Animator Raised in Summerland’s Kickstarter Campaign Raises $2.5 Million – Summerland Review
An animator and storyteller who grew up in Summerland has raised nearly $2.5 million through a Kickstarter campaign.
The fundraiser came for Jenna Woldenga’s work telling a Dungeons and Dragons game.
The campaign, Fool’s Gold: Into the Bellowing Wilds, has received support from nearly 17,000 contributors. The concept is described as an adventure that takes place in the deadliest jungle in the world where everything wants to kill you.
Woldenga has been a full-time Dungeons & Dragons YouTube host since April 2018 and she has 719,000 subscribers on her. dingo doodles channel.
Her Kickstarter campaign work is an account of a Dungeons and Dragons game she played with five friends from 2016 to 2018. A Kickstarter book and campaign are linked to her work. Her fiancé Felix Irnich is writing the story and they are working with Toronto-based Hit Point Press.
Woldenga said she wants the narration in her videos to be understandable to everyone, even if they don’t know the details of Dungeons and Dragons.
“I try to keep it casual and tell the story to my audience like a person would at a party,” Woldenga said. “For anyone unfamiliar with Dungeons and Dragons, I try to explain it like I would to my grandma.”
“People who watched it told me they really didn’t need to know Dungeons and Dragons to enjoy the story.”
Woldenga, who graduated from Summerland High School in 2012, has always had an interest in art. His artistic career began with a web comic on his site, electricbunnycomics.com.
“They were simple one-page jokes that reflected what was going on in my life and in my pop culture. It was a great tool for learning how to write comedy,” she said.
After six years of creating comics, she got a contract with a video game company to create funny comics about their game. She had a one-year contract and was able to save enough money to start a channel YouTube and try it out for a year without financial consequences.
Now that his Kickstarter campaign is over, Woldenga plans to continue working on videos and completing the series. As of now, she has completed 24 episodes, with more on the way.
“I hope that in the end people can watch the massive work and experience the Dungeons and Dragons campaign like I did with my friends,” she said. “I’m one of the few people in the world to have done this and I hope to leave my small footprint in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.”
Her goal is to become a creator and writer for TV or streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, and hopes to convert her stories into full-fledged animated TV shows.
“I know it’s going to be great and hopefully it paves the way for me in the future to be able to tell the stories I want to tell,” she said.
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