Successful launch on Kickstarter for WINDWALKERS, an ANIMATED EPIC MOVIE SERIES of a French Cult Classic Sci-Fi Novel
The producer Forge Animation Looks to Fan Community to Co-Fund A 6 x 50′ Sci-Fi and Fantasy animated movie series
French production company Forge Animation has launched a new kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the creation of a movie series, second step of a global transmedia project including a video game and comic books, based on the cult-classic Sci-Fi novel The Horde of the Counterwind by Alain Damasio, recipient of the 2006 Grand Prix de l’imaginaire, the national French award, for Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction. The book will be translated into English for the first time this year, with chapter 1, 2& 3 released on Kickstarter during the campaign.
Forge Animation’s movie series is developed by a unique international team of renowned artists and creative talent:
- Yoshitaka Amano (FINAL FANTASY, Vampire Hunter D),
- Wayne D. Barlowe (AVATAR, Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire),
- Koji Morimoto (Akira, Animatrix),
- George Hull (JUPITER ASCENDING, CLOUD ATLAS,…),
- Oscar Chichoni (PACIFIC RIM, THE HOBBIT),
- Eric Henninot (XIII),
- Frédéric Perrin (Beauty and the Beast),
- Takuhito Kusanagi (Detective Conan, Blue Submarine)
Starwalker, a duo made up of Jean-Benoit Dunkel from the French EDM band AIR and Bardi Johansson, will direct the movie’s original soundtrack. Starwalker will be working with Guillaume Roussel, a contributing composer on the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series among others.
Oscar nominated scriptwriter Iris Yamashita, together with Alain Damasio, blend their talents for the 6 x 50′ Sci-Fi and Fantasy animated movie series. The movie series will offer a new take on the original story and will dive deep into the main characters, their affinities, their strengths in the face of adversity, and their destiny as a group and as individuals.
The first 6 episodes will be adapting half of the book.
The kickstarter campaign began on May 27th for the opening of the platform in Europe, already raised 36% of its goal (75.000 € – 82.000 $) and runs through July the 1st, 2015. Fans can donate directly at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forgeanimation/windwalkers-the-movie-series
Short links : http://kck.st/1PMw0Uy
“The WINDWALKERS project is a rich, complex and enthralling masterpiece for fans of great Sci-Fi storytelling” said Herve Trouillet, founder of Forge Animation. “With the support of our Kickstarter community, we will produce an epic movie series that will bring this fan favorite story to the rest of the world, for the first time, as it has never been translated outside of the French language until now.” “
The universe of WINDWALKERS is shaped by the wind. Powerful and perpetual winds are covering the surface of the world and destroy everything in their paths. In Aberlass, a city set against an immense cliff, every generation a group of young boys and girls are chosen for their potential and are trained to “counter” the wind. They become the HORDE. They leave the city as young adults and walk windwards, facing the wind their entire lives, to find the mysterious origin of the winds. They are the WINDWALKERS.
There have been thirty-three attempts in eight hundred years, thirty-three Hordes that have failed. This is the story of the thirty-fourth, and most probably the last…
It is an epic team story, a story of a group, and what a group can do to overcome the hardships which threaten to tear them apart; It is an action story meant to touch our deepest essence, and remind us that to live authentically means to be in movement and to be connected.
About Forge Animation
Based in Aix-En-Provence, France, Forge Animation is a new animation studio focused on transmedia productions (Games, films, comics) for the digital generation.
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