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The story of four would-be gods coexisting in the modern world.
With each other’s help, they crawl towards their enormous potential
The story of four would-be gods coexisting in the modern world. With each other’s help, they crawl towards their enormous potential
129 backers pledged CA$ 21,282 to help bring this project to life.

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Background

We (Jeff & Grahaeme) have been friends and creative collaborators since childhood. In 2012, we found an opportunity to team up again, to form Smoking Doors Productions–a Vancouver-based animation company. The project we really wanted to develop is the adult, animated series Impotents.

Impotents: The Series

Impotents tells the story of gods co-existing in the modern world. Namely–Jesus, Buddha, Ganesh and Artemis. Contrary to their holy counterparts, these four are young, flawed and living in the city. Through each other’s help, they crawl towards their enormous potential.

Rewards

In exchange for your generous donations, we'll be rolling out some great rewards. Take special note of the top four exclusive ones, which are only available in limited number. Snag these before they disappear!

Prison Graffiti (Limit 1)
Prison Graffiti (Limit 1)
7” Hand-Sculpted Buddha Figurine (Limit 5)
7” Hand-Sculpted Buddha Figurine (Limit 5)
Superfan Packages
Superfan Packages

Stretch Goals

Our goal for this Kickstarter is to produce five webisodes–three to five minutes in length. Our minimum budget of $20,500 is for one episode, though our ultimate goal is to produce five so we've set up stretch goals to accomplish this.

  • Minimum: 1 Episode: $20,500
  • Stretch Goal 1: 2 Episodes: $39,000 (+$18,500)
  • Stretch Goal 2: 3 Episodes: $56,775 (+$17,775)
  • Stretch Goal 3: 4 Episodes: $73,775 (+$17,000)
  • Stretch Goal 4: 5 Episodes: $90,775 (+$17,000)

Why Kickstarter

To date, we've developed lots of material–episode scripts, animation, character bios, story arcs, artwork, etc.

It's been a lot of fun shopping the project around to different broadcasters and we've had great feedback. This project however isn't an immediate sell, given it falls outside the typical "safe" acceptance criteria of the networks and studios. This, of course, we think is a good thing, as we aim to break the mould with this series.

So as a first step, we're producing the web series. This is not only works as a proof of concept, but gives us a chance to mass-market it, which in turn builds an audience. From here, the project can evolve into something much bigger.

The Episodes

1) “Stoney Lonesome”

A vivid nightmare of Jesus’s places him, Buddha and Ganesh in a maximum security prison. In order to avoid the unthinkable, they quickly enroll in separate gangs.

What will it take to survive federal prison?
What will it take to survive federal prison?

 2) “Holy Rollers”

Jesus and Buddha are coaxed into purchasing VIP headbands in order to gain access to a nightclub (with no VIP section). When ushered into a makeshift velvet rope area they attempt to reach out and meet other guests.

VIPs are NOT to leave the velvet roped area!
VIPs are NOT to leave the velvet roped area!

3) “Kindler”

Ganesh, with only the aid of a raunchy computer printout, is on a mission to locate his steamy internet date. Abetting him is an unscrupulous doctor, who clues him into her identity while he sets of on his perverse adventure.

Ganesh goes deep undercover
Ganesh goes deep undercover

4) “Bro-lini”

Zeus and Missy butt heads outside Zeus’s mansion, when he arrives home after a night of partying with two young girls. Missy and Gertrude are on a double date with Gertrude’s crush and his effeminate actor friend. In order to numb herself to the experience, Missy succumbs to drunkenness.

Missy takes one for the team
Missy takes one for the team

5) “Training Day”

Jesus accidentally initiates a conference call between his mother Mary, his father Joseph and Joseph’s drug dealer. Later, Jesus begins orientation at the call center. His scummy boss, Mr. Murphy makes a team introduction and Jesus meets Stuttering Pete for the first time.

Jesus meets Stuttering Pete for the first time
Jesus meets Stuttering Pete for the first time

Risks and challenges

All webisodes are conceived and spec'd. "Stoney Lonesome"–the first of the series–is fully scripted. Currently we are in the process of casting actors.

This is a critical first step in animation as the recordings need to be finalized before actual animation will begin.

That being said, we've reached out to a number of very experienced professionals which have expressed interest. We're confident, we'll be able to announce our cast soon.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    Special Access: Get access to the series prior to public release. This also includes digital downloads of the webisodes.

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    Digital Artbook: A downloadable folio of artwork from the series. All in super duper high resolution.

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    Buddha Keychain: The best Buddha keychain ever. Can hold up to several keys!

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    Canvas Bag: This elegant accessory is just in time for Fall/Winter 2015. Decidedly "effortless chic", use it for toting around anything from groceries to your Ganesh MUNNY doll.

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    Superfan “Design” Package: Available to you from right within the comfort of your browser, is this suite of digital goodies. You’re gonna treasure your own copy of Impotents Layouts & Backgrounds + Designs/character turnarounds/expression sheets.

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About $37

    Smoking Doors Tee: A black and white Smoking Doors Tee Shirt. Available in all sizes. Men's and ladies' designs.

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    Superfan “Story” Package: No shipping for this all-digital smorgasbord! This reward gets you Storyboards + Animation Keys + Animatic teasers.

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $53

    Impotents Tee: A full-color Smoking Doors Tee Shirt. Available in all sizes. Men's and ladies' designs.

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    Signed Art & Script: A signed version of the Stoney Lonesome script as well as five signed, full-color prints of the webisode production artwork.

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    + Buddha Keychain
    + Both Tees (Smoking Doors & Impotents)

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    Pledge CA$ 215 or more About $176

    Employee of the Month: If you've never held this coveted title, now your chance! Be immortalized in our series by having your face in the background art. Also all of this:

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    Prison Graffiti: Ever wanted to go to jail? How about exist as a piece of street art? Have both dreams fulfilled with this super-exclusive reward. Let us caricature and plop you in the background of our first web short “Stoney Lonesome".

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    + Both Tees (Smoking Doors & Impotents)

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    Hand-Drawn Caricature: Have your likeness captured in the Impotents style by Mr. Grahaeme Cowie himself. This reward is a hand-drawn sketch of you with an Impotents characters of your choosing.

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    7” Hand-Sculpted Buddha Figurine: This unique piece of hand-crafted art comes from the skillful hands of Bryan MacNeil–master sculptor. Forever own Buddha posed, holding his trusty bong and grinning at you from his altar. Your figurine will be dispatched to you from Halifax, carried on the winds of the Atlantic. How much more magical could one reward be?

    This reward is standalone and will not include any other rewards. It’s a wonder to behold all on its own.

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    Pledge CA$ 450 or more About $367

    Ganesh Figurine: This Ganesh “MUNNY” doll is expertly sculpted and hand painted. In all its pantless glory, this bad boy makes the perfect dinner table centerpiece.

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    Be Animated: This one’s bananas! Here we take the caricature reward a little further and stick you right in an episode, moving about as if you were an actual cartoon.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,225 or more About $1,000

    Associate Producer Credit: Add your name to the credits of the web series. As with the Executive Producer Credit, you get your name listed on IMDB. Also, all this sweet swag:

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    Pledge CA$ 4,500 or more About $3,673

    Producer Credit: This is the big one. Maybe less of a reward and more of a career milestone. You’d be listed on IMDB an Executive Producer of this web series.

    You also get a ton of swag, including the figurine ($450 value). Clearly we can’t give away more than one of these.

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