Sarah Jaye and Terry Shusta's new web series directed by Allison Rohm, is raising funds to create the first compelling episode.
In January of 2012, Terry Shusta and myself(Sarah Jaye) began writing a script. The original seed of the idea was that I really wanted to write a story set in Venice Beach, CA. It's a unique experience living in the city of Los Angeles, a city that everyone in the world knows about and wants to see. Then bring it down to that little corner of the LA landscape known as Venice Beach. An iconic, legendary "ghetto by the sea" inhabited by struggling artists, millionaire artists, and everyone in between. I can't imagine a more rich environment for storytelling.
As our script took many twists and turns down its evolutionary path, we became obsessed with one particular concept. What happens when someone living in this carefree, hang ten, dirty yet beautiful beachside town gets smacked in the face with something so real and sobering that they have to snap out of their paradisical unreality and face the truth head on? That's where Lena comes in. Our main character is a young woman living in Venice who finds out she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
We all deal with problems differently, and in our own time. Some of us procrastinate and push them aside, some of us tackle them head on. We hide, we drink, we pray, we screw, we run, and we share. Personally, I have friends whose lives have been deeply affected by breast cancer. We all miss and honor those who have lost their lives to cancer. We celebrate those who have survived it. I'm hoping to tell one woman's story, yet every woman's story.
This is the world of BEYOND ME. The beach, the boardwalk, the canals and the characters of Venice Beach are all there. "All the world's a stage..." The setting is a leading player, and Lena and her friends are the co-stars. We hope you can help us take this project from page to screen. Thank you for your generosity.
More About Us:
Like Us On Facebook! www.facebook.com/beyondmeseries
Allison Rohm, director: http://vimeo.com/36503604
Terry Shusta: www.imdb.me/terryshusta
Music for This Video Provided by Matt Ellis: www.mattellis.com
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Some aspects of production will be challenging...
Locations in Venice aren't always easy to acquire permits for, and once you have one, the cops sometimes hassle you if you're drawing a crowd or obstructing foot traffic. Shooting in a timely manner without having to do a lot of retakes requires rehearsal and planning. Some serious meetings will be taking place to ensure that the director, the cinematographer, the lighting and sound designers, and the actors are all exactly where they need to be in order to shoot fast. After all, in crowded places like the boardwalk and the beach(did someone say ocean?), anything could happen. We'll have to be on our very best behavior to accomplish this shoot. And permits don't come cheap!
The question of music comes into play. Although we plan on using most of our music directly from Venice artists, some music licensing may be complicated and require serious fees and paperwork to attain! After all, Jim Morrison is a Venice icon. How amazing would it be to incorporate music by "The Doors"? The very generous Matt Ellis loaned us music for this Kickstarter video, but it's only fair to reimburse the artists.
Creative challenges may come up! What if a scene needs to be tweaked or something improvisational arises on set? Did we mention the funny parts? You never know exactly what challenges may present themselves as the characters come to life for the first time. What if someone's costume tears, or it rains on shooting day(highly unlikely I mean hey it's LA)...but it could happen! A little cash to deal with unpredictable circumstances is a necessity.
Once we have all of our funding in place, we'll set shoot dates and finalize casting. In the pre-production process we'll select locations, prepare costumes and set pieces, and rehearse with the actors. During the shoot we'll have a great crew on hand to help out with all of the details: lighting, sound, set, hair and makeup...And after we've wrapped we'll get straight to editing so YOU can see what we've done with your generous investment ASAP.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Oct 31, 2012 - Nov 21, 2012 (21 days)
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We will holla a thousand thank you's from the shores of Venice Beach so every surfer from Malibu to Hermosa will know of your generosity.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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We will graffiti your name on the walls of every alley in Venice. Well...not quite, but we will scribble a big "Yo thanks bro, we're stoked" on the wall of our BEYOND ME Facebook page.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A BEYOND ME photo postcard signed by the cast and sent directly to you. "What's up from Venice Beach!" You will also get a personal muchas gracias on our Facebook page.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
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A full size, full color, fully functional BEYOND ME limited edition poster signed by the world class cast. You also get the big Facebook shout out and a photo postcard signed by the cast. Sweet!Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
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First Friday! Every first Friday of the month, gourmet food trucks line Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice in a fun street festival atmosphere. We'll treat you to nosh and hang for some people watching at this legendary monthly street party. A meeting of the minds and stomachs! You'll also get a Facebook shout and a photo postcard signed by the cast! **Please note that this offer only applies to donors in the Los Angeles area and the production team is not responsible for travel. Donors in this tier outside of Los Angeles will get a thank you on our Facebook wall, a photo postcard, a full size poster signed by the cast, and a BEYOND ME collector's item decorative jar of sand from the Venice Beach set.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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A thank you VIDEO to all contributors in this tier made specially for you by the creators of BEYOND ME. It could be a shout, it could be a song, it could be an interpretive dance on the beach, who knows? We'll thank you by name and even post it on the BEYOND ME Facebook wall for all to see! Plus you also get the photo postcard and full size poster signed by the cast. Unbelievably rad.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
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A Venice stroll with the creators of BEYOND ME. We'll treat you to refreshments (even ice cream!) on a long walk to some iconic Venice landmarks: the boardwalk, Abbot Kinney Blvd, and the canals. We'll finish up at Washington Blvd and the Venice Pier. Sunset anyone? Get some fresh ocean air and quality time with the creators. Pick our brains and we'll pick yours! You'll also get a Special Thanks in the end credits of the first episode and a signed poster from the cast. Right on! **Please note that this offer only applies to donors in the Los Angeles area and the production team is not responsible for travel. Donors in this tier outside of Los Angeles will get a thank you on our Facebook wall, a photo postcard, a full size poster signed by the cast, a BEYOND ME collector's item decorative jar of sand from the Venice Beach set, and a Special Thanks in the final credits.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
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An Executive Producer credit on BEYOND ME. Your name as Exec Producer will appear in the credits of the first episode! We'll also extend an invitation to visit the set, and an invitation to enjoy drinks with the creators. You'll receive our undying gratitude, a photo postcard, Facebook thanks, a signed full size poster, and a BEYOND ME collector's item decorative jar of sand from the Venice Beach set. ** Please note that the offer for set visit and drinks with creators applies to donors in the Los Angeles area and the production team is not responsible for travel. Donors in this tier outside of Los Angeles will get EP credit, a photo postcard, Facebook thanks, a full size signed poster, and a BEYOND ME collector's item decorative jar of sand from the Venice Beach set.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Ships within the US only