MUMA is the name of a cartoon for kids all over the globe. This cartoon is a project that was started in November 2012 by two Ukrainian artists, Tina and Andrew. Frame-by-frame and day-by-day, the artists continue to film and finalize the cartoon.
The dream started from an idea that Tina had while taking a shower. She texted the idea to Andrew, who was on his way to Tina’s house. With her hair still wet from the shower, she immediately started on the screenplay. That evening, the storyboard for the clay animation cartoon was created. By early morning, the duo had 28 scenes sketched up on paper with a bunch of notes, arrows and scribbles.
MUMA is a story about a tiny elephant who wakes up one day and realizes that he has lost his mother. A nearby ladybug sees the lonely elephant and decides to help him. She calls upon her butterfly friend, who gives the elephant wings to fly, but the elephant was so heavy he couldn’t get off the ground, so the ladybug grabbed his tail and together they all took off to the sky. Travelling around the world, they make new friends, including a snake and a giraffe. Together, the friends try to help the elephant search for his mom. After they circle around the globe and fly to the moon, the cartoon ends with a magical event that makes the elephant’s dream come true. To find out what happens, you’ll have to wait and see the cartoon.
So why did Tina and Andrew decide to use claymation? In claymation films, every single action must be done by hand. As a character is sculpted, it is given a life through movement and actions during the filming process. In a world where all cartoons are now generating using 3D animation, claymation is becoming a dying art. Therefore, Tina and Andrew wanted to help revive the movement through this unique handmade art. Tina and Andrew were inspired by Stepan Koval’s claymation cartoons (which you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLkfMEQBV4w) as well as Tim Burton and David Lynch.
MUMA is a DIY project that is produced in a small room at Tina’s parents’ apartment. Materials used in the cartoon include an animation table made by Andrew, a simple table lamp for lighting, and 5 kilograms of clay.
To see a previous cartoon from Tina and Andrew, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOcNJy6fMv4
MUMA is more than halfway done to being completed - but the team has reached a few roadblocks. To date, Andrew and Tina have shot 20 out of 28 scenes over a period of 30 days. However, their stop-motion software was being used on a 30-day trial period and has expired. In order to continue the project, Andrew and Tina need $1,000. So how will that money be spent?
• $300 will be spent on purchasing a licence for the stop-motion software.
• Andrew, who is a talented musician and ukulele player, will be going to create the cartoon’s soundtrack. $500 will be used to record and master the soundtrack and other sounds at a professional recording studio.
• The last $200 dollars will be used for printing and packaging the DVD boxes.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge is securing the funding for the essentials describe above. With every challenge comes risk: if the MUMA project does not get funded, it may take double the time to complete it. But alas, Andrew and Tina will never stop because this project is near and dear to their hearts. With your help, the story and mission of MUMA can be completed around mid-February 2013. The obvious risk is the possibility of some unusual event (end of the world) or sickness that may prevent artists completing the project on time. We try to back up all the work files regularly, but a computer malfunction or power outage may lead to the data loss and may require additional time for recovering the files. Other then that the only possible delays in reward delivery may involve the third party (shipping from Ukraine, printing the DVDs, etc)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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