K A Z E R E T U R N S !
The underground-hit story of the samurai tiger that first screened in 2004 as an experimental, animated short film at film festivals and conventions worldwide, now continues in two separate productions!
KAZE: WINDS OF CHANGE (KGW Entertainment) tells the story of Kaze's history, his forbidden love for the crowned princess, and the betrayal that shattered a kingdom!
KAZE: GHOST WARRIOR (Declaration Pictures) continues the story that began in the experimental short film, following Kaze's quest to avenge the royal family and restore the kingdom to order!
Choose your path, and follow updates as both series ramp into production!
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We are entering the final week of the KAZE: WINDS OF CHANGE, Illustrated Radio Drama Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/556886039/kaze-winds-of-change
The first 2 episodes are fully funded. In fact we are 2/3 of the way to funding the entire first season of 4 episodes!
If you help us pass the $5,000 mark, we’ll be able to produce the whole, 4-episode first season in quick succession! You’ll be able to follow Kaze’s story all the way up to his first trial by fire on the battlefield!
I’m thrilled with the support fans have shown for KAZE: WINDS OF CHANGE! I can’t wait to bring these episodes to life!
D.C. King, the series co-writer, took my story-arc and first drafts of the scripts and just hit them out of the park! I’ve never read scripts as powerful as these, including scripts from the season I spent working on Battlestar Galactica.
And oh my goodness, the actors! The cast we have, is absolutely top-shelf! And the new auditions pouring in are showing amazing talent. It’s breathtaking! (It is a such a beautifully difficult challenge choosing the lucky few who are going to voice the hand-full of open parts!)
The group of artists adding their vision to this Illustrated Radio Drama are among the very best Anthropomorphic community.
All this talent is going to make the impact of WINDS OF CHANGE light-years ahead of the 2004 experimental short film!
Thank you very much for your belief in this project, for your love of Kaze and for your support of ultra-independent storytelling! I can’t wait to be able to share with you the results of the team’s hard work!
We wish to thank everyone who submitted auditions!
There was such a turn-out, and such talent represented, it’s going to be quite the challenge to narrow that down to the handful of open parts!
On Friday, August 1, we will be posting a list of the cast we’ve chosen from this round of auditions, and will be contacting those actors directly for confirmation of their acceptance of their roles.
Return of the Tiger
Kaze comes to Screen, Window, Kickstarter
PITTSBURG, July 4 — Ten years after Ghost Warrior, award-winning animator Emily Amadhia Albee celebrated Kaze’s anniversary with two big announcements: plans for an animated action/drama Kaze television series scheduled for 2015 release, and an illustrated radio drama prequel series, “Winds of Change,” debuting in the fall of 2014.
The original film Kaze: Ghost Warrior was an experimental animated short feature released in 2004. The film, a fantasy/action story set a land inspired by feudal Japan, introduced Kaze, a noble tiger warrior looking for a foe from his past. Amadhia Albee created the film to show what a single, dedicated artist could create on a tight timeline and budget: the Ghost Warrior 22-minute animated short was created in six months with only $5,000, with Albee filling all roles, including writer, director, animator, voices, and sound effects and musical score. Albee recently released the Kaze animated film on Youtube to recognize the film’s 10th anniversary.
Albee revealed the two new Kaze projects at her “Kaze: A Retrospective” panel at Anthrocon 2014, launching the kickstarter for her upcoming prequel project, “Winds of Change.” The “Winds of Change” radio drama is a collaborative project with co-writer D.C. King, composer/pianist/keyboardist Fox Amoore, and a troupe of voice actors. “Winds of Change” will be produced by Albee’s new company, KGW Entertainment.
The full “Winds of Change” series is expected to be a 12-16 episode, illustrated audio drama exploring Kaze’s world, his history, and the romance and betrayal leading up to the Ghost Warrior film. Early episodes will feature illustrations by Alector Fencer, Balaa, Bloodhound Omega, and Thornwolf, depending on backer response.
Albee’s other big announcement was a return to animation, requested by fans since the original film’s launch. The Kaze animated series, to be produced by Declaration Pictures Inc., is scheduled for preproduction in Fall, 2014, with episodes in full production in early 2015. Kelly Lee Myers, Declaration Pictures president, said of the Kaze animated project, “The series will be cutting edge in terms of the technology use to bring Kaze to life, and so will the story-lines and characters. This is not going to be a kids’ show by any means. Our intention is to make it as hard-hitting and gritty as any live-action action/drama on TV today…”
Funding for the “Winds of Change” audio drama series on Kickstarter continues through August 4.
Get the latest information on Winds of Change at the Kaze Kickstarter campaign!
Declaration Pictures Inc., (http://www.declarationpictures.com) announced today that it has secured the motion-picture, TV and additional format/medium rights to Amadhia Albee’s “Kaze: Ghost Warrior”.
Declaration Pictures Inc. president, Kelly Lee Myers, will be heading-up development of the property into a CG animated action/drama TV series with Albee functioning as Creative Consultant.
“We are very excited about being able to finally bring Kaze to life in this medium after so many years. The support of the fans of the original short film, and now upcoming radio plays, worldwide has been unwavering and growing,” said Myers, an award-winning 20+ year veteran of Film/TV visual effects industries.
He continued by stating, “The series will be cutting-edge in terms of the technology used to bring Kaze to life, and so will the story-lines and characters. This is not going to be a kids’-show by any means. Our intention is to make it as hard-hitting and gritty as any live-action, action/drama on TV today; and we will be bringing-on talented writers as we develop the episodic scripts and the overall story-arc for the series.”
The company says that pre-production will begin in the fall of 2014, with voice casting scheduled shortly thereafter with the goal of putting the first episodes into full production in the early months of 2015.
Declaration Pictures Inc., will also be handling merchandising and additional transmedia product development and distribution for the KAZE: GHOST WARRIOR series.
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