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About this project

Saxon is an animated miniseries created by filmmaker and animator Kiernan Sjursen-Lien following Saxon, an agender teenage dropout and ne'er-do-well and snarky cat Bartholomew as they try to solve the mysterious death of a local teenager. 

The series will consist of 6 episodes (including episode 1 above) at about 2-3 minutes each. It will air on YouTube and Vimeo in late 2017 if backed. Each episode will be fully animated and created by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, with hired voice talent and sound design/music. 

My name is Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, I'm an agender animation artist living in the LA area, who graduated from CalArts with a BFA in Character Animation. 

My short films, including On The Run, The Magnificent Menagerie of Melvin McMelanie, and The Ballad of Possum's Broom have been shown in animation and film festivals worldwide. In addition, I have been working in the animation and comics industries for several years, working with studios including Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon, and Boom comics as a writer and artist on the Over the Garden Wall comic series. I also successfully funded another project right here on Kickstarter, A Gay Ol Time, an anthology of LGBT+ 19th century Americans.

 

 

Most of the money will go to producing the animation itself, at the very bare minimum of what is needed to complete the project. Other costs associated will be to pay the wonderful voice actors, sound designers, and musicians involved with the project. Finally, some money will go to backer rewards (such as pins) and of course Kickstarter's own associated fees. 

 

 

Thank you for considering to back the Saxon miniseries, and I hope to be able to share the rest with you in late 2017 if backed! Have a wonderful day!

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge in creating this is just to give me enough of a living wage to sit down and animate all 5 remaining episodes of this miniseries. They have already been written and are ready to begin production, but in order to actually produce the series I need financial stability to take a few months off of normal work to really focus on pulling together this series. So, it's up to you, internet! I know how to animate, you know how to back a project on Kickstarter... let's do this thing together!

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    Thank you!

    Thanks for helping out! You'll see Saxon when it premieres on youtube in late 2017 (providing the project is backed).

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    Early digital access!

    You'll get digital downloads of the entire series a week before it premieres. Just don't go spoiling everything for everyone! :)

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    Behind the Scenes + Digital Downloads

    In addition to getting digital downloads of the episodes a week early, you'll get a zipped file containing all scripts, animatics, music, production artwork, and other behind the scenes goodies for your perusal.

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    All rewards plus a pin and poster!

    You'll receive all prior rewards (digital downloads and behind the scenes), plus a yet-to-be-designed pin and 11x17 poster featuring Saxon.

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    Watercolor drawing

    You'll receive digital downloads of all episodes, behind-the-scenes, a pin, and an original watercolor drawing by creator Kiernan Sjursen-Lien!

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    Watercolor Drawing + Books

    You'll receive ALL backer rewards plus comics Winston and Harvey #1 and #2 and my previously Kickstarted book A Gay Ol' Time!

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    You/your character appear in an episode!

    You or a character of yours will appear in an episode of Saxon, plus you will receive all prior rewards. (Please note that Saxon is a human-dominated world- and any animal characters will be reimagined into posters, plushies, or other background elements).

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