I’m amazed to report that we’ve already hit our second funding target! We’ve reached 158% as of this morning… Thanks again to all, and special thanks to our new Executive Producers Rob Burnett and Daniel Eckhart, as well as backers Christopher Collier and Stephanie Carpenter.
We’ve raised our target to £10,000. Reach for the stars! Once again, every penny will go on screen. Believe me, there’s always ways to make things bigger and better…
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Now stepping away from Halloween for a moment (though we’re not going very far), here’s a brief look at my favorite short film:
Vincent (Tim Burton, 1982)
Talk about the birth of a unique talent! Vincent, a black-and-white animated short narrated by Vincent Price, is one of Tim Burton’s best creations to date. Its aesthetics, inspired by silent films and expressionism (which would remain huge inspirations for Burton over the years), are particularly remarkable.
Made while Burton worked as an animator for Disney, it is a brilliant homage to Edgar Allan Poe, and film adaptations – often starring Vincent Price – of Poe’s works. It also seems fairly autobiographical, with Burton often claiming he felt a bit of a loner, growing up in the quiet, sunny cheerfulness of Burbank.
Vincent Price’s soothing, instantly recognisable voice lends the film some prestige and undoubtedly helped it gain its reputation. It also allowed Burton to start a creative relationship with his idol, who would later play Edward’s creator in Burton’s masterpiece Edward Scissorhands. In addition to being one of horror’s most extraordinary actors, Price is linked to several other obsessions of mine: Alice Cooper (for his narration on The Black Widow) and Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion (for recording a never-used introduction as the ghost host for Paris’s Phantom Manor).
I discovered Vincent in the early 90s, and as a fan of Poe, Price, animation and all things spooky, it immediately struck a chord. Ten years later, I would still occasionally use “Vincent Malloy” as an alias online.
Although our film is extremely different in tone, look and technique, The Halloween Kid will take a leaf from Vincent‘s book in that its story is also told (largely) by a voice-over narration, for which we’ll cast a recognisable genre voice.
You’ll find Vincent here:
Stay tuned for more Halloween Kid updates! In the next few days, we’ll be announcing our first cast members. Look out for a new concept design, also, very soon!