Crowdfunding Friday: Doctor Who & Mysterious Cities Of Gold
It's Crowdfunding Friday, which this week features a Cities Of Gold game, a Doctor Who poetry book and a Magic: The Gathering documentary...
On my travels through the world's crowdfunding websites this week, I found an IndieGoGo campaign from a person wanting to raise the money to then fund another project over on Kickstarter. If someone set up a project to help fund the project set up to fund the other project, would the universe implode?
Anyway, this week's selection of geek-friendly projects contains a broad spread of nostalgia, gaming, documentary filmmaking and sci-fi poetry. Beware, too, that one of the pitch videos below contains a ferociously catchy theme tune. If you're over the age of 25 or so, you can probably guess which one it is.
Beyond The Donut
Here's a short film that aims to tell a story about love, life and death, with a surreal, Terry Gilliam-esque edge. Mixing live action, stop-motion and practical special effects, Beyond The Donut is the latest project from Micah Gallagher, a VFX expert and filmmaker. As is often the way with these things, Micah's finished the principal photography on the film - the 2:35 anamorphic footage glimpsed above looks lovely - and needs just $20,000 to get the film through post-production.
If the pitch video hasn't convinced you already, here's the trailer for his previous short film, Machinehead. It's a piece of macabre brilliance.
The Mysterious Cities Of Gold: Secret Paths
Mention The Mysterious Cities Of Gold to people of a certain age, and you're likely to be met with an excitedly hummed theme tune, and various recollections of what children's TV was like in the 80s and 90s. Even without the goggles of nostalgia, Cities Of Gold was a properly epic animated series, its 39 episodes taking young heroes Esteban, Zia and Tao across South America in search of the title's mythical city. Taking in cruel villains and ancient technology, the story still lingers in the memory even three decades after its first airing on French television.
A new series has recently started to air in France - which we're hoping will make it to these shores very soon - and those lucky people across the pond also have Secret Paths, a videogame tie-in full of puzzles and mysteries. This Kickstarter project will be bringing an English-language version of the game to the PC, with iPhone, Wii and other versions planned to follow.
The campaign's already passed its $30,000 minimum goal, but we decided to feature it here anyway; if the funding reaches $40,000, a stretch goal will be unlocked, meaning that versions of the game will be translated into Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Swedish. Pledging $12 gets you an iOS version of Secret Paths, while $15 will net you the PC, 3DS or Wii U port, meaning you'll get a reasonably-priced copy of the game, while funding its translation for other languages. Hurrah!
A final word of warning: the even chirpier new version of the Cities Of Gold theme song in the video above really is infuriatingly catchy.
I'm ashamed to say I've never played Magic: The Gathering, but I know a few people who do, and from what I've heard, it's both engrossing and addictive. Besides, like so many good documentaries about fan culture, I suspect you won't have to be a Magic expert to appreciate the stories in Planeswalkers, which delves into the fan fascination - and in some cases, obsession - that goes into this hugely popular card game.
At the time of writing, Planeswalkers is on the cusp of breaking through its incredibly modest $2,000 goal, and with a pledge of $15 all that's required to get a digital copy of the film, it's well worth your consideration.
An Eloquence Of Time And Space
Doctor Who fans are an industrious lot, with the show's 50th anniversary prompting all kinds of celebrations, conventions, and even a documentary about the changing shape of that fandom - something we covered in last week's post. In this project, fan James Wylder plans to publish a book of poetry dedicated to TV's illustrious Time Lord, with every single episode from Doctor Who's seven series run given its own poem - thus making it as much an episode guide as a dedicated book of soothing verses.
Having already passed through several stretch goals, there'll also be lots of other stuff in the book, too, including short stories, episodes on Neil Gaiman, Stephen Moffat and Lawrence Miles, and additional poems about cherished companions and other key characters. If the campaign reaches $2500 (which it's close to doing as I type this), the book will be extended to cover the entire classic era of Who, complete with illustrations. Simply put, it's a treasure trove for Who fans.
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