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A unique handmade picture book for kids & art lovers about a nervous monster who finds his courage with the help of a brave little girl
A unique handmade picture book for kids & art lovers about a nervous monster who finds his courage with the help of a brave little girl
A unique handmade picture book for kids & art lovers about a nervous monster who finds his courage with the help of a brave little girl
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Tyrone Wells, a noted and beloved contemporary singer/songwriter and Broken Eagle, LLC, an art studio specializing in practical (handmade 3D) art and stop motion animation have collaborated to create a children’s picture book that quite literally has no rival in the publishing world. Combining Tyrone’s powerful storytelling sensibilities and Broken Eagle’s hyper-detailed cinematic handcrafted art, “The Whatamagump” is both a joy to read and a visual treat for the eyes never before seen, except perhaps on the big screen.

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The Whatamagump is the story of a lovable monster who overcomes his biggest fears with the help and courage of his best friend; an adorably scrappy little 7 year old named Julie with a big heart and a taste for adventure!

What makes The Whatamagump such unique and exciting book is that, unlike most picture books who's artwork is created with pen, paint or a computer, our team of artists will be creating every detail by hand, from scratch - quite literally bringing the characters and their world into our reality! The result is a picture viewing experience with a depth of field and realism that you won't find anywhere else.

The following are examples of a completed set and character prototypes, test photographed under different lighting scenarios with a 50mm lens. The book will likely include shots in 35mm, further extending the depth of field and three dimensional look.

 

 

 

What is the money for? Here is a quick breakdown:

  • Kickstarter/Funding Fees: 10%
  • Hardcover Book Printing (32pg full color gloss): 28%
  • Labor, Materials and audio production: 60%
  • remaining funds for rewards fullfillment

As you can imagine, this is tedious work that takes many skilled hands an incredibly long time to produce, and that is why the bulk of the funds are allocated for labor and materials.

To produce the artwork necessary to accommodate Tyrone's story and fill a 32 page book, it will require as many as 5 highly skilled sculptors and artisans with multiple specialties working full time (or more) for 3 months. This is where Broken Eagle comes in.

Because every detail is created by hand and the character's poses and expressions will change from page to page, this book will require expertise in the following areas:

  • Sculpture
  • Puppet Fabrication
  • Set Fabrication
  • Prop/Model Fabrication
  • Painting (dry brush and air brush)
  • Molding and Casting
  • Lighting
  • Photography

Here are some 'Behind the Scenes' photos taken while Broken Eagle created the set and characters shown above.

Beginning the Whatamagump Sculpt
Beginning the Whatamagump Sculpt

 

Whatamagump Nearly Complete
Whatamagump Nearly Complete

 

Now for some decent lighting!
Now for some decent lighting!

 

Julie Sculpt In Process
Julie Sculpt In Process

 

Making Julie's Wig - one strand at a time
Making Julie's Wig - one strand at a time

 

All Ready For Her First Close-Up!
All Ready For Her First Close-Up!

 

Nothing bought off the shelf here - handmade!!
Nothing bought off the shelf here - handmade!!

 

Coat Rack in Process
Coat Rack in Process

 

Easel and accessories complete and on set
Easel and accessories complete and on set

 

Fitting Curtain Rods
Fitting Curtain Rods

 

Set Dressing
Set Dressing

 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is the size and scope of the project. This production has far more components then your average book, so there are many facets that could cause slight production or printing delays. While we have made every effort to account for any challenges that may arise, we are aware that in doing something no one has done before, we may likely be surprised with unexpected issues that slightly delay the final product. In the unlikely event that such a circumstance occurs we will be transparent with our supporters.

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    #1 Hardcover Book & Audio Download

    Hardcover book plus audio download that includes a read-along and original "Whatamagump" related songs by Tyrone Wells.

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    Reward #2 Autographed Book + Audio

    Hardcover book autographed by Tyrone wells, Bryan McIntyre, Greg Boettcher (Broken Eagle) + Audio Download

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    (#3) - Reward #2 + "Shout-out", Prints

    - Hardcover book Autographed by Tyrone Wells & Broken Eagle
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    - Your name printed in the 'Thank you' section of the 1st edition print of the book
    - 11x17" Poster
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    (#4) reward #3 + Original Prop in Book

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    - 11x17" Poster
    -Proof of Concept Illustration (POC) Print
    - one of a kind original piece handmade and included in the production of the book. Piece to be determined at random by Broken Eagle.

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    (#5) reward #3+Chat w/ BrokenEagle

    - Hardcover book Autographed by Tyrone Wells & Broken Eagle
    - Audio Download
    - Your name printed in the 'Thank you' section of the 1st edition print of the book
    - 11x17" Poster
    -Proof of Concept Illustration (POC) Print
    - 30 Minute online video chat with the Bryan and Greg from Broken Eagle. Learn about the process that went in to creating the artwork in the book or anything else that inspires you!

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    (#6) Reward #3 + Personalized Tyrone Vid

    - Hardcover book Autographed by Tyrone Wells & Broken Eagle
    - Audio Download
    - Your name printed in the 'Thank you' section of the 1st edition print of the book
    - 11x17" Poster
    -Proof of Concept Illustration (POC) Print
    - Tyrone will record a video of himself playing an original song of your choice and dedicate it to whomever you choose. This can be for weddings, birthdays, any special occasion, or just to communicate a message of love to your loved one. You can have Tyrone read whatever message you prepare for your loved one prior to his playing the song. Upon full funding, you will receive said video via email prior to the release of “The Whatamagump”.

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    - Private 25 Minute online acoustic concert with Tyrone. Chat, listen, enjoy - Bring your friends or keep him all to yourself!

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    - Hardcover book Autographed by Tyrone Wells & Broken Eagle
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    (#10) #3 + your kid's art on Easel

    - Hardcover book Autographed by Tyrone Wells & Broken Eagle
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    - 11x17" Poster
    -Proof of Concept Illustration (POC) Print
    - Your child's artwork displayed on the Easel seen in Julie's bedroom and will appear in book. After book production, the Easel will be shipped to you to keep! Artwork subject to approval by Broken Eagle LLC and will require signed release of ownership to allow image to be used in book.

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    (#11) #3 + Tyrone plays live for YOU

    - Hardcover book Autographed by Tyrone Wells & Broken Eagle
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    - Tyrone will personally deliver your autographed book and play a private 1 hour acoustic concert in your living room or venue of your choice, with an optional “The Whatamagump” book reading by the author himself thrown in. Performance date to be determined by you and Tyrone in tandem with Tyrone's 2017 tour schedule.

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