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A stop motion and hand-drawn film about Niki, a shy one-eyed fiddler, a moon-spirit and her band. Pledge for us to finish our film!
A stop motion and hand-drawn film about Niki, a shy one-eyed fiddler, a moon-spirit and her band. Pledge for us to finish our film!
82 backers pledged $6,573 to help bring this project to life.

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It's Incredible, and truly heartwarming... We hit our goal of $2000 in less than 24 hours! Thank you so much dear backers, and everyone who spread the news far and wide for us! Stick and Balloon are preparing some awesome surprises to thank everyone, please stay tuned and keep supporting us! :D

Stick and Balloon presents to you a little tale.

A shy fiddler named Niki meets a lovely moon-spirit and her strange musical band. Amazed and attracted, he sums up the courage and attempts to impress her. But lo’ the nervousness, a note shrieks into the air and pierces the night. Niki despairs as the moon-spirit leaves, disappointed. But as she walks away, a violin hum pulls at her heart and she decides to take a hopeful chance.

An age-old story of music, romance and epic transformation, Stick and Balloon presents a new twist with the marriage of stop-motion and traditional paper animation techniques.

The film is directed, animated and designed by Sara Chong and Chen Yanyun, a pair as complementary as a little red balloon and a long hardy stick.

With the help of "Mary & Max" VFX Supervisor Michael Allen, fiddler Marjolaine Parot, composer Jachin Pousson and the beautiful tunes of klezmer and fiddle music by Alicia Svigal, Trad'ouir, Danilo and Svetozar Milosavljevic, MoonChild weaves together a spirit of sound, sights and heart, which we hope you’ll enjoy.

Two and a half years have passed since the start of this journey, and we are finally at the end of our road. Our experiment with combining stop-motion and traditional animation techniques began two years ago as a huge challenge, as we discovered there were few animations carrying that combination of styles. With no references or established pipelines to research, we had to create our own way of doing things. We worked hard, tried and failed many times, and had to plough through challenges such as finance, art, machines, lack of experience and more. We are proud of the look we have designed and the story we have written - a story about love, confidence, growing and blooming.

We would like to appeal to everyone to give us a hand, and walk with us in the final lap of our adventure as we work on the music and post-production to make the film as best we can. 

We are currently in need of money to cover the basic cost of music and post-production, and will be very very grateful for all your contributions, big or small. The truth is, we need quite a bit more than our Kickstarter goal, so all additional funds will be welcomed with great loving arms and sent towards polishing the film and making it the shiniest it could ever be!

As a thank you gesture, we have come up with a bunch of fantastic rewards such as postcards, posters, and handmade puppets available only at kickstarters, so please support us! 

Stick and Balloon currently resides in Singapore, and it would be much appreciated if you would add in the cost of postage for the goodies. 

And of course, to end it all off, we will share our poprocks and mini-fire crackers, horns of beer and well-deserved puffs from our shisha bottle with all of you...

Thank you so much!  

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    A BIG Thank You! from us for being part of Niki's journey

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    A signed copy of a Moonchild POSTCARD by Stick and Balloon, and you'll have your name scribbled on our film credits

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    A signed copy of an A4 Moonchild POSTER and 5 POSTCARDS, and your name scribbled on our film credits, with bigger fonts.

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    A signed copy of an A3 size Moonchild POSTER and 10 POSTCARDS, PLUS We'll send you one copy of MoonChild DVD which includes the film and the making-of features, and your name scribed on our film credits as Supporting Contributor

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    A signed copy of an A2 size Moonchild POSTER and 10 postcards, MoonChild DVD and you get your name scrawled on our film credits as Supporting Contributor.

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    All of the above, PLUS a HEAD-SCULPT of NIKI which we used during filming, and your name carved in stone as a Main Contributor.

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    All of the above PLUS one LIMITED EDITION HANDMADE NIKI RAGDOLL! We are only making 3. Totally original. Totally hand made. And your name baked and decorated with nice sprinkles and chocolate snacks under the title of Associate Producer.

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    O' mighty! As our one and only, Stick and Balloon has decided to make an ENTIRE MOONCHILD RAGDOLL SET of all our characters only for you! Plus all of the above AND the holy position of Executive Producer of our film.

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