Michael Garland, a New York Times Best-selling Author, is partnering with zoetifex Studios to animate two of his classic tales.
It is our goal to exceed our stated goal of $150,000. The more we raise, the more we can get done, and the less we have to rely on investor dollars. In order to achieve this, we would like to add some bonus rewards to some of the more generous contributors out there.
$25,000 Backers (Limit 4 Backers): We will create an animal character in your likeness for Icarus Swinebuckle - enshrining you forever in a timeless animated classic. In addition, Michael Garland will send you a signed sketch of your character for you to preserve and hang on your wall for all to enjoy. We will also include a Limited Edition DVD for your home library.
$50,000 Backers (Limit 4 Backers): We will give you a line of dialogue in the Icarus Swinebuckle short and a film credit as well. Your credit will be listed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) which you can proudly share with friends and family members. We will also include a Limited Edition DVD for your home library.
$100,000 Backers (Limit 2 Backers): You will receive the coveted title of Executive Producer on Icarus Swinebuckle. This credit will be listed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). You will also be invited to a voice-over session of A Little Christmas Magic where we have some wonderful stars lined up to voice the characters. You will also receive a very Limited Edition DVD of A Little Christmas Magic featuring Icarus Swinebuckle, with autographs from Michael Garland, Michael Kadrie and some of the stars of the show. You will also receive two tickets to the world premiere of the zoetifex Studios feature film production of Operation: Mindcrime (tentatively to be held in Pittsburgh, PA at a time to be announced).
And if we make it to $250,000 or more, everyone who contributes at any level will receive an invitation to a Live Streaming early preview of A Little Christmas Magic (time and date to be announced). This showing will also include a behind-the-scenes special on the making of the movie with interviews of the cast and crew.
We hope that you see the value in these productions on their merits alone, and hopefully these bonus rewards are just a little icing on the cake! Our way of saying Thank You for believing in our vision!!
From The Producer/Director
I would like to take a moment to tell you about A Little Christmas Magic and Icarus Swinebuckle. As a parent, I was introduced to these wonderful stories by Michael Garland through my children. Children pick out books for the way the art looks on the cover and once they browse inside, it usually seals the deal. But they fall in love with books and read them over and over again based on the actual story and how entertained they feel. Michael Garland, a New York Times Best-Selling Author, has the unique talent to deliver both beautiful illustrations and tell fabulous stories that kids love.
My children and I have loved these stories from the moment we purchased them during the Scholastic Book Fair. And to this day, Christmas Magic finds its way into my kids hands every Christmas season.
Icarus Swinebuckle is one of my personal favorites because of its telling of the Ancient Greek Mythological story of Icarus, only through a daydreaming pig. The wonderful illustrations of both of these books were screaming out loud to be animated. To bring them to life for everyone to share in a way the author could only hope to dream.
After hearing all about this project, I hope you feel the same way too and will consider backing this project and helping it become a historical piece of entertainment.
Michael M. Kadrie -
About the Projects
Christmas Magic and Icarus Swinebuckle are two wonderful stories both written and illustrated by New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Garland. Michael has partnered with zoetifex Studios to help bring these stories to life in animated format. Christmas Magic will be produced as a half hour animated Christmas special for TV/DVD distribution and will be titled “A Little Christmas Magic” (to avoid confusion with another story recently told with the same title) and Icarus Swinebuckle will be produced as an animated short to accompany the show on DVD. We also intend on submitting the short to various filmfestivals around the world in hopes to promote the quality of animation that zoetifex can produce as well as lead the way to letting people know about the upcoming Christmas special as well. Our hopes are to produce a short that is worthy of “viral” status on YouTube.
We are currently seeking funding for these projects. I think it's noteworthy to mention that, zoetifex Studios is not aspiring to be a boutique animation studio. The projects we have in our pipeline are top-notch and extremely high quality. We could easily farm these projects out overseas and get them done for a fraction of what our budget is (currently at $3M for both projects). But zoetifex Studios is looking to create jobs. In this economy, it's vital that we look to put some of the most incredibly talented artists to work, right here in the USA. Being located in Pittsburgh, we are able to keep the cost of production down, when compared to some of the larger animation studios like Blue Sky, Dreamworks, Sony, etc...
We have attracted some very high-level voice-over talent for Christmas Magic. Unfortunately we can't mention the names until we have the contracts in place. We cannot get the contracts in place until we have funding. Fortunately we have been given permission to mention these names to potential investors, and that has been helping with gaining interest in the projects.
Another great addition to the team has been Mike Gasaway (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1114031/). Mike Brings a lot of energy and experience to the host of projects that we have here at zoetifex Studios, and has some great ideas to make Christmas Magic the best it can be for all viewers. We are very excited to have him on board.
What we are looking to do is to get as much money from this Kickstarter Project as we can so that we can produce as much of the content as we can to entice other investors to fund this project the rest of the way. It will also help in showcasing the projects to potential distributors. If per chance we are able to raise enough Kickstarter money to fund the whole entire project, then we will be guaranteed to get the project done in time for Christmas of 2013.
With your help today, we can begin to bring these timeless classics to life for everyone to enjoy, each and every Christmas (in regards to Christmas Magic).
About Michael Garland (Author/Illustrator)
Best Selling author and illustrator Michael Garland has four new books, Oh, What A Christmas!, Scholastic, Fish Had a Wish, Holiday House, Miss Smith Under the Ocean, Dutton Publishers, Grandpa’s Tractor, Boyds Mills.
Michael Garland’s greatest success has been for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Garland’s Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook recently won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. He is currently working on his thirtieth book as author and illustrator.
Garland’s recent book, Miss Smith and the Haunted Library made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Michael Garland has illustrated for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan on best selling books. Michael Garland’s illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak’s Fifth’s Avenue’s Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland’s Christmas Magic has become a season classic.
His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators and the Original Art of Children's book show as well annuals from Print, Graphis and Communications Arts magazines. Recently, Michael Garland was included on the list of the top one hundred Irish Americans by Irish American Magazine.
Michael Garland is frequently asked to speak at schools, literary conferences and festivals across the country.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Thank you for your pledge of $25. For this level, you will receive a thank you on the project's website and we will send you a free Interactive Book of Icarus Swinebuckle, made exclusively for iPads.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you for your pledge of $50. For this level, you will receive a thank you on the project's website and you will get a special sneak preview of Christmas Magic on a private YouTube channel. You will also receive a downloadable QuickTime version of Icarus Swinebuckle.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you for your pledge of $100. For this level, you will receive a thank you on the project's website and we'll send you a special edition DVD copy of the short film Icarus Swinebuckle -- this DVD will not be available anywhere else! This package includes an exclusive video interview with author Michael Garland, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you for your pledge of $500. For this level, you will receive a thank you on the project's website and for those who wants to see these projects at their very best, we'll send you the Special Edition Blu-Ray combo pack (featuring Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copies of the film). This collection also contains an expanded interview with Michael Kadrie, Michael Garland and several cast members. It also includes several behind-the-scenes features revealing exactly how these projects were created - all made available exclusively to our supporters.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you for your pledge of $1,000. For this level, you will receive the Special Edition Blu-Ray combo pack as in the $500 level, but it will be signed by the cast and crew. Plus you will receive a special credit on the inside sleeve of the DVD.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you for your pledge of $5,000. For this level, you will receive the Special Edition Blu-Ray combo pack as in the $500 & $1,000 level, signed by the cast and crew. Plus you will receive a special credit on the inside sleeve of the DVD. Plus you will receive a copy of an original piece of artwork by Michael Garland, and he will sign it as well.Estimated delivery:
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EXECUTIVE PACKAGE! Thank you for your pledge of $10,000. For this level, you will receive the Special Edition Blu-Ray combo pack as in the $500, $1,00 & $5,000 level, signed by the cast and crew. Plus you will receive a special credit on the inside sleeve of the DVD. Plus you will receive a copy of an original piece of artwork by Michael Garland, and he will sign it as well. Plus you will also get a signed copy of the script for Christmas Magic and a credit at the end of both films (Christmas Magic and Icarus Swinebuckle). You will also get a signed copy of a book by Michael Garland. You will also be given special access to online viewing areas where you will be able to see completed scenes before the films are completed. Giving you an inside look that nobody else will get to see.Estimated delivery:
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