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Gabriel BruskoffBy Gabriel Bruskoff
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Gabriel BruskoffBy Gabriel Bruskoff
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About

What We're Meant For is about a 13-year-old girl, Jamie, and her relationship with her dad, shortly after her mom died. Each is dealing with the situation in an opposite way: Jamie overcome with emotion and her father emotionally shutting down, resulting in them alienating themselves when they need each other the most. This story specifically focuses on the moment when all this comes to a head (through the loss of Jamie's horse, also her best friend), when Jamie and her father must confront their differences and find a healthy way to deal with their demons, otherwise those demons will destroy them.  

Our film is a drama with fantasy and thriller elements, the latter of which occur when Jamie, not getting what she needs from her dad, retreats into her depression in an attempt to be with those who care. The film looks at serious topics like loss, family, and mental health, and does so in an honest and authentic way, but it is also uplifting and inspirational, presenting our world as hopeful and worth experiencing, even if it isn't ideal.  

Why do we want to make this film? Great question!

Beyond our love for filmmaking, animation, and storytelling, we want to make this film because of how powerful the story is, and how personal it is to us. Whether it's losing a loved one, difficulties with family, or dealing with mental health, the issues our film explores have directly affected our lives. What we went through and how we got through it, what we dealt with and are continuing to deal with, we put it all into this story, and we're putting it all into this film.  

As filmmakers, we really want to highlight these key ideas:

  • Loss and death are part of life, and the best way to deal with this is to make the most of and appreciate the time you have
  • Family/loved ones are critical to the above, through their love, caring, support, and understanding
  • Life is amazing and completely worth living, even if it isn't ideal

Another key purpose of our film is highlighting mental health, both mental health issues and awareness. Specifically, this film looks at both suicide and depression. We think these are critically important topics, one that haven't been adequately addressed in film. This is partially because film is a visual medium and mental health is not visual, but it is also because many filmmakers don't have or haven't tapped into the experiences necessary to tackle these topics, and also because studios tend to prefer less heavy and risky storytelling. 

Our story, however, is different. We've found a way to visualize depression, a way that is inspirational, powerful, and real. And while this topic may be too risky for Hollywood, it is perfect for independent filmmakers like us. This is why we are so excited to make this film, and to make it through donations from supporters like you. Making our film this way, we are free to tell a story that hasn't been told, to put characters on screen that we've never seen before. We are free to make a powerful and authentic film that audiences can connect with, both those going and not going through these issues. 

In our opinion, this is the most powerful thing film can do: build empathy and understanding, put yourself in someone else's shoes. It's all about connecting our world a little more, and that is what we plan to do with our film.  

We believe animation is a way to tell stories that can't quite be told using live action. In our case, animation provides the ability to blend fantasy and reality, mental with emotional, and make them all feel like the same world. Animation also gives an almost unrestricted ability to create unique beings, and it allows for these beings to interact in ways that would be prohibitive in a live-action movie. 

Additionally, animation, particularly 2D animation with its handmade quality, allows for wonderful displays of artistry and emotion, not just through character and story, but also through the designs, styles, and even the animation itself. Like what you see in The Iron Giant, Song of the Sea, and pretty much every classic Miyazaki and Disney movie. 

These are more than just movies, they are works of art, and that is also what we want our film to be. 

Gabriel has written and directed over a dozen short films, several of which have screened at festivals across the US, including those in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlantic City. He is the creator of Movies Under The Surface, a YouTube channel with 16,000+ subscribers, and his nature photography has been featured twice in the Montanha Pico Festival. He has produced and directed videos for Hinduism Today, Career Dreams, and Second Sight Medical Products, and has assistant directed content for Facebook, T-Mobile, Tone It Up, and several indie films. Outside filmmaking, Gabriel has an engineering degree that he does not use, and he is an avid traveler, having visited 36 countries, 32 US states, and spending an entire year in 2016-2017 traveling the world.   

Stephanie received a B.F.A. in Cinema and Animation from San Francisco State University and did her post-graduate studies at Gnomon School for Visual Effects. Since then, she has worked with SIGGRAPH Conferences, serving as a student volunteer and team leader, as well as a subcommittee member for the Computer Animation Festival (an Academy Award qualifying festival) and two time member of the Studio subcommittee, where she is the lead of installations and workshops. She is also a member of Women in Animation, and her current focus is on production management, serving as production coordinator for the ScavengeAR mobile gaming app, an augmented reality scavenger hunt that will debut this July at the SIGGRAPH 2019 Conference in Los Angeles.

Aron has produced and developed content spanning traditional broadcast, short and long-form new media, and live stage programming. Focusing on fandom, he's worked with many of the industry's most celebrated studios, talent, creatives, and agencies. Notably, Aron produced 1.2 billion online views for Maker Studios (now known as Disney Digital Network), helped launch Comic-Con HQ for Lionsgate and Comic-Con Intl., co-founded Team ProCreate, hosted The Tragic Show, ran talk development for Fullscreen Talk, and more. His work can be found on YouTube, Fullscreen, Comic-Con HQ, DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, Apple/iTunes, Google Play, Roku, Amazon, TVOS, XBOX One, Meerkat, various international broadcast markets, and most social media platforms. In 2019, he'll be launching several comedy series at 'The Improv' comedy clubs.

Cathleen is a concept designer and artist whose work has been featured in Literature for Life, the Torrance Art Museum, the San Diego Art Institute, and numerous galleries across Southern California. She has illustrated for clients such as Lethal Chicken Games, Old Town Pasadena, NIKKI+ROSE, and Oh Rio! Productions, and also published the children's book "It's Sandcastle Building Day". She is on the Board of Directors for the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and is a member of Women in Animation. Her current projects include a webcomic and “Magdalene”, a fantasy/adventure graphic novel. 

Conor has worked on a broad array of music for different mediums, including A&E and Lifetime TV shows, Monterey Bay Aquarium promotional material, several award-winning short and feature films, web series, and more. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, when Conor is away from the studio he can be seen on the golf course, at the gym, or donning lycra and ascending mountains on his road bike. 

FINANCING THE FILM

We cannot make this film without your support. Our script is amazing and our team is incredible, but without your financial support, What We're Meant For won't get made. 

Animation, even short animation, is expensive. This is especially true for our project, which contains aspects that due to their expense and difficulty are not often found in short films. Additionally, our story requires very high quality animation, particularly in facial expression and character motion, so you won't find South Park style animation here (not that we don't love South Park, the style just won't work for our film).

Because of this, the majority of our budget goes toward animation. But even so, other aspects of filmmaking cost money as well, including:

  • Storyboarding
  • Voice Acting
  • Concept Art
  • Sound Design
  • Composing
  • Final Rendering and Delivery

All these expenses have been broken down into the following:

As you can see, animation isn't cheap!

GETTING THE WORD OUT

In addition to donating, there are other ways you can help make this film. Like sharing! Tell your friends, your co-workers, your family; tell everyone you know about this film! You can do this by:

  •  Sharing and liking us on Facebook, and inviting your friends to like us as well. 
  •  Following and tweeting about us on Twitter. 
  • Reaching out to people the old fashioned way, through text, email, or even by phone.

You never know who might be in a position to support this project, and so the more people who know about it, the closer we come to reaching our goal. Also, the more people who share and tweet about our project, the more likely we are to trigger Kickstarter's algorithms, get their attention, and become a staff pick! And once that happens, we get all sorts of attention. So share and tweet away! Lets make this film happen! 

Our campaign is priced at the amount it'll take us to make our film, but lets not stop there! For if we reach the following stretch goals, not only can we can make the film, we can do a lot more. 

We know you've worked hard for your money, so we've worked hard coming up with (and will work even harder delivering) amazing perks that will make your donation a fun and rewarding experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Full perk descriptions are in the right-hand sidebar. 

We LITERALLY can not do this without you. We are so humbled and grateful for your donations and support.   

Risks and challenges

Frame by frame 2D animation is inherently challenging, due to the time and effort it requires. Because of this, a significant portion of our budget (>50%) is dedicated to this aspect, and we will be hiring multiple animators to get the job done. Unexpected things do happen, and so we will be in regular contact with you so you always know where we are in the filmmaking process. Furthermore, your rewards have also been budgeted for, and they will be delivered, guaranteed, once the film is complete.

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    THE MOVIE (HD DOWNLOAD)

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    • Eight of the director's previous works, ranging from comedy to drama to action to horror, from the beginning of his career to now. These films include ones that screened at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival, Atlantic City Cinefest, and Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.

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    ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS + get access to all the behind the scenes documents related to the making of this film. With this perk, you'll get to:

    • Read our script and storyboard

    • Watch our animatic, where the storyboard is brought to life through voice acting, sound design, and editing. Basically, you get to watch the rough first cut of our film!

    • See all the characters and character designs considered for our film. This includes early versions of characters in the film, and also character designs we did not use.

    • Enjoy concept art from the award-winning and super-talented Cathleen Abalos

    • Enjoy our soundtrack, composed and performed by another award-winning, super-talented member of our crew: Conor Jones

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    PERSONALIZED CHARACTER SKETCH AND BIO

    ALL PREVIOUS LEVELS + send us a picture of yourself and our concept artist will draw you in the style of our film!

    Ever wondered what you'd look like animated? Ever wanted to be drawn by one of the best concept artists in Los Angeles? Well, this is your chance, because the same artist who drew our concepts has agreed to draw you, if you get this perk.

    Not only that, but once your drawing is finished, our writer/director will write a bio for the character, so you'll know how he/she fits into the world of WHAT WE'RE MEANT FOR.

    And if all this isn't enough, we'll also give you a Special Thanks credit at the end of our film.

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    CROWDFUNDING 101: THE KICKSTARTER GUY

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    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED LEVELS + up your crowdfunding knowledge and GREEN-LIGHT YOURSELF!

    You'll receive a 30 Minute Private Coaching Session with The Kickstarter Guy, the personal consultant for this campaign.

    Justin Giddings is the owner of The Kickstarter Guy and is the top crowdfunding coach in Los Angeles, helping raise over $4 million for independent artists and creators, with a 97% success rate.

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    CHOOSE A 'MOVIES UNDER THE SURFACE' FILM

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    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED LEVELS + choose a topic for Movies Under The Surface!

    Movies Under The Surface is a YouTube channel created by our writer/director Gabriel Bruskoff, where he discusses great films and what makes them great. His channel has 16,000+ followers and all of his videos are very highly praised, often called some of the best content on YouTube.

    And if you grab this perk, Gabriel will let you to choose his next video! Choose from a list of movies he's considering or you and him can chat about a movie not on the list to see what that video could be.

    Gabriel is very particular about the films he covers on his channel; he considers all recommendations but this is the only time he's ever offered to let someone choose the subject for him. So if you want your favorite movie covered and he hasn't done it yet, this is your chance to make it happen!

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    EXCLUSIVE PAINTING MADE BY OUR PRODUCER

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    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED LEVELS + have a personally made painting from Producer Stephanie Eisenberg painted and delivered to your home.

    Stephanie loves painting, and she also loves quotes. Over the last several years, she has painted canvases with inspirational quotes on colorful backgrounds, both for herself and as gifts for family and friends. And if you select this perk, she'll also create one for you.

    These paintings will be on an 8x10 canvas, incorporate your favorite color (if you choose), and feature a quote of your choice from our film.

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    PRINTED STILL SIGNED BY THE FILMMAKERS

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    We'll mail you a professionally printed concept still signed by our writer/director, head producer, and concept artist. Each of us will personally sign each print, making them not just beautiful works of art, but collector's items as well.

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    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED LEVELS + take your own script to the next level!

    Send us your screenplay (up to 130 pages) and we'll provide comprehensive, in-depth coverage on its strengths and weaknesses, what works and what doesn't, and where it is original and what has been done before.

    After that, our writer/director will provide a 60 minute one-on-one consultation where we'll go over your script and anything else you'd like to know regarding screenwriting in Hollywood.

    No one writes a great script alone, and every writer can use great feedback (we had our script covered three times, and not once did we regret it). So if you want to learn what it'll take to make your script great, grab this perk and we'll make it happen!

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    LUNCH/COFFEE WITH THE FILMMAKERS

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    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED PERKS + do lunch/grab coffee with the filmmakers (on us)!

    Want to discuss animation, filmmaking, this project and our experiences behind it, or anything else related to film/movies? Then grab this perk and lets spend some time together!

    With this perk, our writer/director and head producer will meet you at a place of our mutual choosing, anywhere in Los Angeles or at any film festival we are attending. Not only that, we'll also reach out to our own contacts (animators, artists, filmmakers, etc, depending on what you're interested in) and see if we can't get them to join.

    We'd love to grab lunch all our supporters but unfortunately we're busy people and there's only so much time in the day. That's why we've limited the availability of this perk, so that we can spend real quality time with whoever gets it. So if you're interested, grab this perk; we'd love to meet you and have a great time discussing whatever you'd like.

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    BOOK: THE ART OF WHAT WERE MEANT FOR

    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED LEVELS plus own THE ART OF WHAT WE'RE MEANT FOR, a limited-edition coffee table book about the making of our film. Some features of this book include:

    • Written and designed by our writer/director and head producer

    • Featuring concepts, sketches, inspirations, stills, and more, all accompanied by descriptions, anecdotes, and other tidbits that will bring our production alive in book form

    • Full color, printed on high-quality matte-finished pages

    • Professionally bound with hard front and back covers

    All of this will combine into a sleek and elegant book that you'll be proud to display in your home.

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    VIP INVITATION TO THE PREMIERE

    ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED LEVELS + not only are you invited to our premiere, but you'll get the VIP treatment! This includes:

    • Reserved seats in a prime viewing area for you and one guest. Yes, your name will literally be on the seat!

    • A personal introduction to the director and producers

    • The director and head producer will introduce and thank you when introducing the film

    • Opportunities to rub shoulders with the cast, crew, and other donors in attendance

    All this on top of being part of the first audience to see the film!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    You are now an Associate Producer! You'll receive:

    • All previous non-limited levels

    • Credit on IMDb

    • Personal invitations to all festival screenings

    • You, the director, and the head producer can do lunch together, either in LA or at any festival we are mutually attending

    Ever wanted your name featured in film credits, or to be on IMDb? Ever wanted to show and tell people that you helped produce an amazing movie? Then come in at this level and be an Associate Producer on our movie!

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    CO-PRODUCER

    You're rising up the ranks! As Co-Producer, you'll receive:

    • All rewards at the Associate Producer level

    • All previous levels, including limited levels

    • Early access to different cuts of the film, with opportunities to give feedback!

    • A private walking tour of Hollywood with our writer/director

    • Two tickets to the first festival screening of our film that you attend

    Want to enter the producing ranks of Hollywood? Want to work with the director and producers, and the rest of our team? Want the chance to influence this film, and the decisions we are making? Then become a Co-Producer, and lets make movie history!

    Travel, lodging, and additional festival tickets not provided. And while we will consider all feedback sent to us, we cannot guarantee that any of it will be incorporated into the movie.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    It doesn't get any bigger than this! As Executive Producer, you'll receive:

    • All rewards at the Co-Producer level, all previous and limited levels, everything!

    • Credit on our press material in addition to IMDb

    • The best seats and first introduction at the premiere

    • Opportunity to help design a supporting character (maybe we'll even model him/her after you!)

    • Two extra tickets (four total) to the first festival screening of our film that you attend

    • Transportation (within 30 miles) to the first screening of our film that you attend

    Want the biggest, best experience? The Hollywood experience? Prestige, honor, creative input, VIP treatment? At this level, we'll do everything we can to make you feel like Hollywood royalty.

    Lodging, additional travel, and additional festival tickets not provided. And while we will consider all feedback and creative input sent to us, we cannot guarantee any of it will be incorporated into the movie

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Funding period

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