French production company, Composite Films launches crowdfunding campaign for its polar western,Â To Build a Fire
On Monday, October 27thÂ CompositeÂ FilmsÂ hasÂ launched a crowdfunding campaign onÂ IndiegogoÂ with the objective to collectÂ 25,000â‚¬Â in contributions to finance theÂ 2D animated short filmÂ adaptation of Jack Londonâ€™s famous short storyÂ To Build a FireÂ directed by award winning and London based, FX Goby.Â You can see the first few images on Facebook by clickingÂ here. The film will be finished by theÂ beginning of 2016Â for theÂ 100thÂ anniversary of Jack Londonâ€™s death.Â Within only 15 days of our campaign, we have managed to surpass the 10,000â‚¬ mark with over 100 contributors! The campaign finishes December 22nd, so there are only less than 40 days left to get a part of the action!
To Build a FireÂ brings together the unique vision of FX Goby, director of award winningÂ En tus Brazos, and the expertise of Samuel FranÃ§ois-Steininger, producer and founder of Composite Films. Located inÂ Lyon,Â the birthplace of cinematography, our production company is a part of the cultural vitality of Europe, and with achieving the goal of 25,000â‚¬ will be a fantastic way to showcase the FrenchÂ savoir-faireÂ at an international level.
Adapted from Jack Londonâ€™s short story,Â To Build a Fire, a 10-minute 2D film, tells the terrible and tragic tale ofÂ a trapper and his dogÂ crossing the polar tundra of the Yukon, a territory located in the arctic circle of North America near Alaska. The novella, essentially descriptive and void of dialogue, represents a veritableÂ challenge for adaptation. The minimal style and refined animation of FX Goby will be evident through his work on sound and staging. He will replace Londonâ€™s narrative words of the burning cold with focusing on the intense sensations, such as the vicious progression of freezing blood as it backflows, seeking refuge in the heart of the man that is fighting hypothermia.
Monday, October 27th,Â we launched a campaign for crowdfunding onÂ IndiegogoÂ with the objective of receivingÂ 25,000â‚¬Â to fund the film. With this money, Composite Films will be able to cover the costs ofÂ preproductionÂ (including shooting in the Alps, animation production of 10 minutes- the first version, animation testing, etc.), to create aÂ universe of soundÂ for the film with a sound designer, pay the team ofÂ artistsÂ involved in our project, promote our film and find new contributors. In exchange for their donation, the crowdfunders will have access to tons of unique compensations, from aÂ dogsled raceÂ in the breathtaking mountain ranges of le Jura and les Vosges, toÂ T-shirts, Christmas editionÂ handmade finger puppets of the characters, a limited editionÂ LeathermanÂ® multi-tool, a collectorâ€™s edition book of illustrations, and effigyÂ figurinesÂ of the characters inÂ To Build a Fire!
The crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo will last two months. The money received will allow us to go into production immediately.
2016 will not only mark theÂ 100thÂ year after Jack Londonâ€™s death, but also his 140thÂ birthday. Thus the goal is to finish production by the end of 2015 to be able to widely distribute our film to festivals throughout the next year to celebrate this double anniversary.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project! We are readily available to answer any questions you may have, conduct interviews or provide you with any details to enrich your articles or reports. Any and all passing the word along about our campaign will help! You can also check out, like, follow and share our officialÂ To Build a FireÂ FacebookÂ andÂ TwitterÂ pages.Â If you would like to download our Press Kit, comprised of key visuals of To Build a Fireâ€™s design and artwork, as well as portraits of the producer and director, clickÂ here.
To Build a FireÂ film team
Samuel FranÃ§ois-SteiningerÂ |Â ProducerÂ
FX GobyÂ |Â Director
Marie CorberandÂ |Â Executive Producer
Alexander LawrenceÂ |Â Community ManagerÂ
Marine Wong Kwok ChuenÂ |Â Media Coordinator
And all of the artists involved in the preparation of the film.