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.
Back in March of 2014, I launched this Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to complete my film project "Toronto Alice". Never would I have guessed the amount of interest, support and enthusiasm I received from the internet community over this wee little paper-cutout animation project. This campaign received mentions on the Canadian Animation Resource web site(http://www.canadiananimationresources.ca/2014/03/campaigns-we-like-toronto-alice/), the Toronto Film Scene blog (http://thetfs.ca/2014/03/24/crowdfunding-project-of-the-week-toronto-alice/#.UzCUjq1dXdd) and Boing Boing (http://boingboing.net/2014/03/28/crowdfunding-money-to-finish-a.html).
I was invited by Indiegogo to try out this new InDemand feature because -- hey, that's how many of us artists are raising funds for our future projects these days! If you like what you see, then throw a couple of bucks in Alice's direction. You can opt for a "perk" to view the entire film online with a private link to Vimeo. "Toronto Alice" is not available to the general public at the moment, so this'll be your only opportunity to see it.
You can also pick up a BluRay disk with "Toronto Alice", my two previous animated shorts, plus a bonus one-hour interview with me -- animator, director, and chief paper-cutter at Papercut Pictures. Wowza!
The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass' is transported to contemporary Toronto. Whilst riding a streetcar, Alice encounters a pair of strange characters who engage her in an equally strange debate over whether or not they, in fact, exist. The dialogue is borrowed directly from Carroll, but given a fresh and funny new twist in this short stop-motion animation.
Voice of Alice by Nicole Bauman
Voices of Tweedledee & Tweedledum by Matt Speirs
Sound recording and design by Karl Mohr
Paper puppets, stop-motion animation, post-production, editing, and direction by Jennifer Linton
Adapted from "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", by Lewis Carroll (published in 1871).
- 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.
- 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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