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A short documentary featuring the life and strange artwork of amateur taxidermist Walter Potter. Music by the Real Tuesday Weld! Read more

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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A short documentary featuring the life and strange artwork of amateur taxidermist Walter Potter. Music by the Real Tuesday Weld!

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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As you can see we are well into our funding but the more money we get - the better the film will be!!  So don't stop now!! THANK YOU TRULY!

Walter Potter was a Victorian self-taught taxidermist from Sussex, England who is best known for his large-scale anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux including The Kittens’ Wedding, Rabbits’ Village School and The Death & Burial of Cock Robin. Until very recently, his truly unique collection has only been seen in its entirety by those fortunate enough to have visited his museum before the contents were auctioned to private collectors in 2003. For the first time – and with the help of historians, photographers, and collectors of his work – I intend to document Potter's life, creations and legacy in the latest installment of my award-winning MidnightArchive web series. The Midnight Archive generally consists of short (3–5 minute) pieces, and I have for some time been eager to grow these short 'episodes' into greater and longer stories. I feel that an episode about the life and work of Walter Potter is the perfect project to take to this next level. To do this right will require a little more than the casual subway ride around town. A project of this size will require a budget to make it happen, and I am hoping that I can persuade Potter fans and enthusiasts to pitch in to help make this the great film it deserves to be. 

****Excitingly - the film will be scored by the magnificent talent of Stephen Coates and The Real Tuesday Weld... Coates' music has just the right balance of intensity, whimsy and character to bring our tiny taxidermied friends truly to life..****

This film will feature some of the very first footage of these fantastic creations over one hundred years in age, many of which are now scattered around the globe in the homes of private collectors and thus nearly impossible to see. Among the collectors I will seek out to play their part are Sir Peter Blake – seminal pop artist, designer of the Sgt. Pepper album cover, and enthusiastic Potter collector – and artist Damien Hirst, who allegedly tried to pay one million pounds to halt the auction and keep the Potter collection intact. The film will also take you behind the scenes into an assortment of fascinating private collections in the US and the UK.  Most importantly, and as always with the work I do, the piece will be thorough, dynamic and beautiful. Please donate all you can!

Risks and challenges

So, Potter's work is now scattered around the globe and owned by many different collectors. Many of the people are not easy to pin down, or are wary of talking to just anyone. Using the track record and proven integrity of The Midnight Archive series, and my connections with the co-author Morbid Anatomy's (http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.co.uk/) Joanna Ebenstein and publishers of "Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy" ( http://www.constablerobinson.com/… ) – the delightful new coffee table book coming out this September – I have not only unprecedented access to many never-before-seen photographs, but also to many of the narrative's key players. Most importantly, if anyone is already familiar with the work I have created thus far, it becomes clear that I can do humble justice to this subject. I have many relationships with festivals and distributors, and I am well respected as a filmmaker, so I expect to gain a maximum amount of exposure for this project. 

I will do this project whether or not this fundraising is successful; it will, however, be a longer and more in-depth work if we manage to raise the money. We're not asking for much, and all funds will go into the film itself (no first-class tickets on this shoot). Much like Potter himself, my intention is to make a great work of art, not capitalize on it...

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    A very poetic thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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    A collectible and highly limited edition Walter Potter Postcard signed and customized especially for you!

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    The postcard, book, the blu-ray or standard DVD and a custom video film designed specifically for you (I will make a short and sweet strange film about you using your name and whatever other information you provide for me!)

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