A boy's quest to find purpose and fight prejudice amidst a fantasy world where one cruel wizard plots to destroy the human race.
Who Are You Guys?
Welcome to our project! We are Daniel and Christina Morrison, a husband and wife team. We own and operate Remnant Studios, a multimedia company located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. We have a great fantasy story (Tarnished) that we can't wait to share with you!
Since we’re a media company, we’d like to tell our story eventually through film. But first, we decided to publish Tarnished as a book, (which we JUST did ourselves: http://www.amazon.com/Tarnished-ebook/dp/B007M5QYCY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337300312&sr=8-1), and then turn it into a dramatized audio-book (which is where we need your help!).
Okay, What's Tarnished About?
Well, for starters, here's our blurb on the back of the book:
"A journey to find purpose is about to entangle Garyn in a fight for the survival of the entire Human Race!
Leaving the isolated Sylvanwood to enter the diversely populated city of the Tarns sounded like a grand adventure. But the boy, Garyn Stelifar had never envisioned a world where his lack of magical power would incite fear and social prejudice; where simply being Human is a liability.
Stumbling upon unlikely allies, he’ll need every friend as he squares off with Orkyn Nefandym, an evil wizard who harbors a festering hatred for any kin of his arch rival, Ven Stelifar, Garyn’s father. This battle will tax more than Garyn’s friends, but also his own resolve to follow the path laid out for him by the One who sent him on the journey. Dealing with dragons, goblins and a vile wizard while discovering other Humans, will prove harrowing. Even if Garyn manages to survive, how will he keep from becoming tarnished?"
But the best way to share Tarnished with you is through the words of another reader:
"I started reading 'Tarnished' with the intention of reading it in small bites. However, I was totally and completely hooked from the beginning, and I did not want to, and would not put it down. I was compelled to find out the connection between the characters introduced in the prologue - Torvid Firestorm (the dragon), Nefandym (the wizard), Ven Stelifar and the child. And just what was the "Call of the Treasure" that burned deep within Torvid? Why was Nefandym fighting Ven Stelifar? Where was Sylvanwood in relationship to Tarsia? What was Tarsia like? Who were the goblins of Dar Quar? Who was the child and why was he so important? And what was the Prophecy of Omni Kolme? I had to find out, just as I know you will too.
'Tarnished' has the classic story of good vrs evil, very imaginative characters, and a unique story line. Some readers may find that it reminds them of another classical story (it's quite exciting to come to that realization). Just when I thought I had figured out the plot, the story deepened and took me down a fascinating road of twists and turns, with the authors masterfully tying together every detail. This is a book you do not want to start reading at 10 pm on Sunday night (like I did, even though it was totally worth it to read it through to the end). I was shouting "bravo" when I finished at 2 am. I found Tarnished to be an extremely delightful read and I highly recommend it."
-Karen from California, (Reviewing on Amazon)
So, You're Making an Audio Book?
Yes! We'll use the funding to create an audio-book that is more like a dramatized adventure. We want to add music, sound effects, and have additional voice character actors. Even though we're a media company and can do a lot of the work ourselves, it takes quite a bit of time and expense to dramatize a 252 page book!
We already hired a Scottish voice artist to narrate the entire book (John Cavanagh did a SUPERB job). But we need to hire composers to create original music, voice talent to give the characters their own unique flair, and mix over 500 gigabytes of sound effects that were donated by Ric Viers of BlastWave FX. We'll also be purchasing the materials for the tangible audio-book (cd's, cases, and any needed design work). It's going to be a ton of fun, though--we can't wait to get started!
What's In It For Me?
You can check it all out on the right, or see the breakdown below. There's some sweet rewards -- ebooks or paperbacks of Tarnished, you can pre-order the audio-book or become a part of the process by getting your voice on the audio-book as a background character.
If we make our goal, we will also keep you updated on the peeps we hire and let you take a listen-in on the music. We'll also keep you updated on the additional plans that we have for Tarnished...but not yet!
We are super excited about this project and we can’t thank you enough for your support. If we make it to our goal, we’ll put all our appreciation into making one of the best audio-books EVER.
You certainly can but you are not required to.
You can request to play a character and we may agree to audition your voice for a character but we can not promise you a "main" character roll. More likely you will play a supporting voice character roll.
pledged of $6,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 15, 2012.
May 16, 2012 - Jun 15, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $3 or more
Be one of a select group of people who know what a "Tarn" is. This reward is for Tarnished, the ebook.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $13 or more
You will get to own the paperback version of Tarnished: a 252 page fantasy fiction novel: Woo hoo! (International orders please add $10.00)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Don't care to read it yourself? No prob--you get to LISTEN to an amazing Scottish voice artist read "Tarnished" aloud to you!! (Who doesn't want to listen to a Scottish accent, anyway?) This reward is for the digital download of the dramatized audio-book: It will have music, sound effects, and voice character artists.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $23 or more
Digital Bundle! You like to read books on your Kindle and yet, you ALSO want to hear that guy with the Scottish accent. This reward is perfect for you: you will receive the Tarnished ebook AND the completed dramatized audio-book.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $35 or more
This reward is for a tangible copy of the audio-book of Tarnished. You will receive the complete cd set in a great looking case (International orders, please add an additional $12.00).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $48 or more
YOU, sir or madame, are AMAZING! You're our biggest fan!!! With this reward you get both the tangible copy of the Tarnished book and the Tarnished audio-book on CD!! (International orders, please add an additional $15.00).Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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Play a character in the full length audio-book getting your name in the credits. You have to live in or be able to travel to the Denver, Colorado area for the audio recording for this reward (unless you can demonstrate you're capable of delivering your own professional audio recording, which would allow you to participate in this reward while being out of the area). You may request to be a character but the ultimate voice casting choices will be made by the director. Also included is a tangible copy of the audio book and book.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $3,000 or more
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You have just become the Executive Producer of the Tarnished audio-book. Not only will you have your name on the credits as our Executive Producer, but you will receive special thanks on the inside cover, your name will be read aloud as our Executive Producer, and we will happily give you the book and the audio-book in both tangible and digital formats. Heck, we will also create a unique 16" x 20" exclusive art print featuring a young Torvid Firestorm (our heroic dragon) just for you.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012