Toronto Alice

Lewis Carroll's Alice takes an eventful trip on a streetcar in contemporary Toronto in this short stop-motion animated video.
Jennifer Linton
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Are you a fan of the funny -- and slightly creepy -- animations of Terry Gilliam? Or perhaps you're more of a devotee of Surrealist animation from Poland? Or maybe you just enjoy weird, off-the-beaten-path stuff? If you answered "yes" to any of these (or, like me, to all three), then you'll probably enjoy the unique style of cutout animation I create at Papercut Pictures. 

My name is Jennifer Linton, and Papercut Pictures is my production company. I'm an interdisciplinary visual artist working with animation, installation, drawing and printmaking. I have exhibited my art for the past 20 years in galleries across Canada, and internationally with exhibitions in the U.S. and Italy. My animated films have screened at festivals such as Animaldiçoados Film Festival 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) Showcase 2013, and the Boston Underground Film Festival 2014. I've received numerous awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.  

  • This campaign is to raise funds for my next animation project, entitled Toronto Alice. The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll's famous children's novels is transported to contemporary Toronto where, like many native Torontonians, she takes a ride on the streetcar. As with many trips on the public transit, she encounters a succession of strange characters who engage her in (equally strange) conversations. The dialogue is borrowed directly from Through the Looking-Glass, but given a fresh & funny new twist in this stop-motion animation. 

What We Need & What You Get

  • I will create all of the visuals for this film: the artwork, the puppets, and the backgrounds. I will also handle all of the stop-motion animation. What I need help with is the audio component -- and that's where YOU come in!
  • I need three separate audio components for this project: musical treatments, ambient background sound fx, and voice actors. While I can handle all the visual stuff, I need to call in the professionals to create good quality recordings of ambient sound. Animation takes a great deal of effort and a very long time to create, so you don't want great visuals to be undermined by inferior audio.
  • Listening to my voiceover in the pitch video should prove, without a doubt, that I should never, ever do voiceover work! Your contributions will allow me to leave this important task to the professionals!
  • I'm offering a range of "perks" to sweeten the deal, from DVDs to paper dolls to original, framed artwork! It's win-win! You help me make this project the best it can be AND you get limited edition art in return!

Why contribute?

  • You're a fan of animation. Specifically, you enjoy independent animation that advances the art form, or that simply stands out as different from everything else. There aren't many animators out there working with paper cutouts and stop-motion. What I do is very boutique and kinda retro. Different is good. 
  • You're Canadian, or you have an uncle who lives in Canada (hey, maybe I know him). No, seriously. It's good to see your own stories up there on the (big or small) screen. We gotta represent. I don't know about you, but I've always wanted to see Alice wearing a Hudson's Bay coat. 
  • You're a fan of Lewis Carroll and his Alice novels. There's a timelessness and universality about Carroll's characters that allow us to visit and revisit this wonderful material. Young and old, we all love to slip into Wonderland. 
  •  You want that swag. A custom Toronto Alice jointed paper doll? Sweet.

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raised by 64 people in 2 months
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$3,000 CAD goal
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This campaign ended on May 18, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10CAD
    Postcard Thank You

    At the $10 level, you'll receive my heartfelt thanks hand-written on a custom printed "Toronto Alice" postcard.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $15CAD
    Vimeo preview

    At the $15 level, you'll also receive an exclusive, private link to the completed film on Vimeo.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $25CAD

    At the $25 level, you'll receive a limited edition Blu-Ray DVD that contains not only the completed Toronto Alice film, but all of my other animated films.

    26 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $75CAD
    DVD + paper doll

    At the $75 level, you'll receive a limited edition Blu-Ray DVD PLUS a custom design "Toronto Alice" articulated paper doll! She ships with simple instructions & mini-brads.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $500CAD
    DVD+paper doll+framed artwork

    At the $500 level, you'll receive a limited edition Blu-Ray DVD PLUS a custom design "Toronto Alice" articulated paper doll PLUS an original, hand-made puppet mounted in a shadow box. You'll also receive a mention in the film's credits.

    3 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
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