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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 1 2013 5:08 PM UTC +00:00
$2,157
pledged of $56,000pledged of $56,000 goal
45
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 1 2013 5:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

TINCAN is a fable set in the distant future. It features a giant tree-felling robot named Rex. Rex encounters a crow on his latest assignment to chop down one of the few remaining forests in the area. The crow and Rex struggle to understand each other throughout the book. The crow wonders, "How can a mindless machine simply run amuck and destroy peaceful habitats? How can he allow animals, forests, rivers, and valleys to be destroyed and paved over in the name of progress?" For his part, Rex doesn't understand why the crow doesn't believe that more homes, stores, and parking lots make the world an exciting place where everyone gets what they want. The two debate this throughout the book until the story concludes in an unexpected fashion. This is an entertaining and original book with an important message. It combines stop motion puppet work, sculpting, model building, painting, photography, digital work, green screen shooting and more. This is a huge, ambitious project created by a single dedicated artist who needs your help bringing its message into the world.       

The basic project goals are to create a graphic novel as well as a digital edition of the book for Kindle, Apple, and Android devices. The sequential art created for this book combines a combination of photography, sculpting, model building, digital art, and traditional painting. While the story and book are the main focus, if high enough contributions are achieved, I hope to add in much more interactivity and content into the digital edition. The extended digital edition would include the enhanced interactive novel with animated characters in the book's panels, as well as camera pans and zooms throughout to enhance the experience. It would also include a narration mode with sound effects as well as the "making of" video and high resolution pictures of the models and sets.   

The story of TINCAN centers around the harmful effects of deforestation. One of my stretch goals is to include a lot of educational material into the digital version of the book. This would involve taking some of the research I have done and getting it into a format to be accessed at certain times in the book. For example, certain panels would allow the user to tap on icons to learn about global warning and deforestation as well as offering tips on how to conserve and protect our natural spaces. I would also be able to add in additional creative content into the digital versions. For example, I will add in additional character histories and world descriptions in a "get to know" section of the app. I have also constructed the puppets to be fully functioning stop motion puppets, so if certain stretch goals are met, I will be adding in some animated character moments, advanced camera work, and some motion graphics into the final digital products.

mock ups of the digital version
mock ups of the digital version

The backer rewards are numerous and diverse! Here are a few mock-ups of some of the rewards. The designs will change a bit as more of the interior pages are created to make them as cool as possible. 

It's just me! That's right. I am the writer, sculptor, painter, model builder, digital artist, photographer, and app creator for this project. I use no third party contributors. Everything created for this project will come from me directly. I have been an artist, author and art director in the game industry for over twenty years and have created professional level assets for over fifty triple A products in all manner of art styles, using many traditional and digital techniques. As such, I am completely self-sufficient and an expert in all of the techniques needed to make this book. I have all of the equipment needed to make the books, although I will need to buy the rest of the supplies to build the remaining sets, stages and puppets.       

Your generous contributions will be used in several ways. Here is a rough breakdown of the project's budgetary needs:

1. SUPPLIES.  This is a very complex book to make and photograph. I need the raw materials to build out the characters, props and sets.

2. PRINTING. Getting the book printed in multiple versions will be costly, so much of the contribution will be spent here.

3. REWARDS. I am offering many very unique and collectible rewards, including original sculptures and prints. The rewards are costly but I feel the need to get contributors the coolest stuff possible for helping fund the creation of the book.

4. SHIPPING. Some of the rewards are big and shipping costs are high.

5. AMAZON/KICKSTARTER. Money will go to both of these companies, of course.

6. FEES. Artist fee. A small percentage will go to me but my family does need to eat. :)

Risks and challenges

If successfully funded, there are little to no risks to mention. Since I am solely responsible for the completion of all aspects of this project, the only risk would be of something unexpectedly happening to me. So, unless I am abducted by aliens on my walk to the mail box or a large rock falls on me while sitting at my desk, then you will definitely get your finished book! I will be relying on several businesses to provide the final rewards but I will be monitoring the quality of these items to make sure everyone is satisfied with the end products. So, my project carries no risks, offers unique and collectible rewards, and will result in a visually stunning book with an important message. Thank you in advance for your support!

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    YOU ARE AWESOME!
    For your contribution, I will add your name into the book and app I create on a special dedication page. Thanks for helping out!

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    STICKER PACK! For your contribution at this level, I will send you five different collectible stickers using designs from the book. We all love stickers.

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    COLLECTOR CARDS! At this level, I will send you four beautifully printed large postcards. Each will feature unique art from the book.

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    MODEL PDF! Get a digital file with high resolution images of all of the models and sets.

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    HERE'S THE BOOK! You get the book! You will receive the printed graphic novel as well as the digital edition.

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    BOOK COLLECTOR PACK! For this pack, you get all of the previous rewards: your name listed, stickers, postcards, model PDF, printed book, the digital edition, and, of course, a huge thank you!

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    SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION! For this contribution, you will receive a signed and numbered copy of the book as well as the digital edition.

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    EXCLUSIVE "MAKING OF" BOOK! Go behind the scenes of this whole unique production with this in-depth "making of" book.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES PACK! This pack includes the previous two rewards: you'll get the special signed edition book, the digital book, and the "making of" book.

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    EXCLUSIVE TINCAN T-SHIRT! You'll get a unique t-shirt with art from the book as well as the standard edition of the book.

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    SPECIAL EDITION BOOK! This is an exclusive version of the book with a different cover. It comes with a unique art card for collectors.

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    SUPER COLLECTOR PACK! You'll get the previous two rewards: the regular edition of the book, the t-shirt, the special edition of the book, and the unique art card.

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    YOU ROCK SUPER PACK! You will get the five stickers, four printed cards, the singed Special Edition book, the digital edition, the "making of" book, the model PDF, a t-shirt, and a unique art card.

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    LIMITED EDITION CANVAS PRINT! You will get an 11 x 14 canvas print and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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    LIMITED EDITION CANVAS PRINT! You will get a 20 x 24 canvas print and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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    LIMITED EDITION CANVAS PRINT! You will get a 24 x 36 canvas print and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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    LIMITED EDITION SCULPTURE! You will get a custom built collectible SMALL sculpture and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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    LIMITED EDITION SCULPTURE! You will get a custom built collectible LARGE sculpture and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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    ONLINE Q AND A! Exclusive online meeting with the creator and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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    AN ORIGINAL PROP! You will get an actual prop used in the making of this book and everything included in the You Rock Super Pack.

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    REX! That's right, the incredibly generous person that contributes at this level will go home with Rex, the robot from the book that was hand made by me over the course of a month. I'll also have an in-depth online Q and A with this hero and you'll get everything included in the You Rock Super Pack!

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