How can you understand your identity in a family that’s lost its own?
A young girl’s attempts to get her Dad’s attention are thwarted when he loses his job.
An 8 minute animated short film about Frankie, a lonely teenager and her miner dad, Eddie.
Like most girls, Frankie loves her Dad. She wants to be like him, she wants to impress him. She’s 13 and looking for a role model, but Eddie’s in crisis himself! He’s just been made redundant and his world has been turned upside down.
In order for Frankie to discover her identity she has to help Eddie rediscover his sense of self. Absorbed in job centre applications, Eddie doesn’t have time for his daughter’s help. Rebuked and angry, Frankie lashes out making him realise what’s at stake, Eddie remembers his role as a dad and they find solace in each other.
The film is currently in production.
The combination of digital 2D animation and watercolour backgrounds bring lyricism to subject matter that would appear harrowing in a social realist film.
The film depicts unemployment through the eyes of a child, a topic rarely explored through the medium of animation.
Animation allows us to bring an element of fantasy to this subject matter.
While the tale has elements of fantasy it is rooted in months of research.
With the support of Arts Council England, our team has run animation workshops in schools based in ex-mining communities in the north east of England.
The film has a unique aesthetic which unites traditional and digital methods- we have created handcrafted watercolour backgrounds and combined them with 2D digital animation. While the results are striking, its a very time consuming process.
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We can't complete the film without it!
We have a team of animators and designers ready to complete this project but we need a little bit of extra funding so that they can commit their time and we can finish the film!
The film has no dialogue, so it is essential that we invest in the right sound designer in order to bring our animation to life.
Your generous donations will help cover the cost of the sound designer, clean up artists and materials needed to complete the project.
The budget may seem small but we’ve luckily already received the bulk of our funding from Arts Council England and JBA (John Brabourne Award).
With your help we can complete this film but we need to meet the goal order for this all to go ahead!
Pictures! Prints! Posters! A copy of the Film! Or your name immortalized in the credits forever! No donation is too small and each comes with a treat!
Director: Katherine Hearst
Writer: Maria Pullicino
Animator: Diana Gradinaru
Background artists: Josh Saunders, Eva Wagner
Clean up: Maria Piva, Hayley Warren
Sound Design: Marian Mentrup
Back in April we spent time in the ex-mining town of Peterlee and Easington Colliery, talking to ex-miners and workshopping ideas with local schools.
The sessions in schools were aimed at getting the students to write and design their own short films. This research trip informed our final process and storyline in what is now 'Eddie & Frankie.'
You can see the students' work here:
Risks and challenges
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Apart from that, with your help, we are on track to getting this film completed by the end of December. We have a dedicated team who are working hard to ensure the film will be finished to the highest possible quality!
So please support us and we will be extremely grateful and give you a beautiful film in return!
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