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project :13 is a music driven animation trilogy created by a team of todays coolest animators, music artists and - YOU !

introducing project :13

project : 13 is a music driven animation project created by a team of today's coolest animators and music artists.

project : 13 animation is created by STUDIO 4°C in Tokyo and music is created in California and Tokyo by new and known music artists.

project : 13 debuts as a trilogy of three 5 minute music video / mini movies, driven by strong songs with global hit potential. 

  • 1. The Sound Of Hope - due September 2012
  • 2. Alice & The Robot - due December 2012
  • 3. The Queen Of Illumina - due March 2013

each of the three "episodes" is designed to introduce a different portion of the project : 13 universe. each has a different song, story, cast and location with one central character providing the common thread between the three. when joined together, they form a greater story. a 15 minute, three chapter short film, the project : 13 trilogy.

project : 13 is based on an original mythological story, told on a grand scale, set across various time lines and locations, involving compelling characters engaged in the fight between good and evil.

inspiration for the project : 13 trilogy comes from the great animation of Gorillaz, Daft Punk, Miyazaki and Hanna-Barbera. we expand on these influences with our own sound and vision and use the music video format as an episodic story telling platform for the post pc age. in turn, we hope to inspire the creation of more cool music driven animation projects.

project : 13 is in production ! we've created the songs and stories, formed the team and provided the necessary financial and artistic resources to start - part one is nearly ready - but we need your help to complete this ambitious project and bring it to the world. 

scroll down to learn more about the project : 13 trilogy, our creative team and why KICKSTARTER ? - then check out our cool rewards and pledge your generous backing to project : 13 today !

for backers only - we will take you inside to show you the processes involved in creating the music and animation with project : 13 - Go Deeper, an in-depth documentary about the making of the project :13 trilogy. created especially for you backers and featuring interviews with the creators - producers, animators and musical artists, as well as behind the scenes action in the animation studio and recording sessions. the project :13 creative process, with all its challenges and victories, presented in glorious full color HD 1080p. A "must have" for animation fans.

we will post regular updates here - 

music artists will be announced soon !

turn on - tune in to project : 13 at   www.siwaproductions.com

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project :13 trilogy - the story…so far 

summary, production stills and conceptual sketches

part 1: The Sound Of Hope - brings us into the project:13 story at a time, in the not too distant future, when the Earth has been conquered and enslaved by the forces of the Darmon Empire.

with the aid of a mechanical reconnaissance bird and high powered sonic accelerators - our team of heroes launch a daring mission to rescue one of their members and liberate innocent captives who are encased in saltstone by the Darmon in an underground prison.

in production now - estimated completion: September 2012

the scroll

guards
Darmon head
Darmon distant

amber chamber

blue doors

part 2: Alice & The Robot 

in pre-production - estimated completion: December 2012

Eddie's conceptual sketches for Alice & The  Robot

part 3: The Queen Of Illumina

in pre-production - estimated completion: March 2013

Eddie's conceptual sketch for The Queen Of Illumina

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project : 13 creative team

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SIWA PRODUCTIONS is a Tokyo and California based company with global reach. a collaboration of three very talented individuals with a collective vision. 

  • Greg Penny - record producer / composer - { Elton John, k.d. lang, Twin Trip, Poperetta } - producer and composer of music for project : 13.
  • Edward Hames - photographer / designer - concepts, character and story development for project : 13. 
  • Yoshimi Ando - creator / writer of the original project : 13 story.

together, they are the creators and executive producers of project : 13 - with the participation of a carefully selected group of internationally successful and emerging music artists, animators and creative partners.

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STUDIO 4°C - Tokyo - is one of the top animation studios in the world. 4°Cdivision Beyond C create the animation for project : 13.

STUDIO 4°C have won many prestigious awards and have provided the animation for -

the STUDIO 4°C - project : 13 team:

  • Eiko Tanaka - producer
  • Rika Hatakeda - line producer
  • Yasufumi Soejima - animation director
  • Shinji Kimura - set designer / art director
  • Michio Mihara - character designer

animation jedi !

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4d - production services, cgi, special effects

  • hidenori nomoto - producer

Rika, Eddie, Eiko, Greg and Nomoto @ STUDIO 4°C - Tokyo

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why KICKSTARTER ?

art meets commerce - animation is expensive, and a music driven animation project requires a considerable investment of time, energy and money to reach its artistic and financial objective. traditionally, we would seek funding for project : 13 from major entertainment companies, private investors, banks, or a combination of the above, resulting in each having a vested interest, a creative opinion and control over the project. although this system has its place and often works, satisfying the interests of the group may not serve the project, which can easily lead to a creative and financial compromise for the creators, and can potentially delay or even stop the project.

KICKSTARTER provides us with the opportunity to raise the production funding we need and to retain 100% creative control of this unique project. to create it and see it through, as intended, to uncompromised success.

a lot of hard work and expertise goes into making project : 13. in addition to creating the conceptual images and scenarios, composing, performing, producing and recording the music, the visual team prepare storyboards, character development and set designs. it then takes a team of 12 animators nearly 2 months to complete the animation for each one of the three 5 minute films.

we have assembled our dream team, the best for this project. and we have been able to put in the time, energy and our own money to nearly complete part one of the trilogy. we need your help to complete production on all three parts and bring the project : 13 trilogy to the world.

by generously backing project : 13 - YOU will be helping to make it a reality. and you'll receive some pretty cool rewards in the process. SEE REWARDS

KICKSTARTER operates on an all-or-nothing funding model where projects must be fully funded by the set day and time of the projects goal, or no money changes hands. so please, don't hesitate ! click on the green BACK THIS PROJECT button on the right side of your screen, choose one of the cool rewards and pledge your generous backing to project : 13 today !

and... your backing can continue beyond your pledge by telling a friend, facebook, twitter - spread the word - it all helps us reach our goal, and more !

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about our Rewards

Reward 1: --- A WISH FOR SUCCESS --- Your name inscribed on an Ema (small wooden plaque) and placed at the Hie Shrine in Tokyo - with a wish for success for you, and of course - project :13 !

Very cool and powerful Japanese tradition ! 

like this -

Hie Shrine - Tokyo

Ema

a wish

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Reward 12: A TRIP TO TOKYO For 2 !!! (Some conditions apply, see below left *¥*) Above rewards + Round Trip Economy Airfare to Tokyo - Ground transportation to and from Tokyo airport - 5 Nights at The Capitol Hotel / Breakfast Included - Tokyo Metro tickets - Guided tour of Tokyo including Akihabara, Shibuya, Harajuku and Tokyo Sky Tree - Attend, as guests of honor, a special - project :13 trilogy screening party with the creators. + many more groovy surprises !!!

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Shibuya Crossing
Tokyo Sky Tree

Akihabara

*¥* Conditions - 

Airfare is round trip economy to Tokyo from Los Angeles - LAX (or equal cost point of departure). Cost and method of travel to / from LAX (or equal cost point of departure), from / to  backers point of origin, is backers responsibility. Tokyo airport (Narita or Haneda) ground transportation is by airport shuttle bus. Runs door to door. Very efficient and very comfortable. Accommodations at The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo are standard room for two, king or two double beds, breakfast included. All other incidentals - mini bar, room service, telephone, in or out of hotel costs, etc... are the responsibility of the backer. Tokyo Metro tickets will be provided in the form of a pre-paid Pasmo card, also valid on buses, calculated for usage during duration of visit. Backer and co-traveler must provide scans of valid passports. Backer and co-traveler agree to allow their likeness to be used in videos and photographs for promotional and other purposes. Backer promises to be a kind and gracious guest while in Japan and to hold project:13 hosts harmless for any embarrassing behavior or damage which may result from too much of a good thing. 

Backer promises to have fun !!!

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special thanks to Ucio, Tsuge & Felix !

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    Reward 1: --- A WISH FOR SUCCESS --- Your name inscribed on an Ema (small wooden plaque) and placed at the Hie Shrine in Tokyo - with a wish for success for you, and of course - project :13 - - - - - - > Very cool and powerful Japanese tradition !

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    Reward 2: Above reward + pre release HD download of the - project :13 trilogy. Videos in 1080p + an MP3 download of each audio track, as they are completed. Estimated delivery for each video & audio track: - - - > 1. September 2012 • • • 2. December 2012 3. April 2013

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