This is a still from Squiffle’s Tiny Fingers featuring the work of our new background artist, Sean Edward Burns. We are very excited to welcome him to the team!
Please visit First Frame Gallery, his online collection of fine art, including digital photographs, sculptures, paintings, and creative experiments, to see more of his work.
We’ve got updates!
-If you contributed to last year’s IndieGogo campaign, your perks are being sent out this week!
-Don’t worry—If you missed the fundraising campaign, you can still get your hands on some cool Squiffle STUFF by heading over to the Donate page!
-Lots of updates have been made to the site- check out all those buttons over to the right!
-Call for submissions: Squiffle spends a lot of time watching television, and we need audio for those channels! We’re open to anything- game shows, talk shows, sitcoms, reality, news, whatever you want. For submission guidelines, check out the Get Involved page!
We’ve got buttons! A big thank you to the folks over at Button Arcade
( website | etsy ) for making these great buttons (they even threw in a few magnets!). They were really great to work with and we’d recommend the shop to anyone looking for a button fix. They do custom button designs as well as their own adorable buttons, magnets, coasters, and other crafty items. Check them out!
And for those of you awaiting your buttons from helping out with our funding on our Indiegogo campaign last year, be on the lookout, they should be coming your way soon!
Animation is moving right along over here in the Coco-Moranstein office. It is refreshing and comforting to know that with each new shot and each new scene, the story and style get more and more refined. The movie inside the movie begins to emerge. It’s terrifying to know that you really don’t know what you’re making until you’ve made it.
Look out for some new additions to the site next week, including some drawings and cast information!
Greetings! Friends, strangers, lovers, supporters, allow me to introduce you to Oren. Oren is the sole merchant at “Omm-uh-lette You Finish”, a food truck where Squiffle obtains his daily breakfast of omelette pops with cheese.
Oren is voiced by actor Mike Palmer.
On this occasion, I’d also like to share with you some wonderful news: that our Squiffle t-shirts have arrived! This batch will soon be distributed to our amazing Indiegogo funders, along with some other fun goodies.
These t-shirts were produced by Alicia of Black Cat Factory, “an anarchist and antifascist collective on Chicago’s north side.” Please check them out, if for nothing else, their awesome zine library!
If you were not able to get on the t-shirt train with our fundraising campaign, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you on the next order!
As for the actual film, I’m pleased to report that the illustrations for the first few scenes have all been drawn and are ready to go through the animation machine. I’ll have a trailer to share with you soon!
The last thing I’d like to note is that we are beginning to work on sound design and music. If you are interested in being involved at all, please get in contact via e-mail or ask box. We’d love to get you on board!
Be sure to follow for more updates and character bios from the upcoming animated film: Squiffle Will Die!
Happy, happy holidaze to all! I hope you had a good one, whichever one you observed. The observing is the important part. As long as you observed something, you are all good in the eyes of your individual God. I, for example, observed that the Hobbit-themed pumpkin spiced coffee at Denny’s tasted a bit like it was trying far too hard to be Starbucks. It had the kind of sweetness that is clearly, clearly fake with notes of processed sweetening powders and artificial pumpkin coloring. In fact, once I had finished the concoction, I was not sure that I had actually drank anything at all, and had perhaps just experienced an only-slightly immersive simulation of a coffee’d reality. Which would, indeed, befit the promotion of a “fantasy” film, in which no things are real.
But we’re not here to analyze the nooks and crannies of Denny’s….
Friends, as much of a holiday-geek as I can be, I also realize that it’s also a time to reflect. As far as Squiffle Will Die is concerned, I’d say 2013 was a good one. We raised nearly $800 on our Indiegogo campaign. We finished major recording. We submerged ourselves deep within the thicket of animation. We strengthened our distribution plan.
In the coming year, I hope to have the first ten minutes finished and completed as a standalone short that I can put up online to generate interest for the full-length feature. With luck, that goal will be reached by early summer and we’ll have a ten minute short to burn into our skulls by watching over and over and over again.
In all, 2014 is going to be a fantastic year for me, a fantastic year for you, and a fantastic year for all the radical punkazoid undergrounders that we are all such fans of.
See you next year,
Oy! This posted to the wrong blog. Happy new year!
"My goal at this point is 2-3 updates a week, time permitting. I mean, we’ve got a domain. Let’s establish it!" - Me, August 2013
I apologize for neglecting this blog and not upholding the values that I so espoused.
But you should not mistake my silence for inactivity. I’m chin-deep in production, animating, re-recording, mixing, editing, exporting, and not sleeping.
To those of you who are still waiting on perks, I do apologize that we are still having some technical problems on the distribution end. Ali of Black Cat Factory (blackcatfactory.tumblr.com) and I are working very hard to remedy the issue and I will be in communication with all of you to make sure that the perks are recieved. I deeply apologize because these perks are the manifestation of your support for our movie and I do not wish to let you all down like this.
In other news, I am very excited to state that we have brought on another producer. A producer who is significant because she also happens to be my wife, Lisa Pilgrim. My excitement about this knows no bounds. Do you realize that if you’re married to your producer, you no longer have to schedule meetings? LIFE becomes a meeting! Frankly, I think every filmmaker should marry their producer.
But enough about the now, what about the later?
Thinking ahead, I am realizing that I am going to need some help with the music for the film. I am not looking for someone to fully score the entire film, but someone who would like to collaborate musically on the score. My original plan was to compose all the music myself but the solo act is much more suited to someone who knows what the fuck they’re doing. So I’d like to just send out some feelers to see if anyone is interested in possibly working together on the score. I’ve got my ideas but I’d like to hear yours. Let’s talk or meet up and I’ll show you some footage. E-Mail me at email@example.com if you are interested.
In any case, expect a new blog entry next SATURDAY. Merry Christmas if you’re into that sort of thing and Happy Boxing Day if you’re into THAT sort of thing. But mostly, continue following us here on Tumblr at www.squifflefilm.com and Like us on Facebook!
Yes, friends, it is true. This site is officially now “Squifflefilm.com”. Seriously. Paste it in your address bar and see where it takes you. Yeah? Ya see it? Didn’t believe me did you, Mom?
This blog has been relatively quiet this summer because I’ve been mostly animating, recording, gathering footage, and organizing perks. Those of you who donated, your perks are still coming. I apologize for the delay. There was some confusion and turmoil surrounding the T-Shirts but it’s now worked out that we have our wonderful artists at Black Cat Factory () taking that over. So T-shirts and buttons will be getting out to you soon. Same with posters and lobby cards.
Friends, I have to be honest about something. This business of making an independent film (And an animated one at that!) is a total grind and I do not recommend doing it unless you are insane. The insane among us know that filmmaking is tedious work; repetitive and never-ending. Now, I knew this going into this project (Especially after the arduous production of EXILES) but my preparedness still isn’t an excuse to not whine about it.
But my whining did make me think about something and that something is this. I think I am craving something more immediate that fosters greater direct communication with other artists and filmmakers on the internet. Instant gratification, if you will. Films, by their very nature, are the opposite of instant oatmeal. It’s flying out to Oatia alone and going to the oat fields and cutting down the oats yourself. So here’s what I propose. I’m going to become more active on this blog, posting images, sound files, character designs, and thoughts on the general process of making a film. Up to now, I was really just using this as a vehicle for self-promotion, which is really a lonely trek into nothingness.
So please keep looking to this blog for more info. Also LIKE Squiffle Will Die on Facebook. I’ll update that often as well. My goal at this point is 2-3 updates a week, time permitting. I mean, we’ve got a domain. Let’s establish it!
Hey there friends,
It’s been a while since we last talked. I wanted to send a message letting you know the progress of everything.
First off, I’ve been coordinating perks and they will be delivered soon. A very cool arts collective in Chicago called Black Cat Factory will be making all the T-Shirts and buttons. You can check out their work here: http://blackcatfactory.tumblr.com/ If you have not yet E-mailed me your T-Shirt size, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aside from that, I’ve been animating as much as I can and it’s been fantastic. Not to stray too much onto the art school geekery sidewalk, but constructing an entire film out of ink-on-paper drawings is bringing me closer to the idea of a film being a physical thing, which it certainly is some or most of the time. You could, if you wanted to, hold “Squiffle Will Die” in your hands. You could hang it on your wall (Not that I’m pushing…). You could implant it under your skin. And that’s a powerful feeling, especially when most films are slipping out of your hands and onto the internet.
Moving forward, I’m going to be putting out a call for animators soon so if you are interested at all in participating and working on your Adobe skillz, let me know! I’ll probably send out a call over the next month or so.
For now, continue to keep following us on Tumblr (Which you are doing right now, if you are reading this text) and liking us on Facebook. If you need to contact me or Quin about anything at all, please do so at email@example.com.
See ya later, Squiffle-ites!
Forgive the fact that this post of gratitude is a week late but, my gawdddd, thank you all so much for the love and support you showed to the Squiffle Will Die Indiegogo campaign. Whether through donating, sharing on social media, or just telling your friends and confidantes, you helped keep our campaign going.
So what do we do from here? Well, the funds will be dispersed in a few days and everyone who donated will receive the perks they bought sometime in August. Production will continue. Minor recording will get done. More animation. Backgrounds. Coloring. We will save much of the money for distribution and promotion but also purchase new hard drives, recording equipment, and animation supplies.
At its heart, this is an incredibly low-budget, underground film. That means its difficult to really get it out into the viewosphere. But you….yes, you….all of you helped that. You made it easier. And I am utterly grateful, bowled over, and thrilled by all the love.
Thank you all so much.