Stop-Motion ‘Calliope’ Uncovers a Childhood Horseman of the Apocalypse

Stop-Motion 'Calliope' Uncovers a Childhood Horseman of the Apocalypse
Stop-Motion 'Calliope' Uncovers Childhood Horseman of the Apocalypse

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Logline: A story-motion short about a young girl who is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse from acclaimed toy designers Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, stop-motion innovator Martin Meunier (“Coraline”) and Jon Schnepp.

Elevator Pitch: 
A Kickstarter campaign for a stop-motion film, “Calliope,” that brings together creators from the world of designer toys (Circus Posterus’ Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters), stop-motion innovator and Annie Awards Special Achievement recipient Martin Meunier (“Coraline”) and filmmaker Jon Schnepp. Based on Olivas’ character Calliope Jackalope, “Calliope” is a post-apocalyptic adventure about a girl who’s unaware that she’s actually Pestilence, one of the four horseman of the apocalypse. 

Production Team:
“Calliope” will be written and co-directed by Martin Meunier (“Coraline”), Olivas and Peters, executive produced by Schnepp (“The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened”) and feature artisans, animators, and fabricators that have worked on stop-motion features including “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

About the Film:
Calliope Jackelope has been a part of our worlds for a long time, on paper and as a toy. Seeing her fully animated in “Calliope” is the best kind of surreal. This is a story steeped in mysticism and the paranormal and we could not think of a better collaborator than Martin Meunier, who’s worked on “Coraline,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” and “Starship Troopers.” Martin’s on board not only as co-director and visual effects manager, but also as a contributing writer on “Calliope” and we could not be more excited.

Current Status: Kickstarter launched October 29th.

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