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VFX and 3D artist Brandon Fayette (Star Trek, Super 8, MI:4 ) creates this Epic Journey of a Simple Robot trying to get back home.

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YOU DID IT!! DOME IS A GO! Thanks to the 800 amazing backers we have reached our goal!! But we aren't done yet! 

SECONDARY GOAL: 129K! We still have 20 full hours to go above and beyond and create more DOME. If by some miracle of magic we can get to 129k (an extra 50k, we know, crazy...) we will be able to produce the SECOND EPISODE as well!



We want everyone to join us on this epic journey. Please join the team of passionate and talented artists who are already supporting and participating in this project.

Not sure you want to join up? Ask yourself one question- Do you like robots?

Join the amazing team of supporters;  Industry visionaries NOLAN BUSHNELL (Creator of Atari) and DAMON LINDELOF (Co-Creator of Lost), voice actors CCH POUNDER (Avatar, Warehouse 13), PAUL SCHEER (The League), BERNIE CASEY (Revenge of the Nerds), KE QUAN (The Goonies), MARTIN STARR (Freaks and Geeks) and JIM BYRKIT (Rango). Composer RANI SHARONE, digital music pioneer KRADDY and superstar Sound Designer MARK BINDER (Community, Super 8).

These talented humans want to bring this amazing world to life with YOU!

Join us!

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proposes to be the world's first feature length animation to equal the visual quality and scope of major studio animation . . .      
at less than 1% of the cost.

With the participation of the Kickstarter community (you), use of bleeding edge technology, and a team led by one of the industry's most gifted visual artists, we know it's possible. And it's about time, don't you think?

DOME is the story of a Simple Robot on an Epic Journey to get back home. After becoming separated and lost from his floating home in the sky, our hero, MB-209, enlists the unlikely help of two human companions; ART and his older sister CRYS.

This original CG animated series is created by VFX and 3D artist Brandon Fayette. Brandon has created Visual FX for movies like Star Trek, Super 8, Cloverfield, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Together with Mighty Treehouse, a newly formed-digital content creation studio founded by former Hollywood exec Mickey Worsnup and world-class Illusionist / really smart guy John Carlos Ynostroza, we have come to Kickstarter to finish development and produce the first 10 minutes of this 90+ minute adventure.

Here is the 2 minute demo of our hero and world (without all our talking):

The Kickstarter funds will be specifically used to employ at least 10 talented young artists of different disciplines to bring this world to life, setup a small office home base, and integrate powerful render machines that bring it all together to output that digital goodness.  

The estimated production timeline is 12-16 weeks for Episode 1. 

If we exceed our goal the extra funds will go towards completion of Episode 2 and so on and so on...

We believe we can create this entire 9 Episode, feature length adventure for about 700k. For context: 700k would get you MAYBE 1 minute of animated content from ILM. Now, we aren't comparing ourselves to them by any means, but we think the point is made.

We will release the first episode on all available streaming and digital delivery platforms both free and ad-based. All revenue will fund the second episode and so on until all 9 Episodes of the 90+ minute Feature length first season are complete.

While MB-209 doesn’t speak, this world is full of extremely vocal humans and non-humans alike. We are excited to be continually adding to the current amazing team:

VOICE TALENT : CCH POUNDER (Avatar, The Shield, Warehouse 13), BERNIE CASEY (Revenge of the Nerds, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Sharky's Machine), JIM BYRKIT (Rango), KE QUAN (The Goonies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) and PAUL SCHEER (The League, NTSF:SD:SUV, Children's Hospital) are just the first of many diverse and fun voices who will fill this world!

MUSIC / SCORE : Composer RANI SHARONE and digital music pioneer KRADDY will each bring their own unique styles to the tone, excitement and drama of this epic adventure. 

SOUND DESIGNER: MARK BINDER (Community, Super 8, Paranormal Activity 1+2) will bring all of this great stuff together in his own wizard-like way and create something truly fantastic!

And more to come!!!

Beyond the physical rewards offered, you will be (more importantly) a part of something new and different that is daring to do what traditional media chooses not to. We want to give you the power to effect it and help us create this world- as well as get some rad swag and things!

For donating as little as $15 you will will receive Hi-Def digital downloads of all 9 episodes as well as the final full feature as they are completed. You will also receive a special thank you on the final feature and the official website BackToTheDome.com!

We're doing something entirely different with our approach to creating DOME: We're making YOU part of the process !!

Everyone who donates $75 and above will receive special access to a password protected Research and Development Website. Behind these secret virtual walls we will share process throughout production and enable you to give feedback to help decide the way we go with anything from character designs to voices to, well, let’s keep some things secret....

You'll be part of our creative "braintrust" as we go about making the world of DOME come to life.  You'll weigh in, making decisions with us on many aspects of the creation throughout the entire production process!

The insanely cool folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX have offered to host the premiere screening of the final full feature IN 3D!! 

The $250 "COLLECTORS" will receive a high-quality, hand-painted 7-9 inch Maquette to be produced by Quantum Mechanix (QMx). The same caliber created by QMx for their STAR TREK, FIREFLY and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA lines of products.

This awesome reward will be based on the un-painted prototype seen above but with a base created from assemblage parts of the DOME replacing the current temporary one. 

This first edition KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE run will be limited to only those who choose this reward and each will be individually numbered in the order in which you pledged!

We are super excited to be able to bring you this amazing project!

Thanks for your time - We hope you join our team!

- Brandon, Mickey and JC

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    Our eternal thanks, +10 Karma + Your name forever listed in gratitude on the official DOME website +1080p HD downloads of each episode as they are completed/ released + 1080p HD download of the entire 90+ minute feature length first season + Receive a special thanks in the final full series.

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    All of the above + A BLU-RAY of the final full series ++ACCESS TO THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE (*** From this reward up, access will be granted to a password protected R+D website where we will not only continuously share progress on the series, but it will also allow you to give your feedback and affect which way we go with things ***) + Credit as COLLABORATORS in the final series.

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    All of the above + A special VFX tutorial DVD (and HD digital download) with over 2 hours of tips and tricks from Brandon exclusive to this Kickstarter reward.

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    All of the above + A limited edition hi-quality 24x36 DOME poster- frame worthy and signed by the cast and crew!

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    All of the above + A limited edition, hand painted maquette of our hero made by Quantum Mechanix (QMx) + Credit as COLLECTORS in the final series. (this perk is only available to those who choose this reward.

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    OUR SHOOTING SCRIPTS: With the reward you will receive either Brandon, Mickey, or JCs personal final "Shooting Script" for DOME. Complete with hand scrawled notes, coffee stains or random musings. These will be our actual personal scripts! Each script will be signed by cast and crew! + Everything included in the $150 level

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    2 invitations to a special PREMIERE screening of the final film IN 3D with cast and crew at the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE in Austin, TX (travel and lodging not included) + Attend Q+A, meet and greet and, of course, any after party! + Limited edition Dome event item available ONLY at this event + A special PIONEER credit in the final film + Everything included in the $150 level

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + Your full name, nickname or small business name (mom and pop only, email us first please!) will be visually or audibly incorporated into the feature + 2 Invites to the Premiere + Everything included in the $150 level

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    ONE ON ONE 2 hour tutorial VFX tutorial, on the app of your choice, with Brandon in person in LA or via Skype + Receive the source 3D and texture files for MB-209 and Brandon will personally show you around it inside and out + Everything included in the $150 level

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    A 2 hour master's magic workshop (yes he will teach you "the good stuff") followed by an evening with JC at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. (travel to and accommodations in Los Angeles not included) + Everything included in the $150 level

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    THE MB-209 MAQUETTE PROTOTYPE made personally by Brandon via 3D printer. It comes complete with a certificate of authenticity signed by Brandon + A QMx maquette specially painted for you, signed and numbered 0/0 + A special THE COLLECTOR credit in the final film + Everything included in the $150 level

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    Mighty Treehouse will produce with Mickey directing a 3 minute video of your choosing. Just imagine: Your band's next music video, your daughter's epic 12th birthday, or an insane wedding invitation video that will make your friends crumble with envy. (Restrictions Apply, please email us before choosing this reward) + Everything included in the $150 level

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    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT + We will model a character after you and you will receive a special print of your character in the show- signed and framed + 2 Invites to the Premiere + Everything included in the $150 level

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    PRODUCER CREDIT + Your likeness will be used as the basis for a character (but we won't tell you who or what) + A custom full sized poster of your character designed by Brandon, signed, framed and delivered to you + 2 Invites to the Premiere + Everything included in the $150 level

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