Four people (two living, two dead) desperately try to hang onto their lives, their sanity, and their sense of identity.
A CANDID INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATORS OF REDWOOD
WHAT ARE WE DOING ON KICKSTARTER?
Hi wonderful people! We are using this beautiful tool of Kickstarter to raise funds to make the first season of Redwood. Redwood is a fun, raw, sexy, relatable, dramatic vampire-genre web series. The first season will consist of six 10-15 minute episodes. We are, in essence, making half a feature film. We have an excellent team assembled (check out photos and cast interview videos below). Now we need your help. Ever dollar counts! Don't have a dollar? Share us on Facebook and Twitter. Don't have a Facebook or Twitter? Mention us to the cashier at the grocery store. She might think you're a little weird but we will appreciate it SO much! Thank you all.
Skylar Jones is dying from an allergic reaction to the vampire blood in her veins. The blood was given to her by her brother, Sonny (who is a vampire hunter), in an attempt to cure Skylar of the leukemia that was killing her. The blood cured the leukemia, but then it took over the job of killing Skylar. And now she must endure a long, painful demise as the blood slowly puts her to death. There is one potential cure for her ailment: fresh vampire blood from a different bloodline. Skylar begs her brother to get her the blood. But he refuses. It’s too risky. There is no way to know what bloodline she already has in her, and if he gets her the same one, the double dose would kill her instantly. He won’t risk it. Skylar’s relationship with her brother is strained at best, and nightly arguments (some bordering on violent) are a common occurrence. Sonny desperately wants to save his sister’s life, but he is running out of ideas and time. Skylar blatantly blames him for her predicament, which only worsens the relationship. To say things are tense is putting it lightly.
Enter Ana, a centuries old vampire who seems to be in a relationship with Sonny, yet her motives are a little sketchy. She has a dangerous quality that always simmers just beneath the surface. Ana has lived many, many years, and at this point she rides every moment with completely self-serving motives. She left ethics and morality behind when they stopped serving a purpose, and now the world is her oyster and she needs entertainment. At least that is what she wants people to believe. But beneath the façade, all she wants is to feel the way she felt 100 years ago, before she became just a little too old for this earth. She is exhausted. And bored. And being driven more than a little crazy.
Caught up in the middle of all of this is Max, a young and secretive vampire. On the surface, he is charming, quick-witted, and a bit impulsive. Beneath the surface, he is weighted down by secrets and a dark past that haunts him. Unlike Ana, Max has morals. So he starves himself, refusing to drink any blood, human or animal. This weakens him, and between the starvation and the pressures of his current circumstances, he is cracking. Often he teeters on the edge of emotional sanity and it's all he can do to appear in control.
But he offers to help Skylar. And she accepts. If Sonny found out, he would kill Max, so they are forced to meet in secret. But in Redwood, secrets are hard to keep…
At its core, Redwood is a story about four people, two living, two dead, who are desperately trying to hang onto their lives, their sanity, and their sense of identity. There are no heroes, no villains, just people in various stages of brokenness.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Alisha was born and raised in Jackson, Missouri. Her parents were both teachers with college educations and a strong set of midwestern morals. Her mom home schooled Alisha until she graduated at the age of 16, at which time Alisha got a job, worked for a year, and then started college. Two years later, she packed up the car and drove to Los Angeles.
Upon arriving in LA, she immediately enrolled at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio (known for being the learning grounds of Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, Brad Pitt, and many other notable actors.) The school would become her home away from home. In her first few years in Los Angeles, she auditioned like crazy and snagged roles in a few short films and independent projects, but perhaps her biggest learning experience was working as a regular background actor on the first season of Glee. Back then everyone (including the cast and crew) thought the network would ax the show after the first few episodes. Everybody on set was focused and down to earth, and Alisha learned a lot from watching them work. And needless to say, the show did quite well for itself. In 2010, Alisha decided to start being more proactive, so she wrote, produced and acted in three short films. The experience inspired her to continue writing and now, after two and a half years of writing, rewriting, editing, and re-editing the scripts, Redwood is finally ready to see the light of day. No pun intended.
In addition to acting, writing, and producing, Alisha is an established Los Angeles photographer. You can view some of her work here: www.alishapeatsphotography.com
MEET THE TEAM
MICHAEL WILLER – Michael is originally from Virginia. At the age of eighteen he made his first feature film, “Kings and Queens.” A few years later, he packed up the car and drove to Los Angeles where he hit the ground running. His recent short film, “Come With Me” was a screened finalist and three time award winner at the Los Angeles 24-Hour-Film Race. And yes, he had to write, shoot and edit it in twenty-four hours. Mike and Alisha met a year ago, and it was pretty much friends at first sight. After having him DP a few short projects for her, she realized that they not only got along well, but they WORKED well together. She clicked with his perfectionism, his work ethic, and his cinematic visions for projects were similar (and a lot of times better) than hers. Mike takes a script and makes it art.
ALAN DEAN – THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Alan is originally from Colorado. He graduated from Chapman University’s film program a year ago, and since then he has been working almost non-stop. One look at his reel and you’ll see why. Alan is more than a pair of hands behind a camera. He is an artist, a storyteller, and an expert technician. His skill and experience promises that Redwood will look BEAUTIFUL.
CRIS ALEX – Head Makeup Artist
Cris’s list of past credits will make you wonder what the hell is so special about “Redwood” that THIS artist would want to be a part of it? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out! But in the mean time, here’s a short list of Cris’s credits:
TRON: Legacy, The Crazies, Man of Steel, Grimm, CSI, The Five-Year Engagement, and Desperate Housewives.
Cris is one of the most dependable and lovely people you will ever meet, and we are stoked to have her on the team. And in Redwood, there are a lot of people getting beat up and stabbed and bleeding. With Cris on the team, you can rest assured that all of these injuries will look disgustingly real.
MEET THE MAIN CAST
RANE JAMESON as MAX
Originally from Titusville, PA, Rane moved to Los Angeles after earning a BFA in Film and Video Production at Pennsylvania State University. Since moving to Los Angeles, Rane has worked on an impressive array of TV shows and films, including a guest-starring role on "CSI: NY", a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless," and a lead role in the critically acclaimed Quentin Lee film "The People I've Slept With." Most recently, Rane starred as part of the ensemble cast of "Speak Now," a feature film directed my Noah Harald and completely improvised by the actors. If that's not impressive, nothing is!
JASMINE HESTER as ANA
Jasmine was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Shortly after graduating college, Jasmine began to seriously pursue acting and modeling. Only a few years later, she now has a multitude of credits to her name, including a KFC commercial, a role in the hit TLC show, "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," lead roles in the short films "Ghostwriter" and "The List" and a series regular role in the hit web series "Touye Pwen."
JOEY KLOBERDANZ as SONNY
Joey was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, but his dreams always reached beyond the city limits. He first developed an interest in acting during high school when he snagged the lead in several shows. Having always been a fan of of California from childhood vacations, he decided to move to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue acting full time. Since then he has appeared in several short films, and co-starred on an episode of the hit TNT show, "The Closer."
ALISHA PEATS as SKYLAR
NOTE: More cast bios and videos coming soon...
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO
Your funds will pay for the filming of the first season of Redwood. Specifically, paying cast and crew, renting lights and camera and sound equipment, paying for insurance (they won’t let us rent equipment without insurance), paying for lodging, feeding cast and crew, and all of those little unexpected expenses that inevitably crop up in the business of filmmaking.
We are doing everything we can to keep the costs DOWN and we will stretch every dollar as far as it can go. But we refuse to make anything less than an amazing show because that is what you deserve! $18,000 is the minimum amount we need to make Redwood. If we exceed our goal, that would be amazing! Every dollar will go directly into production costs, and if we raise $30,000 we can shoot on the RED Scarlet. How coincidental would it be if we shot Redwood on the RED?
The RED Scarlet has a beautiful clarity and depth of field and handles fast moving action shots superbly, so of course the RED is the ideal camera to use for Redwood. But whether Redwood is captured on the RED or the Canon 5D (the $18,000 alternative), Alan will make it look amazing!
So far we have completely cast and crewed the show. Locations have been selected, the paperwork is filed, and everyone is ready to go. With your help, the show will happen and happen quickly. Once we get the funding, we will spend the month of September rehearsing, film in early October and release the first episode in late November. You won’t have to wait long to see what you made possible!
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. This means we have to make our minimum goal of $18,000 in thirty days. What happens if we don't make $18,000 in thirty days? We get no funding, your card does not get charged, Redwood does not get made. We want to avoid that outcome at all costs. And we can do this! We have faith in this series and we have faith in you. Kickstarter is a wonderful tool that takes the power away from the corporate moguls and puts it directly in the hands of the people. Let's use that power!
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE REACH OUR GOAL BEFORE 30 DAYS?
We cheer. We celebrate. And then we get to work to ensure that we live up to your expectations. And you can keep donating until the 30 days are up. It would be great to reach our stretch goal of $30,000. And if we make $60,000 or more we would be set for the first two seasons. The second season is already in the planning stages, some casting choices have been made, and we can promise if you watch Season 1, you will WANT to see Season 2!
I'M NOT IN THE U.S. CAN I STILL PLEDGE?
YES! You can pledge anywhere. Just be sure to add a little extra for international shipping.
HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
Have questions? Suggestions? Thoughts? Let us know. You can use the contact page on the website (it is under the "MORE" tab.) We'll get back to you ASAP!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Aug 3, 2012 - Sep 2, 2012 (30 days)
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Thank you! Every dollar helps. We will put your name on our website as a supporter of the show (unless you want to remain anonymous.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Thank you so much! You will get a special thanks on the website and access to a protected link on our website for behind the scenes footage, project updates, and on-set photos, blogs and vlogs.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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You will receive all of the above PLUS a personal videotaped thank you AND an exclusive “producer’s only” REDWOOD WRISTBAND. When your friends ask why you are wearing a red and black wristband you can smugly tell them, “Because I’m a Hollywood producer.” (add $5 international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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You will receive all of the above + download links to the complete first season of REDWOOD in beautiful HD format. It sure beats watching it on YouTube! (add $5 international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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YOU ARE THE WRITER – The actor of your choice will videotape a 15 second message addressed to you. The awesome part? You write the message and they have to say it. With feeling. Make it something really embarrassing. We want to get blackmail footage out of this! And if it’s really good, we'll put it in the DVD blooper reel and give you a writing credit! Also includes both thank yous, the special access link, the wristband, and the episode downloads.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
AN ECO-FRIENDLY REDWOOD GROCERY TOTE BAG. Who doesn't like a good eco-friendly grocery tote bag. Take it with you to the store and advertise our show while saving the planet! Also includes the episode downloads, the wristband, the special access link, the videotaped message, and both thank yous.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $75 or more
1 HOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION with Alisha. This includes unlimited looks within the hour, a DVD of all the shots, a password protected proof gallery, and two retouched images. Good for use any time between September 2012 and September 2013. Can be used for headshots, modeling shots, band photos, pet pictures, cosplay photos, pretty much anything that can be done within an hour. (The photo shoot must not involve nudity and must be within the Los Angeles area.) Anyone who pledges more than $75 can also claim this reward!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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OWN A PIECE OF THE SHOW. We will send you a prop straight from the set of Redwood. It might be stained with fake blood. That is very possible. But you can tell people it is real blood. Tell them you killed someone to get it. Bloodstains are great conversation starters. Also includes both thank yous, the special access link, the wristband, the tote, the videotaped message, and the episode downloads.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $100 or more
all of the above + a beautiful special first-edition REDWOOD POSTER signed by the cast and crew + A special limited edition "backers only" Redwood T-Shirt + become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER of Redwood. Forget the wristband, your name will now appear in the credits at the end of every episode under the title “Associate Producer.” How’s that for bragging rights! Also included are both thank yous, a prop, the special access link, the wristband, the tote, the videotaped message, and the episode downloads. (add $15 international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $135 or more
HAVE THE MUSIC - You get a digital download of the original Redwood soundtrack. This promises to be a pretty sweet album with sounds that range from haunting acoustic to punk pop to southern rock. And it is all musicians you have probably never heard of but won't soon forget. Some of these songs are not available for download or purchase ANY WHERE ELSE. This perk also includes the associate producer credit, a prop, the poster, the wrist band, the T-shirt, the tote, the videotaped message, the special access link, and the downloads of all the episodes.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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3 backers All gone!
HAVE A CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU - This is the perfect reward for someone who wants to go down in Redwood history without getting their mug on camera. Don't be offended if we brutally kill the person who bears your name. That's just how we show our love here on Redwood! This level also includes all of the rewards listed above.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $175 or more
6 backers All gone!
all of the above + ACT ON THE SHOW. Yes, we are offering this at an unusually low pledge level because we want you to be able to afford it. WE LOVE YOU AND WANT YOU ON SET. There is a catch. As much as we love you all, we only have room for 6 featured roles. For those lucky six, you will be playing hikers getting stalked by a hungry vampire. The scene will be filmed in the Los Angeles area among real Redwood trees. Transportation to the exact location will be provided, but you must get yourself to LA. This perk includes an IMDb actor credit and an invite to the cast and crew screening and after party.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $195 or more
REDWOOD HOODIE - it will be super comfy and keep you warm in the winter (unlike a vampire). Also included is the associate producer credit, the prop, the poster, the episode downloads, the soundtrack, the wristband, the special access link, the tote, the videotaped message, and both thank yous. If you want to act on the show and we haven't filled the spots, let us know and we will also put you down as an actor.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $245 or more
the HD DVD BOX SET of the complete first season of Redwood. This box set will include a special features disc chock full of commentary, secret behind the scenes footage, candid moments on set, and of course…the blooper reel. And we all know blooper reels are the best part of any show! Also included is the associate producer credit, the poster, a prop, the T-shirt, the soundtrack, the wristband, the tote, the videotaped message, the special access link, and both thank yous. If you want to act in the show and we haven’t filled the slots, let us know and we will put you down as an actor as well.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $350 or more
REDWOOD HOODIE and T-SHIRT. If you don't want to Skype with us, we'll give you a hoodie. So now you can have the T-shirt and hoodie in the same package. Also includes the soundtrack, associate producer credit, a prop, the poster, special access link, the wristband, the videotaped message, the tote, the episode downloads or DVD box set with special features, and both thank yous.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $350 or more
SKYPE SESSION WITH THE CAST. If you are pledging at this level then you deserve a little one on one face time with us, don’t ya think? We promise to be on our worst behavior for your entertainment. Don’t worry, we’ll only be mean to each other. We’ll be nice to you. This cast is a remarkably charming and down to earth group of people. We promise to make you laugh, cry, or just feel really, really uncomfortable. It’s up to you. You’re the director now. Also includes the thank yous, the special access link, a prop, the poster, the wristband, the T-shirt, the soundtrack, an associate producer credit, the videotaped message, the tote, and download links to the episodes or DVD box set with special features.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $500 or more
WATCH IT ON THE BIG SCREEN - Come to Hollywood and join the cast and crew at the screening of the complete first season. We will be showing it at a public venue (not someone’s messy living room) on a big screen with at least semi-comfy chairs. You’ll get to meet the cast and crew and see your name on the big screen. And then join us at the AFTER PARTY, too! (transportation and lodging not included.) Also includes the thank yous, special access link, episode downloads or DVD box set with special features, the poster, a prop, the T-shirt, the tote, the videotaped message, the soundtrack, and the associate producer credit. This will be your one and only chance to see it on the big screen.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Get all the REDWOOD SWAG you could possibly want. This includes the Redwood WRISTBAND + the Redwood T-SHIRT + the Redwood HOODIE, the Redwood TOTE, and a beautiful STAINLESS STEEL REDWOOD WATER BOTTLE. You are now a walking advertisement for the show! And for this we give you a full PRODUCER CREDIT and an IMDb producer credit. Also includes the thank yous, special access link, the poster, the videotaped message, a prop, the soundtrack, invite to the screening and after party or optional Skype session, and the DVD box set OR download links to the episodes and special features (you choose).Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
Own EVERYTHING REDWOOD – you get all of the swag listed in the $1000 perk, PLUS a beautiful and extremely sturdy REDWOOD GYM BAG. It’s official. You are our mascot! You also get the original on-set production script (it might have blood stains on it) and your choice of prop. Before we send any of the props out, we will let you know what we have and you can choose what you want. So this perk includes a gym bag, wristband, T-shirt, water bottle, hoodie, full producer credit on the show and on IMDb, both thank yous, special access link, the poster, the tote, the soundtrack, the videotaped message, a prop of your choosing, an invite to the screening and after party or an optional Skype session, and the DVD box set or download links to the episodes and special features. Yup. You’ll have it all.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
YOU ARE THE PRODUCER – Yeah. You pretty much are at this point. And to honor your contribution we will show your name at THE BEGINNING of every episode right alongside the cast and director’s names. Your name will also be in the credits on the DVD and wherever the show is eventually distributed (Blip, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes) your name will be in the main credits as a producer. Of course if for some strange reason you want to remain anonymous, that’s okay, too. We will still send you a crap load of swag and thank yous and pretty much bombard you with gratitude until you are sick of it. This perk includes everything in the $2500 perk.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
YOU ARE GOD – at this point you are either an inhumanly kind, generous (and wealthy) person…or else you’re just God. We’ll assume you are God. In that case, you are not known for being very materialistic but we’ll be happy to send you everything in the $5,000 package if you want it. And we will pay for your flight and lodging to come to Los Angeles for the big screen premiere. And if you have any requests, let us know and we’ll see if we can make it happen. We will do everything in our power to make you proud and make the best dang show we can make. Thank you, God. So just to break it down, this perk includes main producer credits everywhere (if you want them), a gym bag, a hoodie, the tote, the videotaped message, a t-shirt, a water bottle, a wristband, an original production script, your prop of choice, the poster, special access link, an invite to the screening and after party (all expenses paid) and/or optional Skype session, the DVD box set or downloads of all episodes and special features, the right to make personal requests, and the title of God.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012