Yohance is an African Space Opera that I created back in 2016 as a comic series. Later that year, it went on to successfully fund a Kickstarter for $16,000 in the hopes of printing physical issues. After it’s success, I decided that it was finally time for us to move forward with phase 2 and cross over into film.
Our goal is to produce a fully animated feature that will stay true to the impressionistic detail of the book’s art. We need a minimum of $60,000 to produce a short film. However if we raise 300k, we can make a feature film.
Yohance is the story of a young but gifted thief who, after stealing a precious crystal, gets embroiled in a century-old battle . Before he knows it, he’s found himself at the center of an intergalactic conflict involving ancient Empires, shadowy personas, bounty hunters and all the things that make space opera great.
In the comics, the chase for the Ekangeni Crystal is what kicks off a much larger story. This movie would show the build up to that point and explore that world some more. The idea then is to kick off a series of films as this epic Saga unravels
The stories were always meant to be told this way. Comics will always have their limitations. However in film, stories have the potential to cross barriers and not just entertain viewers but allow you to experience them. These worlds deserve to be brought to life.
Studios such as Marvel have shown that comic creators are usually the most qualified people to adapt their own work to the big screen. They understand the source material. That said, It’s very hard to get an indie project funded -especially something like this.
It soon became clear to us that the only way for this to be done properly is if we just went out and did it. Unlike a year ago, Yohance has garnered a large fanbase. We can get this film funded and in production easily. All we need is everyone to give what they can
The importance of getting this film done, especially at this time, is because we need black-owned studios out there who are dedicated to telling quality stories based on our heritage in a fantasy setting.
There’s a large demographic out there that is completely unserviced and deserve to have continual stories and franchises that represent them in all their complexity. Yohance would be the flagship that launches our studio. Thus, allowing us to produce ALL of our titles in Film, TV, and literature.
The tiers are very simple: We offer a variety of perks including Posters, T-shirts, Comics. and Digital copies. As I mentioned before, if we reach our minimum goal of $60k, we get to make the short film BUT the real fun is if we reach 300k where we get to make a full 2-hour feature film as well as upgrade certain perks to physical Blu-rays complete with an additional 2 hours of Bonus material.
The film will subsequently be available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. The more money we get, the smoother production will be but the funds will be split amongst 4 categories: talent, hardware, facilities, and perk fulfillment.
I will be directing the short film myself after I wrap production on my Afro Caribbean Space Opera, Byala sometime this month. We already have the infrastructure with a small team of professional creatives. In fact, we already started pre-production a few months ago and are ready to jump on this as soon as possible.
The film will be completely animated in photorealistic CGI using a combination of software and techniques to achieve the lifelike authenticity that we’re going for. The music will be a fusion of authentic West African Bambara music, Electronic music as well as the epic Orchestral themes associated with Cinematic Space Opera.
We expect to have a working trailer by September. Any additional funds will go towards future projects.
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge is simply getting funding. Everything else is already in place.
In fact, everything for Midas Monkee has been building up to this moment. The comics are a mere blueprint for the ultimate form of Storytelling.
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