If you love traditional, hand-drawn animation and want to see it make a comeback, then this is the film for you!
"With a contemporary spin (it's ghetto-tastic) and maybe a touch of Bakshi, DAWGTOWN offers a more pointed appeal than the often indistinguishable mush of family CG films."
"A dark, edgy, animated feature that will give my generation something to think about."
Starring JASON BEGHE of NBC's CHICAGO P.D.
WHAT IS DAWGTOWN?
"Dawgtown" is the story of a young Pitbull named Max who is taken from his owner and forced into the brutal world of underground dog fighting. As a competitor in the most well-funded pit-fighting organization in the world, he becomes a symbol of hope to the others, and must lead them in a dangerous fight for freedom. It’s "Gladiator" meets "Animal Farm".
Max flees an oncoming train in the Subway. Production Still.
Max encounters some mean street dogs. Production Still.
Julius prepares to take Max to Dawgtown. Production Still.
Refreshing about "Dawgtown" is that it is being produced in the style and technique of traditional hand-drawn animation, which audiences are seeing less and less of these days with the proliferation of CG. I have chosen an angular style that is inspired by urban and graffiti art.
What We Need & What You Get
Though $10,000 is the minimum goal, here are some of the funding milestones I am shooting for:
$5000 will cover all Concept Art/Storyboards to be completed.
$10000 will cover for all Concept Art/Storyboards to be completed, as well as some finished animation for select scenes.
$25000 will hire our Lead Actor for voice recording. I can't name names, but this person is a big enough Hollywood star to solidify the chances of attracting investors to fund the entire film(animation takes just one day, and since this covers the day rate, I can negotiate a royalty deal with the Actor to compensate for the rest of the fee).
$50000 Same as above, only I will be able to hire an additional name Actor for a supporting role.
$75000 & Beyond In addition to the above, substantial animation work will be able to be done on the film.
The ImpactThis is indie film-making. It’s done all the time with live action, why can’t it be done with animation? I have the talent on board, and the technology makes it possible now. I love Pixar, Dreamworks and Disney, but there should also be other options for moviegoers who love animated features. This is PG-13 material, and it deals with socially relevant issues.
In essence, this is the Pre-Production Phase, and that is what you will be helping me fund. The film is 80 minutes, and will require a lot more capital to complete, but this phase will help to get the ball rolling.
The Theme of DAWGTOWN
The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
1) On the surface, DAWGTOWN is about animal cruelty. Illegal dogfighting is one of the most shameful and brutal crimes committed against animals in this country; they are tortured, abused and killed by the very people who are supposed to care for them. The Pitbull Terrier used to be the American family dog (remember Little Rascals, and Buster Brown?) and for many it still is, but the breed has had to live with the cultural stigma that has been thrust upon it as a result of dog-fighting. Many live in fear of these animals because of their unfair portrayal in the media.
A culture that abuses and brutalizes such a loyal and trusting animal is morally sick, and such people not only pose a danger to these helpless creatures, but to society as well. DAWGTOWN does not glorify dog-fighting; it shows it for what it is, and it is a damning exposition of the people who engage in it.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
2) In the subtext, DAWGTOWN is about security verses freedom. I think we can all agree that today we live in a society where our freedoms are being eroded every day, and usually it is in the name of keeping us safe. Benjamin Franklin said, "he who would trade his freedom for security will lose both, and deserves neither." Many of the dogs in Dawgtown have been under the system for so long that they don't even know they are slaves. It takes an outsider like Max to come into their world and show them that there is a better life, if they will only gather up the courage to stand against their oppressors, and break their chains.
We all want to be free. Dawgtown is a reminder that freedom has to be demanded, or those in power will eventually take it away.
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