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May 14, 2015

Program Turns Users Into Animated Characters

Kickstarter Campaign Underway for MashMe

A new program, seeking financial support, could convert its users into super heroes, animals, dinosaurs and more.

The development team behind MashMe. The program is expected to be made available later this year.

The development team behind MashMe. The program is expected to be made available later this year.

MashMe is a new program that uses photographs of its users to turn them into an animated version of themselves. Users will be able to choose from a wide range of characters to see themselves transformed in short videos, avatars and longer animated movies.

“Until now, expensive professional software was inevitable in order to create animation. Furthermore years were required to master this complex software. But because of the crazy technology behind MashMe, the only thing you need now is to be creative,” the company behind the program explains on its Kickstarter page. “Pick a character, pick a scene, and that’s it! Let us worry about all the complicated stuff—you can immediately have fun creating your own stories or calling your friends or family in character.”

The campaign for the program has a little more than 25 days remaining with a goal of $50,000. To date, the Kickstarter campaign has raised roughly $12,000.

Darian Skarcia, MashMe’s CEO, said the program eliminates the hours and skill once required for someone to convert themself into a character.

“We created a simple, fast solution that enables everyone to produce animated content. Simply put, we take care of all the technical complexities associated with making animated videos while leaving the fun parts of creation.” said Skarica in a press release.

MashMe has been in development for roughly two-and-a-half years. The Kinkstarter campaign, which started with raising more than $11,000 within five days of being launched, is needed for the final development phase.

“We are thrilled by the communities response in the first few days. We are going to make some changes based on their suggestions, and we plan to go even bigger,” said Skarica.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.