From the often childish minds of two men in their thirties, "King of Fitness" is a story about action films, relationships and love.
"King of Fitness” is a comedic script written by Andrew T. Pitkin and Shawn M. Smith set to begin shooting at the end of October 2012. This is a passion piece for both of us allowing us to illustrate our talents as both writers and producers.
Graham Tyler is a late 20s slacker whose life has fallen apart. He just needs the signature of the former love of his life so that the one thing he has done well, his epic action film “King of Fitness,” can be released. Setting out with a pair of loveable and loyal friends, Graham heads off to find her and begins the final step of getting his film (and maybe his life) in order.
Examining the shenanigans that can come up in the world of low budget filmmaking, the series has brought together a number of highly creative and talented people including Michael Anderson, Matthew Bayer, Kiera Capitanio, Dawn Collet, Brandon deSpain, Jameson LaMarca, Josh Miller, Emma Orelove, Joe Ortlieb, Mark Parker, Cynthia Shaw, Shawn M. Smith, Christopher Whalen and Kevin White.
Our episodic movie will be edited and formatted for the web as a weekly syndicated series and will be filmed in Park Slope, Brooklyn, but this goal can only be met with your help.
At the heart of it all, “King of Fitness” is about the quest to complete an independent film. Crowd source funding is one of the best ways for us to get the word out about the series. We also want to incentivize the filmmaking experience our contributors. We’re all in this together.
What's the funding for?
We need this to fund the production of the series. The first round of capital helps us to kick start our production so that we can feed the cast and crew, rent our primary locations and make this dream of ours into a reality. A $100 donation will help us feed the cast and crew for a day. $500 will buy half of our props for the entire shoot. Even the smallest donation can help. We're not asking you to donate every penny you have for our cause; we humbly ask for your support at even the smallest level. Every donation helps.
10/25: We DID IT!
But we had a LOT of help. Thank you all for your support and there's still time to contribute for those that haven't yet had time. We're very appreciative of all that you been able to give and we'll be repaying you all very soon.
Update 10/22: 95% and Some Action!
We've made it to 95% of our funding and have gotten through our first day of shooting. Hooray! As a treat for all you of you, and a last minute plea for your help, here's a sample of what "King of Fitness" has to offer as Dolph gets into "killing mode".
Today's the big day! We start shooting here in Brooklyn and we're all super excited. Some other news we're excited about: we're 84% of the way to our goal. So close it hurts. Spread the word.
6 days to go. Wow, that month went quickly. Great news all around as we get closer and closer to our goal. We're at 82% as I write this and we're excited and hopeful that we will meet our goal soon. Tomorrow we start filming here in Brooklyn and we're beyond excited. Don't forget, we've got another incentive to take advantage of - the on-set visit and signed script! That also comes with the two t-shirts, the DVD, the digital download, the buttons, stickers and window and a hug from Andrew (the director!). A complete package of awesome.
We're getting down to crunch time and we need your help. We've done so well so far and appreciate every penny, nickel and dime that each and every one of you has contributed so far. Let's get over that last hurdle and past that finish line together!
We've saved one special item for a mammoth contribution of $1000: the limited edition "Boom Sauce" shower curtain.
Yes, it's a real shower curtain. Yes, it's amazing and you'll see just how it all fits together in the series, but you can have it (and so much more) with a very generous contribution. Think of it this way, you'll be making your shower "cooler" while supporting the art of your friends!
Hey guys, thanks for your support and encouragement. It's because of you all that we're 27% of the way to our goal! Now, we need your help to continue spreading the word.
Let your friends and family know we need their help. We've added a new incentive for $50 donations (a "King of Fitness" t-shirt) and now we're going to unveil our "Boom Sauce" one for the first time.
Hey guys, great work so far! We're 11% of the way to our goal and we have you to thank for for that. We're getting excited for next month's shoot and hope you'll follow along with us on our journey. In the mean time, take a look at one of the goodies that you can get for $50 - our "King of Fitness" t-shirt (as well as the buttons and stickers and DVDs and more)! Please continue to spread the word so that "King of Fitness" can become a reality!
Where’s "King of Fitness" going to be broadcast?
We want this show to be out there for all to see so that we have the widest visibility to our cast while also showcasing the efforts of our talented crew. A number of shows like “The Guild” have originated in this way and we feel it’s the best of both worlds. On top of making it available on the internet, we’ll also be pressing the series to DVD, offering standard and high definition versions of the series, for your digital devices. The initial plan is to get it out on the various social media channels and drive viewers.
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This unique web-series, a movie within a show, can only happen with your help. The team at Bouncing Ball Films has completed other projects in the past on limited budgets and we're looking to get another great one under our belts. Working with the talented team at 1176 Studios and Rock Life Studios we're sure we'll impress with the vivid imagery and humorous narrative.
Action films and humor have been put together in the past and with great success. Our recipe differs. Simply, the "King of Fitness" movie highlights are used as a device to move the plot of the series forward. There are flashbacks and cut scenes and flash forwards galore but none of those happen without your generous help and support.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Sep 26, 2012 - Oct 26, 2012 (30 days)
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Our eternal gratitude and, to show our appreciation, a pack of our very own "King of Fitness" buttons and stickers. Share your love for your favorite web-series with the world!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Want to get a website donor thanks? You'll get that here. Also, we'll give you a static cling to show off how proud you were to contribute to your favorite new series. Plus, we'll throw in the buttons and stickers too!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You're getting a bargain here, folks. For 25 clams, we're hooking you up with a signed DVD and a standard definition download of the series. You can also have all the great stuff from before too.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Thirty bucks, you say? We're excited to hook you up with the DVD and the high-def version of the series. Plus, you'll get all the previous items as well.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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For $50, we'll hook you up with everything from before PLUS a super rad 'King of Fitness' t-shirt (see the updates for a sample)Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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For $75, we're very excited to be able to put your name in lights with a big thank you in the credits of the series. Also, you'll be among the first (and only) to receive a limited edition "Boom Sauce" t-shirt, as well as the previous rewards as well.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Take home a Limited Edition and Signed "King of Fitness" Poster as well as all the previous goodies. Thanks again, kind folks!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Personal hug from co-writer and director, Andrew T. Pitkin with a picture of said experience. You have to get to the location and swap info, but he'll definitely hug it up. Also, you get every previous reward. Hooray!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Come hang out with us on set! Seriously, this is for people that can get to NYC easily and won't include travel, transportation or lodging, but you can chill with the cast and hang out behind the scenes PLUS you get all the goodies we've mentioned already.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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For $500, we'll invite you to take part in our production in a non-speaking, extra role in the film (transportation and lodging in NYC not included). We will even throw in a signed copy of the "King of Fitness" script courtesy of the people behind Bouncing Ball Films. Oh yeah, you get everything that we've mentioned before as well. Buttons, decals, shirts, you name it.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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For this big ol' amount, we'll give you all of the previous goodies and toss in the Soundtrack to the series (featuring songs by Jon Santos, Kiera Capitanio and Shawn M. Smith) and personally extend an invitation to our Wrap Party.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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You'll get the prop that everyone on the set is begging for - a limited edition (1 of 1) - "Boom Sauce" shower curtain. Awesome gift for the holidays (and your bathroom). This is the only package that includes this prop, so get it while it's hot. You'll get the previous goodies as well, including the buttons, decals, DVDs, shirts, scripts, etc.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Want to be an Associate Producer? Here's your chance. We'll give you all the credit in the world for this help AND throw in a random prop from the set too. Of course all the other goodies will be yours too.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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If you're serious, we're serious. We'll write you a small speaking part in one episode and hook you up with all the buttons and stickers and static clings and shirts and DVDs you could want. Gosh you guys are swell.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
This is the big one, peeps. For $7500, we are willing to fly two (2) people to Miami, FL (round-trip, details to be sorted later) for a two night stay at Intercontinental Hotel and a tour of Miami with Shawn M. Smith, co-writer, producer and lead actor in the series. This comes with all the other goodies as well. Everything save for the shower curtain and the kitchen sink.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013