Legendary animator Bill Plympton has turned to Kickstarter to fund his latest twisted, surreal animated feature "Cheatin'".
According to the Kickstarter page:
CHEATIN' is an animated adult tale of love, jealousy, revenge, and murder – full of nudity and violence, but also with my surreal sense of humor. The story is inspired by the work of James M. Cain (“Double Indemnity”, “The Postman Always Rings Twice”). CHEATIN' marks my 7th animated feature film.
Plympton is looking for $75,000 to complete and color "Cheatin'" using a watercolor technique that will be a challenging first for the fiercely independent artist. He says:
I am an artist and take great pride in my status as an independent filmmaker. I don't work with big production houses and I draw every frame myself. Including my Producer and Art Director, my studio employs 10 artists who need to digitally clean, paint, and composite over 40,000 animation drawings. We have an editor, composer, and sound designer working out-of-house, making the total staff under 20 people – quite small compared to the thousands on staff at large animation studios such as Pixar or Disney. For these reasons, it's very difficult to raise funds for this project, and that's why we need your support!
If you want to help, you can nab yourself a number of killer rewards from multiple financial tiers - from movies, to books, to a credit on the film, to a personal tour of Plympton's NYC studio. Head over to the project's Kickstarter page to cough up a few bucks and support a true independent original.