Showcases young women taking charge of their lives & pursuing their goals with passion, like 17 y.o. MMA competitor Paige Van Zant.
Imagination. Alter Egos. Secret Lives. Hidden Talent. Unexpected Connections.
What do these things have in common?
They all inform the Universe of super spy Vicky Vixen, geeky girl Victoria Fox, and explosive MMA competitor Paige Van Zant. Together, they spell out GIRL POWER, or for our more edgy readers, GIRLS KICK ASS!
That’s right - they do it literally and figuratively in all arenas: sports, academics, politics, and the arts. And we, who are creating the rich universe of Vicky Vixen, are on a mission to bring entertaining, inspiring stories to girls on the cusp of discovering their hidden powers.
GIRL POWER PUMPED UP
“Real Girls Kick Ass” is our first non-fiction “girl power” project under the Vicky Vixen moniker (more on Vicky Vixen below), and it profiles the struggles and triumphs of teen girls. Mind you, these young ladies are not elite celebrities worshiped in the media—they are your friends, neighbors, classmates, those regular “girls next door” pursuing their dreams with passion and determination.
We need your help to reach our Kickstarter goal of $10K to launch our “Real Girls Kick Ass” series into the Vicky Vixen universe, and beyond. That $10K allows us to produce and distribute three “Real Girls” stories on our website, YouTube, Facebook, and other relevant places on the web. As the “Vicky Vixen” universe expands, we’ll continue creating “Real Girls” in tandem with our original, fictional web series, “Vicky Vixen.”
Although “Real Girls Kick Ass” and “Vicky Vixen” each stand on their own as complete projects, we believe they are complementary in fulfilling our mission to empower teenage girls in ways that grab their attention and ignite their creativity.
‘SPLAIN TO ME THE VICKY VIXEN UNIVERSE!
The architects of the Vicky Vixen Universe, lead by the series creator Randolph (Randy) Sellars, are a team of storytellers hailing from a variety of creative industry backgrounds: marketing and advertising, gaming, fine art, writing and filmmaking. With Randy’s leadership, the team is excited to bring his characters and the Vicky Vixen world to life. Today there are three components to our adventure filled experiment in storytelling:
- Real Girls Kick Ass (what this Kickstarter campaign is about—description
- Vicky Vixen, the web series (the original inspiration behind our
- The Vicky Vixen Spy Game (a series of seemingly disparate,
unsolved mysteries through the ages)
This type of story experience is called Transmedia Storytelling (see TRANS… WHAT? in the FAQs below for a description and an example of transmedia).
You know what “Real Girls” is about. Here’s a snippet about the other two transmedia stories we’re working on.
The Original Inspiration—Vicky Vixen the web series (fiction)
“Vicky Vixen” is about the real and fantasy life of a likeable and geeky high school girl, Victoria Fox, and her alter ego, Vicky Vixen. Victoria experiences herself as a shy, uncoordinated, odd girl out – even though she’s quite brilliant. She really longs to be “normal,” but it’s hard when you have social challenges, a high IQ, and an overactive imagination. Victoria is also a compulsive reader – her current favorite subject is Cold War espionage.
Whenever life’s challenges become highly stressful, Victoria imagines how her favorite character, super spy Vicky Vixen, would handle the situation. When conjured up by Victoria’s imagination, Vicky Vixen morphs from an adventure novel character into a real flesh and blood alter ego – happy to defend Victoria by kicking ass! But when the lines blur between fantasy and reality, can Victoria put her “genie” back in the bottle before they are both found out? As the story progresses, it’s clear that Vicky Vixen has her own path and agenda.
Vicky Vixen comic book concept by artist Matt Haley http://www.matthaley.com/
When the “Vicky Vixen” pilot was first developed, the tone was pure comedy/fantasy. Through collaborative influence, Randy challenged himself and his writing team to deepen Victoria’s character and expand the narrative to include some serious issues as well. Like our approachable “real girl” stories, viewers can identify with Victoria, who has a few daunting challenges to overcome to reach her incredible potential. Don’t worry, we didn’t lose the humor (as evidenced in our video). :P
Just When We Thought Things Couldn’t Get Better--Spies-R-Us
To spice things up a bit for our fundraising campaign, we’ve created a puzzle-based spy game meant to tease your mind and tickle your appetite for a larger scale ARG (Alternate Reality Game) we have on the drawing board. The game takes its inspiration from Vicky Vixen’s exploits as a spy, as well as a heavy influential dose from another unexpected, inter-dimensional, source.
We’ve peppered the Pledge packages with the game pieces—6 cards in all. Each card contains a puzzle you must solve, that when combined form a secret code giving you access to confidential MI6 files on a covert website. Additionally, each card has a visual teaser that relates to the bigger mysteries housed on the site. Once you get in it’s up to you to make something out of what you discover in these secret files.
Here’s the face of one of our game cards…
Which brings us to…
KUDOS TO THE PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME, SKILL AND OTHER RESOURCES
We think it’s important to acknowledge the many volunteers who’ve helped put this project together over the past couple of years, so we’ve created a special FAQ just for them (see Who Put All This Together?). We also have a special section on the Vicky Vixen website to share a bit more about each person and the skills they brought to the project.
Many of them are contributing to our Pledge Packages too - like Christina Kortum, Monster Maker Extraordinaire. Christina is a phenomenal special effects makeup artist for films and television. In our MONSTER PRODUCER package, she will take ordinary mortals and turn them into her next experiment in terror… “shriek!”
You could go from your normal self….
Or any of these...
In just one day Christina will make your monster dreams come true and we’ll immortalize the moment in a professionally produced video and set of stills!
We’d like to put our team back to work on this project. Moving forward with “Real Girls” is a significant step in that direction, and we want to share with you what exceeding our $10k goal could mean.
SO, IF YOU EXCEED $10K, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!?
It depends on how much we exceed our goal. To prepare for our bigger goals, we're researching more "Real Girl" stories and developing our first season of the "Vicky Vixen" webseries. It will take approximately $400K to produce, market, and promote a full season of Vicky Vixen episodes. That sounds like a lot of money until you consider that the average fiction television series costs about 2 million dollars. We have a business plan and strategy for raising the additional funding, but any additional help from Kickstarter fans will help us move faster.
We're also developing additional transmedia projects that will continue Vicky Vixen stories on different media platforms. Some of these platforms include comics or graphic novels, smartphone apps, video tablets, augmented reality, ARG games, and video games.
Depending on the final amount pledged on Kickstarter and our project budgets, we'll use the funds to create new content and develop the stories and technology for these new platforms. We have a dedicated, wildly creative team ready to create even more inspiring and engaging entertainment with your generous help.
Also, MY TEAM AND I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! We really want to engage with our fans! Please comment and tell us what you like and don't like. Tell us what you would like to see developed the most. Also, any ideas that you might have, feel free to post them or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love crazy ideas! Your feedback is just as valuable to us as your pledge. We want you to fully participate as part of our team to help us create a fantastic Vicky Vixen Universe!
Thank you for your time and consideration. We'll keep you in the loop about our progress! Look for regular updates, teasers, and breaking news here on our Kickstarter blog, on our website and the Vicky Vixen Facebook page.
So, dial that number now on your screen, our operators are standing by! Oh, sorry, I meant to say...take the leap with us and go ahead and make a Pledge today! Come on...just push that button... Vicky's waiting...
Questions? Check out our FAQs below - OR - drop Randy an e-mail at email@example.com.
If you're outside the USA, it will cost just a little bit more to ship our various reward packages. Just drop Randy an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what level you are considering and where you live. Then I can back to you with any additional shipping costs. Plus I'm anxious to meet and talk with any overseas fans!
Transmedia. It’s a storytelling devise defined by what we call a Story Universe—in our case the Vicky Vixen Universe. It has its own unique set of traits and rules that influence the stories we create, and the way we deliver those stories to you. For instance, we have created an awesome storyline about Vicky Vixen’s history as a Cold War spy operating behind the Iron Curtain. Another storyline begins in a parallel universe with characters traveling through portals to our universe. Each unique story can be delivered on a different platform such as mobile devises (smart phones and video tablets), print (comics or graphic novels), video games, web series, etc.
So, even though each story product we produce is unique unto itself, and does stand alone on its own merits, the influence of its originating universe is present in the quality and intent of each project. What’s cool about this is that the stories naturally interweave with each other, giving fans who explore them a richer experience that builds on the original project.
A popular example is the HEROES transmedia project. Most people know about the popular television show. But did you know that there were at least another 2 dozen projects running simultaneously that took their cues from the Heroes Universe? There was an Alternate Reality game, character blogs, a graphic novel and more. (Check out the case study on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/8700233)
That question can be answered on several levels, and we've dedicated a series of permanent posts on the Vicky Vixen website. You can find your way to all the teams at this URL: http://vickyvixen.com/team. There you will find the Executive Team, Cast and Crew for all our projects. Also, there is a COMPLETE list of all the contributors to the Vicky Vixen pilot at the end of the show. It took a village of creative folks to put this all together, and we hope that you see the value and enormous potential in this as did these skilled, talented entertainment professionals.
Remember with Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing proposition. If we don’t make our $10K goal, we won’t receive any funds and you won’t get any rewards. Of course your credit card won’t be charged until our pledge goal is met. After we meet or exceed our goal, it still takes up to 21 days before we receive any funds. We’ll be able to send the e-swag package right away. Other items like posters and T shirts will take a little longer because we’ll need to order them. We’ll get all of your rewards to you as quickly as possible! Please be patient and don’t yell at me! I’m sensitive.
IN YOUR VIDEO YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU WANT TO SHOOT “REAL GIRLS” IN THE SPRING AND “VICKY VIXEN” IN THE LATE SUMMER. DUDE, IT’S ALREADY JUNE - CAN YOU READ A CALENDAR?
Good catch! I’ll bet your teachers hate you. OK, you were paying attention – that’s good. When I wrote and recorded the video, this statement was more accurate. Since then, our small team has been working their butts off to launch several big projects at once. When we launch our KS project, we will also be launching a new website, a new FB page, and the Vicky Vixen Spy Game. Not to mention our marketing efforts to get the word out. To carefully time all of the events to happen simultaneously, it’s taken a little longer than expected. With your generous help, we won’t be very far behind in our goals.
You’re right, I AM pretty damn old! But I refuse to act my age and I’m very immature! You did watch the video, right? I also have an ace up my sleeve. We are assembling a top-secret teen advisory board headed by Colwyn Fritze –Moor, our in house boy genius and technology expert. Their job is to add creative ideas and double-check our creative concepts for cool or lame factor.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 23, 2011.
Jun 16, 2011 - Jul 23, 2011 (37 days)
Pledge $5 or more
A HEARTFELT LETTER printed on official Vicky Vixen letterhead thanking you for your support! Your heart will ache when you read it. Of course, it could be just gas.
Pledge $10 or more
E-SWAG PACKAGE. We’ll send you a link where you can download cool stuff like Vicky Vixen wallpaper, ring tones, and songs like “Badass Chicks” featured in the VV pilot. You’ll also get a thank you letter with a VV spy game card with mysterious clues that will unlock hidden secrets. The challenge will crush your mind!
Pledge $25 or more
KICK ASS IN 3D! We’ll send you a pair of totally geeky 3D glasses so you can watch Paige Van Zant kicking ass in 3D on our website. You’ll wanna duck when she throws that first punch at you! Plus E-Swag package and two VV spy game cards!
Pledge $60 or more
LIMITED EDITION SWAG. You’ll get a limited edition VV poster signed by creator Randy Sellars’ actual hand. Dude, this is the same hand that accidentally touched Keanu Reeves. This design will never be produced again! Warning, your friends may experience fits of envious rage! Plus E-Swag package, 3D glasses, and three VV spy game cards.
Pledge $120 or more
SUPER LIMITED EDITION SWAG. Choose either a limited edition Vicky Vixen T shirt or baseball style cap. These designs will never be produced again! You’ll also get a limited addition DVD signed by director Randy Sellars’ actual hand. You should know, this is the same hand that hi-fived George Carlin. The DVD includes the pilot episodes for VV and Real Girls Kick Ass, as well as hilarious behind the scenes footage and photos. And that’s not all. Paige Van Zant will autograph an 8 x 10 photo of her kicking serious ass. Plus E-Swag package, 3D glasses, and all six VV spy game cards! Wow!
Pledge $250 or more
KICK ASS PRODUCER PACKAGE. Totally impress your friends when your name appears as a Kick Ass Producer in the credits of the Vicky Vixen and Real Girls Kick Ass pilot episodes. We’ll also credit you in whatever we produce next. But wait, there’s more! Randy will send you the top secret 1st half of the screenplay for Vicky Vixen – Episode 1, along with director’s notes. And that’s not all! You’ll also receive a personal phone call from Randy thanking you and swearing you to secrecy! Don’t worry, he’ll never stalk you again – unless you want him to. As a Kick Ass Producer, you’ll get this entire package, valued at over $1 million dollars, AND the amazing Super Limited Edition Swag, E-Swag, 3D glasses, and all six VV spy game cards! Unbelievable!
Pledge $500 or more
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GET REWARDED WITH IMMORTALITY! You get your very own alter ego when we name a Vicky Vixen character after you. I’ll send you a full character description including a “back story” based on any personal facts you’re willing to share. Do you wanna be heroic or villainous, serious or silly? Choose carefully, you’ll be cheered or booed by billions of fans for the next millennium! Of course, you’re also a Kick Ass Producer including all of the awesome rewards above.
Pledge $1,000 or more
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YOU’RE A BADASS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! Minions will tremble in your presence. Not only do you get the entire Kick Ass Producer package, you also score a prominent film credit in both the VV and Real Girls Kick Ass pilots. We’ll also credit you in the very next thing we produce. What’s a Badass Executive Producer get to do? Well, mostly yell at people! And, you get to visit our set. You'll hang out in your very own directors chair watching all of the action live and on the video monitor. Wanna yell action and cut? You got it! Our set photographer will be there to shoot all the action of you and we’ll post all the good stuff on our website! This reward will change your life – and sculpt your abs into a six-pack! (Must provide your own lodging and transportation to Portland, OR)
Pledge $5,000 or more
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BE A BADASS MONSTER PRODUCER! You’re an Executive Producer who’s really scary and powerful. Even Freddy Kruger pays you homage! We’ll fly you to visit our set in Portland, OR from any major city in the US. While you are here, our fantastic special effects make-up artist, Christina Kortum, will transform you into another being. Sorry, no miracles - she can’t make you look like George Clooney or Charlize Theron. But, she can turn you into a gruesome monster, vampire, zombie, alien - you name it. You’ll also get a fabulous photo and video session to preserve your twisted image forever. Heck, we’ll feature your ghoulish image on the VV website! Come on, you can’t wait to post your scary new mug on Facebook or You Tube! Of course, you also get all of the other rewards listed above. (Must provide your own lodging in Portland, OR)
Pledge $10,000 or more
YOU'RE A FILM GODDESS OR GOD! If you are considering pledging this kind of money, email me first and tell me what you want. You can have all of the rewards above AND I’ll do just about anything you want! Anything! My wife will get over it.