Croissant's existential crisis a direct metaphor for mistakenly type cast superficial people of my generation trying to find their place in the intangible world of the information age. We love the revolutionary idea of Kickstarter and wish to utilize it as a call to arms to create the future we want to see; One where pastries have a voice.
Season One: 10 five-minute episodes released in the Fall of 2014
In the first season Croissant desperately searches for a reason to live. He experiments with drugs, tries a "responsible" job as a detective and goes after an impossible love. Ultimately, he learns that he doesn't need to change who he is but rather accept his flaws in order to find true happiness.
Beyond Croissant's story we uncover a host of other characters going through similar duress. A Pain Au Chocolat dealing with her sexual identity. A peanut with amnesia trying to re-discover the food she used to be. A forlorn Donut trying reconnect with his long-lost girlfriend. And a sex-craved Biscotti just trying to have a good time.
These characters make up the greater worlds of Boulangerie and Junk Food slums teetering on the verge of social unrest and ultimately a Junk Food uprising.
Music: "Che Belew" by Imperial Tiger Orchestra (http://www.myspace.com/imperialtigerorchestra) "Croissant Sad theme" by Sebastian Ornemark
Episode 1: Therapy
Why tell this story?
Croissant's story is directly related to that of my generation. We are situated in a strange time of flux. The traditional paths to employment are quickly evaporating leaving us feeling completely out of control.
But it doesn't have to be a sad story. These crumbling institutions are actually giving us more of an opportunity than ever to seize control of our future. We can easily utilize advances in technology to create our own way of doing things. On a thematic level, Croissant Man is a reminder to my generation to look inward to find the courage to make the changes we want to see.
Because... it's funny. We can approach heavy, scary topics like depression and social stratification with a lightness that makes it more palpable. Questioning the meaning of life is more accessible when you hear a Croissant say the things you are afraid to admit.
An existential snack: Short episodes and small characters are a reminder to stop and take a break to appreciate the little moments. Because ultimately life and happiness is just a collection of little things.
Why do we need your help with funding?
Every part of the world of Croissant Man needs to be designed and created. That starts with set and puppet construction, and then moves on to sound, music and visual effects. To create a distinct and unique landscape we have relied on the work of students and volunteers. Although we will continue to ask for as much free work as possible, we would like to continue the practice of paying professional and talented artists for their contributions. The first two episodes were funded solely by the creator Tulica Singh. But to continue on we are asking for the generosity of donors to supplement those funds and compensate everyone for their hard work.
- May 2014: Shoot 8 episodes over 12-14 shooting days.
- June-July 2014: Edit picture on 8 episodes
- July-August 2014: Post production sound and voice recording
- August-September 2014: Music Composition VFX and Color Correction
- October 2014 - Release of Season One: 10 episodes
A Mini Revolution
Kickstarter has created a collective of people that aren't waiting for things to get better but rather taking the future into their own hands. We would like to continue that tradition and challenge the status quo of online content to deliver a higher quality thought-provoking web series.
Meet the Crew!
We would absolutely love if you became a part of our quest. Thank you for taking the time to visit this page and even if you don't have anything to give, please drop us a line and we would love to keep you updated on the series.
Risks and challenges
1.) Transitioning into a professional sphere
The project to date has been run almost entirely by volunteers. Because they are professionals in their fields, their work commitments take priority over their volunteer work. The production of Croissant Man is complex and requires many different people with different skills sets. When we lose one person, it holds up the whole production. To ensure continued production of Croissant Man, we need to be able to pay our talented crew for their hard work.
2.) Getting it seen
Distribution is the other big challenge we face. The internet is overwhelmed with content, we need to be able to cut through the noise. We are passionate about Croissant Man and want as many people as possible to enjoy it. We will devote a portion of the budget to launching Croissant Man on the internet as well as entering the project in film festivals.
3.) People may not like it
We can try but we'll never be able to predict what people are going to like. But we feel if we are as honest and open as possible we can connect with a few people in a meaningful way. We really care about the story we are telling and the work we are putting into the project and are taking our time to develop the script and create believable relatable characters. (even if they are pastries)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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