Skin Deep is a television pilot best described as "Queer as Folk" meets "Noah's Arc" meets "Crash" taken to a new and vibrant level.
SKIN DEEP The Series is a pilot for a one hour television drama that is currently in script form. This script has been work shopped and rewritten and work shopped again. Even as we are filming I am sure we will do some re writes as we find new and original ways to communicate the feelings and thoughts of the characters.
A very powerful and polarizing topic in this country is race. We have yet to find a comfortable medium to address it successfully and SKIN DEEP intends to do that. What is also explored in character development is that both the gay community and people of color are labeled as a minority in the eyes of society. So the question is raised, why does a minority group who already experiences discrimination from the greater population, still discriminate within itself thus creating more separation?
There are 6 main characters in the show, however what is unique about this format is that these characters never meet or interact. They all have their independent lives and the storyline is created through what each character believes, feels, and communicates to those who are in their lives.
Even though most of the characters in the show are gay, the story is more about being human. It's about race and culture, love, hate and survival. It's about breaking the stereotypes society has created and will even explore how the stereotype may have developed in the first place.WHAT WE PLAN TO DO
SKIN DEEP The Series will be for cable television only. Getting a project noticed within the television industry has its challenges. The project has to be exciting, it has to be original and it has to grab your attention. Due to the high level of competition, you have to do something unique. Instead of submitting a script to a network that may never get read, we want to present a sample of the script to the networks and producers by filming a 12 to 15 minute teaser video. Additionally, the teaser will show the true essence of the script and provide a sample of the look and style we want to achieve in the series.HOW WE PLAN TO DO IT
All the characters reside in Atlanta GA and that's where the filming takes place. At this time, Atlanta is also a hotbed of Hollywood activity with films and TV shows being shot on almost every corner of the city. Therefore the timing is ripe for SKIN DEEP to be included in that activity and another reason why we are doing this now. Many of the roles are cast with talented actors ready to begin filming. Due to the high standards this project is worthy of, we plan to shoot the teaser in the same high quality as certain networks like HBO and Showtime expect. In layman's terms, give them something they see as a finished product that lives up to their quality. To achieve that goal we will be using a RED camera for the shoot and we have a professional sound and light crew to assist in the production. The sound and camera crew will be headed by videographer Mike Von Ruden who also produced our Kickstarter video.
The look of the show will be raw and gritty, not the typical slick overly produced look of most television shows. SKIN DEEP will focus on showing the truth and we would like to present it in a format that supports truth.
Before filming I will have preselected the scenes and will work intensely with the actors in preparing them for the shoot. Filming will take approximately 5 full days followed by another week of editing before we achieve the finished product. Allowing for any complications the teaser should be completed in about 3 weeks from the day we start. Once completed we will hold a launch party at a local venue with media coverage to maximize publicity. All contributors will receive a First to View email notification of the teaser prior to the launch. There will be a comment section on the site for those who wish to share their thoughts.
The budget for the project is as follows:
Equipment Operators - $5,700
Equipment Rentals - $2,500
Editing - $3,900
Actors - $3,500
Kickstarter fees - $1,500
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is a fantastic site where money and creativity merge and wonderful ideas become reality. We have a goal of $15,000 to do everything I mentioned. We can't do it without you. But please remember that we have to make ALL of our goal in order to receive anything. So please tell your friends and family to come check out our profile "SKIN DEEP The Series" and click the "Back This Project" button. You will need to take a moment to set up an Amazon account where you will give your payment information and be charged ONLY if our goal is reached at the end of our campaign.
WHAT IF WE RAISE MORE THAN WE NEED
Should this project raise more than our goal, then the scope may be expanded. We will have the flexibility to shoot more footage, take more time in the process and provide the networks with additional material for consideration. In addition there are costs such as attorneys fees, insurance, food for crew and actors, rehearsal space, permits, website development, potential travel costs to meet with networks, all of which I am attempting to get funded through other sources. I wanted to keep my Kickstarter goal reasonable to ensure I met the goal and receive the funding. Because what is most important is covering the cost of filming and editingIN CLOSING
May I take this time to say thank you to all who find this project worthy of your support. I am humbled by your generosity!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 1, 2011.
Sep 17, 2011 - Nov 1, 2011 (45 days)
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