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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 23 2018 11:28 AM UTC +00:00

About

This movie is the origin story of Rabbitsnake.

Rabbits call eagles, "sky demons." This eagle puppet is one of the rewards!
Rabbits call eagles, "sky demons." This eagle puppet is one of the rewards!

It's a science fiction film.

Top Secret Government Laboratory at MIT.
Top Secret Government Laboratory at MIT.

It's also a horror film.

Caligula's Snake Pit outside ofTallahassee.
Caligula's Snake Pit outside ofTallahassee.

It has romance, and action, and danger-- so much danger!

Yuki the Albino Squirrel in the Happy Forest.
Yuki the Albino Squirrel in the Happy Forest.

The pace is fast. The plot is tight.  It's greased lightening! (cue song)   

Rabbitsnake wheatpasted to wall.
Rabbitsnake wheatpasted to wall.

REDIRECT:  THE STREET ART ANGLE:

Rabbitsnake is a street art totem in Austin, TX and can be seen wheat-pasted on walls or stapled to telephone poles. (It's also a BOOK, and a punk-zine comic.)

Rabbitsnake on a phone pole.
Rabbitsnake on a phone pole.

Much of the story for the film came to me while roaming the streets of Austin, installing art in the dark shadows of the night. The street art aesthetic is part of the fabric that creates the Rabbitsnake universe. You can take Rabbitsnake out of the street, but you can't take the street out of Rabbitsnake.  HERE is an article about Rabbitsnake street art in the Austin Chronicle.

My grandmother!!!
My grandmother!!!

The ROYAL TEXAS PUPPET ENSEMBLE

In order to make the Rabbitsnake movie, a troupe of artificial thespians needed to be made. The High Queen of Texas decreed they be called The ROYAL TEXAS PUPPET ENSEMBLE.  We abide.  In my nightmares they try to unite and revolt against me. Some of them even question my existence, but I'm not offended as long as they hit their marks and don't trip over the furniture.  They've been working hard and are really coming together as a team. They're scrappy, but I'm proud of them. 

The Royal Texas Puppet Ensemble is influenced by German Expressionism.
The Royal Texas Puppet Ensemble is influenced by German Expressionism.

The ROYAL TEXAS PUPPET ENSEMBLE is inspired by German Expressionism, Frida Kahlo, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Emperor Toad, Ray Harryhausen, 1964 Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, Edith Head, Tim Burton, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Egon Schiele, Jerzy Grotowski, Bertolt Brecht, Mr. Bill, Mary Shelly, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, The Muppets  and a few others. 

Caligula, the Gangster is actually a very friendly puppet IRL.
Caligula, the Gangster is actually a very friendly puppet IRL.

Art class cubist style stop motion animation gives one creative freedom to make fantastic scenes while hopefully empowering the viewers by subtly reminding them… 

 “You have the power to create worlds.” 

Caligula's palace in Florida.
Caligula's palace in Florida.

That’s what you are helping us do when you support this endeavor. You are building a world with us, a world that hopefully empowers others in life and art

TIME FRAME

We will finish principal photography by February 1st, 2019.

We will have a picture lock April 1st, 2019.

To deliver finished film to funders by Easter (April 21st) 2019 , 

and begin the festival submission process.

BUDGET

To make this film, we are asking for $7,000. 

(approximately $1000 a minute to animate the story)

The Money will be spent on:  

Official estimated Rabbitsnake film budget.
Official estimated Rabbitsnake film budget.

STRETCH GOALS

It would be a blessing and an honor to hit our $7,000 goal.

Some projects on Kickstarter get funded beyond the goal-- so just in case our film is super funded, here's what would happen with coin beyond the ask.

For every $1000 extra, we will make another minute of movie!

at $14,000 THE SEQUEL GETS MADE

The sequel deals with Rabbitsnake on the run as a hobo.
The sequel deals with Rabbitsnake on the run as a hobo.

We will make the next 7 minute Rabbitsnake Short: Rabbitsnake Rides the Rails. It’s about his adventures as a fugitive hiding in the world of trains.

at $21,000 TV PILOT (21 minutes)

Escape from Coney Island is 3rd in the series.
Escape from Coney Island is 3rd in the series.

We will make the next Rabbitsnake 7 minute short: Escape from Coney Island. It’s about how Rabbitsnake is taken in by the Freak Show and the fascinating stuff that happens there.

The first 3 shorts work independently, yet fit together perfectly to form a TV pilot episode!

at $75,000 FEATURE FILM (75 minutes)

The feature is written.
The feature is written.

Destined to Become a Halloween and Easter classic! A filmmaker can only dream…

HERE'S JONNY!

Jonny Stranger is an Austin Street Artist, Writer, Photographer, and Filmmaker. He's also been an Outside Talker for the Coney Island Freak Show and an All-Star Champion Roller Derby Manager.

Hi. I'm JONNY STRANGER, and I wear many hats.

Photo of Jonny Stranger by Michele Hale.
Photo of Jonny Stranger by Michele Hale.

I will be writing, directing, editing, production design, photography, animating, running this page, and more-- but when I need help, an outlaw comes to the rescue. The band is made up of talented multitaskers. 

WHO ARE THE BAND of OUTLAW FILMMAKERS?

MARK HANKS 

Mark Hanks commanded a team of set dec wizards on The Son Season 2.
Mark Hanks commanded a team of set dec wizards on The Son Season 2.

MICHAEL DALMON 

HBO: The Leftovers: Michael Dalmon had a freaky scene with Christopher Eccleston.
HBO: The Leftovers: Michael Dalmon had a freaky scene with Christopher Eccleston.

ELVIRA MARIN

Elvira Marin with Rabbitsnake in Austin, TX. 2015
Elvira Marin with Rabbitsnake in Austin, TX. 2015

BENJAMIN PASCOE 

Benjamin Pascoe's new film is animated with Polaroids.
Benjamin Pascoe's new film is animated with Polaroids.

JOSIANE AMEZCUA 

Josiane Amezcua is an Austin Photographer.
Josiane Amezcua is an Austin Photographer.

ALFREDO SIRICA

The newest addition to our team of Outlaw Filmmakers is from Italy.  

Listen to his music here.

Alfredo Sirica, Composer
Alfredo Sirica, Composer

PRIZES!  REWARDS!  COLLECTABLES!

I don't mean to count chickens or jump guns, but I already made presents for my funders. Some of the REWARDS go to a specific donation category, but many other PRIZES will be won by random RABBITSNAKE ANGELS. Any donation or SHARE on social media enters you in a CHANCE to win MORE STUFF. 

Also -- if the campaign is a lead balloon-- and funding is denied for the Rabbitsnake Movie-- DANG IT! --  I'm still sending the people who pledged the PRESENTS! Why?! Because you BELIEVE IN RABBITSNAKE!

Thank you to everybody who donates, shares, or works to help make this film. You are RABBITSNAKE ANGELS!

Here is the RABBITSNAKE REWARD VIDEO! Special Thanks to Mötley Crüe for the music and Josiane Amezcua for operating camera.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING THE RABBITSNAKE KICKSTARTER PAGE!

AND THANKS TO THE EMPLOYEES OF KICKSTARTER!  The whole thing seems like a magical robot, but I know there's a hard working crew behind the curtain! 

My Bathroom is the Happy Forest.
My Bathroom is the Happy Forest.

May your path be kind and the wind be to your back. May your art be from your heart! May you get closer to converting your job into your career and your career into your bliss.

Love,

Jonny, Rabbitsnake, and the Outlaws.

Risks and challenges

Making movies can be very challenging, but it feels like my whole life experience has prepared me for this project. It's what I am supposed to be doing. I feel the story spill out of my heart like a waterfall. I will make this movie. Rabbitsnake, The Outlaws, and I will meet you on the Island of Misfit Toys. Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning.

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    Golden Ticket

    Come with me and you will see a world of pure imagination. The Golden Ticket enters you into the Rabbitsnake lottery for prizes. Oompa loompa dupity do. The Rabbitsnake movie might be perfect for you!
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    The Movie!

    You just bought me 2 tacos at El Primo taco trailer in South Austin.
    Thank you for lunch!!! Now back to work.
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    The Book!

    RabbitSnake has more to his story. There is a book! Read the extended origin story of RabbitSnake.
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    The Yuki Chronicles!

    (Yuki Questions Authority, Squirrel Interrupted, The Wildfire Refugees)
    Yuki is a squirrel, an albino, a princess, and RabbitSnake’s true love from the Happy Forest. She has her own story. Although the RabbitSnake story has some disturbing elements, these zines are kid friendly— rated G— let me know what you think of them. Maybe someday we’ll make a Yuki movie together.
    CREDIT: Factory Squirrels
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    Street art gift box!

    The street art gift box contains 6 hard copy Rabbitsnake Universe Zines, 2 Stickers and 2 posters from my wheat paste kit.
    CREDIT: Siblings of the Street
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    Nothing!

    CREDIT: Zen Army
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    RabbitSnake “Don’t tread on me” T-shirt.
    CREDIT: Those who will not be tread upon.
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    POLAROID BIG SHOT CAMERA

    This is my Big Shot camera. Film and flash bulbs are getting harder to find, but it works like a charm and comes in the original box. Search Warhol Polaroid Big Shot and see what Andy did with this style of camera!
    CREDIT: Keeper of the Polaroid
    GET: Polaroid Big Shot, Street Art Gift Box, Yuki Ebooks, RabbitSnake Ebook, 4K movie, entered into lottery for bigger perks.

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    RabbitSnake Work of Art!

    I’m going to send you something cool!
    CREDIT: Defenders of Art
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    Story Conference

    Enough about me— Have you written something? I have an MFA from NYU where I studied with Tony Kushner and Lorenzo Semple Jr. I will analyze and provide feedback. We will talk on the phone for 45 minutes. If you have any kind of creative block or are working on something that needs “outside the box” thinking, we can also use the phone call for that.
    CREDIT: Cult of the Perfect Semantics
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    Your Grandma!

    Rabbitsnake is more than a movie. It’s a street art project, too. Check out the instagram @rabbitsnake stuff. The creator of RabbitSnake sometimes pastes pictures of his Baba on the street. She was a big light in his life. I will do that for your Grandmother. (You send me a photo file, I do a street art tribute and post it-- and tag you-- on instagram!)
    CREDIT: Stanger Angels
    GET: Wheat pasted Grandma, RabbitSnake T-shirt, Street Art Gift Box, Yuki Ebooks, RabbitSnake Ebook, 4K movie, entered into lottery for bigger perks.

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    Vera Wang David Bowie Vest

    CREDIT: Slave to Fashion
    GET: Vera Wang Princess Vest with David Bowie Mugshot Emulsion Transfer, RabbitSnake T-shirt, Street Art Gift Box, Yuki Ebooks, RabbitSnake Ebook, 4K movie, entered into lottery for bigger perks.

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    Abe Vigoda Skateboard!

    CREDIT: The Invincible One
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    Rabbitsnake Skateboard!

    CREDIT: Bringer of Rain
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    Human Sacrifice!

    You send me some pix of yourself. I create an action figure of you— and you (the action figure) will die in the movie. (Caligula, the gangster puts his enemies in the snake pit. You’d be bitten by a black mamba and die from a heart attack or suffocation or possibly shot to death by SWAT when the gangster beast-fighting club gets raided.)
    I don’t really expect anybody to be into this idea— but I thought it could be cool to do as symbolically sacrificing the part of yourself that is sabotaging you and keeping you from your dreams. You will be bitten by the serpent. You will die— yet you will still be alive. What will you do with your new life? What part of you won’t let you be you?
    CREDIT: The Friendly Freak
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    The Eagle!

    You get the Eagle puppet and any other perks that rock your socks!
    (I made the Eagle. You can see it in the pitch trailer. ) If the Eagle gets got, you can choose a puppet, or I'll make you an Eagle. Thank you for flying with us! You are the wind beneath our wings.
    CREDIT: The Wizard of Wonderland
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