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We aim to plant a little understanding and acceptance of autism in future generations. We've found a lack of engaging visual material about autism for children, and we want to help fill this gap by turning our award winning animation into a series!

By addressing this difficult topic at an early age we hope to help children understand the strengths, as well as the difficulties, associated with autism while preventing stigmas and erroneous stereotypes, which are usually borne out of misinformation. Watch the animation here:

 

Here's what we want to do

With help from various autism experts, we are inviting children on the autistic spectrum to share their own stories, experiences and view of the world, in their own words. We’ll animate their words and put together 5 additional instalments to complete a 6 part series. The animations will be published online for free without geographic restrictions or advertising. It will be downloadable for use in locations without internet access and released under a Creative Commons license, therefore anyone will be able to use it anywhere as long as it's not being used for profit.

Will it work?

It's already working. This series is a follow-up project to Alex Amelines' introduction to autism for children by the same name. Amazing Things Happen went viral upon its release in April 2017 it has been viewed over 50 million times, dubbed into 20 languages and shared over a million times. We have been overwhelmed by positive, supportive messages from individuals on the spectrum, parents, teachers and autism professionals describing how it has helped them to explain and promote understanding of autism.

We hope that helping future generations understand each other better is rewarding in itself, however we’ve prepared some nice rewards to make you feel part of the project, from hand made toys through to signed drawings, books, DVDs and more.

 

Many people have helped me since I started the project, but here's the core team who are as enthusiastic as me to see this project become a reality:

 

As for me, my name is Alex Amelines, writer and director of the original 'Amazing Things Happen' short. I've been doing animation for the past 16 years. You can see some of my personal work here and my professional work is right this way.

Writer and Director Alex Amelines
Writer and Director Alex Amelines

 

 

What if you raise more than you expected?

Stretch goal 1 (£10K past the main goal) we would love to do a short animation explaining ADHD to children. There's often an overlap between autism and ADHD so it feels like a natural next step, plus the lovely ladies at ADD-vance have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area, therefore we have a great opportunity to create something very special.

Stretch goal 2 (Anything left) Any funds left would be used to promote the series to make sure it reaches as many children as possible.

We are aiming to release the finished series in April 2018 during autism awareness month. Backers might get access to some of their exclusive bonus episodes earlier than that.

If we reach our goal, we would have enough budget to honour our backers' rewards, pay our production team (all of whom have given us special rates to keep our costs down, thank you!), cover our lovely producer's time making sure things run smoothly, as well as other external costs like Kickstarter fees and taxes.

What happens if you don’t reach your target?

Kickstarter operates under a all-or-nothing structure, which means that if we don’t reach our target, no-one gets charged and we wont be able to make the series. 

If you aren’t able to pledge money you can still help us by spreading the word on Twitter, Facebook or word of mouth, that way we’ll stand a better chance to make this project a reality.

 

 

Is my pledge public? 

Only you and the project administrators will be able to see how much you pledged.

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made? 

Certainly! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, sign in on Kickstarter and on our campaign page you'll see a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.

Can pledge from outside the UK? 

Yes, you can pledge from anywhere in the world. All you need is a debit or credit card.

We are really grateful for everyone's support with positive comments, with their time or with their talent, we wouldn't be here without you. 

 

You can follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to our newsletter on our website

If you need to get in touch with us you can reach out to our producer Alexia Guenon Des Mesnards.

 

Risks and challenges

We are aiming to release the completed series on world autism awareness month 2018 and that's our first challenge. The animation process is a little like a domino, each stage depends on the previous one being completed to proceed. Although we're lucky to have such an experienced team, there are always unexpected delays along the way.
Although we're lucky to have a very experienced producer on board, there are often delays that are out of anyone's control. We hope that wont be the case, we are used to tight deadlines (ask Alexia!) and we'll do our very best to meet the deadline. Either way we'll make sure to keep our backers updated.

The second challenge is the collection, selection and edition of the children's audio clips submitted. We are counting on community's submissions to make the series truly special, but that means we can't tell in advance how many we'll receive: too many might make editing more difficult, too few and we might fall short on material for an episode.

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    Exclusive signed DVD

    Because there's no school like the old school: hold the Amazing Things Series in your hands on a signed DVD, complete with 'bonus episode' and 'making of' featurette, lovingly packaged in a recycled case made from recycled card, egg boxes and cork!

    We'll ship it 'signed for' in the UK and Confirmed for the rest of the world for peace of mind.

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    Odd Girl Out

    Receive a copy of Laura James' memoirs on dealing with a diagnosis of autism as an adult. Courtesy of Pan Macmillan.

    "What do you do when you wake up in your mid-forties and realise you've been living a lie your whole life? Do you tell? Or do you keep it to yourself?"

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    Handmade plush toy - Main character

    If you have watched the original 'Amazing Things Happen' animation you might remember the lovable red haired main character. This is your chance to take him home in the way of a plush toy handmade by illustrator and artist: Claudia Tavares Lopes, aka Lilasoul.

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    Handmade plush toy - Random character

    Take home a random 'Amazing Things Happen' style character in the way of a plush toy handmade by illustrator and artist: Claudia Tavares Lopes, aka Lilasoul.

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    Budding background artist

    Have your child's artwork appear in the background of one of the series' episodes.

    The director will get in touch when the time comes to discuss what this can be.

    Your child will be credited as 'background artist' on one of the episodes.

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    Make an appearance in the series

    Immortalise yourself or someone you love by having your likeness appear in one of the series' episodes.

    When the time comes we'll get in touch to ask you for photographic reference. We'll create a character based on the photo and include it in one of the episodes.

    We will even send you a copy of it so you can show off by using it as an avatar on social media or anywhere you like.

    The person on whom the character is based will appear in the credits of that episode as 'special appearance'.

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    Associate producer

    You are amazing and you are indeed making amazing things happen. You will be credited as 'associate producer' throughout the series.

    Immortalise yourself or someone you love by having your likeness appear in every episode of the series somewhere in the background. You'll be able to play 'Spot the Associate Producer' with your friends, well at least once.

    You'll receive your likeness as a jpeg file so you can show it off as an avatar on social media or anywhere you like.

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