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Leonardo RamirezBy Leonardo Ramirez
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Leonardo RamirezBy Leonardo Ramirez
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 13 2014 2:43 AM UTC +00:00

About

It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing. But when they uncover an old telescope in their attic, the Castillos are rocketed to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter where they discover a secret that will ignite an era that will forever be known by its strange name . . . Steampunk!

Hello Friends!

My name is Leonardo Ramirez and I’m the author of the Children’s Steampunk Book Series, The Jupiter ChroniclesIt's been a blast to write and I’m so very grateful to the young (and young at heart) fans that have enjoyed it so far. Still, I have a dream and my hope is that you’ll believe in it enough with me to make it happen.

My dream is to create a STEAMPUNK SPACE EPIC ANIMATED FILM SHORT based on THE JUPITER CHRONICLES!

I’ve teamed with up with the animation studio, Magnetic Dreams who brought you the motion comics Iron Man: Extremis and Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers among other great work.

So What is The Jupiter Chronicles?

THE JUPITER CHRONICLES is an animated film short based on the Steampunk Children's Book Series that YOU can help make happen!

What is Steampunk?

Steam·punk is a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. I like to call it Imagination Powered by Steam! In THE JUPITER CHRONICLES, I've combined epic Science Fiction with Steampunk to create a upbeat fun adventure complete with spaceships called, "Skyrockets" and evil robots called "Doomslayers" among others.

What's the Story of THE JUPITER CHRONICLES?

Ian Castillo is a young boy who, together with his sister Callie, discover their secret; they are the son and daughter of a Jovian king whose world had been subjugated by the evil Lord Phobos of Mars. After a great battle was fought they returned to the steam-powered world of Jupiter where Fireflights and Skyrockets rule the air. Now, as part of the newly reborn Chrono Legion, Ian struggles to find his place in a world powered by steam. The fate of the Jovian Realms are in his hands as he fights against the Martian Doomslayers and seeks to protect Earth from what is to come. A much deeper struggle lies within him. With no father to guide him, Ian desperately searches for the answer to the question he’s been asking himself all of his life.

Why did my father leave me?
Why Did I Write This Story ?
With diversity in mind, the book series was initially created for reluctant readers and kids (like me) who have grown up in poverty, abuse or in a single-parent family. As the project evolved, it quickly became a story for kids of all ages as well as anyone who loves a space epic!

  • Readers grades 3 and up do not have much Science Fiction to choose from. My sweet wife (who is a Children's Librarian) can't keep Jupiter Chronicles on the shelves because kids don't know what to turn to after they've read Magic Treehouse. Kids want to watch what they're reading and trust me, we will keep the books going!
  • Growing up in a single-parent family, I had to endure living in extreme poverty and at one point we were even homeless. The book series is a hope to kids in those circumstances to strive to do their very best and above all, dream and work towards a better future for themselves.
  • Living in a blended family can be a challenge but if you see your new brother or sister as someone unique apart from the circumstances, kids can thrive.
  • I firmly believe in the power of family and what a family can accomplish if they lift each other up.
  • The series represents diverse ethnicities and needs.
  •  Because I love Space Epic Science Fiction and Steampunk! Themed like the old Flash Gordon serials, The Jupiter Chronicles takes readers of the books and watchers of the short to other worlds in steam-powered ships fighting Doomslayers and taking to the skies in Fireflights!
  • There is a definite need for solid identifiable role models even in our characters. 
Who is Making It?

Author/Creator, Leonardo Ramirez                                                         

Leonardo Ramirez is a husband, a father, a Karate instructor with a 3rd degree black belt, and an Author. His first graphic novel, Haven, is a supernatural Young Adult story centered on an ancient war between the Dante family and the nine circles of hell. Haven of Dante was released later as a prose novel. His follow up is a Children’s Steampunk book called The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot to be followed by The Jupiter Chronicles Book Two: The Ice Orphan of GanymedeIt follows the adventure of two children as they are transported to the steam-powered cities of Jupiter, find their long-lost father, stop an attack from Mars, and witness the birth of Steampunk.

President, Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio – Mike founded Magnetic Dreams in 1992 and was a was a frontrunner in utilizing early low cost desktop computers to generate high quality animation.  Mike began to build a team from myriad disciplines to take advantage of the emerging technologies and continues to keep a hand in animation, directing and writing.


Emmy- Award Winning Creative Director - puppeteer, artist, director, performer, writer, and designer. Rickey provides much of the creative fuel for Magnetic Dreams. As a performer, he has starred in Muppets from Space, Dinosaurs (the series), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Jim Henson Hour, and Animal Jam, along with numerous other Henson and Sesame Workshop productions. He learned his trade  working with Jim Henson and Frank Oz. He has written and directed a host of Sesame Street Television and DVD releases for both puppets, animation, and live action, as well as being the Director on  the many of Magnetic Dreams character animations.

Emmy-Award Winning Director of Motion Graphics - Rhea graduated from the University of Auburn, and after working as a medical illustrator and art director, she began working in Motion Graphics in 1982 heading up the graphics department for The Weather Channel. Rhea went on to work under Bill Pittard of Pittard and Sullivan fame creating graphics for Paramount Pictures, ABC, CBS, HBO, Disney, MGM and others. Rhea has won numerous awards for her design and animation including the International BDA Gold Award and seven Emmy Awards.

Emmy-Award Winning Art Director – Michael Lapinski joined the Magnetic Dreams from the NYC animation industry.  Among his career highlights he was art director for Blue’s Clues and color and background lead for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Michael’s Feeding Ground was a critically acclaimed comic published by prestigious Archaia Press and is currently in development as a motion picture.

Publicist and founder of Indie Film Sprites Publicity and Social Media for Film, Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Canterbury. Since founding Indie Film Sprites in April 2014, Indie Film Sprites has assisted with publicity and social media support for the crowdfunding campaigns of independent films like The Mentor, The Rectory, Displacement Welcomed, Hello World, RAIN: A Fan Film About Storm, Kitty's 9 Lives and Arcadia Bay. Indie Film Sprites has also provided additional publicity and social media assistance to recently released The Apostate: Call of the Revenant and Night of the Templar.

The Master Plan
Our plan will follow these simple steps.

  • Make it available to as many festivals as possible.
  • Make the the film short available to channels who will accept a film short.
  • Using the sales numbers obtained from those channels, pitch to undisclosed parties. 
That's it!

Then, we will simply produce more and longer episodes that tie in with the books for you to enjoy as we expand the universe of THE JUPITER CHRONICLES!

Here's the breakdown. . . 
 
Audio Production:
Casting and VO for 4 minute production: $3000
Music Original Score: $2000
Sound Design and Mix: $2000

Preproduction:
Design: $3000
Storyboards/Animatic: $3000

Animation:  
3D backgrounds: $12,500
3D characters – Model, surface and rig: $24,000
Cell animation per minutes: $7,000 - $35,000  
Effects and Composite: $1500 per minute: $7,500  
Major Effects: $6,000  

Kickstarter Fees: $4,900
Credit Card Fees: $4,900
Marketing and Fulfillment: $8000

Total: $115,800.00

I know that sounds like a lot. But know that a good portion of what is produced can be reused for an ongoing series.

Pledge $5 or more

You get a digital DRM-free copy of The Jupiter Chronicles: THE SECRET OF THE GREAT RED SPOT, an exclusive digital Jupiter Chronicles Facebook header, exclusive blog updates on the show's progression and your name on the list of folks to thank on our website! Thank you!

Pledge $15 or more

A download of the digital short! Everything in the previous perks, a PDF of the short script AND JUPITER CHRONICLES media skins!  Thank you!

Now for the really cool stuff!

Pledge $25 or more

KYROCKET PACKAGE: You've discovered a digital book treasure chest! You get DRM-free digital copies of The Secret of the Great Red Spot AND The Ice Orphan of Ganymede. You'll also everything in the previous perks, a PHYSICAL copy of The Secret of the Great Red Spot (unsigned), a SIGNED trading card, your name in the animated short credits for helping to make it happen. Oh . . . and the digital SOUNDTRACK! THANK YOU!

THANK YOU!

NEW PERK!
Skyrocket PLUS - A
Get a set of 8x10 signed images of Pollux, Phobos, Ian and Castor.
Plus all previous perks!

NEW PERK!
Skyrocket PLUS - B
Get a set of 8x10 signed images of Callie, Nomi and Stinky Frank!
Plus all previous perks!


Pledge $35 or more

PRAXID PACKAGE: You have just set foot on a world outside of The Jupiter Chronicles! You get a digital copy of the young adult novel by Leonardo Ramirez titled, Haven of Dante for you older kids plus all of the previous perks! 

Pledge $40 or more (we snuck this one in)
A digital copy of HAVEN: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (by Leonardo Ramirez) and all of the previous perks.

Pledge $50 or more

WORDSMITH PACKAGE: Your paperback copy of The Secret of the Great Red Spot will be AUTOGRAPHED plus all the goodies in the previous perks and a JUPITER CHRONICLES sticker. PLUS digitally signed images of voice actors AND digital exclusive Hi-Rez RPG cards with all the Chrono Legion factions (Skyrocket Pilots, Fates, Angelions, Wordsmiths, Mechrons and Praxid). A downloadable PDF of an exclusive promotional poster and a physical autographed (by the author) postcard of one of the Chrono Legion factions and all the previous perks.

Pledge $65 or more

FATES PACKAGE: Need more than one copy? You'll get TWO autographed paperback copies of The Secret of the Great Red Spot (Keep one for yourself and give the other to a friend), plus a copy of The Ice Orphan of Ganymede, an autographed post card (by the author) of all of the Chrono Legion factions (Skyrocket Pilots, Fates, Angelions, Wordsmiths, Mechrons and Praxid) and all the previous perks.

Pledge $100 or more

ANGELION PACKAGE: You'll get a limited edition “Got Steam . . Punk?” t-shirt, all the goodies in the previous perk packages!

Pledge $200 or more

A storyboard of a scene in the short plus all of the previous perks.

Pledge $500 or more

An animatic and the entire book collection AUTOGRAPHED.

Pledge $1,000 or more

Autographed character sketches and the entire book collection in digital format.

Pledge $2,500 or more

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT All digital rewards and all physical rewards in the SKYROCKET, PRAXID AND $40.00 reward packages.

Pledge $5,000 or more

PRODUCER CREDIT on the Film All digital rewards and all physical rewards in the SKYROCKET, PRAXID AND $40.00 reward packages.

Pledge $10,000 or more

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT All digital rewards!


Other Ways You Can Help
Friends, I know times are tough. If you can't contribute, I totally understand. There are ways that you can help and it takes less than you think. Share the news of this campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or whatever social media you favor. You never know if this will strike a chord with one of them and it would mean a whole lot to me if you shared it on your page. Kickstarter has share tools that you can use with a click of the mouse.

Share the love. Thanks!
~Leonardo

Take a peek below at some of the perks as well as more info on THE JUPITER CHRONICLES UNIVERSE!


 Character Designs

 

The Chrono Legion

The Chrono Legion is the peacekeeping/enforcement arm of the Jovian ruling class. The Legion is comprised of members who upon reaching the age of 13, begin to show signs of sickness. To relieve their symptoms, they are placed inside of a Chrysalis Chamber where they go through a metamorphosis. After the transformation, their gifts are revealed and they undergo training for entry into the legion.  

There are six branches (gifts) of the Chrono Legion:

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T-Shirts (EXCLUSIVE PERK!)

The "Got Steam. . Punk?" shirt design was exclusively designed for this campaign. Once we're sold out, they will be gone forever and ever and ever and ever. . . !
More Shirts and more designs on the way!

Postcards (EXCLUSIVE PERK!)

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Trading Cards (EXCLUSIVE PERK!)

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Book Reviews

Friends of the Campaign 
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Many thanks to these amazing people who have kindly offered their friendship and support in sharing the campaign.

Risks and challenges

When my father passed there was one thing he left me that I will carry with me forever and have already passed on to my daughter.

A strong work ethic.

I've been writing, editing, packaging, designing, translating, etc for a long time and have no plans on stopping.

All of the production for this short is contained within the confines of one studio animation company, Magnetic Dreams. They've done this sort of thing before and done it very well which is why I turned to them.

As far as fulfillment goes, we'll be using a reliable fulfillment house that is connected with Kickstarter and has a high success rate. We do not anticipate any issues with fulfillment.

The challenge here is to get people involved in sharing the campaign. I know that it's REALLY hard to get people to share. . . even your friends. I'm not sure why. So what I'm asking now is for you (this means my friends) to share this campaign with your friends and nudge your way out of your comfort zone even for a short while.

Hope for a better tomorrow needs to be spread.
And in my stories, there is a hope.

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