Helping Home-Grown Animation
Raising funds for “Woofy and Bear” no child’s play
Illawarra resident, Natalie Kirk, recently graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Master of Animation degree. In an effort to combat the spartan job market for the animation industry in Australia, she is starting a one-man indie studio to create a children’s show.
The 3D animated series, Woofy and Bear, is an echo of toys Natalie and her sister had as babies. The series will feature Bear, a young toddler bear and his best friend Woofy, a little older and wiser. Woofy will lead Bear through life’s lessons in a fun and cheerful way – just as Natalie’s older sister did when she was young.
“Last year, my sister and brother each had a baby, and I wanted to do something special for them,” Natalie says. “As I cannot have children myself, I thought a legacy of educational programming might give the world something that may not live and breathe, but teaches and entertains a generation of children, so it’s worthy and useful.”
Natalie has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds necessary to produce the first ten episodes of her new show. Using the website Kickstarter, she hopes to raise $3,000 by the 21st of June.
“Kickstarter is a platform where anyone can contribute to help realise projects, in exchange for products related to the project,” explains Natalie. “So in the case of Woofy and Bear, you’re basically pre-ordering your digital episodes and DVDs, to be sent to you as soon as the series is complete.”
Natalie hopes to release the first season of Woofy and Bear by February of 2018.
Those interested in contributing to the creation of the show, aimed at children aged 1-5, can visit www.WoofyandBear.com
t: 0416 822 162 (please leave a voicemail – I receive a lot of spam calls so I don’t usually answer numbers I don’t know)
w: http://www.owlishmedia.com / http://www.nataliekirk.com
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