Reilly's Life is an animated show created by Sinead Clancy, mother to a ten-year-old son with autism. She has spent the last twenty years as a designer and decorator in Hollywood and Europe.
Reilly's Life episodes will feature 10 minutes of 2D animation followed by a live action bumper highlighting children or adults engaged in the unique characteristics and common challenges of autism in the context of the show. We want to provide an energetic, adventurous, and entertaining educational space to show children with autism, their families, caregivers, practitioners and general audiences that society appreciates and values what it means to have autism.
Reilly’s Life creators will actively seek the collaborative input, creative talent and life experiences of children and adults with autism throughout the production of the show.
Each Reilly’s Life episode will explore the vibrant life of 6 year-old Reilly, his twin sister Kiara, their mom, Reilly’s beloved toy giraffe Gerry and the diverse cast of characters Reilly encounters in his daily life.
Reilly is an inquisitive adventurer, a boy with autism who communicates non-verbally and a fiercely loyal brother, friend and superhero. Kiara is Reilly's twin sister, an independent funny girl who adores playing with her brother and getting into mischief together. Kiara is not autistic and Reilly calls on her at times to project his voice to his objective world. Reilly’s beloved giraffe Gerry is a clever ally, an active participant in Reilly’s superhero life and Reilly’s creative muse for interacting with his audience and communicating the depth of his adventures. However, above all, Gerry is Reilly's loyal lovie.
Risks and challenges
Reilly’s Life reflects Sinead’s deep affection for her son and her appreciation for the complexities that accompany an autism diagnosis. The creative elements for the show unfolded over the past eight years through many intensive collaborative sessions with a diverse group of dedicated and experienced artists, writers, editors, advocates and supporters. We also surveyed families with autistic children and found an overwhelming majority of them had a preference for 2D animation.
The biggest challenges lie ahead. Why would you trust your money with a mother who has no previous animation experience?
Sinead has surrounded herself with a pool of highly motivated, talented and experienced individuals who are the best in their field, all who are passionate about the project and what we are trying to achieve.
Reilly’s World Production Team
Creator and Director
Sinead Clancy is an Irish native, living in Los Angeles. She is a mother to 10-year-old boy/girl twins Roan and Katie. Her son Roan, was diagnosed with autism at 22 months. She is a designer and a decorator in the television industry with over 20 years of experience
Rob Silva was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and devotes his professional life to the art of cartoons and video games. After graduating top of his class from the Art Institute of California, Rob began working at Activision. He collaborated on projects to create video games such as Call of Duty 3, Guitar Hero 2, and Tony Hawk's Project 8 before taking up a Level Design position for Rise of the Argonauts at Liquid Entertainment he also freelances for Sony Pictures, 51 Minds Entertainment, and others.
Rita Zobayan is a writer of children’s books and an educator with 15 years of experience in the field. She has worked with students with mild-moderate learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism/Asperger’s, and English language learners. Rita is also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California.
Dr. Daniel Anderson studies children and television including children's interactions during TV viewing and the impact on cognitive development and education. His current research concerns television and very young children, brain activation during media use, and television viewing and children's diet. He actively advises television producers on the creation of curriculum-based shows for children. He has worked on Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, and Bear in the Big Blue House, among others.
Neurodiversity Consultant & Copy Editor
Ronnie Thibault lives in Washington State and received her M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Her published article Can Autistics Redefine Autism? The Cultural Politics of Autistic Activism explores the emergence of an influential culture of autistic activists known as The Neurodiversity Movement. Ronnie has worked with adolescents, youth and adults with developmental differences in social skills and sensory workshops and community events. Ronnie is a proud mother and wife of brilliant and deeply wonderful individuals diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.
We are asking you to join us in support of this unique and exceptionally important animated series and to help us introduce audiences to the vividly imaginative and sensational world that is Reilly’s Life!
Why are we only raising $15,000?
We want to produce 10 minutes for our pilot episode of Reilly’s life. We have worked out a budget where for every one minute of film we make it will cost us approximately $15,000. We are hopeful that we can fund the entire 10 minutes, but we decided to try it in increments. The power is in your hands. Show us that you want to see this whole episode materialize. The more money we raise the more minutes or even more full episodes we can make!!
• FIRST GOAL - $15,000: We will finish the design of the characters to include rigging, textures, colors and expressions. Scriptwriter will get paid.
• SECOND GOAL - $30,000: Storyboard artist will be hired and paid. Animatic will be produced. We will audition, hire and record the voices of the characters. Rent a studio to record the dialogue. Hire the musical director and work on our theme song. Animation director gets paid.
• THIRD GOAL - $45,000: We will start the animation. Record the music and singer for the theme song. Animators are hired and paid. Consultants will get paid.
• FOURTH GOAL - $60,000: Animation continues. Foley and additional audio is recorded for the show.
• FIFTH GOAL - $75,000: Opening titles and end titles are designed. We record the one minute bumper for the end of the show with a family. Crew is hired and paid for the shoot.
• SIXTH GOAL $90,000: Animation continues, Creator is paid.
• SEVENTH GOAL $105,000: Animation is completed. Editor is hired and paid. Show is cut.
• EIGHTH GOAL $120,000 Sound mix is done, Kickstarter rewards are generated
• NINTH GOAL $135,000: Kickstarter fees are paid, all crew is paid. Graphics for media blitz are generated (Brochures, Ads, etc)
• TENTH GOAL $150,000: Media packets are generated and distribution is started. Show is launched.
So, in case you haven’t already heard…
While the features of autism are as individually unique and varied as any human experience, there are a few distinguishing characteristics common to the diagnosis. Individuals with autism may absorb sensory environments differently and experience challenges while processing audio, visual, physical and additional types of external stimuli. Negotiating social intricacies will prove tricky for some on the autism spectrum and so-called ‘typical’ social interactions may not come naturally. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and autism can usually be reliably diagnosed by age three. Early intervention is critical for gaining access to therapeutic benefits and Reilly’s Life specifically draws from a multitude of learning techniques to appeal to children with autism during this crucial time in their lives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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