'Dabblers'- A Stop Motion Animation

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My stories arise from my obsession with minutiae, finding contingencies between people, places and events.

I love Stop Motion Animation as a storytelling tool as puppets can be incredibly sympathetic and emotive to the human condition in their honest form.

'The Dabblers'  set in an ancient mandala lined cave. It has history is flipped on its head, King Richard III who was recently excavated from a car park is now on his own search through history while detaining a captive of ducks.

The ducks who are unable to migrate north are forced to dig for artefacts under some strange watchful characters and become despondent and reactionary to the denial of their basic duck rights.

Cave Interior;

The process of the set has become very important to me, how we connect to the history of our culture through art. The meditation of making the canes and patterns for mandalas  from colourful modelling clay are informed by the interior chambers of mosques, places of ritual and rock art.

This was a drawing that inspired this story 'Mask Confronting Mandala'

The Ducks;

I fell in love with ducks when I discovered the unusual anatomy;) dynamic personality and also as they are a way to mimic human story through otherness.

This project received script mentoring from Brett Stanning

How The Funds Will Be Used

Ducks                                          $450
Puppets                                       $400
Wood/set/papermache              $600
Resin                                            $350
Stalactites & Stalagmites           $1100
Modelling Material for caneing $3500 (approx 970 canes)   
Post Production                           $800
Music - The wildly entertaining Melbourne based band The Bon Scotts

Total Stop Motion Animation Budget $7200
+ Contingency                              $7920

The Challenges

Stop Motion Animation is always a test of patience but can allow you to slow down and find yourself in another world if only for a moment.

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A$5 +Stand Out! Name A DuckEntertain me, become a birdwatcher- name one of the 30+ ducks in the film!
14 Chosen | 16 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
A$15 +Single Screening TicketOne Night launch Screening in Melbourne! Venue to be announced
11 Chosen | 149 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016
A$30 +2 tix and name a duck!Bring a friend and see your duck acting on the big screen At the Loop Project Space & Bar August 25th
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2016
A$50 +All GoneBecome a CharcterEver wanted to be in animation?! Send me photos or sit for me and you can have a staring role in the film!
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A$75 +Package!Name a duck, Grab a Premiere Screening Ticket and get you own duck to keep!
3 Chosen | 17 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
A$100 +Set Tour & your own duck!See how the madness is created, and take home your very own duck!
4 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$150 +Still Photograph40 x 50 cm Signed Photographic image from 'The Dabblers' One off from the film
5 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2016
A$500 +Take home the mummyThe 30 cm sculpture of the Mummy 'Sleeping Beauty' can be yours! Modelling Clay (caned) and real hair She will be in a caned (patterned) coffin
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2016
A$1000 +Ltd Stop-Motion Edition One Available Only From an edition of 3 Upon the completion of the project, a copy of the Limited Edition Stop Motion Animation 'The Dabblers' will be awarded.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2016