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A choose-your-own-adventure style, animated comic to be published online

Tell Me A Story... :interactive, animated, sci-fi experience

Below is a rough "gameplay demo" video demonstrating how you, the reader will interact with characters once this project is funded and complete.

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Tell Me A Story... will address many subject matters and as such it is not intended for young children and/or anyone that objects to comic/animated violence, sex, and drug use.

Check back often between now and Jan 5 for updates to this Kickstarter project. For other examples of concept art, animations, and sample pages take a look at the links below.

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PROJECT
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Tell Me A Story... is an experience that will combine the interactivity of a video-game with the storytelling medium of a web-comic to provide the reader with a unique, immersive and evolving epic. Seamlessly incorporating both still and animated panels within a single page, Tell Me A Story... will be presented as an HTML5 based website, with audio accompaniment. Tell Me A Story... will give you the reader, control of the central character's movements and choices as they make their way through bizarre 3D environments populated by alien beings. It's the Mass Effect trilogy meets Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The story will unfold through your interactions/relationships with the other beings you encounter while moving through the environments of the Fractalverse. Each encounter with a character will take the reader to a new environment, animation, or short comic. 

I created this Kickstarter project because I've taken the concepts and stories I've developed as far as I can on my own. To make my vision for  the Tell Me A Story... experience a reality I will need support from many other people, including you.

With your support and funding my team and I will be able to expand upon the concepts and designs I've created, develop elements and content for the "Art of Tell Me A Story..." print book and complete the Tell Me A Story... website. The site will be free for all and it will feature 10 web-comics with animation, 8 unique fractal flame environments featuring original art/animation, and audio tracks. The site will host comics, art, and animation by several artists, laying the foundation for a broader community of contributing artists in the future, and highlighting the multitude of possibilities in this choose-your-own-adventure experience.


STORY
Ultimately "Tell Me A Story..." is about our interactions with others and how they shape us.
Ultimately "Tell Me A Story..." is about our interactions with others and how they shape us.

In Tell Me A Story...you are the central character. You will explore the Fractalverse and attempt to form relationships with the beings around you. Individual stories and those part of the greater continuity guiding Tell Me A Story... are revealed by the choices you make when interacting with these characters.

In "Tell Me A Story..." you take on the role of the central character. Directing their path as they explore the past and prepare for the journey beyond the Fractalverse.
In "Tell Me A Story..." you take on the role of the central character. Directing their path as they explore the past and prepare for the journey beyond the Fractalverse.

You have a passion for exploration, your curiosity is boundless, and you are a stranger in a strange land. You cannot speak with those around you; these beings communicate through thought, memories, and imagery. You are not like those around you; aliens of many shapes and sizes surround you, but none are like you. You live in a space that has no known equivalent; the Fractalverse is an ethereal existence bursting with the possibility of one's imagination, and void of the physical realities that give possibility form.

The stories/interactions of this first chapter are designed to introduce the reader to the Fractalverse and the strange rules that govern the behavior of it's occupants.

The Fractalverse is populated by many alien beings, mostly "Greys", who are fleeing a destructive force unlike anything seen before in time.
The Fractalverse is populated by many alien beings, mostly "Greys", who are fleeing a destructive force unlike anything seen before in time.

You and the others are trespassers in this universe; refugees fleeing a power that swept your universe with wanton wrath. You were found, alone and raised by one of the refugees. You will learn this history, and experience most of the story through the memories shared between yourself and the individual characters you approach. The reader will experience making friends, engaging lovers, and coming across a few folks who don't much care for your character at all.

Some stories will stand alone, others will be a piece within the overall story-arch I've developed. The reader's choices will have an affect on the pace and means by which that arc is revealed. 

WELCOME

Early concept design of the  Fractalverse
Early concept design of the Fractalverse


Hi everyone. My name is Damien Lopez and I'm an artist with several years of professional experience as an animator, character designer, and storyboard artist. As a young child I learned to draw by copying my favorite comic and cartoon characters. My imagination was stirred by shows like Unsolved Mysteries, Amazing Stories, and Quantum Leap. I longed to embark on my journey and face the unknown like I read about in the Odyssey, Journey to the West, and the Redwall series.

In 2006 I left my home of 26 years, New Jersey, to travel the US in a van I purchased. It was an amazing time that challenged and amazed me. I saw things I had only known through TV and books, and a few I'd never imagined. I met people from all walks of life; some reminded me of people back home, while many others stood alone. It was at that time, when I was the stranger in strange lands, that I truly appreciated my home, my connections, and the lessons learned from my past.

My experiences while traveling inspired me to create this story, and the muses of my youth have guided it's evolution. I've utilized the skill-sets I've acquired over time to bring Tell Me A Story... to it's current state of development. I'm excited to present my concept to you and I appreciate your time and consideration.

PRODUCTION

Bizarre characters and unique environments make "Tell Me A Story..." a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience
Bizarre characters and unique environments make "Tell Me A Story..." a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience

Tell Me A Story... is a passion project of mine and I've dedicated several years to developing the story, concepts, characters and more for this epic tale about exploration, relationships, and self discovery. In order to bring my concepts to fruition I need support from other visual artists, programmers, musicians, and YOU!

I plotted the original story for "Tell Me A Story..." by drawing sketches of my ideas in notebooks.
I plotted the original story for "Tell Me A Story..." by drawing sketches of my ideas in notebooks.

Funding this project means you will be supporting me in creating the first 10 stories of this unique Sci-Fi, choose-your-own-adventure comic to be presented as a website. Tell Me A Story... will introduce the public to a new storytelling experience that combines the open-world format of a video-game with the medium of web-comics, utilizing non-verbal communication, animation, and the readers own choices.  Your financial support will go towards hiring exceptional illustrators, animators, musicians, fractal artists, and programmers who are committed to bringing you a one-of-a-kind adventure.

This project, when funded, will take approximately 2 months to complete and the finished site will be an immersive environment featuring animated characters and backgrounds, sounds and music, and different outcomes based on choices you make while reading the story. To bring all these elements together requires a great deal of coordination, time, and the talent of several impassioned artists.

I'm proud to say that I've put together an amazingly talented line-up to breath life into Tell Me A Story... . Click on the names to view art, animation, and more by this incredible team!

THE TEAM

Say hello to the team! Click on the names to view more examples of their work.

Damien Lopez - Creator/Director/Illustrator/Animator/Storyteller
Damien Lopez - Creator/Director/Illustrator/Animator/Storyteller
Morgan Sheffield - Illustrator/Animator/Storyteller
Morgan Sheffield - Illustrator/Animator/Storyteller
Temris Ridge - Illustrator/Animator
Temris Ridge - Illustrator/Animator
Arcane - Fractal Artist
Arcane - Fractal Artist
Taylor Libonati - HTML5 Programmer/Website Architect/App Specialist
Taylor Libonati - HTML5 Programmer/Website Architect/App Specialist
Danny Homan - Writer
Danny Homan - Writer

BUDGET

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Approximately $18,000 has been budgeted for the production of additional content for the "Art of Tell Me A Story..." softcover book, elements and stories with multiple outcomes and the finished site. This amount allows me to pay competitive rates for the musicians, animators, programmers, etc. I'd like to work with on this project. It is important to the success of Tell Me A Story... that I'm able to provide a supportive working environment, and part of that environment is offering my team a financially appealing opportunity.

$5,000 has been budgeted for the printing, publishing, and shipping of the various incentive items, as well as covering taxes and fees resulting from the successful funding of this campaign.

Another $2,000 has been budgeted for advertising and promotion of the completed site.

Rewards

Level 2 backers can be transformed into an alien!
Level 2 backers can be transformed into an alien!
Mockups for the pocket-sized art book and blank sketchbook.
Mockups for the pocket-sized art book and blank sketchbook.
Backers of Levels 2, 3, and 4 get original concept art signed by the artist and creator, Damien Lopez.
Backers of Levels 2, 3, and 4 get original concept art signed by the artist and creator, Damien Lopez.
Backers of Levels 2, 3, and 4 get original concept art signed by the artist and creator, Damien Lopez.
Backers of Levels 2, 3, and 4 get original concept art signed by the artist and creator, Damien Lopez.
Backers of Levels 2, 3, and 4 get original concept art signed by the artist and creator, Damien Lopez.
Backers of Levels 2, 3, and 4 get original concept art signed by the artist and creator, Damien Lopez.
Level 4 backers will have their alien used as a background character, and recieve a colored print and digital copy of the drawing.
Level 4 backers will have their alien used as a background character, and recieve a colored print and digital copy of the drawing.

FUTURE PROJECTS

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This is the first of several Kickstarter projects that will focus on developing and expanding the Tell Me A Story... experience. Future Kickstarters will see your character move beyond the Fractalverse, meet new beings and develop more relationships while going deeper into the meta-storyline. The Tell Me A Story... site, too, will evolve into a community based project that would allow readers to interact with each other as well as contribute their own stories to the greater arch. 

Work in Progress. Future projects will have your character exploring new dimensions beyond the Fractalverse, and meeting even stranger beings.
Work in Progress. Future projects will have your character exploring new dimensions beyond the Fractalverse, and meeting even stranger beings.

Should we exceed our Kickstarter goal for this project my team and I will begin working immediately on one, several or all of these concepts:

-providing more incentives to backers, new and old

-creating Tell Me A Story... apps and versions of the site to be viewed on mobile devices

-creating new characters, environments, and stories

-expanding choices and outcomes

-incorporating fan-generated stories into the site and overall canon of ...

-adapting Tell Me A Story... for print

-adapting the site into a community-based, multi-media experience

-much, much more...

THANK YOU! for taking the time to read through my project. I welcome your feedback, questions, and support. If this project has intrigued you in any way please share it.

Early concept art for "Tell Me A Story..."
Early concept art for "Tell Me A Story..."

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Some of the potential issues this project may face:

Technical issues/Compatibility of different technologies - I'm an artist with a limited understanding of the technology behind programming or other nuts and bolts that make-up the infrastructure of the internet. I also spend every possible moment working on "Tell Me A Story..." so I'm often behind on recent technologies. These factors have contributed greatly to "Tell Me A Story..."s slow development and it is for that reason I've sought the aid of the technologically hip Taylor Libonati and Arcane. Taylor's expertise in HTML5 programming and Arcane's ability to create mind-expanding 3D visuals will guarantee that all the elements are brought together properly to elevate "Tell Me A Story..." beyond a comic, video-game, or website.

Animations/Time - Producing even a few seconds of quality animation requires a great deal of time and focus. These two elements can be in short supply when writing, conceptualizing, drawing, coloring, revising, pitching, marketing, etc. I require the support of talented animators and illustrators who can create still and animated elements of the highest caliber. Enter Morgan Sheffield and Temris Ridge. They are true storytellers with the skill-sets to bring "Tell Me A Story..." to life.

Music/Audio - I know many talented musicians and producers who are interested in being a part of "Tell Me A Story...". As part of the overall experience of the "Fractalverse" I hope to have my team create sounds that are engaging and evocative. An example of the kind of audio presentation I'd like to incorporate into "Tell Me A Story..." can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/acornavi/robert-wilson-crickets-audio

Over the past couple of years I've developed a strong, supportive network of friends and contacts while pursuing many creative avenues. I've found success putting together live events that draw large crowds through my JerseyBoyPDX presentations(for photos from my live events go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jersey_Boy_PDX/314110712051271…). I've made a place for myself where I can focus on this project and making my vision a reality. Should any of my team be unable to continue working on "Tell Me A Story..." I know several other individuals who have the talent and interest to support the project's success.

All issues and updates regarding the progress of "Tell Me A Story..."s development will be disclosed to those backers eligible for regular updates. You will also be able to follow the project's progress here: www.interactiveanimatedscifi.blogspot.com

I've developed the concepts, characters, and storyline of ... through many intensely adverse life situations, and it takes a great deal of time and focus to make even a minimal amount of progress when working alone. Through Kickstarter and with your support I'm able to produce the product of my dreams for a public ready for something new and exciting, with a dream team of talented individuals.

Thank you once again :)

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