Mutwale - An animated epic with heart
Mutwale - An animated epic with heart
A hand-drawn short about an elephant whose life is transformed by the events surrounding the Rwandan genocide.
A hand-drawn short about an elephant whose life is transformed by the events surrounding the Rwandan genocide. Read more
About this project
ENDING SOON! We've come so far -- We've got too much support not to make it past the final walls! Persistence is all <3
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Mutwale (moo-TWALL-ay) is an animated short film about an elephant who is pulled into the chaos of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Based on true events, this story follows a young elephant who is banished from his herd in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. A local fisherman earns his trust with sugarcane, but their burgeoning friendship is threatened when the genocide intrudes into the protected territory.
Mutwale is already a fiscally sponsored film with private backers, a pre-production grant, and a full animatic storyboard. Now animator Jeff Martell is gearing up for production. But he can't do it alone, and that means the film needs resources—scanners, colorists, background artists, and sound designers. The current goal is enough to get started, but the film will be completed faster and rewards fulfilled sooner if we can get enough people interested in the film to reach our stretch goals.
Backers can choose from the following perks, which range from mind-hugs toshirts and posters, all the way up to your own short film that you star in. You can even write it if you want.
As an independent animator, Jeff is literally hand-crafting this film. Each image must be drawn with careful timing and spacing to achieve the illusion of movement. Then they must be scanned and matted, colored, and composited into layers with beauty passes for lighting and texture. Add this process together for a whole film, and it is time-consuming! But this is an artistic accomplishment that will stand on its own.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
-The first tier of funds goes to two assets: first, it will fund the animation. Second, it will pay a field guide to record the animal sounds and folk songs of Rwanda that are integral to the sound design.
-Next, animation can start handing over layouts to the background illustrators.
-Then comes post-production: some 3D layouts and some liquid FX to be integrated into the final composites.
-Then comes sound design, one of the most important aspects of motion pictures. As some in the industry say, "sound is half the picture."
-The next priority will be securing the rights to three songs to use in the film.
-Finally, festival entry fees and shipping for the finished film to travel the globe!
HOW ELSE YOU CAN HELP
One of the best things you can do to help out is to spread the word. Even if you can't donate, a word to a film-loving friend or relative can make all the difference!
If you know about animal rights activists who focus on the lives of elephants, they may be interested in hearing about our project. Send them our way because we'd love to chat.
As we mentioned, this project is fiscally sponsored by a 501c3. If for some reason you don't like the way kickstarter is doing things, or if you prefer a tax deduction instead of a reward, you can always visit the project's page or contact us directly to donate for 100% tax deduction.
Thanks, Kickstarter! It's an exciting time when filmmakers don't need Hollywood money to make amazing films. We love you, and remember: we're all in it together.
Risks and challenges
There is no easy production. On this film, there will be plenty of production challenges- from coordinating a sound team half a world away to animating a huge quadruped through hundreds of scenes. But with a talented lead animator and a comprehensive pre-production phase already behind it, the film is ready to be made.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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