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Burbank Animator Ups Kickstarter Ante with Tim Burton Pitch

Hats off to Brian Joseph Ochab. In putting together his pitch on Kickstarter.com for the stop-motion short Tim, he went out and got Christopher Lee to do the voiceover narration.

At press time, Ochab is a long way off his goal of $150,000 raised. But he may have set a new, celebrity-infused precedent as far as how to attract potential project backers:

Ochab conceived his project after watching Burton’s 1982 short Vincent. In that one, a little boy wants to grow up to be Vincent Price. In Ochab’s project, the kid wants to be … Tim Burton. (Eighty-eight-year-old narrator Lee has worked on a quartet of Burton feature films including Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy Hollow.)

In the video pitch, Ochab explains how when he first came to LA, he had only $300 in his pocket and slept in his car. Today, he is chief creative officer of Wonder Motion Studios.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.