Character Designer: Daniel Fu
 
Designing characters for Lunatics! was an interesting challenge. They needed to be realistic enough to work with the highly realistic sets and props which were designed for real human proportions, but they also needed to be stylized and expressive enough to work as cartoon characters without creating too much of an "uncanny valley" effect.

For this important task, we turned to Daniel Fu, who we met while working on our Light Princess game project from 2000-2002. Although that project was never completed for software reasons, the artwork was promising, and Fu's work from that era seemed like a good match to what we were hoping to do with Lunatics! He also had continued working on other projects, which gave us confidence that he'd be an excellent choice for the job. We commissioned him to do some concept art and then raised money through a Kickstarter campaign to pay him for the work on lineups and modelsheets that would allow us to develop 3D characters.

A graduate of the University of Texas, where he studied Architecture, Daniel Fu has been a comic artist since before 2000.  Prior to his work on Lunatics!, his best-known series was probably The Retriever, which ran from 2006 to 2010. In 2017, he illustrated a comic book adaptation, Axanar: Trial by Fire, written by Trey McElwain, based on the Axanar fan film production by Alec Peters.

Currently he is working as the Interactive Art Director for Spiceworks, where he designs user interfaces. He also has a freelance portfolio for his UI/UX work.

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WATCHER
$1 or more per Episode 3 patrons
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  • Early access to production updates
  • Notification of releases


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  • Notification of releases
  • Early access to stereo-audio, 1280x720 standard HD video before official release date



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  • Notification of releases
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  • Private download link for the original 1920x1080 HD video and both stereo and 5.1 surround sound tracks, suitable for viewing on your home-theater HDTV monitor (before public release)
  • PDF cover art / episode poster

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$20 or more per Episode 3 patrons
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  • Notification of releases
  • Early access to 1280x720 HD video stream
  • Private download link for 1920x1080 HD video/5.1 audio
  • PDF cover art poster
  • ONE-TIME gifts as described in our milestone goals
  • "Patron" screen credit



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  • Notification of releases
  • Early access to 1280x720 HD video stream
  • Private download link for 1920x1080 HD video/5.1 audio
  • PDF cover art poster
  • ONE-TIME gifts as described in our milestone goals
  • 12"x18" (30x45cm) cover art poster for each episode (like a small movie poster)*
  • Special Limited Edition Single Episode + Source DVD with behind-the-scenes special features, tutorials, and Blender source files included
  • "Silver Sponsor" screen credit


*For addresses outside of USA, please add $10/episode extra to cover shipping costs for the posters (or you can opt out of the printed posters). DVDs will ship internationally.



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$100 or more per Episode 0 patrons
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  • Notification of releases
  • Early access to 1280x720 HD video stream
  • Private download link for 1920x1080 HD video/5.1 audio
  • PDF cover art poster
  • ONE-TIME gifts as described in our milestone goals
  • 12"x18" (30x45cm) cover art poster*
  • Special Limited Edition Single Episode + Source DVD
  • "Gold Sponsor" screen credit


*International Shipping Included for posters and DVDs.



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$300 or more per Episode 0 of 50 patrons
  • Name of your company or organization listed as a "Corporate Sponsor" in the end credits.


LOGO SPONSOR
$1,000 or more per Episode 0 of 10 patrons
  • Logo for your company or organization appearing in our end credits (these will appear before any other sponsorships in the end credits). 


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