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In a desperate attempt to feed his hungry family, a young boy named Henri partakes in a bicycle race that will go down in history. Read more

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In a desperate attempt to feed his hungry family, a young boy named Henri partakes in a bicycle race that will go down in history.

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RIDE WITH ME narrates that race that we all have been through many times in life.  Roads that are steep, narrow, and full of OBSTACLES.  The goal begins with our dreams, the biggest CHALLENGE lays in our HEARTS.  In a way, Henri represents our goal in attempting to create this short film. 

Synopsis

From a small kitten who runs around with a dog barking at other cats to even a boy with a bike so big he has to climb onto it from the second floor.   Follow the adventures of Henri, a small ten year old boy who lives with his grandmother, crazy grandfather, and twin siblings. His grandfather is in a wheelchair and rolls around the house thinking he is at war and shoots at the enemy with toy guns. Henri’s two year old siblings follow their grandfather in earnest as they chase after the “enemy.” Their grandparents are humble people who have little to offer the children, except unconditional love.

Their meals are meager and the family often goes to bed hungry. Late at night the twins hear their tummies growling and feel hunger pangs. In their innocence they fail to understand it is from hunger and so they ask Henri what that noise is. Henri weaves intricate stories of why their tummies are making that noise. He creates a world of tiny people that live inside our tummies who like to throw parties. The noise they hear is the sound of the drum and the pain they feel is because some of the tiny people are clumsy and fall all over the place. As Henri tells them these stories, the twins fall asleep.

As time passes by, Henri realizes he has run out of stories to tell the twins. Henri desperately wishes there was some way he could help. In an attempt to help his family, Henri partakes in the most challenging race, Le Tour De France! Henri faces many obstacles that threaten to take his dreams away. He is not the biggest, and he is not the fastest. There are many other children in the race. How can a small boy take part in a challenging race and above all, how could he win? Henri realizes that to win this race size is not important. He needed something more that would carry him throughout the race and across the finish line. The love for his family and the determination in his heart would keep him going long after his muscles gave up, but would it be enough to win the race? This race, unbeknownst to Henri, will become one of the most epic races in history, if not THE race. This race will mark the creation of LE TOUR DE FRANCE

RIDE WITH ME is the story of Henri, a 10 year old boy in France during the post-war.  At an early age the circumstances of his difficult environment cause the hero inside of him to take a shine.  First of all, the film is of a certain time period and therefore one of the first things we must achieve visually is the "feel" of the given time in history.  To do this we will use certain colors, textures, lighting and atmosphere to give us the feeling that we are living this story in France in the post-war era.  It should be a thorough investigation by the director, writers and animators in regards to the behaviors of the people during that time and in part of the world so that we can achieve credible behavior in the actions of the characters reflected through the animation.

The main drama of this story is in the circumstances surrounding HENRI, the main character. It focuses on his personal adventure as he goes from being a small boy to being a great hero through the timeline of the film. RIDE WITH ME is a story of personal growth in which HENRI goes through significant changes from being a child who is not the most great among his friends nor the strongest. During the course of the story, thanks to the love and support of his family, the help of his buddies and his great personal effort, he becomes a winner and the hero of our story.

To show this meaning in the film, we plan on having design changes, changes in color and texture, and changes through the timeline of the film, which will all indicate that personal growth within the main character throughout the course of history. These changes clearly distinguished three main parts of the film: initially more closed and dark exposure of the circumstances surrounding the life of HENRI, a middle where the protagonist must overcome all the obstacles that stand in his way and motivating transformation to achieve a more open and optimistic end reflecting that great personal change.

In 2008, I had the idea of this story and it has driven my every move.  Together with my wife, we developed the story and screenplay. It began as an idea and slowly it gained momentum and has evolved into something more. We grew as a team and were able to create some wonderful artwork and characters. It has been five years and as time goes by, we are proud of what we have accomplished and will continue to accomplish.  Now, we have reached a point where we need YOU and we want you to RIDE WITH ME in this journey.

Version en español

Ride With Me narra la carrera que todos hemos pasado por muchos momentos de la
vida. Las carreteras que son empinadas, estrechas y llenas de obstáculos. El objetivo comienza con nuestros sueños, el mayor desafío reside en nuestros corazones. En cierto modo, Henri representa nuestra meta en el intento de crear este cortometraje.

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De un pequeño gatito que corre con un perro ladrando a otros gatos, hasta un niño con
una bicicleta tan grande que tiene que subirse a ella desde el segundo piso. Sigue las
aventuras de Henri, un niño de diez años que vive con su abuela, abuelo loco, y sus
hermanos gemelos. Sus comidas son escasos y la familia a menudo va a la cama con
hambre. Tarde en la noche los gemelos escuchan sus estómagos gruñendo y sienten
hambre. En su inocencia no logran entender que es por el hambre y le preguntan a
Henri que es el ruido. Henri inventa historias complejas de lo que sus estómagos están
haciendo y el ruido. Él crea un mundo de personas pequeñas que viven dentro de
nuestros estómagos que les gusta hacer fiestas. El ruido que se oye es el sonido del
tambor y el dolor que sienten se debe a que algunas de las personas pequeñas son
torpes y caen por todo el lugar. Henri les dice estas historias, y los gemelos se quedan
dormidos. A medida que pasa el tiempo, Henri se da cuenta que se ha quedado sin
historias que contar a los gemelos. Henri desea desesperadamente que hubiera alguna
manera para ayudar. La respuesta al problema de Henri viene por medio del panadero. No puede encontrar la harina, y el panadero propone un trato a todos los niños. Quien puede ir a la siguiente ciudad y traer un poco de harina y llegar primero puede tener un pedazo de pan y un poco de dinero. Poco tiempo después, el chico más alto en el grupo de los niños regresa por primero con la harina. El nombre del niño es Jacque y él no se preocupa por el pan o por el dinero, él sólo buscaba la victoria. Él es un chico malo y disfruta meterse con los demás niños y ordenar a todos a su alrededor, especialmente a Henri. El panadero decide organizar una carrera que decidirá cuál de los niños va a ser su chico de los recados permanente. La carrera resultaría ser casi imposible, pero sería una muestra al panadero de cual niño era digno del puesto de trabajo. La carrera era cerca de 2.500 km pero finalmente capturara admiración y sorpresa y en el futuro seria conocida como El Tour De Francia.
La distancia del curso no será el único desafío que enfrentará Henri, Henri se enfrentará a muchos obstáculos que amenazan con quitarle sus sueños. Él no es el
más grande, y no es el más rápido. Hay muchos otros niños en la carrera. ¿Cómo puede un niño participar en una carrera desafiante y, sobre todo, ¿cómo iba a ganar?
Henri se da cuenta que para ganar el tamaño no es importante. Necesitaba algo más
que lo llevaría a lo largo de la carrera y al final cruzar la línea. El amor por su familia y
la determinación en su corazón lo llevaran en su camino mucho después de que sus
músculos se den por vencidos, pero será suficiente para ganar la carrera?  Esta carrera
se convertirá en una de las carreras más épicas de la historia. Esta carrera marcará la
creación del Tour de Francia.

RIDE WITH ME es la historia de HENRI, un niño de 10 años en Francia durante la
Post-guerra. un niño que a muy corta edad las circunstancias de el duro entorno
alrededor de su vida hacen que el héroe que vive en el, salga a relucir.
Primero que todo es un FILM DE EPOCA y por lo tanto una de las primeras cosas que
debemos obtener visualmente y actoralmente es el “feeling” de la época en que se da
la historia. Para ello nos valdremos visualmente de los colores, texturas, iluminación y
atmósfera que nos de el sentimiento de que estamos viviendo esta historia en Francia
en la era de la post-guerra. Actoralmente, se debe hacer una investigación minuciosa
por parte del equipo de directores, escritores y animadores sobre el comportamiento de la gente en esa época y esa parte del mundo para lograr ese comportamiento creíble en la actuación de los personajes reflejado a través de la animación.El drama principal de esta historia esta en las circunstancias alrededor de nuestro protagonista HENRI y su aventura personal al pasar de ser un pequeño a ser un gran héroe a través de la línea de tiempo del film. Esto hace de RIDE WITH ME una historia de crecimiento personal en la que HENRI conlleva un cambio significativo de ser un niño que no es el mas grande entre sus colegas ni el mas fuerte pero durante el transcurso de la historia gracias al amor y apoyo que le brinda su familia, a la ayuda de sus amiguitos y a su gran esfuerzo personal, se convierte en un ganador y el héroe indiscutible de nuestra historia. Para darle este significado al film, nos valdremos de cambios en diseño, cambios en color y cambios en texturas a través de la línea de tiempo del film para indicar ese crecimiento personal del protagonista a través del transcurso de la historia. Estos cambios diferenciaran claramente tres partes principales del film: un comienzo mas cerrado y oscuro de exposición de las circunstancias de vida alrededor de HENRI, una parte intermedia donde el protagonista debe sortear todo los obstáculos que se le interponen en el camino y que motivan su transformación para llegar a un final mas abierto y optimista que refleje ese gran cambio personal.
En 2008, tuve la idea de esta historia y ha impulsado todos mis movimientos. Junto con mi esposa, hemos desarrollado la historia y guión. Comenzó como una idea y poco a poco ganó fuerza y se ha convertido en algo más. Hemos crecido como equipo y
creamos algunas maravillosas obras de arte y personajes. Han pasado cinco años y
como pasa el tiempo, nos sentimos orgullosos de lo que hemos logrado y continuaremos cumpliendo. Ahora, hemos llegado a un punto en que los necesitamos a
ustedes y queremos que ustedes nos acompañen en esta carrera.

Characters

     HENRI

Character Design Bill  Robinson

     Jean-Paul

Character Design Jay Mazhar

  Aimee

Character Design Bill Robinson

      Olivier

Character Design Bill Robinson

     Jacque

Character Design Bill Robinson

       Isabella

Character Design Bill Robinson

      Crash

Environments

Concept art Vicente Numpaque

  Sunflowers

     Rouen

Concept art Vicente Numpaque

   Sketches

Concept art Vicente Numpaque

    night

Risks and challenges

We feel that there is a low risk involved with this project. We have the experience and more importantly, the confidence in ourselves and our abilities. We are putting our hearts and souls into this and intend to do it right. Knowing this, we will need to find the right individuals to help us achieve this goal. The challenge will be to identify the right individuals to join our team. Like the message in our story, it is not about how fast you get there, but how far you want to go, and to go far, we need to go together. There are many talented artists, but we want those who are more importantly, team players and who have a passion for creating art. We will definitely be focusing all our time, energy, and efforts into this short film and we thank you in advance for putting up with delays we may have in shipping of items. It will be the first time we will be dealing with mailing rewards, but we are excited to get started! It will be a new challenge we will face head on with determination and success. Another challenge we expect is our expectations for the film to really touch home for children, parents , and families alike. We want it to transcend age, gender and nationalities. This movie represents the everyday person and the hardships of life that we all experience at least once in our lives.

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