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$194,574
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on August 2, 2014.

Robotech Academy, a new animated series based on Carl Macek's last project at Harmony Gold

About this project

UPDATE #29: GREG FINLEY, THE VOICE OF GLOVAL AND LEONARD

UPDATE #28: ADDITIONAL VESSEL DESIGNS

UPDATE #27: DRONE VERITECH DESIGN

UPDATE #26: ROBOTECH ACADEMY ARTBOOK FROM UDON ENTERTAINMENT

UPDATE #25: NEW TRANSFORMING MECHA FROM SDCC PANEL!

UPDATE #24: DR EMIL LANG TALKS ABOUT ROBOTECH ACADEMY, PLUS SDCC NEWS

UPDATE #23: TONY OLIVER TALKS ROBOTECH ACADEMY, VISIT US AT COMIC-CON!

UPDATE #22: NEW SHIP DESIGN, AND A CALL TO ARMS!

UPDATE #21: AN OVERVIEW OF ROBOTECH ACADEMY WITH GREG SNEGOFF

UPDATE #20: CHARACTER ART UPDATES!

UPDATE #19: ARTBOOK, CHALLENGE COINS AND APPAREL SURVEY

UPDATE #18: ROBOTECH ACADEMY CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT!

UPDATE #17: MEET THE CG TEAM, CREAVISION

UPDATE #16: A SNEAK PEEK AT NEW WORLDS

UPDATE #15: NEW ADD-ONS! SVEA MACEK AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS! INSTRUCCIONES EN ESPAÑOL!

UPDATE #14: LT GENERAL RANK! GET ANIMATED!

UPDATE #13: ANOTHER MECHA SNEAK PEEK

UPDATE #12: NEW REWARD TIERS, NEW ADD-ON BUNDLES!

UPDATE #11: FIRST NEW MECHA DESIGN!

UPDATE #10: REWARD TIER UPGRADES!

UPDATE #9: TAKE A TOUR OF THE ACADEMY

UPDATE #8: 100K! NEW TIERS WITH SENTINELS CELS!

UPDATE #7: ROLF EMERSON IS BACK!

UPDATE #6: ADD-ONS!

UPDATE #5: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!

UPDATE #4: ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES (ESPAÑOL!)

 UPDATE #3: $75K! CARL PREDICTS CROWDFUNDING

UPDATE #2: NEW REWARD TIERS, GET ANIMATED, 50K!

UPDATE #1: HELP MAKE CARL'S DREAM A REALITY!

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ORIGINAL STORY:

In 1985, the animated series known as Robotech hit the airwaves in the United States and became an overnight sensation. Combining fast-paced giant robot action with some genuinely mature drama, it was a breath of fresh air for many children who had gotten tired of the usual cartoons on TV at the time. For many fans, it was their first exposure to Japanese anime, and is often credited with starting the anime industry in the US. It spawned over twenty novels, hundreds of comics, video games and dozens of home video releases all over the world.

Carl Macek, the producer of Robotech, was recently working with Harmony Gold on Robotech: Academy. This new series set in the Robotech universe follows several new cadets in their adventures around the universe. We are reaching out to our fans to make this a reality!

 Robotech Academy occurs concurrently with the unfinished Sentinels storyline of the Robotech saga. By this time, the Earth has been ravaged by decades of interplanetary war. 

The Robotech Expeditionary Force, commanded by Admiral Rick Hunter aboard the SDF-3, has departed for the homeward of the Robotech Masters, to draw the battle away from Earth. 

The officers of the Expeditionary Force have placed their greatest treasures, their children, in the Robotech Academy. Based on a moon in orbit around Mars, the academy was created as a safe haven for these young cadets. 

However, as the Academy also functions as a research center for advanced Robotechnology, it becomes an inviting target. The story focuses on a fresh class of young characters, including child prodigy Wally, and the swashbuckling teen pilot Lindsay, who is an old rival and associate of Jack Baker. 

Their lives are turned upside down when the Academy is attacked by alien fanatics who call themselves the Children of Zor, trying to reclaim the lost secrets of Robotechnology, which they believe to be rightfully theirs.  Unbeknownst to the new class, this treasure trove of Robotechnology just happens to be hidden right under everybody's noses throughout the Academy, in places such as the campus museum. 

In an unexpected maneuver that saves the lives of the young student body, an experimental spacefold drive is activated, which suddenly transports the cadets away from the battle. 

However, they end up in an uncharted, distant region of the galaxy, and their supply of "protoculture" which is used to power the spacefold drive, is extremely limited. 

Valuable clues to lead them out of their predicament have been left behind by none other than the originator of Robotechnology itself, Zor. They discover the path that Zor's ship once had taken before it eventually crashed on Planet Earth. This next generation of heroes must rise to the challenge, facing mysterious aliens and making difficult choices as they rely on their wits. They have to scavenge prototype mecha hidden across the campus and journey past a series of alien worlds to find their way back home, or at least rendezvous with the Robotech Expeditionary Force.

And you'll also see familiar faces from the Robotech leadership, such as Rolf Emerson, Anatole Leonard, Doctor Lang, and... 

The Robotech Academy Kickstarter will allow us to gauge how much of a new Robotech series we could actually produce based on Carl's original premise. We are setting our initial goal at $500,000 which will allow us to create an entire 24 minute pilot episode. This will help us cover character design, mecha design, 3D modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation, screenwriting, sound engineering, music composition, casting, voice acting and recording. This will also afford us a foundation on which to build future episodes.

Thanks to new technological advances, we're able to get our fans involved in ways Carl had only dreamed about before. Back in the 90's Carl Macek mused that the internet could be used to raise funds for new shows. Now with Kickstarter we're able to offer rewards such as attending a premiere of Robotech Academy, attending recording sessions with the actors, and even having your likeness animated and appear in the final footage! For anyone who wanted to be an anime character, now's your chance!

 UPDATE: WE HAVE ADD-ONS!

We're looking forward to working on Robotech Academy with contributions from you, our fans!

Risks and challenges

As with any production, we are assuming the usual risks with a Kickstarter project like this. To mitigate these risks, we're setting our goal at a realistic amount in order to meet our commitment.

We are currently aiming to have the project completed by July of 2015. We will keep you informed every step of the way.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS EXCITING JOURNEY!

Important Information about Rewards:
- Travel and lodging costs are not included in any reward
- Some rewards may require additional paperwork

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FAQ

  • As you know, anyone who backs a project has a voice in its outcome. By reaching out to Robotech fans to get directly involved, this offers a unique opportunity to produce Robotech Academy more closely to Carl Macek's original vision while also offering cool rewards to our backers.

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  • Back in 2010, a report popped up online that quoted data from a Japanese research company called Media Development Research Institute, which cited a figure of $145,000 (in 2010) to produce a single episode of a thirty minute anime.

    What is often overlooked is that this figure represents production costs for a pre-existing series, but does not factor in everything else necessary to get that series started in the first place. There are a huge amount of set-up costs that come with creating and distributing a new series that is overlooked. For an ongoing series, the producers have already done the one-time costs of building assets and can cover the costs over the life of an entire season (or multiple seasons!), giving the illusion that a single episode costs a lot less to produce.

    It takes more than a pile of lumber to build a house – you’ve got to plan it out and then bring in the right people to make it happen. Creating a pilot episode for a new series requires pre-production and design work for characters, backgrounds and mecha, building a new sound effects library, scoring new music, etc. On top of that, we have to factor in the cost of mastering and manufacturing DVDs/Blu-rays, digital distribution fees, Kickstarter fees, Amazon Payments fees, not to mention the cost of shipping all this great stuff to you. None of these costs factor into the MDRI figure since we’re looking at a very different type of distribution model.

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  • We are working together with Jesús Barrero, the Spanish voice actor for Rick Hunter and Luke Skywalker, to bring a Spanish audio track to Robotech Academy

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  • Yes!

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  • Because Creavision, the team behind the Project Valkyrie fan film, is working on Robotech Academy! We had to send them a C&D because of outside legal obligations, but we recognized their talent and are excited to have them involved.

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  • We are looking into options for including subtitles.

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  • If you love all things Robotech, you'll want to take part in the KickStarter for Robotech Academy! At Harmony Gold, we're huge fans of Macross, and our company has supported the brand since the 1980s, during a time when it was almost impossible to find anime on TV in North America. However, we want to make it clear that Harmony Gold licensed the exclusive rights to distribute Macross and its derivatives outside of Japan. The company has acquired these rights through all the official and legal channels in good faith, and we have protected these rights successfully for the last 30 years.

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  • It's a standard disclaimer to cover us legally in case somebody decides to be silly, for example if somebody bought the opportunity to have their likeness illustrated into the show and then submitted a picture of themselves dressed as a famous dictator. Another example would be if somebody bought the chance to name a character and only submitted names that sounded like dirty words. Or what if they are invited to a recording session and then decide to make farting noises during recording? Obviously we can't allow for something like that.

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  • Where possible, we will be calling back original Robotech voice actors to be involved in Robotech Academy!

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  • Any funds that exceed the goal will be put towards the production, including the possibility of increased running time!

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  • You will only be charged if the Kickstarter successfully meets its goal.

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  • Add together the cost of the add-ons you want, including the shipping costs for international shipping. Click on the "Manage My Pledge" button, and add the cost of your add-ons to the pledge you already have. Once the Kickstarter is over, we will contact you about which add-ons you wanted.

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Rewards

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    $1 reward

    96 backers

    TRAINEE: Your name will be added to the “Robotech Academy” official electronic program guide, credited with an official thanks

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    $2 reward

    14 backers

    ENEMY SPY: Do you hate Harmony Gold? Do you hate Robotech? With the Enemy Spy tier, you can feel free to argue to your burning heart's content! (Please refrain from abusive language as per Kickstarter's rules)

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    $5 reward

    50 backers

    CADET: Your name will be added to the “Robotech Academy” official electronic program guide, and you'll receive an electronic copy of it

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    $10 reward

    51 backers

    PRIVATE: Your name will be added to the program guide and you'll receive an electronic copy of it, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script for the “Robotech Academy” pilot when the project is completed

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    $20 reward

    250 backers All gone!

    CORPORAL 1ST CLASS: For the first 250 backers, you'll get a digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script, all for the early bird price of $20!

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    $25 reward

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    CORPORAL 2ND CLASS: For the next 250 backers, you'll get a digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script, all for the early bird price of $25! IF YOU PURCHASED THE $35 CORPORAL REWARD YOU CAN SWITCH TO THIS WHILE THERE ARE SPOTS LEFT!

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    $30 reward

    194 backers Limited (806 left of 1000)

    CORPORAL 3RD CLASS: For the next 1000 backers, you'll get a digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script, all for the early bird price of $30!

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    $35 reward

    28 backers

    CORPORAL: You'll get a digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script

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  • You selected
    $35 reward

    250 backers All gone!

    SERGEANT MAJOR: For the first 250 backers, you'll get a DVD of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with a digital copy of the pilot, along with your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script at the early bird price of $35!

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  • You selected
    $40 reward

    250 backers All gone!

    MASTER SERGEANT: For the next 250 backers, you'll get a DVD of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with a digital copy of the pilot, along with your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script at the early bird price of $40! IF YOU PURCHASED THE $50 SERGEANT REWARD YOU CAN SWITCH TO THIS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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  • You selected
    $50 reward

    65 backers

    SERGEANT: You'll get a DVD of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with a digital copy of the pilot, along with your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script

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  • You selected
    $70 reward

    250 backers All gone!

    FIRST LIEUTENANT: For the first 250 backers, you'll get a Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script at the early bird price of $70!

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    $80 reward

    250 backers All gone!

    SECOND LIEUTENANT: For the next 250 backers, you'll get a Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script at the early bird price of $80! IF YOU PURCHASED THE $100 REWARD YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO SWITCH TO THIS WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    68 backers

    LIEUTENANT: You'll get a Blu-Ray of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with DVD and digital copy, along with your name in the program guide, and electronic copies of the program guide and shooting script

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  • You selected
    $150 reward

    82 backers

    MAJOR TIER: Get your name on the DVD and Blu-ray in a Special Thanks section! On top of that, you'll also get a physical copy of the Robotech Academy program guide, a military challenge coin with your donor rank, plus everything in the Lieutenant tier! BD, DVD, digital copy of Robotech Academy, digital copy of pilot script, digital program guide with your name.

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    70 backers Limited (80 left of 150)

    LIEUTENANT COLONEL: Get an actual animation cel from Robotech: The Sentinels! Cels will be rewarded randomly, but have been screened to contain a featured mecha or character. Also includes Blu-Ray, DVD, digital copy of Robotech Academy, digital copy of the pilot script, digital and physical copies of the program guide with your name on it, your name in the DVD and Blu-Ray and Challenge Coin.

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    $300 reward

    13 backers Limited (112 left of 125)

    LIEUTENANT COMMANDER: An invitation for you to attend the “Robotech Academy” premiere at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles (You will need to fund your own transportation and hotel expenses, and seating will be on a first come first served basis). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it.

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  • You selected
    $400 reward

    11 backers Limited (39 left of 50)

    THE NEW COMMANDER: Get an actual animation cel from Robotech: The Sentinels, along with an invitation for you to attend the “Robotech Academy” premiere at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles (You will need to fund your own transportation and hotel expenses, and seating will be on a first come first served basis). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it, plus a Challenge Coin with your rank, a printed copy of the program guide and your name on the DVD and BD "special thanks" section.

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    THE NEW COLONEL: In addition to attending the premiere in the Commander Tier, you'll be invited to a very special private lunch with the production team the day after with available cast and crew (NOTE: You will need to fund your own transportation and hotel expenses to and while in Los Angeles and seating will be on a first come first served basis). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it. UPGRADE: Includes challenge coin with rank, printed program guide and name on the DVD and Blu-Ray "special thanks" section.

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    $2,000 reward

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    CAPTAIN: You will be one of ten lucky fans with a chance to name a character in the English language release of the "Robotech Academy" pilot. You can name the character after yourself, your friend or family or even make one up! The character’s name will be spoken in the final product. (NOTE: We must be able to clear this name legally, and it must also pass the measure of good taste. Harmony Gold reserves the right of refusal at its sole discretion). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it. UPGRADE: Includes challenge coin with rank, printed program guide and name on the DVD and Blu-Ray "special thanks" section.

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    $3,000 reward

    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    COMMODORE: A rare opportunity for anime fans to be immortalized on the screen! You'll be given the option to have your likeness made into a still background character or image that appears in the "Robotech Academy" pilot! (NOTE: You will be required to sign a full release form provided by Harmony Gold. HG reserves the right of refusal at its sole discretion). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it.

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    $5,000 reward

    5 backers All gone!

    VICE ADMIRAL: An incredibly rare experience for anime fans! You'll be given the option to have your likeness made into a background character for the "Robotech Academy" pilot! This character will be animated and move for an indeterminate amount of time, and you'll be able to point to the screen and show your friends that it's you! (NOTE: You will be required to sign a full release form provided by Harmony Gold. HG reserves the right of refusal at its sole discretion). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it.

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    $6,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    LIEUTENANT GENERAL: Get animated! You'll be given the option to have your likeness made into a character for the "Robotech Academy" pilot! This character will be animated and move around, and you'll be able to point at the screen and tell your friends that it's you! On top of that, we will also send you a model sheet of your character design to prove it! (Vice Admirals will also be upgraded to receive a model sheet) (NOTE: You will be required to sign a full release form provided by Harmony Gold. HG reserves the right of refusal at its sole discretion). On top of this you'll also receive the BD, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it, a Challenge Coin with your rank, printed program guide and your name in the DVD/BD "special thanks" section.

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  • You selected
    $7,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    ADMIRAL: Get your name up in lights! You will get your name in the "Robotech Academy" pilot credits as an "associate producer!" (NOTE: You will be required to sign a full release form provided by Harmony Gold. HG reserves the right of refusal at its sole discretion) On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it. UPGRADE: Includes challenge coin with rank, printed program guide and name on the DVD and Blu-Ray "special thanks" section.

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  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    FLEET ADMIRAL: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! You will be one of three lucky fans allowed to attend a recording session of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, and you'll be even be allowed to participate in background sound effects! (NOTE: Transportation and lodging will be your responsibility. You will also be required to sign a full release form provided by Harmony Gold. HG reserves the right of refusal at its sole discretion). On top of this you'll also receive the Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy of the "Robotech Academy" pilot, along with an electronic copy of the shooting script and electronic program guide with your name in it. UPGRADE: Includes "associate producer" credit, challenge coin with rank, printed program guide and name on the DVD and Blu-Ray "special thanks" section.

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Funding period

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