About this project
What is The Reward - Tales of Alethrion?
The Reward - Tales of Alethrionis a non dialogue fantasy webseries based around the universe in The Lands of Alethrion.
"The First Hero" was funded through another Kickstarter campaign and now we are here again going for more episodes!! For each stretch goal, we'll be able to make an extra episode.
''The Reward'' (2013) is the bromance fantasy film that started it all. We follow Vito and Wilhelm on a life long journey guided by Alethrion´s treasure map!
"The First Hero" (2015) Many years before the series takes place we see how the mysterious map was created by Alethrion and what awaits to be found at the X on the map.
Our backers choose the tales!
Each day we will send out a voting sheet to all the new backers by mail! Put a vote on your favorite character(s) and follow the proces on the Tale Chart underneath.
Our ADD-ON list is dedicated to brilliant, helpful and talented artists, who have done their personal takes on characters/elements from The Lands of Alethrion. Check out these incredible items, which you can add to your pledge!
We are happy to introduce to you the colorful and wide aspect of characters who will be your guides in the lands of Alethrion through their personal journeys. Make sure to learn more about the different characters before you vote through update videos and text! A huge thanks to the epic Even Mehl Amundsen for the beautiful new portraits!
Young Vito & Wilhelm
Epic Vito & Wilhelm
Amerath & Alethrion
Sylvia & Tatiana
Ken & Mik
The Thugs: Mira, Uruth & Zit
Tira, Uruth & Zit
Blenn & Jarna
The World of Alethrion
During the Kickstarter we take you on a tour through the six main areas of the map where the stories will be taking place:
Tocha - The common grounds where low leveled adventurers usually start their journeys. The first half of The Reward took place here and it is also here where the windmill city of Draloque high up in the mountains.
Sireena - A warm and beautiful area where nobles, museums and high forests can be found. Some people turn into magical and beautiful creatures if they stay for too long in the forest of inspiration. It also here where Alethrion kills the dragon in the Prologue episode.
Ralix - Swamps with lizards, frogs, smelling dragons and witches, castles surrounded by clouds, dead woods and villains. Retired heroes usually choose to settle in a little paradise called mol hidden in the middle of this foul area.
Alethrion´s Nest - A strange and mysterious place that most people do not know about. The X on the map is located here.
Kartoffal - The moving desert to the south. It is so big that the world and civilizations on the other side has been forgotten. It is said that gnomes know their way through desert though.
Tolkan - Dungeons and underground communities lure underneath these cold rocky lands. The gods who have survived are living in protected mansions drinking their tea and living sophisticated around here.
Reactions / Quotes
Tomm Moore (Director of Song of the Sea and Secret of the Kelts)
“The stories told in the universe of Alethrion are full of visual invention and action as well as lovely character moments, the viewers eyes are constantly dazzled by the next scene as it unfolds. Knowing the guys behind The Reward, I think a series would be an instant classic, with a unique personality all its own.”
Catsuka (Marc Aguesse)
"The Reward was an epic student short-film, full of adventure and bromance and I was very impressed with this new project, Alethrion has a strong background story, and you can feel how much the staff enjoys making this. I love such animation and design where I can feel mixed influences. This is both indie and entertaining, which is rare in animation".
Kickstarter gives us something that we can´t get anywhere else - an engaging audience who wants to join us on our journey. We need your help to make the series come to life without being limited in our creativity. An ambitious indie project like this is really hard to finance because most broadcasters are looking for straight forward children´s content with no surprises and no violence. We want love, fantasy, exploration, crazyness and mysteries to be available for everyone on the internet.
We want you as our bosses! Kickstarter offers us that rare opportunity and it makes the long process of making animation so much more fun, inspiring and worth it knowing that we have people around the world believing in us.
Creating a webisode
The 5 steps of making an animated webisode:
1) We do the storybeats and scripts. We are testing animation and making the designs.
2) We make the storyboards and put them into an animatic with music to find the rythm and feeling.
3) We make animation keys (most important drawings to tell the story and acting) and layouts (In order to see if the characters fit before making the actual background).
4) We start making the music, clean and color the animations and make the backgrounds from the layouts.
5) The last step is compositing - which is where the shots are made beautiful. We make the effects, lights, shadows and color grading. The last details is polished.
History and team of Sun Creature Studio
Sun Creature Studio was founded by Mikkel Mainz (director), Bo Juhl (Producer) and Kenneth Ladekjer (director) whom you met in the first Kickstarter. We started out living together in a small flat working hard to be able to make the sequel for The Reward. We had a dream of being able to make it into a series with a great team.
The studio has grown and we are now 7 people along with our awesome musicians Mathias Winum and Johan Pedersen. Our producer Charlotte De La Gournerie plans the process and does the budgets behind the creativity. Simon Lee is the background lead on Tales of Alethrion, Thibaud Petitpas is an amazing animator who loves morphing and Guillaume Dousse is our visual warlock.
We would also really like to thank The Animation Workshop, Andreas Lund Andersen who is making our Alethrion Roleplaying system. Then there is Jesse Destasio, our merchandising agent in New York. He is also working with Frederator who we also would like to thank. Thanks to Ross Bradfield from Texas our Excecutive Producer and Kasper Shclüter helping out, Even Mehl Amundsen for some beautiful portraits of our characters - and of course a huge thanks to everybody else who has helped us on this project!
Risks and challenges
We learned a lot from our last Kickstarter. One of the things we could not predict was that we had to push our estimated delivery. We decided to make a much longer film than what we had originally written on the Kickstarter page. This time a risk is that we might only get to make one more webisode even if we reach our goal - which would make the series just three webisodes in total. The estimated delivery will change depending on the amount of webisodes we get to make.
It is a challenge to keep an interested audience in the waiting time of the long process of making the animated films. We therefore want to make the production time shorter and put webisodes out more frequently. Since we have a bigger team and experience in planning and pipeline we believe that this challenge can be overcome.
Another challenge is of course to make something as awesome and high quality as the previous two films! We can only say that we promise that we will be doing our best and update you the whole way through on Kickstarter and Sun Creature Studio´s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and YouTube Channel!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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