S.A.L.E.M. is an animated story filled with adventure, slice of life, self discovery, and pancakes. This story follows a young, bright-eyed cryptid named Salem, who lives with their guardian, the infamous Boogeyman. For years they'd prepared to 'take over the family business', only for their world to flip upside down when the truth is revealed.
Wishing to discover their origin, Salem sets off with the aid of an enchanted book to discover their true self. Along the way, Salem is joined by the help of a wanna-be cryptid photographer named Oliver, and a psychic medium terrified of ghosts named Petra. With magical aid and plenty of energy drinks, the trio embark on a monster hunt.
What is a cryptid? A cryptid is classified as plants and animals that are not recognized by the scientific community or thought to be extinct. Some of these creatures have origins and alleged sightings that span across the veins of history, with their presence shrouded in myths and legend.
S.A.L.E.M. is the creation of Samantha Sawyer (Sincerely Sam), a full time illustrator who envisioned this crazy project nearly SIX YEARS AGO! In November of 2018, Sam decided it was finally time to begin bringing S.A.L.E.M. to life!
After exploring the options of working with a network on the project, we deemed that in order to keep SALEM true to its story, we had to start it ourselves.
So here we are!! Ready and eager to start weaving this story of magic and mayhem - however. Animation is expensive, and we know we can't do this without the help of all you fabulous people.
In order to give the quality and storythat the series (and you, the fans) deserve, we wanted to have you help us make this dream a reality!
S.A.L.E.M. (the Secret Archives of Legends, Enchantments, and Monsters) takes place in a small province nestled deep in the woods of West Virginia called "Hollow Watch". Known for its paranormal and cryptic phenomena, it's a hot spot for all things unknown. Hollow Watch rests right along a dense forest that has long been rumored to be home to mysterious creatures.
After discovering they were adopted, Salem must set out to find who they really are... or... What they really are. With the help of a wise enchanted book, and a couple of unbelievable friends, the journey ahead seems more exciting than ever!
Salem spent their young life living as the ward of the Boogeyman, which came with quite a few perks. Lost toys littered the halls of their home and they had plenty of hobgoblin minions to play with. Everything was great until Salem realized that, unlike they're father, they weren't a boogeyman at all. In a desperate search to find the truth, Salem makes a pact with an enchanted book called The Cryptorium to start an adventure into the unknown. Amidst the chaos of their search, Salem meets Oliver and Petra.
Oliver is a self-studied cryptozoologist and photographer. After meeting Salem, he couldn’t resist the call to adventure! Excitable, adventurous, and always along for the ride, Oliver typically goes along with whatever plan that Salem cooks up.
Petra holds about 80% of the trio's impulse control. Her realistic attitude helps balance the chaotic group. Coupled with her inherited psychic abilities, she's truly a force to be reckoned with. However, her powers are sometimes stifled by her intense fear of ghosts.
The Cryptorium is an enchanted book that holds the information of every cryptid species... except for Salem... The grouchy ancient tome can be a bit of a stick in the mud and generally likes to do things by the book.
And there are more friends to come! Throughout the series, the group of adventurers will meet a wide array of creatures and cryptids alike.
No animated series would be complete without introducing the incredible talent of our voice actors!
And these are just a few of our actors. We have quite a few plans to bring in other voice actors as well! With so many cryptids, there's going to be quite a few voices!
After pitching to a few networks and getting stuck in the waiting game we decided that it was best to do this ourselves. Rather than leaving everyone waiting, it was time to jump into action! Our kickstarter goal is $60,000 for our first 11 minute episode. We felt that going the kickstarter route would allow us to produce content and bring the story to life the best and most true way possible.
The ultimate goal is for this series to be TV-grade quality with 2D animation. We want to deliver a show that not only tells the story with its voices and writing, but the art and animation as well.
We are currently hard at work on the script, voicing, and storyboards. As animation takes time and we want to uphold quality, the show is anticipated to start delivering episodes around Spring 2021!
With the help of our amazing Executive Producer, Randy Abrams, and the guidance of Collaborator Swampy Marsh, we know exactly what it takes to create an animated series. With this experience and knowledge under our belt, we understand the budget and costs. To remain open and transparent about the cost of creating this series, we have listed below a small chart to show you where the funds will go!
ALL of the funds from this project are going directly into the production of this series. The animation portion of the budget includes: Voice acting, storyboards, background art, layouts, animatics, clean up, sound design, and much more. All of the funds will be going into paying the talent, the artists, the writers, the animators, etc. We want to put everything we can into creating this series and getting it out there for all of you to enjoy!
No Kickstarter is complete without rewards! As a thank you for joining us on this crazy adventure, we aspired to make our rewards with you, the fans, in mind!
This is just the tip of the iceberg! Launching our journey for this series, we hope to reach a few stretch goals to bring you even more content!
Even though our goal is only for our first 11 minute episode, we would LOVE to tell the whole story! The more you pledge, the more episodes we can produce, and the more you get to see of our crazy trio's misadventures!
In case you're wondering, the title of producer is given to those who have contributed significant funding to make this series happen! On top of being listed as producer in the end credits, this reward entitles you to an IMDb credit on the official page. It gives you the opportunity to apply for industry badges at conventions and other industry related events.
Salem runs away from home and stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted book, once a tome used to house all of the information and legends of the world -- now left with blank pages. Salem and friends make a deal to refill its pages, and perhaps in the process, they can discover Salem's true self.
Magic book in hand, our precocious trio finds that monsters are much closer to home than they ever expected. Who knew the infamous Moth Man was actually a Moth Ma'am?
Salem makes a new cryptid friend that Petra and Oliver aren't too sure about. causing tension to rise in their close knit group. Does the key to unlocking Salem's true nature lie in the whispers of a devil?
As cute as they seem, the mysterious Flatwoods Monsters are nothing to sneeze at! When Oliver is abducted, Salem and Petra have to race against the clock to save him, or lose him to the stars forever.
In every culture there lies a story of the Boogeyman. Imagine living with him! Salem sneaks back home for a chat with their dad, but he's out on business. In a labyrinth of halls and three curious teenagers, what could possibly go wrong?
Risks and challenges
Aside from the obvious risk of the project not reaching its initial goal, the main challenge we may face is time. Due to the fact that animation takes quite some time, from script writing, to storyboards, etc. Where the physical rewards such as keychains, swag bags, etc should be delivered on time, the animation itself may take more time, or less. Between all of us on the team, we have years of both animation experience, kickstarter experience, and the sheer drive to pursue bringing this project to its full potential.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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