Synopsis of The Imagination ThievesIn a world where everyone can materialize their imagination, Ethan Edwards is a 10-year-old boy who gets caught up in a quest to save his mother. Along with his fiery 15-year-old neighbor, Piper Clark, they unlock the mystery behind a sickness that has been spreading through the city of Clay Hill, stripping everyone of their imaginations.
The story’s theme centers around the growth of Ethan’s imagination in a society where everyone thinks and expresses themselves freely, and is expected to do so. This common distraction from reality that everyone shares leaves the city in desperate need of attention and those who have Gray Sickness forgotten.
The Short – We are planning on producing the opening sequence of the film. This will be a 1 minute 30 second clay animated short that explains the back story of the city of Clay Hill. When completed it will stand alone as a short film to promote the funding of the feature film project and then will be incorporated into the feature at its opening.
Synopsis of the short - Before the current times of the city, everyone used to be very boring and gray. Everyone lived in the same house, drove the same car, and simply worked, ate, and slept. There was no creativity, no imagination, and no one ever broke away from the line. Then one day a person comes along who has a powerful imagination and makes the decision to give a piece of it away to each person, one-by-one, through touch.
The Books – As with every family fantasy adventure, children’s books are an important part of the franchise. We have an amazing staff of illustrators and writers that are working on several illustrated books that will be about 10-15 pages a piece. While writing the screenplay, our writers spent so much time developing the characters for the students in Ethan’s classroom. We all fell in love with these children and they are only in one short scene of the feature. We felt they needed a longer life-span, therefore, we are developing the book series “The Imaginations of Clay Hill” which will feature each student in Ethan’s classroom and their imaginations. We currently have one book finished, ready to print, and three more in the works.
How you can get involved
We need to build our audience. We want people to get involved. We especially want families to get involved. A lot of amazing family-oriented things will be growing from these small projects and the more support and followers we can get, the faster we can make it grow. We ask that you pledge, at the very least, $1 here on Kickstarter. If you are not able to do that, then PLEASE send your friends, family, and co-workers this Kickstarter link and ask them to get involved. Everyone who becomes a part of this project will be part of the team. Once we start the production of the short, we will then be kicking off contests, events, and developing online activities for the whole family to enjoy. Everyone who supports the project will be privy to tons of fun stuff that outsiders may not be, including updates on our progress, behind-the-scenes interviews and footage, special give-a-ways, and invited to events in the Tampa Bay Area.
What we need money for
Short Space rental
Supplies (clay and set construction)
Original music composition
We have set this project at $4.5k in hopes that we can raise that within the time frame specified. If achieved, the short film will be the first priority, followed by the children’s books. The more money we receive, the better work we can do, and the closer we are at completing everything we are setting out to accomplish.
Please don’t forget to tell your friends about us. Post the link to your social feeds, tell everyone how amazing this project is. We promise you will not regret being a part of this project.
Producer: Laura M. Blair-Blackwelder
Writers: Chris Higuera, Brett Higuera, Jerri Daez, and Laura M. Blair-Blackwelder
Illustrators: Gina Fote, Erica Rivera, Jerry Krampera, and Laura Sack
If you have any additional questions, we would love to answer them.
Laura M. Blair-Blackwelder
Producer – The Imagination Thieves
The Imagination Thieves (c) 2011 Higuera, Higuera, Daez, and Blair-Blackwelder