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SOAR is a 3D animated short film inspired by the magic of Studio Ghibli and Pixar. This fantastical tale will stay in your heart for a long time.
Anson Yu
San Francisco
United States
2 Team Members

Oh my gosh, WE HAVE REACHED OUR $14,000 GOAL! We can't properly express how grateful we all are! THANK YOU.

We have 5 days left in the campaign. We are now able to try for some of our stretch goals -- Most of them involve sending at least 2 key crew members to big festivals, so SOAR and the Academy of Art can be represented where it counts the most!


At $16k, we will be represented at most reputable US festivals, like Sundance and Atlanta. We will also ramp up online promo and print T-shirts for the crew!


At $18k, we'll attend huge North American festivals, like the Toronto and Ottawa Film Festivals in Canada! We'll also rent a nice venue, like the Delancey Street Screening Room above, for our premiere in SF.

$23,000 -- SEND SOAR GLOBAL!

Yes $23k is a stretch, but with this amount, we can do a ton. We'll bring SOAR global to the BIGGEST festivals, like Cannes, Annecy, Berlin, Singapore -- and represent our entire crew + AAU there! Not to mention represent the US VFX industry, which needs a boost now more than ever.

Help us spread the news on Twitter and beyond! THANK YOU for your continued support and faith in this project!

- The Soar Team

SOAR is a 3D animated short film that began as a student thesis at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. It has now become one of the school's largest film collaborations, with close to 100 students and professionals contributing over the course of 2 years. It is written and directed by Alyce Tzue, with music by Jack Gravina, and produced by Anson Yu.

SOAR tells the fantastical tale of a young girl who befriends a tiny boy pilot who's dropped out of the sky. Through the course of a single day, she must find a way to fly her new friend back home before he is stranded on Earth forever.

So far, SOAR has been a non-profit work of love, with thousands of dollars spent out of pocket to get to where we are now. Our team members come from a variety of backgrounds, but we are mostly AAU students working for free, for both the experience of creating a film and for the love of the project. After seeing its potential, many professionals have joined us as well. Now as we are nearing post-production, we need your help bringing SOAR to life!

Your generous donations will help realize the later stages of production, post production, and our promotional effort.

Much of what is left to do, including late production and post production, involves bringing the film to the level it needs to be at for festival screenings and wider release. It has been our dream from the beginning to make SOAR into a top-notch, professional-feeling film, and your donation will help make that happen!

Music is an especially important part of post production. With a beautiful score by Jack Gravina, SOAR needs the help of live musicians to bring the music to life. Alyce and Jack met in middle school when they were already music aficionados (Okay, okay, more like band geeks!) Fifteen years later, it's only natural that they’re working on a film that places as much importance on the musical story as it does on the visual story. Think Fantasia!

Once SOAR is complete, we’d like to introduce it to the world the right way. Our goal is to submit SOAR to as many film festivals around the world as possible, which will require both submission fees and printed promotional materials.

The diagram below breaks down our costs even further! 

For your kind contribution, you will receive awesome rewards straight from the SOAR team! We've put in tremendous effort to offer you beautifully designed swag, even including 3D prints of our characters. With a small donation, you'll be able to view the film online before everyone else. You'll also get a chance to be invited to our premiere in SF and the wrap party! Let’s check out the perks!

Postcard Set (3 Total)

T-Shirt (You vote on the color!)

3D Figurine Set

Additional Notes

  • Shout out perks will be on our Facebook Page!
  • Special Thanks Credit refers to a listed credit at the end of our film.
  • V.I.P. Membership to soarfilm.com allows you access to exclusive downloadable content like wallpapers and short videos, as well as the first look at our completed film!
  • The Mini 3D Figurine (both the Flying Ship and Pilot Character) is 1" to 2" tall.
  • If you donate $250, you'll receive a Mini Flying Ship hand painted by our Director, Alyce! You can even request your own colors. Limited quantity available.
  • 3D Figurine Set of 3 includes the Flying Ship, Pilot, and Star which are around 3" tall. If you'd like, the Director will custom paint these for you!
  • SOAR Collector's Edition is the complete set of our swag, which includes the 3D Figurine Set of 3, SOAR Art Booklet, Film DVD, T-Shirt, and Postcard Set.
  • Premiere Invitation -- In San Francisco. Travel and lodging not included.
  • Wrap Party Invitation -- In San Francisco. Travel and lodging not included.
  • Wine & Dine with the Director + Crew -- In San Francisco. Travel and lodging not included.
  • Director Animates You -- Alyce, the director, will record your voice and turn you into an animated character (close physical likeness not guaranteed). The short clip will introduce Soar's premiere!

Thank you so much for visiting our page! We are incredibly appreciative of your support in this final leg of our journey. We hope that if you see promise in SOAR you will donate to our campaign. If you cannot donate (or even if you have!) it would be an enormous help to us if you can simply spread the word! Share with your friends who like animation, Indie films, art, or just good old storytelling. You can also Like us on Facebook, visit our website at soarfilm.com, follow us on Twitter, and see our latest videos on our Vimeo and YouTube channels. Please also email us with any questions or comments! We hope to meet you all at the premiere very soon. Dream higher, everyone!

Check out our Official Website at soarfilm.com

Check out our Facebook Page

Follow us on Twitter

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  • $5USD

    Get a shout out on SOAR's Facebook Page!

    4 claimed
  • $10USD
    Fleet Concertmaster

    You receive: - Piano version of SOAR's Theme (Limited Release)

    8 out of 50 claimed
  • $15USD

    Get a digital Thank You Card in your email!

    1 claimed
  • $25USD
    Fleet Sergeant

    You'll receive: - V.I.P. membership on our website (Exclusive access to digital downloads, first look at the film, and more.) - Special Thanks Credit on the film

    57 out of 100 claimed
  • $30USD
    Fleet Conductor

    You receive: - Full Orchestral SOAR Soundtrack. Includes extended waltz theme (Limited Release that won't be available in the film) - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    19 out of 70 claimed
  • $50USD
    Fleet Second Lieutenant

    You'll receive: - SOAR Postcard Set (Limited Edition) - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    13 claimed
  • $75USD
    Fleet First Lieutenant

    For your generous donation, you'll receive: - SOAR Official T-Shirt - Postcard Set - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    15 claimed

    Fleet Captain

    For your awesome donation, you'll receive: - Mini 3D Figurine (Flying Ship or Pilot Character, chosen at random) - T-Shirt - Postcard Set - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    40 out of 40 claimed
  • $250USD
    Fleet Major

    For your amazing donation, you'll receive: - Mini 3D Flying Ship Figurine - Painted by the Director! - Invitation to Film Premiere - T-Shirt - Postcard Set - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    8 out of 20 claimed
  • $500USD
    Fleet Colonel

    For your humbling donation, you'll receive: - SOAR Collector's Edition -- Includes 3D Figurine Set (Please see Notes for more details) - Wrap Party Invitation - Premiere Invitation - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    3 out of 15 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Fleet Brigadier

    For your magnanimous donation, you'll receive: - Associative Producer Title - Wine & Dine with the Director & Crew - SOAR Collector's Edition - Wrap Party Invitation - Premiere Invitation - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    Fleet General

    For your awe-inspiring donation, you'll receive: - Producer Title - Limo Ride with Director + Producer to Premiere (if you live within 50 miles of SF) - Wine and Dine with the Director + Crew - SOAR Collector's Edition - Wrap Party Invitation - Premiere Invitation - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

    0 out of 2 claimed
  • $5,000USD
    Fleet Marshal

    For your unbeatable donation, you will receive: - Executive Producer Title - Director will make you into animated character. - Limo Ride to Premiere (if you live within 50 miles of SF) - Wine and Dine with the Director + Crew - SOAR Collector's Edition - Wrap Party Invitation - Premiere Invitation - V.I.P. Website Membership - Special Thanks Credit

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