"Believe it or not the comedy elements are actually funny... ...containing 4 minutes of full-quality animation (and it looks very sexy indeed"
What on earth is this?
Not on earth, sir. No. We are in space!
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It is one year since Sam Sweetmilk deleted his memories - for reasons he can't quite remember - and it's about time he got them back.
Following the cocky amnesiac captain of the starship Goldfish - his long-suffering robot first mate Ghostworth, voiced by Kevin R Mcnally (Pirates of the Caribbean, Supernatural, Downton Abbey) - the 7ft-tall transdimensional villain Avianaut, voiced by Colin McFarlane (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) - and a young alien heiress named Vela, voiced by Tricia Pierce (Bleach) - Sam Sweetmilk is a sci-fi comedy cartoon series chronicling the rising significance of the only human in a huge and uncaring galaxy. Our influences include the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Archer, Adventure Time, Cowboy Bebop, the Venture Bros and Red Dwarf.
With the release of our 25-minute animatic episode 'Classic Ghostworth', containing 4 minutes of full-quality animation, we're looking to Kickstarter to fund a fully animated prequel episode, to set up our first series properly. This will demonstrate to networks that we can not only pitch Sam Sweetmilk, but that we can produce it as a studio on-deadline and with minimal resources.
We intend to make a 17-minute long episode, released in 3-parts. It'll tell the story of how our main characters met, why Sam lost his memories, and introduce our villain.
What happens once production ends?
We'll have our fully-animated episode, and if it's as entertaining as we're planning for it to be, it'll be well-received enough that we can take it to pitch to networks. It'll be proof that we know what we're doing and that our concept is solid enough that little about the series would need to change.
If we were to pitch now, with a half-finished episode that doesn't quite introduce the situation and characters as well as we'd like, we'd be in a more difficult position to make this series as we want it.
Who are we?
Jason Lee Weight.
Writer/Director/voice of Sam
Toby Nicholas Clayton
Concept Artist/Character Designer
See our pilot's credits for a long, long list of further talented people.
Risks and challenges
Getting our current episode to completion took one year, and ran over deadline by 2 months. This was due to one thing: financing. It's hard to make a cartoon in central London on a zero-budget.
By planning our budget meticulously, creating a tight and well-informed production schedule and strictly keeping to it, by employing economic animation technique and by presenting ourselves professionally and reaching out to production companies during the episode's creation for help and extra funding, we are 100% confident in our ability to deliver.
One challenge which does not directly risk the noncompletion of the project but is just as important is the quality of our episode. In observing what does and does not entertain our test audiences during this production, it's become apparent that certain elements of our pilot reached short of the standards we aim for, due in part to financing and certain disagreements during the storyboarding process. With this next episode we plan on realising our potential in ways we weren't conscious of before, with robust, nuanced delivery in voice acting, audio that always has foreground and background, depth of field and an engaging range of motion in storyboards, more visual and audio gags, and better understanding and exploration of the relationship between the characters.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE EPISODE ON RELEASE + ART - We will send a delicate, DRM-free expression of our electronic feelings for you, along with concept sheets for the main characters. The file size will likely be 500MB to 1 GB for 1080p so make sure you have space before clicking the email link, when the time comes. You will also receive early links to the 3 parts of the episode, long before they're released online. Includes your name in the credits
ALL ART + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - All the visual concept and production material of both episodes (episode soundtrack, concept designs, pre-animatic, animation tests, scripts, background paintings in wallpaper size + alternative concept art) for you to download, PLUS your name in the credits!
DVD OF THE EPISODE, INCLUDING EPISODE ONE "CLASSIC GHOSTWORTH" AND OUR FOUR PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ALL CONCEPT ART, SCRIPTS FOR BOTH EPISODES ON RELEASE, STORYBOARDS FOR BOTH EPISODES, SOUNDTRACKS AND BACKGROUNDS + YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS Delivered hot from the oven, melted into a puddle on your welcome mat. We're looking forward to making cover art! Individually-produced DVDs cost ~$18/£12 to produce and package/deliver, hence the price.
POSTER! + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ALL CONCEPT ART, SCRIPTS FOR BOTH EPISODES ON RELEASE, STORYBOARDS FOR BOTH EPISODES, SOUNDTRACKS AND BACKGROUNDS. You will receive a near-A1-sized poster (24"x36"), straight to your door! And then probably straight under a weighted blanket for a few hours to flatten it out. Posters will be roughly $19/£12 each to produce and individually package/deliver, hence the price tag.
A SIGNED COPY OF THE SCRIPT! + ALL ART + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD - Suggested by fans: an idea so good, so obvious, we couldn't possibly have thought of it our dumb selves. A copy of the Classic Ghostworth script, signed by Jason Lee Weight - writer, director, and voice of Sam.
POSTER+DVD OF THE EPISODE, INCLUDING EPISODE ONE "CLASSIC GHOSTWORTH" AND OUR FOUR PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ALL CONCEPT ART, SCRIPTS FOR BOTH EPISODES ON RELEASE, STORYBOARDS FOR BOTH EPISODES, SOUNDTRACKS AND BACKGROUNDS + YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS Double whammy! Discounted double-buy! Invest now!
POSTER + SIGNED SCRIPT + DVD OF THE EPISODE, INCLUDING EPISODE ONE "CLASSIC GHOSTWORTH" AND OUR FOUR PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ALL CONCEPT ART, SCRIPTS FOR BOTH EPISODES ON RELEASE, STORYBOARDS FOR BOTH EPISODES, SOUNDTRACKS AND BACKGROUNDS + YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS - This is so much stuff! Oh, thunderous fuck, what are you going to *do* with it all?!
BE DRAWN BY SAM'S DESIGNER TOBY NICHOLAS CLAYTON IN THE COCKPIT OF THE STARSHIP GOLDFISH, WEARING SAM'S UNIFORM - With an optional caption of your choice, delivered on an A3-size art print, plus all lower tiers. A good way to propose, dictate a will or announce you are gay. Very proud of you, by the way.
Includes all lower tiers. That's $128-worth of other rewards!
APPEAR IN THE EPISODE - A likeness of your actual face will appear on an alien in the episode. You'll get around six seconds of screen time. After you die, your descendants may view it and be like… isn't that grandma? Totally worth it. High fives forever in the afterlife. Includes all lower tiers, including reward #7. That's $388 worth of lower tiers!
SAM'S FACE IS YOUR FACE - Sam's face will be replaced with a likeness of your face, for one frame. You will literally be Sam Sweetmilk in (technically) the first episode of our first series. This includes an art print of the relevant frame, signed by us! One day you can pause your TV, turn to your children, and say LOOK WHAT ADVENTURES I HAD BEFORE YOU WERE BORN -
Includes all lower tiers, minus #8. That's $388 worth of lower tiers!
YOUR NAME BECOMES A SWEAR WORD IN SAM SWEETMILK, FOREVER - There is only one of these. If you can afford this you are a crazy oil prince and we ought to exchange details. In the long run this is the coolest thing we offer. We will use either your first name, surname, or both - whichever sounds funnier as a swear word. Includes all other tiers, including #9. That's $2607 worth of lower tiers!