Axe Cop Doc: The Official Documentary of Axe Cop
Axe Cop Doc: The Official Documentary of Axe Cop
Axe Cop Doc is a film about two brothers and their viral web comic. You think you know their story, but that was only the beginning.
Axe Cop Doc is a film about two brothers and their viral web comic. You think you know their story, but that was only the beginning. Read more
The Axe Cop Doc is a documentary film in progress.
ABOUT THE FILM
Comic book fans know the origin story of their favorite superheroes. The story of the artists behind those comic book heroes? Not so much. Yet a strange thing happened at the end of 2009 when Ethan Nicolle with his younger brother Malachai launched their comic Axe Cop on the web. Yes, the series about an axe-wielding cop and his flute-armed partner (who turns into a dinosaur, later a partial avocado, then a ghost) generated instant buzz. But audiences were more intrigued by the creators: the stories came from then 5-year-old Malachai and were drawn by his artist brother Ethan, then 29 years old.
Fast forward to 2012, the Ethan and Malachai duo are as well-known as the evil-fighting team they created. You may think you know the story of Ethan and Malachai, but that was only the beginning.
This is where our documentary comes in. Filming with the full collaboration of the Nicolle family, the Axe Cop Doc team has been following Ethan and Malachai since 2010. We journey from the early days of the brother’s accidental creation of Axe Cop to their latest coup: an animation deal with Fox TV.
At its heart, this is a story about family and the perks and perils of unexpected fame.
And, it is an exploration into the creative process, into the makings of an artistic life.
WHY ARE WE KICKSTARTING?
To date, this project has been running on the love, sweat, and dedication of our small team and the director’s own credit cards. But now the doc film has an opportunity that puts us on a time-crunch:
Fox TV plans to premiere the Axe Cop animated show in July 2013. As indie filmmakers, we can’t think of a better opportunity than to tie our film’s release with Fox’s big roll-out.
WHICH MEANS WE NEED TO START EDITING SOON.
Our production goal is to start editing in December, work through the holidays, post by May 2013.
Our Kickstarter goal is $55,000. This is a bare bones budget that nonetheless will pay for six months of UNINTERRUPTED work as we race to finish the film.
If we surpass our goal, the extra funds will help us get additional elements that will make this film that more special. For example, more money means we can afford more elaborate animation AND longer animation sequences.
Kickstarter funds will help cover the costs of:
- Original score
- Sound mix
- Video mastering
OUR PLEDGE REWARDS ARE UNIQUE TO KICKSTARTER
We had a lot of fun working with Ethan to come up with the pledge rewards you see to your right.
Some KS campaigns quickly ramp-up to big-ticket items. We went in the opposite direction. Maybe because our film crew has been operating on a super-low budget for the past years, it was important for us to create rewards that 1) will fit a wide range of budgets and 2) include items not found anywhere else.
...AND THAT'S WHY OUR REWARDS LIST LOOKS LIKE AN I-HOP MENU.
Still, we hope you'll have fun with it.
CLIPS FROM AXE COP DOCUMENTARY
Axe Cop Cosplay from Comic Con 2012. Can you guess which True Blood actor this is?
AXE COP "KICK-ART" REVEALED
THE POSTER IS AVAILABLE IN EITHER COLOR OR B&W!!!!
A SHORT VIDEO ON HOW THE "KICK ART" WAS CREATED:
Other Kick-Axe Rewards
Nick Offerman/AKA Ron Swanson has made this beautiful one-of-a kind mahogany wooden axe from his very own workshop. Trust us. This is something you'll want to pass on as an heirloom to future generations and beyond.
Nick Offerman has also donated 5 beautiful mustache combs for our KS Campaign. Rare and highly collectible, they’ll have Axe Cop burned onto them.
Here are some other recommendations: The $15 "Axe Cop on Your Phone" Package. You get a ringtone and an outgoing voice mail message recorded by Dave DeAndrea, the original voice of Axe Cop in the motion comics as seen on You Tube. Now, if we could only get 4,000 backers in on this, we'd have a movie!
Below is a sample preview of one of the recordings you will get in the $15 Axe Cop Ringtone Package. The full ring tone message will read: "Hey, this is Axe Cop. Somebody's trying to call you right now. Answer the phone, or I will chop your head off!"
And check out our exclusive Axe Cop Doc Kickstarter patch. A great gift for you or your nearest, dearest Axe Cop fan:
REMEMBER: Once you make your selection, you must click the green button, “Back This Project.” KS will then take you to an Amazon page for payment. You must go through the Amazon checkout for your pledge to be processed.
Risks and challenges
COMPLETING THE FILM
We have a post-production schedule ready to go. We have assembled a team of post-production pros to help us complete the film. Two of the key players, the editor and the composer, are on hold and ready to start ASAP if we succeed in reaching our KS goal. Even as we run this KS campaign, we have a volunteer assistant editor at work, prepping the film for the editor.
The only risk that would prevent us from finishing the edit or the post-production of the documentary film by August, 2013 would have to be an unforeseen event, some type of force majeure. That said, this project is being made by a team of broadcast and film professionals who know all about working under tight deadlines.
Fulfillment of the smaller KS pledge gifts (patches, badges and t-shirts) will begin in the weeks immediately after our KS closes while bigger gifts will take longer. We estimate the following dates:
Pledges of $10 to $35 – fulfillment by January 2013*
Pledges of $40 - $500 – fulfillment by February 2013*
*Packages that include a digital download: the film should be completed and ready to download by next August 2013.
We are using USPS for domestic and international shipping. International shipping for rewards under $39 is included in your pledge. For international shipping on rewards of $40 and above, please add an additional $15.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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