Midnight Mares: An Adventure Animation through Night & Day
Midnight Mares is an original cartoon, inspired by the Brony fandom, and set in a world where the lines between reality & dreams blur.
BONUS! Final Day Animatics
Animation is fun. It is both fantasy and reality. Stories told through clever animation can be impactful as well as entertaining.
The teaser trailer has recently been transferred over to C. Allan Gann's YouTube channel at this address: Midnight Mares Exclusive Teaser Trailer
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.
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.
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.
Meet the Castmares
(Another new Castmare image and characterization will be uploaded each week, or every time our funding climbs by 20%.)
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
All reward options will be addressed through a questionnaire, which each supporter will be sent upon successful campaign completion.
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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