This 32 minute animated film is a true story about a friend of mine named TECHNO STYPES and takes place over the course of 25 years. The following excerpt from the film best explains what the story is about:
"Drink and smoke...that's what Techno really like to do...and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This wasn't going to be easy."
Techno was in a bad way, the first part of this story is how Techno ended up in China needing a liver transplant, the second part of the story is about how we tried to get him back home to Canada again.
Music costs money, whether it is an original composition or an existing track. This is a music driven film. The soundtrack we want to put together currently has 18 incredible songs, including original compositions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica) and Dave Nunez (Anitek).
Other tracks need to be in the correct time pocket this film takes place in, if we achieve certain stretch goals we will be able to license a certain Pink Floyd song (wish me luck), Black Sabbath, Morphine, Air, Nightmares on Wax, Cypress Hill, the Dandy Warhols, Leftfield and a few other tasty tracks. I've been refining this song selection since 2012.
The animation is done, and only requires a little colour correction. The audio on the other hand needs work. I have to re-record most of the voice over and get a proper sound mix done. A film production is only as good as it's weakest link (says Charlie Bean) and I don't want a poor audio track to bring down the overall quality of this film, especially after all the work I have put into it so far. I can't let that happen.
ANIMATION IN PHOTOSHOP
Check out these links if you want to see some other projects animated in photoshop using the same technique:
WONDER WOMAN EP 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHZKIVS3h2g
SHINJUKU EP 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUSB-gyhmtw
You can see there is a progression in the technique leading up to this PEAR CIDER project. It was inconceivable to me, only a few short years ago that I would be able to animate an entire 32 minute film all by myself in just over 2 years. Inconceivable and unaffordable. The animation tools in photoshop are far from perfect, but for me, because I was animating my graphic novel, (which was entirely created in photoshop) It made perfect sense. I don't work for Adobe, but I really like photoshop, and I love animation. I want to share with you some of the things I learned about both these things during the making of my film.
BOOK AND DVD
POSTER GROUP 1
POSTER GROUP 2
KICKSTARTER why now?
I did a Kickstarter for this same project back in 2012 for the printing of my second PEAR CIDER book. That was a successful campaign and it was a great experience. Even back then I knew ultimately that this was going to end up to being an animated film project. I felt at the time that including the film project with the book project was simply too much to undertake all at once, I was also concerned about the backers having to wait too long before the project was done.
I decided to wait until I was finished with the animation to launch another Kickstarter for 2 reasons:
1. To minimize the amount of money I need to raise in order to complete this production. Having finished the animation the costs are concentrated completely on music licensing and post production. GARY WELCH the music supervisor is already underway in securing the music clearances. With your help, when this campaign is closed we can pay for the clearances in time for our deadline which is in March 2016.
2. No long waits to see the finished film or receive your rewards. The finished film will be available for viewing within 2-3 months after closing the campaign. The other rewards can be sent by FEB-MARCH 2016. *PLEASE NOTE: the hardcopy book may take longer depending on printing and shipping delays.
ROBERT VALLEY – DIRECTOR AND ARTIST Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Rob graduated from the Emily Carr College and moved straight into storyboarding the Aeon Flux TV series with Peter Chung and juggling commercials for brands such as Nike, Coke, Sony etc. Then followed Gorillaz videos with Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland, the Beatles Rock Band cinematic, his own Massive Swerve graphic novel series, a series of Wonder Woman animated shorts for DC Nation and an Annie Award as lead character designer and storyboard artist on Tron:Uprising. Pear Cider & Cigarettes is Rob's first short film. https://www.instagram.com/massiveswerve/
CARA SPELLER – PRODUCER Cara is a Grammy-nominated and Bafta-winning producer with work spanning music, animation, VFX, commercials, live events, theatre and film. In 2000 she began working with Jamie Hewlett & Damon Albarn on music videos for their animated band Gorillaz at Passion Pictures in London, and then became Gorillaz’s full-time producer; responsible for the visual side of their work - music videos, award shows, art exhibitions, TV appearances, and live shows including the 2006 ‘holographic’ Grammy Awards performance with Madonna and the 2010 Plastic Beach Tour with headline shows at Glastonbury, Coachella and Madison Square Garden NY. Cara recently returned to Passion to develop a slate of animated film and TV projects for the studio.
ROBERT TRUJILLO – MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER Robert is best known as the bassist for Metallica, having previously worked his magic with Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Black Label Society, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains and Ozzy Osbourne. As well as taking several TV and film roles, and appearing in the renowned documentary Some Kind of Monster, Robert recently produced a documentary about Jaco Pastorius entitled Jaco, and is touring with his experimental metal group Mass Mental. Robert was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside his Metallica bandmates in 2009 and is possibly the nicest man in music.
DAVE NUNEZ - MUSICAN AND COMPOSER (ANITEK TRIPHOP) Anitek is a music producer from New Jersey. He plays piano,cello,clarinet,guitar,bass and drums. He is also a scratch DJ, his main influences are Rachmaninoff,DJ Krush,Bonobo and fat John. His incorporates the whole range of music genres creating lush melodic soundtracks for movies and commercials. His list of clients include MTV,Cadillac,Sony,CNN,Discovery Channel,BET,National Geographic,Hewlett Packard,EL,Toyota,Chevy and Bose. https://soundcloud.com/search?q=anitek%20triphop
GARY WELCH – MUSIC SUPERVISOR Gary is an independent UK Film Music Supervisor and a self-confessed music nut. His work with leading UK companies such as Passion Pictures, RSA Films, Universal Pictures and Red Bull has seen him license and place hundreds of tracks to picture. His films are often music based or musically rich and he likes nothing more than working on a film soundtrack with weird and wonderful genres or obscure tunes. With over twenty years of music industry experience, he’s worked in most of the key creative and business areas of the industry and has a well-worn and safe pair of hands to navigate the music licensing waters. In 2014 a music led film he supervised called Northern Soul was nominated for a BAFTA and won Best Film at NME Awards 2015. You will usually find him flicking through a pile of dusty records in a basement looking for the magic.
JOHNNY STILL – COMPOSITOR Johnny is…. We need a bio for Johnny.
MAX HORTON – Senior Colourist, ONSIGHT Max is a leading colourist in London who joined pioneering facilities company ONSIGHT in 2015. His considerable technical and creative experience spans 25 years across features, high-end television, commercials and music. Credits include Legacy: The Rugby World Cup 2015 (Finite Films), Richard Williams’ 2016 BAFTA nominated Prologue, multi-nominated Shaun the Sheep Movie (Aardman Animation), Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea (Warner Bros.), Elvis Costello: Detour Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Eagle Rock Entertainment), Alleycats (Elephant Gun Films), Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and David Mallet’s AC/DC: Rock or Bust.
Risks and challenges
The big challenge with this project is getting everything done by Feb 2016. Most of that pressure is being carried by GARY WELCH the music supervisor. He has already started clearing much of the music for the film, so when it comes time to pay for the music licensing then it can happen almost immediately.
If the truth be told, the music licensing and other finishing costs are going to be closer to $95k, I am putting putting in $50k of my own money to this cause which which leaves a shortfall of $45k which I will have to raise on Kickstarter.
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