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A new stop-motion food film from the director of 'Fresh Guacamole' — the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar. Read more

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A new stop-motion food film from the director of 'Fresh Guacamole' — the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar.

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'SUBMARINE SANDWICH' IS HAPPENING! THANK YOU ALL!  

                      –––– Estimated release date: November 2014 ––––

Stay in touch and receive updates by joining my personal Email List. You can also follow the film's progress and see behind-the-scenes content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine, and EatPES (my official site). 

Hi I’m PES! I want to talk to you about my new film…  Submarine Sandwich!

It’s the third installment of my stop-motion cooking series.  The first, Western Spaghetti, was voted Time Magazine's #2 Internet Video of 2008.  The second, Fresh Guacamole, is the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar. Now it's time for Submarine Sandwich and I need your help to make it a reality!

27.5 million of you have seen them… but if you haven't please take a minute to see what this is all about:

Watch Western Spaghetti                                          Watch Fresh Guacamole

MY FIRST TASTE

I’ve been thinking and preparing Submarine Sandwich for three years. It’s the largest film I’ve ever done. We’ll be creating our own old school deli inspired from the New York classics of the 1920’s… where the submarine sandwich was born.

This film has been a labor of love that began with a single image: A boxing glove in a deli slicer… knuckles to the blade.This idea stuck with me and I knew I had to bring it to life.

I have been searching for and photographing objects, researching, sketching, writing, painting, shopping and collecting in preparation since then. 

First, by chance, I found the perfect deli slicer in a design exhibit at MoMa. I hunted down one of these exact models, The Streamliner, and I have been restoring it for the film. Then, I tracked down the truly classic, one-of-a-kind deli display case and shipped it to my studio. I have already begun to stock it with tasty morsels from the finest purveyors of meats and cheeses… except my meats and cheeses are vintage sporting equipment and the purveyors are junk shops, garage sales and eBay!

I’ve always loved taking something mundane and transforming it into the unexpected through the animation process. It’s pure magic. In Submarine Sandwich, I'm taking all the stuff I’ve collected — scarred boxing gloves, time-worn footballs, hockey gloves, and chunky baseball mitts — and slicing them up in order to build the tastiest sandwich ever… though it might be a bit hard to eat!

A NEW RECIPE

I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve always been a bit of a one-man band but I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to invite all of you to participate in this process!

I'll be sending out updates as everything progresses, asking for your thoughts, ideas and opinions as I go along. Filmmaking is a collaborative process and I am really psyched to have all of you as collaborators.

Let’s kick it off right now! Question #1:  Should I use Bicycle Reflectors or Air Hockey Pucks as the Tomato Slices in my Sub?  Please let me know what you think in the comments section.

WHAT WE NEED MONEY FOR

I believe that short films should be free and I have never charged for my films. Previously, I have had to find the funding myself, but this is definitely the biggest film I have ever made and that’s why I need your help to bring it to life.

My films may be short… but they’re not cheap. Even though they’re animated, my films share more in common with live-action productions. I need sets, props, fabrication, cameras, lights, space — everything that live-action productions need — except that I need them for months at a time.

Nikon has already come on board as my lead sponsor, so I've been able to get a jump-start on the purchasing of some of this expensive equipment and props... but there’s still a ton of stuff to do.  From fabricating the half-cut footballs to hiring the incredibly talented team of model-makers and animators I have lined up, we’re ready for the next steps. I'm thrilled to finally put this film into production and that’s why I am coming to you. With your help, we can make this film a reality!

HAVE A SUB

Of course, we’re all in this to support cool projects, but one of the best parts of Kickstarter is nifty rewards.  While the main goal is to raise funds for the film, I really want everyone who supports get some Grade-A swag! I’ve had a lot of fun thinking up different ideas and designing a few limited edition pieces myself. 

Here are a few of the exclusive limited Kickstarter edition rewards available to backers of Submarine Sandwich. They feature a special Kickstarter-only Submarine Sandwich design… if you like it, please back the project as it won’t be available ever again.

The Submarine Sandwich T-Shirt Concept:

The Submarine Sandwich Screen Print. 18 x 24" Signed and numbered:

The Film Still:

You’ll select an image from either Submarine Sandwich, Fresh Guacamole, or Western Spaghetti. We’ll have it printed as a Single Edition art print. Only ONE of each frame will ever be made.

We’ll be doing this through Frame Factor, an innovative new platform that allows creators to sell individual frames as unique prints. We’re doing this for the first time ever as part of this Kickstarter campaign! Backers will be able to choose first before we open it up to the general public. The early bird gets the worm....

The Submarine Sandwich Toy:

Dragonframe Software:

NIKON

Nikon has generously stepped in as my lead sponsor on this film. This is exciting for a number or reasons. First, it’s Nikon! I’m mean… c’mon!

Why that’s great for me: they’re providing a portion of the production funds as well as all of my camera gear and lenses. Even cooler, I’m going to be shooting the film with their brand new D810 camera, just launched 2 weeks ago - which means Submarine Sandwich will likely be the first 8K stop-motion film ever.  

Why that’s great for one lucky backer: Nikon is allowing us to include the new Nikon Animator's Kit as one of the rewards!

You will get the same hot-off-the presses Nikon D810 DSLR camera that I’m going to use to shoot Sub Sandwich + the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens + a copy of Dragonframe Software, the best stop-motion frame capture software out there. This camera is STUNNING. In addition to this AMAZING PACKAGE, you will also receive the EH-5b AC Adapter + the EP-5B power supply connect, both of which are very hard to find in stock.

AND NOW… THE FUN STUFF!

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for all your help. Let’s go make a film! Please take a look at the awesome rewards packages and choose the one that’s right for you. Let your friends know too… I love meeting new folks!

Risks and challenges

It is always a challenge to make a film independently. The biggest challenge is raising funds without giving up creative control.

The biggest risk is completing the film by October 31st. If we reach our goal, we should be able to achieve this. If we exceed our goal, we could do it faster, build a bigger deli set, and fulfill rewards sooner.

Thank you!

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    We’ll love you forever and send you regular updates on our progress and a link to the finished film.

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    456 backers

    FOOD TRILOGY — HD DOWNLOADS // Pristine digital downloads of all three of PES's cooking films in 1920 x 1080 HD Resolution.

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    87 backers

    OSCAR THANKS // “If” PES wins the Oscar with Submarine Sandwich, he’ll thank you on live TV at the Academy Awards. Note: this reward might very well be ‘Nothing’ since this is a long shot and even if it does happen the animated short dude will probably get played off by the band. + All 3 films in full HD!

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    SUBMARINE T-SHIRT // You will receive a super soft Limited Edition Submarine Sandwich T-shirt designed by PES exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. (sizes toddler - XL) + All 3 films in full HD!

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    SUBMARINE SCREEN PRINT // Limited Edition 18"x 24" Submarine Sandwich Screen Print. Designed by PES. This is a Timed Limited Edition *EXCLUSIVE* to our Kickstarter backers. Once the Kickstarter campaign ends, we will never sell this print again. + All 3 films in full HD!

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    SINGLE EDITION ORIGINAL FILM FRAME // For Fans of All Three Films. You will get the first right to choose a stunning Single Edition Film Frame from Submarine Sandwich, Fresh Guacamole or Western Spaghetti. Once a frame is sold it can never be printed or sold again. Museum-quality archival prints — 45cm x 25cm. Price will jump to $125 immediately following this Kickstarter. + All 3 films in full HD!

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    11 backers Limited (114 left of 125)

    SUBMARINE TOY // Be the first to own PES's limited-edition 5-inch model of the Submarine Sandwich in a gorgeous chrome finish. This is PES’s first-ever toy and each one will be signed and numbered. Also includes all 3 films in full HD!

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    23 backers Limited (27 left of 50)

    ULTIMATE SWAG PACK // You will receive a Single Edition Original Film Frame + the Submarine Sandwich T-Shirt + The Limited Edition Screen Print + HD Film Downloads.

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    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    SINGLE EDITION ORIGINAL FILM FRAME SERIES // Interested in the Single Edition Film Frames ($85 reward)? How about three? Choose a sequence or get one still from each film. The price of this package will be $350 after the Kickstarter. Includes all 3 films in full HD!

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    DRAGONFRAME SOFTWARE // For all the animators and aspiring animators! Bring your stop-motion ideas to life with the frame capture software PES has used exclusively since 2010. Includes Dragonframe 3.5 (normally retails for $295), a USB Keypad, and all 3 films in full HD!

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    SET VISIT // A visit to the set of Submarine Sandwich + Sub Sandwich T-shirt + HD Downloads. Filming will take place in Los Angeles, CA. Transportation not included.



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    SUB with PES // Have a Sub Sandwich with PES at Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica! Transportation not included. Lunch may take place between Nov 1, 2014 - Nov 1, 2015.

+ T-shirt + HD downloads.

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    ORIGINAL PES ARTWORK // You will receive one-of-a-kind concept art by PES. + All 3 films in full HD!

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    DRAGONFRAME + DMX // Want the ultimate stop-motion software package? Get PES's favorite frame capture software Dragonframe 3.5, the USB Keypad, the DMX-S2 Lighting Interface Box, and all 3 films in full HD! Limit: 1

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    3 backers Limited (3 left of 6)

    MASTER CLASS IN THE DELI // Spend the morning with PES learning more about his process on the set of Submarine Sandwich. Sub Lunch included. Saturday, November 15th. Los Angeles. 9:30am-2pm. Limit: 6 (please note: 1 reward = 1 seat in the class). Transportation not included.

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    PRIVATE LESSON with PES // You will receive a one hour, private stop-motion lesson with PES at his studio or via Skype. Transportation not included. Lesson may take place between Nov 1, 2014 - Nov 1, 2015. + Limited Edition Screen Print + T-shirt + HD downloads.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT // Associate Producer credit on IMDB, YouTube, and anywhere the full film credits are listed. Special thanks on social media, and good karma everywhere else. Please note: PES does not put full credits on the film itself. + Limited Edition Screen Print + T-shirt + HD downloads.

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    The Nikon Animator's Kit // The brand new D810 DSLR, 105mm macro lens, AC adapter, and converter. Plus the best stop-motion image capture software, Dragonframe. AMAZING package. We will ship out the camera package in September so you can be one of the first people to own this incredible DSLR. + Limited Edition Screen Print +T-shirt + HD downloads.

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    CUSTOM PES FILM // Send PES an object and he'll make you your very own 6-second PES film — perfect for Vine! This isn’t for big corporations (looking at you, Budweiser), but if you’ve got a little company... we’re happy to help. + Limited Edition Screen Print + T-shirt + HD downloads.

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