A successful Kickstarter campaign launches the new stop-motion animated web series House of Monsters by Dawn Brown.
Even the crankiest monsters were all smiles last week as the Kickstarter campaign for House of Monsters hit its $20,000 funding goal. The funds will be used to produce two more House of Monsters short films, building on the characters and the world created in the 2012 short film of the same name.
House of Monsters is a throwback to the classic Rankin/Bass holiday specials like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Mad Monster Party. House of Monsters is created by Dawn Brown, a successful Hollywood concept artist, whose credits include Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and The Hunger Games movies. Eager to move behind the camera and start telling stories of her own, Brown turned to Kickstarter to launch her project.
"Kickstarter was a great fit for us," says Brown. "We are a small group of artists looking for a platform to not only raise funding, but to bring awareness to House of Monsters and prove there is an interest in what we have to offer." In addition to producing new shorts, Brown promises to bring all campaign backers along for the ride behind the scenes. "We want to include the fans in the process of making these short films. We're creating art and community. There's something of real value about sharing this experience."
House of Monsters follows mummies, werewolves, vampires and friends through their adventures in an ominous castle and it's neighboring village. The series is currently in pre-production and will shoot this summer. The series will be distributed through various digital platforms like Amazon Instant Video and VHX early next year.
Source: The Monster Shop, Inc.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.