April 22, 2015 – Smoking Doors, a Vancouver-based animation company, launches their crowd-sourcing campaign to produce the “Impotents” web series.
Smoking Doors was formed in 2012 by Jeff Cooper and Grahaeme Cowie–life-long friends and creative collaborators–as a platform for creating the Impotents series. Impotents is an adult, animated comedy which tells the story of four would-be gods coexisting in the modern world–mainly Jesus, Buddha, Ganesh and Artemis. These gods, unlike their holy counterparts, are flawed twenty-somethings living in the city.
After pitching the idea to several broadcasters–despite very positive feedback–the general desire was that the show be further along in production before it could be picked up as a full-length series. This was not just because of its edgy nature but also a common request due to current trends in entertainment sourcing.
“They want to see an audience,” says Cowie “which is how we came up with the idea for the web series. We want to produce this independently.”
In order to raise the funds for producing five 3-5 minute shows, Kickstarter.com was selected as the platform for the campaign. In line with Kickstarter.com guidelines, artists have a set number of days to raise the total project budget, or risk receiving no funding at all.
To learn more about the campaign and the series, the project pitch page is available here: