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Kickstarter Highlight – Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm!

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Anderson Entertainment’s Firestorm!

You may recall last week we got wind of an upcoming Kickstarter campaign from the people who brought us such legends as Thunderbirds, and Fireball XL5 as well as many other projects you may not be aware of, founded by the late, great Gerry Anderson. Firestorm resurrects a series that sadly flopped in Japan, but will be returning to the world in the classic Ultramarionation style that made Anderson’s work famous…

If the Kickstarter campaign goes well.

Well, that shouldn’t be a problem! With the campaign having started yesterday, it’s already stormed it’s way to half of it’s goal of £49,280! But what will that money actually be used for?

The campaign’s primary goal will be to produce a mini-pilot that sets up the characters and basic plot. It will cover the cost of puppets and production, and what a production we have been promised. Practical effects, real explosions, physical props of immense scale, the kind of visuals we’re accustomed to from the original Anderson style, scaled up to the 21st century standard. Take a look:

The stretch goals will turn that minisode into a full scale pilot and possibly a whole series! Puppets are already under production, the art is getting finalized, so what do we get for our money?

Reward Tiers!

The campaign went live yesterday and already so many of the limited backing options have been snapped up! Those are listed below but by the time you read this so many more may already have gone, but considering the legacy behind this project, it’s history that’s being bought here. Let’s take a look at what we have left:

Pledge £1 or more Gratitude, and a warm fuzzy feeling! Awwww

Estimated delivery: Nov 2014

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Pledge £5 or more Access to the private backers-only production blog – giving backers sneak peaks at every aspect of the production.

Estimated delivery: Nov 2014

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Pledge £10 or more Digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Pledge £20 or more A DVD of the minisode filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £3 to ship outside the UK

OR The first 150 backers at this level will get a DVD of the minisode with extra features and special content, an enamel badge, an embroidered patch, the digital download, and production blog updates for £15 less than the standard reward rate! Only 150 available!

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £8 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £25 or more Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £5 to ship outside the UK

ALREADY GONE! The first 100 backers at this level will get a Blu-Ray of the minisode with extra features and special content, an enamel badge, an embroidered patch, the digital download, and production blog updates for £15 less than the standard reward rate! Only 100 were available!

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £8 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £29 or more A Blu-Ray of the minisode filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £5 to ship outside the UK

Tornado in flight

Pledge £35 or more Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £5 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £50 or more A Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £7 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £75 or more A signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £8 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £99 or more A signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £8 to ship outside the UK

ALREADY GONE Pledge £125 or more SAVE £50! Those backers will now have their face will feature in a sequence of photos of “known Black Orchid operatives” on the main screen of Ocean Storm during the minisode. They’ll also receive a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £8 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £175 or more These backers will have their face will feature in a sequence of photos of “known Black Orchid operatives” on the main screen of Ocean Storm during the minisode. They’ll also receive a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £8 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £250 or more A 6″ long model of Ocean Storm and Tornado combo, a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £35 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £500 or more An unpainted head and shoulders maquette of one the main characters, a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £19 to ship outside the UK

ALREADY GONE Pledge £750 or more A piece of the set, prop or other item taken from the minisode/pilot, a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Add £10 to ship outside the UK

Pledge £999 or more A half day at the set during filming (transport not included, date to be confirmed) and a meal with some of the crew, a crew t-shirt, a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Pledge £2,500 or more A static replica of one of the main puppet characters, a crew t-shirt, a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

An actual character in the sculpting process

An actual character in the sculpting process

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Pledge £5,000 or more Backers will be credited as an executive producer on the episode as well as on the first episode of the series when the show goes into full production. A signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

Pledge £5,000 or more The backer or a loved one can join Firestorm! They will become the inspiration for one of the puppet characters in the series – they face will be immortalised as one of the lead cast, we’ll also use their name (subject to agreement from the production team – in case their name is too similar to existing characters etc), a crew t-shirt, a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

SO VERY VERY GONE Pledge £5,000 or more That company’s name & logo will be displayed after Anderson Entertainment’s during the opening of the minisode (credited as “In association with”), and the backer will also receive a signed copy of the minisode storyboard, a printed minisode script, a signed film-style Firestorm poster by Eric Chu, a copy of the minisode storyboard, a Firestorm backer’s t-shirt, and your name on the credits of the minisode, as well as a Kickstarter backers exclusive collectible Firestorm patch, enamel pin badge, and a set of 3 vehicle postcards and 3 character postcards, a DVD of the trailer filled with extra features and special content, a digital download of the completed minisode and a PDF version of the script, together with ongoing access to the backers-only production blog.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2015

The rewards are stunning, but nothing could be greater than to attach yourself to a piece of entertainment history! So many generations have delighted in the works of Gerry Anderson and to see his legacy live on, or more accurately, be reborn in glorious fashion is something to really be a part of.

What’s your take? Are you a fan of the old Gerry Anderson series? And will you be giving to the campaign? Let us know what you think in the comments section, and please spread the word!


If you’re looking to help a smaller business make their first steps into the world, you still have a day to boost Ironcast and independently made steam-punk, turn based strategy game. It recently got 100% funding but there’s still a few hours left on the clock to help make it a better game for everyone concerned.

I have to say it looks good! And I can say for sure that one of the writers working on the project is superb because he inspired much of DMing 101. The game will combine a lot of different elements, faction warfare, resource management and character advancement in a roguelike campaign, there’s a lot to play with.

Check out Ironcast! And please, if you’re interested, please take part in the funding campaign.

 

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