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About this project

Dear Friends,
(if you love Quentin Blake and good storytelling you are surely a friend of ours!) 

The little clown we want to bring to your attention today is the lovely, brave, tenacious, irrepressible, and generous protagonist of the wordless illustrated adventure, CLOWN, which was brought to paper in 1995 by the imaginative genius of Quentin Blake. 

After the great experience of designing exhibitions and books with him, the idea of taking the unique story of CLOWN from printed page to animated life... came into being. 

Quentin said "it's a terrific idea", and so we believed it was worth doing whatever we could to make it happen. To make a short film from such a wonderful book is an incredible challenge, but we are strongly motivated and enthusiastic about it.
It's such an inspiring story, and thanks to the universal language of animation and music, we have the unique chance to reach children around the world from 0 to 99 of age!
And we are even more excited to have a mentor as generous, wise, and friendly as Quentin Blake.

Over these past years we have been working really hard to put in the groundwork and get this unique project into motion, and now we finally have the chance to get it done.
And so here we are! On Kickstarter!
As a small independent Italian design studio, we believe this could be the best way to finance it and guarantee complete creative freedom and faithfulness to Quentin's original work. 
Please help us with this project.
As much as you can. Even sharing and talking about it with your friends can make a difference.

To reward your help and generosity, we designed so many different unique gifts! Quentin has already supported us so far and now we count on the participation and enthusiasm of everyone who believes that great ideas should be given a chance! 

Luigi, Paolo, Stefano, Eugenio, Alice, Casira, Laura and all the passionate young team at Arteprima

CLOWN is a very special and unusual book because it has no text at all, thus allowing children to use their imagination by telling the story their own way and with their own words. Each retelling of the story is unique to the reader and their experience. We were really amazed by this, especially because today many children are not often encouraged to tell stories using their spontaneous creativity and imagination.

What's more, CLOWN tells a story of genuine generosity, friendship and tenacity in a difficult time. Along with creativity and willpower, the values of sharing, loyalty and family (of any sort) are the key elements for our little protagonists to transform a moment of rejection and abandon into an opportunity of redemption: new friends, a new family and a new home are just around the corner.

Children are encouraged to empathize with the thrown away Clown and his fellow puppets and act accordingly. Their story reminds us to appreciate the little things that can make us happy and never give up.
Someone's waste could be someone else's treasure.

 

CLOWN Thrown Away will be an animated short film in the tradition of Arteprima's intense storytelling style.
In an uncommon mix of cut-out and frame by frame animation, we will recreate Quentin's storytelling style, using his peculiar lively watercolors and his signature page-turning elements.

Like an old silent film, it will be accompanied by a soundtrack alone. It is important to us that this project speak the universal language understood by all children: music. 

 

 

Having been thrown unceremoniously into a bin with other unwanted old toys, a little CLOWN decides to take his and his toy friends’ futures into his own hands. 
Bravely and with irrepressible optimism he goes off in search of help. And a new home.

Here are the amazing gifts we designed exclusively for you.
Please note that none of these rewards will be on sale in any store, bookshop or art gallery in the future!
We put all our passion for Quentin's art into designing these handcrafted items, and we wish to get them into production for the pleasure of you all.
We hope you will appreciate and seize this very special opportunity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the reward combinations you will receive if you support us.
We named every reward tier after one of CLOWN's little friends, so that everyone may choose their favourite.
On the right side of this page, you find the column where you can make your pledge.

In each coloured box below, you will find the complete list of what you will get once you have decided... to be part of this wonderful project!

 

 

We really want you to be part of the project and have insight into our tasks, timing, and budget partitions.
So below are 3 very simplified schemes and diagrams:
1. The making of CLOWN (what has already been completed and approved by Quentin and what is still to be done)
2. The timing of CLOWN (when we are going to do what, including when we expect to ship your rewards)
3. Financing CLOWN (what the campaign budget is going to cover in relation to the complete production costs).

As you can see, all the pre-production costs have been self-financed so far and we hope to get the remaining part of the project financed via Kickstarter: your precious support is really fundamental!
It's hard to believe the amount of things one has to consider! 

For example: The MUSIC - We are going to hire our accomplished composer Stefano Cabrera to write and conduct a specific and unique symphonic score. A small orchestra of 20 elements is then going to play the soundtrack in a big recording studio and the music is going to be edited by a professional sound engineer. The ANIMATION - 4 experienced animators will be working for 4 full months using several techniques (cut-out, bone rigging, traditional handcrafted frame-by-frame, and 3D animation) to bring Clown's story to life.

Each step of the process is very intricate, and we want to ensure the highest quality possible!
Your support will go towards the professional fees of all these talented people as well as the state-of-the-art equipment that they use!

 

 

 

We promised Quentin, that every single euro or pound not spent on production (quality and super-commitment guaranteed) would later be invested on taking the film to as many children as possible. 

We dream of organizing free public screenings, and the idea is to do as many presentations as possible. In primary schools, public libraries, theatres...
Imagine if we could fill the Royal Albert Hall with children to watch our film! 

Risks and challenges

Quentin agreed to work with us because of our extreme willingness and commitment to developing his distinctive and peculiar style: the ink, the colour, the paper and even the scratchy sound of the pen while drawing...

We are strongly convinced of the necessity of being faithful to the original narrative pace and timing, and this is not easy... The animated version of CLOWN will add new emotions to the book while depicting an already magnificently told story!
This really is the job of a lifetime...

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    • The CLOWN cotton shopper > see pic (May 2017)
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    • The CLOWN cotton shopper > see pic (May 2017)
    • The exclusive pop-up > see pic (May 2017)
    • A special mention in the credits
    • 1 DVD of the film - add 10€ for any extra DVD
    • A Quentin Blake exclusive thank-you note

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    • The digital download of the film (by December 2017)
    • The CLOWN cotton shopper > see pic (May 2017)
    • The exclusive pop-up > see pic (May 2017)
    • A special mention in the credits, BIG!
    • 1 DVD of the film - add 10€ for any extra DVD
    • A Quentin Blake exclusive thank-you note
    • The digital download of the “making of” documentary film
    • A HQ print of a unique still frame, with embossed stamp > see pic

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    • 3 exclusive desktop wallpapers > see pic (May 2017)
    • The digital download of the film (by December 2017)
    • The CLOWN cotton shopper > see pic (May 2017)
    • The exclusive pop-up > see pic (May 2017)
    • A special mention in the credits, extra BIG!!!
    • 1 DVD of the film - add 10€ for any extra DVD
    • A Quentin Blake exclusive thank-you note
    • The digital download of the “making of” documentary film
    • A HQ print of a unique still frame, with embossed stamp > see pic

    Includes:
    • A hardback copy of the storyboard signed by the team
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    • Regular project update newsletters
    • 3 exclusive desktop wallpapers > see pic (May 2017)
    • The digital download of the film (by December 2017)
    • The CLOWN cotton shopper > see pic (May 2017)
    • The exclusive pop-up > see pic (May 2017)
    • A special mention in the credits, extra BIG!!!
    • 1 DVD of the film - add 10€ for any extra DVD
    • A Quentin Blake exclusive thank-you note
    • The digital download of the “making of” documentary film
    • A HQ print of a unique still frame, with embossed stamp > see pic
    • A hardback copy of the storyboard signed by the team

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    • Sir Quentin Blake will sign both still frame & CLOWN sketchbook!
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    • Regular project update newsletters
    • 3 exclusive desktop wallpapers > see pic (May 2017)
    • The digital download of the film (by December 2017)
    • The CLOWN cotton shopper > see pic (May 2017)
    • The exclusive pop-up > see pic (May 2017)
    • A special mention in the credits, extra BIG!!!
    • 1 DVD of the film - add 10€ for any extra DVD
    • A Quentin Blake exclusive thank-you note
    • The digital download of the “making of” documentary film
    • A HQ print of a unique still frame, with embossed stamp > see pic
    • A hardback copy of the storyboard signed by the team
    • A hardback copy of the original CLOWN sketchbook by Sir Quentin Blake

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    • Invitation for an exclusive preview screening, with QB and team
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