You can visit the Kickstarter campaign page for further information and the opportunity to be part of it.
Below are occasional detailed updates from Steve - more current information can be found on the project Facebook page.
Dear Griffin Film Backers
Been a few months since the last Kickstarter update so thought I would bring you current as of May 2015. I realize that this film is taking longer that anticipated, but according to my esteemed film guru Doug Pray, this is the way of most independent doc films until given a proper budget and a greenlight. But back in 2012 I decided to give this film its own green light and just start. Your kind donations got the ball rolling and it continues to roll!
There's been several exciting developments the last six months - new team members, new film tech, interviews, animation, marketing trailer, investor interest, long-lost Griffin art - some of which I will share, some to be kept below the radar, but all very promising and hopefully we'll roll this momentum into full production by fall. My promise to you back in 2012 was to take you along for the journey and I intend to do just that. Apologies for any gaps...I will do better going forward. I greatly appreciate your patience and ongoing support.
So, to prevent TMIS (Too Much Information Syndrome) I'll post a series of short updates over the next couple weeks to spread things out.
To start, I've been working with Dana Lamb the last few months rebooting the Tales From The Tube animation project we commenced in 2013. Dana is a former chair of the Cal State Fullerton Animation Department and a top artist and animator in his own right. He grew up surfing in Orange County in the 1960s and is a huge fan of Griffin's work. It was always his dream to animate some of Rick's surf art and Tales From The Tube is arguably Rick at his metaphysical best.
The original plan was, and is, to create quality animation for the film to stoke out fans and first-timers. We commenced in Fall 2013 with over 30 student animators at Cal State Fullerton to work on Tales as a special project. By June, however, we had a bucket of interesting parts but no finished piece. The project was shelved while I worked on other aspects of the film.
Last Fall, however, I reconnected with Dana and he suggested we scale the project down to a small but committed core team of 2D and 3D animators. To that end we've enlisted Leon Cruz, Lawrence Rodriguez and Kaz Lisoskie to model "El Griffo" (the griffin-headed main character-surfer) as well as create the waves and layouts. These guys have produced some very cool assets in a short amount of time and I'm super encouraged by their talent and enthusiasm for this. Most importantly, they have committed to staying with this project past graduation
Next up, moving rigs and wave modeling!
Steve Barilotti, Writer/Producer, Griffin The Film
October 29, 2012
Dear Family, Friends, Backers, Buddies, Cronies, Associates, Advisors and Fellow Griffin Phreaks...
Wanted to touch base with you all one last time as this Kickstarter campaign ticks down to the end tomorrow morning 11:52 am. But it's actually the beginning as the funds raised through your pledges will enable me to keep production rolling on all fronts. Having met the minimum goal a couple weeks ago I'm counting myself blessed and stoked to have a great group of folks helping me get this done.
But in case you've been held hostage the last month and unable to receive emails or otherwise communicate with the outside world, enlightenment is just a click away. And...there's still time to be part of this...or tell someone else! ;-)
Hope you're as stoked as I am. Thanks again...
October 15, 2012
Hey...We Did It! 20K at Halfway!
Good Morning Griffincinados! Well, as of 7:06 pm PST last night, Griffin The Film Kickstarter project clicked over $20,000 and joined the ranks of the 100 Club, meaning "This project is 100% funded". And with 14 days left on the clock. Wow, what a fantastic birthday present! This initial funding shows not only that you want to see this film made but that you entrust me to make it. That's invaluable. So thank you.squared. But first I wanted to publically thank my amazing advisory board for their invaluable support, patience, and advice over the last year. Which means taking my calls, fielding scenarios and answering a relentless barrage of dumb questions. These folks are my counselors and crack Oceans 11 tactical team.
Annie Adjchavanich, Social Media Expertise
Larry Asakawa, On Stage Productions-Video Production Expertise
Marilyn Barilotti-Mom, Counsel, Loans, Pies
Art Brewer, Art Brewer Photo-Photo Maestro, Image Consultant
John Clark, Sony Animation-Animation Mojo, Wavemaker
Sepp Donahower, Pacific Presentations-Communications/Palos Verdes Lore
Greg Escalante, Juxtapoz-Griffin and Low-Brow Art Expertise
Pierce and Lindsey Flynn-Long-Term Counsel and Strategic Surf Sessions
Ida Griffin-The Source
Mike Gross, Chiat/Day-Music Rights' Hassling and Events Gooroo
Drew Kampion-Ground Zero Counterculture and Surfer Magazine Lore
Dana Lamb, Cal State Fullerton Animation-Chief Animator Wrangler
Ira Opper, The Surf Network-Long-Time Grifficiando, "The Biz" Advisor
Steve Pezman, The Surfer's Journal-Original Boss, Surf Industry Sensei, Da Guy
Doug Pray, Doug Pray Films-Filmcraft Master
Dominic Priore-Surf Pop Culture Maven
Jeremy Schluntz, Surfer Magazine-Former Roomie now Surf Media Titan
Tim Stephenson, myraltis.co.uk/rickgriffin Original UK Griffin Fan and Hub
Joe Tabler, Surf Blurb-Surf Tribe Coconut Wireless
John Van Hammersveld-Original PV Guy, Endless Summer Poster, Pop Art Legend
Zach Weisberg, The Inertia-Web Guru, Future Master Of The Surf Universe
The congrats and well wishes have been pouring in via Facebook and email and I'll be responding to everyone once the second cup of coffee kicks in, but for the present (which is all we have, right?) I'm just gonna savor this moment. This is a good day for all of us.
October 2, 2012
Holy schizzle, yesterday was huge! Thanks to Flaven Griffin's amazing Maui friends who came in at the $5,000 co-producer level, the day's tally was over $7,000. That's ten times the daily average needed to hit the target. What was just as cool were the 40 or so folks, most complete strangers to me, who pledged at $10 to $100 and even two at $500. That is awesome. Not just for the cash but the vote of confidence for me and the project.
Kickstarter says that the tipping point is 30 percent within a week. If you can do that you have an 80 percent chance of hitting your target. I like those odds.
But before we break out the champagne here's the deal: with Kickstarter it's go big or go home, meaning half the target is half of nothing. So, I'm hoping you can continue to get this out to your networks and tribes with a personal endorsement ASAP. Ideally, I'd love to hit the target by the end of the week and then bust through the stratosphere, financially speaking. I've seen documentaries similar to mine targeted at $20K that went well over $100K. But got to charge all the way...
September 16, 2012
To my esteemed advisors, friends and fellow Griffin geeks...
This is the first unofficial progress report of the Griffin The Film. First, I wanted to say thank you to all for your great counsel, connections and patience answering my unending barrage of questions over the last year. I've been really touched by all the people that have stepped up on my behalf to help make this film happen at the highest level it deserves. So all I have to say is thank you... and keep it coming!!!
I'm happy to report we are now in phase-one production: filming interviews, acquiring key assets (rare art, photos, footage, etc.), developing marketing art, and doing the most important job on any documentary.finding the story. I am currently working with Daren Crawford as my director of photography, shooting HD video with broadcast-quality sound. Daren is an industry veteran renowned for his amazing surf cinematography but can easily switch gears to land-based documentary work.
Last month we interviewed surfing and shaping legend Mike Hynson who helped to make the connection between surfers and 60s counterculture. Mike, like Rick, was at Ground Zero of the psychedelic revolution, so it was great to get Mike's take vis-à-vis his connection with Rainbow Bridge, Jimi Hendrix and the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. Best quote: "Hendrix told me that he was trying to do with his guitar what surfers were doing on a wave." Ping!
Last Monday I met with Professor Dana Lamb and the animation team up at Cal State Fullerton to check out early concept art for animating Griffin's Tales From The Tube. Dana, who heads up the CSUF Animation Dept., is a long-time surfer and Griffin fan. He's assembled a team of 20 top student animators who will be bringing Rick's classic surf cartoon - Tube Monster and all - to life as their senior-year project. This is the first time Rick's surf art has ever been animated and the students are understandably jazzed. At Monday's class I was joined by Greg Escalante and John Clark to give a brief workshop on Griffin art and wave animation. Both Greg and John are advisors to the film; Greg for his in-depth knowledge of Griffin's art as a collector and curator, John as a top-ranked animator at Sony Imageworks who helped to develop those amazing CG waves in "Surf’s Up" (2007).
As you know, Rick created poster, album and band art for the cream of San Francisco psychedelic rock in the mid 60s. After that, his unique calligraphy was highly sought out by artists such as Neil Young, Jackson Browne, The Eagles and The Cult. Getting the music from the original artists at an affordable rate will be an ongoing challenge for this project but in the meantime I've licensed free use of two appropriate tracks for the Kickstarter video from UK indie rocker Blake, and the other from Moby. Blake's version of "When Angels Fall From The Sky" absolutely channels a Hendrix fuzz-tone vibe and the Moby track "Sunspot" creates a wonderful moving-on ambience for road-time transitions. I'm currently waiting on permission to use Gillian Welch’s haunting acoustic version of "White Rabbit". Fingers crossed! (Check out: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/white-rabbit-live-on-fresh/id451486719?ls=1 ...SO worth a buck .29).
After two months prep developing social media, email lists, rewards, site copy, PR and cutting a five-minute project video we are almost ready to pull the trigger on the "Griffin The Film" Kickstarter campaign. Target goal is $20,000 which will keep basic production rolling for a few more months. But I’m hoping we hit and FAR exceed that number so we can complete phase-one production by early to mid 2013. But with Kickstarter it's all or nothing so I’m going with a target amount in line with other documentaries. We've got some great rewards starting with at digital download of the completed film at $25 up to numbered estate edition Griffin posters signed by Ida Griffin. Art Brewer is allowing use of a rare and very cool 1969 Griffin portrait from Pacific Vibrations for a limited-edition signed print. Stay tuned for details and how you can help get the word out to the widest possible backer base.
Needless to say I'm excited and a bit nervous, but most of all...ready!
All the best, more to follow...
Griffin The Film