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An educational series of short films on LGBTQ history from civil rights to notable people of influence to all things in between.

About this project

This will be an ongoing, educational web series done in stop motion and various other animation styles that focuses on teaching LGBTQ history. Each episode is currently about 5 minutes long. The target audience is early to mid-20s. It will cover topics ranging from Stonewall to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the US to people of interest/ importance (Alan Turing, RuPaul, Billie Jean King, etc) to anything in between. It is meant to be an intro to LGBTQ history of sorts and is meant to inspire independent study. Discussion of each episode's topic will be encouraged and suggestions for future topics or topics to cover in more detail will be welcome and considered.

LGBTQueerstory mascot Bufford the Hairless Cat
LGBTQueerstory mascot Bufford the Hairless Cat

My main goal with this project is to show the positive ways the LGBTQ community has impacted the world and to show young LGBTQ persons the triumphs and struggles that led us to where we are now, hopefully inspiring the next generation to keep up the fight for equality. That is it in a nutshell.

Quinten aka Miss Celie Boos dressed as Leigh Bowery
Quinten aka Miss Celie Boos dressed as Leigh Bowery

The money I am trying to raise now is to cover bare bones costs for the theme song, desperately needed lighting, voice actors, CLAY! (I am going thru massive amounts of clay), wood, better audio equipment, ball and socket armature parts (basically reusable puppet skeletons), acme punched animation paper, moldmaking whatnots, other miscellaneous puppet and set making materials, animation and fabrication help, and to cover part of the rental costs for the animtion space I am using. So far this has all been funded out of my own pocket. Camera, tripod, laptop, editing software, frame capture software, staging, and the beginnings of materials for some of the puppets and stages I have already purchased on my own. With a starting cast of six characters, some requiring multiple puppets to be built, and three sets at present, I am in need of materials. That's why I am asking for help now. With your help, I can make this with higher quality materials and give you a better production value. 

 The Cast

Main Character List
Main Character List

Above are the main characters that make up the LGBTQueerstory cast. We have Lysa, Garon, Bombala "BB", Trace, Quinten, and Sidney. Each character is representative of one of the colors and characteristics assigned to the rainbow/ freedom flag. Each is also named to correspond with the individual LGBTQ group with which she or he identifies including a straight character. Full bio cards for each character are available at the $50 and above contribution level.

Don't forget to check the updates section. I will be posting sketches of each cast member there in the coming days.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in doing stop-motion animation is time. On average, for every eight hours of work animating, you produce ten to fifteen seconds of film. This is after spending time writing the scripts, designing and building all of the puppets, stages, sets and props, testing the puppets, storyboarding it all, figuring out the lighting schemes and camera angles, finding and recording the voice actors and finally all of the post production film cleanup and sound design. It is a slow, long process, but produces a magical, tangible world that you don't get with other types of animation.

This long animation process could potentially lead to regular lags in episode availability. To help combat the availability lag issue, I will stick with at least a three month episode posting cushion. In other words, I will not be posting any episodes until I have enough to cover 3 months worth of episodes for biweekly postings. By using the three month cushion, I will, at launch, be able to consistently have a new episode available, at least, every other week. The other perk of the three month cushion is that it will allow for the two planned extended special episodes.

I also recently found help with the fabrication of everything. Up until now, I have done this entire project on my own from the funding of it all to the building of it to, well, to everything. Finding an extra set of hands will increase production speed immensely without the quality suffering.

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  • This kickstarter is not to raise the total amount needed to fund LGBTQueerstory. Since January of 2013, I have invested, out-of-pocket, nearly twice the amount I am trying to raise with this kickstarter campaign for the core required equipment. Like I mention in the description, staging, camera, laptop, software, etc have all already been purchased and setup. The main purpose for this kickstarter campaign is to purchase higher quality materials for the sets and puppets, hire voice actors, and hire a composer for original music.

    LGBTQueerstory has been a labor of love. I have done all of the fabrication myself which cuts costs immensely. Everything that appears onscreen so far is the result of countless hours of work. I have found some help with fabrication for the future, but I am keeping this to as small a group as possible, again trying to cut costs. I am doing this project because I want to give back to the community. I am coming to you all to help raise the last amount needed to get this thing off and runnin'.

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    All the magnificent rewards hitherto mentioned ye verily shall receive anon, but I will also personally make a one of a kind signed figurine of your favorite character to sweeten the pot...posthaste...

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    Everything from previous tiers plus your choice of an original, screenused puppet. What?! I know right. That is crazy. Let me know who you want to take home, and I will send her or him your way. This will, of course, exclude puppets of fellow backers (See next tier).

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    From here on, I am just speechless. Take the pot! You win! Also, have an original painting of the cast and a one of a kind handmade special edition dvd as an added thanks for helping me bring this to life. Oh yea, and a puppet in your likeness as "The Producer" will be added to the special finale episode. So who wants to be in the pictures!

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