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A stop-motion animated short film about a girl and her odd but lovable imaginary friends, created by artist and filmmaker Meirav Haber.
A stop-motion animated short film about a girl and her odd but lovable imaginary friends, created by artist and filmmaker Meirav Haber.
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"Sylvia" is a story about an imaginative little girl who creates a world inside her bedroom with a few deformed but lovable creatures that help her cope with her parents' disregard. My hope is that "Sylvia" will speak to the value of imagination as a resource for resiliency.

Here's a peek at some of the rewards offered:

A Brooch o' Boris Reward
A Brooch o' Boris Reward
Sylvia "T"-Party Reward
Sylvia "T"-Party Reward
Adopt-a-Boris Reward
Adopt-a-Boris Reward

Scroll down to take a look at the story, characters, and more:

After photographing my shower tiles, I drew what I saw alongside the tile image. Then a story began to unfold..

Here are a few preliminary storyboards of scenes from "Sylvia"

And a character being sculpted...

Check out Sylvia and friends below! Everything you see here was made by hand using polymer clay, magnets, synthetic hair/ fur, and re-purposed thrift store clothing.

Sylvia
Sylvia
Sylvester
Sylvester
Sylbo
Sylbo

To create "Sylvia, we will need to build 1/6 scale miniature sets and props, sculpt and fabricate 3-dimensional puppets with movable, replaceable parts, animate and shoot the puppets, then composite it all together with any needed editing, computerized visual effects, sound effects, narration, and music. The film itself will be approximately 5-6 minutes long, shot at about 12 frames per second "on 2's".

Let's make this happen! Partner with me to create Sylvia's world!

If you haven't had a chance to check it out, below is the trailer for my first film, STAN. You can now also watch the full film on youtube here

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Risks and challenges

I do my absolute best to follow through with whatever I set out to accomplish. My first Kickstarter film, STAN, is a perfect example of that. I took on an enormous amount of work with STAN, with very little help, and it serves as my personal reminder that I can do it again. With that said, I do envision several challenges, the biggest of which is the variable of time:
1. I work full time, making it hard to prioritize and devote all my time to completing the film, which is a full time job in itself.
2. I realize that the amount of money I will be raising, in "film" terms, is a humble fraction of what is actually needed. With this budget, it will be difficult to entice a lot of other professionals to take part in the film. Needless to say, the more money we raise, the more work I can allocate, the faster, and better, it can be done.
3. Because of the nature of this craft, things can break or falter along the way, requiring a little extra time and love to repair.

Good things come to those who wait! Your reward will be a pleasant surprise on your doorstep, like finding $20 you forgot about in the pocket of your jeans months later, only way better.

Thank you for reading! Much love, Meirav

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    SYLVIA'S PEN PAL: Receive a personal thank you message from the filmmaker!

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    PLAYTIME WITH SYLVIA: Receive a digital download of the film, along with your name in the credits!

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    MOVIE NIGHT DVD DELIGHT: Receive a limited edition signed DVD of the film with a personal thank you note enclosed, your name in the credits, and the digital download of the film.

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    A BROOCH O' BORIS: Receive a hand-painted resin cast of Sylvia and Boris on a wearable pin, along with a signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    SYLVIA "T"-PARTY: Receive the limited edition "Sylvia" T-shirt (available in Ice Grey or Natural, S/M/L/XL) featuring a tea party storyboard drawing, along with a hand-painted Sylvia pin, a signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    DOUBLE SCOOP: Receive TWO signed DVD's of Sylvia (one for you, one for a friend)-OR- opt to receive DVD's of Sylvia and my first film "STAN", along with a limited edition Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    SYLVIA SPEAKS: This is your opportunity to have a one-on-one Skype Session with the filmmaker! Ask anything you'd like to know, pitch your talents, or just chat for up to one hour. This also includes a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    PROPS TO YOU!: Receive an original film prop, along with a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    DESIGNER OF TINY THINGS: Receive assistant set designer credit in the film, and the opportunity to decide on a prop that will go in the film! Send a 1:6 scale item, suggest an idea, or send a photo of your favorite childhood stuffed animal or toy and I will personally create it! Yours to keep when the film is complete. This also includes a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    YOUR FACE IN MINIATURE: Have your portrait (or the portrait of someone you love) painted as a stylized miniature and featured in the film as a prop on Sylvia's wall! Yours to keep when the film is complete. This package also includes a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    ADOPT-A-BORIS: Receive a ONE OF A KIND hand-painted and fur-styled resin cast wall-hanging sculpture of the head and hands of "Boris" (as if peeking through the wall). Special feature: It has movable ears!! This includes a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, your name in the credits, and a digital film download.

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    GOD PARENT: Receive an original handmade REPLICA of Sylvia made for you, with her own unique pair of pajamas! Only one of these will be made. You will also receive EXECUTIVE PRODUCER'S CREDIT and the opportunity to attend one of the film festivals in Los Angeles, along with a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, a digital film download, and my undying love. For reals.

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    ADOPTIVE PARENT: Receive PRODUCER'S CREDIT in the film and have the opportunity to decide on which character re-appears at the end of the film. This also includes the opportunity to attend one of the film festivals in Los Angeles with the filmmaker (travel accommodations not included), as well as an Adopt-a-Boris sculpture, a Sylvia T-shirt, hand-painted pin, signed DVD, digital film download, , and of course, my undying love.

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