Who are you and what is this film?
I'm Polly Guo, an animation student at the School of Visual Arts, and this is my graduating thesis film. We're given two semesters to develop and animate a film of our choice, a cumulation all of the lessons we've learned over the past three years.
from Deep Sea Aquarium (2010)
I've made a few shorts before in the past, including Deep Sea Aquarium: a film about what happens when you mess with the wrong murderous giant squid and Torsofight: a film about what happens when you mess with the wrong torso.
from Torsofight (2011)
What the heck is Our Argument about?
Our Argument is a film about a guy that gets in a fight with this best friend. Like most fights, it's about something totally stupid, but it escalates into something much bigger. The bulk of the film takes place inside his mind, and the purpose of the film is to show a fast paced, surreal, over the top, ridiculous visualization of what it feels like to be in an argument.
My previous films have been fun, gory romps that kinda test the waters of what I'd like to create. To me, animation is a medium where you can make anything happen in excruciating, hilarious detail and be totally believable, so that's something I want to have fun with. And Our Argument is that as well. But Our Argument is more personal. It was sprouted during a conversation with a close friend about anger and the nature of arguing, especially with someone you care about. We, of course, had had many angry confrontations previous to this conversation, so we began talking about what it felt like.
(an early draft of storyboards for Our Argument)
No one wins in an argument. When anger starts, you feel like the greatest person in the world, like you need to win, like you need to fight for what's right. it makes you feel like a superhero, at the very least a miniature Hulk.
But the voice of temperance and rationality catches up to you too late, and you realize you've been an ass and you've probably hurt the person you care most about.
Realization, regret, and self loathing. Those are the parts of arguing that stick out the most to me. And this film is meant to show what those look like.
What's the money going towards?
Our Argument is reaching the end of animation and production now, and so most of all I need funds to pay for post-production work. This includes:
Music - The talented and incredible Robotaki http://soundcloud.com/robotaki has been kind enough to allow me to use his spectacular music for my film. The track used in the film is called In High Orbit. (Robotaki also has an EP coming out soon, so watch out for that!)
Sound Design - I'm an animator, so sound is not my forte, and yet good sound is crucial to making a film work. High quality sound design is make or break for a film, and sound is especially important for Our Argument.
Art assistants - I know making all these drawings looks like a piece of cake, but it's actually quite a big task. For those unfamiliar with the medium, animation requires 1 drawing per 2 frames at a frame rate of 24 frames per second. That's 12 drawings per second! So in order to finish this film, I need to hire other artists to help me out with inking, inbetweening, etc.
$1 or more
Any amount helps! Donate any amount and receive updates and a private high quality link to the film as SOON as it's completed! (This will be in early May)
$5 or more
You'll receive a "Dude on a Bison" postcard!
$10 or more
You'll receive a "Dude on a Bison" postcard AND a "Strongman and Pianist" postcard!
$25 or more
You'll receive a "Dude on a Bison" postcard AND a "Strongman and Pianist" postcard AND a signed sketch sent in the mail from me (limited to 50)!
$50 or more
All of the above AND your name in a special thanks section in the credits of the film!
Where is the film going to be screened?
Our Argument is going to be part of the 23rd Annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival in New York City at the SVA theater on May 7, 2012. More information can be found here. Yes, the screenings are open to the public, so if you can make it, please do!
Do you ship outside the US?
Yes! International donations are welcome. It would really help if you guys donate an extra $3 to help pay for shipping costs! It's not required, but it would help me tremendously.
Thank you so much for your time!!
- (20 days)