COMICS ARE EVERYWHERE explores the lives and art of alternative comic creators while asking the question "What does it take to create?"
WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT?
ART CREATION LOVE PASSION STRUGGLE DETERMINATION TRIUMPH
"Comics Are Everywhere!" explores the universal struggle of the artist and comics, as they remain a resilient and relevant art form in the midst of our evolving world of multimedia and technology of the early 21st century.
The documentary chronicles the eclectic points of view of a diverse cross section of emerging and established comic artists who have devoted their lives to carving out their own intensely personal visions of what alternative comics and graphic novels can be.
By letting these artists speak for themselves, "Comics Are Everywhere!" frames a candid portrayal of the challenges faced by the creative visionaries who are the lifeblood of this enduringly popular, yet often misunderstood art form.
Featuring exclusive interviews with master cartoonists Daniel Clowes ("Ghost World"), Jaime Hernandez ("Love and Rockets"), David Lloyd ("V for Vendetta"), and John Layman ("Chew") among others, the documentary tells the personal stories of emerging artists JJ Villard and Danni Shinya Luo.
By mixing live-action interviews and archival audio material with bursts of animation and images from graphic novels, "Comics Are Everywhere!" takes the audience through a vivid, pop-blender journey into the still-evolving world of contemporary comics. Woven together, this colorful rogue's gallery of established and emerging comic creators, fans and media experts paints a living, collective picture of why comics continue to transform our cultural landscape with a resonance all of their own. "Comics Are Everywhere!" speaks not only to the comic-book fan, but also to the creative person inside every one of us.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP!
While $15,000 is just a fraction of our entire production budget, the funds generated from this Kickstarter campaign will enable us to begin securing the next phase of production costs and travels costs. For starters, we'll be able to film in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia - as we meet with the "bucket list" of master cartoonists we plan to interview and film at work in their respective studios.
What $20,000 will get us:
- Equipment rentals: lights, dollies, lenses - both local and on location when needed.
- Flights and hotels: Natalia, the producer, is in NY and has a couch, she will also hit up her friends in Philly for couch support to cut down on costs.
- Equipment: Drives and memory cards.
- Crafty: A fed crew is a happy crew!
- Rewards: Yes, some of this money is for you too! The making and shipping of swag accrues some costs but it's a pleasure in exchange for your support!
- Assistant Editor, Transcriber and Logger: These guys help us keep our footage well organized. Without them, we would be lost- paying them for their hard work is a pleasure and a must.
- Crew:Every little bit more helps us hire the necessary crew to make our shoots happen.
- Transportation: The bulk of our shoots happen in LA.
- Meals:Every little bit more helps when it comes to feeding the crew, especially when most of them at this point are working for free.
- Overall Upgrade: As the budget expands, our crew would be more complete, equipment would be upgraded and close to having all that is needed for a great production.
- Editor: There are a few things we are determined to not budge on and an experienced documentary editor is one of them. If we hit this tier, we will set aside an editor fee for when post is ready to start.
- Legal: Every production needs a lawyer and we are not an exception.
- Business Expenses: As a company, productions must maintain company records and books. This would help afford us a production accountant.
- Liability and insurance: We need them.
$80,000- $150,000 +
- This amount would signify that we are paying our crew decent rates.
- We would be able to rent the necessary equipment to make this film even more beautiful.
- We would be able to travel and interview more masters.
- We would be able to secure clearances from publishing houses.
- We would have funds to enter film festivals.
- We would have funds to secure business expenses like payroll, taxes etc.
- We would have funds for graphics and stock footage, which we will need and which are very expensive.
- We would be able to secure post production the necessary finishing funds.
- We would have our budget!
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About the Filmmakers
The documentary's writer-director Neil Kendricks has been writing and publishing articles on comics and their creators as a committed fan and journalist since 1993. Now, this 20-year odyssey into the world of comics and graphic novels is culminating with the feature-length documentary "Comics Are Everywhere!"
Natalia Quintana, the producer, has been working in film and TV for over a decade. She has a collection of well-kept comic books stashed away at her parents' house. With a couple of #1 editions, this documentary was an easy fit.
Neil and Natalia met in college in the early 2000's. This is their first feature-length documentary production.
About the Artists
Los Angeles-based artist JJ Villard, who fought against the rigors and structure of a successful career as a character designer at DreamWorks, now works day and night developing his own show for Cartoon Networkʼs Adult Swim. Fighting to get his vision onscreen, Villard wrestles with self-imposed pressure and creative interference from network executives, all the while knowing his show might never reach the screen.
Drawing inspiration from the city he lives in and the next comic- book fix, he escapes into his ever-present sketchbooks where his ideas are free to run wild; ideas that will later fuel the never-ending work required to make it in the industry. Recently, Villard's animated pilot for "King Star King" received the "greenlight" from the Cartoon Network and it is slated to premiere on Adult Swim's 2014 lineup of new animated TV shows. The artist's dream is within reach!
DANNI SHINYA LUO
Pasadena-based artist Danni Shinya Luo juggles her commitments as a freelance cover artist for Marvel Comics and other comic companies with exploring the female mystique in her sometimes-risqué paintings that have generated a following through her limited- edition books. Luo, whose work has begun to gain attention outside of the comic-book realm, labors endlessly to make good on the sacrifices that her immigrant parents have made for her to pursue a career in art. Luoʼs father remained in China while her Mother accompanied her to America where she would be free to pursue her dreams. Separated from his wife and child for years, her father will travel to America this fall to see the artwork that is the epicenter of his daughterʼs creative life in her upcoming exhibition at Los Angeles' La Luz de Jesus gallery.
Comics Are Everywhere also takes viewers into the minds of established artists like Ghost World author Daniel Clowes and Love and Rockets co-creator Jaime Hernandez whose pioneering and original comics have found appreciative audiences and crossover success after years in the trenches. These veteran creators sound off on how their lives and work have had to change over the years to accommodate each other and the different ways theyʼve stayed creative as their work - once a self-motivated personal expression - has become a career.
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The challenges of making a film:
We have a list of innovative artists whom we plan to approach and hope that our documentary inspires them to share their stories of creativity, determination and their own distinct voice in the morphing world of alternative comics and graphic novels.
Another challenge is building a small animation team from scratch to help create short, motion-comic sequences that will be periodically juxtaposed with the live-action footage. We want the film to echo the kinetic feel and texture of how images work on the printed page of a comic book while lending them the dynamic qualities of movement and rhythmic pacing that can only be found in motion pictures. The goal is to meld the two media together in an organic fashion where these short, burst of animations act as a form of punctation to emphasize and/ or underscore the intent of a specific scene.
We will also have to secure the necessary clearances to use specific pages of comic-book artworks and archival footage. Fortunately, Seattle-based Fantagraphic Books has already granted us the necessary clearances to use select pages from such celebrated comics as brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez's "Love and Rockets" comics and Daniel Clowes' seminal 1997 graphic novel "Ghost World." But we want to broaden the documentary's pool of imaginative comic-book images and this task will be time consuming and demand a great deal of patience and research.
But we are confident that our combined strength of passion and production experience will enable us to overcome these potential challenges through hard work and perseverance and keeping our collective eyes on the prize.
We find inspiration in Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's straight-forward statement that marks the conclusion of the introduction to his published screenplay for "sex, lies & videotape": "Talent plus perseverance equals luck. Be ready for when it happens." With your financial support, we can make our own luck and fully realize the cinematic magic of bringing the engaging story of "Comics Are Everywhere" to legions of filmgoers eager to learn more about the exciting and always changing realm of comics and graphic novels in the early years of the 21st century.
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