Kickstart Sunday: ORIENT CITY

kickstarter-orientThis week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is Orient City, a hand drawn animated film from Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huszka. The film is a samurai western about a man sworn to protect a young girl after her family is killed and the path of revenge they set out upon. 

[UPDATE] It looks like the Kickstarter page was not showing up correctly last night and only showing the video, all the information is there now, so please disregard the next paragraph!

Unfortunately, this is an example of what not to do with a Kickstarter campaign, as the page itself has no information on it aside from the campaign video, which, while highly produced, is almost inaudibly quiet. I got a PR e-mail telling me about the film so I don’t know why at the very least that wasn’t included on the page. More information about the funding and where it’s going would also be a good idea and maybe some perks to entice prospective backers. These items may be added later, but without having the page fleshed out from the beginning the creators are surely missing out on donations.

Either way, this looks like a very promising film and I would recommend you check out the Kickstarter page here and consider a donation.

Orient City: Ronin & The Princess is a samurai spaghetti western that mixes the characteristics of the American Wild West and Feudal Asia. An unforgiving place, Orient City is a vertical tangle of rock and skyscrapers interconnected with waterways and cable cars. The poor, quite literally, dwell at the bottom. At the center of it all is Boshi, a fallen samurai who has sworn to protect a young girl whose family has been assassinated. Together they head to Orient City for one thing… revenge.

  • Ryan Colucci

    Thanks so much for the post!

    I’m wondering if the page came up correctly – there is a lot of information on the film, the world of the film, the process, what has been done and what is still left to do (ie where the funding is going).

    I definitely don’t want to be an example of how not to present a campaign. We put a lot into it and want it to be clear and transparent, so if it’s lacking in something I definitely want to revise/update it.

    • Hey Ryan, I just checked again and it’s all there! There must have been a glitch on the site last night as I tried refreshing it several times to see if there was more on there and it wasn’t coming up! I’m updating the post accordingly, thanks for letting me know!

      • Ryan Colucci

        I was just scrambling in a cold sweat – trying to figure out how I was screwing up so bad with the campaign and how I could fix it. That’s pretty awesome to hear it’s not a complete disaster. I’m sure there is still stuff that falls short and I would love to know – cause I’m not pretentious and just want it to be good and attractive (as attractive as the movie itself hopefully is).