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A love story with handmade miniature cardboard sets & one-take!
A love story with handmade miniature cardboard sets & one-take. Official Video: DEC 1!
A love story with handmade miniature cardboard sets & one-take. Official Video: DEC 1!
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$2500 REACHED!! - Record and release a French Version of the song, and a double release of the video in French! Free audio download for backers!

$3000 ALSO REACHED!! - Periscope/UStream live baking session with me, Agedashi, and Director Kari Lee Cartwright, & concert at my piano while it bakes! then eat it.

$3600 REEEAACCHH!! - The super prolific and thoughtful writer Greg Pak (Marvel/DC: Action Comics, Batman/Superman, the upcoming Totally Awesome Hulk) will write a short origin story for The Keeping Locket, a theme song I wrote for his upcoming series Kingsway West (Dark Horse Comics)! Our interview with Entertainment Weekly.   
Backstory: A few months ago, I wrote a theme song in the voice of the locket that the main character (Kingsway Law) wears. I pitched it to him knowing that the Locket doesn't have a backstory yet. So this would be a short story on the Locket's origin, in prose! I really really hope we get it! Listen to the song here: 

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity to this project.
Let's get'm and put us to work!

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The goal is to create a one-take video with moving miniature sets for the re-produced original song, Southern Winds (from Goodnight Company). The sets are made with cardboard/paper: city block, meadow, moving forest machine, hot air balloon, city with skyscrapers, mountain range, etc. Production value is really important to me on this - so I'm doing my best to dress the pieces right with building textures, fountain, water (moving yarn), trees, city signs, gondola, sunset wheel, etc.

Dashi's close up with city block. This is a love story that I'm dedicating to James, my husband. So parts of the set are autobiographical.
Dashi's close up with city block. This is a love story that I'm dedicating to James, my husband. So parts of the set are autobiographical.
A combo of Paris, NY, Florence (red rooftops). I watched ALL the seasons of West Wing doing this one - I think Toby is awesome!! Buildings were made individually and this is where I got super good at the glue gun.
A combo of Paris, NY, Florence (red rooftops). I watched ALL the seasons of West Wing doing this one - I think Toby is awesome!! Buildings were made individually and this is where I got super good at the glue gun.
tiny cars
tiny cars
Forest Machine! made with tp rolls, Trader Joe's coffee cans, and a lot of brain power many thanks to Jolyon & Victoria, engineering consultant/house guests, for providing Jerome the Jiraffe & much needed structural advice.
Forest Machine! made with tp rolls, Trader Joe's coffee cans, and a lot of brain power many thanks to Jolyon & Victoria, engineering consultant/house guests, for providing Jerome the Jiraffe & much needed structural advice.
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First phase of paper mache hot air balloon
First phase of paper mache hot air balloon
Gorgeous meadow - made by Kari Lee Cartwright
Gorgeous meadow - made by Kari Lee Cartwright
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Test shot of moving car on mountain :) Please excuse my scrubbiness.

This video was inspired by the incredible cardboard work of Kiel Johnson & a beautiful segment from the latest Cirque Du Soleil show - Kurios. Months of building and a lot of planning, this has been a labor of love that I am SO EXCITED for you to see!! I've been working on it all year and actually paused this summer due to moving/acting/laziness... when one day, my nutty partner-in-crime Kari Lee Cartwright came over to bake and spun us into a creative brainstorm! We've giggled through 4 shows together in the past year and I'm so lucky to have her super talents onboard as Director and Producer! 

Director, Producer - Kari Lee Cartwright
Director, Producer - Kari Lee Cartwright

 
Here's our budget breakdown:
Crew (9)   $ 1650
Food        $   100-ish
Materials  $    50-ish
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Total         $ 1800
YouTube space is free thanks to my awesome channel subscribers!!

Thank you for your time - we hope you join us!
-Jane :)

Previous Works: YouTube Channel Luieland

Risks and challenges

I think the hardest part will be the choreography of set movers and DP. this includes lighting/lens focus changes and making sure the sets are well finished to hold up against multiple takes. On the set building end - I'm at about 75%, still have a lot of building to do this week. I'm definitely nervous about finishing everything to my OCD liking, but there's plenty time to sleep after the shoot eh?

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