Nikolai Mamashev is running an Indiegogo campaign. His goal? to find 4000$ to get producion time to transform the episode 6 of Pepper&Carrot , 'The potion contest' into an animated video, a motion comic!
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pepper-and-carrot-motion-comic#/ First, a little disclaimer: I'm not participating in this project (exept obviously for this blog post) and I'll not benefit from the money of this indiegogo campaign: It's all for Nikolai's production and I'm totally fine with it. I love his project, and let me tell you why, as the author of Pepper&Carrot, I think his project needs to be funded:
Respect of the art style
Nikolai Mamashev is a known artist in the world of free/libre software, you probably met him already around the Morevna project or in a previous contribution to Pepper&Carrot. Nikolai is a skilled professional artist with a unique style but for this project, I'm honored he decided to give life to my own art style and put his own art style into background. That's an ultimate fan-art piece and I'm blushing only at thinking about this present. His method: cuting all the artwork from the source and redrawing the missing frames, animating, deforming the original artwork. An enormous amount of work done with Krita, MyPaint, Inkscape and Blender. Here are gif animations you can find on Nikolai Indiegogo campaign:
bones, wind, complex cut. Impressive! And this shot is a simple one of the comic...
blender video sequence editor, with effect, audio, transitions
Krita transform tool in action, checking if every part of the artwork are ready
Amazing production price offer
Nikolai ask 4000$ to the community to produce this short. 4000$ for more than 40 shots. Do the math, with audio, sources, and free CC-BY-SA license, it's a very good deal (almost insane) for this type of production. We will never see a good offer around like this twice, be sure about it. Here is an overview of the episode 6 : Shichimi! Coriander! Saffron! actions a lot of magic effect! ... and monster! Well, I'm exited to have a motion-comic animated version about it.
High quality sample
Nikolai also provides two finished quality shot as a sample to promote the campaign, watch it, it's short but magical to see Pepper taking life. Two shots gives around 20sec of video. With the 40 shots of episode 6, I'm pretty sure the final will be an animation between 3 or 4 minutes!
To finish, Nikolai propose all the sources files, and his work as CC-BY-SA.
An open-license! So, more free culture around, and yes, I'll be able to reuse sample of his work for, exemple, a Pepper&Carrot trailer or when I'll need to pitch the project in a video.
So ready to fund an awesome project? Thank you if you can help Nikolai!
We need noise about it :-) A comment? Something you would prefer and stops you? Encouragement?
Leave a message on the comment bellow, and I'm sure Nikolai will be around to interact with you.