"If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything," David Foster Wallace during an interview with Leonard Lopate in 1996. The interview has just been given new life by Blank on Blank.
Legendary animator Bill Plympton is trying something new: A feature film made entirely from more than 40,000 hand-painted frames.
Plympton is currently funding his seventh feature film, Cheatin’, on Kickstarter. A grown-up tale of jealousy, revenge, and murder shot through with Plympton’s surreal sense of humor, the film would never stand a chance in a traditional studio system. But with 175 backers behind him and counting, the artist’s most ambitious project is our Project of the Day.
Ladies and gentlemen! Today BoingBoing.net is premiering the short animation “I Have Your Heart” directed by Jim Batt, illustrated by Molly Crabapple, with a song by Kim Boekbinder. 2 years of paper cuts and patience!
When it comes to full-length animated films, there are no shortcuts. Every step of the process demands endless time, boundless skill and the patience of a zombie.
So trust an animator to know exactly what to do when the undead come knocking. Jeff Fowler, a director at animation powerhouse Blur Studios, sent along this sequence of images, which breaks down “a zombie head explosion in all its technical and creative glory… from concept sketch to fully rendered juicy eruption.”
Blur’s team has spent years working to create a feature film adaptation of The Goon, based on the beloved series of darkly funny comic books. Now Blur has taken to Kickstarter to unleash a groundswell of support and raise the funds required to create a full-lenth story reel for the film. The aim is to prove to Hollywood that an intelligent, hilarious animated movie for grownups can thrive on the big screen — and thousands of Kickstarter backers have aleady agreed.
The project ends in just over a week, so backers take note: Act now if you want to bring The Goon to life.
The Claytheist is a “conceptual experiment in stop-motion animation” in which two puppets engage in an escalating argument over the origin of their existence.
The project combines a rapid-fire narrative reminiscent of some 1920s radio hour with claymation mad scientists, hallucinatory visual effects, and some seriously impressive suspenders.
The creators warn us that a megalomaniacal billionaire is planning to take over the world with his army of puppets — and they plan to be on his good side by ensuring this project happens. To that end, backers can help make the film possible, while simultaneously ensuring that their allegiance is duly noted by our future overlord. Who are we to resist? Better make The Claythiest our Project of the Day.
Michael Gagné has been a professional animator for decades. He’s contributed to dozens of feature films, and worked for some of the most highly recognized names in the industry — Cartoon Network, Electronic Arts, Disney, and Pixar, to name just a few. But during all that time, he’s always dreamt of making his own independent feature. The Saga of Rex is that film.
Originally serialized in comic form over the course of six years, it tells the story of a little fox who is abducted by a flying saucer, where he encounters a race of surreally beautiful shape-shifters. It’s a tale rooted deeply in Gagné’s love for all things science fiction, mythical, and creaturely; one he plans to bring it to life through classic 2D animation. He promises it will be short, but sweet.