If anything, stop motion animation is a testament to patience, and animator Rachel Johnson has crafted this virtue from her garage to Kickstarter dream. A modest crowd-funding goal of $40,000 amongst the millions being raised by the likes of Zach Braff and Spike Lee, Lift Animation reached their goal with 10 days to spare. This has allowed Johnson to set a stretch goal of $73,300 which is the short film's full budget.
The film is "Henrietta Bulkowski," a sweetly melancholic, inspiring tale that challenges perceptions of beauty on a heroine's path of determination. The morning that Johnson awoke reaching her Kickstarter goal was met with tears of joy, as the dream of pouring the foundation of an animation studio became a reality. There is socially-concious fuel in this dream too, to not just tell inspiring stories, but to bring forth courageous and unconventional female protagonists that push the medium's boundaries.
Worker Studio recognized the incredible journey Lift Animation embarked on, and enlisted as a backer early on. Hopefully other studios, and aspiring animators will equally recognize the value of empowering storytellers.
A full write-up by Worker Studio's Ministry of Culture is on Yahoo! Voices, and the "Henrietta Bulkowski" video is featured on Worker's Kickstarter Page.
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