The series focuses on two friends, a dog named Frank (John DiMaggio) and a human named Jack (Steven Cartoccio)
Here is the pilot episode:
Hey everyone! My name is Steven Cartoccio, and I'm the writer, director, animator and voice actor behind Concrete Jungle. I have created animated music videos for hip-hop groups like the Hieroglyphics and ¡MAYDAY! and designed and animated sequences for a number of independent films. I am also a digital portrait sculptor at the Barry X Ball Studio in Brooklyn.
You can check out my personal website here:
Concrete Jungle is based on my award winning stop-motion short created during my time at the School of Visual Arts. The student short has screened in multiple festivals around the world and won best animated film at the 2013 SoHo International Film Festival.
I have taken this idea and created an entire city of characters.
Voice acting is an incredibly important factor in creating animation. I'm very excited about the talented cast of Concrete Jungle.
John DiMaggio - Frank
John DiMaggio who is best known for his role as Bender on Futurama and Jake the Dog on Adventure time, will star in the series as Frank.
Eugene Mirman - Eugene
Stand up comedian and voice behind Gene Belcher on Bob's Burgers will guest star as a puppy named Eugene.
Dana Synder - Drunk John
Voice actor Dana Snyder, the voice behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Master Shake, will guest voice as a goat named Drunk John.
Stand up comedian and co-creator of the podcast Guys We F*cked, Krystyna Hutchinson, voices a mouse named Ashley.
Along with voice acting, the music featured in an animated series is incredibly important. Each episode of Concrete Jungle will feature all original music from a guest artist or artists. Some musicians involved are listed below, but look out for updates as I'm currently adding talent to Concrete Jungle as its following grows.
Wrekonize of ¡MAYDAY!
A Plus of Hieroglyphics
I currently live in Queens, NY. All the backgrounds in Concrete Jungle are photos of various locations I shot throughout New York City. The photos are then edited in Photoshop, and outlined by hand to give them a more animated feel. Finally, I composite my character animation over these backgrounds. Shooting real locations has given the series a more personal feel for me, by having my story lines occur in actual places I hang out around the city.
This funding will go toward creating a 5 episode pilot season that will premiere on the web. I will also submit the series to a number of animated film festivals.
The end goal is to have a pilot season that I can use to pitch to television networks in hopes of making Concrete Jungle an animated tv series.
The money raised will be used to pay the incredibly talented cast of voice actors and musicians, cover fees for studio time to record, and post-production fees for mixing and mastering.
Copy of the pilot episode and an eBook with concept artwork, storyboards and scripts.
Concrete Jungle T Shirt.
You can have yourself or a pet turned into a background character in an upcoming episode of Concrete Jungle.
Figure of Frank the dog. Sculpted by Steven Cartoccio. Digitally printed and cast in resin. Limited edition of 10 figures.
Actual stop-motion puppet from my music video for Mortuary Mary by ¡MAYDAY! One of a kind!
Risks and challenges
This is my first attempt at implementing a crowd funding campaign. I've done my research and looked into what has made other previous Kickstarter campaigns successful as well as what factors led to some campaigns failing. A lot of thought and planning has gone into not only the series, but this crowd funding effort itself to make sure that Concrete Jungle can be as good as it possibly can be. I hope you enjoy the series, and have as much fun watching it as I do making it.
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