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Dear Friend, 
(if you love Quentin Blake and good storytelling you are definitely 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, who came into being in 1995 thanks to Quentin Blake’s imaginative genius. 

After the great experience of designing exhibitions and books with Quentin Blake, we came up with the idea of bringing the unique story of CLOWN to life through animation.

Quentin thinks, “It’s a terrific idea!”
So we believe it is worth doing whatever we can to make it happen. 

Making a short film of such a wonderful book is an incredible challenge, but we are highly motivated and very 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 out to children from ages 0 to 99 all around the world. And we are even more excited to have a mentor as generous, wise, and friendly as Quentin Blake.

Over the past few years we have been working really hard to put this unique project into motion, and now we are finally doing it.
As a small independent Italian design studio, we believed that financing it through a crowdfunding campaign would have been the best way to guarantee complete creative freedom and faithfulness to Quentin Blake’s original work.
Unfortunately, word did not spread as far as we would have liked and so we have not managed to get enough backers to reach our ultimate goal. We did receive, however, enthusiastic support and feedback from all around the world, and so we believe the project should go on with the same energy and commitment, regardless.
You can find up-to-date information and follow our progress on the dedicated page www.quentinblake-clown.co.uk  

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Quentin Blake is with us all the way, and we are counting on your participation and enthusiasm too!

Luigi, Paolo, Stefano 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. We were really amazed by this, because not many children today are encouraged to tell stories spontaneously using their own creativity and imagination.

CLOWN tells a story of genuine generosity, friendship and tenacity.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: new friends, a new family and a new home are just around the corner.

Children are encouraged to empathise with the thrown away Clown and his toy friends and to learn from their experiences. Their story reminds us to appreciate the little things that can make us happy and to never give up.
Someone's rubbish could be someone else's treasure.

 

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

Like a silent film, it will be accompanied by just a soundtrack, therefore speaking 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 their future into his own hands. 
Bravely and with irrepressible optimism he goes off in search of help. And a new home.

Risks and challenges

You can find up-to-date information and follow our progress on the dedicated page www.quentinblake-clown.co.uk  

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    • The digital download of the film (by December 2017)

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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)

    Includes:
    • 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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    • 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
    • 1 DVD of the film - add 10€ for any extra DVD
    • A Quentin Blake exclusive thank-you note

    Includes:
    • 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, 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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    • Sir Quentin Blake will exclusively sign your unique still frame!
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    HAPPINESS reward

    • 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

    Includes:
    • A hardback copy of the storyboard signed by the team
    • Sir Quentin Blake will exclusively sign your unique still frame!
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    super HAPPINESS reward

    • 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

    Includes:
    • A hardback copy of the original CLOWN sketchbook by QB
    • Sir Quentin Blake will sign both still frame & CLOWN sketchbook!
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    extra super HAPPINESS reward

    • 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

    Includes:
    • Sir Quentin Blake will sign both still frame & CLOWN sketchbook!
    • Invitation for an exclusive preview screening, with QB and team
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