Wound Up is my own retelling of the classic Aesop Fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare", with a 21st century existential question attached: "At what cost is a race worth winning?"
The setting is an overseas sweatshop, the point of origin for many cheap trinkets destined for gift shops everywhere. It's on this factory conveyor belt that our hero the Mountie is awoken to join in a surreal race of nations against other tacky, nationalistic souvenirs. Will his inherently polite character allow him to win the race, or will a sudden moment of crisis help him to discover his true Canadian colours?
Featured below: a very rough animatic version of the first minute of Wound Up! The animation is rough, the music is temporary, the Mountie is in need of some proper elbows...but it gives you an idea of where this is all heading!
The $10,000.00 I hope to raise for this Kickstarter project will go towards some much needed software upgrades, the rental of a new monitor when it comes time to colour correct, music composition, rendering farm services, and other various distribution costs for the film festival circuit : entry fees, digi-beta copies, etc. A trip to Costco to buy coffee and macaroni and cheese will keep me alive and working!
Wound Up is essentially an animated short about turning away from the rat race in order to perform a necessary act of kindness. In a world that increasingly rewards the notion of winning at all costs, I'd like to tell the story of a little hero who discovers that success can be measured not by what is thrown away, but by what is saved. As Kickstarter is all about helping others achieve their dreams, I can't help but think this short film couldn't have a more appropriate home.
Upon completion, Wound-Up will be kept off of the internet for one year while it's sent around the film festival circuit. My three previous short films have competed in Oscar qualifying film festivals, my most recent animated short Paper World having had it's world premiere at the 2011 LA Shorts.
Help make this film a reality, and there's a very real chance your name will appear on the big screen in Hollywood! Or.. Toronto! Or...Saskatoon!
Update: October 9th 2013
The National Film Board of Canada has just signed me on to their Filmmaker Assistance Program! With their generous support, I'll now have access to renting some professional grade services. How exciting!
Risks and challenges
Wound Up has been in development for some time, and to be honest I'm at the point where I'm ready to begin animating. Characters have been designed, sets have been constructed, digital props have been built. My only obstacle is the time it will take to produce this five minute animated short. Time is a luxury, and I'm hoping that with full funding, I'll be able to purchase some labour saving programs and upgrades to help me motor along. I always finish what I start, but a successful funding of this short will help to speed up this process!
ASSISTANT - You'll receive a password to access regular updates on Vimeo as the animated short progresses (November 2013) and a link to a download of the full HD 1080p version of my film upon completion (Nov. 2014).
OFFICIAL SUPPORTER - You'll receive a password to access regular updates on Vimeo (Nov. 2013), a link to download the full HD 1080p version of my film upon completion (Nov. 2014), and a digital PDF filled with images from the development of the animated short (Nov. 2014).
OFFICIAL BACKER - You'll see your name in the credits of Wound Up, get a PDF version of the original story boards and artwork, and receive a link to the digital download of the full HD 1080p version of the completed film.
PRODUCER - You'll have your name and headshot in the credits of Wound Up as a "producer", receive a link to the digital download of the full HD 1080p version of the film, and receive an autographed pencil sketch of The Mountie from Wound Up. All lower donation rewards will also apply.
BENEFACTOR - You'll receive a personalized ten second animated "mini-short" Of The Mountie wishing you (or a person you choose) a happy holiday season for 2014. All of the previous rewards will also apply.