About this project
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Mr. Plastimime is the brain child of Oscar™ winning director Daniel Greaves. It tells the story of Graeme, a lonely and an unappreciated mime artist whose stage routine blurs into reality. With an unexpected act of heroism he finds the audience and the love he has been longing for.
Mr. Plastimime has been a story that Daniel has wanted to tell for some time. Over several years he has been developing the idea and characters and like a true passionate artist, Daniel has dedicated all of his free time to Mr. Plastimime over the last year. And has privately funded production to date. It has been Daniel’s devotion and enthusiasm that members of the crew have found contagious, many of them giving up their time around paying work to help move the project forward and get it to where it is today.
We now need your help to complete Mr. Plastimime! Please pledge whatever you can afford. If you can't afford to pledge, you can still help by sharing this page, liking on Facebook or Following on Twitter!
Mr Plastimime will be produced using a combination of techniques. The characters are stop frame plasticine puppets with the main character's facial expressions animated in 2D. The backgrounds will be created in CG using Maya and then all of the elements will be composited together using After Effects.
Tandem director Chris Gavin, has been documenting the process in a series of Behind The Scenes films:
With Daniel investing in the film's development, tests and initial animation, we have puppets built, backgrounds designed and modeled and a few minutes of animation already shot.
We still have 2 months of stop motion animation to shoot, as well as 80% of the facial expressions to animate. There is also a traditionally drawn animation sequence to be choreographed, animated, cleaned up and then composited.
Once animation is complete, we will need to complete de-rig the characters, assemble all of the animated elements together before we can start work on final picture post production, adding various special effects.
With a locked edit and near final picture, work can start on the sound design where foley sound effects will be recorded and an original film score composed.
All of the above requires a minimum crew of around 10 people working over the next 10 months.
Daniel Greaves - Director
Daniel is a multi award winning director with a true passion for the craft of animation. After graduating from the West Surrey College of Art in 1980, Daniel worked as a freelance animator at many London studios, before founding Tandem Films with his business partner Nigel Pay in 1986. They were later joined by Executive Producer, Mike Bell. The company went on to help launch Tandem's director Simon Tofield's hugely successful online animation series - Simon's Cat. The two companies work out of the same North London studio.
Daniel’s portfolio includes well over 100 commercials for companies such as Marmite, Ribena, British Airways, Schweppes and Expedia.co.uk but he is best known for his award winning shorts including;
Manipulation (1991) - Winner of more than 20 International awards including the Academy Award (Oscar™) for Best Animated Short and Cartoon D'Or. Watch the moment when Beauty and the Beast presented Daniel's Oscar on Youtube here.
Flatworld (1997) - Winner of over 35 international awards including McLaren Award for Best Animation and a BAFTA Nomination. Watch the making of Flatworld documentary on Vimeo here.
Little Things (2004) - Winner of 15 International awards including a British Animation Award as well as a BAFTA nomination
Emma Burch - Producer
Steve Edge - Stop Motion Animator
Tobias Fouracre - Stop Motion Animator
Kevin Richards - Flash Animator
Simon Paul - Director of Photography
Justin Smith - Model Maker
Daniele Baiardini - After Effects Operator
Max van der Merwe - CG Generalist
Russell Pay - Composer
Phil Hartley - Sound Designer
Tim Fulford - Editor
And special thanks to Mime Artist - Stuart Luis
(As well as others)
Out of the money raised, 9-10% will be spent on Kickstarter and payment processing fees.
We have allowed for the cost of printing, packaging and posting including the time it will take to honour each of the rewards - This accounts for an additional 10% of the pledge amount, sometimes more.
What's left will be spent directly on materials and crew fees. All involved have agreed lower than commercial rates as they appreciate the film is a labour of love and not a commercial venture.
We appreciate £33,450 sounds like a lot of money, but mixed technique projects are labour intensive and require a highly skilled crew.
Neither Daniel or Tandem will be paid for their involvement on the project.
The base goal of £33,450 covers the cost of honouring rewards and the minimum cost of animation, music production, sound design and basic compositing (in house).
Our ideal target would be £52,300, which would enable us to take the film to a post production facility raising the final picture quality even higher, with special effects, telecine and high definition cinema mastering. Achieving this target would also enable us to create Dolby surround and cinema mixes for the various festival screening formats needed.
If we are lucky to achieve beyond even our ideal goal, well, after recovering from shock, we would use the money to promote the finished film by submitting it to film festivals. On completion our focus will shift to getting it on as many big screens as possible, submitting to as many competitive screenings as possible. There are numerous costs involved in this process. Festival submission fees, duplications of screening copies, postage and of course the time it takes for administration. From previous experience, we have found this can get in to thousands, depending on how successful a film is at festivals and how many screening copies need to be in circulation.
We greatly appreciate any help we receive in bringing Mr. Plastimime to the big screen and hope our rewards and incentives are fair as well as interesting. We welcome feedback on our tiers and will happily answer any questions you have.
Pledges of £1 to £30 each contain items that can be released shortly after the Kickstarter campaign is complete and pledges have come in.
The reason for offering a digital download in the £50 reward in place of a physical DVD is to encourage backers to make the pledge go further and be more beneficial to the project. Digital downloads also suit more tech savvy backers who would like to carry copies of the film around on their mobile device.
Both the DVD and digital download will be released once the film has been premiered and the Oscar qualification process is complete. The reason for not releasing the download immediately after completion is that to be eligible for some of the more prestigious awards, such as the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs, you have to be screened and won an award at specific film festivals. You can make a project ineligible to enter by publicly publishing your film beforehand. We hope Mr. Plastimime achieves the same amount of success as Daniel has done with his previous work and we wouldn't want to jeopardize his chances and undermine all of the hard work the crew has put into the film.
All of the rewards for pledges of £75 and above include at least one original and unique artwork signed by Daniel Greaves, either from Mr. Plastimime or from one of Daniel's earlier award winning shorts. Here are some examples...
There are only 3 cel and background combinations available in the above package. Watch the original animation sequence HERE.
Risks and challenges
Our only risk is not raising the minimum amount needed to complete the film.
We don't believe in slave labour or expect people to work for free. So far all of the people involved in the film to date have either given their time for free, or, at heavily discounted rates - paid for out of Dan's personal funds.
We are lucky enough to have some highly talented people on board who are equally passionate about the project. But without the cash available to pay for their time, the project is in a constant flux as we work around their professional commitments. If we meet our targets, we would be able to confirm and secure their time on a fixed schedule.
We also have access to all of the equipment needed. So it really is only just the ability to pay the core crew for their time that stands in our way of completing the film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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