You can’t crowdfund without a crowd

Aug 16, 2012   //   by Fi   //   Blog, diary, news, production, puppets  //  No Comments
Always hug your dinosaur

Always hug your dinosaur

It’s been an incredible week. On Monday we launched our Pozible fundraising campaign in order to shore up a post-production budget for the film.  We thought we’d be struggling to make it over the line given how tight money is at the moment – but how wrong we were. So many of our generous friends, loved ones and philanthropic strangers have put their hands in their pockets and chosen to help us out – as of this morning we’re sitting on 77% of our target and we’re only four days in. We are so grateful and cannot believe how much goodwill there is out there for this project. What an amazing gift, thank you.

Shooting has commenced and is going really well. I’ve remembered a lot of what I learned during the making of my first claymation in 2010 – The Batchelor Experience – especially not to repeat past mistakes (apart from the one about never using black and white plasticine together!). This time around I’m aiming for smoother animation, more stillness, less hyperactivity and greater attention to detail. It’s a real challenge not to go balls out and move your puppet every 2 frames just because you’re getting carried away in the studio.

I’m shooting each character sequentially, so after I’m done with Spangle the Boston Terrier I’ll be moving on to Sarah and Alex in the vegie garden next week. I find that the first few days after making a new stopmo puppet is spent getting to know my new character, it’s a bit like making a new friend. You get to know their moves, expressions, behaviours – it’s a very intimate process. I can’t wait to start on these two – they are so much fun.

Over the past few months we’ve confirmed the involvement of a talented composer, Matt Nicholson. We’re looking forward to hearing what he comes up with, but if you’re keen to find out more about his work you can track him own here.  We’ve also been very lucky to grab Livia Ruzic to work on our foley and sound FX. Livia is an immensely experienced sound designer who has worked on many feature projects and has a swag of recgonition from the local and international film industry.

On Sunday 20th VCA is throwing open its doors for Open Day – so if you’re at all curious about the animation process or just want to come down and have a sticky beak on set then that’s a great time to check out the school.

I have to bust a move and get back to the studio, but I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a bit about our progress.  If there’s any detail about the film or filmmaking you’re specifically interested in I am happy to take blog suggestions.  In the meantime, the Facebook page is a great place to find impromptu updates and random enthusiasms I post from the darkness of the studio.


~ Fi D


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