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Animation Project for Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to Also Open Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

posted on by Karen Ressler

The "Four Seasons Animation Concert Executive Committee" announced on Thursday that it will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its animation project based on Antonio Vivaldi's classical concerto series The Four Seasons. Ann Yamamoto, assistant professor at Tokyo University of the Arts and president of Pied Piper, Inc. (Skip Beat!, Time of Eve Kickstarter campaigns), is assisting with the project.

A Japanese crowdfunding campaign already launched on the Ready For platform last month. As of press time the project has earned 3,435,000 yen of its five million yen (about US$44,604) goal and has 14 days remaining.

The project will consist of four animated shorts by different directors, one for each season. Russian animator Anna Budanova will handle the "Spring" segment, Estonian husband and wife team Priit Pärn and Olga Pärn will handle "Summer" segment, Japanese animator Atsushi Wada ("The Great Rabbit," "Anomalies") will handle the "Autumn" segment, and Bulgarian animator Theodore Ushev will handle the "Winter" segment.

The project is aiming to debut the animation in both live performance and on DVD. If funded, the project's first performance is slated for November 19 at Hibiki Hall in Kitakyushu, with a Yokohama performance to follow in December.

Mitsuko Okamoto and Oscar-nominated director Koji Yamamura (Mt. Head, Muybridge's Strings), both professors at Tokyo University of the Arts, are respectively producing and supervising the project. The executive committee includes the president, vice president, and other staff members from the Tokyo University of the Arts.

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