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"CHEATIN' is my 7th animated feature and the first being done in a hand-painted style with over 40,000 drawings to be colored!"

NEW "STRETCH GOAL" OF $90,000!

KEEP PLEDGING!!! $75,000 was the bare minimum we needed to move forward! Help us reach our stretch goal for P&A (prints and advertising). Thank you!

THE STORY

CHEATIN' is an animated adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder – full of nudity and violence, but also with my surreal sense of humor. The story is inspired by the work of James M. Cain (“Double Indemnity”, “The Postman Always Rings Twice”). CHEATIN' marks my 7th animated feature film.

I've always enjoyed using watercolors in my illustrations, and now, for the first time, I can employ my painterly sensibilities to the treatment of my animation. This loose, almost impressionistic style has never been seen before in my films. Thanks to this new aesthetic and a beautiful, full-length musical score, I believe CHEATIN' will be a breakthrough for my career! Unfortunately this style is very difficult and time-consuming to complete.

I am an artist and take great pride in my status as an independent filmmaker. I don't work with big production houses and I draw every frame myself. Including my Producer and Art Director, my studio employs 10 artists who need to digitally clean, paint, and composite over 40,000 animation drawings. We have an editor, composer, and sound designer working out-of-house, making the total staff under 20 people – quite small compared to the thousands on staff at large animation studios such as Pixar or Disney. For these reasons, it's very difficult to raise funds for this project, and that's why we need your support!

With your help, we hope to complete this landmark film by next September – just in time to qualify for the Oscars!

Thank you for your support!

- Bill Plympton

EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER VIDEO UPDATES

I will be posting exclusive Kickstarter videos once a week until the end of January. If you back this project, you'll receive an email when a new video is ready to be viewed. These updates will include new clips from the film, interviews with Bill, and other fun videos!

VIDEO PRODUCTION BLOG

I've been keeping a CHEATIN' Production Blog for the past 7 months. In each episode, I explain and demonstrate a different aspect of the animation process. You can watch past episodes from the links below or subscribe to our Vimeo channel here.

Episode 1: Intro

Episode 2: Outline

Episode 3: Storyboard 

Episode 4: Layout

Episode 5: Layout Demonstration

Episode 6: Character Design - "Ella"

Episode 7: Character Design - "Jake"

Episode 8: Character Design - "El Merto"

Episode 9: Character Design - "Thug"

Episode 10: Animation, Part 1

Episode 11: Animation, Part 2

Guest Episode: Signe Baumane, Part 1

Guest Episode: Signe Baumane, Part 2

Guest Episode - Signe Baumane, Part 3

MORE INFO

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

It's always a challenge to make a film independently. The biggest challenge is raising funds without giving up creative control. Thankfully, this is something I've never had to do.

The biggest risk is completing the film by next September with such a small team. I've never colored a film like this before. It's far more time consuming than any of my previous films, so I need to employ more artists.

This is my first time using Kickstarter to help fund a feature film. $75,000 is the bare minimum we need to move forward. If we reach our goal, we should be able to complete CHEATIN' by next September! If we raise more, we might be able to do it faster and fulfill rewards sooner.

Thank you!

Bill

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    You’ll receive exclusive access to download a collection of rare and never-before-seen animations by Bill Plympton! You can enjoy these high quality digital QuickTime files on your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, video iPod, or Apple TV. You’ll also receive the $5 desktop image and the $10 password-protected link of CHEATIN’.

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    You’ll receive an original animation drawing from CHEATIN’ signed by Bill Plympton! Each drawing is a one-of-a-kind work of art and perfect for framing! You’ll also receive the $5 desktop image, the $10 password-protected link, the $25 digital download collection, and the $65 lithograph.

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    You’ll receive an original animation drawing from CHEATIN’ and a signed copy of Bill Plympton’s new hardcover book, INDEPENDENTLY ANIMATED: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation! You’ll also receive the $5 desktop image, the $10 password-protected link, the $25 digital download collection, the $65 lithograph, and a "special thanks" credit at the end of the film!

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    You’ll receive “Bill Plympton’s SUPER FAN Package!” Get the full Plympton experience with this set that includes nearly all of his animated films and books, with the books and posters autographed by Bill! The collection includes 6 DVDs, 2 CDs, 2 posters, and 3 books! PLUS, you’ll still receive ALL of the $200 rewards (listed above)!

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    You’ll receive an original caricature of yourself drawn by Bill Plympton! Simply mail or email a photograph of yourself to Bill and he’ll draw, sign, and date a sketch just for you! You’ll also receive “Bill Plympton’s SUPER FAN Package” and ALL of the $500 rewards (listed above).

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    You’ll receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film and on IMDb.com! You’ll also receive ALL of the $1000 rewards (listed above)! This is a great way to get your name attached to a great feature-length film and build your IMDb resume!

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    You will receive two tickets to a screening of CHEATIN’ in NYC, an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film, and ALL of the $1,000 rewards (listed above). You will also receive a personal tour of Bill Plympton’s NYC animation studio followed by lunch with Bill! This is the ultimate reward package! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any fan of Bill Plympton! Note: you must be able to meet Bill at his studio. Travel and accommodations to the screening, studio tour, and lunch are not included.

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