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Azadae is an animated series that follows a young girl and her friends through the everyday life of a child growing up in Tanzania.

Azadae's experiences are designed to be easily recognized by children all around the world who encounter similar obstacles (like bullying) and to help educate and entertain young children by teaching themes like colors, math, science, and animals while integrating Tanzanian culture and geography.  

Our goal is to create an educational children's series that can be broadcasted on Tanzanian television stations, providing Tanzania with their own children's media, but also to make Azadae available and entertaining for audiences everywhere.

Azadae will be formatted to a DVD set and be made available as a digital rental once it is complete.

We want your input! Not only does Kickstarter allow us to create Azadae the way we’ve envisioned it, but it also allows us to work with you, our supporters to shape the series. Here’s how you can help!

SURVEYS: We want to know what you think of children's media today and how we can do better! One of the things we want to do with Azadae is to be educational without interrupting the story so that Azadae can engage everyone, not just kids. We want Azadae to inspire the whole family to pick up a book or go Google how to do something they haven’t done before!  If you're from Tanzania, we want to know how you celebrate Tanzanian Independence day and other holidays.

POLLS: There are a ton of difficult decisions we need to make about how Azadae’s world will look. We need to design everything from twigs and rocks to goats, characters, and buildings. We’ll be making a lot of iterations of everything and we want to know which versions you like best. We’ll number each drawing and ask for your vote!

???: We have even more ideas for how you can help, just check out some of the higher pledge-levels!

Click on the 'P!'s on the incentive bars below to get a peak at current prototypes!  These will be updated throughout the campaign.

Creating A Series  Below are the steps it will take to create the series.

Our first goal is to create a complete episode with a title sequence, credits, music, the who shabang! We already have a lot of the pieces we need to put together the first episode, but the first one is always the most difficult. Aside from entering film festivals and attending CTN this year, all the funding goes directly to the artists working on Azadae.

Once we’ve reached our Kickstarter goal, we will be working towards our second episode.

By our third episode our series will start taking shape.  We already have a plan laid out for what we want to cover in our episodes, we just need some help to get them finished!

A fourth episode!? We’re getting closer!

With five episodes, we’re really getting up there. One more to go!

With Six episodes we can really call Azadae a series. With this many episodes we’ll create a box set and send it out to everyone who’s contributed $20 or more.

At Oxinfree Studios we're also dedicated to keeping everything we make in the loop!  If you look closely you will see that all of our incentives have been created with the environment in mind.  You aren't going to find a greener list of cool doodads! We've come up with some clever ways to minimize chemicals like laser cutting paper instead of printing on it, printing using water-based ink on organic t-shirts, and opting for old-fashioned cloisonne pins that don't use a plastic coating.  We want you to be making a contribution to something you can be proud of inside and out!

Supporting Azadae means much more than helping to create an educational children's show for the girls based in Tanzania. It also means that we’ll be able to continue pursuing our ideas for social well-being media.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Because we have done projects just like Azadae in the past, the greatest risk for the production is that the episode will be released later than expected.

One of the toughest obstacles we will have in creating Azadae that might contribute to delays will be finding Tanzanian child voice-actors and voice-actresses. If we are unable to find any it will in no way prevent us from creating Azadae, but because of how important it is to us that we do, there may be delays as we conduct our search. Other challenges include: restructuring our studio from it's current volunteer structure to paid freelance positions, working with lawyers to set up the proper legal documents for freelancing our artists, and integrating all of your feedback into the project.

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    STEP-BY-STEP WALK-THROUGH Receive a .PDF detailing the process of creating Azadae along with all of the animatics, animation tests, compositing tests, scripts, artwork, and more! (Includes all previous rewards.)

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    SET OF AZADAE MINIATURES A set of one-of-a-kind, handmade figures of the 6 main Azadae characters: Azadae, Kiputo, Zabibu, Tumaini, Pili, and the never-before-seen Sefu. Sculpted and painted by the director. (Includes all previous non-limited rewards.)

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    BECOME AN APPRENTICE Want to work on Azadae? For 3 months we will teach you everything we know! Attend our daily meetings and learn how everything is made. We’ll tailor your apprenticeship to you and what you’re interested in. (You must have Adobe Flash to participate. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.)

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    UNIVERSITY PRESENTATION We’ll come to your university and talk about Azadae (nag your student body organization about this one). We’ll show clips from Azadae, talk about how it’s animated, and hold a Q&A session! (University is responsible for its own audio/video setup.)

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