'SUBMARINE SANDWICH' IS HAPPENING! THANK YOU ALL!
–––– Estimated release date: November 2014 ––––
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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:
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:
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.
- Nikon Animator's Kit: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Digital-SLR-Cameras/D810-Animators-kit.page
- Frame Factor: http://www.frame-factor.com
- Dragonframe: http://www.dragonframe.com
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.
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