"Resonance" is a four minute stop-motion film that follows our man character through a typical evening until he accidentally awakens the spirit of his late wife within the house they shared together. The film deals with the themes of love, loss, denial, and acceptance through a somber lens, but with a surreal twist.
The production design takes an important place in the storytelling of this film, which is also the director's favorite part about stop-motion filmmaking. The feeling of loneliness in a once warm and comfortable place will be represented by carefully picked color palettes and hand-built props all through the home. It will be as if the Old Man didn't touch a thing once his wife passed away. His wife's needlework and knitting will be right next to the sofa where they always were, where she always sat. He takes care to straighten out the framed memories above the piano every day, and when the clock strikes six every night, he never fails to make his wife her evening cup of tea.
About the Director
Meredith Quinn is a fourth year at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where she studies Experimental Animation. Meredith has had a passion for stop-motion animation for her whole life, watching classics like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace and Gromit, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer all through her childhood. She has found great joy in working in all facets of stop-motion filmmaking, but is particularly interested in puppet and set fabrication. Her previous stop-motion work can be seen on her website, http://meredithquinnart.com and her Vimeo page, http://vimeo.com/meredithquinn .
Meredith sculpting a puppet's head (2018)
About the Budget
In order to make "Resonance" as perfect as it deserves to be, we need your help! If we reach the project budget of $8,000, we can purchase everything necessary and properly hire and pay all of the amazing and talented artists needed to make a project like this come to life. Below is an illustrated budget of where all of that money would be going.
note: this budget was updated August 13, 2019
About the Schedule
This film is being constructed under a very tight schedule. The entire film must be complete by May 2020. In terms of smaller goals, I'd like to have this film ready even earlier than that so I can submit to film festivals by April. All animation and fabrication should be complete by December 2019 so the rest of the production schedule can be used for post-production (sound, music, editing, etc.)
About the Team
The special thing about this project is that it's, in its center, a family affair! The other members of my team such as animators, fabricators, and musicians will all be hired later in the filmmaking process, all depending on availability! But, meet the people that helped this project start from the very beginning.
John Quinn is an illustrator, sculptor, and caricaturist, and also is my father! He wrote the story for "Resonance" a few years ago, and unfortunately was unable to make the film at the time. But ever since he shared the story with me, I believed in it and wanted to make sure it saw the light of day, someday! Throughout production, he and I will be working together on the story and the production design to make sure "Resonance" is as beautiful as we see it in our heads.
Sean Quinn is an accomplished costumer and seamstress currently based in New Jersey, but will soon be joining production on "Resonance" in sunny Los Angeles. She'll be working on the textiles of the film, in terms of props and costume! Sean's also been my business partner for advertising and running the Kickstarter page, and I'm very excited to have her on board!
Oliver Jung is a musician, sound engineer, and sound mixer based in Los Angeles, California, and we met at our college, California Institute of the Arts! I'm honored to have his talents on "Resonance" in the sound department, taking care of mixing the audio and music, as well as recording all foley during post-production.
About the Rewards
I love being able to offer my kickstarter backers a variety of beautiful rewards, not only as a token of my appreciation, but also as a memento of the film you helped create!
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this Kickstarter page. It means so much to me! If you're able, share this page on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and tell your friends all about this project! Feel free to use the hashtag #ResonanceStopMo any time you're referencing the film, and be sure to check out my instagram @MeredithQuinnArt for tons of updates during production and beyond!
Risks and challenges
The main challenge for "Resonance" is getting it done on time. Considering film festival deadlines, I'd like to have the entire film completed by the end of March 2020, so I may apply to festivals through April and May. This can only happen if the goal is reached before the school year starts in September.
The film will be shot and crafted mainly using CalArts' facilities and shooting stages. Since I graduate in May, I'm using that as a hard deadline for all facets of the film, from post production to rewards for Kickstarter Pledges being sent out.
The other challenge of stop-motion is using the money earned responsibly and carefully. Stop-motion can get incredibly expensive, but I've made very specific budgets for the film and will do everything I can to stick to it properly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (25 days)