Last year a group of us got together, including our amazing cinematographer Josh Franzos and gifted writer/director Paul-Anthony Navarro, and produced a short entitled "LOAD" about a young woman with a secret. In all, we had a team of nine dedicated people working for nothing other than the love of film. "LOAD" has since won official selection from both the IFFCA and the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival.
Encouraged by the success of "LOAD," we have decided to do another, more ambitious project: A television pilot. Burghatory is an adult drama/comedy set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--a little edgy, but with a lot of heart, and aimed towards an HBO or AMC type of audience.
The story revolves around Virginia (V), a thirty-something woman whose brash personality has brought her to a professional and romantic dead end, and Finny, a woman whose ravenous need to control every aspect of her life has brought her to the same place. Together they build a friendship while healing old wounds and letting their eccentricities get the better of them.
We’re really looking to create something binge-worthy here--a show that you can’t wait to share with friends and talk about at work, with characters who are real three dimensional women.
But we can't do this all by ourselves; we need your help!
For your support, we’re offering not only the chance to be part of a new golden age of television, but we’re also giving away some great perks .
--A special access code to see "LOAD."
--Signed scripts from the creator and cast.
--Candid production photos.
--A chance to be listed as an "Executive Producer" on the credits.
--And much, much more!
Your money will go to very important things that no production can be without like costumes, sets, filming equipment, professional actors, and feeding our volunteer crew.
Now we leave it in your hands. Please read further about the gifts we’re offering, and we hope you’ll help us create innovative and ambitious television.
Whether he is writing scripts, designing games, composing music, or directing, Paul has an unyielding passion for telling stories. He has written, produced and directed a number of short films as well as stage plays, and is currently fulfilling his dream of creating a television show. He has a B.A. in Theater Arts, a Masters in Education, and will soon receive a Master of Entertainment Technology degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Joshua has been a professional still photographer for over 15 years in the corporate and non-profit world. His work has been published in the New York Times and Science Magazine among other notable publications. For his clients, he has created iconic imagery. In the last four years he has ventured into motion work and seeks to incorporate the best aspects of still photography into his visual storytelling lexicon. He has lensed numerous music videos and directed two. Joshua worked as the Director of Photography on Paul-Anthony Navarro’s short film, LOAD.
In 2013, he and his team, produced over 30 promotional videos and mini documentaries. Joshua and his elite team will be focusing all their creative efforts on Burgatory.
Matt graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a degree in Media Management and Marketing. During his time in Florida, he had a short stint working in casting and talent management. He is currently attending Carnegie Mellon University, pursing a Master's degree in Entertainment Industry Management. Recently he produced the short film Creep, a thriller that wrapped shooting in early January and will be released in the coming months.
Christina Tarn is a composer and cellist of avant-garde music, who is transitioning into the commercial world of TV/film and game production. Her music and media works have been exhibited and performed internationally, at venues including University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US), National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan), Krannert Art Museum (US), Nevada Dance Complex (US), and National Taiwan University of Art (Taiwan).
Her recent projects include working with Academic Outreach Office of Continuing Education & Digital Media Lab at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with professors and instructional designers to design online courses to be published on COURSERA and MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses). Courses include: Understanding Subsistence Marketplaces, Science of Android Apps, Emergence of Life, and Connecting with Environmental Writing.
Marlene is a violinist, dancer, and educator with a MEd from Boston University, who is eager to transfer her professional skills to the world of film. Managing and teaching middle school orchestra for 15 years has led to a natural inclination for producing, and being married to writer/director Paul-Anthony Navarro has led to the study of a mass amount of films and TV, which undoubtably will influence set design for this creative new production. Artistic expression has always been a passion and Marlene is excited to work with such a talented group of artists and capable producers. She hopes to tell captivating stories in a beautifully artistic manner that will touch the hearts and lives of its viewers.
Chris is a currently pursuing a career as a Producer and Talent Manager through the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. Originally from northeast Ohio, Chris has now transitioned from a life in music to a career in film and TV. His directing debut, Creep (2014), was filmed in Pittsburgh and is currently in post-production for a submission to Cannes Film Festival in France.
His pastimes include writing screenplays, sampling happy hours, and traveling. Occasionally you can see him act and cameo in online shorts: www.youtube.com/imaginealeph
Risks and challenges
Some of the challenges of our project include proper locations, lighting, sets, and of course, talent.
Our team is really looking to develop a unique style not yet seen on the small screen, therefore, Paul, Josh and Marlene (who is also acting as our production designer) are in talks now about how to accomplish certain cinematic looks, how color helps elevate story, and how depth of field effects the audience's ability to connect with the characters. This is why we are currently scouting for the perfect locations and conducting color and lens tests before shooting begins.
We also know that the cast can make or break a show, so we are scouring Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for just the right talent. And once we have the right actors, we will be in rehearsal for two weeks so that the script can be tailored to fit our cast.
There is also the matter of selling the show, and that means putting the pilot in front of the right eyes. Our production team is making a plan that includes networking with friends and peers, hunting for just the right festivals, and creating a marketing package.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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