What is all this?
“Little Guys... In Space!” is a stop-motion parody of ‘80s space toy commercials, featuring large-scale LEGO sculptures as the main characters. It’s a sequel to “Little Guys!”, a film I made in 2007.
Like the original film, “Little Guys... In Space!” will be animated using LEGO stop-motion techniques. All characters, sets, and effects will be built from LEGO bricks. In addition to continuing the fictional “Little Guys!” franchise, I’m also using this film as an excuse to push the limits of the LEGO stop-motion format; seeing what new ground can be broken in the medium.
What's the film about?
The original "Little Guys!" was a toy commercial that humorously poked fun at advertising conventions -- essentially celebrating the clichés. For the new installment, we felt it fitting to continue in that tradition by satirizing science fiction tropes, as well as the tendency to move existing properties INTO SPACE to make them fresh and awesome.
With "Little Guys... In Space!", we're aiming to advance the techniques we developed for the first film: create more expressive characters, try out new brick-built practical effects, and more. We're also just looking to make a fun, entertaining film that pays tribute to classic sci-fi archetypes and retro TV ads.
So, how's it going?
The animatic for the film is complete, and runs approximately 3 minutes. We're planning for production to take place full-time over 3-5 months, although this is contingent on both funding and our work schedule here at Paganomation (my start-up animation studio, where I’ll be producing the film).
Additionally, my good friend and colleague Steve Stein, who composed the music for the original "Little Guys!" (as well as Playback, Space Police, and other Paganomation productions), is on board to score the sequel as well.
Are those characters in the project image going to be in the film?
The old guy, kid, and Murray Carter are characters from the original "Little Guys!" film. I put them there so folks can get an immediate idea of what scale the characters in the new film will be. Whether they might show up in "Little Guys... In Space!" can be neither confirmed nor denied at this point...
What are our contributions going towards?
Many things, including: The studio space to shoot the film in, music and sound design, a crew for the film, production supplies, and of course, the rewards.
If by some stretch of the imagination we exceed our funding goal, we'll put that extra budget towards making the film bigger and better, as well as perhaps coming up with some cool extra rewards for you guys.
What are the planned rewards like?
You can read about them in detail in the sidebar to the right. It's hard to say much about a few of them, since they're contingent on us making the film first. We do have some images of the "Little Guys... In Space!" build-able figure reward to tide you over.
I live outside the USA. Are there any particular provisos for international contributors?
Like most Kickstarter projects, if you live abroad, we ask that you please add $10 to your pledge amount to cover shipping.
Is there anything else I need to know about the film?
Not that I can think of at the moment. We'll make sure to keep you posted with any and all updates on our progress!
And just remind me, who are you again?
I'm David Pagano, and I run a studio called Paganomation, where we've made a number of stop-motion animated shorts using LEGO bricks and elements. You can find more about the work we do at our website, YouTube Channel, or Facebook page. Thanks for checking out our project!
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