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The Voice UndergroundBy The Voice Underground
First created
The Voice UndergroundBy The Voice Underground
First created
$660
pledged of $6,600pledged of $6,600 goal
16
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 20 2014 2:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

Storybook Racket grew out of a simple idea - "What does it sound like when a big time mafia boss reads a bedtime story?"  What would he do when someone stole his porridge?  How would a mafioso define a "happy ending"?

As voice artists and storytellers we started with this premise and brought our sense of humor, our talents and wacky ideas, to create Storybook Racket. We've worked on the story, script, character design, voice overs and animation for over a year now, with plans to finish it with your help here on Kickstarter.

Refining the story details
Refining the story details

This teaser of Storybook Racket is a slice of a longer cartoon. When it's fully complete, our animated short will be about five minutes long, with an opening scene that involves a Sherman tank, a mountain of candy, and references to nuclear fission. Fugeddaboudit.

The Boss and Vinny want a piece of the storybook action
The Boss and Vinny want a piece of the storybook action

Your support will grant us the resources we need to finish this project. If this campaign succeeds, the funding generated will allow us to pay for:  

  • Execution of character and background designs
  • Animation and effects
  • Sound elements and sound engineering
  • Additional professional resources

Storybook Racket features:

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Risks and challenges

We have dozens of ideas we want to bring to life. Even "Storybook Racket" started as a 10 minute script. Some of the hardest work was paring it down to a 5 minute script and then making it into a two minute teaser.

As a team we were conscious of how much this work load demanded of us, with organization and follow-through in mind. A lot of beautiful work into this. We want to produce a funny animated short, but must stay within an indie budget and schedule. We'd like to bring on board the right people for some of the incredibly complex work it is to do an animated story right.

Which means less control! 

*Inhale, paper bag, breathe, breathe. Breathe*

We worry about burnout. We've sunk a lot of our own time and money into this and other, yet-to-be-revealed, projects. You see the result with your own eyes. We are passionate and love what we do. That's the only reason we do it. We're proud of our work and wish to see it completed for everyone to see.

We have been at this first cartoon for over 8 months with the plan to bring it to you on Kickstarter. This is with meeting only twice a month in person, and using email, Skype, and smoke signals in between. It's amazing and it's exciting how much we have accomplished, and how fortunate we are to work with one another, but finding our pace and strategy for work load has been a challenge.

We overcome this by taking breaks to rebuild our passion for voice over and comedy. As working voice artists we audition constantly, take classes together, get up in front of any open mic to perform stand-up comedy, workshop other ideas, go see shows, stand in a wonder woman posture and let the wind blow in our hair, whatever it takes to put fuel into our drive.

Our life's dream is to work as character voice artists, and we're making it happen. To stay refreshed however, we have to put this baby down from time to time.

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    A screensaver (Windows and Mac compatible only) based on the animated short, downloadable when the project is complete.

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    Downloadable (PDF) copy of the script and storyboard of the full animated short (available when the project is complete)!

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    You'll receive a limited edition printed 4X6 inch production still from the animation, signed and numbered by the creators of Storybook Racket (available when the project is complete).

    For those of you who are wondering, a production still would be a full color image with characters from the short.

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    You'll receive a t-shirt with a cool Storybook Racket themed design on the front and the names of those who contributed $200 or more on the back (that means your name, too!). Available when the project is complete.

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    Download an original song, sung by the characters from the animated short in MP3 format (available when the project is complete). Cool huh?

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    As promised in our pitch video, your name will be included in the credits. You'll also receive the t-shirt, production still and song mentioned in the rewards brackets above (all available when the project is complete).

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    You and a friend are invited to hang out with us, in studio, to attend a recording session for Storybook Racket and of course, your name will be included in the credits! You'll also receive a t-shirt, a production still, and an MP3 of an original song sung by the characters from the animated short. Travel is not included, but we will take you and your friend out to lunch! Recording session subject to The Voice Underground's studio availability. Rewards backer and friend must attend at the same time. All other rewards available when the project is complete.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    You will be a guest voice on Storybook Racket! We will write a cameo character with dialogue into the script for you. What's more, you'll receive voice direction in the studio to ensure you are proud of your performance!

    Want to bring a friend along as a witness? Sure! You'll have someone to back you up when you brag to your other friends!

    Your name will also be included in the credits of the short and you'll receive a t-shirt, a production still and get an original song, sung by the characters from the animated short in MP3 format (all available when the project is complete).

    Travel is not included, but we will take you and your friend out to lunch! Recording session subject to The Voice Underground's availability. Rewards backer and friend must attend at the same time.

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Funding period

- (30 days)