About this project
Please help us continue our momentum!
We are extremely grateful to all of your support for helping us reach our official kickstarter goal.
Even though we reached the official goal we still encourage you to continue supporting us as our kickstarter goal was based on a very conservative minimum.
We greatly appreciate any additional support as it will enable us to reach our longer range goals in supporting the film in the best way possible.
We need your help to finish this animated classic and get it out to the rest of the humans!
What is it?
Directed by Student Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Film Carlos Andre Stevens. The Alchemist’s Letter is unlike anything you've seen before. It is a richly beautiful, intellectually poetic, short animated film about magic, family, personal demons and what matters the most in life. It explores the depths of human existence in an experience that will leave you inspired. In the end, great lessons are learned.
Pixel Veil presents “The Alchemist’s Letter,” a richly inventive and visually stunning dark fairly tale. When Veridian, an estranged young man, receives his late alchemist father Nicolas’ inheritance (voice of Academy Award® nominated John Hurt), he is exposed to the ill-fated reality that his father built a tumultuous gold making machine powered by his own memories. The film takes us on an enchanted journey through the vessels of the machine where we explore the contents of the alchemist’s most precious memories, all in an attempt to give his son one last life lesson and save his relationship with his daughter (voice of Eloise Webb) from following down the same fateful path.
Featuring an original score by Mikael Sandgren (music editor “Momento”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”). The film stars John Hurt (“Alien”, “V for Vendetta”, “The Elephant Man”) and Eloise Webb (“The Iron Lady”, “Cinderella”). Produced by Alvaro Cubillas, Executive Produced by Lourri Hammack, Post Produced by Catherine Yi.
John Hurt, Actor: V for Vendetta. This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnould Herbert…
Why are we making this?
The purpose of this film is to carry emotion and teaching in the most beautiful of ways. Film has the unique ability to share thoughts and ideas with other human beings and we want more than anything to use it for that very purpose.
Why do we need your help and what is our plan?
We need these funds to finish the film and get it out to the world. The visual picture is complete but we’re still in the process of trying to fund sound and music, both of which require considerable amounts to meet the standard we know the film deserves.
And what else?
Once the film is complete, we have a mountain to climb to get the film into the right avenues. Our goal is to get the film nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2016 Academy Awards®. If we receive a nomination in 2016, the doors will be wide open for us to create more beautiful films with similar intentions. We want to use our talents to help share powerful ideas with the rest of the world and this film is just the beginning.
The path to get a nomination requires a tremendous amount of work on our part while we’re competing with the likes of Pixar® and Disney® for a slot in the category. They have marketing funding up the wazoo and an amazing track record to solidify their bid.
That’s where all of you come in. With enough funding we know we can make it. We know the film is a worthy competitor and could potentially even win the category. 2-time Academy Award® Nominee John Hurt agreed to play the title role of the Alchemist when we showed him a work-in-progress.
Where are we going from here?
We plan to get the film into a select group of major festivals world-wide to gain exposure and give ourselves a fighting chance. We will either premier at The Berlin Film Festival in the spring of 2015 or Canne International Film Festival in May of 2015. After that we will continue pushing the film through festivals and online.
On top of the costs associated with submitting to these festivals, we need to travel to the most important festivals to present the film and create relationships with the individuals that influence the nominations. We then need to launch a 3-day screening at a theater in Los Angeles to gain eligibility for the Academy Awards®.
What is the cost breakdown?
We’re trying to raise a minimum of $15,000 to support all of these costs. The sound design and music will cost us at least $8,000 and the remaining $4,900 after kickstarter fees, rewards costs, and CC fees will be used entirely for marketing, festival submissions, travel and our LA premier. Once again, raising $15,000 is a great start but we can do so much better if we raise more. The more we raise the greater outreach we can achieve, so please don’t stop there if you find it in your hearts to help us reach the rest of the world!
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Risks and challenges
Getting the film this far has been the greatest journey of our lives. We've been working on it for nearly 5 years and have battled every single day to keep it alive. For a long time no one believed in the project because they couldn’t see it, they thought it was too ambitious and it would never see the light of day without miracle funding. Well now it’s real, it tells a great story and people think it's incredible. We've only come this far because we've never stopped asking for help, and every step along the way people have stepped up.
The biggest risk is that we won't get enough support to share this amazing film with the world. Art is inspiring and one of the greatest human inventions. We know that if even only a few people see this film it will have some effect, but we set the bar much higher. We know what we’re capable of and won’t stop until we get there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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