And behind the scenes he's doing a lot of drugs and sleeping with a lot of the female members. Pretty soon things get out of control and his little empire comes crashing down. Oh, and he was my father.
When you hear "musical film", you might picture Mary Poppins or something. It's not like that! The best way to get a sense of the kind of project this is, is to watch The Shelf, the 25-minute film we made last year:
Making This FilmIt takes a LOT of work to make a film like this. Here are some statistics from the making of The Shelf:
- 6 months
- 1,000 hours animating
- 50,000 individual stop motion frames
- 1 hour of original music (only 25 minutes of which made it into the film)
- end result—25 minute film
Our goal with Bladfold is a 60 minute film, so many of the numbers above will double. Yikes!
As you can see, making an animated musical documentary takes a lot of work. Your money will go directly to support all of these things, the animation, editing, camera and editing equipment, the recording, mixing and mastering of the music, all of it.
Bladfold will be completed in NOVEMBER of 2012. We will be showing it in Seattle (those who contribute will be notified where and when!). We will also be submitting to film festivals.
Just for fun:
Here's the animated teaser trailer we made for Bladfold with an original song called "Drugs & Dyslexia"...
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