About this project
Urbance is a 26-minutes animated action serie for 16+ audience. Written and Directed by Joel Dos Reis Viegas and Sébastien Larroudé. A topic that hits with stunning visuals and blasting tunes; Urbance brings you into a post-modern story world, made of hip-hop vibes and electronic influences.
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Watch Urbance official Trailer!
VIDEO 1: What is Urbance?
VIDEO 2: Behind the scene...
VIDEO 3: THE ANIMATION with Hiroshi Shimizu
VIDEO 4: THE MUSIC with PLAID
Our goal is to raise a minimum of $189,000 to complete the production of a pilot episode. After completion, this pilot will be presented to broadcasters, investors and festivals as an independent artistic vision that will stand as the ground base of a full TV series with Transmedia developments. Anything raised above our minimum goal will be invested in the production of the Episode 1 of Urbance.
Here is how we intend to use the funds raised :
- Increase the quality of animation (and bring Hiroshi Shimizu — of Studio Ghibli's fame— on board!)
- Help offset the current production costs
- Produce exclusive music with AAA artists
- Manufacturing costs for backers' rewards
GOAL#1 $189,000 ACHIEVED!
UPDATE #26 - Meds are in da house! Pre-order now!
UPDATE #16 - HOW TO PLEDGE FOR MULTIPLE REWARDS?
New $35 Reward : VIDEO GAME!!!
You were not expecting this soon but here it is: the first video game in the URBANCE transmedia story world is coming and it’s coming fast thanks to the cross over between two franchises: URBANCE & HOVER: Revolt of Gamers. Check update #13 for more details.
"In a post-modern city torn by street violence, sex is prohibited because of a deadly genetical virus infecting the entire population. Men and women have grown apart, hating each other until two young rebels, disowned by their own gangs, are leading the fight to live their love freely."
In the crumbling inner city, sex kills. The urban landscape is split in two — men on one side, women on the other— opposing each other. COEVO seems to be the only hope: a government medical treatment developed to cure every single citizen except that those wearables haven't produced the expected results yet...
Born among this lost generation of frustrated gangs, Kenzell and Lesya live each day as their last, defying anyone who stands in the way of their union. Like modern avatars of Romeo and Juliet, they will have to choose between love or their kind, Passion VS Reason, Deadly Eves VS Neo Blasterz... In their flamboyant relationship lies the premises of a revolution against the authorities, the vicious Mediators and their mysterious separatist laws. Rebels can change the world...
Based in Montreal, Steambot is a Canadian creative agency specialized in developing ideas and providing Concept Art for Entertainment Industry. Founded in 2006 by Sébastien Larroudé, Joël Dos Reis Viegas and Nicolas Ferrand, Steambot rapidly became a serious outsider thanks to its innovative teamwork approach but also its unique creative touch.
We at Steambot come from different backgrounds; from Animation (Joël) to Architecture (Sébastien), to Céramic Design (Nicolas). This richness of disciplines keeps us constantly curious to discover new skills and extand our activites : we don’t only outsource Art, we also produce original projects (IP) internally.
The journey started in 2005 when Steambot was a collective of Artists, inspired by sharing, experimenting and by pass ego. Years later, we still trust in these values that led the team to collaborate on numerous AAA games and movies such as TRON Legacy, Godzilla, X-MEN: Days of Future Past, Thief, Batman Games (Warner). This exposure allowed Steambot to establish the agency as a leader in the Industry.
"I have been a big fan of this project since I first saw it. Love the characters, the color design, and the animation… Damn, how did you guys do that? So damn slick."
Robert Valley Designer / Animator / Director on TRON: Uprising, Motorcity, XMEN Evolution, Aeon Flux, Dance Central
"With Urbance, Joël not only opens another door into the high-end space of the TV animation lexicon, he shatters it. Like Fat Albert, The Boondocks and Black Dynamite before it, Urbance introduces a world that reflects the diverse, fast-paced one we live in and not a manufactured one. Where social tolerance is at the forefront of the world, while never speaking down to it's audience...and visually blowing them away at the same time. It's a perfect tour de force mix... and it's a show that needs to be made NOW."
LeSean Thomas Creative Producer / Supervising Director, Black Dynamite: The Animated series (Season1)
Hiroshi Shimizu Animation Director / Character Designer : Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Michiko & Hatchin, Space Dandy
"With Urbance, I had the chance to discover an uninhibited Western project offering a large freedom of expression in both story and designs. It's pure dynamite in the animation industry and we definitely need to support it!"
Eddie Mehong CFO / Art Director at Yapiko Animation / Animator on Space Dandy, Macross Frontier, Basquash, One Piece, Zetman, Conan
"When I saw Urbance for the first time a few years ago I thought that it was already quite an achievement in terms of design and animation. It never stopped moving in the right direction then. Steambot guys are working at the opposite side of the globe, but I can feel a connection with them. I backed the project and I am confident that the true animation lovers will support Urbance. I'm also certain that a lot of japanese animators will be delighted to work on a project with so strong artistic values. These are way too rare. And I would be honored to help the team create a stimulating and creative environnement with the japanese side."
Thomas Romain Tokyo based animation creator : Oban Star-racers, Basquash!, Space Dandy
Crowdfunding is the ultimate way for our growing community of Urbancers to show their interest and support the franchise. You can be part of it by pledging here, share the fever with your friends and stay in touch through our 11,000+ OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE or other social networks (Urbance is on Tumblr, Reddit, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, Twitter, Behance, Deviantart, You Tube,...).
We've chosen Kickstarter to make this beautiful and unconventional project possible the way we see it. No artistic compromises. Let's build Urbance together!
Risks and challenges
Here is how we intend to use the funds raised :
**** Increase the quality of animation
*** Help offset the current production costs
** Produce exclusive music with AAA artists
* Manufacturing costs for backers rewards
Will I receive the Artbook featured in the ENTOURAGE PACK if I pledge for one of the upper levels rewards?
Each reward above the ENTOURAGE PACK will include a regular version of the Artbook (no signature, no silver limited edition cover). The collector edition of the Artbook is limited to 300 units only available through the ENTOURAGE PACK.
What are the rewards that are strictly limited to their pack and ARE NOT featured as part of the upper levels rewards?
1 - The limited edition Artbook of the ENTOURAGE PACK is replaced by a regular edition.
2 - The signature version of the Dojinshi in the AMY PACK is replaced by a non signed but still limited copy.
3 - Original keyframe drawning is limited to NEO BLASTERZ PACK and won't be featured as part of upper levels rewards.
4 - The original drawing from DEADLY EVES PACK is limited to that rewards pack only.
5 - The video game of the GAMERZ PACK is not included in the upper packs except from the DIGITAL PACK REDUX. You can still get the game by adding $35 to your existing pledge on an upper tier.
6 - The DIGITAL PACK REDUX doesn't contain any of the previous material rewards and is limited to digital content.
Sex means all forms of sexual activity. In Urbance, any kind of sexual intercourse is deadly, supposedly heterosexual AND homosexual. We —as authors — do not discriminate and the serie is precisely about that. LGBT discrimination is one of the social topics of our show. Now that does not mean that our views are shared by all gangs and even less by the government that rules Urbance. We won't spoil the story for you guys but there is definitely more than meets the eye in the COVEO cure policy...
As long as they stick to kisses, they should be safe no matter the gender they belong. But actually, they are not only kissing, they are taking drugs and pills — along with the N-dorfin drink — are one of the numerous ways used by the Urbance generation to attenuate or compensate its sexual urges or needs. Oh and of course, two girls or guys kissing in a club does not define them as homosexual, but you know that...
The members of the team featured on this page are just a sample. It takes A LOT of great talents to build a show like Urbance and even though there are blacks (i.e. Digikid 84, one of the music composers), asians (Hiroshi Shimizu, anyone?) or latinos (Joël, Domenico and the list goes on) in the current team, we are fore and foremost focused on talent and not trying to compose some kind of United Colors of Benetton add here ;-) This being said, more people will join us and there will be color people included at probably every levels of the conception of the show. We do not discriminate.
It is important for a project like Urbance to include women in every levels of the conception of the show. There will be women as part of the production (animation, funders, executives...) and creative team (writers, voices...) alike.
The trailer doesn't show homosexuality between your male characters. We are worried that homosexual relationships shown will be used primarily for titillation, and will not be given the same gravity and weight as the central, heterosexual love story.
Don't get me wrong, there will be titillation in Urbance, heterosexual and homosexual like in any urban city day and especially night life. Homosexuality and homosexual characters will be addressed in the show. They are part of the main and sub plots. They are part of Urbance.
We are shipping worldwide and those costs ARE INCLUDED in the reward packs. This might not be the case for future pack additions but we will clearly state it in the reward description.
We received many concerns referring to non binary characters, meaning — among other things— that our fans want to see characters that don't fall on either side of the boy/girl line. Such characters are part of the script and they fuel Urbance's story dynamics too. It would be mistaken to believe them to be the mediators only because mediators are presented as the bad guys. Mediators can seem evil and they are asexual but this asexuality is rather an attribute linked to their neutral status. That being said, not all the asexual people in Urbance are mediators and some of them are regular citizen segregated like any other. We can also add that there are are trans* and non binary citizens forced to live on either side of the line where they feel they do not belong. This is one of the many causes why clans and gangs are formed, to try preserve their identity despite the segregation. The thing is that cisgender people are pissed as well and all that frustration has led to one tensed climate of hatred between both sides (each one blaming the other fo their condition) and this war is cultivated by the government who keeps people split in the most arbitrary way.
The collector edition was for early birds only and the 300 copies have been sold out in 3 days. We did offer the postage cost to our most hardcore fans that were quick enough to grab one. Now we are allowing all of our fans to keep on pledging for the book at the same price (+ shipping cost for that item). Even though it is a regular version of the art book, it is still a limited offer only available through Kickstarter. It will become a collector with time ;-)
Will the Blu-ray be region-code-free, as I'm living in Germany? And is it a Kickstarter-only-edition or something which everyone can be buy later? You should put this infos into the FAQs.
Region free? Checked!
DIGITAL PACK is only featuring the digital rewards listed. So no art book. You'll need a second pledge for the REGULAR PACK to score the art book and all the previous material rewards.
Urbance is different from the current offer of animated shows. At this stage, we have partners and interested investors and broadcasters. Ton convert this interest in actual engagement WE NEED to show them what Urbance actually looks like so that they can tag along. Those people are not keen on taking any chances with new players on their market. By producing the pilot episode independently through Kickstarter funding, we will be able to showcase our craft, demonstrate that there is a strong interest for the show and a community waiting for it.
Top notch quality animation is expensive. The animation you can see in the trailer is something we did ourselves before assembling the complete team able to deliver a much better result. This is where we want to go. Hiroshi Shimizu, Yapiko Animation or Mikros Image are among the best players in the industry. Producing a show like Urbance doesn't come cheap but we can guarantee that all the money will be invested to make a show that will make each one of its backers proud!
HOVER: URBANCE URBANCE EDITION is exclusive to our backers and will consist in:
1 - EXCLUSIVE ADD ON DLC (Downloadable content) for HOVER: REVOLT OF THE GAMERS (characters, missions, items, story lines...)
2 - Deeper integration of URBANCE's mythology in HOVER's mythology and vice versa.
If we succeed in achieving our goal, more URBANCE / HOVER integrations will be planned and available separately in the future but we will keep the URBANCE EDITION either exclusive to our backers or available for free to them only.
Yeah but why would I pay twice for the same game? Can't I get the ADD-ON only? I don't care about the animated series...
WTF? You don't care ab... ok, fair enough! We've created the [ GAMERZ ADD ON PACK ] just for you. It only contains the add-on content for the game you've already pledged for and it's only $20 CAD, less than the pilot episode you don't want to watch anyway :(
Absolutely! Here is how:
Let's say you have pledged for the ENTOURAGE PACK before (now sold out) and now want to add a VINYL PACK, do not switch your reward tier, just add $200 CAD to the $100 CAD previously pledged and send us a message to inform us that you have pledged for 2 reward packs, mentioning the latest one. (in that example the VINYL PACK). Check UPDATE #16 for complete tutorial about multi-pledging.
YES with custom surveys and detailed information for all of our backers.
How are you going to reconcile backers with additional reward tiers as putting them in as add-ons would be confusing?
We flagged all messages necessitating special treatments such as multi-pledging, referral keywords, challenge participations, etc. Also, we will be notified for each backer whom has pledged for a pack that doesn't match the pledged amount. Those people will receive a special survey depending on the flagged category they belong to. If some of them haven't been flaged, we will send them another type of survey to know exactly what they have pledged for. If some of our backers have made pledging amount mistakes, Backerkit will allow us to correct them and regularize the amounts.
EXAMPLE: If I backed at $5 [ROOKIE PACK] and decided to increase my pledge another $500 CAD so I can technically get the [NEO BLASTERZ PACK] (which is sold out by the way) would that work?
It would work technically yes. The date of the added sum will tell us if you are qualified for the upper reward if that reward is sold out. We've tracked everything on that front. Specific cases might require more attention or adjustments and we could decide to please the desire of a backer who is multi-pledging even though his second pledge is for a sold out reward. Some of those rewards are more flexible than others (i.e. the VANDAL PACK) and we might decide to add a +1.
Since we're not getting the items as add-ons but the actual reward tier, do we also get 100% the contents of that reward tier and below (if it includes all previous below it)?
Standalone rewards only belong to their pack and are not featured in the upper reward tiers even in the ones that state "(+ all previous)". Standalone rewards are clearly indicated as such. If you pledge for 2 reward tiers by adding the TOTAL AMOUNT of the second pledge to the first, then you'll receive a single copy of each listed items below (except standalones and the 300 limited edition of the art book (Entourage pack)) if this reward tier is marked with "(+ all previous)" meaning that you can potentially have 2 copies of the same item because you pledged the full amount of 2 different reward tiers marked with "(+all previous)"
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