About this project
Tired of history being dusty old textbooks and long monotonous stories told by stuffy professors? Well tire no more, we've re-imagined the way history can be told and bought it into the 21st century. We're proud to introduce Rex Factor - The Animated Show, a 20 minute rip-roaring ride that perfectly blends history and entertainment together.Our aim: to bring fun, accessible history to the masses.
Tinmouse Animation Studio have teamed up with the internationally successful history podcast, Rex Factor, to bring you the pilot episode of Rex Factor - The Animated Show. Over the past 7 years the Rex Factor podcast has been rating all the Kings and Queens of England, top trumps style and now we're bringing it to life visually. The podcast involves presenters Graham Duke and Ali Hood giving a brief run down of each monarch's life and then rating them on 5 Factors: Battleyness, Scandal, Subjectivity, Longevity and Dynasty before deciding on whether they deserve the coveted...Rex Factor crown!
We're taking the famous Rex Factor format and embarking on a pilot animated show that delves into the history of one of England's most notorious kings, Richard III...
...but is it time to rethink the legend?
We're Tinmouse Animation Studio based in Chelmsford, UK. Our day to day work sees us bring to life animated stories and characters that intrigue and enthral audiences, from short films to company explainers, advertisements to motion graphics, we've done it all. We work for all sorts of notable clients such as Krispy Kreme, Zippo, England Athletics and Lego and our short films have been screened all over the world at numerous festivals, which in our short 3 year history is a lot to pack in.
We're always looking for new exciting challenges and in late 2015 we were on the hunt for the very same. We'd been listening to the acclaimed Rex Factor podcast in the office and needless to say we were hooked! They embodied everything we strove for; great narrative, humour and a glimpse into some very colourful characters.
The Rex Factor podcast was founded in 2010 by two young history buffs Graham Duke and Ali Hood. Their mission: to create a well researched, light-hearted, unscripted more accessible approach to history. They certainly succeeded, gaining over 2.5 million downloads, being featured in the Daily Telegraph's 'Best History Podcasts', a fan in comedian Eddie Izzard and even a commendable 'Podcast of the Week' in the the Radio Times Jubilee Edition.
So as 2015 came to an end we approached Rex Factor founders Graham and Ali with the idea to animate their entertaining podcasts. By absolute coincidence they were based in the same city, so it didn't take long to arrange a pub meet up and after a few swift halves our paths aligned and for the past year we've been working hard on Rex Factor - The Animated Show. Our shared passion for creating a show that makes history accessible is starting with a single pilot episode and we have a provisional launch date of April 2018. We've been working hard developing a concept, creating the style, choosing a monarch, producing some kingly visuals and with a brand new Rex Factor recorded, we're reaching the animation stage and this is where we need your help!
After much deliberation we've chosen to bring to life King Richard III. He's a controversial king who's never out of the public eye and one that will certainly generate plenty of debate. He's the king that had it all: blood-curdling Battleyness with Bosworth, Scandal with the princes in the tower and a reputation that has been fiercely debated by both contemporaries and later historians.
- The concept/style
- Main character designs
- A newly recorded episode (based on the original podcast)
- Working storyboard and animatic
- 3 teaser trailers
Now we need your help to take the project through to the production and final stages. We aim to complete the 20 minute show and launch it to the world in April 2018 and we're so close but still have a lot to achieve:
- Design the remaining characters and backgrounds
- Animate the full 20 minutes
- Score the show with a full musical soundtrack
- Add those lovely SFX
- And obviously make sure you're all updated and rewarded :)
To get the rest done for April 2018 we're going to need the assistance of some of our most trusted freelance designers, animators and sound designers to make Rex Factor - The Animated Show a reality. They all have living costs so it's only fair we reimburse them for all their hard work! The freelancers we choose to work on the project are a super talented bunch. We've worked with them all for years and can assure you they'll put their passion for animation and storytelling right into the heart of the show. We trust these guys implicitly and you've only got to head over to our website to see some of their great collaborative work.
This hard graft and dedication is looking to cost us £15,000 and any money you graciously send our way will be met with huge appreciation and one of our amazing rewards. You can find some of our favourites below and even more to your right >>>
Our pilot for Rex Factor - The Animated Show will only signal the start of what we'd like to achieve. We'd love to create more episodes and see King Richard III and Rex Factor - The Animated Show gracing TV screens, in museums, even schools up and down the country and across the globe. It's time to make history fun again and make it accessible to learn and enjoy our past.
If the pilot show proves a success then we would look to increase the output and broadcast the content, either through services like Netflix or paid internet channels like YouTube. We would further aim to find commissioners to help develop the show further and create many more episodes on everyone's favourite kings and queens. To make this achievable we really do need your help, not only through kind donations but also in spreading the word via your friends, social media or shouting it from a tall building!
Thanks for taking a look at our project and if you have any comments, questions or are interested in lending a hand then please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Risks and challenges
With everything there are risks, but hopefully not too many with us. Our main constraint is time and despite all our best efforts these production processes can overrun. This could be for a variety of reasons. In our case it could be that freelancers aren't available at certain times, in which case we wait for them to be so. Another may be that the day to day working life of an animation studio gets in the way. We have lots of clients and lots of deadlines but we have production schedules that will help us to fit it all in, things just may run slower for a short time.
We will always do our very best to meet deadlines and haven't missed any yet so stick with us and we can certainly promise to keep you updated every step of the way!
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