An irreverent web comedy: can 2 NYC actresses navigate their way through showbiz and race relations and still come out as...homegirls?
Homegirls is an upcoming web comedy series written, produced, directed by, and starring NYU Tisch Graduate Acting alumni Christy Escobar and Marinda Anderson. After creating the characters for our industry showcase scene (entitled 'Homegirl Snap', see the above video), we realized there was much more insensitive white girl material for us to draw on, and came up with the web series Homegirls.
We're raising funds to produce the first season, which consists of ten episodes (from 6-10 minutes each), to be filmed in the upcoming months of October through February. It follows two New York City actresses that meet in an acting class and are absurdly paired together to work on a scene from the classic African-American play A Raisin in the Sun. It examines race relations and the challenges of trying to make it in show business, in a seriously funny manner. For serious.
All funds raised will be used for basic expenses such as rental space, props, camera / audio equipment rental, editing software, and to hopefully pay our actors!
$1,000 is the very least we need to start up, our ideal fundraising goal is $2,500 to adequately cover expenses. Timing is urgent since we will start filming at the end of the month.
(Thanks to Mathew Hamula for contributing his newfound D.P. and editing skills, and to Natalie Paul for working on this promo for free!)
And thank YOU, in advance, for your wildly generous contribution!
Christy and Marinda
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As we, Marinda and Christy, are both struggling actresses in New York City (much like our characters Michelle and Emily), a huge challenge we will have after funding is finding the time to coordinate a film schedule amidst our grueling daily lives of waiting tables, babysitting, and (of course) auditioning. While potentially frustrating, we plan to write and film in the mornings, on weekends -- basically any time we can squeeze it in to get it done. And we're sure our trials will provide lovely comedic fodder for our writing process.
Another challenge is assembling a crew to film on such an erratic schedule, as well as on budgetary constraints. We will use our contacts to try to get things for free or at a discount while not sacrificing quality, in order to save whatever we can in our own meager personal piggy banks. We will start a search in hopes of finding other enthusiastic aspiring filmmakers to help with cinematography, audio, lighting, and editing concerns.
As for casting: we plan to use our friends and compatriots from NYU Grad Acting whenever possible, and to hold auditions for the parts that we can't cast from our broad circle of talented friends. So feel free to get in touch with us if you want to be "down" with Homegirls in any capacity!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A copy of the entire first season of 'Homegirls' on DVD, the season one poster signed by Christy and Marinda, a thank you note signed by the entire cast and crew, a special facebook shout out for your wonderful donation, aaaaand.... a walk-on/cameo in the web series, including a day on the set with the cast and crew!!!Estimated delivery:
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