Hello! We're Kilogramme, a small animation company based in Manchester, England. We're independent and have big ambitions, we want to make more Tall Tales films!
Since 2012 we've been making the Tall Tales films in our spare time and with spare money from our day jobs. Part 1 and 2 were self-funded with the artists doing a lot for free. We're running this Kickstarter so the artists can be paid for their time and focus on this project!
Tall Tales are animated films based on fantastical answers to kid's questions - white lies, filled with wonder. With Part 3, we want to make it bigger and better than ever, with witches, shipwrecks, krakens, murder, terror and revulsion!
We've made a start on it, but need your help to finish it. Here's some of what we've made so far -
The idea for Tall Tales Part 1 came from our Director Jon Turner telling a white lie to his son about where milk shakes come from. Sam Jones and Jon worked on this together in their spare time -
It won us The Big Chip award in 2012 which was great! We were asked to make some 3D films for Kaspersky from this, which helped to push our skills forward and work with some great designers.
Skip forward to 2014, where Tall Tales Part 2 began to take shape with Emma Reynolds, Jon Salter and Paul Campbell added to the team. Emma designed characters and created concept work, Jon modelled, rigged and animated the characters, and Paul created 3D environments and made everything look amazing in rendering.
We're so delighted that Tall Tales Part 2 has been selected and screened at Film Festivals around the world, and was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick which allowed us to reach an audience passionate about what we are doing with these films.
It's because of this enthusiasm for Part 2 that we're reaching out to you guys on Kickstarter to help us fund the next Tall Tales - Part 3! We want to push ourselves further with each film, and create something different that people will really delight in watching.
We love making these films, but they don't fall into any mainstream broadcastable form. They are too long for a sting and too short for a series. They are about children, but not necessarily just for children. We always strive to make the best animation we can with integrity for the craft, rather than with a pre-defined marketing deal in mind.
Everything on TV has been vetted by a commissioner and deemed worthy for viewing. This can lead to great things being broadcast, but can sometimes be limiting when a film doesn't fit into a specific slot. The great thing about Kickstarter is that the audience gets to decides what it wants to see without being held back.
We've got plenty of Tall Tales stories up our sleeves, and a yearning to realize as many of them as possible. With each one we push ourselves further in what we can achieve, and make them in the true spirit of creativity, because we simply love making them. We're thrilled that so many people have enjoyed watching them so far. We're so excited to offer backers an in-depth look into the animation process along the way.
We came to the figure by working out the minimum of what's required for us to make this film. Hiring the hands necessary to make it look great, and making sure we have enough for Kickstarter fees and worthwhile rewards. If we are incredibly fortunate enough to surpass this, the funds will be put towards making Tall Tales part 3 even better (e.g. hiring sound producers and an original composer, and making more characters). More funds means saving up for Tall Tales part 4!
We have the team ready to go - Designs, a script and a storyboard. Now we just need the funding to pay the artists for their time so they can focus on making an epic Tall Tales Part 3!
Risks and challenges
Kilogramme has been running for 10 years, so we've got a lot of experience under our belts taking a project through from development to finished film.
We are a small team, and if the Kickstarter is successful we'll be able to focus on this project. Everyone is ready to go on this, we just need the money to fund it. Yeehah!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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