"With all my might, you'll all take flight... If I could but wish for better things, you'd all disperse and grow your wings...", Benjamin Brewster, Dandelion.
Author - Galvin Scott Davis: The story for Dandelion came about when my son experienced bullying at school. As a parent, you are supposed to have all the answers, right? But as we all know, that is not necessarily the case. What to do? I needed to put myself in my son's shoes, draw on my own past experiences and offer him a solution to help him feel comfortable at school again. Being a writer, the idea for Dandelion sprang to mind and I immediately pitched it to my team at Protein. A story to encourage parents and children to talk about bullying and look at whether some problems can be solved with a little imagination.
The story: Benjamin Brewster is bullied each day at 'The School for the Misguided' until one day, when all seems lost, a patch of magical Dandelions appear which allow him to conjure a new world from his imagination.
We knew that the concept was special and that we could create something truly magical on the iPad by making the Dandelions come to life - and encourage kids to discuss bullying through interacting with the world we had created. The digital version of the book is detailed and incredibly interactive. The experience when blowing the Dandelions from the screen is breathtaking. [pun intended!]
We develop award-winning apps here at Protein, so this is a no-risk pledge (should you love the project). We have produced many Apps, it's what we do. And we wanted to get as far as we could with the prototype to prove to our audience how wonderful it could be - the proof is firmly in the pudding!
We've put together some amazing rewards for you, including some limited edition versions of the book, decals for your bedroom wall, iPad decals and much more!
We've gone as far as we can without funding - but still have approximately 40% of the development to go before the App is complete for iPad. When showing children and families we were asked two questions, "Will I be able to read it on my iPod?" and "Will there be a printed book"?
We are over-the-moon that our audience want more, so if we get overfunded we will invest the money in first getting a voice over for the iPad App, then localising the App with language translations, a music track and then an iPod/iPhone version, followed by a printed book version.
We'd really appreciate your support with this project - we truly believe it is unique, entertaining, beneficial for children and promotes a positive message. Any help would be greatly appreciated and we're excited to be able to bring our story to you.
Should you support us you will help spread the word that "bullying is for people with no imagination!"
- (35 days)