VIDEO: Creators hope to make animation a spooky reality

THREE men will bring together their talents to create a spooky stop-motion animation series for children - all they need is your support.

Ghost Boy is a light-hearted comedy for five to 11-year-olds that sees a young boy, Alfie, moving into a new home with his mother, only to find that the house is not entirely empty.

WH 071114 Stop animation. L to R Trevor Hardy,  Jonathan Brooks, Neil James. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140811-081409001

WH 071114 Stop animation. L to R Trevor Hardy, Jonathan Brooks, Neil James. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140811-081409001

Production to create a five minute preview (television pilot) is underway in Lancing, where animator Trevor Hardy’s studio is based.

Trevor said: “I’ve done stop-motion for many years. I literally went from grassroots to owning my own studio now.”

The animator is the founder of Fool Hardy Films and currently has a running series on the Nick Jr channel known as Watermill Farm.

Director of Ghost Boy and founder of United Magic Film Studios, based in Worthing, Jonathan Brooks said: “I still love watching cartoons, I don’t care what my age is and Ghost Boy speaks to all ages.”

Jonathan came up with the concept ten years ago in a poem he wrote.

“We want to say to people, here’s Ghost Boy in a very short version of it to give the viewer an idea of what it’s going to be like.”

Lancing-based actor and screenwriter Neil James will be providing the voices for a host of characters, including a fly that is constantly under threat of becoming spider food.

Neil said “The child in Ghost Boy, Alfie, is quite lonely. The episode starts with them moving to a new house and he’s very upset that he’s left all his friends behind. He has a goldfish called Sarah, which he carries around.

“He meets Ghost Boy and at first he’s scared but the more time he spends with him they become friends.”

To help make Ghost Boy become a reality, the trio have launched a Kickstarter campaign to encourage residents to come forward and make a pledge.

Jonathan said: “Once it’s made, we can show it to networks, investors and give them a little sample of what it is.

“We want people to get involved because we want them to have an input in making a TV series.

“We’re confident of making it and confident of it being picked up,” he added.

Once the pilot is complete, which is expected to happen early next year, the five-minute episode will go straight onto YouTube for all to see. As a Kickstarter investor, Trevor said people would benefit from a range of goodies, which would include props from the show, concept art, a book and DVD.

Currently, the team are over halfway to meeting their £5,500 target. If you would like to get involved, visit