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Hi, I'm Scott Nicholson, and I want to turn my college storybook into an animated movie!
Hi, I'm Scott Nicholson, and I want to turn my college storybook into an animated movie!
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Between my sophomore and junior years in college, the depression and anxiety of being alone sank in deep, and the only thing left to do about it was to create a story about a character who felt what I felt. And thus... the little yellow bear Moon Bear was created. Now, a year out of college I want to go even further. I want to take this relatable and adorable tale to the world!!! 

The Story of Moon Bear

Moon Bear tells the tale of a little forest bear who, unlike every other animal in the forest, has no day job. In fact, he sleeps during the day and only comes out at night. And that is because the only animal he can truly talk to and knows will listen isn't even an animal at all. It's the moon. 

The moon gives bear great advice and tells him just what to do, and even makes things 100 times better by putting on a special light show every night. The moon opens right up and pours out what you could only find in a Van Gogh painting or Skrillex concert. 

But because of this, every other animal in the forest thinks he's a freak. Why not have a day job? Are you lazy? Have you gone insane? Do what everyone else does! You think you can talk to the moon?? DON'T BE A FOOL! So naturally, bear hides away, cries himself to sleep and lives life in the shadows.

Until the day when the moon falls from the sky and tells Bear the most unfortunate secret imaginable. He has to tell someone. But what if no one listens? What if he can't get help in time? What is this blasted secret!?

Here's an old version of the storyboards for you to see where the comedy and heart takes off. Note: this is an old version of the story back when Moon Bear wasn't going to be a movie yet, so I sort dismiss it as a side project I'm "not working on." Silly me.

Hardware Required for Animation

  • 21.5-inch: 2.7GHz 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz 8GB (two 4GB) memory 1TB hard drive1 NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M with 512MB, iMac computer.
  • Wacom Cintiq 12WX - Digitizer, stylus - Wired - USB
  • Toon Boom Studio 7
  • 20,000 Sheets of Transparency Paper
  • 10 Pristine Colored Pencil sets
  • Professional Grade Microphone

Style of Animation

The process for animating Moon Bear goes back to the animations of the 1930s. Back when each frame was hand drawn, traced, painted, photographed and aligned just right. Every background has to be painted meticulously. Every little speck of dirt must be drawn and registered. Of course, it will all go into the computer, but it will all start with the basics. Take a look at this video and you will see exactly what i mean.

Risks and challenges

During the process, I plan to attach many videos and photos of production. This includes new concept art, limited storyboards, voice recordings, jam sessions, music recording sessions, lunches, everything!

Now just to get one thing clear... I DO have a day job. So this project is going to happen in between shifts, on weekends, on days I'm not working. If we raise way over what we want then that won't be a problem. But just in case you are wondering, this project will take a long time. At LEAST a year. Maybe even two. We will see. Thank you for your consideration, i will not disappoint. Thanks :)

Director/Writer/Creator
Scott Nicholson

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    A little bit goes a LONG way. For donating $10, your name will appear in the credits at the end of the film as a helper.

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    Now we're talking! For being so generous, you will receive your name in the end credits under "Forest Pals," you will receive a DVD copy of the film AND we will send you a signed thank you note from the director, Scott Nicholson.

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    OH YEAH! If you donate $50 gorgeous dollars you will receive your name in the end credits as "Forest Officials," you will receive a signed thank you note from the director Scott Nicholson, a DVD copy of the film AND you will receive an original Moon Bear cell drawing signed by the director and the actor who voices Moon Bear.

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    Here we go! If you donate $100 to our short film campaign, you will be an official "Forest Leader" in our end credits, you will receive both the signed thank you note and signed cell drawing, the DVD copy of the film... BUT ALSO... you will receive your VERY OWN framed original colored pencil drawing by director Scott Nicholson signed by the entire cast and crew of Moon Bear!

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    The highest honor we can bestow on a donor who displays this amount of love will be titled "Moon Bear's Posse" in our end credits, will receive the thank you note, the signed cell drawing, the original cast signed colored pencil drawing, a DVD copy of the film... PLUS will have the opportunity to voice a character IN THE FILM! (Must have professional recording equipment and speak english.)

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