Well - my latest attempt to raise funds for BOUNTY HUNTER BUNNY is up.
Walt Disney always believed in taking his films straight to the public when everyone else said the public wouldn't go for it, that's how Mickey was born. In a way crowd funding is the same thing, you get a chance to be involved with making the film and walk away with something in return.
A lot of animation directors are using this method to raise money for pilots or short films because networks are just not as willing these days to take a gamble on something new or different.
Me - I really want to see funny cartoons like the ones that used to be made. Bounty Hunter Bunny will be that and a little bit more - please give him a chance.
This blog will keep you updated on what's happening and show you some of the progress being made visually. You can see some material already posted. E-mails will also be sent out to supporters.
If you follow the link below or the wanted poster above you'll be sent to the funding site, please read carefully and check in regularly if you are unsure.
I will get this cartoon made somehow, your help makes it easier.
For those wanting to know what they are getting into before going, here is the project description as listed.
Whatever happened to the funny slapstick cartoons we used to see? Anvils on heads, exploding dynamite etc. Sure there's a lot of verbal comedy type cartoons, but really they are mostly just talking heads saying funny stuff.
I'm tired of watching the same old cartoons, just with different names.
That's what BOUNTY HUNTER BUNNY aims to change. It is a classic cartoon with a modern twist, by that I mean it will be made in CG and be more adult . . . violent, suggestive etc. Imagine say Looney Tunes meets Clint Eastwood meets Indiana Jones.
The target audience, university students and up, though I'm sure kids will love it too.
A tiny, lone gunman, BOUNTY HUNTER BUNNY traverses the desert wastelands of the American Old West in search of financial freedom – and a drink.
The project has been budgeted at $149 000. CG is expensive. Unfortunately this being a short film with an untried character there's not much chance finding an investor or investors for that amount.
I plan to make the film in stages starting with this pledge drive of $18 500, with that I will be able to have the final character modeled, textured and rigged, have the two sets the film will use finished and have the score written.
Why have the score written so early? So we can animate to it.
Once the characters and sets are completed, images will be created for the blog and website to start introducing the characters to the world (along with a weekly comic strip) as well as raise further funds through selling T-shirts, posters etc.
The final product will be a combination of volunteer and paid work to bring the costs down. A number of people have already put their hands up to be a part of it. They will share in what grows out this.
WHERE TO ONCE DONE:
The internet is going to be the place to see Bounty Hunter Bunny, on your laptop, desktop or phone. There will also be film festival screenings. Hopefully there will be enough interest in the character from that point to begin a proper licensing campaign and attract investors to create more cartoons. Possibly pave the way for TV screenings and ultimately a movie.
YOU WILL BE PART OF THAT . . .
Ultimately, the goal is to create and present a new character to the world, outside the influence of broadcasters and sensors who only seem to repeat the same old formula. Like the famous cartoon stars of the past Bounty Hunter Bunny will grow and evolve through public feedback - I am excited at the prospect.
BUT . . .
The first step is to finish the preliminary work . . . WITH YOUR HELP.
A$10+and up, You will recieve a crew signed poster, and name listed on blog/website as PROJECT SUPPORTER. You will also be entitled to a 10% discount on future merchandise sold on website.
A$50+and up, You will recieve a crew signed poster and set of 2 8x10s, DVD copy of the film when released, and name listed on blog/website as PROJECT PARTNER and THANK YOU in end credit roll. You will also be entitled to a 30% discount on future merchandise sold on website.
A$100+and up, You will recieve a crew signed poster and set of 8 8x10s, T-shirt, DVD copy of the film when released, and name listed on blog/website as PROJECT HERO along with a SPECIAL THANK YOU end credit roll . You will also be entitled to a 50% discount on future merchandise sold on website.
A$500+and up, You will recieve a crew signed poster and set of 8 8x10s, 2 T-shirts, 2 specially pressed DVD copies of the film when released, special signed art book and name listed on blog/website as PROJECT ANGEL along with a PRODUCER credit. You will also be entitled to a 70% discount on future merchandise sold on website.