Seeking animation studio to create five minute cartoon

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Project Description:
We are a film production studio with two animated DVD’s currently available in stores. We are seeking a talented team of animators to produce an approximately five minute 2-D cartoon film.

This particular story is the first part of an ongoing series depicting an unconventional family and their offbeat adventures. If we are impressed with your work – there will be an opportunity to contract your studio for several more episodes in this series.

We will provide the main character designs, storyboards and professionally produced audio files.
Your studio will be responsible for bringing the scenes to life with engaging character animations, background artwork and creative shots and “camera” angles.

The story has been scripted – but the audio has not yet been recorded – so an exact running time can only be estimated around five minutes.

This story does not contain very much dialog – there are only two speaking characters – the first has one scene with approximately 20 seconds of dialog. The other character has a few brief lines in a scene near the end of the story. Most of the film will be “action-based” with fast paced character movement and comical pratfalls. (inspiration: vintage I. Freleng Pink Panther and Looney Tunes) Comedic timing is essential - if you are not skilled at creating humorous cartoon animation – please do not apply.

There are 5 main locations/sets (each will need a few separate background illustrations to give variety to the shots)
There are 6 main characters (design sheets will be provided in vector format)
There 4-5 auxiliary characters (your studio will design these to fit the style of the main characters)
There are 2-3 scenes (i.e. airport, beach, restaurant) that will need to have a group of background characters milling about – passing by, etc…
There are a couple shots that take place on and under water - please be comfortable animating water effects (waves, splashing, bubbles, etc)
More details regarding the character design, storyline and script may be provided upon request.

We are experienced animators and storytellers, and are fully aware of the processes involved in producing an animated short film. However, we are on a tight budget, so we are open to outsourcing this project to “off shore” studios that offer much more affordable rates.

Your studio must utilize the tools within Adobe CS4 or higher, including: Flash, After Effects, Premiere, Encore, Photoshop and Illustrator. (Toon Boom Animate will also be accepted). Your studio also must have excellent communication skills in English and be able to confer daily with our producers via email and file transfer.

In addition to the main character designs and storyboarding – All post production audio and final video file rendering will be completed by our studio – you do not need to include this work in your bid estimate.
We require ownership of all character designs and project files at project end. All artwork and source files must be delivered to us at the end of project, after final payments have been made.

Deadline: We are flexible, but expect this short film can be completed within 3-4 weeks of project acceptance.

Payment: We will offer partial payment in milestones - 20% of agreed final amount upon project acceptance and after we approve your portfolio. An additional 30% after the "halfway" mark. The 50% balance will be paid after the full animated film sequence has been approved and all source files delivered. We can provide a service agreement contract to agree to these terms.

Skills required:
Adobe Flash, After Effects, Animation, Caricature & Cartoons
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