Fate Saga is a fantastical, action/drama animated series about fate and free will and follows Cain, a knight who can see the future.
Please spread the word! If we can get enough excitement about Fate Saga, that will heighten our chances of not only completing the pilot, but launching the series!
Thank you for your help and consideration!
More information about Fate Saga, from the story and character synopsis to voice acting tests, animation tests, promotional illustrations and concept art can be found on the production blog - http://fatesagathesis.blogspot.com/
EDIT: Hi everyone! I wanted to let you all know that we have made an addition to the Rewards! Due to Kickstarter's policy, I cannot make the change directly to the Rewards listing, but anyone who pledges $25 or more to Fate Saga will get a digital download of the Pilot Episode upon its completion! For anyone who has already donated $25 or more - this counts for you, too!
Lets keep the momentum going and get this series off the ground! Thank you so much for your help!
The pilot will open up additional avenues for getting Fate Saga out there - particularly in film festivals that accept pilots. Because it will only be 5 minutes long, it's still short enough to be considered a short film, and a lot of recruiters from big companies come to film festivals just to check the archives for new content. The prestige of getting films into festivals will also help fuel our pitch and give us more credentials.
We had pitched the series to Warner Brothers in March, and had received a good response. Although that is not a guarantee that anything will happen, heightened viewer support and a complete pilot may help to boost Fate Saga's chances of getting picked up.
Also, Fate Saga was entered into the Animation Magazine 2011 Pitch Party Contest, where it was judged by executive producers from many different stations, including Cartoon Network and The Hubb. Although Fate Saga didn't win, I have the judges' information and will be contacting them in the future. It is possible for cartoon shows to get picked up after the contest, even those that hadn't won, and the judges are more likely to agree to let you pitch to them directly because they recognize the work from the contest. If Kickstarter meets the goal, it will both give me more fuel behind my pitch (as it shows that we have viewer support and interest) and the pilot episode will give us more content.
Finally, it will give an actual completed animated episode for those who have been following Fate Saga to watch. It will be available for free on the blog, and we will be chronicling every step of the episode's development so other animation enthusiasts can get a insider's look at the process. I've been working on the pilot episode since 2009, and it's been a slow production - with no funding, my crew and I have to balance the project with our jobs. If we get the funding, we can put a deadline on the pilot. The reason why it's important to have so much material available online is to attract investors. Even if a channel never picks up Fate Saga, if we can get enough sponsorship, we can simply make it a web series.
The age group is about 12-18 year olds - about the same target audience as your animated series based on comic books (Young Justice, Batman Beyond), the more recent toyline programs on the Hubb (Transformers Prime, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and GI Joe: Renegades) and some of the popular anime and original cartoon series (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Naruto, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist). Although some of the above programs are directed to a younger age group, I know a lot of adults who love those programs due to their more mature storytelling and adult themes under the surface.
Due to its action-orientation and male lead character, it makes more sense to pitch it to companies as a program geared for boys. However, the interpersonal character relationships, development and the intricate reasons behind the fighting have also resonated well with women, according to the responses I've received from the pitches and presentations I've done for it.
I believe that there are movie and video game possibilities with Fate Saga, because of its original world, magic system and the fact that it is an action-orientated series. You also have the standard merchandise for kids - t-shirts, toys, games - as well as for teenagers and adults who go to anime conventions - messenger bags, sculptures, DVD box sets, notebooks, keychains and the like.
If Fate Saga became a web series instead of television, due to its serious tone and PG-13 audience, do you see it being noticed as a web series?
As a web series, I think it would take a little longer to be noticed than the comedy-oriented online series like Strongbad and Red versus Blue. However, Fate Saga has strong story continuity (which means that the episodes connect), plot twists and character development. My graduate thesis paper was about story continuity and how it effected fan response and loyalty, referencing both past cartoons and live action programs. I've learned that fans can become very loyal to a series when they become involved in the plot and have that "What's going to happen next?!" feeling. I remember Avatar: The Last Airbender had me at the edge of my seat especially for the last half of the series. I have been working on Fate Saga's story for a long time and am hoping that Fate Saga will give that same roller coaster feeling once the series is developed.
The advantage of a web series is that the seasons can be as long and have as many episodes as it needs to tell the story, without worrying as much about the constraints of television channel's time slots. I also won't have to worry about censorship, although there's nothing in the series that's beyond anything you would see on Cartoon Network's evening time slots. The series is being planned with the 13 episodes per season, at 22-25 minutes (without commercials) each in anticipation for it being on television. However, if we get more flexibility, we'll certainly take advantage of it. Also, a web series makes it easier for fans to contribute and could allow for interactivity. If I am not constrained by the sponsors and are allowed to make decisions regarding the merchandising and other areas of production outside of the series, then I would invite viewers to comment on what they would like to see available. That way, we can really be involved with the fans and stay connected with them.
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Producer credit for the Fate Saga pilot. A Fate Saga t-shirt, one signed Fate Saga print, one signed poster of each Fate Saga character, one signed Fate Saga postcard, and eternal love.Estimated delivery:
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A signed special edition Fate Saga DVD containing the pilot episode, trailer to the pilot episode, documentary, bloopers and tutorials (after the pilot has been sent to festivals, in order to keep with Festival rules). Producer credit for the Fate Saga pilot. A Fate Saga t-shirt, one signed Fate Saga print, one signed poster of each Fate Saga character, one signed Fate Saga postcard, and eternal love.Estimated delivery:
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A signed copy of Fate Saga's pilot production book. A signed special edition Fate Saga DVD containing the pilot episode, trailer to the pilot episode, documentary and bloopers (after the pilot has been sent to festivals, in order to keep with Festival rules). Producer credit for the Fate Saga pilot. A Fate Saga t-shirt, one signed Fate Saga print, one signed poster of each Fate Saga character, one signed Fate Saga postcard, our eternal love.Estimated delivery:
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Executive Producer credit for Fate Saga's pilot. A signed copy of Fate Saga's pitch book (the same book that was used to pitch to Warner Brothers). A signed copy of Fate Saga's pilot production book. A signed special edition Fate Saga DVD containing the pilot episode, trailer to the pilot episode, documentary, bloopers and tutorials (after the pilot has been sent to festivals, in order to keep with Festival rules). A Fate Saga t-shirt, one signed Fate Saga print, one signed poster of each Fate Saga character, one signed Fate Saga postcard and lots of eternal love.Estimated delivery:
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