We all grew up on heavy doses of sci-fi...
be it through film, television, toys, or play. So, when our lead character artist, Dillon Wheelock, introduced us (the rest of Edison Creative) to his baby brainchild, The Axiom Chronicles, we all instantly fell in love. And the best part was he was willing to let us all hold, nurture, cultivate, and imprint the best parts of ourselves onto this fantastic story.
On a dystopian planet in the far reaches of the cosmos, an evil sentient mechanical entity known as the Mechno-Hive has enslaved the organic races as their labor force. By controlling an ancient and mysterious crystaline power source known as the Axiom, they exert their tyrannical will on the entire planet.
The fate and future of the planet, and it’s occupants lies in the hands of a young hero named Rake. It falls to Rake to learn to control the ultimate power of the Axiom for good, and bring peace to the world he calls home.
Orphaned at birth, Rake was raised up in the streets of Power City, learning at an early age to watch after himself. Impressed by witnessing one of the boys petty street crimes in which he displayed what seemed to be almost superhuman skill, the ruthless crime lord Shogun Syn took him in with the promise of a better life. Rake sports a robotic leg prosthesis, as well as some other implants improving him to become the perfect weapon. He has always felt that there is more out there for him than a life of crime.
He is compelled by a moral compass that supersedes anything Syn and his gang have ingrained into him, no matter how hard they try. It is this sense that drives Rake to be be er than the world around him. Though he hates his mechanic oppressors, Rake has taken an interest in understanding them and how they tick. With the guidance of Dr. Bantom, Rake has learned much and is able to to reprogram and hack into the various systems of robots and machines within the city.
Don’t be mistaken though, there is no sentiment between the two. Syn has spent the last 18 years reshaping him in anyway necessary to craft the perfect weapon out of him. We pick up our story in one of Rake’s first field tests to see whether or not he has what it takes to be a true Son of Syn.
Dunebot & Sparky
The much needed comedic relief of the story, as well as faithful sidekicks to Rake, Dunebot and his trusty repair droid Sparky roam the roboticlands on a simple yet noble quest. Dunebot is a hydration harvester tasked with the humiliating job of hunting down any moisture he can find in this husk of land he calls home. There is something, however, that is more than meets the eye with Dunebot: he’s a free-ranged free thinking robot.
Being that he isn’t linked to the Mechno-hive, he’s looked down upon and isn’t allowed to play any of the robot reindeer games. The other robots exiled him to the farthest corners of the roboticlands.
Whether it was story, characters, or the visual design of Axiom, we were all given license to play to our strengths and contribute where we could. Mostly working on client based projects, Axiom became our passion project. A chance for all of us to create something of our own. It brought us together as a team and a family in a new way.
For just over a year now, we've been working on the development of this project. So far, we've created a 4 minute teaser, the first half of the pilot episode. You can check it out on our YouTube channel. It's our sci-fi take on the classic train heist.
The teaser leaves off with our hero, Rake, entering into a drone that he's commandeered. He is in search of the coveted power source, The Axiom. We want to finish this episode that's packed with action and reveals more about Rake's character and the world he lives in.
Our hope is that if we can get this project funded we will continue to produce episodes and hopefully get picked up to create future seasons. We have the entire first season written and up to season 4 outlined and would love to see this show picked up and made into a series.
Dillon - The Axiom Chronicles came from the mind of this guy. Three years ago when he first walked into the Edison Creative studio, he showed the team his sketches for a concept he’d been working on. At that moment we all knew we had to make The Axiom Chronicles come to life. From character development down to the finite details of the story, Dillon has helped shape the world in which it all takes place. A rare talent of both storyteller and artist, he's definitely the MVP on the team.
Coban - The show’s co-creator comes from a family pedigree of artistic talent. His dad created Rainbow Bright. Yes, RAINBOW FREAKING BRIGHT. And if that wasn't enough, his brother, Paul was one of the creators of Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory, The Clone Wars series and now, the main creator of the new Mickey Mouse shorts. But enough about his family, Coban is a master at his craft. His ability to create worlds, characters and story on a whim is remarkable. If Dillon didn’t already have the MVP he’s be the closest of seconds.
Kristin - She is a creative force to be reckoned with. With a stout portfolio of 3D modeling and animation for companies like HP, Facebook and Xbox she brings so much talent to the table. Not only does she do 3D work but she has also contributed so much to the story of The Axiom Chronicles.
Shawn - Shawn has been with Edison Creative since day one. Actually, he helped name the company. Animation has always been a love of Shawn's and he's been excited to see this project come to life. Shawn's visionary creative direction has played a heavy part on how The Axiom Chronicles has evolved and he has had his hand on almost every frame of animation.
Lauren - She’s like the Swiss army knife of creatives. What do you need help with today? Editing? Yes. Animation? Yes. Sound design? Yes. Music composition? Yes. Lauren is such a valuable asset to the Axiom team, the project wouldn’t be possible without her.
Skylar - Skylar is the lead animator at Edison Creative and has been the animation consultant on the Axiom Chronicles. He has played an integral part of the team and has helped produce some of the most complex animations that we have created. A true artist and motion engineer in his own right.
Luke - Luke is the owner of Edison Creative and producer for the Axiom Chronicles. He has been doing creative work for over 20 years and is proud to work with the amazing team around him. He has worked on with a variety of brands such as Nike, Mercedes, Pepsi, Budweiser, and Oprah. Oh, and he just happens to be the nicest guy on the planet.
Risks and challenges
Since we're a busy studio with ongoing client work, one of our biggest challenges with Axiom has been finding the time to dedicate to this passion project. This is why we're doing this Kickstarter, to be able to take time out of our production schedule to see this dream come to life. We are all very excited to keep moving The Axiom Chronicles forward, but we need your help. Once we meet our goal, we will actively set aside time to complete the Pilot episode as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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