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Through miniature puppets, we follow the lives of the Cicadas as they come out of the ground for the party at the end of their lives.
Through miniature puppets, we follow the lives of the Cicadas as they come out of the ground for the party at the end of their lives.
1,097 backers pledged $74,272 to help bring this project to life.

September in Cicada land!

Hi friends of Cicada!

A brief update on what is going on with the project. Russel and I went back into editorial to flush out the remaining scenes in 3d animatic format. After the last set build I got some anxiety as to whether the book panels would flow together as well in moving picture. I stopped the builds so we could revisit those panels and essentially make all the remaining sets virtually and cut them together. 

We discovered a few bumps here and there so some adjustments are being made to make sure the film fits with itself absolutely perfect. The 3d layouts that we make for editorial serve the dual purpose in that they can be printed out as blueprints for the actual builds. Normally we have done this one panel at a time but having all the plans done at the same time will make it that more efficient in materials and time. We should be back sawing, glueing, and snacking / fighting in the coming weeks. I am glad we took the time to re-work some of the problem areas and I am excited to get back to the studio.

Here are a couple examples of what a 3d layout looks like. Working this way we can try different materials and color combinations very fast.

On other news I visited with my best friend from childhood this past saturday. It has been seventeen years since we last saw each other, just before he joined the monastery. Fresh from being a Monk, he has acquired excellent carpenter skills. It just so happens I am in need of a carpenter so he will be joining us at the studio this fall.

Talk soon,


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    1. Creator Katherine Dent on October 9, 2011

      I thank all the stars in the heavens I discovered kickstarter before your project ended! <3

    2. Creator Jimena Mendieta on September 29, 2011

      Love your post...

    3. Creator Cecilia Deemer on September 29, 2011

      This is my favorite project EVER! I positively can't wait to see the video!!! Gorgeous work, indeed, Mauchi!

    4. Creator Mark McKellier on September 27, 2011

      Looks beautiful - such a labour of love - it will be a real masterpiece when finished ; )

    5. Creator Michael Domingo on September 20, 2011

      Looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the masterpiece :)

    6. Creator Kevin E. Buntin on September 19, 2011

      Oh my....magical and so rich already! I am bursting with anticipation to see the final version...and get all my goodies, not the least of which being my copy of this gorgeous work. I'm certain we and the rest of the world will hear more of this later... Brilliant work all of you!

    7. Creator Wendy Rolón on September 19, 2011

      yay!! looks wonderful mauchi!!!

    8. Creator Ann Thompson on September 19, 2011

      I have thoroughly enjoyed watching this film develop "from the other side of the camera." Being privy to the making of the movie is really invigorating! It makes me want to work for you guys even more!

    9. Creator Jody Lemke on September 19, 2011

      Thanks! I never stop being excited and enthralled by this process and project. So happy to be a backer.