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A heart-warming animated short film about a charming little girl and her hardworking mother. Join us in bringing Ami’s story to life!
A heart-warming animated short film about a charming little girl and her hardworking mother. Join us in bringing Ami’s story to life!
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ABOUT THE MOVIE

Ami is an 8-minute-long animated short film about the bond between a mother and her little daughter that will appeal to both children and adults.

Ami, highlights the struggle of all modern parents to balance work and family. Every parent knows how difficult it is to help their children understand why they must be away, when their careers ask them to.

Sometimes, the best a mother can do is make up a far-fetched story to help her child better understand and make them feel safe. When Ami’s mother must travel for business, she tells her daughter an enchanting story to distract her from her sadness. But, when magic takes over, Ami’s mother is reminded of what matters most in life – one another.

Ami will make you laugh, touch your heart and leave you smiling with its fairytale happy ending.

Ami’s story is brought to life using a traditional, “handmade” 2D animation style. The look and feel of the movie are inspired by both children’s books and the nostalgic magic of animated films.

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THE STORY

Ami is an adorable and tenacious 3-year-old girl who loves her mother very much. When her mother announces that she must leave for a business trip, Ami becomes very sad. She clings to her mother and, with her impish grin and wide eyes, she does everything she can think of to keep her from leaving. Ami’s mother then comes up with an idea to comfort her anxious daughter. The pair plant the seed of a flower and Ami’s mother tells her that, if she takes very good care of the seed, a flower will grow. Then, once the flower is in bloom, it will be time for her mother to return. In the end, mother and daughter are reunited in a magical and unexpected way!

WHY WE ARE MAKING THIS MOVIE

The idea for the script came to life while the director was taking care of his niece when her parents were away on business. He saw how his little niece Amalia (the inspiration for our character Ami) and her parents were suffering while they were apart.

This experience prompted our director to create a film for both children and their parents regarding this challenging aspect of modern life. He wanted to make a tender, charming and magical tale that would aid families in dealing with these difficult situations.

With this film, we hope to touch the hearts of both adults and children and to help parents and children better understand one another.

We also want to create a beautiful and technically sound film that will gain exposure and win awards at festivals, allowing us to produce more animated films.

Gonza and his niece Amalia, the inspiration for Ami
Gonza and his niece Amalia, the inspiration for Ami

WHY WE NEED YOU

Traditional animation is a very expensive and very tedious process which involves a huge amount of work. We have a committed team from around the world who have been working on this project since June 2013. Our director leads a team of 10 animators and designers as well as an art director, an animation director, and 2 musicians. With your support, we intend to finish the film by October 2014. Until now, we have funded our film 100% independently, but now we need YOU to give us the final push to complete Ami!

HOW WE WILL USE YOUR SUPPORT

After Kickstarter fees have been applied, all of your support will go directly to our animators, assistant animators, and designers. We want to get our movie finished as soon as possible. We have invested so much of our hearts, souls, time, and money into this project that we cannot let it go to waste!

WHO WE ARE

Basing our production in the very international city of Berlin, Germany, has allowed us to bring together a team of 15 talented professionals from Germany, Denmark, Israel, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, and Korea. Here is a little more about our key team members:

Director/Producer – Gonzalo San Vicente

Gonza began his career in film in his home country of Uruguay where he studied Communications and Film at the University of the Republic. After completing his degree, he founded his own film production company which produced commercials, television spots and programing. He also gained directorial experience directing short films and television shows. Gonza relocated to Berlin, Germany and founded Floruit Films GmbH, in 2012.  http://floruit-films.com/

Art Director/Character Designer/Storyboarder – Franziska Poike

Franzi has been working as an animator, illusrator, character designer, storyboarder and art director in Germany since 2005. Her animation credits include work on both feature films and television series. More of Franzi’s work can be found here: franziskapoike.blogspot.com 

Animation Director – Adam Yassour

After receiving his BFA degree in animation at the "Bezalel" academy in Jerusalem two and a half years ago, Adam relocated to Berlin with the intent of broadening his skills and creativity through collaborations with other professionals. More of Adam’s work can be found here: https://vimeo.com/57315351

Animator – Ulf Grenzer

Ulf was born in Dresden in 1967 and studied animation at the HFF Potsdam Babelsberg from 1988 to 1991. Since then, he has worked as a freelance animator in Berlin and Hamburg on various television and feature films in the field of classical animation. He also teaches as an artistic associate at the HFF Potsdam. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1181337/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Animator - Sarah-Mia Thiel Nielsen

Sarah-Mia is a Danish character animator based in Berlin who works with 2D, 3D, and stop motion animation. She graduated in 2010 from The Animation Workshop in Denmark. More of Sarah’s work can be found here: http://sarahklara.blogspot.de/

Animation Assistant – Magda Richiusa

Magda a young 2D/3D artist from Italy who is now based in Berlin. She has fifteen years of experience as a 2D traditional animation Assistant Animator and 3D animation Modeler and Animator. More of Magda’s work can be found here: www.magdarichiusa.com

Animation Assistant – Carlos Lidón

Carlos Lidón is a Graphic designer from Spain now based in Berlin. Fascinated about filmmaking and photography, he has experience in several fields in Graphic Design and is always planning new projects and travels. More of Carlos’ work can be found here: http://carloslidon.com/

Graphic Designer - Paula Feijoo

Paula is a curious and fun loving graphic designer from Spain who is in love with visual communication. Her passion for design, art and video has brought her to Berlin, where she has been living for the past year and nine months. More of Paula’s work can be found here: cargocollective.com/paulafeijoo

Risks and challenges

We are so close to the end of the project that very few risks are involved. As with any digital media, there is always the possibility of technical failure, but we are backed up in multiple locations, so this should not be a problem. Traditional animation is also quite time consuming and tedious, so if we find that a scene is just not working right, we will take the time to make it PERFECT. This may delay the final product, but your backing deserves the best quality result and we will NOT settle for less!! And of course we will keep all of our backers updated should any unforeseen delays occur.

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