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Bristol animation house turns to kickstarter to fund game

Bristol animation house turns to kickstarter to fund game
Jake Bickerton
12 October 2015

Bristol-based Rumpus Animation, which was set up by ex-Aardman Animation animators Joe Wood and Seb Burnett back in 2011, has turned to kickstarter to try to get funding for its latest project.

Rumpus, which has previously worked on projects for Nick JR, BBC Learning, Virgin Media, Google Japan as well as the well received animated pop promo for Count Skylarkin & Harvey K-Tel’s Dub of a Preacherman (below), is attempting to secure £25k to make the second instalment of an animated adventure game for Mac, iOs, Android and PC.

Count Skylarkin & Harvey K-Tel: Dub of a Preacherman from Rumpus Animation on Vimeo.

What Rumpus wants to create is a four-hour long fully animated, fully voice-acted adventure game from scratch. The project centres on a character called Bertram Fiddle as he tries to track down the whereabouts of Geoff the Murderer.

Bertram was fist introduced in Rumpus’s ‘The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: A Dreadly Business’, which won best new game on the US, UK, German, Austrian and Russian app stores and has been published in China and Japan, where it won the Best Narrative Award at Tokyo Indie Fest.

This kickstarter campaign is to fund ‘Bertram Fiddle - A Victorian Animated Adventure Game Part II’.

Rumpus’s Creative Director Seb Burnett (the writer, illustrator and creator of Bertram) explains why the animation company is focusing its attentions on games after building up a reputation for promos and short-form animation work: “It’s a way of funding and producing our own IP. Story is still at its heart, but now the player decides what will happen instead of just being a viewer. Episode 1 cost us £50,000 and took a year to make. Fortunately we are in a much better position this time around. We have already written the story, designed many of the scenes and puzzles and have started building new characters.”

“Also, because of the way Episode 1 was built, we have an event sequencer and timeline system which means adding content is much faster. We've saved up enough money to cover the costs of voice actors, recording studio and a new soundtrack by our talented composer Cam Reynolds. So the money raised by this campaign will pay for our animators to work full-time on bringing Bertram and his world to life.”

So far the campaign has had 330 backers and almost a third of the funding required with 25 days to go.

Here's a short introduction to the original Bertram Fiddle game...

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