Friday, 19 October 2012

Interesting Times for Scampenstein

I've just seen a post on NoFilmSchool about Alien 3 director David Fincher crowdfunding a feature animation titled "The Goon" via Kickstarter. I believe that this might be the first time someone from the industry has funded a feature animation in this way. Kickstarter recently announced that they're making it easier for UK filmmakers to  crowdfund so this is all very good news for Scampenstein.

A while back I thought I had secured the help of some local yet internationally famous graphic novel/comic book artists to help produce a graphic novel based around the story. The aim was to crowdfund this to help popularize and promote the project. That didn't come off unfortunately.

The original idea was that if the resulting graphic novel didn't secure a development deal then I could always go on and try to crowdfund it myself using as much Midlands/UK/Irish talent as possible.

So I'm still looking for an accomplished graphic artist to help me make the story into a comic book/graphic novel - preferably someone Birmingham based. 

The good news is that with Kickstarter now available in the UK its time to get some wheels back on the project. Phase 1: Crowdfund a graphic artist to do the graphic novel and then Phase 2: market the story globally and then crowdfund again to make the feature.

Anyone who wants to follow Scampenstein on Twitter can do so here. For Facebook go here.

You can read more about the inspiration behind the Scampenstein story in this blog post. And here's a picture of my much lamented Charlie. Just because.

Charlie at Moores in Madrid. Wearing his Ireland scarf prior to an 8AM World Cup game.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Praise indeed!

I was delighted that fellow Birmingham screenwriter and novelist Andy Conway had some nice things to say about the Scampenstein excerpt he read on Circalit.

Screenwriter and novelist Andy Conway
Andy has recently had a script made into the feature Arjun and Alison which is just emerging from Post Production in Mumbai. A trailer for the film has just been released.

As well as being the long time moderator of the Shooting People Screenwriters mailing list - Andy has also released a series of novels, novellas and short stories on to Kindle where I'm told they're selling very well.

Here's what he had to say about Scampenstein.
"It's good stuff. I'm really enjoying it....It flows well and you're introducing characters very well and it's got a real Disney feel to it. Very well done."
You can find all the links to Andy's Amazon output on this page.

Thats all for now though I'm hoping to have the meeting with the graphic artists who I'e been in touch with about porting the idea into graphic novel format very soon :-)

Watch this space!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Scampenstein: Small Dog. Big Dreams

This is the new blog for my Scampenstein feature animation project. I'm hoping to port my screenplay idea into a graphic novel with the help of some internationally respected comic book artists with who I am in now in talks.

I then hope to use the resulting graphic novel and long tail marketing (sic) to find the money to make the feature using a UK animation house.

The project has had a bit of a troubled history from when I first tried to push it on Facebook as the first crowd-funded animated feature a few years back.

As is often the case early adopters are often in the right place too soon. The rise of crowd funding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter plus the ubiquity of Facebook use means that the possibility of creating the film via social networking and crowd-scourcing is much better than it was back then.

Prior to that the idea had languished on someones desk at Aardman for 18 months where it had been sent by my agent at the time.

Unfortunately this is because the individual concerned went off sick and I was later told actually died which explained the delay in hearing back. They eventually told me they liked the idea but that it wasn't quite right for them.

There was then a short flurry of interest from someone based at Pinewood that eventually came to naught.

I've always believed in the project and have received encouragement from a small cadre of loyal supports who seem to believe in it as much if not more than I do. So big ups to Elinor Perry, Gareth Turpie and Victoria Morton and others who have been there since the start.

Mr. Charlie Natty Dreadlocks  esq.

The project itself was inspired by my much lamented Irish Water Spaniel Charlie who used to jump up and hug me in a Frankenstein's monster sort of a way. i also received some inspiration and the name of one of my lead characters from a BBC story about some dogs who used to escape from their cages at the Battersea Dog's Home at night led by a lurcher called Red.

Canine Escapologist - Red the Lurcher
Please like the Facebook page and watch this space as the project develops.