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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 6 2015 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

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 Animation is fun. It is both fantasy and reality. Stories told through clever animation can be impactful as well as entertaining.

Equestria Daily bestowed a 2014 "Honorable Mention" nod on the Midnight Mares teaser trailer, so apparently this animation entertained a few folks over there. Thanks guys!

The teaser trailer has recently been transferred over to C. Allan Gann's YouTube channel at this address: Midnight Mares Exclusive Teaser Trailer

Storyboards help the creative team plan story arcs
Storyboards help the creative team plan story arcs

Midnight Mares was conceived as an intelligent animation offering, which could tackle more mature themes for older children/young adult audiences, than many more mainstream cartoons currently address. Topics such as young romance, bullying, and even loss of life, are as real and timely in TerraSteed as they are in our waking world. 

Every Mare was once a filly
Every Mare was once a filly

The Midnight Mares concept and characters were brought to animated life when I selected Duo Cartoonist ("Children of the Night" on YouTube) to complete the initial animation. His dramatic landscapes and beautifully detailed drawings possess a realism that appeals to both younger fans, as well as more mature supporters.

Story

It is a time of turmoil on Terra Steed. The Goddess Mare, Daybreak, is a wise and gentle force for good in the world that she has created. Everything changes when she comes up against a force that all of her power cannot control: a teenager.

Daybreak’s adopted daughter, Nightfall, has never fully adjusted to the loss of her parents. Although she tries to fit in, she feels conflicted and awkward; an easy target for bullies. In an attempt to help, the goddess creates a dream world where Nightfall can practice being confident and explore her potential.

As mother and daughter clash, so do the worlds they control. Caught in the middle are the inhabitants of each. The result of this chaos causes every mare to develop unique alter egos, which struggle for dominance. The resultant zany adventures take them through both night and day.

Every Mare seems to benefit from the alternate reality, until the unthinkable happens.

Mother & Adopted Filly Daughter
Mother & Adopted Filly Daughter
Mother & Adopted Mare Daughter
Mother & Adopted Mare Daughter

Meet the Castmares

(Another new Castmare image and characterization will be uploaded each week, or every time our funding climbs by 20%.)

Is she really as sweet as she seems?
Is she really as sweet as she seems?
"Bandit" Cautious by Day - Careless by Night
"Bandit" Cautious by Day - Careless by Night

Puppetry Gallery

Fully poseable puppets seem to live and breathe
Fully poseable puppets seem to live and breathe

Kickstarter Takes Flight!

We are now officially 20% funded! If you are backing us, please continue to share this campaign with everyone that you know and encourage them to support our animation's development. There are still many great rewards available, including all "early bird" incentives! We've still got well over a week to meet our goal!

Where does the money go?

By meeting our minimum goal of $25,000, we will be able fund the full-length animated trailer (3-4 minutes) which will be shopped out to networks later this year. All subsequent goal levels will provide us with more writing, voice talent, and animation, with which we will share with the networks and our fans.

- $50,000 "Mini-Episode" 5-7 minutes

- $90,000 "Double-Mini" 8-10 minutes

- $145,000 "Half-Episode" 12-14 minutes

- $250,000 "Full-Length Pilot Episode" 22-24 minutes

Rewards!

All reward options will be addressed through a questionnaire, which each supporter will be sent upon successful campaign completion.

Mare-sterpiece Collection (11 x 17 Prints)
Mare-sterpiece Collection (11 x 17 Prints)
Pin a Tale (Set of Three 1.5 Inch Buttons)
Pin a Tale (Set of Three 1.5 Inch Buttons)
5 Inch Hand-Painted Resin Figurine
5 Inch Hand-Painted Resin Figurine
"Daybreak Dreamer"
"Daybreak Dreamer"
5 Inch Hand-Painted Resin Figurine
5 Inch Hand-Painted Resin Figurine
"Nightfall Nod"
"Nightfall Nod"
"Nightfall Nod" 9 Inch Collectible Plush
"Nightfall Nod" 9 Inch Collectible Plush
"Daybreak Dreamer" 9 Inch Collectible Plush
"Daybreak Dreamer" 9 Inch Collectible Plush
Glow-in-Dark Shirt (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Glow-in-Dark Shirt (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
Day and Night Playset (Durable UV Sunglasses & "Mag-Lite" Flashlight)
Day and Night Playset (Durable UV Sunglasses & "Mag-Lite" Flashlight)
Reward Tiers
Reward Tiers

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges that any project creator faces is producing and delivering reward items in a timely manner. These characters have already been in pre-production for almost a year, and our prototypes have gone through several revisions. We are ready to go. As a manufacturer, we can keep our costs lower and offer great quality rewards, along with prompt delivery.

A definite risk inherent to a creative project like this is time/production delays. Our animator is a professional with a lot of projects on his plate. It is possible that he could face issues producing great quality animation within our projected time frames. We have interviewed other artists, who stand ready to assist or take over the project, should Duo Cartoonist be unable to continue. We also pledge to be as transparent as possible, providing frequent updates to our backers.

Animation is expensive, but we have taken what steps we can to insure that YOUR Midnight Mares come to life! Each stretch goal achieved allows us to provide more animation, increase the quality of voice talent, music, etc, increase publicity and marketing and provide our backers additional great rewards.

As the project creator, I not only invested time and energy in laying the groundwork for this project, but I also invested over $10,000 of my own money in development, music, voice talent and most importantly, animation. I truly believe in this campaign, and can't wait for you to be a part of this journey!

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    LOUD & PROUD

    We'll declare your support with a SHOUTOUT on the Midnight Mares Website and Social Media Channels: Facebook, Twitter

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    DIGITAL MARE-MORIES

    You will receive the SHOUTOUT and (3) downloadable wallpaper images, which will allow you to decorate your smart phone, tablet, laptop, and/or desktop!

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    MARE BODYWEAR ARTWORK

    Show your Midnight Mares pride by sporting these downloadable temp tattoos! PDF file can be used to print as tattoos (temporary tattoo paper not provided) or line art! SHOUTOUT and DIGITAL MARE-MORIES is included.

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    PIN A TALE

    You will receive a set of 3 colorful Midnight Mares (1.5 inch) glossy buttons: featuring Daylight Dreamer, Nightfall Nod, and other Castmares.

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    ONE MARE-STERPIECE

    For the art lover, you may pick from ONE of THREE original full-color glossy, UV protected (11 x 17) screenshots, gloriously illustrated by Duo Cartoonist (animator) himself.

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    EARLY BIRD RESIN MARE-MORIAL

    You will receive a collectible resin Mare, which measures 5 inches tall. Meticulously hand-painted, the superb quality is even more apparent through it's substantial weight. Choose between Daylight Dreamer or Nightfall Nod.

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    RESIN MARE-MORIAL

    You will receive a collectible resin Mare, which measures 5 inches tall. Meticulously hand-painted, the superb quality is even more apparent through it's substantial weight. Choose between Daylight Dreamer or Nightfall Nod.

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    EARLY BIRD MARE-TERIAL GIRLS

    You will receive a super soft plush toy mare. Choose between Daylight Dreamer (with glow-in- dark stars and stripes) or Nightfall Nod (with glow-in-dark bones). Toys measure 9 inches tall, and are handmade and stuffed with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets. They can be posed or cuddled.

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    EARLY BIRD RESIN MARE-MORIALS

    Hooray! You are the lucky recipient of BOTH Daylight Dreamer and Nightfall Nod, cast in durable resin. Each measures 5 inches tall. Meticulously hand-painted, the superb quality is even more apparent through each piece's substantial weight.

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    MARE-TERIAL GIRLS

    You will receive a super soft plush toy mare. Choose between Daylight Dreamer (with glow-in- dark stars and stripes) or Nightfall Nod (with glow-in-dark bones). Toys measure 9 inches tall, and are handmade and stuffed with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets. They can be posed or cuddled.

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    RESIN MARE-MORIALS

    Hooray! You are the lucky recipient of BOTH Daylight Dreamer and Nightfall Nod, cast in durable resin. Each measures 5 inches tall. Meticulously hand-painted, the superb quality is even more apparent through each piece's substantial weight.

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    EARLY BIRD MARE-TERIAL GIRLS

    Hooray! You are the lucky recipient of BOTH Daylight Dreamer and Nightfall Nod plush toys. You will receive both super soft plush toy mares. Daylight Dreamer (with glow-in- dark stars and stripes) and Nightfall Nod (with glow-in-dark bones) each measure 9 inches tall. They are handmade and stuffed with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets. They can be posed or cuddled.

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    MARE-TERIAL GIRLS

    Hooray! You are the lucky recipient of BOTH Daylight Dreamer and Nightfall Nod plush toys. You will receive both super soft plush toy mares. Daylight Dreamer (with glow-in- dark stars and stripes) and Nightfall Nod (with glow-in-dark bones) each measure 9 inches tall. They are handmade and stuffed with polyester fiber and P.E. pellets. They can be posed or cuddled.

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    MARE WEAR

    Wear your mare proudly, with an exclusive glow-in-dark Midnight Mares cotton (Hanes brand) "tag-less" t-shirt.

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    ONE ON ONE MARE-MORIALS

    Hooray! You are the lucky recipient of ONE Daylight Dreamer or Nightfall Nod plushie and ONE Daylight Dreamer or Nightfall Nod resin figurine.

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    MARE-STERPIECE COLLECTION

    For the art collector, you will receive ALL THREE original full-color 11 x 17 glossy (UV protected) screenshot posters, beautifully illustrated and AUTOGRAPHED (at your request) by C. Allan Gann (show creator).

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    DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET

    You've just scored an exclusive set of Midnight Mares sunglasses (for daytime play) and an exclusive Midnight Mares flashlight (for nighttime adventures)

    Sunglasses are durable and UV coated, while our exclusive flashlight is a popular "Mag-Lite" style. Color and frame style may vary.

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    ONE Daylight Dreamer or Nightfall Nod plushie and ONE Daylight Dreamer or Nightfall Nod resin figurine.

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    MONUMENTAL MARE-MORIALS

    We tip our hats! You are the lucky recipient of BOTH Daylight Dreamer and Nightfall Nod plushies and BOTH resin Daylight Dreamer and Nightfall Nod figurines.

    You will also be among the first to view our finished animated product, through your very own exclusive flash drive, which will be mailed out along with this package.

    This level includes ALL earlier tiers EXCEPT for DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET, other MARE-MORIAL, MARE-TERIAL GIRLS, and the MARE-STERPIECE COLLECTION rewards.

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    MARE-VELOUS

    At this level, you will receive the combo of both our DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET and MONUMENTAL MARE-MEMORIALS reward tiers.

    You will also be among the first to view our finished animated product, through your very own exclusive flash drive, which will be mailed out along with this package.

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    RE-MARE-MBERANCE

    This level is a must for any supporter, who wants to make sure we will remember their large contribution.

    At this level, you will receive the combo of both our DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET and MONUMENTAL MARE-MEMORIALS reward tiers, as well as the addition of our MARE-STERPIECE COLLECTION (with autograph upon request)

    You will be among the first to view our finished animated product, through your very own exclusive flash drive, which will be mailed out along with this package.

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    CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE

    Every fan dreams of being involved with the very fandom they enjoy. Pledge $1500 and C. Allan Gann will incorporate your very own mare design into a Midnight Mares walk-on role! Depending upon this campaign's success, your very own character design will appear in either the trailer or pilot episode.* Who will your mare transform into when night falls?

    You will also receive the combo of both our DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET and MONUMENTAL MARE-MEMORIALS reward tiers, as well as the addition of our MARE-STERPIECE COLLECTION (with autograph upon request)

    You will be among the first to view our finished animated product (complete with your character's appearance) through your very own exclusive flash drive, which will be mailed out along with this package.

    This level also includes ALL earlier tiers EXCEPT for other MARE-STERPIECE, MARE-MORIAL, MARE-TERIAL GIRLS rewards.

    * Character must be of original design and cannot infringe upon any existing copyrights. Design must also adhere to standards of decency. Per Kickstarter policy, there is no compensation for character usage.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

    Pledge at this level and receive your very own associate producer credit on the pilot episode! You are part of a very elite supporter group, and will make up the core of our financing.

    You will also receive DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET, MONUMENTAL MARE-MEMORIALS, MARE-STERPIECE COLLECTION (with autograph upon request) and CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE reward tiers!

    You will be among the first to view our finished animated product (complete with your character's appearance) through your very own exclusive flash drive, which will be mailed out along with this package.

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    CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

    Pledge at this level and receive your very own executive producer credit on the pilot episode! With your generous pledge, we will only need to collect $15,500 more to meet our minimum goal! An executive producer credit is the least we can do. THANK YOU!

    You will also receive DAY & NIGHT PLAYSET, MONUMENTAL MARE-MEMORIALS, MARE-STERPIECE COLLECTION (with autograph upon request) and CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE reward tiers!

    You will be among the first to view our finished animated product (complete with your character's appearance) through your very own exclusive flash drive, which will be mailed out along with this package.

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Funding period

- (29 days)