Other Projects We've Done
The team attached to David has collectively worked on many of the biggest, most successful animated features of the past two decades. Our studio partner is Sunrise Animation Studios, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and their team is a group of incredibly talented artists, storytellers, and animators from all over the world, brought together with a shared passion to inspire through story.
Sunrise founders Phil and Jacqui Cunningham started the studio with a vision to make an epic movie about the life of David and his extraordinary, world-changing relationship with God. Over the past two decades, they and the Sunrise team have been preparing for this moment and building the pipeline and skillset to make this movie with the production quality and sheer entertainment value of the best major-studio movies, while not losing sight of the greater priority: a movie filled with God’s truth and presence.
In preparation for David, Sunrise has worked with major global partners and built several successful properties, including the Jungle Beat YouTube channel which has over 8 million YouTube subscribers and close to 2 billion views a year on YouTube alone. Sunrise released a full-length feature film - Jungle Beat: The Movie on Netflix which had an audience score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and was on Netflix's top 10 worldwide for over 2 weeks.
Over the past two decades, Sunrise has created world-class content for major global brands including Samsung, Dell, and Juventus Football Club, every step of the way been building a studio pipeline towards David as a legacy feature project.
Completing a major global theatrical release can feel like an insurmountable challenge, but with confidence that we “can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13), we’re setting out to do exactly that!
All the large studios, historically, have owned the theatrical world and have made it very difficult for small studios to have successful releases in the theatrical space. We are right in the middle of one of the greatest disruptions the world has seen in terms of how films are distributed and consumed, and we feel there is an opportunity to achieve unprecedented distribution for an independent film, by firstly creating a movie of incredible quality, and secondly through a distribution strategy that is innovative and harnesses the incredible power of community.
We believe Angel Studios is the ideal production partner since they have helped successfully launch other productions, like The Chosen, outside the traditional studio distribution path.
We intend to build a community throughout the production process so that when we are ready to bring this movie to the world, we will have a team of partners and friends adding their voices and support to the launch of David. Between our relationships and your help in building this community, our goal is to have the largest animated theatrical release of all time with a story society so desperately needs to hear today.
Our Distributors - Angel Studios
Slingshot USA’s distribution agreement with Angel Studios provides for a marketing budget of up to 50% of our production expenditure, which is a healthy budget for an independent film. However, when compared with the marketing spend of major studios like Pixar and Disney, we recognize that the success of David will rely on a “slingshot” strategy, and Angel Studios’ proven ability to innovate is key to this.
Our strategy is built on five key pillars:
Building a community. Angel Studios have done an incredible job at building a “crowd” of investors and followers behind media projects, right from the funding and through the production process. Once funding of David is complete, we will still have roughly two years of production before release, and together with Angel Studios, we will use this period to continue to engage with and build our David community, through strategic social media and mainstream media narrative, further driven by a group of high-profile Executive Producers with exceptionally large and engaged social media following.
Engaging the Faith community. Our initial “crowd” behind David will be just a small subset of nearly 2.5 billion Christians worldwide, which represents a massive global audience of families who already know and love the story of David. While we are making David for a diverse, global audience, we recognize that the Faith community is very likely where our “snowball” will start. Making a movie that authentically honors the biblical text is a passion and priority for us, and we believe that the Faith community will be delighted by the quality, entertainment, and spiritual depth of David.
Global Theatrical Release Strategy. With Angel Studios as our distributors, we are planning an innovative US cinema release leveraging the momentum generated in the “crowd” and Faith communities described above. Internationally our strategy is for Angel to appoint and manage distributors for each regional/national territory to achieve the best global audience possible.
Pay-It-Forward Cinema. Angel Studios have pioneered a pay-it-forward model with The Chosen, which has been an absolute phenomenon. We love the heart behind this model – giving away world-class, Christian content and inviting the community to gift the content to new viewers through a “pay-it-forward” option. This model has proven as disruptively successful commercially as it is generous, and The Chosen generated $80 million in 2021. *
Our vision for David has always been a significant theatrical release, and in seeking wisdom in how to embrace the spirit of a pay-it-forward model for this specific project, we have a concept that we feel tremendously excited about. While launching David theatrically worldwide, we are exploring a pay-it-forward cinema ticket option, where we offer free tickets and cinema access to children and families who would otherwise never or seldom afford to watch a movie in cinema and invite our community worldwide to “pay forward” the price of a cinema ticket to make this possible.
A child’s first cinema movie is a powerful and unforgettable experience; imagine if that experience is a story that is filled with God’s presence and truth! In a normal theatrical movie release, one would only expect to sell one ticket per customer, but this model allows and encourages our most enthusiastic customers to make multiple purchases. This model is still very much at the concept stage, but we are excited about its potential.
A Truly Special Film. In an age in which there is so much media content and unprecedented competition for attention, the first requirement of a distribution strategy is to rise above the noise, which is where our first four pillars come in. If we can achieve that, our single biggest success factor will be the quality of David. The challenge we have embraced is to create a film that people can’t stop talking about and recommending so that every person that sees the movie becomes part of our marketing movement.
*Distributions of profits are determined by the managers of Slingshot USA, LLC in their sole discretion. And once again please note, there is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project.
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