Help promote stop-motion and rally against dating violence.

A non-profit contacted me to help teach a group of middle school girls all the tricks of the trade of stop-motion and make a 30 second PSA within the scope of one semester. It immediately seemed like an impossible feat, but I found myself saying yes and now, very luckily, involved in a fantastic program.

The idea is to teach the girls about dating violence along with the stop-mo art. This is a completely under-addressed and overly-prevalent issue in our modern society. 1 in 5 women are affected by it. I think I learned about it as a footnote in a class between learning how to balance my check book and feed my pets. These girls will go on to spread their voice, but more importantly, I think their work on this PSA will help raise the issue to others.

The spot we are creating is stylistic and rich in symbolism. Wordless and moody, without being dark, overwrought or disturbing. Myself and the non-profits organizer wrote the script and the girls helped us design the scenes. There are 10 of them and they are rotating through all the roles of production.

We have received some grants, but after purchasing cameras, computers, dragonframe and all the other sundries needed for our beloved artform, we don't have enough to keep going and are foregoing paying ourselves. This is a labor of love and need and we would like to see it continue after this semester. If you can give just $2, please do. It would truly go towards a good cause. If you can't give now, please comment to give us your support and keep this campaign on the front page, so that maybe someone who is in a position to give can see it.

Thank you all sincerely,
Steven

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Comment by Steven Topham on October 31, 2012 at 11:30pm

I forgot to include the link to our fundraiser... the most important part. If you are able to give, this is a good cause and the girls are making a great product so far: http://www.indiegogo.com/GCA2012

Comment by Steven Topham on November 2, 2012 at 8:13pm

The minimum donation for our project is $2. You all know how expensive stop-mo can be, but $2 can get us some of the basics.

Comment by Steven Topham on November 3, 2012 at 4:57pm

8 hours left to donate. And if anyone on the site is in San Diego, we will be showcasing the piece along with several other shorts at the Museum of Photographic Arts on Dec. 5th at 5 pm. Will be a good time. If you want a ticket, just send me a message.

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