2D Animated Short Film Funded!

In Developing “Layers” with former heads of animation from Dreamworks at Nimble Collective, I thought making this film would be a smoother path. Nimble ran out of budgets, but I didn’t give up. The Kickstarter didn’t fund and I still didn’t give up. I applied and presented for a grant and … I’ve got news!

We just won the Startup Ogden Grant that will fund Layers!

While this grant isn’t the big budget I was hoping for in the Kickstarter, I’m so grateful to have it and I’ve realized it will be enough money to enable me to finish Layers myself. I’ve filmed the animation reference for the whole short, purchased a cintiq, and I’ve already started animating. Here’s the first shot I animated to test the look of the film:

My current goal is to have it finished in time for the Ogden Film Festival in June. Because I’ve finished at Funded Today and I’m now running my animation business full-time, other projects may cause delays, but we will cross the finish line eventually and keep you updated along the way.

You can sign up for for updates at: scottwiser.com/Layers

And please let me know here in the comments what kinds of things you’d like to see in the updates along the way!

Thanks for all of your support and we’ll see you soon!


  • Sharik Peck

    Hey Scott, great to see your progress! Looking good as well. Keep me posted on your quest.

    • Thanks, Sharik! Good to hear from you as I was actually thinking about you the past couple of weeks. I hope all is going well with the Rezzimax Tuner! I still use mine often. 🙂

  • Love the teaser! Hope some pre-production stuff is shown like how characters designs were finessed, environment layouts, and the color palettes chosen. 😊

    • Those are great ideas! I was planning on showing more of the production, since I already put a lot of pre-production in the Kickstarter, but there’s definitely other things I could show. Thanks!

  • Kathy Marie McNeal

    Hey Scott,

    Congratulations on getting funded!! I’m so happy for you! Layers is such an amazing story and I can’t wait to see it in full.

    I would love to see some clips of the storyboards you used to create the story, and any ‘pencil tests’ along the way (that of course don’t give away the plot! ;D)

    -Kathy McNeal

    • Great to hear from you Kathy! I can’t wait to see what new things you have cooking.

      And great ideas for update content. I will definitely apply everything suggested so far!


  • Kevin Crossley

    Wonderful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Brother Wiser. To you and your family.

    • Thanks! Always good to hear from you. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • Tammy McCray

    Scott, this is awesome! I love seeing Ogden talent get noticed. I can’t wait to see what your are doing with this. I work in Media software on the Intel team at Marketstar on 25th street in Ogden. I’m interested in what you are doing. Very cool and congratulations!

    • Nice! Thanks Tammy! I love Ogden and I’m a definite fan of Marketstar. That sounds like a fun team. More coming soon!

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