When a rising star of the financial world finds himself down on his luck, he turns to the only profession that makes sense: Busking.
"Buskers" is a comedy pilot that will be shot in the style of a half-hour sitcom. "Two and a Half Men" you say? Well not quite. "Buskers" will be shot entirely on location and will exhibit a cinematic style.
"Buskers" is the story of a rising star in the financial world - Tim Johnson. But everything changes when Tim is fired and is forced to find a new way to live.
After meeting a rag-tag group of street performers, Tim decides to try busking out for himself. This show follows Tim's struggle to get his job back and his introduction into the mysterious world of street performance.
intransitive verb. busked, busk·ing, busks
To play music or perform entertainment in a public place, usually while soliciting money.
There's more to film than just film. And for this project - a TV length pilot, that is especially true. We are trying to show that street performing is not a dead art, and that busking has a huge impact on the culture of every city, especially one as historic as Boston. By casting several actors who have or currently busk in this beautiful city we have added another dimension of realism to our show.
By donating, you are helping to support not only independent film, but independent music as well. Some of the most talented musicians in the world are sitting in the courtyard of Faneuil Hall playing guitar for quarters.
WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?
All sorts of places. Since we are shooting in the city of Boston, we need some money for permits, but the most important reason is because we need to eat. 10-12 hour work days means that our army-sized crew is going to be eating a ton of food and that gets expensive fast. We are also renting a few pieces of crucial equipment from our friends at Boston Camera.
Who's acting in this thing? Well - we held casting calls and received over 60 applicants for the 5 musical roles in this show, and we chose some of the most talented people in the city of Boston. Some of these actors have even been buskers before and all of them are ready to play for the world.
Tim - Jared Canfield
Cat - Erica Derrickson
Mr Witcher - Codey Gillum
Melanie - Kelsey Schelling
Scott - Matt Kenny
Ben - Alex Pulido
Rusty - Kyler Schelling
CREW (the important ones!)
Director: Kyler Schelling
Producer: Janine Moody
Director of Photography: Brian Lynch
1st Assistant Director: Thaddeus Bouska
2nd Assistant Director: Shefali Vasudevan
PA's: Barbara Banda
1st Assistant Camera: Alain Bala
2nd Assistant Camera: Brian Fitzgerald
DIT Ted Keffer
Camera PA: Lauren Cabanas
Gaffer: Grace Deacon
Key Grip: Josh Waterman
Grip: Vince Castelli
Electric: Tyler McAndrew
Production Designer: Tess Ryan
Assistant Production Designer: Kelley Boonruang
Boom Operator: Pete Yannantuono
Assistant Editor: Alex Zakon
Audio Post: Jacob Gordon
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Having such a large crew on the city streets of Boston is one of our major challenges. We have to figure out how to shoot around the people in the city, while still maintaining the busy feel of the city and the culture that goes with it.
Culture is going to be our biggest struggle. With such a historic place like Boston we really have to find the best locations to showcase that.
We just desperately want to be able to show people how important busking is to our city, and every city like ours. Many people think street performance is a dying art - and we have the hard task of convincing them otherwise with this show.
But with the incredibly talented crew that we have put together, we feel that there's no obstacle that we can't overcome in oder to get our show finished and out there to the public.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Oct 1, 2012 - Oct 21, 2012 (20 days)
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Thanks friend! We'll give you a shoutout on the "Buskers" Facebook page.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Like music? So do we. Donate $50 and we'll hook you up with a soundtrack of the show - for free! Includes live performances from our actors (some of whom are real-live buskers!)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Get your very own Buskers t-shirt, and pretend like you were actually there!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Hook us up with a Franklin and we'll hook you up with all sorts of pictures, videos, and updates from behind the scenes of our set. Plus a signed headshot of Kyler, if you're into that sort of thing. You also get a "season pass", meaning that you will get a digital download of every episode of Buskers that we make!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Street cred. Plus real cred - as an Executive Producer.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Our lovely cast members will record a song for you!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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You're a boss. Come hang out with us on set? Yes. Come to our premiere? Double yes.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012