As I write this, my good friend Susan Turner of www.elephantinscarlet.co.uk is close to the final edit on the crowdfunding trailer for my graphic novel, ‘Minding Mama’.
Here’s the lovely Kate Davies-Speak as Mama, lead character in my post-apocalyptic tale of life on Earth after decades of intense solar flare activity has severely damaged the ozone layer and sent humanity underground. The fragile community is facing starvation as their aged hydroponic equipment starts to fail. Desperate to save her son, Bully, Mama and her trusty FarmBot Cyril (voiced by ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ actor David Learner) set out to find other survivors.
Creating a live-action trailer (complete with a set, props, and limited green screen effects) has been a real challenge – and, I should add, a lot of fun! From the original short story, to first concept art by Amanda Fullwood
to the first sample pages from Dan Schaefer (who has worked for DC, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, and more recently as storyboard artist on NBC’s ‘Grimm’) , it has been an interesting journey! There is a saying that one should not work with children or animals – should we add robots to that list, I wonder? Filming Cyril wasn’t without its challenges! And it’s not over yet…
Now I’m working on the details for the crowdfunding campaign which, if successful, will allow us to produce Issue 1 later this year. We’ll be offering some fabulous rewards to our patrons, including signed canvas prints, signed scripts, photos and more.
You can find out more on www.mindingmama.org