About this project
UPDATE - A New Incentive! The 1000 Groundworks Book
A 40-page PDF compilation of our best sketch work and keyframes from the Micro-series episodes. You can get a copy by increasing your pledge by $15.
NOTE: Don't change your reward level when you increase your pledge.
UPDATE #2 - Interview with MTV from Comic Con!
UPDATE #3 - Some more visuals:
3: [ Meggan Pencil Test & Comic Con Insanity! ]
A little about 1000...
1000 is a world where aliens, warlocks, zombies, warlords, ancient beasts, and all manner of entities exist. These entities have each carved out territories around the world that they call their own. A cold war stands between them and casts the rest of the world into chaos.
Dragon Son, a supreme entity banished and sentenced to 1000 acts of repentance, is left to wade through the chaos.
Every act brings him closer to one day returning to his true Dragon-form.
Dragon Son is joined by six other Agents charged with secretly policing the world.
They are all that stand in the way of keeping the cold war from obliterating the last remnants of civilization.
Eight animated episodes!
We have eight 90-second animated episodes planned. A micro-series that introduces you to the main characters of the "1000" universe.
Seven of these episodes will feature a single Agent from our main lineup. The eighth and final short will give you a taste of the entire team working together!
Here's a list of concepts we have in the works for the episodes:
- Dragon Son destroying a meteor the size of the moon
- Shadow Boxer training two of her disciples in the Shadow Arts
- JONN E dogfighting with two high-level demons
- Loop foiling an otherworldly bank heist
- Gabriel outclassing Ronin samurai warriors
- Meggan battling inside a mental institution
- Tommy Boy taking down a giant by himself
- The entire team clashes with a dragon in the middle of the city
Just to whet your appetite, here's a very small taste of Dragon Son doing his thing:
UPDATE: A rough pencil test of Tommy Boy:
UPDATE #2: A pencil test of Meggan:
Some Secret Sauce
Secret Sauce is a freshly formed animation studio with one goal in mind: to produce quality action animation.
We're a group of action freaks at heart. We're fans (and students) of high quality animation.
With 1000 we have the groundwork to deliver. We plan to start things off right and do just that.
Here's a quick glimpse of some of the people behind Secret Sauce Studio:
What makes Secret Sauce?
If we told you that then we'd have to silence you. Moving on to the next question.
Where does the money go?
That's a better question.
In traditional big studio projects budgets, even thirty minutes of quality animation cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. In comparison our budget is extremely modest.
Here's the breakdown from our $60K base goal:
With 66% percent our $60K goal money going to animation we're left with roughly $39K.
That further breaks down to about $4.9K per animated short.
That's $4,950 spread out to cover a-minute-and-a-half of full-blown action for each short. A budget that goes to a background artist, key animators, and clean-up artists. Not to mention the work that goes into finalizing the animation. This includes compositing, color correction, editing, and final mixdown. That kind of budget disappears fast when these necessities are factored in.
Here's a small comparison of what we're asking for compared to typical studio budgets for the same quality animation:
We're literally working at 1/4th the cost of what bigger studios budget for similar outings.
$60,000 is the PASSION-PROJECT MINIMUM that we can accept to make these animations happen. Anything less and we wouldn't even be able to cover the cost of electricity for the course of the project.
Our pipeline is efficient and lean, yet we still have production needs that the base goal doesn't cover.
Exceeding our base goal can only help us make stronger animation (and keep us healthy).
The more money we raise the more resources we'll have to blow the lid off of your expectations.
Even $80K would allow us to start making phonecalls and bring on more smoking hot talent.
Names that you're already familiar with, too. All we have to do is make the call and say that we have the budget.
Rewards. Plenty of them
Here's a quick breakdown of all the incentives we have to offer in the campaign so far:
- Deadlines VOL. 4
Sanford Greene's latest artbook, Deadlines VOL. 4. This is a first-run copy available in both softcover and slipcase editions.
- Vinyl Figurine
A custom-modeled figurine of Tommy Boy with fine detail. Comes in two editions:
- The Animation!
- 1000 Soundtrack
Here's a sample of Meggan's theme:
- 1000 T-shirt
- 1000 Snapback Cap
- Deadlines VOL. 1, VOL. 2, & VOL. 3
All of Sanford Greene's publicly released sketch and concept work. ALL OF IT!
- Skateboard Deck
- Custom Sketches
Drawn in pen & ink. Signed.
- Desktop Background
Let's breakdown the Tiers...
Please note that international shipping for pledges will vary based on shipping weight.
Risks and challenges
Animation has its challenges. Many of them. The biggest challenge is communicating effectively throughout the course of a project.
Our entire team meets weekly via Skype and has smaller meetings throughout the week between team members. Secret Sauce is a newly-formed studio, but it's not our first time animating. We have a combined total of 25-years industry experience split between comics and animation.
We're confident we can deliver something with a taste you've never experienced before.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No. Deadlines VOL. 4 is exclusive to the 1000 Kickstarter as an incentive. Every dollar that goes toward the campaign is one dollar that gets Secret Sauce off the ground.
That's our number one priority. You get a better deal through the Kickstarter campaign than you would if the book was sold separately. Take advantage of the offer.
We were notified by an international backer that there were no international shipping fees associated with the initial version of the $30 - $200 rewards.
Our response was to create a duplicate of the reward tiers and mark all the old tiers as "SOLD OUT." The only difference is that the $25 fee for international shipping was added.
If you are an international backer who backed the early version of the reward tiers then we'll honor your missing shipping fee. That was our mistake. You don't have to pay for it.
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