Magic Toast is a short animated film that explores the whimsical lives and hidden challenges of a little princess and her extraordinary mother. Although written as a children's story, the true message behind this fairy tale is in celebration of single parents and a tribute to their everyday heroics. Our hope for this film is that it will be used by charities, shelters and support groups to encourage and inspire single parents everywhere.
Magic Toast has been designed to look similar to original Disney animations. Think Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland and you will have a pretty good idea of the look we are hoping to create. However, please keep in mind that these gorgeous movies were created by the painstaking method of hand-drawn cell animation. Magic Toast will be a digitally animated film and will have unique qualities inherent to this process. Although we do not have an animation sample to show you just yet, we do have this element compilation, which blends a bit of narration with illustrations and a temporary music bed:
Here are just a few of the exciting rewards and incentives we are offering our backers. Be sure to see the full list for more options.
Write your own tribute to your single parent or someone who deserves special recognition and we will display your message in our credit roll. Think about how exciting it would be to show your mom or dad that this film was dedicated to them! For more details see the Magical Tribute Message and Forever & Evermore rewards to the right. -->
If you are the parent of an aspiring little actor we can capture your child's voice in our fairy tale and include their name in our credits. Of course your child would also receive their very own copy of the DVD as a keepsake. For more details see the Your Child's Voice In a Fairy Tale reward to the right -->
We are offering beautiful original sketches and digital illustrations signed by Elisa Chavarri, whose work has appeared in children's programs such as Sesame Street and has been published by Hallmark, American Girl and Jack & Jill magazines.
***NEW REWARDS JUST ADDED***
YOUR CHILD’S VOICE IN A FAIRY TALE – MINI VERSION For parents with kids between 4 and 8 years of age we have a mini version of the "Your Child's Voice in a Fairy Tale" reward! This mini version is available at a significantly lower pledge amount ($200) and your child will have the opportunity to hear their own voice in the film, see their name in the credits and receive a DVD as a keepsake.
The official MAGIC TOAST MUG!!
Show your support, enjoy a hot beverage (with a slice of Magic Toast) and know that you helped bring a fairy tale to life. It's gonna make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!! Choose from two designs:
When we first started working on this project we had no idea it would lead us to building a super team of talented artists, but that's exactly what it did! Each of the people behind the "Toast" are true professionals who have been perfecting their crafts for years. We are so honored to share our journey with this amazing cast and crew:
Most of the funds collected will be used to pay for all aspects of the 2D animation. Our finished film will be roughly seven to nine minutes long, which translates into many, many, hours of digital animation; a very costly process. In order to launch Magic Toast, we personally funded the main character development, partial exterior environment development, and all costs associated with recording the narration. We will not recoup these costs nor have we built them into the fundraising budget in order to keep our goal amount as low as possible. The general allocation of funds is as follows:
Risks and challenges
We have already mentioned (a few times) that the animation process is costly and labor intensive. After extensive research we believe that this film can be completely designed and fully animated, to our exacting standards, within a 12 month time period. Once animated we need to allow time for editing and music composition which will extend production time by a few more months.
We have set realistic goals for our budget and production schedule but there is always a possibility that we will hit some unexpected delays. If this were to happen we will communicate with our backers, explain the situation and present a revised delivery date for DVDs and other rewards.
Of course a huge benefit of a short animated film project is that there is little worry that our main character will have a temper tantrum and walk off set. If she does we will simply draw a new one…
If you have any specific concerns or questions about this project please feel free to contact us.
**NEW REWARD** MAGIC TOAST MUG ~ What goes better with toast than a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea? The Magic Toast mug of course! In addition to the beautiful Magic Toast title or image of Casandra & Gwendolyn, this mug is also adorned with a message telling everybody that you brought a fairy tale to life!
QUEEN'S DELIGHT ~ A copy of the Magic Toast DVD, a personal thank you letter from Princess Gwendolyn AND the items offered in the Princess Package. **Please note the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard**
SIGNED PIXIE DUST PRINTS ~ Receive a printed copy of an original pencil sketch autographed by Elisa Chavarri. Choose between "Casandra & Gwendolyn in the Meadow", "Casandra & Gwendolyn's Castle" or "Gwendolyn with Magic Toast".
**NEW REWARD** YOUR CHILD'S VOICE IN A FAIRY TALE (MINI VERSION) ~ Your child can read a short line from our birthday party scene as you record their voice into your smart phone and we will add their voice to our film! In addition to hearing their own voice and seeing their name in the credits, your child will also receive a DVD copy of the film as a keepsake. If your little aspiring actor is between the ages of 4 and 8 years old and you have access to a smart phone, this is the perfect reward for you. **Please note the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard.
SIGNED FAIRY TALE PRINTS ~ A printed copy of the full color digital illustration of "Casandra & Gwendolyn" personally autographed by Elisa Chavarri. This is the signature illustration for the Magic Toast story and will be used to promote the film .
MAGICAL TRIBUTE MESSAGE ~ Write a brief* tribute to your mom, dad or someone special and we will add it to the "Tributes" section of our credit roll. A signed copy of the DVD** is included so you can show your loved one that this film was dedicated to them!
*Tribute messages to be no more than 10 words in length.
**Please note the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard.
YOUR CHILD'S VOICE IN A FAIRY TALE ~ If your child is between the ages of 4 and 8 years of age we can add their voice to a birthday party scene in our film. We'll send you a line for them to read into your smart phone recorder then you send us their recorded voice via email. It's very simple to do and your kid will feel like a star when they hear their own voice in the film and see their name in our credits. **Please note the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard.
FOREVER KEEPSAKE ~ A beautiful, Magic Toast fairy tale themed, digital illustration created just for you by Elisa Chavarri. This signed original will be a "forever" keepsake and would make a wonderful gift.
INVITATION TO THE BALL ~ Perhaps you would like to attend our premier party in Orange County, California. This will be a chance to see the very first screening of the film, meet the cast and crew, take some pictures and receive your very own Magic Toast poster and DVD. This package includes an invitation for you and one guest. **Please note, travel & accommodations are not included and the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard.
FOREVER & EVERMORE ~ This reward combines the Magical Tribute Message and the Invitation to the Ball incentives for one great evening!! Send us your written tribute message (10 words or less) and we will add it to the film. Then bring your mom or dad to the premier party and show them your message on the big screen. We promise to make a big fuss over them and they will know that you love them forever and evermore.
**Please note, travel & accommodations are not included.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER ~ In addition to receiving an autographed Magic Toast movie poster and DVD you will receive the honorary title of Associate Producer in our credit roll. Of course you and a guest will also be invited to attend our premier party in Orange County, California and your name will live happily ever after in Magic Toast history. **Please note, travel & accommodations are not included and the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard.
THE ROYAL TREATMENT ~ This is our top level incentive reserved for royalty. Your highness will be provided with a Magic Toast poster and DVD signed by the directors and creator as well as printed copies of the two pencil sketches and a printed copy of the full color digital illustration signed by Elisa Chavarri. You will also receive an Associate Producer’s credit and an invitation for two to attend the premier party in Orange County, California. **Please note, accommodations and travel are not included and the DVD will be formatted in NTSC standard.