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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 12:02 PM UTC +00:00.

Alexander HendersonBy Alexander Henderson
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Alexander HendersonBy Alexander Henderson
First created
CA$ 3,032
pledged of CA$ 17,000pledged of CA$ 17,000 goal
53
backers
31days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 12:02 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hello everyone, and on behalf of the team, welcome to the official Kickstarter for “The Rhino and The Oxpecker”, an exciting new animated pilot that we need your help to make a reality.

The Rhino and the Oxpecker
The Rhino and the Oxpecker

We are a team of artists and filmmakers with experience working on productions for Disney, Netflix, and Amazon, and with your help, we plan on bringing our next animated project to life! Having just finished development on our most recent production “Breathing Space”, we are looking to continue building on its success and producing more original animated content. 

Our Latest Short "Breathing Space"
Our Latest Short "Breathing Space"

 The Story

In the wild, Rhinos and Oxpeckers have a very unique symbiotic relationship. The oxpeckers spend their day nestled on top of the rhino for food and protection, and in return they help to alert the visually limited rhino if there is danger in the area.

Inspired by this relationship, "The Rhino and the Oxpecker" is an action-adventure cartoon, featuring the story of Niles, a blind mercenary rhinoceros, and Redford, his neurotic-but-trusty guide bird. With Red acting as the eyes, ears, and brains of the duo, and Niles handling the action, the two work together to survive predators, poachers, and anything else the jungle can throw at them. That is, provided they can survive each other.

Concept Art
Concept Art

The pilot episode follows Niles and Redford as they attempt to cross through a dangerous quarry. Together the two will have to outwit and outmatch a gang of poachers who don't take kindly to trespassers on their turf.

Niles
Niles
Redford
Redford
The Poachers
The Poachers

 The Money

Compared to most animated pilots, The Rhino and the Oxpecker is a relatively inexpensive project. Thanks to the streamlined rendering and rigging processes developed whilst making Breathing Space, we are animating at fast rate without sacrificing quality.   

To get this project off the ground, we are starting with a goal of $17,000 (Canadian) to develop a 2 to 4 minute animated short, that would serve as a proof of concept for the project.  

Our first stretch goal of $24,000 (Canadian), will allow us to create the extended cut of the pilot, which would be an approximately 6-8 minute episode.  

The second stretch goal posted at $30,000 Canadian will allow us to hire some extra freelancing help, most likely help with audio/music composition or background painting, depending on how the production phase of the process goes.  

At the moment we have already done a sizeable chunk of pre-production work, which has allowed us to keep the project at a lower cost. So far The Rhino and the Oxpecker has completed many pieces of concept art and characters designs, and many characters and sets have been modelled and rigged. A story has been outlined and boards have been started. So far the project is going very smoothly, and with your help, we are very excited to take it to the next level.

Rewards Chart
Rewards Chart

 Financial backing of any amount will be greatly appreciated, and will go a long way towards making this pilot a reality. If you can’t provide any financial support, you can still help us out by sharing the project with your friends and on social media. If you’re interested in following our progress, we regularly post work on the director's social media: https://twitter.com/ArtOfAlexH    

Thanks for taking the time to check us out. We’re very excited to keep moving forward with this, and we hope we can count on your support.

Risks and challenges

Animation isn't easy, I won't lie. There's a lot of work involved and a lot to coordinate. Fortunately, this isn't my first time doing it. This will be the fourth animated short that I have developed, the most recent film “Breathing Space”, was made on a similar budget and time frame. And because this entire project is digital media and we already have access to the necessary tools and software, the only costs needed to be covered are for labor. With a team of people who have experience working on productions for Disney, Netflix, Amazon, and more, I am confident that we can not just repeat success, but take our work to the next level.

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