Some of the leading animators in the country are backing MediaCityUK-based Animation Toolkit founder, Westley Wood as he seeks to make his debut feature, Pooch Proposal.
Having worked as a puppet maker for Mackinnon and Saunders, before joining Cosgrove Hall and then CITV, Wood has been able to call on help from some well known names.
And he’s hoping to raise £26,000 in a month on Kickstarter. The cash won’t be used to pay himself or his own company, instead it’s to fund crew and cover materials for the sets, props and puppets.
“We are delighted to have a plethora of extremely talented crew working on Pooch Proposal, who have worked for some of the biggest names in industry - including Aardman, Disney, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, CITV and CBBC and a variety of projects including Corpse Bride, Fantastic Mr Fox, Count Duckula, Looney Tunes and The Pirates of the Caribbean,” he said.
The film is about Stephen as he searches for the best possible way to propose to the love of his life, Jane. However, Jane’s jealous pooch has other ideas.
“It’s a romantic comedy of errors and the mishaps are all metaphors for the challenges in finding that perfect moment to propose; from choosing the ring to picking the right location and what to say”, he explained.