Roamin’ is an animated satire about the American Bison's struggle to remain the spirit of freedom. I chose the bison because, when I started my research, I felt like I had opened a can of worms. This animal’s life is fascinating, dramatic, political, and misunderstood. The Bison today is still struggling to hold on to the two things that they represent to us. That is, Freedom and the true spirit of Adventure. I’m sure you’ll be equally fascinated by what I've dug up. Sounds all very serious I hear you say? I promise, it will be very entertaining! Writing a story that had to be factually accurate without overshadowing the artistic license was part of the challenge.
Although Roamin’ is a standalone film, it’s also a pilot episode for a possible series of short films about different animals. My goal is to create short films that will inform and rid destructive ignorance. Also to uncover myths and prejudice that surround many of our animal friends by exposing the truth. But more importantly, to present it with humor. I want viewers to identify with the animal in order to empathize. And the way to identify with an animal that doesn't necessarily have human emotions, is to admire his abilities to overcome the same obstacles that we do. Acceptance, food, water, shelter, the need for a companion, and perseverance to survive.The social and emotional threats that we now face in today’s society can easily relate to the physical threats that animals face in the wild. And of course it’s always fun to observe the absurdities caused by our fellow beings.
The biggest challenge for any artist that has a story worth telling to the tribe, is giving up creative control in order to get it made. With your support, this film will have creative direction without the compromise and challenges that come from a large studio system. You will be supporting the production of a film as it was intended by the creator. That makes you AWESOME!
If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s an ‘all or nothing’ funding platform. That means if we don’t reach our goal within 28 days, we get nothing. So if you love independent animation, you love wildlife and conservation, and you have a quirky sense of humor, then please come aboard this journey with me and get this film up and Roamin’.
I've invested a lot of time researching and developing this story until I felt it was worth sharing with you all. At this point the film structure is pretty much locked down, the characters are designed, and the visual style is looking good. It’s now time to bring it to life!
Roamin’ is a 2D, hand drawn animation using digital techniques. It’s a very labour intensive process, but anything made by hand has the advantage of looking and being organic.The backgrounds and textures will be a mixture or acrylic, watercolour and pencil. All the components will then be scanned and composited together digitally. Once all the visuals are in place, we move into post production.This is where the composer and sound designer do their magic.
- Sharon Colman Director/Story/Animation
- Michael Graham campaign manager
- Peter Gosling Composer
- Rupert Degas Voice Actor
More to come...
I've put together a selection of rewards that I think will appeal to everyone. These include water resistant stickers made from biostone for spreading good vibes with an eco-conscience, and the limited edition giclée print, signed and numbered for the serious art collector.
Here is where your hard earned support actually goes. It will not be paying for new equipment or software licenses, nor will it be used for studio space or trips to the grocery store. It all goes towards the production of the film you want to see made and it's campaign.
If this campaign is successful and we meet our goal, then a BIG THANK YOU to all of you! Because of you, the film will exist! Our stretch goal is to help the film migrate around the world. The festival submissions budget doesn't cover every single festival. As it becomes quite expensive we simply prioritize certain festivals based on prestige, location and past relationships. But this is a fair estimated breakdown for a good number of festivals.
Risks and challenges
It's always a challenge to make a film independently. The development process is always the biggest one. It takes more than just a good idea and a lot of noodling around to make a good story. This particular story was challenging because it had to be factually accurate without overshadowing the artistic license. But as the story is almost ready for animation, I’d say the biggest challenge is time. There’s still a lot of work to be done. And although I’m very good with deadlines, unexpected things sometimes happen. I’ll be in regular contact with you all about the films progress so you’ll always be in the loop. Your rewards, including postage will already be covered by your pledge so that’s an automatic guarantee.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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