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 Follow Stephen - the hero of our film - as he searches for the picture-perfect way to propose to his sweetheart Jane. Unfortunately for Stephen, Jane’s jealous dog has other ideas and will stop at nothing to sabotage his advances.

The story is very personal to our Director, Westley Wood. Written from experience, this comedy of errors and mishaps are all metaphors for the challenges in finding that perfect moment to propose, from choosing the ring to picking the right location and what to say.

This film is for all the hopeless romantics, as well as those who love them!

About Westley Wood (Writer/Director).

Westley has spent 15 years working in and around the animation industry. From his beginnings as a puppet maker for Mackinnon and Saunders, he went on to become development producer for Cosgrove Hall Films to Creative Director/Producer for kids’ channel CITV. Westley has been nominated for a multitude of awards including Young Entrepeneur of the Year, BAF, and Promax to name a few. Most recently, Westley developed, produced and directed the stop motion show ‘Compost Corner’ for CITV, which was subsequently nominated for a BAFTA.

Westley spends his working days writing and producing/directing content for CITV, from promotional campaigns in both live action and animated formats to animated content. Additional to this, Wes manages the product development and ever-growing crew of Animation Toolkit.

Nestled in Manchester’s own MediaCityUK (home to both ITV and the BBC) sits Animation Toolkit! From its humble beginnings in founder Westley Wood’s garage, seven years on it is now a well established business, producing a multitude of armatures and animation supplies to the animation industry and students alike. It is due to the hard work and connections built up around this company that Pooch Proposal is even a possibility.

Animation ToolKit Studio
Animation ToolKit Studio

Amongst our rewards we are offering genuine Animation Toolkit limited edition armatures, specially designed and packaged for Pooch Proposal, so you can have the opportunity to both help us make our film whilst buying the skeleton to build your own!

We are also lucky enough to share our office with Flix Facilities, who have generously given us ample studio space as well providing the post-production facilities, which will obviously help massively when it comes to filming and editing the final film.

Making a stop-motion film is no easy task. Literally everything has to be built from scratch, from the sets, to the props, the costumes and, of course, the stars of the show - the puppets! Everything you see, even for a fraction of a second, is lovingly designed, sculpted and painted by our very talented crew to make this beautiful world come alive in front of your very eyes.

Stephen Character Design by Les Eaves
Stephen Character Design by Les Eaves
Dog Character Design by Les Eavel
Dog Character Design by Les Eavel
Jane Character Design by Les Eaves
Jane Character Design by Les Eaves
Concept sketch for jewellery shop by Gervais Merryweather
Concept sketch for jewellery shop by Gervais Merryweather
Artist Vin James working on the storyboards for Pooch Proposal
Artist Vin James working on the storyboards for Pooch Proposal
Stephen Sculpt by Michael Price
Stephen Sculpt by Michael Price
Dog Sculpt by Michael Price
Dog Sculpt by Michael Price
Daniel James soldering together an Armature
Daniel James soldering together an Armature
Latex hands being cast at Animation Toolkit
Latex hands being cast at Animation Toolkit

Neither Westley or Animation Toolkit will make money for their work on the film; They would rather see the film come to fruition and be the best it can be!

However we can’t expect all the people working to help us make the film work for nothing. That being said, everyone involved is offering their time and ability at a very special rate to help make the film a reality without sacrificing the look and finish of the film. We will also use the money to cover materials to make the sets, props and puppets.

As well as Kickstarter’s own fees and charges for the service they provide, there are also of course the costs of honoring your rewards - and we have some great ones!

So, as you can see, we really can’t do it without you!

If we are fortunate enough to achieve our goal amount of £26,000, once celebrations have died down (don’t worry, none of the money will be spent on drinks!) we would like to use the extra funds to enter as many festivals as we can, to let as many people see the film as possible!

We would also love to incorporate paid internships, so more people may have the opportunity to begin their career in this remarkable but niche industry!

Our extremely talented crew have worked for some of the biggest names in industry, including Aardman, Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, CITV and CBBC, working on a variety of projects including Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox, Count Duckula, Looney Tunes and The Pirates of the Caribbean.

They have all offered up their time and skills to make Pooch Proposal a reality. They bring together over 30 years of experience in the industry. Everyone involved is a professional, offering an incredible range of talents and expertise to our film.

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER - WESTLEY WOOD

ASSISTANT PRODUCER/CAMPAIGN MANAGER - LAURA-BETH COWLEY

CHARACTER DESGHN - LES EAVES

STORYBOARD / EXTRA CHARACTER DESIGNS - VIN JAMES 

CONCEPT ARTIST - GERVAIS MERRYWEATHER

ANIMATOR - TIM ALLEN

DOP - SAM TWYMAN 

SOUND OVER/ FOLEY - MARC SILK

COMPOSER- THE COMPOSER WORKS

SCULPTOR - MICHAEL PRICE

ARMATURE BUILDER AND MODEL MAKER - DANIEL JAMES

POST PRODUCTION - FLIX FACILITIES

So as you can see we have the most talented people at our disposal, to make this film the very best it can be.

We have truly unique and special rewards to give away to all you brilliant Pooch Proposal Backers.

REWARD UPDATE

As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original DOG OR CAT PUPPET featured in the film!
As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original DOG OR CAT PUPPET featured in the film!
 
As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original JANE PUPPET featured in the film!
As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original JANE PUPPET featured in the film!
As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original STEPHEN PUPPET featured in the film!
As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original STEPHEN PUPPET featured in the film!

As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to BE IN THE FILM! We will re-create your likeness to be part of our select cast of characters. You will then also receive the puppet after filming is complete.

As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier and your choice of either the WIRE ARMATURE or BALL JOINTED ARMATURE, you will also receive an hour long SKYPE CHAT with members of the POOCH PROPOSAL CREW, who will talk you through building your armature kit as well as anything you want to know about the production or stop-motion animation in general!
 

ON SALE!!! WAS £400 NOW ONLY £350!!!

 As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier you will also receive your CHOICE of any one of the £75 REWARDS! You will also be invited as a VIP to the PREMIERE of the film here in Manchester's Media City. You will be given preferential treatment, a tour of Animation Toolkit’s Studio, front row tickets for yourself and a friend at the screening, as well as being able to network with other backers, supporters of the film and the crew themselves! (Travel and accommodation unfortunately cannot be covered by Pooch Proposal or Animation Toolkit)

FACE AND EYE DECALS STICKER SETS ADDED TO ALL ARMATURE KITS!

 

LIMITED EDITION CONCEPT ART PRINTS BY GERVAIS MERRYWEATHER

'Jewellery Shop' - Concept Art #1
'Jewellery Shop' - Concept Art #1
'Picnic in the park' - Concept Art #2
'Picnic in the park' - Concept Art #2
'Pooch in Pound' - Concept Art #3
'Pooch in Pound' - Concept Art #3

These fantastic works of art were created by the talented Gervais Merryweather. We have 100 of each design printed, signed and ready to send to you lucky LIMITED EDITION CONCEPT ART reward backers.

LIMITED EDITION CREW T-SHIRTS

You too can be part of the team by selecting the LIMITED EDITION CREW T-SHIRTS Reward. Show you care about stop-motion culture while strutting your stuff down the high street!

LIMITED EDITION - POOCH PROPOSAL DOGGIE BAG

You can keep all your film swag in this Limited Edition Canvas messenger bag. Carry all your important documents in what is sure to be 2015’s must-have bag! Buy whilst stocks last!

 

LIMITED EDITION POOCH PROPOSAL: MAKE YOUR OWN WIRE ARMATURE!

For the exciting low price of £85 we will include everything necessary to make your own wire armature, so you to can create your own stop-motion puppet!

Contents:

3 x meters 1.5mm aluminium wire (blue)

3 x meters 1mm aluminium wire (green) 

2 x breast/hip joint

2 x feet (steel with brass boss) plus M5 thread in foot plate for tie-down

1 x head block

2 x 8mm blank Delrin plastic eyes

2 x 10mm blank Delrin plastic eyes

10 x slot head grub screws

1 x diagram

Contents also include tie-down pack:

2 x super magnets 10mm x 5mm (for use on metal set tops - magnetise feet from above or below)

2 x M5 bolts

2 x M5 washers

2 x M5 wing nuts

LIMITED EDITION POOCH PROPOSAL: MAKE YOUR OWN BALL JOINTED ARMATURE

For £245 you can get this fantastic professional ball jointed armature, just like the ones used in professional animated films (including ours)! Perfect for serious students and professionals alike!

Contents:

10 x 6mm stainless steel double joints

10 x 6mm stainless steel single joints

30 x 6mm stainless steel balls

20 x steel socket head grubs screws

2 x stainless steel t section hip and shoulder boss

5 x stainless steel hand/toe/head paddles

1 x Allen Key

10 x 10mm M3 threaded bar

10 x 25mm M3 threaded bar

10 x 50mm M3 threaded bar

10 x 75mm M3 threaded bar

4 x 100mm M3 threaded bar

1 x Allen key

1 x 1mm x 3m spool of aluminium wire (for fingers etc)

1 x Permanent 'Thread Lock'

2 x M3 thread/washer/wing nut tie down

1 x Instructions

Here is a break down of everything included at each Pledge Amount!
Here is a break down of everything included at each Pledge Amount!

IF YOU WOULD RATHER SIMPLY HELP BY DONATING THE MONEY AND RECEIVING NO REWARDS, SIMPLY CLICK ‘BACK THIS PROJECT’ AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE AND SELECT THIS OPTION WHEN SELECTING YOUR REWARD. THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

Of course the main risk we have is not raising the money! This is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if we don’t reach our full £26,000 goal than our film will remain a dream. We want to raise enough money in order to pay for materials, animation and production costs. We hope to finish the film in 4-5 months, although we acknowledge that life comes with potential setbacks from time to time. While we have tried to be as realistic as possible with our pledge delivery dates, any unforeseen production delays might inevitably push back any rewards that are dependent on the films completion (eg. DVD, online film access, props).
We also hope to send the film to as many festivals as possible, while opening it up for potential Oscar and BAFTA nomination - we want this film to go as far as it can! We hope that you our backers will remain understanding and supportive during this time, safe in the knowledge that we will make the film available to you, our incredibly generous backers, as soon as we’re able!

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    You will receive a DIGITAL DESKTOP IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD exclusive to the campaign! As well as a TWITTER MENTION. Thank you so much!

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    As well as all of the above you will also receive a PRIVATE LINK to watch the film once it’s compete!

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    As well as all of the above you will also receive a special POOCH PROPOSAL POSTCARD signed by the Director, Westley Wood

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    As well as all the above rewards, for this generous pledge you will receive the limited edition POOCH PROPOSAL SUPPORTER BADGE and A THANK YOU IN THE FILM CREDITS. You can wear your support of our film with pride!

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    As well as all the above rewards, you will also receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FINISHED FILM plus a PDF of all the video and production content created for the campaign!

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    As well as all the above rewards, you will also receive a DVD OF THE FINISHED FILM plus a PDF of all the the video and production content created for the campaign!

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    UPDATE!!! YOU WILL NOW RECEIVE ALL 3 CONCEPT ART PRINTS FOR THE SAME COST! As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier, you will also receive one of our LIMITED EDITION ART PRINTS created especially for the campaign by the talented Gervais Merryweather.

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    POOCH CREW T-SHIRT PACK! As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier, you will receive one of our SPECIAL POOCH PROPOSAL BACKER T-SHIRT. Be stylish and let everyone know that you are an Animation supporter!

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    DOGGIE BAG PACK! As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier, you will receive one of our LIMITED EDITION CANVAS SATCHELS to keep all your rewards in!

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    As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier, you will also receive one of our limited edition POOCH PROPOSAL: MAKE YOUR OWN WIRE ARMATURE KITS. The pack will include everything you need to make a wire armature. Perfect for any budding stop-motion animator to create their own human or quadruped creature with our Animation Toolkit Pack #1. Ideal for students, first time stop-motion puppetries or for a Christmas/birthday present for the animation enthusiast in your life!

    (Full details of armature components can be found in the reward section)

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    As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier. You will receive this one-of-a-kind reward: A PROP FROM THE SET OF POOCH PROPOSAL. After filming is complete you will receive one of the unique props from either the shop or the park sets in the film; This could be anything from a flower bed, a background tree, duck, toy boat, jewellery or furniture, presented in a special collectors box!

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    As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier, you will receive a limited edition POOCH PROPOSAL: MAKE YOUR OWN BALL JOINTED ARMATURE KIT. This limited offer includes the same parts used in the animation toolkit armatures that are used in Stephen, Jane and Jane’s Dog.

    This professional armature is perfect for students as well as industry professionals looking to take their projects to the next level.

    You too can create your own human or quadruped creature with our Animation Toolkit Pack #2. (Full details of armature components can be found in the reward section below)

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    UPDATE!!!REDUCED FROM £300 to £280
    As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier and your choice of either the WIRE ARMATURE or BALL JOINTED ARMATURE, you will also receive an hour long SKYPE CHAT with members of the POOCH PROPOSAL CREW, who will talk you through building your armature kit as well as anything you want to know about the production or stop-motion animation in general!

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    UPDATE!!!REDUCED FROM £400 to £350As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier you will also receive your CHOICE of any one of the £75 REWARDS! You will also be invited as a VIP to the PREMIERE of the film here in Manchester's Media City. You will be given preferential treatment, a tour of Animation Toolkits Studio, front row tickets for yourself and a friend at the screening, as well as being able to network with other backers, supporters of the film and the crew themselves!

    (Travel and accommodation unfortunately cannot be covered by Pooch Proposal or Animation Toolkit)

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    As well as everything included in the £45 reward tier and your choice of either the WIRE ARMATURE or BALL JOINTED ARMATURE, you will receive one of the limited opportunities to come to the set and be an ANIMATOR FOR THE DAY! You will receive a MASTER CLASS with our lead animator TIM ALLEN, who will talk you through animating a shot in the film. You will also get to spend time in the workshop with modelmaker DANIEL JAMES and shown the full process from armature to casting, and on top of all that you will be given a guided, one-on-one tour of ANIMATION TOOLKIT and the SET OF POOCH PROPOSAL by Director and Producer WESTLEY WOOD. You will also be credited as a ‘GUEST ANIMATOR’ IN THE FILM CREDITS!

    (Travel and accommodation unfortunately cannot be covered by Pooch Proposal or Animation Toolkit)

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    As well as everything included in the £400 reward pack, you will also receive ALL THREE £75 REWARDS and an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film.

    (Travel and accommodation unfortunately cannot be covered by Pooch Proposal or Animation Toolkit)

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    UPDATE!!! REDUCED FROM £3,000 to £2,000. As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original CAT PUPPET featured in the film!

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    UPDATE!!!REDUCED FROM £3,000 to £2,000. As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original DOG PUPPET featured in the film!

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    UPDATE!!!REDUCED FROM £4,000 to £2,000As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original JANE PUPPET featured in the film!

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    UPDATE!!!REDUCED FROM £4,000 to £2,000. As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will also receive a recast of the original STEPHEN PUPPET featured in the film!

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    UPDATE!!!REDUCED FROM £5,000 to £3,000As well as everything included in the £1000 reward pack, you will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to BE IN THE FILM! We will re-create your likeness to be part of are select cast of characters. You will then also receive the puppet after filming is complete.

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