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Ken Mundie's Hand Drawn Animated Short tracing evolution of universal truths and racket sports, through man, monster, and the goddess.

THE STORY BEHIND THE MATCH

The MATCH is a project that has been with Ken Mundie for 40 years. It is a 18 minute short film about two prehistoric characters that team up to combat a T-Rex by serving rocks like tennis balls to over power the monster. As a result, the characters end up inventing the game of tennis by batting rocks back and forth. As the game and the characters evolve, they are accompanied by a goddess, who creates and enforces the rules. As they play the game, the rules erode and their behavior creates the cycle of the universe. It is an examination of chaos and destruction versus order and growth, and how tenuous a grasp our species has on both. All told through the analogy of the universal game of tennis! 

The film is in 3 acts, the first running 7 minutes, the second running 6 minutes, and the final running 5 minutes. We're looking for funding to complete the film, and have broken down our goals to complete the animation and production of each act, and then complete production and distribute the final film.

Here are some of the main characters from the film:

EARLY CONCEPTS OF THE
MAIN CHARACTERS:

DESIGNS FOR THE CHARACTERS AS THEY AND THE GAME EVOLVE…

THE GODDESS:

… AND THE MONSTER:

ABOUT KEN MUNDIE:

In addition to working for Disney, Warner Brothers, Filmation, Hanna Barbera, Richard Williams, and being an illustrator for the Washington Post and the Black Elk Chronicles (amongst many many others), KEN MUNDIE has been making independent animated films since the 1950s, creating such titles as STOP DRIVING US CRAZY, THE DOOR and PAMUTZ.

THE DOOR:

In the 70’s Ken turned his creative talents to ODYSSEY, animating several test scenes on his own:

ODYSSEY:

Honing his skills at DePatie / Freleng, Ken animated a series of main titles for film and television including The Art of Love, Do Not Disturb, The Great Race, I Spy, Secret Agent Man, Rawhide, and the iconic “Wild, Wild West” all done with the same spirit of independent filmmaking!
These clips can be seen at the beginning of these films and shows, most of which are available online.Here are a few samples:
 
OPENING TITLE: THE WILD WILD WEST
 
OPENING TITLE: THE GREAT RACE
 
Ken also worked on many projects with Bill Cosby, including the Fat Albert Special. While this television special has never been released, sketches and a short clip can be found on Animator Leo Sullivan's site, located here:
 
 
Ken's unique method of turning animation into an art form and away from a "cookie cutter" mentality can be found on Floyd Norman's blog about working on The Fat Albert Special here:
 
 
 
 
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!
 

THE MATCH: OPENING SEQUENCE

The above sequence from the beginning of "the match" demonstrates Ken's amazing ability and artistry as an animator and painter. It is complete with the exception of music, sound effects, and vocal talent. While Ken can do the animation, he needs funding for all the other aspects that go into completing the film.

Here's another look at the first stages of the Ken's initial animation:

Ken's method of work is extraordinary for a man basically working on his own. The entire film is storyboarded and then laid out by Ken on paper by hand. The animation is completely hand drawn on paper. Backgrounds are created with paint, marker and colored pencil. All the elements are then scanned into the computer. Once the layout for each frame is done in the computer, the back grounds are finalized and the animation is collored by hand on the cels themselves. Everything is scanned once again. Then the computer is used to composite the character animation against the background. Finally, a combination of computer painting, and traditional effects and computer effects create the mood and atmosphere for the film environment. It is an incredible amount of work, but creates a completely unique and independent stjye of animation.

THE MATCH: 
COMPLETED STYLE EXAMPLE:

CLIPS FROM THE MATCH:

PROJECT GOAL:

$10,000

Ken has broken "The Match" down into Three Acts. Act One is 7 minutes, Act Two is 6 minutes, and Act Three is 5 minutes long.

The initial goal of this Kickstarter Campaign is to finish the First Act of "The Match." Ken has been working steadily on the project for the last few years and this amount will enable him to complete the sequence he has been working on and developing independently. This initial investment will help pay for the physical costs of producing traditional animation, as well as pay for music, effects and vocal talent to finish the first 7 minutes

STRETCH GOALS:

$25,000

The Second Act is completely storyboarded and some animation has begun. To complete the Second Act, additional artists from the area will be hired for finishing inbetweens, scanning, helping to color and effects to the second 6 minutes. Music, sound effects, and vocal tracks will also be added with this funding. This amount will allow the Second Act to be developed through the story and pencil stages to completion.

$50,000

This amount will allow the final 5 minutes of the film, the Third Act to be developed in the same way as Act Two, from the storyboard and pencil stages through completed animation. This includes all the physical art materials needed to create the art. This act is currently the least developed, as Ken continues to work to complete the First Act. Again, additional artists will be hired locally to help Ken finish the final stages of the film.

$100,000

This amount will cover all costs for music, effects, vocal talent, legal fees, music rights, reproduction and distribution, as well as promotion, marketing and fees for release to film festivals, short film markets, and setting up an online presence to offer 'the match"  and other Ken Mundie work for sale online.

THE REWARDS:

$10 A digital download of the completed film. (Not just the first act, but the entire film upon completion) Projected for September 2014

$50 A pencil drawing used in production from "The Match"
       Example:

$100  Pencil Sketch used inproduction, autographed by Ken Mundie

$500 Thanks in final film credits.
          Plus Color drawing used in production of "The Match"

$1000 Special Thanks in final film credits
           Plus autographed color drawing used in production of "The Match"
           Example:

$5000 Associate Producer Credit in final film
           Plus an original production cel used in "Two Friends"
           Example:

$10.000 Producer Credit in final film credits
              Plus Original Ken Mundie Oil Painting
              Limited to 10
              Example:

Project Completion: September 2014

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Like any endeavour, many unforessen occurances may happen.
Ken Mundie is in his late 80's, but continues to animate and play tennis every day. We anticipate this will be his final independent film. By setting a project completetion date of September, 2014, Ken has assured us that he will be able to complete this project.
The project will be completed however, by Ken 's son, Morgan, who is assisting him now, Jeff Peters, and Stuart Lowder.
In the event we do not achieve our final goal of $100,000, the portions of the project financied will still be completed. All rewards for donations will be honored, regardless of the state of the finished project.

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