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$1,711
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 3 2013 2:08 AM UTC +00:00
$1,711
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 3 2013 2:08 AM UTC +00:00

About

The purpose of this project is to fund the creation of a 30 minute, quality animated film about the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha for Catholic families.

The demo animation at the top of this page is not a polished product! I put this together in my spare time to give you a small glimpse of what it might look like.  

Who is Saint Kateri?

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is the story of a Mohawk girl with an intense love for her savior. Orphaned and physically scarred by smallpox at a young age, Kateri was adopted by her uncle and persecuted for her Catholic faith. Through all of her hardships she found strength in Jesus and His cross, and she devoted her life to loving Him.  You can read more about her story at http://www.katerishrine.com/kateri.html

In a world seeking to reject God, our children need inspirational role models to look up to! The lives of saints inspire us! They are our big brothers and sisters in the faith. Would you rather your daughters emulate Disney's Princess Jasmine or Saint Kateri? They are real people with real stories! Our children need these stories now more than ever, and they need it presented in quality media. They deserve it!   

The Vision for the Story

For this story, my focus is to present a character that children can relate to. Growing up, I’ve often felt that becoming a saint was unattainable. Now, I realize that it was because of the way saints were depicted in an almost untouchable, non-human light. Our children need to know that sainthood is not out of reach for them. They need to connect with the character in a way that I don’t believe has been accomplished in existing saint cartoons.

The theme of the story will be Saint Kateri’s courage in the face of all her trouble and persecutions, and her devotion to the cross of Jesus as her source of strength. The story will not simply be a biography of her life, but I envision a cinematic experience with story depth and character development. It will be a relevant, inspirational story both kids and parents can enjoy. Why should we settle for anything less?

Why Kickstarter?

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, I would encourage you to take a minute and read the "What is Kickstarter" section right next to the logo at the top. In short, Kickstarter is a venue that can be used by many people with a common interest to pool funds together to create a desired project. People who pledge money (backers) receive thank you rewards which you can find on the right hand side of the project. If a project does not reach its goal within the set time limit, no backers are charged and the project does not move forward. However, if the goal is met and there is still time left, the project can still raise additional funds until the deadline is met.

Kickstarter is the perfect place for Catholics to work together to create something that is very important and desperately needed!

The goal for this project is to raise $60,000 to make a 30 minute cartoon. If the project raises more than that, the extra money will go toward:

1.Making it better

2.Making it longer

3.Making it faster

How will the money be used?

The $60,000 will be used in the following manner:

5%    Kickstarter fee

5%    Amazon payments fee

10%  Kickback rewards

15%  Script writing, research, and story development.

10%  Audio recording and soundtrack

40%  Artwork

15% Editing and compositing

A little about me:

I’m a freelance artist with over a decade of experience and training in multimedia, animation, and art. I also have four years experience in marketing and business management. In addition to my qualifications, I believe that God has placed it on my heart to accomplish this task for Him. He has given me the talent, the experience, and He has certainly given me the desire. I believe that this is part of God’s plan for me.

How will we reach this goal?

1. Contribute from your hearts!!! If you feel the Spirit leading you to give, then give! Strapped for cash? No amount is too small! You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you made Catholic animation possible! You’ll also get some pretty awesome kickback rewards!

2: Spread the word!!! This part is almost as important as pledging. Tell your friends and family! Maybe you have access to a community Catholic facebook page? Spread the word like wildfire. Send a link in an email, facebook status, tweet, etc. It won’t take long with good “word of mouth” advertising. On my end, marketing this project to Catholic churches, blogs, schools, organizations, etc., will become my full-time job.

3: Pray!!! If this is God’s will then let’s pray that His will be done! I’ve already felt attack and discouragement not to pursue this project. Pray that it will be successful and have an impact!

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Risks and challenges

Time and cost are my enemies. It’s expensive and time consuming to create a quality cartoon. I will be using several techniques to cut down on cost while keeping quality as high as possible. If the funding is extremely successful, I will need to hire other talented Catholic artists and professionals to help me reach my goal.

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    Thank you! Every dollar helps! You will receive a downloadable wallpaper from a scene in the movie!

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    You will receive a digital copy of the finished cartoon to play on your personal computer... plus the downloadable wallpaper!

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    You will receive a DVD of the finished cartoon for your Catholic movie night... plus everything from the previous package!

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    You will receive five prayer cards created from the oil painting image (reward 21)... plus everything from the previous package!

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    You will receive the music single (or album if there is a budget for it)... plus everything from the previous package!

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    Receive the Saint Kateri promo T-shirt... plus receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get the illustrated children's book version of the Saint Kateri story... plus you will receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get a 16"X20" print of the Saint Kateri oil painting... plus you will receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get a printed and signed frame from the cartoon! No two frames will be the same! LIMITED EDITION... plus you will receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get special recognition in the credits of the movie... plus you will receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get to write a dedication message that will appear in the end credits! Choose to write a special message to your child, grandchild, or godchild, and let them know that you helped make this possible in their name (message limited to 100 characters)... plus you will receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get one of the original character design sketches of one of the supporting main characters... plus receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get to have me animate a 20 second personal message from Saint Kateri to your special loved one that will appear in the beginning of your DVD... plus you will receive everything from the previous package!

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    You will get the ORIGINAL 30"X40" oil painting of Saint Kateri... plus you will receive everything from the previous package (minus the Saint Kateri character design sketch)!

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Funding period

- (30 days)