An illustrated children's story that celebrates Middle Eastern culture and female empowerment.
An illustrated children's story that celebrates Middle Eastern culture and female empowerment.
Synopsis: An enchanting tale of an adventurous girl born to a desert dwelling family and desert way of life, but whose imagination and curiosity compel her to pursue a life of exploration and discovery on the seven seas. Our story chronicles her journeys across the globe to far off lands where she meets a host of colorful characters and experiences many wondrous adventures. Much of the story is told through letters back to her family where Nahla describes the far off lands she travels to and the amazing people she’s encountered on her odyssey. The first in the series of books follows her life as she grows from defiant teenager to a worldly young woman over the span of a decade and expanse of the globe. Having made a promise to return home one day, she arrives with an amazing gift brought back from her travels - the gift of her oasis, a harbor home to the many dreamers, adventurers and creators she’s gathered along her way. In the final scenes of the book Nahla tell’s her parents “If you will not go with me to see the world, I will bring the world to you so that you can experience all the wonder that lies beyond the dunes of our home.”
- Nahla - Main Character
- Fowzi - Fennec Fox/ Sidekick
- Amal - Mother
- Hazim - Father
Our goal is to provide an illustrated book that celebrates Middle Eastern culture and female empowerment. A story that is full of adventure! We would like to turn this into a series of books and possibly bring our characters to life through film or television.
All the illustrations in the book will be original artwork. This means hand rendered drawings. Essentially 35 pieces of art will be produced for this book. These illustrations play a key role in bringing the story to life, adding dimension, personality and fantasy to Nahla and her adventures.
The Funds: Our goal is to raise $50,000.00!
- $30,000.00 of the funds raised will go towards: Writing and illustration, editing, promoting and advertising.
- The remaining $20,000.00 will go to: Kickstarter fees, legal fees, copyright, licensing, publishing, proofs and prints.
Nahla's ship has taken on influences from all over the world. The Arctic, Africa, China, and Europe to name a few. The brightly colored sails can't be missed. The sails are meant to show that she embraces all cultures and people. A message that can be seen from a distance wherever she goes.
About Us - 31Thirteen Studio31Thirteen Studio is a multi-disciplinary creative design group specifically created to partner with owners and developers of entertainment oriented projects of all kinds; theme parks, resorts, restaurants, and retail facilities. Founded by former Director of Concept Design/Concept Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, Christian Hope heads this uniquely talented collaborative of artists, design associates and managers who share a passion for innovative thinking and the design process. This passion has made 31Thirteen Studio a go-to creative resource for Universal Studios, Paramount Parks & Resorts, Twentieth Century Fox, Samsung, The Walt Disney Company and many others.
CHRISTIAN HOPE / Concept Designer • Owner
With over 30 years of experience creating world-class attractions for Universal Studios, Samsung, Sanrio, Paramount Parks International and The Disney Company, Christian’s expertise lies in his unique understanding of how many disciplines come together to create one-of-a-kind location based entertainment. As a concept designer and art director Mr. Hope is responsible for directing the creative and aesthetic development of many successful attractions across the planet. Projects include Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Sanrio’s Puroland, Knott’s Theme Park and Disneyland attractions in California, Florida, Paris and Hong Kong. From resort and theme park master planning to attractions development and entertainment design, Mr. Hope’s current projects span the globe from Hong Kong to Paris, and The United States to Dubai.
His broad base of knowledge and experience is a result of having grown up in the entertainment business, in the shade of the Hollywood Sign, along side family members and friends who shared his passion for creativity and the design process. While attending the Otis/Parsons School of Design Mr. Hope began his professional career as a dimensional designer and draftsman for a small entertainment design company in Los Angeles. He quickly became known for his whimsical sketches and ability to creatively problem solve for projects of all types. His sketches and unique perspectives would later be featured in theme park design publications such as The Architecture of Reassurance, Disneyland Paris – From Sketch to Reality, and The Imagineering Way. This ability would open doors and present a wide range of opportunities to work in a variety of mediums including: film, television, print and marketing campaigns. From 1996-2003 Christian was Concept Design Director at Walt Disney Imagineering and oversaw the creation and development of many successful projects including The Twilight Zone – Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure. He continues to consult for The Disney Company as well as other entertainment development companies on projects both domestic and international. Christian presently lives and works in the Hollywood Hills with his twin boys and wife of twenty five years. He is considered a premiere concept artist and creative development specialist, still using his pencil to make a living and still enjoying the shade of the famous Hollywood Sign.
COLETTE CHAGHOURI-HOPE / Project Manager • Owner
Although originally born in Lebanon, Colette spent most of her childhood in a small village near Sao Paulo Brazil. Her family immigrated to the United States just as she was entering high school. This multi-cultural upbringing would result in her eclectic influences with design, and the ability to communicate in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, and French.
After graduating from Hawthorne High School in California, Colette attended Cal Poly Pomona where she received a Bachelors of Architecture Degree. Immediately following college , Colette was hired by the famed architectural firm, The Jerde Partnership, to assist in the design development of many projects, including the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. At the close of that assignment she returned to school to complete her masters program. This would take her to the distinguished Sci-Arch campus in Lugano, Switzerland. Colette met and married her husband while working on the Disneyland Paris project for Walt Disney Imagineering. Much of her professional design experience has been for major entertainment oriented firms including Disney, Universal Studios and Landmark Entertainment Group. Her passion for immersive environments and world-class architectural design is well suited for the eclectic world of theme park and resort development.
After enjoying some success in real estate investment, she obtained a realtor license and is currently working for Century 21 – Paul and Associates. Colette presently resides in the Hollywood Hills with her husband of eighteen years and her twin sons Nicholas and Mackenzie.
JACOB GLASER / Illustrator - As an illustrator and creative director with over fifteen years of experience, Mr. Glaser has created storyboards, concept art, packaging, graphics, logos, animation and illustrative art for entertainment, design and advertising projects. Jacob also brings a unique understanding of story and character development having worked on several film, graphic novel and branding projects. His clients have ranged from small indie startups to major studios giving him a perspective from several creative work flows.
JULIANE RAMADAN / Designer- Juliane studied Interior Design at California State University Northridge and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in 2015.
Throughout this time, Juliane worked as a Design Associate for Horwitz A and D specializing in commercial and residential design. She was known as the problem solver of the group with a creative and insightful take on all aspects of the project. Additionally Juliane was part of an all female team that garnered international recognition with a submission of a redevelopment plan for the de-militarized military base in Tustin, Ca.
Juliane thrives in challenging environments and is now channeling her knowledge of design and creativity towards the world of entertainment design. She began her work with Christian Hope at 31Thirtheen Studio in early 2016.
BARBARA THOMAS / Writer & Journalist - Barbara is an award-winning journalist in Los Angeles. The daughter and granddaughter of Lebanese immigrants, she has long recognized that storytelling by her elders is the most ancient form of journalism. Barbara has been a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times and was part of two Pulitzer-Prize winning news teams. She is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles and teaches at a liberal arts college. She is classically educated in the myths and folktales of ancient worlds, with a B.A. from University of Pittsburgh in English and an M.A. in Journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Risks and challenges
"Nahla's Oasis" is in the process of being written and illustrated.
This is our first time writing a book as well as crowdfunding. We are learning as we go and appreciate your patience.
We understand that risks and challenges are inevitable and we are ready to tackle them as they come.
Our goal is to have this book complete and ready to go by early 2018. However we will make sure to keep you all posted if the process accelerates or delays.
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