Logline: The dull objects in a dreary apartment burst into chaotic life and motion, whenever the poor workingman is not looking.
Tagline: Insanity ensues, in this stop motion animation film.
Genre: Surrealist, Experimental, Stop Motion Animation
Themes: A deeper reality, just beyond our vision. A fantastical world, hidden beneath the dull exterior.
The terribly mechanical workingman is late for work once again, and he can't find his glasses. As soon as he leaves, the objects in his room come to life and have a secret party. The happy clothes dance around; the jelly sandwich runs for it's life as the viscous toaster oven chases.
Just as the entire room comes to an epitome of chaos, the workingman bursts in the front door. He inspects his apartment... it´s just as he left it ... except the mirror is crooked. He straightens the mirror, turns his back, and suddenly .... CRACK! The mirror shatters! He stares into the fractured view of himself.
A Stop-Motion Animation Film
This experimental film will allow us to see a glimpse of a fractured reality, by combining live action and stop motion animation.
Stop motion animation is just like hand-drawn animation, or clay animation, except it uses real objects and real people, rather than drawings or clay. This "illusion" of movement is achieved by moving an object little by little, taking a series of still photographs, and playing it back at roughly 24 frames per second.
Using this technique, we can make your average toaster oven into an angry beast, as it flaps its jaw and chases a helpless piece of bread. We can make a toilet into a man-eating monster, we can make a sock move like a caterpillar, or we can make an entire room paint itself. The possibilities are limitless.
Who Are We?
We are a group of young San Diego student filmmakers, and Fracture is our senior thesis project at San Diego State University. While we are passionate and creative artists, we are also dedicated, experienced, and technically skilled craftsmen.
- Producer: Sara Phillips Alcamí- Producer/Production Designer of Rock Off (2011)
- Writer/Director: Greg Nicolayeff- Writer/Director of Rock Off (2011) and Dilution (2011)
Co-directorof True Vision (2011)
- Director of Photography: Jon Ramsey - Camera operator for Aaron Evans I've Been Blessed (2012) and The Trolley Show (2012) and DP of The Gumby and Pokey Stop Motion
- Production Designer: Marissa Cool - Art Director for This is Charlotte King (2010), Production Designer for Perception (2011), Set Decorator for mini series Redickolous (2011) and HGTV's Secrets from a Stylist (2011).
- Sound Designer: Tyler Armstrong - Sound Designer of Rock Off (2011) and Lemongate (2011)
What We Need & What You Get
Using the “stop motion” technique means that we will be taking around 2000 pictures. Needless to say, this process will take a long time. That's why it is so important for us to install our set in a rented studio space; we need to have complete control over our animated objects and puppets, over the course of many shooting days.
Our story will feature a number of specially-made props and puppets. They are seemingly normal objects that come to life as unique characters. In order to make this happen, we need just a few basic tools and materials to convert your everyday house-hold items into life-like puppets, with human and animal characteristics.
To contain this crazy party of puppets, we are building a small set: the poor workingman’s dreary apartment. We are resourcefully using as many materials as possible from the SDSU scene shop, but we will also be gathering much of our own.
Your contribution would help us make all of this possible. As committed and experienced filmmakers, we're going to make a great film, no matter what. Still, with the help of you and your friends, we can be much more ambitious. Our skilled and savvy production team will be able to make this film live up to its fullest potential!
Listed below is our budget, so you can see what your donation is going towards:
Warehouse rental: $500
Production Design: $850
Craft Services: $400
Every donation will be sincerely appreciated. Furthermore, we will be sending you various gifts to show our gratitude for your generous donations.
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