“It was the height of an Age of Glories, when magic was
common place and adventure beckoned. Hand in hand, we embarked on a journey to
change the world… Now, at last, our
story can be told.”
Hello Kickstarter! My name is Michael Winn and I would like to present to you The ARMSmasters Project!
is a high octane action-fantasy
adventure set in a world of magic, super powered martial arts, adventure
fun. It follows the adventures and day to day life of a hot shot
mercenary who goes by the callsign of Riot. It tells the story of his
growth and maturity as he and his allies learn lessons of loyalty,
heroism and faith while engaging in a growing struggle over
exceptionally powerful magical
weapons known as The Empyrean ARMS.
ARMSmasters is inspired by
action anime, western superhero animations and comics, manga and gaming. It explores the relationships and dynamics of a group of characters as they
rely on one another to survive thrilling adventures in a world where magic Is a
common thing and superhuman warriors dot the landscape and engage in mythic
deeds. Action, drama and humor are all elements here and we know that there
will be something in The ARMSmasters Project for everyone.
We've come to Kickstarter to seek help in amassing the funds to
enable us to complete our pilot animation. Our purpose with this pilot is multi-fold. It will:
Serve as an introduction to The ARMSmasters world and those who inhabit it.
Act as the first piece in what is envisioned as a series of short animated films.
Be included in the arsenal of creative material we have assembled for our pitch to networks such as The Hub, Disney XD, Cartoon Network and online distributors
Be entered into film festivals world wide and serve to help expose The ARMSmasters Project to a wider audience.
The origin of The ARMSmasters Project lies in my senior
thesis when I attended the College for Creative Studies in Detroit
Michigan. I received the Artistic Achievement Award in 2008 with the
creation of the original short film but found myself constantly returning to this world as a working professional. I discovered that I could not let these characters go and
that a story was bubbling up that needed to be shared with others.
Two years ago, myself and several others banded together to form a collective to aid in the creation of new intellectual properties and the continued pursuit of developing Entertainment Arts animation in Southeastern Michigan. After several favorable reviews from contacts within the networks based out west, it was decided to truly flesh out ARMSmasters. Fast forwarding to now - we are ready to present it to a wider audience but we need your help.
We have worked very
diligently on it in all capacities even as far as producing a proof of concept
animated teaser, numerous animation tests, storyboards, concept art pieces, 3d
animation tests, and more – but we’ve come about as far as we can without
needing to seek investment and funding to complete our dream and bring the
pilot to life.
The ARMSmasters Project is intended as a 2d animation action
adventure in the tradition of exciting shows such as The Legend of Korra ,The
Last Airbender, Young Justice, and
others. Our dedication to quality and excellence means that it will take time
and effort to truly handcraft both the pitch and the full series into something special. For this to happen we truly need your
support. We’ve set a goal for raising at
least $25,000 on Kickstarter. This money will be used for several purposes.
To pay our animators and our artists. The primary purpose of the fund raising is for projected costs of animation.Although
our team members have donated an incalculable amount of time and artistic
talent to bring us to this point - in order to truly complete this project we
will need funding. This funding will not only enable us to support a very tight
knit small team but it will also allow us to utilize student animators, giving
them an opportunity to be exposed to a production effort and the animation
Film Festival Costs: Most film festivals have entry fees and
require submitted packages. By funding us you will enable us to be able to
comfortably submit to film festivals locally and abroad.
Sound Design: At present we have scratch tracks in play to convey a mood and a sense of timing and tone. We will need to develop music as well as account for sound libraries and voice over work.
Supplies, Licenses, Etc: Although the majority of our supplies and programming needs have already been covered out of pocket, extra funding will enable us to more comfortably attend to needs and emergencies as they arise.
Thank you so much for taking the time out to read this pitch. We look forward to sharing the plethora of work and development already done for The ARMSmasters Project over the upcoming weeks.
In addition to updates here - we have several ways for you to stay up to date on our progress and we will be adding more:
First, thank you for your kind words! We've gotten quite a few messages like that over the past few days and I take great pleasure in answering each one directly so please don't stop sending them. However, hopefully this faq will answer some universal questions.
At present our current principle characters for the short are cast. Depending on how things go on Kickstarter we will be expanding this cast and also we will need additional voices and sound work for crowds, secondary characters and other such things. In the near future, once things are more stable,we will be sending out audition packets to everyone involved and interested so we can best gauge the talent we have access to and who can fit where! Continue to contact us with questions and to let us know you are out there and we will do our best but it is VERY important that you also Back us because without your backing we won't reach our goal and will be forced to postpone our larger plans.
As stated in the pitch video, the plan for ARMSmasters is to utilize the funding to support local animators and student animators within the immediate artistic community in Michigan. That said if you are an animator who wants to contribute please still reach out to us because we want to network and the more artistic help we can wrangle up and have on standby to assist, the better. As above, be sure to also back us as well because without funding, much becomes more difficult.
The same applies here! We've had some wonderful talent reach out to us and we have had talks with people prior to coming onto Kickstarter. Ultimately as the project grows in size we will want to make use of a variety of musical sources. At the immediate moment we are utilizing scratch tracks when necessary and relying on established contacts but again - don't hesitate to contact us if you are a composer because we will be speaking individually with all of our options once we're in a funded position and able to do so. Funding is very important to this process so please be sure to also back us as well.
Would you like to appear in a cartoon? Submit a photo of yourself and we will design a background character in The ARMSmasters Project based on your likeness. This character will appear in a sequence in the pilot and you will also be sent copies of the production art. This plus all of the above.