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High action-adventure fantasy with new kinds of heroes. 2D animation produced by young, talented creators. Read more

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High action-adventure fantasy with new kinds of heroes. 2D animation produced by young, talented creators.

Columbia, SC Animation
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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!

I'm at table FF-22 in Artist's Alley
I'm at table FF-22 in Artist's Alley

UPDATE #3 - Some more visuals:

1: [ Early 1000 animation by Shawna Mills ]

2: [ Tommy Boy Sketches and Pencil Test ]


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.

Softcover edition.
Softcover edition.
Slipcase edition. Book inside slipcase.
Slipcase edition. Book inside slipcase.
Slipcase edition. Book outside slipcase.
Slipcase edition. Book outside slipcase.
  • Vinyl Figurine

A custom-modeled figurine of Tommy Boy with fine detail. Comes in two editions:

Tommy Boy 7-inch vinyl figurine. Greyscale edition.
Tommy Boy 7-inch vinyl figurine. Greyscale edition.
Tommy Boy 7-inch vinyl figurine. Color edition.
Tommy Boy 7-inch vinyl figurine. Color edition.
  • The Animation!
All eight episodes in 1080p format. Delivered to you digitally. We won't skimp on quality.
All eight episodes in 1080p format. Delivered to you digitally. We won't skimp on quality.
  • 1000 Soundtrack
18 tracks with 7 character themes and 11 scene themes. All flowing in that nostalgic trip hop sound.
18 tracks with 7 character themes and 11 scene themes. All flowing in that nostalgic trip hop sound.

Here's a sample of Meggan's theme:

  • 1000 T-shirt
A black t-shirt with the 1000 logo in both men's and women's cuts. (This is a 3D mockup and is not a finalized photo)
A black t-shirt with the 1000 logo in both men's and women's cuts. (This is a 3D mockup and is not a finalized photo)
  • 1000 Snapback Cap
A black, embroidered snapback cap with the 1000 logo.
A black, embroidered snapback cap with the 1000 logo.
  • Deadlines VOL. 1, VOL. 2, & VOL. 3

All of Sanford Greene's publicly released sketch and concept work. ALL OF IT!

Deadlines VOL.1 PDF edition.
Deadlines VOL.1 PDF edition.
Deadlines VOL. 2 PDF edition.
Deadlines VOL. 2 PDF edition.
Deadlines VOL. 3 PDF edition.
Deadlines VOL. 3 PDF edition.
  • Skateboard Deck
Skateboard deck TOP. 1000 logo.
Skateboard deck TOP. 1000 logo.
Skateboard deck BOTTOM. 1000 crew.
Skateboard deck BOTTOM. 1000 crew.
  • Custom Sketches

Drawn in pen & ink. Signed.

11x17 custom sketch. Single character sample.
11x17 custom sketch. Single character sample.
11x17 custom sketch. Two character sample.
11x17 custom sketch. Two character sample.
  • Desktop Background
A Kickstarter-only wallpaper featuring the entire 1000 crew.
A Kickstarter-only wallpaper featuring the entire 1000 crew.

Get some!

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

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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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    21 backers

    CHIP DIP -
    Thanks! You will be granted access to all of the project updates + an exclusive desktop background.

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    $5 reward

    17 backers

    PEPPER -
    Project updates + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. This is a full-digital download.

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    $10 reward

    60 backers

    HOT GRAVY - Digital copy of the FIRST FOUR short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. This is a full-digital download. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    205 backers

    BUTTERSAUCE - Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. This is a full-digital download. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    14 backers All gone!

    MARINADE -
    1000 t-shirt + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    47 backers Limited (439 left of 486)

    MARINADE - 1000 t-shirt + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    MEAN GREENE - Physical first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 softcover edition (unsigned) + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    49 backers Limited (269 left of 318)

    MEAN GREENE - Physical first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 softcover edition (unsigned) + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    11 backers All gone!

    MEAN GREENE PLUS - Physical first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 softcover edition (unsigned) + 1000 t-shirt + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    36 backers Limited (253 left of 289)

    MEAN GREENE PLUS - Physical first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 softcover edition (unsigned) + 1000 t-shirt + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    $60 reward

    20 backers All gone!

    MEAN GREENE DELUXE - Physical, signed first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 softcover edition + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    43 backers Limited (237 left of 280)

    MEAN GREENE DELUXE - Physical, signed first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 softcover edition + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + the original soundtrack in MP3 format + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    $100 reward

    14 backers All gone!

    MEAN GREENE ULTIMATE -
    Physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE.

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    38 backers Limited (72 left of 110)

    MEAN GREENE ULTIMATE - Physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE.

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    $200 reward

    1 backer All gone!

    THE HOT STUFF -
    Bust sketch of your choice drawn inside the front cover of the slipcase edition of Deadlines Vol. 4 (SIGNED) + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    8 backers Limited (31 left of 39)

    THE HOT STUFF - Bust sketch of your choice drawn inside the front cover of the slipcase edition of Deadlines Vol. 4 (SIGNED) + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    $300 reward

    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    THE TEARDROP -
    Physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an exclusive, signed, 1000-themed skateboard deck + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    THE FIRE ENGINE -
    An exclusive, signed, 7" vinyl statue of Tommy Boy, greyscale edition + physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    2 backers Limited (23 left of 25)

    THE FLAMIN' FIRE ENGINE - An exclusive, signed, 7" vinyl statue of Tommy Boy, color edition + physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    $400 reward

    4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)

    HOG'S BREATH -
    An exclusive, signed, 7" vinyl statue of Tommy Boy, color edition + an exclusive, signed, 1000-themed skateboard deck + physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE.

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    10 backers All gone!

    DRAGON BREATH -
    You receive a customized 11"x17" sketch of your choice drawn by Sanford (in pen & ink) (negotiable) + a physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered digitally on WORLDWIDE RELEASE.

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    XXX?! -
    A background appearance in an animated short + production credit + a physical, signed, first-run copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 slipcase edition + an embroidered 1000 snapback cap + 1000 t-shirt + Digital PDF copy of Deadlines Vol. 1, 2, & 3 + Digital copy of ALL EIGHT short animations from the 1000 collection in 1080p format + a physical, signed copy of the 1000 original soundtrack + an exclusive desktop background. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE.

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    SECRET SAUCE -
    You get every physical and digital reward we have to offer! + a background appearance in an animated short + production credit. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE.

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    SECRET SAUCE BLACK -
    You get every physical and digital reward we have to offer! + a customized 11"x17" sketch of your choice drawn by Sanford (in pen & ink) (negotiable) + a background appearance in an animated short + production credit. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE.

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    SLAP YO' MAMMA! -
    The ULTIMATE reward package! You get absolutely every physical and digital reward we have to offer! + every side incentive including a customized 11"x17" sketch of your choice in pen and ink + Sanford will personally fly out and hand-deliver your slipcase copy of Deadlines Vol. 4 and stay and host a book signing in your area (or just stay and cook you breakfast if you like) :D + dinner is on us! + producer production credit. Animations delivered to you digitally via EARLY ACCESS RELEASE. Limited to U.S. residents only.

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