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A new stopmotion short about a young woman's journey to overcome her limitations and see her dreams take flight.

Stretch Goals:

The full budget to complete Henrietta Bulkowski is $73,300. The closer we can get to that number, the faster we can get the film done with less outside funding. More money will help pay for:

-Two animators instead of one - this will cut shooting time from 6 months to 3 months.
- A motion control person on set so we can animate camera moves
- A postproduction crew that is working fulltime rather than working on Henrietta Bulkowski in their free time from other projects.
- Matte paintings for the sprawling landfill that Henrietta lives in. 
- Also, we need to move from the garage to studio. The more money we get, the more months we can pay rent, which means we can continue to work and pitch and really get Lift off the ground as a full fledged studio.

Here are extra prizes to say thanks for helping to raise over 40K

1.) The downloadable soundtrack of Henrietta Bulkowski

2.) Three high res stills from the film that you can print at any size, on any paper.

3.) A downloadable "how to make a stopmotion puppet" video

The Project

Help us complete our first short film, Henrietta Bulkowski and launch Lift Animation as a full-fledged animation studio!

Henrietta Bulkowski challenges the concept of beauty and explores themes of determination, acceptance and self-discovery. We have worked hard to create a world that is lush and enigmatic in its uniquely stylized realism, to tell a story that inspires the outsider in all of us. And we can't wait to share it with you!

Who We Are

Lift Animation was born in founder Rachel Johnson's garage when a few artists building miniatures decided to build a company together as well. After two years of experimenting and learning through thick and thin, we've emerged with Henrietta Bulkowski, a project we are excited to be our launch piece. 

Lift consists of a team of talented artists, filmmakers and animators who are all here because we love to make beautiful things and are inspired and charmed by Henrietta's story. As a women-run company, we want to bring a new voice to the world of stopmotion, one that welcomes girls as much as boys and spotlights more courageous and quirky females as protagonists. We hope that Henrietta's story is just a taste of the exciting things to come!

How Far We've Come

After two years of experimenting with new techniques in puppet fabrication, 3D printing and learning how to make everything look perfectly realistic at a tiny scale, we are ready to make that world come alive. Check out what we've done so far:

This is how Henrietta was made.
This is how Henrietta was made.
This is how we built Henrietta's world.
This is how we built Henrietta's world.

This is Rachel's first animated film, The Toll Collector. She made it in the Czech Republic at Trnky Studios.

And this is Lantern. Our first commercial. It's a video we made for a new software that gives access to uncensored internet to people all around the world. We are proud to be a part of such a forward thinking cause.

Where We Want to Go

So far, we've been able to build Henrietta and her world with very little means and resources, in my tiny garage, with the generosity of many volunteers. But now we've come to the final stages of this long process and we need your help to make it all come together. 

We want to make Henrietta Bulkowski as beautiful as it can be and to allow her story to stay offbeat, unique and genuine.  We want this film to be a beacon of what we want to continue to pursue -- elegant imagery, unconventional heroes, meaningful and socially conscious stories.

Your help can get us there and your kind contribution will go towards:

  • A larger studio space to house all the sets we've built, including a vast landscape of trashhills.
  • Director of Photography
  • Animator
  • Post-production costs like Compositing, Editing, Sound and Music
  • Last production needs like extra puppets to speed up shooting, and our last sets
  • a percentage also goes to Kickstarter and Amazon for making this fundraising possible!

How Kickstarter Works

We have to raise our goal amount in 30 days or else we get nothing! So please help us spread the word! 


Rewards

Here's a look at some of our prizes. More images to come soon!

Sneak peek at some of the downloadable Concept Art

 $25.00 {Pilot School}

$350 {Sky Explorer}

Though these are just test faces so far and not yet framed, this is an idea of what you will be getting! Each face is 3D printed, cast and delicately hand-painted.
Though these are just test faces so far and not yet framed, this is an idea of what you will be getting! Each face is 3D printed, cast and delicately hand-painted.

$1500 {Trail Blazer}

Own a piece of Henrietta's world! Each hill is built out of styrofoam secured to a wooden base and covered in miniature pieces of trash, furniture and even tiny newspapers! After the shoot, they will also be glistening with snow and icicles.
Own a piece of Henrietta's world! Each hill is built out of styrofoam secured to a wooden base and covered in miniature pieces of trash, furniture and even tiny newspapers! After the shoot, they will also be glistening with snow and icicles.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The art of stop-motion means ongoing experimentation. With every new set and character comes unique challenges. Almost every new thing we make takes several trials and tests to get just perfect. That can get costly in time and materials but ultimately it's so we can deliver the most beautiful results possible.

Though we are a tiny company trying to do something on a very grand scale and at a very professional level, we always make it work, even if it takes a little more time or some very creative solutions. Your contribution to this Kickstarter will only make it easier and more efficient. We will definitely keep our kickstarter supporters informed of any delays we may have to work through. We've had many failures to learn from but even more successes and we've come way too far to not cross the finish line!

FAQ

  • We are looking for talented animators who would be willing to work for a reduced rate. Thanks for your interest!

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  • No! If we don't reach our goal, no one gets anything and you guys aren't charged! But let's not let it come to that! The essence of Kickstarter is bringing people together to make cool projects come together and become a reality and we hope that Henrietta Bulkowski will be one of those cool projects!

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    {Junior Aviator A} Get a DVD of "Henrietta Bulkowksi" signed by the writer/director AND a Henrietta 2013 T-SHIRT to show off your support of quirky, offbeat filmmaking! PLUS the digital download of the film, concept art package, Thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Junior Aviator C} Get a DVD of "Henrietta Bulkowski" signed by the writer/director AND a Triptych of 8x10 FILM STILLS of Henrietta's world printed on archival paper to decorate your walls. PLUS the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Amelia Earhart} Get a DVD of "The Toll Collector," Rachel Johnson's first short film! A special new reward exclusive to this tier! PLUS your choice of one of the {Junior Aviator} prizes, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Navigator} The Henrietta Bulkowski Hardcover storybook, written by Rachel Johnson and illustrated with beautiful images from the film! PLUS your choice of one of the {Junior Aviator} prizes, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Co-Pilot} Receive a limited edition set of drawings of our main characters, Henrietta and Danny, made specially for Kickstarter by the talented artists who helped bring them to life **PLUS the storybook, your choice of one {Junior Aviator} prize, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Sky Explorer} A series of 3D printed face plates hand painted and used in the film, displayed in a frame. **PLUS the drawings, storybook, your choice of one {Junior Aviator} prize, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Trail Blazer} An intricate, hand-made garbage hill set piece used in film. **PLUS the drawings, storybook, ALL THREE {Junior Aviator} prizes, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Pro Pilot} Receive a fully costumed, hand-painted puppet used in the film! **PLUS the drawings, storybook, ALL THREE {Junior Aviator} prizes, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Associate Producer} Become a producer on the film! You will be listed in the credits and on IMDB. You will also get to come to set for a day of the shoot to see how our puppets come to life, and hang out with the Lift Team! (Transportation not included) **PLUS a framed 16x20 still from the film signed by the director, three handmade props from the film, the drawings, storybook, ALL THREE {Junior Aviator} prizes, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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    {Star Aeronaut} Be an animated extra in the film! We will create a puppet with your face AND you get to keep it after the film is made!! **PLUS Executive Producer credit, a framed 16x20 or 20x24 still from the film, five handmade props from the film, the drawings, storybook, ALL THREE {Junior Aviator} prizes, Special Thanks credit, the signed DVD, the digital download of the film, concept art package, thank you card and be in the mosaic credits!

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