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By Christian Madsen
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The Emerald Deep is a 12 minute stop-motion animation short film about a tree-boy named Elpie. After being swept away in a river, young Elpie must fend for himself in a dangerous forest. He is timid but resourceful, and over time he builds a secure house for himself in the woods. Elpie is content, but still longs to return to his family.

Disaster strikes when an evil moose shows up and relentlessly harasses and attacks Elpie, and chases him out of the forest. Elpie escapes, but finds himself in a dark, gloomy and terrifying landscape that's haunted by a haggard wolf.

In this grim and blackened forest, Elpie shrinks in fear and anticipates his own demise. But the wolf's wretched appearance is deceptive, he is not dangerous at all, but rather friendly and helpful. Together, Elpie and the wolf team up and seek revenge against their common enemy. Will they succeed? You'll find out if we can get this project funded.

 
Elpie

Elpie is a very young tree, so he is naive and timid. However, he is also very resourceful, kind and nonjudgmental. These attributes are vital to his survival but also get him into sticky situations from time to time.
Elpie is a very young tree, so he is naive and timid. However, he is also very resourceful, kind and nonjudgmental. These attributes are vital to his survival but also get him into sticky situations from time to time.

The Moose

The Moose is a vicious bully, and he has a particular hatred for Elpie. He constantly harasses and attacks the tiny tree child.
The Moose is a vicious bully, and he has a particular hatred for Elpie. He constantly harasses and attacks the tiny tree child.

 The Wolf

Although the wolf looks terrifying, he is actually kind, just, and willing to help. An unlikely friendship forms between him and Elpie when they realize they share a common enemy.
Although the wolf looks terrifying, he is actually kind, just, and willing to help. An unlikely friendship forms between him and Elpie when they realize they share a common enemy.

The Woodland Creatures

The woodland creatures are: Elpie's pet rabbit and his pet firefly, as well as helpful deer, birds, frogs, and beavers. There are also dangerous caterpillars, crows, snakes, foxes, and spiders.
The woodland creatures are: Elpie's pet rabbit and his pet firefly, as well as helpful deer, birds, frogs, and beavers. There are also dangerous caterpillars, crows, snakes, foxes, and spiders.

 

The Emerald Deep is the name of an extremely remote woodland that's never been seen by human eyes. It is divided into several realms which can be studied in the world map below:

 

If you didn't watch the video above, and are only reading the description, I have included a gif of the test footage I made. This should give you a sense of the style of the final film:

 

 

The script and storyboard are complete. Once we receive funding we will begin building puppets, sets, and programming camera movements in anticipation of the animation process. Here is a glimpse at some pages of the storyboard:

  

 

 

Christian and Abigail Madsen are a team of filmmakers with complementary strengths. Abigail has contributed to the script and will be creating the music. Christian is the writer, designer, animator, and editor of the project.
Christian and Abigail Madsen are a team of filmmakers with complementary strengths. Abigail has contributed to the script and will be creating the music. Christian is the writer, designer, animator, and editor of the project.


Here is an example of Abigail's musical composition:

Here is Christian's most recent demo reel:

 

Estimated Budget:

Here is a visual breakdown of the budget required to make the film come to life:

Stretch Goals:

If we can raise more than the above budget I can use the funds to rent more studio space, hire a team of assistants, and purchase a motion control camera rig with more axes of freedom, in that order. Here is a visual breakdown of these costs:

 

Below is a list of the rewards available. Each reward tier includes all previous rewards, with the following exceptions:

  • Limited items can't be included if they've run out.
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  • The concept art cards are only available to those who specifically select that reward, and are a gift to blu-ray level pledges only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* All images are prototypes and are not an exact representation of the final product.

Risks and challenges

Stop motion is the most labor intensive style of animation. I will be building the sets and puppets, animating each frame, and doing all the post production myself. This will be my most ambitious project yet and I am aiming for a level of polish and craftsmanship far ahead of anything I've done before.

Because of these challenges, the project could take longer to complete than anticipated. However, I have made many animations in the past and all of them have reached completion on time, so I don't expect this project to be any different.

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    If you pledge this much money, which would be the nicest thing in the world, I will get you a plane ticket to Salt Lake City, and you can go on a technical slot canyon hike with me in the desert. I'll show you the ropes. (I'm willing to substitute the hike for something more tuned to your abilities, if slot canyons aren't your cup of tea.)

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