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Abstract Animation Director Mirai Mizue Starts Kickstarter for Short Film

posted on 2013-04-10 00:00 EDT
Director looks to raise US$17,870 to cover editing, soundtrack, production costs

Award-winning abstract animation director Mirai Mizue (Toru Matsumoto: AND AND., Modern No. 2) launched a Kickstarter campaign on March 31 for the animated short film project "WONDER." Mizue created the short over the course of 365 days by animating one second, or 24 frames of abstract art, each day. Mizue created a total of 8,760 drawings with the help of 160 painters.

Mizue began working on the film on April 1, 2012 and finished on March 31, but turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a soundtrack, editing costs, and creating a 35mm print. The director is looking to raise US$17,870 to cover the costs of a soundtrack by The Pascals, editing, and other production expenses. The costs would also cover festival admission fees, such as for France's Cannes. The project deadline is April 30 and the campaign has raised US$4,992 as of print time.

A trailer for the film showcasing the artwork is currently streaming on the project's official website, and the campaign page is hosting an interview with Mizue about the project.



Backers of the project can receive password-protected access to the film online, a .PDF file of all 8,760 drawings, a signed, region-free copy of the film on DVD, signed drawings, a chance to meet Mizue and the film crew, and tickets to festivals where the film will show.

This is not the first Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a Japanese animation director; Masaaki Yuasa raised more than US$175,000 for his Kick-Heart anime short last year.

Thanks to Vito Plahuta for the news tip.


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