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Black is a cross-media project that blends a short animated film, a music album and a live electronic music performance
Black is a cross-media project that blends a short animated film, a music album and a live electronic music performance
Black is a cross-media project that blends a short animated film, a music album and a live electronic music performance
132 backers pledged €11,036 to help bring this project to life.

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WE'RE STRETCHING!!!

After we hit 8K yesterday and the project was fully funded, we're still very excited and happy! Though, we're not done and we're motivated to go further!

Our stretch goal will be 11K, we have 6 days left to reach it!

Here's what we hope to do with 3.000€ more:

A Dolby Surround mix in a certified studio

A professional Dolby surround 5.1 studio costs way more than you can think. If we get to the stretch goal we can add it to our budget!

Special FX in the "Dream" sequence

In the dream sequence (you can watch a test below), Matteo thinks light has come back and that he can play again his music at the computer: One of the shots is more complicated than others since the camera tuns all around Matteo and his room rotates in the background. We have worked on the animation of Matteo but we'd like to add some visual fx on the rotating room in the background i.e. flying luminous fluxes or similar. We could do that if we get to 11K!

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Thank you for getting us so far! Please continue to support us!

Since our film is based in Italy and we have a lot of Black Fans there, we're adding both English and Italian versions of our message.

Black is a love story , but it is above all the story of our habits, of what can happen if the things we take for granted every day do vanish. That's why a blackout may lead us to question what we do and who we are. It is only then that we feel we have to reinvent ourselves, to rediscover the simplest things in life, as love.

Black is a love story also for those who have been working on to this project for three years, believing in the strength of animated storytelling and in the passion of working together. Please support us to make it happen!! 

 

Black is a short film which then turned into a cross-media project that comprehends a 14-minute short film, a music album and a live music performance.

The film is written and directed by Sara Taigher and is set during a long blackout in Rome, in which an unprepared, young electronic producer named Matteo instantly realizes that he lost the music he was preparing on his computer and that he can't work anymore.

 

 

Matteo is usually trapped in his daily routine and is a prisoner of his own habits. He will finally be able to discover a whole new world thanks to this sudden event. Matteo is kind of a shy guy and he rarely leaves his flat. He's pretty much an «idiot savant» to his music and while the blackout lasts for days, he struggles to overcome the "trauma" of not being able to make his own music. While Rome quickly adapts to the new situation, Matteo somehow manages to overcome his loneliness thanks to his neighbor Greta, a writer who makes him rediscover the pleasure of simple things and shows him a different way of expressing himself.

 

 

Designed by Sara Taigher, the script was developed by Lorenzo Bartoli, a famous Italian novelist and cartoonist, who unfortunately passed last October. As a consequence, the film will be dedicated to him. The draft of the script was later completed by Chiara Babuin and Daniele Di Biasio.

 

Using animation in this story is not just a stylistic choice but also a way of narrating a story while keeping its deep romantic and philosophical meaning. This media allows you to see the world through someone else's eyes because, potentially, through drawings we can really re-create anything. Moreover in Italy 2D animation is a dying art, and we wanted to take up the challenge and be one of the few studios who still experiments with this art form. We really love Ralph Bakshi's American Pop and Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir, which have been among our main sources of inspiration for Black.

 

 

Matteo is not just the main character of an animation, he's also one of us. He has a passion for music and is a guy like many others. During the character design, it felt natural for us to consider him a real human being, almost a friend. 

 

So we had the idea of releasing a music album along with the short film: all the sketches Inti composed for the soundtrack of the film will be put together to build complete songs and a whole album that is going to be a mashup of dance and electro floating between electronics and violins. His sound is warm and intense and sometimes even sounds like dance music. Matteo becomes more and more “alive” and, with no effort, we have in our hands a virtual producer ready to play in clubs. Matteo performs his music live on a hybrid set with laptops and cdjs but he's not a clubber, he just loves to make music! His cartoon projection performs on stage by remote from a real DJ and a VJ behind the scenes and with the help of a camera placed on the dance floor,  thereby creating a full audio-video experience in the club, a «Gorillaz style» performing cartoon.

 

The production company So What deals with film production, animation and post-production thanks to the experiences of its founding members Sara Taigher, Ippolito Simion and Lorenzo Giordano. The production of this film has been and continues to be a great challenge. Pre-production started two years ago when Black was acknowledged to be a project of cultural interest by Mibact (Italian Ministry of cultural activities) which granted the film a small financial contribution that still has to be delivered. Character design,storyboard and animatic was developed in that period while work on animation and backgrounds started last October, when the real production phase started. Since then Black's team has worked practically with no budget and great expenses in terms of energy and time. We have worked all over Italy mostly between Rome, Turin and Genoa and we're planning to work in Tuscany this summer because many of us are from different parts of the country.

www.sowhatpictures.com

 

Voices 

Davide Albano (as Matteo), Joy Saltarelli (as Greta) , Luca Dal Fabbro (as Hikari's father) , Stefano Brusa (Dubbing director – voice of “Simone”) 

Original Screenplay 

Lorenzo Bartoli, Chiara Babuin, Daniele Di Biasio

Music

Inti d'Ayala Valva , Andrea di Cesare

 

 La nostra eterna gratitudine!: un messaggio di ringraziamento dal nostro team

Black sulla mia skin: la ricompensa precedente più un pacchetto di cover per i social media firmato Black 

Beni digitali: le ricompense precedenti più un'immagine wallpaper esclusiva e una copia digitale del libro di Black

 Premi Play: le ricompense precedenti più la possibilità di vedere Black in anteprima online, un download di una traccia MP3 e il tuo nome nei ringraziamenti sul nostro sito

Scarica tutto: le ricompense precedenti più, una copia digitale di Black, un poster PDF in alta risoluzione pronto per la stampa, l'album musicale di Black in MP3

Il Kit di Black:  le ricompense precedenti più 10 adesivi di Black, la spilletta di Black e la borsa shopper di Black

 La maglietta con la X di Matteo: le ricompense precedenti più la maglietta con la X bianca o nera come quella che Matteo indossa nel film! (anche per donna)

Da Roma con amore: le ricompense precedenti più l'esclusivo poster di Black, una cartolina illustrata di Black spedita da Roma e firmata dai protagonisti del film e dalla regista

Il cappellino esclusivo!: le ricompense precedenti più il cappellino da baseball di Black e un ringraziamento speciale nei titoli di coda del film

Vai con la serigrafia!: le ricompense precedenti più un'edizione limitata in serigrafia del poster di Black firmata dagli autori più una maglietta a scelta tra la X e il disegno di Matteo più 10 adesivi, la borsa, la spilletta e il ringraziamento nei titoli di coda del film

Ritratto personalizzato: le ricompense precedenti più un ritratto stampato disegnato da una tua foto dal nostro team di illustratori , la maglietta nera in edizione limitata, 10 adesivi di Black, la borsa shopper Black, la spilletta e il ringraziamento nei titoli di coda del film

Fai la tua apparizione in Black!: mandaci la tua foto, verrai disegnato e animato per comparire nel film e ti manderemo anche il tuo ritratto digitale! Questa ricompensa include anche tutti i premi digitali, il poster esclusivo di Black, la maglietta con la X,10 adesivi, la borsa, la spilletta e il ringraziamento nei titoli di coda del film

Cena esclusiva con il team e screening privato a Roma: Una cena esclusiva con il team in cui si condivide la passione per il cinema l'animazione e l'arte oltre al cibo! La sera stessa o il giorno dopo organizzeremo uno screening privato del film solo per te e i tuoi amici! Questa ricompensa include anche tutti i premi digitali, il poster esclusivo di Black, la maglietta con la X,10 adesivi, la borsa, la spilletta e il ringraziamento nei titoli di coda del film

Soggiorno per due a Roma: un soggiorno a Rome per due per tre giorni, l'opportunità di passare un pò di tempo con il team di Black e un tour guidato di tutti i posti che hanno ispirato il film! Questa ricompensa include anche tutti i premi digitali, il poster esclusivo di Black, la maglietta con la X,10 adesivi, la borsa, la spilletta e il ringraziamento nei titoli di coda del film

Soggiorno per due a Roma: un soggiorno a Rome per due per tre giorni, l'opportunità di passare un pò di tempo con il team di Black e un tour guidato di tutti i posti che hanno ispirato il film! Questa ricompensa include anche tutti i premi digitali, il poster esclusivo di Black, la maglietta con la X,10 adesivi, la borsa, la spilletta e il ringraziamento nei titoli di coda del film

Mecenate, produttore e nostro idolo: Ti ringrazieremo per il resto dei nostri giorni, ti guadagnerai anche il titolo di produttore nel film e in più avrai tutte le ricompense digitali e fisiche fino a quella da 150 Euro!!!

Your contributions will be used to complete the film by 2017. We will be able to finish the animation and the backgrounds, to composite the final shots and color correct them. Part of the contribution will be used also for the audio mix, in particular to mix the audio of the film in a Digital Dolby Surround professional studio. 

 

 We have already completed 3 minutes out of 13 minutes of the total lenght of the film as well as the whole pre-production behind the film which we completed last year.

 

 

 

www.remixme.it    www.scuolaromanadeifumetti.it     www.sensumlab.com

www.civicodoc.net    www.studioplace.it

SPECIAL THANKS 

Antonella Maggio

Andrea Nicosia

Emilie Bonnin

Teresa Pase

Risks and challenges

When you talk about animation, any type of animation from stop-motion to 3D animation, you talk about going risky! Anything could go wrong and you could spend your nights awake trying to find solutions to the hundreds of problems you could have.
But maybe that's why animation is also so challenging to produce! We love our job and we'll make sure that we'll deliver the best possible film ever! So...stay tuned!!!

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