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A stop-motion short from Greg "Craola" Simkins. "I'm Scared" is a story of two brothers, facing the things that go bump in the night. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on September 4, 2013.

A stop-motion short from Greg "Craola" Simkins. "I'm Scared" is a story of two brothers, facing the things that go bump in the night.

About this project

In “I’m Scared”, Big Brother shares with Little Brother all the frightening things that inhabit the world at night as they try to go to sleep. Small concerns grow into spooky spectres as Big Brother's imagination takes over and their bedroom becomes a playground for monstrous creatures of all types.

Greg “Craola” Simkins is an inspired and ambitious artist with a widely collected and highly coveted body of work. It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and (most importantly) his warped imagination that makes Greg a sought-after surrealist painter today. (taken from ImScared.com) I’m Scared is a recurring theme in Greg’s art. "I'm Scared" is the age old story of the conflict between the imaginations of little boys and the monsters they battle on a nightly basis. It is also the story of the dynamics of brothers and how each looks at the world through completely different eyeballs. "Just becasue you grew up, doesn't mean they went away." -GS

With the characters already developed, and the script complete, we are gearing up to start production on building puppets and sets. Some of the finest puppet sculptors and fabricators are standing by to begin the process of bringing this project to life.

We'd like to take the time and focus necessary to translate Greg's work into practical stop-motion puppets, to evoke the specific lighting of his paintings, to create the sound design and music to go with these images, and of course to get the feeling just right when Greg's creations finally move.

It's NOT just a movie, it's NOT just a book.. it's a "Möök".

DVD cases have been done before. With this short film, we'd like to have an accompanying book to go with it.

Each "MööK" will have the original script with their accompanying art pieces. Readers will see those pieces as studies and as final rendered images. Each step in how the short film was made will be represented. And to top it off, a DVD copy of the short film will be included inside of a sleeve at the front of the "MööK".

If we make it past the minimum amount we're asking for from Kickstarter, we have several ideas for how to take this short film further, creating more complex puppets with increased functionality, having a fund to draw from for film festival submissions, and other fun opportunities.

Beyond this film, we'd like to create a larger series of short films, incorporating other contemporary artists' visions. 

C4toons is a collaborative collective of artists devoted to bringing art to life in new and imaginative ways. From pop, surreal, abstract, and street to stop-motion animation and film, C4toon reveals the unexpected side of art.

We are Simkins fans who want to bring Greg’s art to life with stop motion animation. If this Kickstarter is a success, we hope to collaborate with other forward-thinking artists to evolve their creative ideas to the next level.

C4 CO-CONSPIRATORS

Greg Simkins – Creator/Producer 

Greg's official website

Greg's official Tumblr

Greg's official Instagram

Greg's official Twitter

Pete Levin – Director/Producer

Pete's IMDb page

Pete's professional blog

Pete's professional website

Robyn Yannoukos – Art Director

Robyn's IMDb page

Robyn's professional website

Lesley Padien – Character Sculptor

Lesley's IMDb page

Lesley's professional website

To Die For Clothing

http://todieforclothing.com

3D Retro

http://3dretro.com

Presto Publishing

http://prestoart.com

Colin Crump - Co-Producer

http://crumpblog.com

In earnest,

Dan M. Levy – Producer

Dan's IMDb page

Dan's Facebook page

I'm Scared: The Movie - official website

PREVIOUS WORKS:

Here's an example of Pete Levin's directing, several Spy vs. Spy segments produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios for Cartoon Network's MAD:

Here's Robyn Yannoukos's short film, Alice's Attic, a nice example of her art direction:

Video by: Jordan Ahern

Getting you the goods..

Additionally we will be using "Backerkit" You will be able to make your selections for rewards once the Kickstarter has concluded through Backer Kit.  You also will be able to include add-ons at that time.  In combination with the Kickstarter survey, Backer Kit will help us better track our orders and ultimately give you a smoother experience with us.  It will also help you notify us of any address changes you may have.  We have been emailing them and other Kickstarter project creators that have used Backer Kit and feel like it will be beneficial for you and for us.

To kick off the series, we've been lucky enough to team up with one of the most talented and generous artists in this new movement of pop surrealism and new brow art. It's very much because of his kind donations towards this project that we can put together this campaign to make the film.

REWARDS AND GOODIES:

I'm Scared... The Movie
I'm Scared... The Movie

Risks and challenges

Greg's artwork has a very specific look and feel to it. In trying to animate Greg's world, we don't want to cut corners. We want to get it right. We want to give each aspect of the stop-motion process the attention it deserves so that we can be true to the detailed world that Greg's art inhabits.

On top of this, we're also trying something new with how we present the movie. Our "Möök" (DVD movie and art book combo) is an idea we're really excited about and we'd like to knock your socks off with it.

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FAQ

  • No, unfortunately we can't do this because it's not reflected in the price point for this item. If you're bidding on any item over $200, a MööK is included! If you're bidding on something under $200 and it's not specified that the item comes with a MööK, you can still order a MööK separately. Just send us a message, and you can get one for the early adopter price of $45 along with whatever other item you bought for under $200.

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  • Sorry, a typo we can't fix. It's Nov of 2013 NOT 2014, sorry for the confusion.

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  • Everyone who donates $200 or more which includes all the original art will be receiving a "MööK.
    So not only can you sit back and enjoy your lovely new piece of art but you'll be able to enjoy the movie and the "MööK" over and over again.

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  • No, unfortunately we can't do this because it's not reflected in the price point for this item. If you're bidding on any item over $200, a MööK is included! If you're bidding on something under $200 and it's not specified that the item comes with a MööK, you can still order a MööK separately. Just send us a message, and you can get one for the early adopter price of $45 along with whatever other item you bought for under $200.

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    "Something at the Window"
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    "Lurking Shadows"
    You're going to get a nice high resolution digital copy of the "I'm Scared" movie poster!

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    "Werewolf Weward" Credit where credit is due! Your name in the credits under "Special Thanks" plus the digital movie poster!

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    "Gnarled Tree" Get digital pack of sketches, behind-the-scene-pictures, and other fun photos from the making of "I'm Scared". (You get your name in "Special Thanks also. Heck, everyone from this point on up will get a "Special Thanks" credit!)

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    "Bear Hands"
    Let's get physical!! YES, something to hold. For your donation you'll receive the "I'm Scared" movie sticker pack. Be the envy of all the kids when you show up with the "I'm Scared" bunnies on your journal!

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    “Hungry for Horror” From the mind of friend-of-the-campaign, MF Grimm: You’re going to get a copy of the 3 disc “American Hunger” album and of course it’s going to be SIGNED!!

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    "Sinister Shark "
    Looking Good!! You're getting the T-shirt... Yes, for this donation tier you'll be getting an "I'm Scared" movie T-shirt. Be the coolest and/or scariest kid on your block in your "I'm Scared" T-Shirt.

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    "Creeping Comics" You're going to get your choice of signed Comic book from writer "Sterling Gates" this is 1st come 1st serve on which title you get to choose from. "SuperGirl:Bizzarogirl" or issue 1 of " Kirby: Genesis - Captain Victory" **you can find images of the books to the left under ""Friends of the kickstarter"

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    "Bad Little Bunnies"
    This is a special early adopter price for super fans...The MööK" ! "What the what!" you say... well this is it my friend, this is why we set out to make this project a reality. It's not just a movie, it's more than a book - it's a MööK.
    The "MööK" contains a DVD copy of the movie, the script, character art, original concept design, behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the movie!!

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    "Suspicious Stench" Sports fans collect jerseys and bats, so it only seems right we offer an opportunity to own a personal paint brush from Craola's tool box. The brush you're getting is not only a personalized "Trekell" brush, it's a brush that has been used by Greg to create one of his paintings!!

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    "Gelatinous Goop"
    Say Cheese!! This is a super special incentive tier; you're going to get a one-of-a-kind Polaroid picture taken from the set of "I'm Scared", and of course, signed by the man himself, Greg "Craola" Simkins. Oh that's not all, you're getting the "MööK too!

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    "Rancid Ralf" You wanted it! We wanted it! So here it is... !! A 6" vinyl Greg "Craola" Simkins collectable toy. This is going to be a rare one too, not only is this run going to be limited the color variant for these pieces will be a KS exclusive at a very special early adopter price.

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    "Malicious Monster"
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    Score.

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    "Zombie Nation"
    The Rock Poster - this is a 3-color rock-style silk-screened poster that will be a limited run just for this project.

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    "Boooogey Monstah" Here is something very special for our Scared Scouts and early adopters... you're going to get the "MööK" AND the vinyl toy. HA, and to think someone once said you can't have your cake and eat it too!! **Please do not eat the toy or the Möök

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    "Creeping Critters"
    The Greg Simkins art supply kit! You're getting all the goodies that Greg uses when he sits down to create his next masterpiece. The art supply kit will include Greg “Craola” Simkins's Series 4 Trekell brush set and a set of his Series 1 Trekell acrylic paints.

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    "Big Larry"
    Okay, you're going to get a copy of Greg's newest book "The Outside", signed to YOU (or someone you might want to gift it to) AND it's going to include a doodle!! Like a lot of the incentives, this one is another rare one there are only 5!!

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    "Churlish Chupacabra" Here we have an original one-of-a-kind piece of storyboard art for the movie! This will be drawn by our storyboard artist, but based on the designs by Greg. It'll be signed by both Greg and the storyboard artist. Also, you'll get a The MööK!

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    “Frightful Flashback” MF Grimm Package #1: “Good Morning Veitnam” the newest release from friend-of-the campaign MF Grimm and Drasar Monumental. You’re going to get the Record, the CD and a “Vinyl Vendetta” t-shirt. Both record and cd will come signed by Grimm and Drasar!! This package is one of a kind.

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    "Metal Fingers" This is a once in a life time opportunity to get a one on one guitar lesson from famed guitarist "Monte Pittman" While he's not working on solo projects or touring with Madonna he's going to come to you and teach you how to ROCK! **travel and accommodation not included
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    "Mystery Monstah" This is it Scared Scouts, our finale goodie and it's is a great one! This is a 10" "Mystery Monster" vinyl toy that is completely limited to kickstarter, only days left!! Once the campaign ends this toy will not be available.

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    "Vicious Vampire"
    You're going to get an 11"x14" canvas giclee print of the "I'm Scared" Movie character "Ralf". As well as a copy of the "MööK", the stickers and some production goodies.

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    "Robot Invasion"
    This is our "Producer's Tier" - not only will your name be included in the film credits, you'll receive a production packet including the script, production notes, and more. Each packet will be signed by Greg as well as our director, Pete Levin.

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    "Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg" You're going to get "Mongrels" a
    Limited Edition Giclee Print by Greg "Craola" Simkins
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    Artist Proof Edition 10 of 10, **Hand Embellished**
    Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free Velvet Cotton Rag. This piece comes framed.

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    "A Frightful Feast" You're going to get a Paper Plate doodle!! Napkin doodles are fun, but plates are more versatile! Begin your plate collection (just like your grandparents') with this original Greg "Craola" Simkins doodle on a paper plate!

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    "RALF" Yo, that's SICK! Okay, you're getting one of two of the only air sickness bags to be adorned with the imaginative hand-draw art of Greg "Craola" Simkins.

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    "Tea and Nightmares" So fancy. There are only two in the known world... your very own Doily Doodle - a tea doily customized with a doodle hand-drawn by Greg.

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    "Dried and Bloody" Greg Simkins drip-script lettering (word or name of choice up to 25 characters) Use this for a tattoo, your website, or just print it and put it on ALL the things!

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    “Grimm’s Gallery of Fear” MF Grimm Package #2: You’re going to get the very rare and out of print “So Whatcha Want” record, SIGNED (to you if you’d like). A copy of the “American Hunger” CD (also signed). Also, you’ll be getting a copy of Grimm’s award winning graphic novel “Sentences,” SIGNED!!

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    "Twenty Foot Tentacles" Props!!
    You're going to get a one of a kind prop straight from the set of "I'm Scared". Will it be a miniature toy that one of the brothers left on their bedroom floor? Maybe an accessory that one of the monsters carries with them? We're not sure yet, but Greg's original designs for it will be featured somewhere in the "MööK" that you'll also be getting!

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    "Gruesome Ghouls" This one is for a visit to the studio where we'll be shooting the animation and then on to lunch with Greg, Pete (the director), and Dan (the producer). You (and a guest) can pick our brains about art, animation, filmmaking, or which Star Wars character we each like best. You can see all the puppets and sets in person. We'll work in some treats like the MööK and the Rock Poster as well! (You're responsible for travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles. Date of visit TBD.)

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    "Wispy Whiskers" Original Art!! This amazing piece is one of a kind and can be all yours!! This piece comes framed. You can find the image that matches on the left.
    "Stache"
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    "Bad Dream" Original art here! And not just any piece this is one of the pieces that launched the entire project. Own a piece of history! This piece comes framed.

    "Ralf (Study)"
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    "Little Terror" Original art here! And not just any piece this is one of the pieces that launched the entire project. Own a piece of history! This piece comes framed. You can find the image that matches on the left.
    "Lil Brother" (Study)
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    "Tree Bee" Original art here! And not just any piece this is one of the pieces that launched the entire project. Own a piece of history! This piece comes framed.
    "Bee Sting" (Study)
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    "Stairs Monster" what's the concept... it's Scary and it's Art.. it's Scary Art. Here's your chance to a own one of a kind piece of art from the "I'm Scared" movie, not just any piece this is one of the pieces that launched the entire project. Own a piece of history! This piece comes framed.

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    "Shark Tweek" Another original piece of art. not just any piece this is one of the pieces that launched the entire project. Own a piece of history! This piece comes framed.
    “Shark" (Concept) is 8.5” x 11”

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    "Lookin' Grimm" "BROTHERS" Not just any piece, this is one of the pieces that launched this entire project. Own a piece of history! This piece comes framed. "

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    "Malicious" MORE ART.. Okay, okay... here's another one-of-a-kind and quite amazing piece with detail that will have you staring for days. This piece comes framed.

    "Mantra"
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    "Mommy's little Monster"
    A one-on-one painting session with Greg in his studio! (This will not include travel or lodging.) This is a real treat and not something accessible by the general public. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only meet the man behind the art, but get a one-on-one session where you can pick his brain!!

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    "Killer Klown" The 2nd Producer tier Congrats, you're now a hollywood producer and along with the on screen credit, you're going to get a everything from our 1st producer's tier PLUS a t-shirt, a Copy of the "Möök" and our gratitude.

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    "Dead on Your Feet" JOIN US, WON'T YOU? This is a good one.. for your donation you're going to get TWO tickets to the premiere screening and after party of "I'm Scared" (Transportation and accommodations not included), you're going to get a copy of the "Möök" and a T-shirt!!

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    "IN the EYE" Original Art Collector! This is a serious score, a chance to own your very own piece of Greg "Craola" Simkins art. Hand painted, one of a kind.. yes please. You can find the image that matches reward. The piece is:

    "Beholder"
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    14 x 12 in. This piece comes framed.

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    "Vicious Wishes" What's that, you'd like MORE original artwork? This little ditty is an amazing piece...
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    "Pollinate"
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    "Bump in the Night" Executive Producer tier 1:
    You get the "Möök", the Poster, a Tee Shirt, and two tickets to the screening and after party. Oh, and you'll of course get the EP credit.

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    "Scary Larry" Go big or don't.. it's up to you. Here's one more opportunity to own another amazing original piece of art from Mr.Simkins.
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    "Knightingale"
    Acrylic on panel
    30 x 24 in. This piece comes framed. You'll also get a bunch of the other goodies from the lower tiers and an Executive Producer credit.

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    "Bleeding Walls"
    A Greg "Craola" Simkins home installation. This one comes with a few parameters: this is a graffiti mural that can be no bigger than 20 ft wide x 10 ft. high and must be LA or Orange County proper. Other than that Go Nuts... 'cause this is amazing!! You'll of course get a bunch of the other goodies from the lower tiers and an Executive Producer credit.

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