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A one-of-a-kind limited edition hardcover large format illustrated adventure storybook about a hero’s transformation
A one-of-a-kind limited edition hardcover large format illustrated adventure storybook about a hero’s transformation
A one-of-a-kind limited edition hardcover large format illustrated adventure storybook about a hero’s transformation
84 backers pledged $7,441 to help bring this project to life.

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TIKI TROUBLE is a story of heroic transformation - the life-changing power of taking a step of courage in the face of fear!  When a phobia-plagued insurance adjuster, Brewster Williams, is shanghaied to a remote South Seas island, an evil shaman’s curse turns him into a one foot-high Tiki doll.  Brewster must fight against all fear to save a pair of native princesses in order to switch his body back.  This book is an estimated 48 PAGES of heart-warming, humorous and adventure-filled visual art, displayed in a luscious large format hardcover book with oversized pages of illustrated storytelling in the vein of those beautiful large illustrated storybooks of the 1950’s.

WHAT IS THE GOAL

Aloha, and welcome to the TIKI TROUBLE Kickstarter, Let’s-Get-This-Book-Printed page! This is a special limited edition Kickstarter exclusive.

First, I want to say mahalo and thank you for stopping by and checking out my project TIKI TROUBLE.

I welcome all of you supporters as team members, as we go down this exciting path together. I am so thrilled to bring this book to the Kickstarter community!  And with your help, this special edition book will be printed! Not only can you get a version of this book into your hands, but we also have a bunch of cool rewards for every level of support!

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WE DID IT THANKS TO YOU!

FUNDING GOAL UPDATE:  WE DID IT! Thank "YOU" so much!  Together we made our goal in just 5 days for this very special Limited Edition first printing to move forward and directly onto to you!  Still some time for others to join us, as I am so glad for all those early contributors that have already boarded for this journey! it's going to be great to see this story in a large format illustrated book uniquely made thanks to people like YOU!  Much more to come . . .

STRETCH GOALS BELOW!!

Please visit us at: TikiTrouble.com

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TIKI TROUBLE started as a film script.  It has been brewing for several years and I have been entrenched in the animation and film making industry for well over 20 years, so I know, as many of you do, what a monumental task it is to launch a feature film, so I want to share TIKI TROUBLE with the world in a format that we can make available right now.  The story will fit into this beautiful (estimated 48 PAGES 9.5 x 13 inch) hardback illustrated book for all ages.

I wanted to go back to that beautiful format of those gorgeous over-sized golden books from the 1950’s where you could not only enjoy the story and characters, but also immerse yourself in the visual exploration of this adventure. So that’s what we want to do here. The story and art for this original special project are already being produced.

I am putting up my own time and money to produce the story, character artwork and layouts.  And with the help of my colleagues, Jeff Hand, Ryan Feltman, and Mac Masters, we are all hard at work building this special edition, illustrated book version of TIKI TROUBLE.

However, I need your help in getting this streamlined estimated 48 page visual storybook version printed, not just in any format, but in a large hardcover beautifully told story where you can be immersed in the adventure and our hero’s transformation.  I am so thrilled to share this project with all of you!

This is a one-of-a-kind pre-order and printing opportunity loaded with fantastic rewards for every contributor tier level!

OK, HERE COME THE PERKS!

WHO AM I

Dominic Carola in his natural surroundings
Dominic Carola in his natural surroundings

As an award-winning Director and Producer of animated content, I have been in the Film and Animation industry executing visual storytelling for more than twenty years.  I have been privileged to be a part of many award winning Feature Animated films, Theme Park attractions, Television and ground breaking commercial projects.

I started working many years ago in comics back in New York, then headed west to attend the prestigious Walt Disney founded California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).  My CalArts film won the inaugural Walter Lantz Animation Award presented by Walter Lantz.  From there, I was recruited for Walt Disney Feature Animation and went on to spend more than a decade animating for them.  While at Disney, I animated on such films as LILO & STITCH, MULAN and BROTHER BEAR.  Some other animation film credits include JOHN HENRY, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, POCAHONTAS and THE LION KING.  In addition, I also served as the Director of Animation for Walt Disney's California Adventure Animation Pavilion, recognized for the THEA Award for theme park attractions.  I also received another THEA Award for THE SIMPSONS ride media content produced for Universal Studios theme parks.

In 2004, I passed on an opportunity with a prominent animation company on the west coast to follow a dream of launching an independent, artist-driven production company along with some of my colleagues from Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida. Since then, I have overseen animation production teams in Florida ranging from theatrical features, direct-to-DVD features, and television and commercial projects.

As the Head of Production for the Florida teams, I have enjoyed working on such projects as Universal Pictures' theatrical release of CURIOUS GEORGE as well as several other team contributions including WINNIE THE POOH: SPRINGTIME FOR ROO and Walt Disney’s GOOFY'S: HOW TO HOOK UP YOUR HOME THEATRE and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG along with a recent DreamWorks development feature.  Recently we were honored to work with Blink Ink on the beautiful award-winning John Lewis Christmas commercial campaign THE BEAR AND THE HARE.

I am currently overseeing production on projects of varying scope through Premise Entertainment while also serving as an independent consultant on domestic and overseas animated film projects and theme park ride attractions.  I truly enjoy being associated with family-friendly content that has a positive uplifting message for worldwide audiences.  And TIKI TROUBLE embodies those same themes.

WHY KICKSTARTER

There comes a moment as artists when you have to put a stake in the ground and say ‘I am just going to do it’!  If not now…when?  This is that time.

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 TIKI TROUBLE is an independent, completely original, artist-driven story that we want to share with the world - and with those who may be interested in joining us on this illustrated exciting adventure.  It’s going to be something extremely special because it’s the first one!  And it, most likely, will never be reproduced exactly the same way again.

I am paying out of my own pocket to produce the story and artwork, but I need your help in getting the book printed.

I chose Kickstarter because in everything I do, and in what our studio does, we aim to always execute with quality.  Our goal is quality and appeal - always.  Kickstarter is that premium outlet for quality projects that makes an opportunity like this possible.  It’s an amazing time to be able to reach out to the world directly and form relationships with those that enjoy a great story lusciously told through a beautiful illustrated nature.

No middle men, no gatekeepers, just us artists directly working for you!

I hope you will be a part of this special book version.  Your help as a supporter at any level will help us cover the printing costs.  At $25 and higher, you will get the digital version and at $35 and higher you will get the hard cover book of an estimated 48 PAGES of VISUAL STORYTELLING ART that you helped make possible…along with some amazing rewards to boot!

STRETCH GOALS!

If we reach $10,000 every backer who contributed $25 or more will receive a Character Drawing Tutorial by Tiki Trouble creator Dominic Carola as a downloadable video along with their previous rewards!

If we reach $15,000 every backer who contributed $75 or more will receive an Interactive E-Book version of Tiki Trouble as well as an exclusive Tiki Trouble Coloring Book along with their previous rewards!

 In the event we reach $30,000 or more, animated moments from the Tiki Trouble book will be produced relative to the contribution level reached. This stretch goal would be shared with ALL BACKERS! The more contributed, the more we can produce for you!

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED

So with your help from the supporting Kickstarter community, friends, art colleagues and animation enthusiasts, we are excited to get this limited edition book to you.

The money raised covers the printing of the book as well as printed rewards and shipping* in the contiguous Unites States. PLEASE SEE SHIPPING DETAILS AND RESTRICTIONS for shipping outside the CONTINENTAL U.S.  I’m asking for your support to get this special one-of-a-kind project printed and delivered directly to you.  

I love the creative artistic community, and our animation family.  We stick together and always welcome new friends. And it’s those treasured relationships that are so important in life. We are looking forward to making a lot of new friends and colleagues along the way as we grow this project and hopefully share many more projects.

THE FUTURE OF TIKI TROUBLE

Depending on the support level, we have a lot of very cool things planned.  

This is an amazing time for individual artistic and creative freedom. For artists all over the world to connect to one another, there are more and more incredible doors that are opening for animators, filmmakers, artists and storytellers to reach out without having to compromise their vision or wait for a gatekeeper to open the door.

We are ready to share this project with all of you because, if not now…when?

A HUGE 'THANK YOU' HUG goes out in advance for joining us as we grow together and look forward to a successful campaign and the future of TIKI TROUBLE!

Project Credits:

Creator: Dominic Carola

Book adaption by: Dominic Carola and Jeff Hand

Artwork by: Dominic Carola and Ryan Feltman

Video Edits by: Mac Masters and Kevin Lang

Special KickStarter thanks to my family and friends for their continued support in so many ways - thank you!

Risks and challenges

The risks are relatively low because the book version is already written and the artwork is currently being produced.

We are very confident in the completion of this project since we are only seeking your help in order to cover the physical printing costs. Each and every contributor level will have a wonderful reward attached with a successful campaign completion and anyone at $25 and above will receive the book itself.

Printing and book production updates will be available to all supporters after a successful campaign completion. Our Estimated Delivery Date for the hardcover special edition book* is projected for January 2016, (hopefully sooner) provided everything goes well with meeting our goals along with printing and shipping. Each reward level has its estimated delivery dates attached depending on which tier level it is.

Thank you again, we are very excited to share this project with you!

* Please see your shipping and handling information or restrictions if outside the contiguous U.S.
* For any of the limited spots regarding 'getting your likeness in the book as a background character', please note you will be sent a permission of consent form to sign and return in order for you to appear in the book.

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    'MAHALO': A heartfelt thank you for your contribution to TIKI TROUBLE. Every dollar counts!

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    KEIKI REWARD: A heartfelt thank you, and a set of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in downloadable PDF form.

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    KONO REWARD: TIKI TROUBLE visual development art in PDF form, and a thank you set of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in downloadable PDF form.

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    ALOHA REWARD: Here we go. . . TIKI TROUBLE (digital version) fully illustrated book at an estimated 48 PAGES of VISUAL STORYTELLING in downloadable PDF form, AND you also get the visual development art in downloadable PDF form, as well as the thank you set of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. WOW!

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    THE HULA REWARD: This is THE ONE . . . TIKI TROUBLE fully illustrated large format hardcover book at an estimated 48 PAGES of VISUAL STORYTELLING! AND you also get the visual development art in PDF form, as well as the thank you set of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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    MENEHUNE REWARD: TIKI TROUBLE fully illustrated large format hardcover book signed by Dominic Carola AND your special thanks contributor name on TIKI TROUBLE website. ALSO an unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art (8.5 x11) As well as all of that cool stuff above. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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    KOA REWARD: Your name printed in the book on a Special Thanks Contributor page! And an additional unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art piece (8.5 x11) AND A LIMITED EDITION printed post card! As well as all of that cool stuff above - Signed TIKI TROUBLE hardcover book, Special thanks contributor name on TIKI TROUBLE website, unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art 1, Tiki Trouble book in PDF form, visual development art in PDF form, and thank you book of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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    HONU REWARD: Original signed sketch in the book! Your name printed in the book on a Special Thanks Contributor page! An additional unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art piece (8.5 x11) A LIMITED EDITION printed post card! Your special thanks contributor name on TIKI TROUBLE website, unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art 1, Tiki Trouble book in PDF form, visual development art in PDF form, and thank you set of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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    AHI REWARD: A TIKI TROUBLE Stylized Caricature of you!! (Your photo will be required) Caricature is a digital drawing delivered as a downloadable PDF. As well as all of that AMAZING cool stuff above - Your name printed in the book on a Special Thanks Contributor page, Unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art pieces 1 and 2, LIMITED EDITION printed post card, Signed TIKI TROUBLE full illustrated large format hardcover book, your special thanks contributor name on TIKI TROUBLE website, Tiki Trouble book in PDF form, visual development art in PDF form, and thank you set of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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    THE LUAU REWARD: YOU get to be drawn IN THE BOOK as one of the background characters, these are limited spots! As well as all of that FANTASTIC stuff above - A TIKI TROUBLE Stylized Caricature of you, Your name printed in the book on a Special Thanks Contributor page, Unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art pieces 1 and 2, LIMITED EDITION printed post card, Signed TIKI TROUBLE full illustrated large format hardcover book, your special thanks contributor name on TIKI TROUBLE website, Tiki Trouble book in PDF form, visual development art in PDF form, and thank you book of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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    THE BIG KUHUNA REWARD: Executive Book Publisher Credit, TIKI TROUBLE (signed) Poster (Est. 18 x 24), a live hangout with the Artist for an art or animation instructional and discuss the book. (In person if in Orlando, if not it will be a live video online hangout). Also 2 Original Drawings of characters from TIKI TROUBLE as well as YOU will be among the first to get the next Premise Press Book (when published). And of course you get all these EXCITING REWARDS as well - A TIKI TROUBLE Stylized Caricature of you, YOU get to be drawn IN THE BOOK as one of the background characters, these are limited spots! Your name printed in the book on a Special Thanks Contributor page, unpublished TIKI TROUBLE printed art pieces 1 and 2, LIMITED EDITION printed post card, Signed TIKI TROUBLE full illustrated large format hardcover book, your special thanks contributor name on TIKI TROUBLE website, Tiki Trouble book in PDF form, visual development art in PDF form, and thank you book of 5 TIKI TROUBLE themed postcards in PDF form. PLEASE CHECK PHYSICAL SHIPPING DETAILS IF OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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