Sunday, October 6, 2013

Quirky Victorian Taxidermist Walter Potter Documentary: Finishing Funds Campaign

Walter Potter, as regular readers of this blog will already know, was a self-taught Victorian country taxidermist who created quirky tableaux peopled by tea-drinking kittens, arithmetic-doing rabbits and gambling rats; his work is the subject of the new book Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy, which you can purchase by clicking here or at The Morbid Anatomy Library during our Saturday 2-6 PM open hours.
Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive is currently working on a campaign to raise finishing funds for a brand new documentary film (!!!) about Mr. Potter and his work. As you will see in the amazing trailer above, Thomas has already assembled loads of incredible footage of rarely seen Potter pieces and interviews with the people who love and collect them. Thomas is now seeking to raise additional funds to finish the film at the level of quality it deserves.

Following is his plea, and above is his trailer. I hope you will join me in supporting this excellent project, which you can do by clicking here.
The Short Story
About a month back, we successfully raised money to begin production on our new film "Where Kittens Wed and Birds Lament" which is a short documentary on victorian taxidermist Walter Potter. The film is a production of the Midnight Archive ( and Morbid Anatomy with the help of the publishers of the new book Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy. The filming went far better than we could have imagined and as we pull things together it becomes apparent that we need just a bit more to really make this piece as unique and interesting as potter's work... This doc aims to creatively tell the story of Potter and his wonderful creations -  HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ORIGINAL FUNDRAISER
This film has been getting some very amazing attention and aims to be a great project.  It has been my life for the past 2 months. Its an absolute labor of love - but your help (and love) make it so much more of a great thing. Already we've been on Japanese Television, written up on Boing Boing, Laughing Squid, and i09 as well as two pieces on The Huffington Post. Getting the word out is imperative! We TRULY hope to get this film done the right way...

What We Need
Here is a pretty detailed list of where any funds raised in this campaign will go:

  • Graphics and Style - Whats a great film without ground-breaking and unique graphics? I have my team standing by and while they are willing to work VERY cheap - they still need to feed their families!
  • Additional footage needed - as much as we shot we still have several gaps to fill which requires gear/rentals
  • Audio Mixing - the film is getting a wonderful original score from the ever amazing Real Tuesday Weld and we need to make sure you can hear everything!
  • Title Sequence- We have an amzing title sequence lined up complete with cinematic, beautiful shots of actual taxidermy

Who Are We?
The film is a production of The Midnight Archive, which is an award winning web documentary series that aims to document the uncanny, the surreal, the strange, dark and truly unique. The entire series can be viewed (free of charge!) online - our partner on the production is Morbid Anatomy - the very popular blog which surveys the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture.
Again, you can learn more--and support!--this excellent project by clicking here.

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