Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga: Animated Series Doubles Kickstarter Goal
Loyal Fans Raise Over $250,000 in One Month
Nashville, TN (April 11, 2016) —- Dove nominated singer/songwriter, award-winning author, and now a film production executive, Andrew Peterson, joins his Shining Isle Productions partner Chris Wall in saying a big THANKS to their fans and followers for funding the first production of their new company. Between March 1 and April 5, over 3,000 people donated $265,880—which is $155,000 over the base goal—to bring The Wingfeather Saga: Animated Series to the screen. Backers came from over 10 countries and the initial goal of $110,000 was reached within 48 hours. This landed The Wingfeather Saga in the Top 50 of film and video projects submitted for all Kickstarter campaigns. The film will be a half-pilot episode for the purpose of seeking series distribution.
“I had high hopes for how this Kickstarter campaign would go, but those hopes were far exceeded by the generosity and passion of the fans of these books. Chris and I are grateful beyond words for the chance to tell this story on screen, and to do it right,” says Peterson. “As fun as this Kickstarter thing was, the real fun starts now. Chris is chomping at the bit to get the giant animation machine running, and I can’t wait to dig into the story.”
Producer J. Chris Wall adds, “The response from fans to bring The Wingfeather Saga to the screen through Kickstarter has been amazing. To achieve the funding success and fan support as an independent project speaks volumes to the quality of the stories. The important work Andrew had done in creating the mythology has made the material immediately accessible for a visual adaptation. We’re excited to get underway on building the pilot with our talented team of artists.”
The Wingfeather Saga series began almost 10 years ago when Peterson began writing On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, which was published by Waterbrook/Random House in 2008. The second book, North! Or Be Eaten, released in 2009 and won the prestigious 2010 Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction. The third installment, The Monster in the Hollows, released in 2011. The epic tale has become a favorite of families around the world and has been compared to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.
About Andrew Peterson: Andrew Peterson is a man of many talents with a successful recording and songwriting career, as well as being the award-winning author of the Wingfeather Saga series and the host of a highly popular online creative community called the Rabbit Room (www.RabbitRoom.com). Peterson’s new studio album The Burning Edge of Dawn released October 2015 and debuted No. 2 on Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Top Albums Chart, his highest charting record to date. Critics have given strong reviews for this project, even naming Peterson as “one of the foremost singer/songwriters around.” His previous project, Light for the Lost Boy, also garnered rave reviews hailing the project as “best album of the year,” and garnered two 2013 Dove Award nominations. His album, Counting Stars, debuted at #1 on iTunes, and #6 on Billboard. His single, “Dancing in the Minefields,” reached the Top 10 on the Christian AC chart, while the video for the song has received well over 1,000,000 views online. In December 2015, Peterson once again delivered sold out crowds and multiple city dates for his highly successful 16th annual Behold the Lamb of God Christmas Tour. For continued updates on Peterson please visit online www.andrew-peterson.com.
About J. Chris Wall: Producer J. Chris Wall is a storyteller at heart. His career in animation began with Max Lucado’s You Are Special, followed by producing 20 episodes of 3-2-1 Penguins for NBC/Qubo. Over the last ten years with the wildly successful VeggieTales series, he produced 16 movies, including The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s, Saint Nicholas and Noah’s Ark. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife and 6 children.