We made our goal, but have set a new unofficial 'stretch goal' of $2,000! This extra $500 will help pay for a regular-sized digital projector, transportation down to Portland for the May 20th event, and a small artist fee for each of the eight animators that have put their blood, sweat and tears into the Little Shop of Animated Horrors film.
Please consider helping us reach our new goal!
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team is working on their second collective film, this time based on the 1960 movie Little Shop of Horrors. Eight animators are taking a 9 minute segment of the movie, shrinking it down to 90 seconds, and animating it in whatever manner they wish. In true 'exquisite corpse' style, the first and last frame of the segments will match, giving the 12 minute film the semblance of a narrative. Watch our first collective film, titled Exquisite Corpse, here: https://vimeo.com/38328408
The Little Shop film will premiere at Zeitgeist Coffee in Seattle on April 4th, as part of the First Thursday Art Walk. This will be the third such event put on by SEAT at Zeitgeist, where we take over the space by projecting onto the windows and walls of the cafe. But to make the event happen we need to purchase three new projector stands and two new pico projectors. If we're successful raising the funds we will put on a similar event in Portland on May 20, as part of both the NW Animation Festival and the Experimental Film Festival. This event would be the first SEAT event in Portland.
What We Need & What You Get
The first two times we put on events like this we made custom projector stands out of spare wood, dowels, and chewing gum. Not really, but you get the idea. It's time for us to buy some durable stands that are adjustable, tall, and can be disassembled and stored away. One of these, with an additional tray for a DVD player, is about $300, and we need three so we can project simultaneously onto different surfaces.
We also like to project onto small surfaces, like kites. Animator Webster Crowell designed special kites outfitted with small pico projectors just for this purpose. They've been installed in various venues and two of the projectors have burnt out over time. We would like to replace them and they're each $300. So three stands at $300 each and two pico projectors at $300 makes $1,500.
If we raise additional money we'd also love to buy a regular-sized digital projector to add to our animation arsenal.
If you can find it in your budget to contribute you will either get a personal thank you shout out at both the Seattle and Portland events, a special certificate of awesomeness designed by us, or one DVD of short films from one of our members. If you can find it in your budget to contribute a lot, and if you live in Seattle, we would love to host you for an animator's dinner with SEAT where food will be had, and animation will be watched and discussed.
We think there isn't enough independent animation in the world. It's an amazing medium with a deep history that is relatively unknown in the film and art communities. As a group we strive to raise awareness of animation as a mode of personal expression through social screenings, installations, public works, collective films and touring programs. Your contribution will not only ensure that our latest collective film is presented in person in Seattle and Portland, but also that we will be able to put on many more such events in the future.
To find out more about our past exploits, visit our website: http://www.experimentalanimation.org/
Other Ways You Can Help
As poor artists ourselves we understand that not everyone will be able to contribute money. If this is the case, please consider doing these things to help out:
use the Indiegogo share tools to share this campaign on your Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Like our Facebook page. As well as keeping you in the loop, this will show up in your friends' feeds and pique their interest in SEAT.
Know anyone who is into animation? Share the links with them especially.
Know anyone who runs a blog/radio station/alternative paper? Share the links with them!
Not only will this help us reach our campaign goal, but it will also spread the word about our two events in Seattle (April 4, Zeitgeist) and in Portland (May 20, Valentines). We want both events to be packed! And of course, if you're in either of these two cities, we hope to see you there!
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