Flewn is an interactive story about a bearded whale walking on stilts in search of a new ocean. (Now supporting PC and Android.)
Update: Stretch Goal: $40,000 + PC & Android Support!
At 40k we will put a professional quartet in a recording studio and engineer and edit the audio with a professional sound designer. A combination of ambience, sound effects and simple thematic music is half of what makes a great animated experience.
The Story of Flewn follows an old whale crossing a continent on stilts made of driftwood in search of a new ocean for himself and the sea creatures he carries on his back. As he grows a beard and a weary heart he meets a frog on a unicycopter and a rabbit with wings. Together the three characters must use their creativity and courage to find a new ocean and confront the reason their world is falling apart around them.
Why tell a story interactively? The Story of Flewn combines interactive game mechanics with cinematic storytelling set in a richly illustrated world. Traditionally a reader would turn pages of a book or sit passively watching a film to discover a story. In Flewn the player must keep the main characters (Frog and Rabbit) well fed and flying across beautifully illustrated landscapes in order to progress the story. This interactivity allows the user to feel a closer connection to the needs, ambitions and reactions of the main character. By adding ambient sound and music the story takes on an immersive environment as the story unfolds. The audience experiences the world and feels a greater sense of discovery and fulfillment.
The primary goal is to finish the interactive Story of Flewn into the equivalent length of reading a classic children’s book. (Think “James and the Giant Peach” as an immersive, animated book with sound and music) Currently Flewn is a work in progress. All the technical and creative barriers have been overcome. The challenge now is to enter into full production to add enough content to complete a great story experience.
Currently Supported Devices
- Mac/PC + iPhone/iPad/iPod + Android + KindleFire + NookColor
- Illustrated PDF and other ebook formats that support images.
- I will be also be exploring new formats to tell the Flewn story. (printed book, animation film, etc.)
Your funding will allow me the time to finish this painstakingly animated story in its full glory. I want to be proud of this story and want you to be as well.
- More animation!
- quality music recordings/pro musicians
- Professional sound design
- Software/Hardware updates
- Coding support
Money raised beyond the goal will be re-invested into art and new characters to make Flewn the greatest experience it can be.
Join the Adventure!
Your support makes this project possible. Lets make this happen! I want you to be a part of the process. If you want to help brainstorm, provide feedback, describe your thoughts and test the experience I am open to all ideas and will carefully consider each suggestion.
sooo....how am I going to deliver such an ambitious goal?
Check out my portfolio. www.gabrielsmetzer.com I have worked on many high profile projects for clients like NASA, Intel, Yahoo, Adobe and many others in both art and technical director roles and am bringing that experience and hard work to this project. I love interactive animation for its ability to explore the relationships between Music and Sound, Story, Visual Art and Motion.
Join the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/flewn
Follow my progress at: www.flewn.tumblr.com
Check out the Flewn website. www.flewnstory.com
Please help promote by posting this project link to your Facebook or other social media.
An example of a finished print. There will be a print of each character upon completion of the story.
yes I will now be supporting PC.
I will be supporting the NookColor and KindleFire as they are popular devices and Flewn will look nice on their tablet screens. Many other Android devices will be supported. However some may be letter-boxed. (black bars on top and bottom)
I do all my character creation, design and animation with a software called Cinema4D made by Maxon. It is a great tool and a supportive company. I use photoshop to create prints and graphics.
Additional prints and t-shirts will be made available online after the backers have been rewarded theirs. Please include an additional $10 for international shipping. Thank You.
This story will be fun for all ages and appropriate for about 5 and up. However there will be some scary parts but not more than say “Where the Wild Things Are” This age range may shift on the final project.
pledged of $16,000 goal
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May 22, 2012 - Jun 21, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
the INTERN: Interactive Story + Downloads of the art from the story + animated GIFs + Illustrated PDF of the Story. approx. 40 pages.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
the DESIGNER: The above awards + A signed print of your choice of character + All the recorded music + All animation + Welcome to the team! your voice can help develop the art and story as the creative progresses + Stickers!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $50 or more
30 backers All gone!
The ANIMATOR: + all of the above awards + If you want to learn my workflow to create Flewn...well...I'll explain it to you! In a 15+ minute tutorial video and answering your questions in several emails and 1 Skype session. (I have teaching experience too)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $75 or more
The ART DIRECTOR: All of the above + small prints of each character.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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The STORYTELLER All the above awards + an organic cotton t-shirt (children’s sizes available too.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
16 backers Limited (4 of 20 left)
The CREATIVE DIRECTOR: All the above awards x2 (2 prints, 2 t-shirts) + credits + your own character! I will call you and together we will think up a great character to add fittingly into the story.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
The EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: All the above awards x4 + credits. + 12 copies of the interactive story + A pair of characters.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
1 backer Limited (2 of 3 left)
The PATRON of the ARTS: All of the above + I will speak at your event, school or business and explain my creative process as it relates to Flewn and reveal all my hard earned creative secrets. (My teaching references are available upon request)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012