VIDEO: Ambitious Project Seeks to Fund Studio 4°C Animated Music Video Trilogy

Project aims to raise the hefty sum of $390,000 on Kickstarter

No one can fault Siwa Productions for thinking small with their crowd-funded "project : 13." The Tokyo and Ojai, California based artists are aiming to raise the hefty sum of $390,000 on Kickstarter to fund a trilogy of music video/shorts animated by Studio 4°C, the folks behind Tekkon Kinkreet, the new Berserk movies, and a portion of the AniMatrix



If funded, the "project : 13" will build out an original mythological story of good versus evil across three shorts. Each of the three "episodes" is designed to introduce a different portion of the project : 13 universe. Each has a different song, story, cast, and location with one central character providing the common thread between the three. 


The Kickstarter pages offers a look at current design work.


part 1: The Sound Of Hope - brings us into the project:13 story at a time, in the not too distant future, when the Earth has been conquered and enslaved by the forces of the Darmon Empire.

with the aid of a mechanical reconnaissance bird and high powered sonic accelerators - our team of heroes launch a daring mission to rescue one of their members and liberate innocent captives who are encased in saltstone by the Darmon in an underground prison.

in production now - estimated completion: September 2012


the scroll


Darmon head

Darmon distant

amber chamber

blue doors


part 2: Alice & The Robot 

in pre-production - estimated completion: December 2012

Eddie's conceptual sketches for Alice & The  Robot

part 3: The Queen Of Illumina

in pre-production - estimated completion: March 2013

Eddie's conceptual sketch for The Queen Of Illumina


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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