Tower of the Dragon takes you to a world full of dragons and wizards, where making friends and caring is the real magic.
Tower of the Dragon, introduces Lyric, a young girl in a world of dragons and giants, where reading is forbidden and magic is only supposed to be used by those who obey without thinking. Songs and story interweave issues such as bullying, insecurity and self reliance. Just don't let the kids know they are going to learn something watching! We want to create a movie that is exciting and thoughtful, teaching young adults that making mistakes is ok if you don't repeat them.
Lyric finds out that the way to make friends is to be a friend along an adventure that involves jet fighters, dragons, magic and giants. The journey is meant to be enjoyed a dozen times as children and young adults appreciate the nuances as well as the adventure and action.
To find out more, buy the Ebook!
We will be creating a Graphic Novel /Storyboard and providing it to everyone contributing $50 or more.
The process of creating the Movie is going from a scene described in the book like this where Deric is playing a song for Lyric which goes from a sketch to the test render below. We'll create over 400 images like the Deric and Lyric image below for the Graphic Novel, which will also be the basis of our Storyboards.
In the next week we'll give you more artwork and since we are creating the storyboard with the CG tools, we'll have it printed as a nice coffee table book and provide it to our fans and friends who contribute $50 or more.
Here is one of the best characters - Piro from the story. He's a bit silly but as you'll understand when you read the Ebook, he grows on you. These are the wonderful characters that start as an idea, get transformed into a sketch and then through our talented team all over the world, get transformed into 3D characters, and then with a bit of Mocap Magic, are brought to life.
You are funding the start of the movie, but even we aren't crazy enough to try to make a movie for fifty grand, but we can give our friends this wonderful graphic novel which will complement the Ebook. Since $50 or more gives you the DVD of the Previs, the Ebook, the Coffee Table Graphic Novel, and the Tshirt, we think this is a great value. And thanks to the old and new friends who are already contributing!
We'll take the photos you send and turn you into two characters, a Good and Evil version of you.
We will be using musicians and singers from LA who also are affordable if we do it in a very well planned manner headed by Los Angeles Composer Kevin Kaska. Kevin has assured me that everyone there already knows more about music than I will ever know. If I help, it will only slow things down. Kevin will work out the scratch track, arrangements and details before they show up. My job is to make sure the food arrives on time and video their work. Of course our supporters will be invited to watch the web broadcast of this magical event, and a few lucky supporters will be invited to attend!
With high speed optical fiber, we are able to use professional dancers from New York and Broadway with our friends at WorleyWorks. World class dance sequences choreographed by Minah Worley will be captured in their New York facility while the director watches from Massachusetts and the producers from California! We will also be working with local dancers and children so they get an opportunity to be characters in the feature, and we have many different styles, not just a few shots of me hopping around in spandex.
This same motion capture technology was recently used by Harmonix for its Dance Central 3 game to teach everyone the latest moves. This video shows how this process is accomplished at Harmonix' studio.
With hardware from HP, Nvidia and Intel we can render tests in real time and iterate the creative process viewing the actor inside the digital sets similar to what was used in Avatar and Tin Tin, but with tools that are readily available.
Using Autodesk Motion Builder we are able to test the characters and sets to see how they look together. We'll show you what tools we are using and how we are putting this together in the DVD.
For $2 we'll send you the wonderful high resolution images you see in the video and the website for your screen saver or to print. Since you helped fund the movie you can even autograph them yourself. Part of the $50,000 will be used to hire more artists and get more wonderful concept art for the movie, graphic novel and storyboard.
For $5 we'll send you the images above and a certified 24K (bytes not gold) ticket to the screenings so you can see the work in progress. For 5 dollars we don't fly you to San Leandro and put you up in a hotel for 3 nights (Although we do recommend the Marina Inn) but you will get to see how this is done, and share the experience as well as make suggestions and possibly win a chance to be a character in the movie if we end up using your suggestion. Of course we will have to kill off your character so we don't have to pay you to be in the sequels.
For those who spend $10 or more, you get the images, a golden (hey it's electronic, we can make it look like anything we want) ticket to the previsualization screenings, and you get the Ebook Tower of the Dragon, over 20 years in the making. (Ok, so I type slow.) We are really looking forward to creating some magic with your help.
We'll be sending Tshirts to those who send $25 or more
And the Ebook, and the Ticket to the previs, We haven't figured out how to get you the shirt via email so this will take a bit more effort and time. Not to mention postage.
For $50, you get the DVD that shows every one of our tricks. We expect this to be a big seller to our competitors, but the laugh is on them. We use magic. You also get the wonderful gifts above AND THE GRAPHIC NOVEL / Storyboard!
For $100, you get everything above, but here's where it gets fun. You get your name listed in the credits. Of course this could mean you have to sit through the credits for an awfully long time, so we'll also put it in the website under credits. You know you've always wanted this. We did which is why we are making a movie!
For $250, you get credits for your whole family of four in the movie, four Tshirts and four individualized copies of the Ebook so your kids don't figure out which one you really do love more. You get all of the images and all four of you get credit in the movie.
There is one more piece of magic. For $1,000 we will not only put you in the movie, just like we've shown in the FineTooning part of the video above, we'll send you - wait for it - a 3D Action figure of YOU.
Sure you can buy action figures for characters in movies, but this one is YOU! Ok, to be perfectly honest it will look rather plastic because it is. You will have to paint it yourself if you want it painted. You get to be in the movie as a background character, you get the script, you get the Ebook with your name in it as the Hero and then you have your own action figure. As you see by the video above, we will FineToon a photo of you and turn you into a 3D character making exaggerations because this is a CG cartoon world. We'll turn that 3D model into two characters in the movie. It really doesn't get better than that.
Or does it?
For $5,000 (and your cost to actually get here) you get to be in the movie. We'll put you in the LED suit you see in the videos above, and you get to be yourself in the movie. We'll take video of you in the suit, and you animating your own character in 3D. You'll get copy of the previs, the 4 Tshirts, the personalized Ebook, the Action Figure of you. We'll even buy you lunch when you are here and this will be something you won't ever forget (or if you do you can watch the videos of yourself.) We'll give you five action figures and you can even select the poses since you are wearing the suit. Come on, you have to admit that is pretty awesome!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
It will take more money to finish the movie than we can raise from Kickstarter but we can raise money from foreign distribution if it is a great movie. From Kickstarter we need a trailer showing the final quality, and a previs to show the entire story. We already have a script, music and 30 out of 80 of the sets created, and we're working on the characters. We already have offers of sponsorship from Drakes and other local businesses, but need to be able to prove that it is a quality product with a good story to get financing to finish. We are happy to work with this community and hope to blast past the minimum. If by some strange miracle we actually get two million dollars or more on this (hey I can dream!) despite only asking for $50,000, we will reward everyone who pledges $75 or more with a DVD of the movie. Note this is really improbable but we do the impossible every day!
We moved some of the technical stuff to the www.towerofthedragon.com technology details page. Hopefully you can stay awake now.
Pledge $2 or moreYou selected
Great Screen Saver artwork! You get our Thank You! package with 50 different high resolution images from the concept art showing you the characters and backgrounds that are being turned into 3D models. You are making this movie possible!Estimated delivery:
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$5 gets you invited to a progress screening in San Leandro, Ca. (No we don't fly you there and put you up in a hotel for 3 nights for your $5!) You also get the screensavers of the artwork above and listed on our website!Estimated delivery:
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You will get an awesome Ebook of The Tower of The Dragon including high resolution color images seen in the website, along with character tests and sketches, and the screen saver for your computer, pad or phone. You get invited to the progress screenings. Take public transportation. You get listed on our website, this could make you famous!Estimated delivery:
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You can't have an animated movie without a Tshirt. We'll have a shirt like the image on the left with the dragon and jet dogfighting and the caption - Tower of the Dragon. You also get the Ebook, the screen savers, and invited to the progress screenings. You know how valuable production apparel can be? Here is your chance! You will be listed (On the nice list) on our website as a backer.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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DVD - Yes a DVD will be sent out of the Previs /scratch track / tests so you can watch our progress and even make suggestions. We expect the competition to really snap these up. Anyone or any school who's interested in the technology, tools and process of Computer animated Previs will love seeing how we are doing this. You also get an Ebook. You get the Tshirt and invited to the progress screenings every month. (Disclaimer - We really see this as an educational tool - don't buy this if you don't want to be educated!) You get your name on our website.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Credits in the Movie - Yes we will put your name in the credits so you will be able to show your friends and enemies that you are really in the credits. Of course you also get the DVD so you can search to find that small print and make sure we spelled it right. (No we are not remaking the whole movie if we did spell it wrong.) You also get your name on the website. You get everything above including the personalized Ebook.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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Family Plan - Ok, 4 Tshirts, the EBook, the previs DVD and four listings in both the web site and credits of the movie. You get 4 personalized copies of the Ebook so your kids don't think you love the other one more. (We know you do.)Estimated delivery:
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Your Face in the Animated Movie and your own 3D action Figure! Ever want to be that stand-in who gets stepped on by a giant or turned into charcoal by the Dragon? Of course you might have to watch it 50 times to find yourself, but since you get a DVD copy of the movie previs, a Tshirt, Ebook, you'll be able to show everyone you are a true collector. As a bonus, we'll send you a copy of yourself printed in plastic in 3D so you can show your friends what you look like in full battle gear, or as a student in an itchy brown robe. (We'll let you paint it. It's one thing to print the thing for several hours, it's another thing to get the paint to dry on a little 4 inch model.) Yes you get the Tshirt, the Ebook, and the previs DVD and invited to the screenings.Estimated delivery:
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$5,000 is what you PAY to be in the movie. If you did Hamlet better than anyone else in your school play in third grade, if you have always wanted to act and want your name in the credits, this is your opportunity to see how you look in Spandex, be motion captured and most likely be killed off in the end. No we don't pay Travel to San Leandro, CA. You will get photos and all of the above. You get invited to the progress screenings every month. You get FIVE action figures of you and you get to make the poses you want them in!Estimated delivery:
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