About this project
Welcome to Hell follows the story of Sock, a sweet but somewhat unstable teen who commits suicide after the accidental murder of his own parents. In Hell he meets Mephistopheles, the amicable manager of the underworld, who offers him a job: Sock is to become a demon, tasked with haunting humans and driving them to suicide. At first this seems like Sock's dream job--a way he can finally act on his desires without consequence--but after meeting his first target, a disinterested highschooler named Jonathan, he finds himself with another desire that just might be stronger... and just might have a consequence.
Welcome to Hell started as a webcomic , but the idea has been with me for much longer than that. I was always hesitant to put myself out there and try my hand at storytelling, so I just never did.
Then one day I received an acceptance letter and a partial scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute and I realized, "hey, if an accredited institution is going to pay me money to go to their school, then I'm at least worthy enough to post comics on the Internet.
So I posted some pages on deviantArt and they garnered some really good responses as well as two Daily Deviations and I was surprised to find that there are so many people out there who will support original content and actually want to see new ideas happen!
Welcome to Hell is a character-centric comedy that explores the idea of a narrative set-up; think of it as a pilot episode. Character-driven stories have always been a major interest of mine, and I feel that strong characterization is often at the heart of a good series. And while I appreciate many different forms of storytelling, I've primarily loved and grown up with television, so that's the medium I'd like to explore with my senior film.
While Welcome to Hell would essentially set the stage for a potential series, the goal for this project is to create a solid pilot.
Welcome to Hell will utilize traditional hand-drawn animation, with coloring and cleanup done digitally. Because this is such a time-consuming process, the film's completion depends on hiring colorists and clean-up artists.
The completed film is slated to be roughly 10 minutes, which for a student short of this caliber is a little bit ambitious, but I know with the help of your donations it can be completed!
The minimum contribution will get you a lovely Welcome to Hell wallpaper for your desktop!
One original hand-drawn frame from the film! A good ol' blue-pencil sketch on a standard sheet of letter sized paper complete with acme pegbar-punched holes on the bottom. Own a piece of state-of-the-art animation technology! Supplies are limited! +all previous rewards
A .pdf digital copy of the morguebook for the film. This is the sketchbook I'm keeping over the course of production, full of all of my notes, drawings, thoughts, storyboards, and anything else related to the story, characters, and production of the film. +all previous rewards
A copy of the film's soundtrack! So far track list is still in the works, but it will include the full original score, as well as compositions by guest artists who have offered their work to the film. +all previous rewards
An 18 x 24" poster featuring original artwork for the film. +all previous rewards
Sock's hat. Yep, a real-life replica of that goofy thing the main character wears on his head, in stunning fleece! Goggles not included! +all previous rewards
This one's interesting: A limited, one-of-a-kind, hand-sculpted and painted statuette of Sock, rendered hilariously in the style of an anime schoolgirl figurine. +all previous rewards OR A cartoon caricature of you or your original character will make a cameo in the film. +all previous rewards
*There is only one figurine. If the supply is exhausted, this reward will default to the cartoon caricature.
Risks and challenges
Pre-production is complete, most of the voice tracks have been recorded, over half of the rough animation has been produced, and I have all of the neccessary software. Therefore, as it stands, the biggest obstacle I'm facing is time. This is where paid assistants come in.
Issues with collaborators might result in delays in which case the film runs the risk of not being completed by the deadline (May 2013). I still intend to finish the film regardless, but it would be a much longer process on my own.
Another potential risk is data loss--software and computers sometimes crash. To avoid having this put me out of commission, I'm backing up all of my work on an external hard-drive, as well as an online server.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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