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Christian MaherBy Christian Maher
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Christian MaherBy Christian Maher
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$751
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backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 21 2019

About

Inspired by Digimon, Mad Max and John Wick

Mercenary Team Safari is the story of a boy (Otto) and his velociraptor (Spike) who rely on each-other for survival . After a civil war erupts in their nation, known as Mojarra, they're forced to become self-sustaining farmers away from the chaos. This life becomes harder and harder as the ongoing war interferes with basic survival. When the opportunity of becoming mercenaries falls on Spike and Otto, they accept before their situation becomes fatal.

Action Inspired by John Wick
Action Inspired by John Wick

Why a Hybrid Velociraptor?

The image of a velociraptor and soldier fighting side-by-side was always really cool to me. They'd have each-other's back, use creative tactics in battle, and be unstoppable. The velociraptor would be able to dodge incoming fire with its agility, then attack with instinctual precision. Meanwhile, the soldier lays down suppressive fire for his predator partner, and makes the tactical decisions in a firefight. They're always outmanned, outgunned...but never outfought. 

This is the World of Mojarra at Night
This is the World of Mojarra at Night

From Graphic Novel to Animated Film!

I wrote Mercenary Team Safari as a feature length animated film: a script, soundtrack, voice-overs, camera movements, original music, and sound design. However, creating an animated movie requires a lot of resources that aren't available to those outside the industry. This is why I will be putting your funds to work on a graphic novel adaptation first with the amazing company Storyboard Graphic Novels. These LA-based professionals specialize in creating graphic novels from movie scripts. The funds raised will be paying the most talented artist in the industry to bring Mercenary Team Safari to life as a digital graphic novel! 

http://storyboardgraphicnovels.com

Stephen L. Stern - Storyboard Graphic Novels President: 

Best known as the creator/writer of the indie comic-book Zen Intergalactic Ninja, Steve is a former advertising agency president with clients including Johnson&Johnson, Rosenthal China and The Singer Company. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he launched Storyboard Graphic Novels 8 years ago, working with several of his longtime friends and associates—who just happen to be some of the highest-profile artists and writers in the industry today.


How Your Funding Will Be Utilized

  •  Total Amount Raised = $8000 
  •  Storyboard Graphic Novel - 35 Page Colored Digital GN = $6825 
  •  Kickstarter, Processing, and BackerKit Fees = $1040
  •  Dragon Commando Commissions = $90-$450
  •  Maximum Budget = $8,315 (I will shoulder any extra cost)

Original Art 

To further develop Mercenary Team Safari, I hired an amazing artist in New York to flesh out the main characters in her unique style. Allie Ballesteros is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and has a gritty style I really dig for the world of Mojarra. 

Spike and Otto Brought to Life by Allie Ballesteros
Spike and Otto Brought to Life by Allie Ballesteros

Rewards

1. Helping to Create Mojarra: THANK YOU! - Welcome to the M.T.S Community


2. Wallpaper: a WALLPAPER from Hybrid Research™ displaying the agility of Spike.

(Property of Hybrid Research™: FOR DEMO PURPOSES ONLY)          Testing_Velociraptor_Combat_ForwardAttack_ Pounce_FILE001
(Property of Hybrid Research™: FOR DEMO PURPOSES ONLY) Testing_Velociraptor_Combat_ForwardAttack_ Pounce_FILE001

3. Book 1: Digital Graphic Novel - 

Witness Spike and Otto grow up together on the plains of Mojarra. Watch their bond strengthen as dangerous forces await them over the horizon.

Spike and Otto; Anywhere, Anytime.
Spike and Otto; Anywhere, Anytime.

4. Your Name in Credits - 

YOUR NAME immortalized forever in the Credits page of Book 1! 

Plus an EXTRA DIGITAL COPY to send to a friend.

Photo Credit - Pexels.com - Messala Clulla
Photo Credit - Pexels.com - Messala Clulla

5. Access to Behind-the-Scenes Content - 

This includes the ORIGINAL TREATMENT for the film, scans of the script's first HAND-WRITTEN DRAFT, DELETED SCENES, and more. Understand the "why" of every scene.

M.T.S Went Through Many Stages, Changes and Revisions
M.T.S Went Through Many Stages, Changes and Revisions

6. Become an Extra -

You will be used as a model to create a citizen of Mojarra, who will be featured in a scene. Just send us a picture struttin' your stuff. 

Photo Credit - Pexels.com - Chei Ki
Photo Credit - Pexels.com - Chei Ki

7. Dragon Commando - GET PAINTED AS A MERCENARY. 

Allie Ballesteros will replace Otto with yourself in the image below. Just provide us with a badass image of yourself you stud.

Trust me, it's gonna be awesome.
Trust me, it's gonna be awesome.

Stretch Goals

 Book 1  =  35 Pages 

$8,700 = 3 Extra Pages for Book 1 

$9,400 = 6 Extra Pages

$10,000 = 9 Extra Pages

 Full Story = 104 Pages

Proper Reward Fulfillment 

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This is my first Kickstarter, which may lead you to question if I can handle reward fulfillment. How will I make sure all rewards are fulfilled efficiently and smoothly? Well...BackerKit! If the project reaches it's goal of $8000 and there's a lot of backer's to thank (Praying for this), I will utilize these Crowdfunding Professionals for proper reward fulfillment. They have already helped over 5900 Kickstarter Creators in their campaigns and have organized information on around 10 million backers.  

Thank you BackerKit :)


Meet the Author

Christian Maher: Currently a Junior at Rowan University, Christian is pursuing a Bachelors in Radio, Television and Film. He also works as a Video Editor and Cinematographer, producing films for a variety of clients. Since elementary school, he's had a deep passion for all types of writing. Movies also had an impact on him because he says "They're like live-broadcast from another reality". Today, he's combined passion for writing with filmmaking to follow his ultimate goal of professional screenwriting. For fun, his hobbies include playing hockey, riding motorcycles, and hiking with his dog Roxie.

Risks and challenges

Storyboard Graphic Novels, the company that will produce Book 1, has 8 years of experience in creating high-quality graphic novels. I trust fully in their experience. The script for Book 1 is complete and ready to be rendered as a graphic novel. I've also added "padding" in the budget and timeframe for rewards. This will make up for any unforeseen hiccups that may occur during production.

The challenges of Mercenary Team Safari revolve around this being my first Kickstarter Campaign. Learning the platform was a daunting task. I'm a creative at heart but know the importance of logistics. Through reading the Creator's Handbook, watching Official Kickstarter 101 courses, taking diligent notes, and not rushing the process, I feel confident in this new venture.

A fresh, exciting and emotional story is what I want for all my backers and I ensure all rewards will be fulfilled. Period.

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    You made it happen. Way to go soldier!

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    Computer Wallpaper

    Your will to survive is strong. Keep moving and never look back.

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    Volume 1 + Wallpaper

    Here's Volume 1 of Mercenary Team Safari. Welcome to Mojarra...

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    Behind-the-Scenes Access

    Gain access to the creative process of Mercenary Team Safari. This includes behind-the-scenes content from handwritten script notes across multiple notebooks.

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    You are in the Book!

    Have a citizen of Mojarra designed with your looks included in a scene.

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    Dragon Commando

    Get painted into the world of Mojarra by Allie Ballesteros! Forever be known as the "Dragon Commando"

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