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Light Work is a stop-motion animated short film about a lonely old man who is entrusted with a thankless Sisyphean task.
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THE FILM

Light Work is a stop-motion animated film about a lonely old man who is entrusted with a thankless Sisyphean task that has been handed down from generation to generation.

THE UPDATES

Remember to check the updates for an indepth look on how the film was created. These will be posted every couple days throughout the campaign.

Here are the updates so far:
01 > The Old Man
02 > Faces
03 > Stretch Goals
04 > The Score: Composer Sam Retzer
05 > Candlelights
06 > Inspiration
07 > Walls
08 > Stairs
09 > Color
10 > Sound Designer: Ron Shaffer
11 > The Bike
12 > The Studio
13 > Tech Specs
14 > The Rube Goldberg Machine
15 > Happy Halloween and Floors
16 > Fun City

THE GOAL

My hope is to build a nice, big audience for my nice, little short. It acts as a simple pre-sale. You contribute a dollar now and soon after the world premiere at a film festival, you receive an online screener link to view it. The nice thing is, that because it is only one dollar, you will most likely completely forget about it, and when the link shows up magically early next year, it will be a wonderful little surprise.

Want to help beyond pledging? It's easy. I can tell you are savvy and use social media like the best of them. Help spread the word and follow the film:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lightworkshortfilm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LightWorkFilm
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lightworkthefilm

Old Man and his candle.
Old Man and his candle.

THE HISTORY

The seed for this film was planted a good 5 years ago. I slowly tinkered with it here and there when I had time in between other projects. It wasn't until January 0f 2017 that I truly started working on it.

The influence dates back to my childhood. The magic of Ray Harryhausen's work and the effect Rankin Bass Christmas Specials had on me as an artist was tremendous. Stop-motion has always been my favorite animation style. Seeing the work that Laika Studios, Aardman Animation, Starburns Industries Anomalisa and the recent work by Wes Anderson has been amazing to see, and I wanted to add my small piece.

THE PROCESS

I’m drawn to the style because of its tactile qualities. It is a tangible art form, one that embraces imperfection rather than shunning it. It is fragile. I wanted to push the limits of that fragility by creating a stop-motion short made primarily of paper. The main character is made of paper with a wood and wire armature. The set pieces are made of different type of paper, illustration board and foam core, so about 95% of the entire short film is made from paper products.

Director Scott Kawczynski animating the Old Man. Photo by Kreg Holt.
Director Scott Kawczynski animating the Old Man. Photo by Kreg Holt.

THE COLLABORATORS

For the most part, the entire film is of my making. I wrote the script, built the sets, directed, animated, cleaned the frames that needed to be cleaned in post, edited and color corrected the film. That said, I had a tremendous amount of help from two very talented people.

Sam Retzer composed the music for the film. Sam has previously done commercial work as well as music for the documentary A Band Called Death (as well as other films). He is a talented guy that likes professional wrestling and heavy metal.

Ron Shaffer did all the sound effects and sound editing. It's a good thing, too, because he is very talented and much better than my lame attempts at foley. He also did the sound mixing for my feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon as well as a slew of other TV and film projects.

Sound designer Ron Shaffer getting just the right feet shuffling sound.
Sound designer Ron Shaffer getting just the right feet shuffling sound.

THE REWARD

Quite simple. For $1 you get to watch the short film. Of course, you can pledge more if you are feeling generous.

THE MONEY?

I know, I know. You are thinking to yourself "OK. So if it is pretty much completed, why are you trying to raise money?" It's a very good question.

First, film festival submissions are pricey. So this will help offset those costs as well. It will also go towards any additional cost that may arise, like getting a DCP for the short that is required by some festivals. Those can be pricey.

Second, I paid my collaborators Sam and Ron a small amount of money for their help and would love to be able to compensate them more for their incredible assistance.

Old Man descending the stairs.
Old Man descending the stairs.

THE STRETCH GOALS

Sure, sure. I said only one reward. But, if this thing blows up and I get a really big audience, I wanted to give something back if it starts getting crazy. So I will be giving away actual set pieces from the film!

$1,000 - Random set piece giveaway #1. 10 lucky funders will be chosen at random and will receive a piece of the set. This is dependent on the amount of your pledge. So, for example, if you pledge $6, your name is tossed into the hat 6 times.

***NEW*** $2,000 - A digital book of the film. This book will collect all the updates that will go live throughout the campaign regarding process and how the film was made. It will also include preliminary sketches from years past, comparison shots between the animatic and the final film, as well as a slew of shots that won’t be available anywhere else. Everyone who pledges to the campaign will receive this digital book.

$3,000 - Random set piece giveaway #2. 25 lucky funders will be chosen at random and will receive a piece of the set. This is dependent on the amount of your pledge. So, for example, if you pledge $6, your name is tossed into the hat 6 times. Note: If you won a piece of the set in giveaway #1, you are ineligible to win in this giveaway.

Risks and challenges

Virtually no risk at all. Fulfillment will be based on the World Premiere date. The earlier it gets into a festival, the earlier you get to see the film.

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