Another Castle broke a story yesterday,May 30, 2013, about an Emmy nominated voice actor Lee Tockar. He’s on a mission to launch an ambitious new website called Fanbuilt. The site will launch tomorrow June 1, and will offer a unique opportunity for creative minds from all facets of the imagination, offering them a platform to be seen. Tockar is a well known and respected voice actor, bringing life to many beloved video game, television, and movie characters through the decades. Now, he wants to pay it forward for the fans.
“[Fanbulit] is for voice actors and animators who are looking to showcase their reel. If you’re an artist looking to collaborate with other artists, if you’re a producer looking to find artists to help you with your productions. Or if you just want to be inspired by some silly stuff! Fanbulit is a place for creators to come and do what they love to do!”
Fanbuilt began as a humble idea of running as a virtual animation studio/production company. A company where fans could create and submit their cinematic endeavors, cheaply get the media to the public, and build an audience. However, fans from all different genres and backgrounds were clamoring for submissions and some of the material would not have quite fit the mold for what Tockar and his team had initially envisioned. So instead of denying these submissions, they simply broadened their scope. Fanbuilt, launching this Saturday June 1, will host a platform where fans, amateurs, and professionals alike can come together and participate in an open artistic forum; granting exposure and opportunity to all involved!
Much like Reddit, Fanbuilt users will have the opportunity to vote up and down projects. Each week a new fan favorite will be highlighted on the Fanbuilt featured page. The featured page will have winning reels to showcase, such as the Featured Voice Over Reel of the Week. In addition, each month fans will compete either singularly or with teams for real cash prizes. The best part about this is, there is no fee to play. Fanbuilt is and always plans to remain cost-free to the users. It is important to note that advertising will pay for the brunt of these contests and just to host the site, so sharing this information with those who would like to participate is vital in keeping the project afloat!
Fanbuilt is a powerful website, with the capacity to host as many users as Facebook! Resources made available to registered users of Fanbuilt include, but are not limited to, access to voice-over and animation programs. This most notable because those who don’t have the access to or money to afford more the expensive programs most animators and film creators have, can still participate and have a shot on getting noticed– maybe even winning a contest or two! Lee emphasized that there is a spot for all artistic and creative minds! Fanbuilt is not limited to just the cartoon and voice over community, but to illustrators, comic book writers, screen-play writers, video game creators. You name it, they want to see what you produce.
“This isn’t for just anyone with a camera, you have to actually create something. This site is for inventors, composers, illustrators, animators, and anyone with a vison who has the drive to complete it. It can be short, it can be funny, it can be long, it can be sad… it can be whatever.”
Tockar also took on a very creative designer when contemplating the look of the new website. Tockar explained that Fanbuilt has found much inspiration from Tim Burton and carnival-infused spook, referring lovingly to his staff and the community as ‘The Creators Carnival’. Lee will be participating with the community by way of 15-second funnies in a segment he’s calling ‘From the Creator‘, as well as a heavy focus on Podcasting. During our interview with the actor, Tockar teased at the possibility of a white moustached comic book icon making a guest appearance in honor of Fanbuilt‘s launch — but you’ll just have to tune in to get more information on that.
Tockar sums Fanbuilt up as the one-stop shop creation station for people at all levels of experience; to gain exposure and to participate in a forum that is artistic yet professional, while maintaining its enjoyment for both creator and audience. The site kicks-off on June 1, so if you already have a few reels you could submit, Tockar surely encourages your submission.
Check out FanbuiltProject.com.
You can follow Lee Tockar on Twitter, and see what his followers have to say about his endeavor and chat with the Tockar himself.
And don’t forget to check out Fanbuilt this Saturday June, 1, 2013 when it launches
Source: Another Castle