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A legendary tournament. A brash mechanic determined to defeat a giant mechanical scorpion. And the wife and son caught in the middle.
A legendary tournament. A brash mechanic determined to defeat a giant mechanical scorpion. And the wife and son caught in the middle.
A legendary tournament. A brash mechanic determined to defeat a giant mechanical scorpion. And the wife and son caught in the middle.
287 backers pledged $76,700 to help bring this project to life.

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What is The Ottoman?

The Ottoman is a 3D animated short film set in a fictionalized Ottoman Empire, with a visual design inspired by European comic-book artists like Jean “Mœbius” Giraud. The production is being developed by a team of artists from around the world.

You can learn more about the film here: 

The story:

Some short clips of the film:

Project specs:

  • Running time: 12 minutes
  • Genre: action/adventure
  • Aspect ratio: widescreen 2.4 : 1
  • Language: n/a (no dialog)
  • Software: Cinema 4D

Why Kickstarter?

For the last several years, the Ottoman team has been putting together high-quality animated shots on an extremely low budget. Our process has yielded very successful results (as you can see in the video above), but as we continue to develop our tools and expand the team, our financial constraints are threatening to undermine our progress.

What we need:

The $75,000 figure that we’re raising to fund the remaining three sequences of the film was arrived at using the following assumptions:

  • Shots are funded at a rate of roughly $100 per second of completed animation. 
  • There are about 600 seconds of animation remaining, so around $60,000 is needed purely for the animation work. 
  • Technical and compositing costs increase over time as the animation builds up. But assuming roughly 15% of the cost of animation: $9,000.
  • The remaining $6000 (probably more) is expected to go to Kickstarter fees and shipping rewards.

What happens with any extra money raised:

The more money we raise, the larger we can grow the team and the faster we can complete the animation. A higher budget would also allow us to bring in high-level talent during post-production, yielding better image quality, better special effects and a top-notch soundtrack.

Who are we?

The Ottoman team is a diverse group of animators, modelers, texture artists, technical directors and cinematographers from Los Angeles to Argentina to Beijing. Their past film work includes:

FrozenZootopia, WarcraftDawn of the Planet of the ApesMetegolRobocopShark TaleGuardians of the Galaxy and many more.

The Ottoman is produced by Luckbat Studio and Circus Ink Entertainment, Ltd.

Rewards:

Everyone who backs The Ottoman will be given access to the finished film as soon as the short is done, well in advance of its public premiere. This is due to film-festival restrictions that often require a film to be kept off the internet in order to qualify.

However, because the release of the film could take place as much as two years from now (depending on how this fundraising effort goes), we’ve put a lot of work into creating some amazing rewards that you’ll be able to enjoy right away!

The shirts (MAVEN tiers):

The poster (FRAMER tier):

The Production Journal book (LEDGER and SIGNATORY tiers):

The figurine (COLLECTOR and ULTRA-COLLECTOR tiers):

Risks and challenges

The team has been moving forward on “Ottoman” for several years now, and our work keeps getting stronger. We’ve animated a quarter of the film already, and are confident that we can bring it home. However, the low-budget nature of the production means that most of the crew are contributing part-time while holding down other gigs, which is one of the reasons for this campaign.

The biggest risk with collaborative projects like this one is loss of momentum. If too many animators move on to other projects, or if some key technicians get sidetracked, it can slow the pipeline down to a trickle. Getting the project back on track after that would likely require a painful amount of time and money.

Having said that, our team has been growing steadily over the years, not shrinking. We’ve built a great collaborative community around “Ottoman,” along with solid tools to maintain it. We’re remain confident that we can continue to attract new talent.

In the event that the campaign is successful, we’ll likely experience some growing pains as we figure out how to distribute funds among the team, and how much to set aside for contingencies. But we’ve been preparing for this campaign for over a year, and we remain confident that we can handle the needs of all our backers as well as the challenges of team-building.

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    OTTOMAN INSIDER:
    Early access to production updates and our enduring gratitude. Please spread the word and help this project succeed!

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    OTTOMAN ENTRANT:
    All “Insider” rewards, plus downloadable digital goodies including desktop wallpapers, still frames and miscellaneous goodies. Access to the HD video of “The Ottoman” as soon as it becomes available.

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    OTTOMAN SUPPORTER:
    All “Entrant” rewards, plus a thank-you postcard, your name listed on a Supporters section of the “Ottoman” website, and a digital file of the “Ottoman” poster, suitable for printing at 11″×17″ (28×43cm).

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    OTTOMAN DIGITIZER:
    All the digital rewards! Early access, Supporters credit, downloadable goodies, clips and poster, plus the e-book edition of the 40-page “The Ottoman: Production Journal.”

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    OTTOMAN FRAMER:
    All digital rewards, plus a 26″×39″ (66×99cm) print of the “Ottoman” poster on high-quality paper.

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    OTTOMAN MAVEN (logo):
    All digital rewards, plus a printed 11″×17″ (28×43cm) mini-poster and a screen-printed “Tournament Logo” T-shirt.

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    OTTOMAN MAVEN (tattoo):
    All digital rewards, plus a printed 11″×17″ (28×43cm) mini-poster and a screen-printed “Barzakh Tattoo” T-shirt.

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    OTTOMAN MAVEN (scorpion):
    All digital rewards, plus a printed 11″×17″ (28×43cm) mini-poster and a screen-printed “Scorpion Mecha” T-shirt.

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    OTTOMAN LEDGER:
    All digital rewards, plus a printed 11″×17″ (28×43cm) mini-poster and a printed softcover “The Ottoman: Production Journal” book.

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    OTTOMAN ARBITER (shot):
    Submit a shot for professional review! The Ottoman’s Animation Director, will record a private 3-5 minute video critique of an animated shot of your choice.

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    OTTOMAN ULTRA-MAVEN:
    All digital rewards, plus a printed 11″×17″ (28×43cm) mini-poster and ALL THREE of the screen-printed “Ottoman” T-shirts.

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    OTTOMAN SIGNATORY:
    All digital rewards, plus the full-size 26″×39″ (66×99cm) “Ottoman” poster and an edition of the printed softcover “The Ottoman: Production Journal” book signed by the director and crew.

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    OTTOMAN ARBITER (reel):
    Submit a reel for professional review! The Ottoman’s Animation Director will record a private 10-15 minute video critique of your animation reel.

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    OTTOMAN TRIPTYCH:
    All digital rewards, plus all three printed rewards: the full-size 26″×39″ (66×99cm) “Ottoman” poster, the printed softcover “The Ottoman: Production Journal” book and the screen-printed “Tournament Logo” T-shirt.

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    See your name written in Arabic calligraphy! The Ottoman’s calligraphy artist will render a name of your choosing into a beautiful hand-drawn graphic. The resulting artwork will be provided as a print-resolution digital file.

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    OTTOMAN COLLECTOR:
    All digital rewards, plus a 3D-printed plastic figurine of the Scarab mecha (some assembly required).

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    OTTOMAN LUMINARY (east): All digital rewards, plus tickets for you and a guest to a private screening of "The Ottoman" with the director and production team in New York City (transportation/accommodations not included). Your name will be listed in the end credits.

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    OTTOMAN LUMINARY (west): All digital rewards, plus tickets for you and a guest to a private screening of “The Ottoman” with the director and production team in San Francisco (transportation/accommodations not included). Your name will be listed in the end credits.

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    OTTOMAN ULTRA-COLLECTOR:
    All digital rewards, plus a 3D-printed plastic figurine of the Scarab mecha, professionally hand-painted in full color (some assembly required).

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    OTTOMAN AMPHITHEATER:
    Live group panel discussion with the Director/Producer and the Animation Director, via video conference. Take part in an exclusive 60-minute group Q&A session. Ask questions, get feedback, learn about animation, direction, project management—you name it. A digital recording of the session will be made available as a downloadable video.

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    OTTOMAN COMPLETIONIST:
    All the rewards! Get the miniposter, the large-format poster, a signed copy of “The Ottoman: Production Journal” softcover book, all three T-shirts, a hand-painted Scarab mecha figurine, four tickets to a private Ottoman screening in NY or SF (transportation/accommodations not included), and your name in the film’s end credits.

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    OTTOMAN SPONSOR:
    Your name or organization listed as a Sponsor in the film’s end credits, plus four VIP seats at a private screening of “The Ottoman” in New York or San Francisco (transportation/accommodations not included).

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    OTTOMAN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:
    Your name or organization listed as an Associate Producer in the film’s end credits and on the IMDb, plus four VIP seats at a private screening of “The Ottoman” in New York or San Francisco (transportation/accommodations not included).

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    OTTOMAN EMPIRE STATE OF MIND:
    Your name or organization credited as Associate Producer in the film’s end credits and on the IMDb, plus 6 VIP seats at a private Ottoman screening in New York or San Francisco. Also, spend a day touring New York City with the Director/Producer and Animation Director of the film. Dinner is on us. (Transportation/accommodations not included.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)