Kickstart This: Adam Floeck's 'Legacy' Soars with Terrific Animation
by Ben Pearson
August 3, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need a little bit of your help to become a reality. We're in the process of revamping this column, and we've dropped the number of projects we're featuring from three to one in order to give each one the attention they deserve. Today, we've got a gorgeous, professional grade animated movie called Legacy that has the makings of a beautiful and emotionally resonant short film. Take a closer look below, sound off in the comments, and toss these up-and-coming filmmakers a few bucks if you can.
The rise of Pixar over the past decade or so has opened my eyes (and a lot of yours, I'm guessing) to the fact that animation isn't a genre, it's a full-fledged medium through which to tell compelling stories. And not all of those stories have to be for kids. I absolutely loved Disney's short film Paperman that will be playing in front of Wreck-It Ralph later this year, and Alex and I both really enjoyed Pixar's short La Luna, directed by Enrico Casarosa, which played in front of Brave a couple months ago.
Those are both movies that have essentially no dialogue, but the subtleties of animation can sometimes be so powerful that you don't need to hear words to get caught up in the emotions of a film. Such is the case with Legacy, Adam Floeck's short film about a guy who inherits a family heirloom that he doesn't really want, but is called into action when the unexpected happens. I'm not even sure if the final movie is silent or not, but the use of music without any dialogue in their pitch video is so effective and moving that it tells the story perfectly. Take a look at it below, and consider donating to help them get this project into film festivals across the world. This definitely looks like a fantastic film that people should have the chance to see.
For more information about Legacy, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Adam Floeck is hoping to raise just $2,000 by Wednesday, August 22nd, and he's already very close to his goal. But please still donate if you can, and spread the word to your other film-loving friends, too!
That's all for this week's edition of Kickstart This. We're totally up for suggestions on how to improve this column as we move forward, so let us know if you like the "one project per week" idea or sound off with any other suggestions in the comments. Also, my inbox is always open at BenPears85@gmail.com, so feel free to send any worthwhile Kickstarter or IndieGoGo projects my way and you may see them end up in a future column here. As always, thanks for supporting these kinds of independent projects, because they honestly couldn't be made without the help of people just like you. For our full Kickstart This archive, visit here.