Once upon a time in ... Kirkcaldy

A Kirkcaldy film director is to bring the back streets of his home town to animated life, trusting he can secure funding for a new short film.

Ambitious filmmaker Fraser Murdoch wants to create a short animation film in which the concept and lead character Bab Cunningham - the cunning owner of a scrapyard - is influenced by one particular scene in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, but based in Kirkcaldy.

Fraser Murdoch sketches potential characters for the film at a location that has inspired some of the first scenes. Pic: FPA

Fraser Murdoch sketches potential characters for the film at a location that has inspired some of the first scenes. Pic: FPA

Born and bred in Kirkcaldy, Fraser was inspired to get the Lang Toun on the Big Screen.

“Fife and Kirkcaldy are as interesting as anywhere in the world to make a film about, so viewers will be seeing something a little different we hope,” he said.

“This is an exciting chance to translate Kirkcaldy into a film, I have been inspired by the local area - where better to draw ideas and base a film than the place you grew up?”

Fraser, who has a Masters in visual effects from Duncan of Jordanstone University, has won a host of awards in his field.

The story of ‘Bab: The Man Who Took Too Much’ will be told with the help of artist and animator Lynsey Schaschke and Columbian composer David Murillo R.

“In terms of locations, the industrial estates in Kirkcaldy will be used in our research and will inspire the environments we create, most notably near the Victoria Hospital.

“We hope it can inspire more people from Scotland to get involved in digital media and film.”

This ambitious project cannot be realised without backing and Fraser is hoping the local community will get behind the project.

He said: “This is an exciting goal for the town and we are really hoping that by getting the public involved they can feel part of it.”

The crowdfunding campaign provides a variety of opportunities to become involved in the film from having your name in the credits to your company logo appearing in a scene or two.

The money raised from the campaign is used primarily for the animation process as well as character designs and software.

For those unfamiliar with short animation, Fraser explained: “These are videos which are becoming ever more popular with online viewing habits as they can be watched at people’s leisure.

“The most exciting thing is that most film festivals have a short animation award category, so the people who get involved in this film can aid its success and ultimately be a part of a winning, or nominated, film.

“Crowdfunding and raising people’s awareness of the film early on can give a big boost to any film further on down the line.”

For more information and to visit the campaign, it is now live at babtheman