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'Dogs & Me' is an Award Winning comedy series centered on a young Hollywood actor, and his two talking dogs.
'Dogs & Me' is an Award Winning comedy series centered on a young Hollywood actor, and his two talking dogs.
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GOAL

"Dogs & Me" is an award winning, comedic web series geared toward reaching the mainstream audience and becoming a hit show for millions around the world with Season 2!  Our ultimate goal is to make "Dogs & Me" a household name.  In other words, we wish to expand on our show and get picked up by a major network such as Comedy Central, FOX, TBS, Yahoo, Hulu, you name it!

ABOUT

Season 1 was written & produced as a pilot to see what we could achieve while facing several challenging factors, including the use of animals, as well as working on an extremely low budget for film production.  The one thing we had no shortage of was highly talented and experienced cast & crew members.

LAWEBFEST 2013 - Creator Matt Rocklin holding two awards for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" & "Outstanding Producing in a Comedy Series"
LAWEBFEST 2013 - Creator Matt Rocklin holding two awards for "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" & "Outstanding Producing in a Comedy Series"

"Dogs & Me" has been an official selection in 6 film festivals across the country.  It's won "Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Producing in a Comedy Series" at the 2013 LA Web Festival, an audience choice award for "Best Web Series" at the 2013 Chicago Comedy Film Festival, and a jury award of "Best Web Series" at the 2013 Sunset International Film Festival.

Since our Season 1 cliffhanger, fans of "Dogs & Me" have begging for more.  The bar has been raised for Season 2 and we plan to soar above it.  Please support us by contributing to any of our pledge levels in exchange for a generous reward!  We can't wait to mail you our DVD's, BLOOPER REELS, T-SHIRTS, BANDANAS, and even have you on the show as one of our SEASON 2 CHARACTERS!  Check out the REWARDS section! :)

From Episode 5 - Creator/Actor, Matt Rocklin, getting ready to shoot his final shot of the day.
From Episode 5 - Creator/Actor, Matt Rocklin, getting ready to shoot his final shot of the day.

2nd Season Budget, Crew & Marketing Focus

The majority of the budget for Season 2 will fund a 10 day shoot.  In addition to paying our crew (see breakdown below), we will need to hire a cinematographer with industry standard lighting and camera gear to maintain our high production value. The cinematographer will require several crew hands to adjust lighting as needed and handle the moving of gear.  We'll also require a professional sound mixer & recordist.

Most of our fans came from social media.  Therefore, our project is budgeting additional funds for promotional campaigns on YouTube & Facebook.  These two sites have unprecedented networks that we wish to target using creative ads and promotional trailers.

SEASON 1 CAST, RETURNING FOR SEASON 2

From Left to Right - Samantha Gudstadt (Megan), Jani Blom (Fred), Matt Rocklin (Matt), Karen Strong (Laura), Ray Plumb (Jerry), Petra Areskoug (Scarlet), Christine Moore (Stacy), & Christopher Gehrman (Chris).
From Left to Right - Samantha Gudstadt (Megan), Jani Blom (Fred), Matt Rocklin (Matt), Karen Strong (Laura), Ray Plumb (Jerry), Petra Areskoug (Scarlet), Christine Moore (Stacy), & Christopher Gehrman (Chris).

Surpassing Our Goal

As a reminder, launching the production of Season 2 requires an absolute minimum of $9,000.  Assuming we raise our $9,000 budget, surpassing our funding goal will support the need for additional production staff, as well as additional marketing and promotion.

Here's a breakdown of where additional funds will go if we surpass our $9,000 goal!

  • Promotion & Marketing

  • Dog Handler

  • Makeup Artist

  • Location Manager

  • Gaffer

  • Script Supervisor

  • Additional Crew Hands

  • Prop & Set Dressing Budget

  • Advanced Camera Gear (Dollies, Cranes, etc.)

An example of cranes, dollies, and professional lighting.  Picture taken by Matt Rocklin while working as a production assistant on a graduate level, film school production.
An example of cranes, dollies, and professional lighting. Picture taken by Matt Rocklin while working as a production assistant on a graduate level, film school production.

Season 2 Storyline

Season 2 will focus primarily on Matt's relationships and acting career.  The viewer will experience how Matt's comedic circumstances affect his love life, acting class, and beloved talking dogs, Jerry & Scarlet.  Season 2 has plenty of laughs, but the drama and romance take center stage!

Season 2 Production Schedule

Assuming we raise our $9,000 budget, we'll be able to estimate production as early as January 2014, which could very easily translate to a Season 2 premiere of late 2014.

"Dogs & Me" Website

Please take a moment to learn more about "Dogs & Me" by visiting our site!  DOGSANDME.COM  Here you'll be able to find all Season 1 Episodes, Cast & Crew Biographies, & much much more!  Thank you for visiting our page!  We hope you're just as excited for Season 2 as we are!  Now check out our rewards section! :) God bless!

And here's all of our links!

Risks and challenges

I've been making films for over ten years, and every project seems to have its unforeseen issues. You get used to it! You learn to improvise on the fly, make do with what you have, and never look back! I've never faced anything I haven't been able to overcome with patience & tenacity. Every step of filmmaking in pre-production, production, and post-production requires additional effort in balancing out risk, while at the same time overcoming challenges. But that's part of the reward when all is completed and projected on screen for your viewing pleasure. The more obstacles you've overcome, the sweeter it feels to reach the end! With big risks come big rewards! Need I say more?!

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    "Chihuahua Level" - Dogs & Me Ringtone download from our website, DOGSANDME.COM, Plus+ receive a personal "Thank You" card from creator, Matt Rocklin.

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    "Collie Level" - A "Dogs & Me" BANDANA! An official bandana for you, and your DOG! :) Show your love & support the fun way! Plus+ receive the ringtone download & Thank You card!

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    "Golden Retriever Level" - HD DVD + BLOOPERS REEL + BONUS FOOTAGE! “Dogs & Me” Season 1 DVD, all 6 episodes in high definition, plus+ the much anticipated “BLOOPERS REEL, DVD ONLY!” The bloopers reel WILL NOT be posted ANYWHERE ELSE! Not on YouTube, not on our website, JUST THE DVD! Very special offer! Plus+ receive the BANDANA, ringtone, & Thank You card!

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    "Dalmatian Level" - T-SHIRT TIME! Exclusive, Limited Offer! You're a SUPER FAN! Show your love & support by WEARING this official “Dogs & Me” T-SHIRT! An awesome conversation starter! Your generosity deserves some extra love so we crafted this shirt just for you! On the front, you'll have the “Dogs & Me” logo, and on the back you'll see, “I threw 'Dogs & Me' a BONE!" How cool is that?! Plus+ receive the DVD, BLOOPERS REEL, BANDANA, ringtone, & Thank You card!

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    "Siberian Husky Level" - AUTOGRAPHED POSTER! Receive a limited edition, autographed "Dogs & Me" poster! Signed by the talented cast of Season 1! Hang it up in your office! Your theater! Your bedroom! Your... Dog house?! Not only will this poster be signed by your favorite characters, it'll also make mention of your generous contribution to our Kickstarter Goal! Great conversation starter! And when you need a self-esteem booster... Just look at the poster! You ROCK! Plus receive+ T-SHIRT, DVD, BLOOPERS REEL, BANDANA, ringtone, & Thank You card!

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    "German Shepard Level" -
    CREDIT RECOGNITION! LIMITED REWARD! Let it be known to the WORLD, you believe in “Dogs & Me” so much, you want YOUR NAME on it! :D With this generous contribution, you'll have your name stamped in the CREDITS for each EPISODE of SEASON 2! You'll be HONORED alongside CAST & CREW! You'll even get an IMDB credit! You'll be a SUPER FAN FOREVER N' EVER! Plus+ receive the “Dogs & Me” AUTOGRAPHED POSTER, T-SHIRT, BANDANA, DVD, BLOOPERS REEL, RINGTONE, & THANK YOU CARD! (Must submit legal name for credit use. Estimated delivery for tangible items only).

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    "Great Dane Level" - EPISODE DEDICATION IN YOUR NAME! PLUS+ CUSTOM ENGRAVED PLAQUE! First off, you'll have SOLE, TOP BILLING recognition when we dedicate an episode of Season 2 entirely in "YOUR NAME ONLY!" You'll truly be honored for your unheralded generosity in helping Season 2 get off its feet and running! On top of that, you'll also receive a CUSTOM ENGRAVED, "DOGS & ME" KICKSTARTER PLAQUE! Your plaque will be a limited edition trophy for your generous contribution! Surely something to show off on your wall, or just keep in your little HAPPY BOX! Plus+ receive Season 2 credit on every episode, IMDB credit, Autographed Poster, DVD, Bloopers Reel, T-Shirt, Ringtone, & Thank You Card! :D (Must submit legal name for credit use. Estimated delivery for tangible items only).

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    "Irish Wolfhound Level" - Scarlet & Jerry wish to give you a personal THANK YOU! And with your pledge of this amount, they'll do just that... wait for it... ON CAMERA! We'll set up an entire set just to have Scarlet & Jerry personally thank YOU! Who knows what they'll say! The candid video will be shot, edited, and blasted all over FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE, so everyone will know what an awesome contributor & fan you are of "DOGS & ME!" Plus+ receive the KICKSTARTER PLAQUE, Season 2 thank you credit on every episode, IMDB credit, Autographed Poster, DVD, Bloopers Reel, T-Shirt, Ringtone, & Thank You Card! :D (Must submit legal name for credit use. Estimated delivery for tangible items only).

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    "Saint Bernard Level" - SHOWTIME! Ever thought about being an actor? How about playing a part in Season 2?! Now's your time to shine! And your dog too if you wish! :D We'll write a part specifically for you! And your dog! Or just you! Or just your dog! However you wish do it! You'll be in the "CAST" credits for Season 2! This is for real! Plus+ you still receive the KICKSTARTER PLAQUE, Autographed Poster, T-Shirt, Bandana, DVD, Bloopers Reel, Ringtone, & THANK YOU CARD! (Travel, lodging, and all other expenses associated with any "Dogs & Me" related activities will not be provided for, nor reimbursed. Scheduling of shoot will be on producer's terms only. Amount of screen time will be guaranteed at a minimum 10 seconds, with at least one line of dialogue for you, or your dog. Must submit legal name for credit use. Estimated delivery for tangible items only).

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    "Mastiff Level" - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER! Take ownership of your contribution by making yourself THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of Season 2! With this contribution, you're invited to our Season 2, "Dogs & Me" events, as "THE" Executive Producer, including our Season 2 Premiere Screening in LA, Season 2 Wrap Party in LA, as well as any national and international film festivals. Huge opportunity to spend time with cast & crew and take pictures! In addition to your title as the Executive Producer, you'll receive an OFFICIAL, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PLAQUE. This plaque is separate from the Kickstarter Plaques! This is the "BOSS PLAQUE!" Plus+ receive Autographed Poster, T-Shirt, Bandana, DVD, Bloopers Reel, Ringtone, & THANK YOU CARD! (Travel, lodging, and all other expenses associated with any "Dogs & Me" related activities will not be provided for, nor reimbursed. Must submit legal name for credit use. Estimated delivery for tangible items only).

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