The Boy Soldier is a unique story from the Asia-Pacific that will provide a new perspective on the impact of war on children.
This stop motion animated short film promises to haunt film festival audiences both within Australia and abroad.
As ‘The Boy Soldier’ is already being tracked by prominent film festival programmers, I am optimistic that there will be many opportunities for supporters to see the film during its Australian festival run.
Stop motion is an animated film making technique involving manipulating objects in tiny increments add photographing individual frames. Prominent examples include ‘Wallace and Gromit’; the original ‘King Kong’; sequences in the classic ‘Star Wars’ trilogy and Ray Harryhausen’s skeleton sequence in ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ which is often considered the high point of the art form.
While this technique is time consuming and expensive, I have chosen this method as the humanity it captures will ensure that ‘The Boy Soldier’ will provide an audience experience much more emotionally profound than computer powered 2D animation.
The Boy Soldier is a very personal story exploring Filipino history from a Filipino-Australian perspective that needs to be told. The Philippines has traditionally been colonised by Imperial powers and its territories are again the subject of territorial claims and counterclaims.
For donors, this represents a chance to help bring an untold story of historical significance from a country whose history has often been written by its conquerors.
Funds will primarily be devoted to the production, for example character design, construction and set builds.
Remunerating Australian and Filipino voice actors is another budget consideration.
Music, sound design and colour correction will also incur fees.
Finally, as some top tier festivals charge in excess of $100 for submission fees (I’m looking at you Sundance and Cannes) funds will also be allocated for festivals, marketing and publicity.
Any support is much appreciated and will be matched dollar for dollar until May 31.
To check out the ‘Smashed’ teaser from the Berlinale website:
To read a 5 star review of ‘Smashed’ from UK film blog ‘Back to the Movies’:
A 4 1/2 star review for ‘Too Dark’: https://www.screamhorrormag.com/15783-2/