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By Mel McCann
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About

My name is Mel McCann. I'm an illustrator, animator and artist currently working full time in the commercial art field. I also freelance on character design, animation, and devote my free time to Flight, my current independent short animated film.

Flight is a heartfelt story about a little girl named Emma and an injured raven she discovers in the forest. It is based on events that happened during my own childhood. Emma's journey takes place both in reality and in a dream; helping her have a deeper sense self-awareness and the world that influences it. It’s a film that touches on friendship, selflessness, hope, vulnerability, loss, acceptance, and growth.

I started Flight as my senior thesis for the final studio course in animation filmmaking at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The production has been a great learning experience for me and I was able to bring the project to about 70% completion. Even in its incomplete state, it has received strong reactions from peers as well as instructors. It has been one of my dreams to complete this short and bring this story to a wider audience. Currently, the animation is about 80% in roughs, backgrounds are in the beginning stages of being rendered, and the music score is in the process of being completed. What is left to finish: the remaining animation roughs, backgrounds, music, tie-down, clean-up, color, shadow maps, editing, and sound effects.

I am asking for $2800 to help make my vision become a reality. The money will be used to purchase equipment, supplies, assistance, and unexpected costs, as well as helping with funding to submit the finished production into various film festivals.

UPDATE 9/26:
Backers who donate $10 or more will now also get a wallpaper download of the promotional poster. In addition, backers who donate $25 or more get a digital art book download of the film. 

The film Flight is a traditionally animated heartfelt story about a lonely little girl, named Emma, who happens upon an injured raven. Befriending the bird, she does everything in her power to nurse him back to health.

Since this project has such personal meaning, I find it very difficult to express its importance through words- but hope the visuals of the film will speak for me.

Animation has a wonderful ability to influence our feelings, and often can reveal the most intimate parts of our being. 

It is astounding that the animated film medium can capture ones feelings and thoughts- and more amazingly so that drawings can help to communicate such complex emotions.

Below is the film's animatic to help you gauge what the story is about and how personal it is to me:

With your pledge, you're not only making a simple dream into reality, but allowing me to breathe life into something so relevant to not just me but to so many. I do hope you will take Flight into consideration and sincerely appreciate you taking the time to check me out.

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