New Addition to the team: Propmaker Anthony Pearce
What sets League of Legends apart from other MOBAs like DOTA 2 and HON? It is the lore and character stories that tie the world together. We want to bring this lore to life and add to an amazing community. We have an idea of a web series based on the established lore that would expand upon the relationships and actions of the characters while also incorporating popular assets from the game.
There would be no “new” lore, as we understand the implications of fans trying to write out lore without the advisement of Riot. This would complement existing stories and bring them to life. This project would be the foundation for a web series, starting with this pilot full of high quality costumes, great effects and a film-level budget. This is an estimated 5-7 minute video to act as a pilot. Not a full 22 min episode.
NOTE: Page will be consistently updated over the next few weeks as we bring you more news on who is joining us and all the amazing opportunities ahead, so stay tuned!
Hasn't this been done before?
Now this is not the first time something like this has been attempted, and that is why we are pulling out all the stops. And to reach our goal, we will need your help.
Riot is always looking to innovate and find new avenues to promote the game and connect with fans. With the recent release of the Twist of Fate cinematic, the positive feedback and chatter for a champion-based web series was significant. A live-action adaptation with that focuses on costumes and effects is more practical and cost effective versus a CG series. The success of other video game web series, such as Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, Helljumpers, and Mortal Kombat: Legacy, show that it is possible to successfully adapt a video game into a web series and convey stories of their universe.
The episode format, length, and story composition can go a number of ways. We would love to make at least 10 minute episodes focuses on the Champion’s past, their relationships, and how they came to the League of Legends, all using already established lore as not to conflict with Riot’s creative direction. If we have any chance of working with Riot in the future, we want it to be as easy as possible for them. This pilot would be the foundation for a future web series.
For this series we have a pilot script ready, which focuses on characters and a small fight scene (estimated 3-6 min video), and uses basic lore already established. We have access to all the right equipment, special effect editors, have contracted professional costume designers to create high quality costumes that include metalwork and prop design. We also have illustrators working on concept art and storyboards, and are in contact with actor guilds. There are a number of growing options that are all benefitting you, the fan and hopeful supporter of the project!
The pilot has to do with Diana and Leona confronting each other, and is a prologue to what the series can become. Here is a brief synopsis:
“Hearing news of Diana’s consideration to becoming the next champion for the League of Legends, Leona heads into the forest to confront her adversary. Deep in the wilderness, Leona and Diana confront one another, wielding all the power they have to defeat the other. When Leona finally gains the upper hand she must choose between killing Diana before she kills more like the Solari, or saving the one she loves.”
Here is an excerpt from the script!
"EXT. FOREST - MORNING
A heavy mist lays over the silent forest, LEONA cautiously
walks through the mist, her sword and shield at the ready.
The trees CREAK and RUSTLE.
Leona stops in a clearing, looks around, silence. A pale
light flies out from the shadows. Leona kneels down,
blocking the attack with her shield.
DIANA: Come to stop me again have you?
Leona slowly stands. Diana stands across from her.
LEONA: I will not let you do this. Not
while I still have strength enough
Leona swings her sword, a bright light shoots from the tip,
flying towards Diana. It hits Diana, teleporting Leona
Leona reappears in front of Diana and swings, but Diana
blocks the attack and hits Leona down. Leona kneels from the
blow as Diana rests her sword on Leona’s neck.
DIANA: The League has made you rusty.
LEONA: You just remember from last time...
DIANA: As do you, so we are on equal
footing. But even a rock is
eventually worn down by water. You
can’t stand in my way forever.
Leona pushes Diana back as she stands. Leona and Diana stare
each other down. Diana swings her blade, sending out another
pale light, arching at Leona. It hits, Diana teleports
forward. Leona blocks Diana’s attack with her shield and
Leona swings at Diana. Diana snaps out of it and rolls away
before Leona’s blow hits her. Diana forces Leona to her,
activating her shield. Leona activates her shield.
Leona advances. Diana’s magical orbs explode as they hit
Leona. Diana’s shield rejuvenates as Leona’s magical shield
explodes, dissipating Diana’s shield. The forest is bathed
in light. The two exchange blows. Diana is pushed back to a tree.
EXT. FOREST - DAY
Leona swings hard. Diana ducks under the attack, rolls to
DIANA: Why must we fight one another
Leona. You are a pawn of those
fools who worship an idol that
blinds them to the truth. Do you
not see it?
LEONA: I have always suspected it, but
that does not give you
justification to kill the Solari;
DIANA: They are no more my people then
they are right in their beliefs.
You are not even one of them, and
yet you still protect them like a
mother to a child.
LEONA: I may not be one of them, but they
chose me to be their protector, and
in doing so, gave purpose to my
life. Whatever they may have done
to us, I will protect them.
Diana’s eyes narrow, her hand tightens around her sword.
Leona looks saddened.
Diana, please, stop this madness. We were once so close.
DIANA: I once believed you were on my
side. But now...
LEONA: Diana, please...
EXT. FOREST - DAY/SHROUDED IN DARKNESS
Diana spreads her arms, energy bursts from her. The sky goes
dark, the shadows in the forest grow. Leona stands in the
only patch of sunlight. "
If we get enough funding, we have plans to extend the episode and even make a full episode. The full episode explores their pasts and relationship together, and the pilot deals with their initial confrontation of Diana joining the Institute of War. Depending on future funding, the format will be 6-10 minute episodes, or 15-20 minute episodes, each focusing on a new set of character’s relationship.
The hardest part in our venture is communicating that we are not just fans with an idea. We are fans who are professionals in our field, who love LoL and would like to create something new. Making videos is a daily part of our lives and we want to connect with fans and help make this a reality.
Michael Campitiello is a writer and filmmaker who has two years of industry experience in directing and screenwriting and almost ten years of studying the art of writing and novel making. “I have always felt that story is the driving force of all entertainment, and League of Legends has proven that by standing out amongst other MOBA’s. The lore has so much potential to be more than just a game.” He has directed and written many shorts, been actively apart of two features, and has had a screenplay accepted into a film festival.
Josh Kotoff is a Producer and YouTube strategist working towards his ambitious goals of new types of Youtube content and Youtube channels, and bringing to life web series online. Specialized in marketing and SEO, he has years of experience in competitive markets. He manages several web series and Hollywood-based YouTube channels, and oversees film festival projects. Josh is never one to shy away from a challenge. He spends his “free time” working on his other web series or collecting Bionicles. Josh is a student at Cal State Fullerton and is double majoring in Business Administration and Finance.
Koltin Sullivan got his start making videos for Laura Marano (Austin & Ally) and David Dorfman (The Ring). He carries the vision and passion, mostly due to his mentor David Presley (Gangster Squad, There Will Be Blood) that gives him professional lighting, story-telling and other film-making advice. As a writer, editor, director, producer, cinematographer and musician, he has a unique mind that works to consider all aspects when at work. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Economics from Cal State Fullerton.
Anthony Pearce: A creative force of nature, Anthony is equally at home at the drawing table or on a film set. An accomplished writer/illustrator, his broad skillset allows him to remain hands-on any project from concept to completion. Anthony has successfully taken multiple projects from an idea stage, scripted, pre-vized with storyboards and conceptuals, physically constructed props, costumes, and sets, art directed, directed, and revised elements in post.
A graduate of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, he holds a certificate from the Kubert school of cartooning. A former comic book penciler and journalist for Wizard, The Comics Magazine, Anthony’s background in comics and gaming has made him a frequent consultant for Disney and Sony’s comics based film properties.
His work in practical fx and art direction have earned him nominations for both an AVN award and an Emmy.
His clients include Adult Swim, Coca-Cola, Discovery, FOX, Harley Davidson, HBO, National Geographic, Warner Brothers, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Anthony has designed and constructed superhero/villain costumes, body armor, weapons, masks, earthquake sets, and alien pods. He has built Tron costumes for Disney, conceptualized deaths for Saw 2 and 3, and helped construct animatronic sharks for Discovery. For examples of his work, check out his Film Resume and DeviantArt.
So how are you pulling this off?
With a good sized budget and our film expertise, we plan to do everything we can to bring elements from the game to life. Everything from props to effects, we are looking forward to provide you with an amazing video.
We have commissioned props and armor to be made, and are working with costume designers to get high quality costumes made. They have to be as accurate as possible to help the look and feel relate to the game and will be quite costly. Each coming to $1,500-$2,000, not including the weapons. But, if you want it done right, you are going to have to spend some money. The last thing we want are our favorite champions up on the big screen in cheesy cosplays. The good news is that if this pilot is successful, we can begin production on the Leona and Diana episode for a lot cheaper since the costumes will already be done. Half of the budget is literally costume and props, and you can be sure to see them at upcoming cons and Riot events! Now these are not metal costumes. Sorry, but we were a bit over-ambitious in our pitch. We are working with prop-makers to create high quality costumes like professional cosplayers use. With weathering and texture effects, these pieces of armor will look just like the real thing.
Here are the costume design of the characters, and we will be updating you backers with progress on the costumes. Leona and the Summoner are complete, Diana's sketch is in progress.
Visual effects are the cornerstone of the film next to the costumes. This can make or break a fan film from being an impressive live action video, to lens flares in a park. We have visual effects artists on board, along with 3D animators and special effect artists to help bring aspects of the game to life. From amazing spell effects to the use of CG models to perform complicated stunts, we are prepared.
With the successful funding of this project and it’s completion it will show Riot that the fans want something more than just a game; we want to experience our favorite champions stories and their lives before joining the League of Legends. This is something to get the fans involved and give the chance to everyone to help create something amazing. If you ever wanted to be a part of something big, now is your chance because we can’t do it without you!
Cost is the main concern, and here we have a rough breakdown of the budget to create this pilot. The biggest expense is the costumes and props, which can be used in future episodes and will reduce cost in the long run. We are pulling in all our favors and connections to make this video a success, so the numbers may differ from what you think it would actually cost.
Costumes and Props: $7,500 (including weapons, armor, and accessories)
Effects Budget: $1,500
On-site Costs: $1,400
Kickstarter fees: $750
Amazon fees: $750
Perk Budget: $1,000
Please note: This is a passion project for the most part by fans. The budget items with *'s next to them are explained here. For equipment: we own most of our equipment and have connections with studios that we work out to get a lot of other supplies we need for free or at a great discount. For the actors and crew budget, most of the crew is working for free, and we are working our pricing with actresses to fit the budget.
More info to come in the budget. We are completely transparent and want you to know where your money is going. Making a top-notch LoL video will be a challenge, but we want to be the first to beat that challenge and show how fans can create something amazing when we all come together.
For your generous pledges, check out our ever-growing perk list for you!
We have some great perks lined up for you summoners and have
a lot more planned to add to the list if this campaign goes well.
$5: A thank you in the credits. This is a video by the fans
and we want to show how many of you made this happen
$10: Receive a PDF version of the script
$25: HD download of the final video
$35: Access to the Production Diary
$50: DVD with all updates and behind the scenes, plus an
invite to the online screening
$80: Receive an exclusive art print! (pictures of art prints
$110: Get a LoL Champions T-Shirt. Choose from a number of
designs (shirt options coming soon)
$200: Any non-legendary skin or a champion of your choice
and all exclusive LoL Champions computer wallpapers
$300: Any skin of your choice, all exclusive computer
wallpapers, and a signed photo from the LoL Champion photo-shoot, and a drawing of your favorite champion by one of our illustrators
$550: Get the LoL Champion’s Lorebook. Full of pictures,
notes, the script, and more bound in a single book. Also receive Leona and Diana’s
$1,000: Be invited to the official screening (local only),
get a chance to be involved in the production (local only), ANY skin, ANY
champion/champion bundle, and a piece of LoL merchandise
$3,000: Associate Producer credit and sneak peak perks
$5,000 Executive Producer credit, and open-door policy
Even more perks are in development for all you
Face-off against a Pro-team
If we pass our mark, here are some of the goals we’d like to hit to make the video better:
20k: Duration is increased and has upgraded effects, and perk bonus, Cinematic intro included
25k: Guaranteed full a minimum of a 7 minute video with amazing effects and custom song by an orchestra
30k: Perk bonus for you summoners out there and we can either extend the video more, or get some teaser work done on the next video,
40k: We can shoot the full episode (15-20min) of Diana and Leona, and include a look at the next episode.
If you can donate, great! We got some awesome perks for you! If you can’t, no worries. We ask that you at least do some of these things to help:
Give this a share on your facebook/twitter and help us spread the word by using the button below the video
Submit this to Summoner Showcase (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tell your favorite YouTube personalities or pro gamer!
Please email this to a blog you know or favorite site!
Help us get the word out that this is happening and we are going to make it amazing! A project for the fans, by the fans, and hopefully will lead to something bigger.
To sum it up, film-making is a crazy business. So much can go wrong from schedules to cost, and we are on a timeline. If we wait too long, the holiday season kicks in and our locations cost double to film in. Everything from casting, to contracts, to weather can stall the process. We have faced many of these problems before, and will do our best to get through every challenge we face.
To our knowledge, nothing on this level has been done for League of Legends by the fans. At its core, this is a fan project created by the fans, inspired by the fans, and ultimately brought to life because of the fans. To all of you out there in the LoL community, we hope you will join us in our effort to bring these champions to life!
Risks and challenges
The hardest part in our venture is communicating that we are not just fans with an idea. We are fans who are professionals in our field, who love LoL and would like to create something new. The idea also has to coincide with Riot’s direction and we have to make sure we are not writing any new lore.
The bottom line: We and our idea have to stand out as a viable option for Riot.
One of the biggest challenges is writing these episodes and having to keep in line with currently published lore, so we do not create any new lore of our own. Michael is an extremely talented writer and has done amazing things with what is available. Keeping the writing leveled to lore is very important so that assimilation with Riot can be seamless.
The next issue is one of maintaining the atmosphere of the world of Runeterra. From locations to gameplay, these are just some of the challenges we face in this ambitious project. Visual Effects are costly but can be manageable with some creative camera angles and scenes.
There is the fear that Riot may reject our idea. That it may not fit within their current company direction or perhaps they need complete creative control over it. Whatever happens we want to at least contribute to an amazing community and give every fan the chance to help out making a Live-Action LoL Web series. If this gets popular enough, you can be sure we will create episodes whether Riot helps out or not!
So please help us spread the work and share this project!
Thank you everyone and please help us spread the word. Its you fans who make the difference!
If all goes well with the funding and our estimates from the prop makers and costume designers, we plan on starting as soon as the campaign ends. It will then take 1.5-2 months to finish most if the props/costumes, and will be pushed to film in December because then the rates of the cabins we are staying at jump up due to the holidays.
We are working on a tight budget, and do have some funds to spare, mainly looking for deals to help with perks or digital effects. It would be a discounted rate, but we would pay what we could if its within the budget
We plan on updating the page weekly with news and hopefully new rewards. We are working on several other types of perks just for you. And let's cross our fingers if this gains steam and some sponsors give is merch!
We have a good number of champions and their episodes outlined, one tidbit we can give you is a episode about Caityn and Vi in "Pitlover's Finest', and even an episode that explores Lux and Ezreal's relationship.
We were a tad over-ambitious in the initial script, but are working with costume makers to create armor that looks metal. Professional cosplayers use it all the time by strengthening molds with bondo and adding a combination of weathering and texture effects to make it appear metal.
Riot has taken an open approach to most fan projects about League of Legends and do not oppose the creation of fan projects as long as people are not exploited or a profit is made off of their intellectual property.
That being said, we do not plan to make any profit off of this video. We aim to make it at a standard Riot is willing to accept and host on their channel/site.