Thursday, April 6, 2017

Failed Kickstarter Turned Into Animated Short

About a year ago, some friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of raising enough money to create an animated feature starring my Youtube cartoon characters Abo, Karo, Sophik and Harut. To help promote the campaign we created a 20-30 second cartoon per week leading up to the deadline and we created posters which were posted up by different Armenian business owners all over Glendale and Burbank. The process was really exciting in the beginning, but as we got closer to the deadline and I realized we weren't going to get anywhere close to our goal the feeling of discouragement and self doubt crept in. When the campaign was finally over I felt burned out and drained emotionally. I began to question whether the time and effort I had put into these cartoons for over 10 years had been a waste of time. After some time had passed, I began to think about the promotional cartoons we had made during the campaign and how much time and effort was put into creating those. I didn't want them to go to waste. Then I had the idea of combining them into one short by having Karo (Abo's brother) narrate the whole thing. Poking fun at his naive brother with big dreams. I also created new scenes inspired by my experience. In the end it resulted in a 6 minute animated cartoon! Enjoy


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