This Kickstarter Campaign is to fund Phase 1 of the 3D animated short Peanut Butter Jelly Jam. During this phase we will create 36 animation concept illustrations that will server as a foundation for developing the rest of the animation. These illustration will be used to create a moving storyboard called an animatic. The generated animatic will act as a foundation to develop the rest of the animation, and allow us to clearly communicate the goal to potential crew members. We will share the completed animatic online and submit it to Nickelodeon's Animated Shorts Program. While our application is being considered we will continue to develop the PBJJ animation for submission to future festivals. We are hoping to submit the final animation to Siggraph Asia 2014, Siggraph 2015, The Tornto Urban Film Festival, and SODAK Animation Festival, as well as many more.
This project was originally conceived as a commercial pitch for Jiffy Peanut Butter Bars. When Jiffy went another direction, I continued to develop the "Milo Project". Milo is the only character from the original concept and his design has changed quite a bit. Below you can see early development art for Milo and i4.
The character designs are still evolving. Below you can see up to date designs for Milo, i4, and Mom.
Milo Jones - Milo is a fairly quiet and unassuming kid in the presence of others, but when he is home alone he is an aspiring pop musician with an overactive imagination and appetite.
i4 - i4 is the prototype data droid, created by Dr. Jones, Milo’s father. i4 helps Milo get through his day by providing him with useful information and helpful suggestions on how to behave.
Mom (Zena Jones) - Mom is a secret agent and it is not really a secret. Struggling to keep Milo’s life as normal as possible is impossible because of her obsession with finding out what happened to her husband. She has many admirers but is blind to their flirtatious attempts.
The city of Tacoma Spaceworks program is providing us with office space for six months. This space will give Turtledust Media a venue for producing the animation, facilitating workshops/training, and allow us to open our doors to people who are curious about how animation gets made.
Our main objective is to establish a working animation studio in Tacoma with the ability to develop in house properties and contract work from Seattle and Portland. For this first phase we are hoping to raise enough money to cover operating costs, purchase a projector for events, and print promotional materials.
Phase 1 Budget
We are asking for $2040, but have a stretch goal of $5000. The additional funds will help cover additional operating costs and pay employees.
Phase 1 Incentives
All contributors will be put into the "Thank you" sections of the website and final film credits. They will also get advance access to daily production videos, filmed animation talks, and production tutorials. You will receive an invitation to March screening where local contributors can pick up copies of their 11 x 17 print and copy of the production art book.
Risks and challenges
Time and Money
Working on films for 72 hour film festivals have prepared me and my process for working with non-existent budgets and little time. I am currently working 40 hours a week on this project to assure quality and completion. I am planning to incorporate artist here at the studio as well as online.
Lost or Damage of Assets
We are insured for our equipment and none of our files are stored on a single hard drive. As the Digital Media Developer at PLU I was awarded for my innovative use of distributed storage which allowed my team to overcome many hardware issues, by replacing defective machines and synchronizing files via dropbox.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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