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A boy wonders if there might be other people living in the universe. At the same time, an alien boy far away ponders the same question.
A boy wonders if there might be other people living in the universe. At the same time, an alien boy far away ponders the same question.
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The Story - Is There Anyone Out There?

One night, a boy looks out at the stars from his farm and asks his father if there might be other people living in the universe. At that same moment, on a faraway planet, an alien boy is asking his father the same question.

Preliminary watercolor background sketch for IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?
Preliminary watercolor background sketch for IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

We have set out to make this timeless, universal question accessible to a child's imagination by melding together both the profound and the whimsical. Every layer of our production, from the music to the artwork, is held in accountability to one word: WONDER.

Who We Are

Our innovative team of artists and filmmakers includes animator Greg Peters who has worked on classics for Disney, Warner Bros., and Hannah-Barbera for nearly three decades. Writer/Director Jonathan Hal Reynolds is helming the team, and has invited longtime collaborator J.R. Fleming to create the background art for the film. British composer, Andy Dollerson, has scored the project, and voice artist Terry Anderson is serving as narrator.

Pre-Production Meeting for IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE? - Greg Peters, J.R. Fleming, and Jonathan Hal Reynolds (left to right)
Pre-Production Meeting for IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE? - Greg Peters, J.R. Fleming, and Jonathan Hal Reynolds (left to right)

Project Status

The score for Is There Anyone Out There? has already been recorded by British composer Andy Dollerson and the Tosca String quartet, and the narration has been completed by voice artist Terry Anderson who has invented a wonderful narrator for our tale. You can listen to the entire narration and score here:

Tosca String Quartet recording the score for IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?
Tosca String Quartet recording the score for IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

We are currently polishing up character designs and storyboards, and are revving up to begin work on the background art and character animation. Because we are using traditional 2D animation at 24 frames per second (e.g., Disney's Pinnochio, Don Bluth's Secret Of Nimh), our film will require over 4,300 frames of hand-drawn artwork. This will take our team an entire year to complete. 

Preliminary character design - IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?
Preliminary character design - IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?

Invitation To Join Our Team

We invite you to be a part of our adventure in animation by supporting our project. In thanks for your contribution, we are offering a multitude of Rewards listed on the right-hand side of this website--ranging from digital downloads, DVD's, posters, an invitation to the private premiere, and even Executive Producer credit. We hope that you will join us in bringing this story to life, and we look forward to the exciting journey ahead. We can't do it without you!

Previous Collaborations

Take a look at a few of Jonathan and J.R.'s previous collaborations in concept art for children's stories:

"Robot Dreams" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Robot Dreams" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Time Flash" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Time Flash" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Skeleton Room" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Skeleton Room" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Ghost Circle" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Ghost Circle" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Protector's Sanctuary" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"Protector's Sanctuary" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"First Flight" from OCTOBERS (novel series)
"First Flight" from OCTOBERS (novel series)

Here is a book trailer for Jonathan's novel series OCTOBERS (co-written by Craig Cunningham), which includes concept art by J.R. Fleming and an original score by composer Andy Dollerson:

Click HERE to visit J.R. Fleming's website.

Click HERE to visit Jonathan's IMDB page, and below are a couple of posters from his short films:

Poster for WHERE THE FIREFLIES DIE (Written, Directed, and Scored by Jonathan Hal Reynolds)
Poster for WHERE THE FIREFLIES DIE (Written, Directed, and Scored by Jonathan Hal Reynolds)
Poster for THE LAST WILDFLOWER (Written and Directed by Jonathan Hal Reynolds)
Poster for THE LAST WILDFLOWER (Written and Directed by Jonathan Hal Reynolds)

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Risks and challenges

The animation process is complex and time consuming. We are committed to excellence in every facet of our craft, and we will not stop until we have completed the vision we set out to accomplish.

We will certainly inform our Kickstarter supporters about any unforeseen delays, and we look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you!

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