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A stop-motion animated short film about a woman coping with bad therapy, heartbreak, and blackheads.
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ABOUT

Hi there! My name is Emily Ann Hoffman and I’m an animator and artist living in Brooklyn. Together with my producer (and friend!) Lucy Adams, we’re making an animated short film called Blackheads.

Blackheads is a stop motion and 2D animated short film about a woman coping with bad therapy, heartbreak, and blackheads. Told through a dreamy, winding, narrative of autobiographical fiction, Blackheads follows a young woman through a morning spent recounting — and attempting to internally reconcile — heartbreak. Interspersed with memories, fantasies, and inner monologues, the short is a poignant and comedic animation akin to a millenial, feminist, High Fidelity, or an animated Fleabag

Keep up with the campaign by following Emily on instagram and twitter @emilyannimation! There will be surprises along that way that you won't want to miss :) 

Behind the scenes on the Blackheads set
Behind the scenes on the Blackheads set

STORY

Sofia’s morning routine of showering and pore-examining is interrupted by a call from her therapist. She has just broken up with her boyfriend, and is overwhelmed by her emotions. She’s seeking the counseling of her therapist to deal with said emotions, but is unfortunately thwarted by the therapist’s own agenda: ranting about the differences between men and women. Throughout a franticly energetic conversation, Sofia acknowledges camera to intermittently share her own thoughts and feelings on love and the gender spectrum. At the end of the phone call, Dr. Blady recommends Sofia read a book titled “Mars and Venus on a Date.” Not having achieved the solace that she sought from the conversation, Sofia takes a trip down memory lane and into outer space, where her and her ex reconnect as Mars and Venus. She remembers a cozy moment discussing blackheads, and her penchant for popping them. Mars tells her blackheads are good for her skin, because they prevent wrinkles. But he’ll still love her when she’s wrinkly, anyways. Returning to reality, Sofia decides to take down a few pesky pores. Indulging in this destructive behavior, Sofia drains her face of puss, and finds the release she seeks. She deletes Mars from her phone and concludes her journey by deciding to find a new therapist. 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

This story comes from a place of loss and vulnerability, and how those feelings manifested. Blackheads is about reconnecting with yourself after losing someone who was close to you, and dismantling self-destructive urges through mind and body self-care. I’m interested in telling stories about female bodies, sexuality and vulnerability through animation. I think there’s a lack of relatable and dimensional women in animation, and a deficiency in the scope of animated stories that are being told. I’m excited about telling relatable, human stories with stop motion, which is a very physical medium, to connect medium and message in a highly stylized world. 

STYLE

The short will consist of stop-motion and hand-drawn animation. The stop motion will be used in scenes that are grounded in the reality of the story, while the hand-drawn animation will be used in moments of memory, interjection, and fantasy.

The stop motion scenes will primarily take place in Sofia’s bedroom, where she talks on the phone and picks at her face. Her bedroom will feel cozy and homey, nicely nested in the style of a millennial.

The hand drawn scenes will take place in a variety of settings, and take on a dreamy, surreal quality of a scene pulled from the mind.


TEAM

Writer & Director

Emily Ann Hoffman is an award winning animator, filmmaker, and artist. She has written and directed five short films, including Nevada (Oscar qualified, Sundance) and Ok, Call Me Back (Slamdance). She was awarded a Sundance Ignite Fellowship with the Sundance Institute and an Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center. She was additionally awarded a screenwriting mentorship with Sundance’s Feature Film Program. As a fine artist, she is one of the first class of artists on both Spacey Studios and R.A.R.E. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work explores female sexuality, body, and vulnerability through a comedic lens. 

Producer

Lucy Adams is a filmmaker from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She is a current recipient of the "Made in NY" Women's Film, TV and Theater Fund from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Office of the Mayor. Previously, she was awarded the Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center in June 2016 and was subsequently a member of the pilot class of Creative Culture. Her work spans both narrative and documentary filmmaking with an emphasis on character driven storytelling. Throughout her time at the Jacob Burns Film Center Lucy directed and produced two short documentary films about the relationship between technology, aging, and human connection. As a freelance editor and assistant director Lucy has worked on several short films that have screened at film festivals internationally. 

Executive Producer

The Eyeslicer is a mind-melting variety TV show designed to introduce audiences to the most daring American filmmaking happening right now. It has been called "one of the craziest shows you'll ever see" (Indiewire) and "an insane variety show puree" (Entertainment Weekly). The show's first season featured work by 50+ visionary filmmakers, including David Lowery (The Old Man & The Gun), Ari Aster (Hereditary), Frances Bodomo (HBO's Random Acts of Flyness), the Zellner Brothers (Damsel), Amy Seimetz (Starz's The Girlfriend Experience), and Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin' Back). The show has screened in over 100 cities all across the country as part of its traveling roadshow, including venues like the Tribeca Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMA, and the New Orleans Film Festival. The show's ten episode second season, currently in production and executive produced by the artist collective Meow Wolf, will premiere summer 2019.

Executive Producer

Cartuna is a digital media brand focused on animated comedy for adults and currently producing over 40 original series. Two of Cartuna's originals - Human Kind Of and Liverspots and Astronots were the first animated series presented by Facebook Watch, one of which was recently nominated for Best Television Production at the 2019 Annie Awards. The company's first series, Dogs In A Park, premiered on Comcast's Watchable. Cartuna also premiered Tammy's Tiny Tea Time at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the inaugural lndie Episodic program, licensed six of its series to IFC for linear broadcast, produces feature films, including the  R-rated animated comedy The Adventures of Drunky (starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Coogan, Nina Arianda, Dave Attell, and Tyler The Creator) and NUTS! (Amazon Studios, Special Jury Prize Winner 2016 Sundance Film Festival) and will premiere the stop-motion animated short Under Covers at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Cartuna has sold or produced content for MTV, Comedy Central Digital, VICE, Discovery, Topic, Snapchat, Roc Nation, CollegeHumor and more.

Voice Actor

Chet Siegel is an actress and comedian. She's appeared on TV in Search Party, Chicago Med, & Jimmy Kimmel Live! and will be a recurring guest star in the upcoming Comedy Central show Alternatino. She can be seen online in videos for UCB Comedy, Above Average, & IFC’s Comedy Crib; Off Broadway at Mint Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, and The Rattlestick; and has performed in pieces for BBC Radio & Studio 360. She teaches and directs improv and sketch comedy at Magnet Theater and performs improv with The Lawfirm every Friday night at UCB. 

BUDGET

Our goal is to raise $15,000 which would go towards the following:

$10,500 towards paying production and animation staff including the director, producer, animators, designers and compositors.

$3,000 towards original score, sound design and mix.

$1,500 towards festival submissions, travel, print shipping and DCP

Through the support of our executive producers, we were able to fund the first half of production and now need your help to finish the film. Every contribution you make will directly enable us to complete the film and share it with the world!

REWARDS

Take a look at some of our FUN rewards!

Props from the film: i.e. miniature plants!
Props from the film: i.e. miniature plants!
Props from the film: i.e. miniature toilet!
Props from the film: i.e. miniature toilet!
Props from the film: i.e. miniature desk and chair!
Props from the film: i.e. miniature desk and chair!
Limited edition fine art print by Emily Ann Hoffman! (Comes framed)
Limited edition fine art print by Emily Ann Hoffman! (Comes framed)
Original storyboards come with all Producer Credit rewards!
Original storyboards come with all Producer Credit rewards!

Risks and challenges

Blackheads is deep into production already and we are fully committed to finishing the film, but that will only be possible with your help!

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    Exclusive digital art!

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    Custom Blackheads inspired playlist!

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    DIY spa night tutorial video!

    - Enjoy a one-of-a-kind video created by Emily Ann Hoffman (Director) and Lucy Adams (Producer) that teaches you how to make your own face masks to beat those pesky blackheads!
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    Hand-illustrated thank you note!

    - A hand-written/hand-illustrated thank you note from Emily Ann Hoffman (Director)!
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    MINIATURE PROPS FROM THE FILM!

    - HAND-MADE PROPS AND FURNITURE FROM THE FILM! You could be the proud owner of such items like: A 3-D printed miniature toilet! A custom miniature painting by Emily! An itty, bitty, snuggly, teddy bear! A 3-inch plant that will never die! And more!
    - Bonus reward: Your name in the film's credits!
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    IRL spa night!

    - Enjoy an IRL, DIY spa night with Emily Ann Hoffman (Director) and Lucy Adams (Producer)! Learn how to make all-natural face masks from stuff you have at home! Do some yoga and meditation with Teddy Schaffer (Background Artist & Animator)! Gab about your crushes or love life woes!
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    Ticket's to Chet's improv show!

    - Get two tickets to see the hilarious, talented STAR who is Chet Siegel perform improv with her team at the infamous Upright Citizen's Brigade in NY!
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    A night of animated shorts!

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    Limited edition fine art print by Emily!

    - Receive a framed, limited edition, fine art print by Emily Ann Hoffman (Director) from her collection of works for Spacey Studios!
    - Bonus perk: private skype session with Emily where she can consult you on writing, animation, or illustration!
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    Improv lesson with Chet Siegel!

    - The wickedly talented, one-and-only, Chet Siegel (Voice Actor) will host a 3 hour improv coaching session! No experience needed. She can come to your office, work with you and your friends, or coach your existing improv or sketch team!
    - Bonus reward: 2 tickets to see Chet perform improv so you know she's legit!
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    Associate Producer credit!

    - Be an Associate Producer for Blackheads!
    - Bonus reward: original storyboards and animation frames from the film!
    - Bonus bonus reward: Movie night at the Jacob Burns Film Center with Emily Ann Hoffman (Director) to say thank you and buy you popcorn!
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    Co-Executive Producer credit!

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    - Bonus reward: original storyboards and animation frames from the film!
    - Bonus bonus reward: Movie night at the Jacob Burns Film Center with Emily Ann Hoffman (Director) to say thank you and buy you popcorn!
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