"Romancing the Patio" is a comedy about a redneck poolman, Johnny Meksikin, and the small town run ins between folks in Romance, FL.
Life is a funny thing. What you want and what you end up getting is not always one in the same. There are obligations, decisions to make, bills to pay, and at times, bad luck. Life happens. Passion can get pushed aside, and sometimes it takes a good friend with a fire burning under his ass to make you realize the passion you once had is not lost. That it's still there smoldering, somewhere under all that "life." My name is Ryan, I clean pools for a living. My friend is Travis, he works in film for a living.
Thanks for the ass fire comment, Ryan. Hey, I'm Travis. Last winter, Ryan and I were at an Orlando bar, the Matador, with our friend Ashley, who also works in film. We got to talking about writing something funny, and we wanted to laugh at whatever that something would end up being.
And so, after some beers, and some of Ryan's poolside war stories, we decided to make that something into a TV show about a pool man. Not just any pool man, but like an '80s, National Lampoon's Vacation, MacGuyver-esque redneck kinda dude named Johnny Meksikin, a guy who loves his gig as a pool cleaning technician, and the slow life in this horse-ridin', boat-drivin', gossip-ridden, sweet-tea-drinkin', Bible-thumpin', deer-huntin', mud-boggin', lovely, little, country town of Romance, FL.
The show's title is "Romancing the Patio" and it will feel like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Curb Your Enthusiasm meets King of the Hill, Joe Dirt, and Eastbound and Down.
We are asking, along with the cast and crew who are already part of our shoot, for help with funding the remainder of our needs to shoot the pilot episode of our show in Ocala, FL at the end of summer 2012.
We've already covered costs in many areas, including: cameras, camera crew, some castmembers, a list of shooting locations, preproduction, writing, casting, travel, lodging, and some production equipment and camera gear. There are still some other things we haven't been able to pay for yet.
And so we're reaching out to ask you for help in creating this funny little show.
Your help and donations will pay for: production support rentals (tables, chairs, trash cans, ladders, 10x10 tents, working lights, copy machine, wardrobe racks), grip equipment, lighting rentals, some cast and crew members, camera support equipment, art department (props, signs, set dressing), wardrobe, make-up, meals, food and water on set, and post-production.
After we shoot the pilot episode in Florida, we will be editing the footage in Los Angeles, CA. Post-production takes lot more time than that needed for shooting, and its costs are harder to avoid, but we have a couple amazing editors in Los Angeles already lined up ready to help.
We shot this teaser video as a glimpse of what might be seen in an episode of "Romancing the Patio." We hope you laugh at it and donate to help us make this funny dream a reality.
There are a bunch of thank you gifts for your donations that we think you'll like. Thanks ahead of time for your help.
-Ryan and Travis
We're writing the names of folks that pledge one thousand dollars and higher, into our script for "Romancing the Patio: The Pilot." Some places, businesses, and characters around Romance, FL could be named after YOU.
For example, we've already created a character for our first 1K+ pledge donor:
Old Man Willard
We have the advantage of being in two cities as we create this show. Being based in both Orlando/Central FL and Los Angeles/Southern CA has given us the distinct opportunities to both produce the show with resources and people from both coasts, and prepare for production of the pilot in Florida, while producing a teaser for the show in California.
The teaser was shot in LA, in and around the San Fernando Valley, CA. Sure looks like a Florida town, though, right?
The pilot is shooting in Ocala, with locations in and around Marion County, FL. Creating the Central Florida feel is one thing when you're talking about cast and such, but there's something about the Spanish moss hanging from the oaks in that part of the country, and the lakes and rivers that run through the woods that separate the horse fields and neighborhoods that can't be found any place else.
Everyone who donates one hundred dollars and more will get a limited "Romancing the Patio" t-shirt featuring either the show's title logo or the logo for "Greene Pools," the company that employs our main character, Johnny.
Wear them with pride.
We'll have a list of each character's props and wardrobe and which are still available for you to choose as your pledge gift.
Hats, shirts, lingerie, boots, etc., each signed by the character who wore it. Pool tools, bottles, billiards items, sunglasses, and weed wackers, are just some of the gifts we have available for YOU!
It's like a good old fashioned family hand-me-down! Thank you for your help, neighbor.
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We'll thank you in our credits as an Associate Producer. You are a huge part of producing this pilot episode. And, we love you. Thanks, y'all.Estimated delivery:
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You can watch the comedy that you helped produce whenever you want! We're giving you your own DVD of "Romancing the Patio: The Pilot" AND your name in our Associate Producers credits.Estimated delivery:
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You get a limited-edition t-shirt! (The t-shirts feature "Greene Pools," and "Romancing the Patio.") AND we're hooking you up with your DVD of "Romancing the Patio: The Pilot," and your Associate Producer credit.Estimated delivery:
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Get a signed photo from our CAST and CREW! You also get your DVD of"Romancing The Patio: The Pilot," a limited-edition RTP t-shit, and your credit as an Associate Producer!Estimated delivery:
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Receive a prop or an article of wardrobe from the set! You also get your DVD of"Romancing The Patio: The Pilot," a limited-edition RTP t-shit, an autographed photo from our CAST and CREW, and your credit as an Associate Producer!Estimated delivery:
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Be a part of the story! Be a part of Romance! We'll name a character, street, business, or town after you!! You will also receive a DVD of "Romancing the Patio: The Pilot," a limited-edition RTP t-shirt, an autographed photo, a prop or article of wardrobe from the set, and your name in the credits!Estimated delivery:
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A cast member will host a BBQ at your house!! Let us Romance your Patio :) You'll also get your DVD of "Romancing the Patio: The Pilot," a limited-edition RTP t-shirt, an autographed photo, a prop or article of wardrobe from the set, your name in the script, and your credit as Associate Producer!Estimated delivery:
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