Fans of The Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Tim Burton, and claymation rejoice.
ThunderCrab Studios is in the process of creating The Mechanical Dancer, a film about a run down old theatre in a small town and the horrors that lie within.
“One of film’s greatest strengths is showing us something we know, but asking us to see it in a new way.
Back in the early 1900s, the world got its very first taste of horror in cinema with German expressionism, and audiences have been covering their eyes with delight ever since!
Now 100 years later, we’re working with today’s techniques and tools in animation to bring you a new, original story told in this spirit. This is the Mechanical Dancer – an animated twist on the classic horror of long ago.”-The Mechanical Dancer’s Kickstarter
The studio is quite small, comprised of only four talented individuals. Jenna Jaillet is the writer, director, and lead animator. Josh Jaillet is the co-writer, editor, and environmental modeler. Steven Rodriguez is in charge of concept art, environmental design, and prop modeling. Finally, Allen Zaborski is the lead character modeler, character designer, and concept artist. Together, these four individuals hope to bring the world something beautiful and chilling at the same time.
Everyone who backs the film, regardless of the amount, will receive a link to digitally download The Mechanical Dancer. The artwork behind The Mechanical Dancer is stunning in both 3D and 2D. The backer posters are available starting at the $25 mark.
Buttons, posters, and t-shirts are all available as backer incentives, but The Mechanical Dancer crew took it one step further with shadowboxes, sculptures, and even 3D prints of the titular character.
While there is not much information out about the story itself, The Mechanical Dancer looks fantastic so far, and we here at GeekTFO look forward to seeing it in its final form.
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For more information about The Mechanical Dancer, head on over to their Kickstarter!