Over 1600 backers helped to push animated film crowdfunding project “Art Story” over their $350,000 funding goal on Kickstarter during the campaigns final hours. Creators and Disney Veterans, Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams, launched a final push to crowdfund their dream and their request was rewarded as the campaign became full funded. The rewards packages had some interesting levels to incentivize support. There were 3 $10,000 rewards; one to apprentice with the filmakers, another where you could spotlight your own painting in the film, and the final where the donor could be the voice of a character.
“Art Story” is an animated movie that tells the tale of a young boy and his grandfather as they journey through the imaginative world of paintings. 11-year-old, meticulous boy, Walt, and his crazy, loopy Grandpa (two complete opposites) get stuck in a vast, imaginative world of paintings. Inside, they cross paths with a ruthless painted character determined to make it into our world. In order to get home and stop the villain, Walt and Grandpa have to set aside their differences, work together and navigate worlds where the rules can change around every corner. This entertaining and educational story is a movie that will stay with viewers for years to come.
The money raised through the “Art Story” Kickstarter campaign will go towards creating a script, a children’s storybook ready for publication, artwork for all the characters and worlds and a complete video reel of the story.
The project creators were “flabbergasted” as they crossed the line into successful crowdfunding. They promised to deliver a film which will last for generations and promised supporters would be able to share with their grandchildren – how they helped make it happen.
Creators Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams, are two 20+ year Disney animation veterans. Aaron co-directed and Chuck produced “Brother Bear,” Disney’s 50th animated feature which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. Prior to that, Aaron served as supervising animator on the mega-hits “Aladdin,” “The Lion King” and “Mulan.” He also was an animator on “Beauty and the Beast” and “Pocahontas.” Prior to his work on “Brother Bear,” Chuck produced several other shorts and headed up the special projects division at Disney Feature Animation. His other credits include “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” and “Beauty and the Beast. There best work is to follow as the film is expected to screen in December 2016.
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