Brett Foxwell is a mechanical engineer and stop motion animator who has dedicated the last ten years to completing his stop motion film Fabricated. Described as “a story of growth and rebirth,” the 18-minute short follows Oto, a scrap metal beast on an existential journey across a world that no longer supports biological matter. After singlehandedly completing the animation and editing phases of production, Foxwell has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 for sound design, scoring and color correction. He plans to finish the film by June 2014.
“I have completed the final edit of the picture, and for the first time, watched it as a finished piece. It is wonderful, epic, otherworldly, cinematic… and it doesn’t make a peep. A film cannot truly come alive without sound and this one needs a lot of detailed sound design and a musical score, as well as color-timing for the picture.”
Foxwell is using the film’s handmade puppets and set pieces as incentives for prospective backers. Each pledge level above $60 includes a one-of-a-kind, fully-poseable puppet or sculptural mechanism, solidly built out of brass, metal, or wood. Some of the physical pieces come with the added bonus of having been reused by visual effects legend Phil Tippett in his upcoming stop motion film Mad God. (Tippett makes a cameo in the Kickstarter video.)
With 11 days remaining in the campaign, Foxwell has raised a little over 25% of the goal, or $3,200, and he continues to look for backers to support his truly independent passion project.