My first job in animation was on a feature film called the Thief and Cobbler. It was a life changing experience and gave me an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best animators. Playing a part in this ambitious artistic dream shaped me as an animator. The Thief planted the seed for Creamers, and all my subsequent production jobs have fueled its development. Creamers is the story of Ester and her co-worker Joy. They share a desk in a huge cavernous studio. Their daily task is painting patterns on porcelain cream jugs - all day every day. Each woman adopts her own brand of coping mechanic to combat the monotony of their jobs. Joy is goal driven and keeps herself going by surrounding herself with the comforts of home. Ester has artistic ambitions and a fanciful imagination that brightens her surroundings. Her positive outlook at the start of the day is dampened when she is told by the-powers-that-be that the day’s work needs to be redone. She is plunged into the mind bending stages of an all-nighter and emerges somewhere completely unexpected.
Pulling It All Together
I am in the last stages of production of Creamers. Over the next 6 months I will be cleaning up the rough animation and colouring the 178 shots that make up the 14 minutes of full character animation. I have used a mix of 3D and 2D to give the film a deep rich look. A successful Indiegogo campaign helped me get to this level of production. Now I am on the second stage of cleaning up the rough animation and digitally painting each shot. Your funds will go to covering the cost of this last stage as well as final sound design. Dave Delisle has created fabulous 3D backgrounds and props. The design collaboration of hand painted textures and meticulous modeling has created a unique hybrid that integrates seamlessly with the 2D character animation. Not only has this mix of 3D and 2D has given each scene a deep rich look it has also allowed me to visualize the complexity of detail I have always envisioned for Creamers.
Collaborators Along The Way
I've had the pleasure of working with many talented people on Creamers. From the voice talents of Rondel Reynoldson and Brian Dobson to the sound design expertise of Gael MacLean (Rukkus House) who is creating the soundscape for Creamers. Independent sound designer and musician Ryan Peoples is contributing his own arrangements of Cole Porter's ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ – the reoccurring musical theme of Creamers. Rafael Almeida, a film student from Brazil, is painting and animating shadow fx. Julia Liu, a recent grad from Van Arts (and also from Borneo!) is helping me clean up a mountain of character animation. And last but not least the incomparable Dave Delisle who meticulously created the 3D world of Ester's real and imagined world.
I will ship perks anywhere! (not just Canada)
Art cards printed on 100% recycled paper with matching coloured 'brown bag' style envelopes.
12X18 inch Creamers poster - a Kickstarter exclusive!
Handpainted Creamer mug - collaborative design specifically for Kickstarter contributors by Dahlhaus Studio
Risks and challenges
Colouring and drawing animation frame-by-frame is time consuming and labour intensive. I need bodies to do this. Post-production and,in particular, sound is 50% of the film - it fills in all the gaps of animation and is a hugely important part of the film making process. Even with a discount from the local post production houses that will be working on Creamers, there is still a base level of hard costs that I need to cover. I have dedicated years of my life to this project and can’t wait to see it completed. Your support will be an integral part of getting this labour of love on to a screen near you in 2014!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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