To celebrate the success of our campaign, we want to announce a NEW REWARD!!!
You can now get an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR ARTWORK from the film!!! That’s the very beginning of the cartoon before all digitalization. Hope you’ll appreciate these pieces of art. Hurry up… only 5 artworks available!
Wooden Mirror is a project for an animation series dedicated to young adults. It deals with Gender Roles and explores the consequences of accepting gender stereotypes.
The protagonist is the son of the king: Ambo, a boy very emotional and creative, but in his kingdom those traits are not required. At least not from men. In fact in Hairyback Kingdom all men must be warriors and all women must be nurses. King Haggart expects his son to grow up strong and powerful. But Ambo couldn’t care less about the fights. What attracts him are the powers of the women. They can cure, dance, talk to each other like friends.
In Wooden Mirror we mix three timelines: Ambo as a kid, as a teenager and as a young adult. In each phase Ambo changes profoundly, but keeps looking for the same thing, discovering who he is and finding his place in life.
The kingdom in which the story takes place is split in two.
The men’s sector looks just like a medieval citadel: technology doesn’t get much further than a spiky club, everything’s build in stone and wood, buildings are squared and heavy. Men’s social structure is quite clear: King Haggart rules. All grown men spend their lives fighting in the arena in a sort of never-ending championship, is pure testosterone, just proving who’s the strongest, who has the biggest dick.
The women’s sector looks like a huge nightclub from the 80s. Women are creative and constructive and their main activity is curing the warriors. Their social structure is almost non-existing: every individual is treated equally. The collaborative behaviour of women has allowed them to develop advance technologies: they have plastic, electricity and all of the 80s beauties that come with it.
While all boys around Ambo are tough and aggressive, he is sensitive, romantic and compassionate. Like all boys he is supposed to “fight and destroy”. Optimistic, he hopes that one day he’ll start liking the fights, or just run away. Ambo tries to make a place for himself in the kingdom, but the older he gets the more frustrated he becomes. Haggart is Ambo’s greatest problem: he loves his father and can’t help trying to please him even if that means going against his own nature. Two emotions are clashing inside of him.
Haggart is the king, a solid man with a clear objective in mind: rule the kingdom and smash everything that’s on his way. Narrow minded and fatalist he doesn’t want to change a thing “if it worked 100 years ago it will work now”. He feels that having had a kid like Ambo is the greatest misfortune of all. Nonetheless he doesn’t give up on him:”I’ll either fix him or break him”. He doesn’t even get close to understand Ambo, nor the things he talks about: his brain is like a switch, everything is black or white, there are no grey tones.
There was never a more progressive, creative and bold women in the kingdom. Rihanna sees the world as a place full of opportunities. If you give her a rock, she’ll squeeze orange juice out of it! She has a vision for the kingdom to become a better place: a kingdom where no one fights, no one dies, and everyone shares everything.
The project is born from the conviction that stories can change the world. We believe that embracing diversity is humanity’s only way forward. In nature like in technology diversity is an accelerating factor. Humans though tend to build codex, structures and boundaries to make sense of the complex world they live in. Particularly now we should challenge those boundaries, develop lateral thinking and explore possibilities that are still unknown to us. Can we tell all of this in a cartoon? Yes. When we speak to young generations we can. Our story will be implanted like a seed and as such it will grow inside them.
We all share the strong belief that gender stereotypes limit personalities, self expression and the freedom of choice in our lives.
Making this cartoon is our unconventional way to tackle this sensitive issue, raise awareness on diversity and challenge gender roles.
The team is now working on the pilot that is still in production. To keep maximum creative freedom no broadcasters have been involved. That’s why we are on Kickstarter, to close our funding and mostly to connect with our audience, build something together and make our story as deep and representative as possible. Kickstarter is our way of opening a long lasting relationship with our community.
The pilot will be ready by late spring 2019, sent to international festivals and then released online.
Carlo Zoratti / Writer & Producer
Carlo is a director, writer and producer. He has made music videos, short films and is the creative director of the live shows of Italian popstar Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini. In 2013 he released The Special Need, his debut feature at the 66th Locarno Film Festival and won prestigious awards such as the SXSW Audience Award, the Golden Dove in Leipzig and was nominated for the Italian Golden Globes and Nastro d’Argento.
Sergi Sanchez / Writer & Director
Sergi Sanchez is a self-taught animation director and illustrator with a large trajectory on commissions and personal projects. After his residency at Fabrica (by the Benetton Group), he went back to Barcelona where he has kept working in the animation industry and collaborated with production companies and animation studios like Mercurio (Milan), Joschmid (Berlin) and Studio Animal (Barcelona). In 2008 his work as director was awarded with 4 prizes by the Art Directors Club Italia (ADCI) for the animated video campaign “Whatever in your mind” for the brand Durex.
We are a team of 40 independent artist from all over Europe busting our asses to make this happen. The team is formed by many talented artists, among them are some important animators: Juanma Laguna (who has been an animator on Adventure Time and Lu over the Wall, and works for the Masaaki Yuasa studio), Javier Ara (animator on Jelly Jamm and Wakfu), Anne-Lou Erambert, Dante Zaballa, Leo Campasso and Javier Vaquero.
Risks and challenges
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