Orient City: Ronin & The Princess is a samurai spaghetti western that features gorgeous hand-drawn animation mixed with white-knuckle action. It combines the characteristics of the American Wild West with the architecture of Feudal Asia, inspired by the styles of steampunk and anime. Traditional western haunts such as bars, brothels and barbershops feature characteristics such as Chinese rooftops, dragon gargoyles, Chinese lampions and bamboo construction stands.
Towering up through the clouds, Orient City was built vertically on top of four rocks connected by the channels of water at their base. A city whose poor dwell at the bottom, quite literally. They live in favela-like neighborhoods, carved into the rock walls but featuring a distinct oriental-style. As the city rises up, connected by stairways and cable cars, so do the classes and high society lives an opulent, wasteful lifestyle above the clouds.
At the center of it all is Boshi, a fallen samurai who has sworn to protect a young girl whose family has been assassinated. Together they head to Orient City for one thing… revenge.
What sets apart Orient City is not only the quality of the story but also the experience and talents of the filmmaking team. The combination of hand-drawn animation with modern day filmmaking technology enables us to make something breathtaking with a relatively low cost. Our process will allow us to make a high quality picture with a shorter production schedule and less capital.
We have been building the world of Orient City for the last few years… and now we have the first story we would like to tell in this world. 10 minutes of hand-drawn animation is a lot of drawing (roughly 6,000 frames)… but we drink a lot of espresso.
There is a lot of work that has been done already. The script is written, the storyboards are done, the animatic is complete and edited and the scenery is built to the last tumbleweed. But there is a lot of work still to do… and we now need help doing it.
The short will have roughly 6,000 frames.
Zsombor can do roughly 20 keyframes per day. For him to do this on his own, it would take at least 15 months working full-time on the short. It just is not feasible.
That said, Zsombor will draw the 1000 key frames needed, as well as set the colors for each sequence.
For the other 5000 frames we need to bring on Colorists and In-Between Character Animators.
We are scheduled to be completed 24 weeks after a successful campaign. That means we will be able to deliver rewards before the holidays. The animation process will include:
- Background Rendering
- Background Painting
- Voice Recording
- Key Frame Animation
- In-Between Animation
- Ambience building and Visual Effects
- Sound Design & Score
We have tested our pipeline on the opening shot and now… we are ready to make this dream a reality!
Financing for independent filmmakers is extremely hard to come by. Financing for first-time animation directors on a hand-drawn film is even harder. Financing for those filmmakers in that medium for a short film is essentially non-existent.
Our graphic novel R.E.M. received an overwhelming amount of support through Kickstarter and we have decided to return to this amazing community as we leap from the printed page to the screen.
A successful campaign means we can deliver a project we have been dreaming about for years. We hope the quality of the animation is apparent in the stills… and even more so in the opening shot we have completed (which is at the end of the introduction video).
Being independent creators is not an easy road to travel, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
What's the deadline for donating to the Orient City: Ronin & The Princess Kickstarter campaign? June 2nd at 12 Midnight (PST)
What happens if the money is NOT raised by the deadline? If our goal isn't met before the deadline, our project doesn't get any of the money, your credit card is not charged and no one gets their rewards. It's all or nothing!
Is my pledge amount publicly displayed? No. The amount will remain anonymous to everyone else.
Do I have to start a Kickstarter account? Yes, please create a Kickstarter account if you don't already have one. It's free and takes just a few seconds.
When I go to make a pledge, why does it take me to an Amazon page? Amazon is the company that processes all the financial transactions for Kickstarter.
How will you know where to send my rewards and any other necessary information (such as which Art Print or T-Shirt size I chose)? Immediately upon concluding a successful campaign, we will send you a message requesting the necessary information.
Even if this type of project isn’t for you or money is tight, you can still help by spreading the word!
If you have any questions at all, please let me know. My direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this project and for your support in bringing Orient City: Ronin & The Princess to screens!
- Ryan (and Zsombor)
Shipping within the United States will be sent US Postal Service First Class or US Postal Service Media Mail. All pledges that come with artwork will be insured. If you would like to upgrade to Priority Mail please add $4.00 to your pledge.
Animation Cels will be sent Priority Mail.
Adding a T-Shirt or Art Print to your pledge?
- If you are adding a T-Shirt to your pledge, please add $15 ($20 for 3X).
- If you are adding Art Print(s) to your pledge, please add $15.00 for 1 Print, $20.00 for 2 Art Prints or $25.00 for 4 Prints.
Because Zsombor is based out of Hungary, it allows us to save on postage throughout Europe. Please refer to the amounts in each pledge for shipping.
Any questions, just ask and I will get right back to you.
International Shipping (Non-Europe)
International Shipping (other than in Europe) will be sent US Postal Service First Class with Certificate of Mailing, which is proof of mailing. Insurance is not available internationally. Please see each reward for rate.
If you would like your item shipped Priority International Mail please contact me and I will let you know how much it would cost.
Adding a T-Shirt or Art Print to your pledge?
- If you are adding a T-Shirt to your order from an international territory, please add $20 to your pledge ($15 for shirt + $5 for shipping).
- If you are adding Art Print(s) to your order from an international territory, please add $23.00 for 1 Print, $28.00 for 2 Art Prints or $33.00 for 4 Prints.
If you are unsure or have any shipping question just ask and I will let you know. Thanks!
Risks and challenges
As long as we meet our goal, we will have the film ready for delivery by December.
For rewards such as Art Prints and T-Shirts – they will be sent out immediately when the film has been completed.
Any original artwork (commissions, avatars, etc...) will be handled by Zsombor in the order they are pledged. It is our firm belief that we will have all of them fulfilled before the December holidays.
The current animatic is 10 minutes, but could fluctuate by a few seconds either way when finalized.
International Shipping: Please add the additional shipping if your books/rewards will be sent outside of North America. For any international backer that wants to add a T-Shirt or Print to any pledge, please add $15 to the shipping amount listed for that reward. If you're unsure - just ask, I will get right back to you. Thanks!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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