A return to classic storytelling in a half hour dramatic anthology format to be made for and broadcast on the web.
CONTINUUM, TELL US MORE
Okay, you’re saying, that was a pretty good video, and this Continuum show sounds interesting (at least I hope you’re saying that…).
But you’d like to know a little more about the series, and this pilot, and why I’m doing it.
Continuum is my attempt to revive the art of storytelling that vanished from the airwaves when the last original episode of The Twilight Zone aired in 1964. And to bring it back in the classic format of the half hour anthology series.
Continuum will be a place where a viewer can watch an original story unfold before their eyes that will move them in some way. With new characters and fresh themes that will change with each new episode but will maintain the integrity of the series.
SO IF YOUR IDEA IS SO HOT, THEN HOW COME THE NETWORKS AREN’T DOING IT?
Answer: the networks think that the anthology format is dead. Finished. They have a whole list of reasons but the main one is that they believe you, the audience, isn’t interested anymore. Guess they never tune in to those Twilight Zone Marathons every national holiday like all of the rest of us, eh?
Kickstarter is offering you guys, the viewing audience, the chance to tell the networks and programming people out there that YOUR opinion does matter. Your support for Continuum will send that message loud and clear.
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE THE NEXT ROD SERLING, HUH?
Don’t I wish. Rod Serling was, and remains, the greatest writer in the history of television. The man and his work are the gold standard.
But to have had Rod Serling create such a brilliant format in which to present stories of merit and see it cast aside by broadcast television is a crime.
That is why I created Continuum.
To carry on with the tradition of excellence that Rod Serling established with The Twilight Zone.
A series that presents interesting stories that move audiences to laughter, or tears, or makes them angry, or fearful, or contemplative. A series that, at the end of the final scene of an episode, leaves you with the feeling that just enjoyed a darn good story. And maybe were left with something to think about.
So no, I’m no Rod Seriling. But I truly believe that Continuum, and the stories I’ve written, will honor the man and his work and find the waiting audience that the networks have left behind.
$100,000.00 TO MAKE A PILOT? YEAH, RIGHT.
Network pilots cost upwards of $1,000,000.00 to make and you and your guys are going to do one for $100.000.00? This sounds like an episode of Continuum.
But when you’ve got industry professionals on board who believe in a project as much as you do, passion replaces salary requirements. None of the above-the-line folks working on Contimuum, from yours truly on down, are taking one dime of compensation.
Plus the pilot script and its unique story were specially written to be shot efficiently and economically.
All of the dollars raised for the Continuum project on Kickstarter will be used to pay for two things:
1. The rewards.
2. The cost of production and post production.
We fully intend to pay our actors and crew for the time that they put in to making our pilot episode. Theirs is hard work and they deserve to be compensated.
Maybe we could have sought out venture capitalists or investors and endured the commensurate involvement by the people who control the purse strings and often times the quality of the product. But Kickstarter has offered us the privilege of reaching out to a community of people who all of us associated with Continuum believe will be as passionate about this series, and this pilot, as we are. You guys back us and we will make you a pilot you will be proud to be a part of.
AND IF YOU’RE OVERFUNDED…?
Before I answer that question, let me reassure you that our fundraising goal is not any sort of a loss-leader, or a false front building. If we are fortunate enough to reach our goal of $100,000.00 you won’t be hearing any “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!!” from me. My producing colleagues and I, along with our director, Mark DiSarro, have put a great deal of time into budgeting not only the cost of producing our pilot but also ensuring that there are adequate monies involved to create the rewards that all of you who donate so richly deserve. So we will make the Continuum pilot with our project goal of $100,000.00. Period.
Speaking of my producing colleagues, let me get their names in here right now, because without their involvement, well, all of my stories and the entire Continuum concept would be relegated to a central file box somewhere in the back of my closet. You’ll get to meet them all once we get going: John Willison, Dan Green and Ray Sabo.
Now let’s get back to that overfunding issue.If we do get overfunded, we will devote all of the additional funds to the production of the show and an expansion of the rewards. Specifically:
* Add an additional day of shooting (we have budgeted for three), allowing Mark to shoot several teasers for future episodes.
* Expand our wardrobe, music and post budgets, including more extensive final color work.
* Create a unique reward for everyone who has contributed to the project (we have many ideas, but they are all contingent on the amount of overfunding).
YOU KNOW, YOU’VE BARELY MENTIONED THE REWARDS…
I know, enough making speeches.
The rewards are detailed in the rewards section so no sense repeating myself here. However, every reward associated with the Continuum Kickstarter Project will be unique to this project. They will truly be Continuum/Kickstarter Special Editions.
After the project funds (positive thinking here!), the rewards will be custom made this one time only and will never be offered again. So they will be just for you, our Kickstarter “comrades in arms.”
AND BEFORE WE GET TO THE FAQ’S, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE PILOT?
Just a little.
I think Mark summed it up best in the video. The pilot episode involves a seemingly normal patient who comes to a large hospital seeking what one would describe as “typical treatment.” However, this patient’s experience turns out to be anything but typical. And at the end of our story we discover that the patient is more than just slightly unique.
You guys are really going to like this story.
* When will the show be released?
Depending on cast, crew & set availability, we hope to shoot over 3 days in August, 2012. The remainder of August will be devoted to post production of the pilot and our goal is to be locked by September 30, 2012. We will then be looking to premiere the pilot episode worldwide on the Web in Fall 2012.
* And when do we get our rewards?
Immediately upon funding, we will begin production of all of the rewards. Depending on the number of rewards, our goal is to ship all of the rewards within 30 days of the time that the show is locked, which is September 1, 2012. So figure October 2012.
* Can I gift a pledge?
Absolutely! If you want to donate to Continuum but give the reward to someone else, simply go through the normal Kickstarter donation process. After the funding deadline, we will contact you to verify size, shipping address, etc. At that time, you can tell us who the gift is for and we will take it from there.
* Can I increase my pledge amount?
Absolutely! After you have made a pledge, you can log back into Kickstarter and go to the Continuum project page. There you will find that the GREEN “Back This Project” button has turned into a BLUE “Manage Your Donation” button. Click on that and you can change the amount of your donation & also select a different reward.
* I have other questions!
Email me directly at Bill@continuumthewebseries.com and I will get back to you personally. And ask anything you like. I’m no Kickstarter pro by any means so I’d be genuinely surprised if I didn’t miss a thing or two or three…
Or you can get to us on Twitter:
And we have just put up our own web page:
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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The Continuum Collector's pin, Kickstarter Special Edition. This is a high quality ceramic pin featuring our series logo. International backers please add $15.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Have the ultra cool Continuum logo as your wallpaper AND screensaver. Includes previous reward. International backers please add $15.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Full Size Continuum Poster, Kickstarter Special Edition. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $20.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Continuum SS T-Shirt, white on black, Kickstarter Special Edition. Of course with the Continuum logo prominent on the front of the shirt. This will be a high quality t-shirt, not your typical "meant for the car wash rag bag" over-sized piece of junk. Sizes adult small thru XL, XXL add $2.00. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $20.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Need a lid? For $75.00 you get the Continuum hat, Kickstarter Special Edition. Again nothing but high quality here. Black twill cap with an adjustable strap on the back. The Continuum logo EMBROIDERED in white on the front of the hat (no crappy silk screen) here, along with the Kickstarter logo on the side. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $20.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Why mess with different formats? You get both for $100.00. The DVD AND the blu-ray, in a Kickstarter Special Edition case and sleeve. The complete pilot as it will air. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $25.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Associate Producer Package. You get credit as an Associate Producer for the pilot episode of Continuum. Your credit will run at the end of the pilot in alphabetical order. Plus we will make your hat (remember you get everything from previous levels) a special "associate producer" garment with those very words embroidered on the back of the hat. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $25.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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We call this the Continuum Boxed Set. What you get is a special mix of additional material added to the DVD and blu-ray. Specifically, a 15 minute behind-the-scenes mini-documentary showing the actual shooting of the pilot, as well as outtakes from the original Kickstarter project video. We are also including a packet of still pictures from the production, a copy of the shooting script and a Continuum key chain available only at this pledge level. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $25.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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We are having 100 custom-made middleweight jackets made for the Continuum project. These will be in black with our unique logo (and Kickstarter's, of course) embroidered in white over the right "breast pocket" area of the jacket. Final details are still being worked out as to the fabric (most likely a high quality twill or ultra suede), but they will be fully lined and fashionable for either men or women. Adult sizes small thru XL, add $20.00 for XXL. Includes all previous rewards. International backers please add $35.00 for shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Want to get bossed around by Mark, work for peanuts, but eat good & get to dress up in a costume? Then the extra package is for you! Be an actual extra on the set of the Continuum pilot. Includes all previous rewards. Your involvement could be anywhere from 1 - 3 days depending on shooting schedules.Estimated delivery:
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Okay, we're gonna share some real credit here. You will receive co-producer credit on the Continuum pilot, run at the end of the episode. Also, you will receive an actual director's chair (the tall version actually used on film sets today) with your own name silk screened on the back alongside the Continuum Kickstarter Special Edition logo. Includes all previous rewards except for the extra package.Estimated delivery:
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This is the reward I would get if I had 5K and wasn't doing this crazy project deal. We are calling it the Collector's VIP Package. If you are a collector, you are going to just love this one. You will receive at this level an ACTUAL director's chair used on the set by our cast & crew; a copy of the shooting script personally signed by me, Mark and our cast; an ACTUAL slate (movie clapboard for you rookies) used in production of the pilot, and finally, an ACTUAL prop or set piece personally chosen by yours truly just for you. Nuff said there. Includes all previous rewards except for the extra package.Estimated delivery:
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The Gold Package. Only three here, one per shooting day. We will provide for your transportation to Los Angeles (airfare, gasoline, bus ticket, you tell us) where you will be staying in a local hotel for two nights. The following morning we will drive you to the set for your private day of shooting, and you will be right there with us for an entire shooting day. You'll enjoy lunch with the cast and crew, and we will have a special photo taken of you with all of us on the set. At the end of that day you head back to the hotel, where you have a good night's sleep full of dreams about all of the fun you had on set. The next morning we will get you some breakfast & then send you on your way home. Everything is on us: Transportation, hotel, meals! This reward is only available for domestic travel within the continental United States. If you are located in Alaska or Hawaii or are an international sort and have interest in this reward, please contact us directly & we will see if we can figure out a way to get you here that works for all parties involved. Includes all previous rewards except for the extra package.Estimated delivery:
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