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About

If you liked that and want to see more check out this playlist of extended scenes! We'll be adding more throughout the whole campaign:

Howdy, I'm M.J. Loheed. Most of the time I'm a reality T.V. editor and my co-creator Jeanne Begley is a reality T.V. producer.  We want to do something really different and work from a script.

The primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds to make one epically funny pilot episode of the sci-fi comedy: PROJECT MOONBASE.

The secondary goal for this pilot is to sell a series to a network like: Netflix, AMC, FX, Amazon, Hulu, Comedy Central, or Adult Swim. It doesn't matter if they're a traditional broadcaster or a YouTube channel.

 So, every person who pledges will get an iTunes compatible (specifically an .mp4 which works on many devices) digital download of this pilot episode before it is ever aired or streamed anywhere else.

  SYNOPSIS: In the year 2043 the space administration is grappling with budget cuts so they turn to Hollywood to find a way to keep their flagship project Moonbase Genesis going. In exchange for money to keep their base operational, the astronauts let a cast of reality TV rejects on board to create a show like “Big Brother” in space. Unfortunately, the moon is knocked out of earth’s orbit and into an uproarious sci-fi odyssey. Humanity’s least deserving ambassadors will meet alien cultures, tackle reality TV tropes and contend with zero gravity toilets.

  • I love this idea but it sounds like a short sketch I might see on Saturday Night Live not a T.V. series to me. What have you got in mind?

That's another reason why we want to make you a full scale pilot. We want to show you a complete origin story about a deeply funny group of characters caught in a sci-fi world.   Over the course of our fundraising campaign we're going to be releasing the full version of many of the scenes from our preview video above so you can see just how fleshed out these characters are. Also, we'll be publishing our outline for the pilot and season 1 on our blog www.moonbasegenesis.com.

We're trying to raise $350,000

  • WHOA! That's a lot of dough! You could buy a house with that kind of money! Really you need that much? What are you going to do with it and why do you need it?

The cast and crew of our Kickstarter videos donated their time and worked really hard to make a good mock-up of what Project Moonbase will sound and look like. For videos that we made for next to nothing they're pretty good. However, let's be honest our set looks like it was stuck together with hot glue guns, foam core and duct tape (because it was).  We want to make you a GREAT show with production values that wow you.  $350,000 is the lowest workable budget for Project Moonbase and that's one of the reasons we're here on Kickstarter. If you pledge and the project doesn't reach it's goal, you'll never be charged. 

If you consider that 20-80 people will work on this one pilot over the course of few months that budget starts to look more reasonable. In addition to that large crew and cast the two biggest expenses in making this pilot are going to be designing and building a set and the costuming. As a frame of reference here are some educated guest-imates of budgets for popular sci-fi shows that we're fans of:

  • Battlestar Galactica: $2,000,000 per episode
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation  $1,300,000 per episode
  • Dr. Who  $1,000,000 per episode
  • Agents of Shield $2,500,000 per episode.

Now the good thing is that PROJECT MOONBASE will be a lot cheaper than that. Here's a preliminary pie chart of how this money will be used:

  • You guys work in T.V., why don't you just pony up and pay for a pilot?

We have a really long version of the answer to this question on our production blog here. But here's the short answer: The idea of crowd-funding this pilot is to take the decision making process away from jaded networks and give the choice to real viewers like you. We’d like the question in your mind to be: “Is this a show that I would like to see?” If the answer is yes please consider kicking in a few bucks for the pilot. We know we're going to make it worth your while.  Also, we've got an amazing selection of rewards if you want to pledge more for Project Moonbase.

Donate at the $25 level and get this limited edition mission patch! When the Kickstarter campaign ends this mission patch will be redesigned and will never be made again!
Donate at the $25 level and get this limited edition mission patch! When the Kickstarter campaign ends this mission patch will be redesigned and will never be made again!
Donate at the $50 level and get the Moonbase Genesis Bikini Team calendar WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE DECEMBER!!!!
Donate at the $50 level and get the Moonbase Genesis Bikini Team calendar WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE DECEMBER!!!!
Donate at the $100 level and get the limited edition "Houston... we ARE the problem." T-shirt NOTE: final design may vary.
Donate at the $100 level and get the limited edition "Houston... we ARE the problem." T-shirt NOTE: final design may vary.
The alternative $100 reward is this awesome Moonbase Genesis hat! NOTE: final design may vary.
The alternative $100 reward is this awesome Moonbase Genesis hat! NOTE: final design may vary.
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Donate at the $500 level and you'll get a desktop worthy 3D model of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship!

Donate $800 and we'll frame, sign and authenticate this one of a kind original concept sketch of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship by M.J. Loheed.
Donate $800 and we'll frame, sign and authenticate this one of a kind original concept sketch of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship by M.J. Loheed.
This was the first sketch ever made of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship Donate $900 and we'll frame, sign and authenticate this one of a kind original concept sketch of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship by M.J. Loheed.
This was the first sketch ever made of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship Donate $900 and we'll frame, sign and authenticate this one of a kind original concept sketch of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship by M.J. Loheed.
For $2000 you can own this original storyboard of the opening sequence of "Project Moonbase"
For $2000 you can own this original storyboard of the opening sequence of "Project Moonbase"
DONATE AT THE $1500 LEVEL and get one of 3 helmets used in the our Kickstarter videos autographed by the entire cast!
DONATE AT THE $1500 LEVEL and get one of 3 helmets used in the our Kickstarter videos autographed by the entire cast!

Also, in the coming weeks we'll be announcing even more incredible awards once we've worked out solid fulfillment details.  If you're already a super fan and are looking for some incredible exclusive one of a kind fan experiences check out our other rewards over the the right!

          

Risks and challenges

WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SECURE ALL OF OUR CAST FOR THE PILOT:

Everyone who donated their time to perform in our Kickstarter campaign videos is a working TV professional. For example Beth Riesgraf just came off a 5 season run of Leverage on TNT. She could easily be scooped up before we start production. If that happens we may have to rework our schedule or (gulp) recast. We don't want to disappoint anyone and everyone wants to come back but everyone's got to pay those bills.

WE MAY GO OVER BUDGET:

We're reality T.V. people we're used to working with the tightest budgets in television. We've gotten stuck with a bigger tab than we planned a few times.

IT MAY TAKE LONGER TO FINISH THIS PILOT THAN WE PLANNED (it probably won't):

All kinds of wacky things happen in making television. People get sick, there's interpersonal drama, technical problems, we haven't missed an air date yet. Rest assured, WE HAVE ALREADY MADE HUNDREDS OF EPISODES OF TELEVISION. We are uniquely qualified to and psyched to make this show. That said, this is our first scripted show we could end up delivering late.

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    When you donate at this basic level you will receive an iTunes compatible digital download copy of "Project Moonbase" and you will be one of the first people in the world to see it. Ever.

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    When you donate at this level you'll get the digital download version of the pilot episode and a street team "Moonbase Genesis" sticker suitable for bumpers, notebooks, lockers, and other places you like to stick stuff.

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    In addition to being one of the first to get digital download copy of "Project Moonbase" you'll get the a limited edition Moonbase Genesis mission patch. After we run this limited edition the design will be changed FOREVER. Only our original supporters will ever get this original version designed for our Kickstarter videos.

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    Get the digital download of "Project Moonbase" and this eye popping (and cheekily innapropriate) Moonbase Genesis Bikini Team calendar.

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    In addition to the "Project Moonbase" digital download you'll get the official T-shirt with the "Houston, we ARE the problem" tagline.

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    Maybe you're a hat person. Donate at this level and get the Moonbase Genesis ball cap.

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    Pledge at this level and you'll get a digital download copy of "Project Moonbase," a limited edition Moonbase Genesis Mission patch and a limited edition Blu-ray DVD with bonus scenes and a commentary track from the show's creators.

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    AWAY TEAM:
    Donate at this level and you'll get a complete collection of collectibles: The Digital Download, The Genesis Logo Sticker, The Mission Patch, The Blue-ray DVD, Hat & T-shirt!

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    A digital download copy of "Project Moonbase" a limited edition Moonbase Genesis Mission patch and a personalized thank you card from Commander Lake herself Beth Riesgraf

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    LOGISTICS TEAM:
    In addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package, you'll also receive a desktop worthy 3-D model of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship.

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    At the Mission Critical level and you'll get the whole collectible collection: The Digital Download, The Genesis Logo Sticker, The Mission Patch, The Blue-ray DVD, Hat & T-shirt! All shipped to you in a limited edition metal lunch box!

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    ENGINEERING CREW:
    In addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package, you'll also receive a desktop-worthy 3-D model of Moonbase Genesis.

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    FLIGHT CREW:
    When you donate at this level you will get the MISSION CRITICAL package and the 2nd image that co-creator M.J. Loheed ever drew during the development of "Project Moonbase" The profile sketch of the M.A.N.T.A. jump ship. Only one of these exists in the world and you could own it by donating $800. If you do, M.J. will sign it, authenticate it and we'll get it framed. This is a chance at owning a seminal and unique piece of sc-fi memorabilia.

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    M.A.N.T.A. PILOT:
    When you donate at this level you will get the the MISSION CRITICAL package and the very first image that co-creator M.J. Loheed ever drew during the development of "Project Moonbase" The very first M.A.N.T.A. jump ship sketch (anterior view). Only one of these exists in the world and you could own it by donating $900. If you do, M.J. will sign it, authenticate it and we'll get it framed.

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    Pledge at this level and you will get tickets to attend the red carpet premiere of the "Project Moonbase" pilot in Los Angeles (perhaps the only time it will ever be shown on the big screen). You'll have reserved unobstructed seating. After the screening you'll get to hob nob with the creators, cast and crew! NOTE: Airfare and lodging are not included.

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    HELMET ON!: Here's a little secret: the heavy use of the color orange in "Project Moonbase" was inspired by the motorcycle helmets from the space suit mock-ups we used in our Kickstarter videos. If you donate at this level you'll get the MISSION CRITICAL package and one of three helmets autographed by the entire cast and crew. What if you took the plunge and owned one of the three original helmets from our Kickstarter videos and "Project Moonbase" goes on to be a hit show?

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    DATA STREAM: In addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package, you'll also receive a copy of the script for the pilot, autographed by the cast and crew.

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    RED ALERT:
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    ANDROMEDA CLUB:
    The Holidays are here and there's plenty to be thankful for. We want to show you our thanks by giving you a 'Special Thanks' in our credits! You'll also receive the MISSION CRITICAL package.

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    JUMPSUIT TEAM:
    Want your very own 'Project Moonbase' jumpsuit? In addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package, you'll also receive a one-of-a-kind uniform worn by one of our crew in our Kickstarter fund raising videos!

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    MOON FOOTIE PAJAMA: There's no question the 'Project Moonbase' Bikini Team is hot! This next reward will keep you warm. You'll receive one of the 3 onesies worn by our Bikini Team in our Kickstarter fund raising videos, in addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package.

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    COMMANDER:
    This one is for you ultimate cosplay geeks out there. In addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package, you'll also receive the one-of-a-kind Commander Lake uniform worn by Beth Riesgraf in our Kickstarter fund raising videos. The uniform will include a letter of authentication by M.J. Loheed and Beth Riesgraf.

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    COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: In addition to the MISSION CRITICAL package, you'll also receive the Madison Reilly communications officer uniform worn by Erika Christensen in our Kickstarter fund raising videos. The uniform will include a letter of authentication by M.J. Loheed and Erika Christensen.

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    CLOSE ENCOUNTER (FIRST KIND):
    Come take a tour of the set during the filming of our pilot!. You'll also receive the MISSION CRITICAL package. NOTE: Airfare and lodging are not included.

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    CLOSE ENCOUNTER (THIRD KIND): Take a tour of the set and after have dinner with some of the cast and crew of Project Moonbase! + 1 guest from. You'll also receive the MISSION CRITICAL package. NOTE: Airfare and lodging are not included.

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    IMMORTALIZED: Be immortalized!! Have a character named after you (or a loved one). You'll also receive the MISSION CRITICAL package.

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    CO-PRODUCER: Have you always wanted to be a producer? Now is your chance! You'll receive a Co-Producer credit on our pilot! In addition, you'll receive the MISSION CRITICAL package.

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    GUEST APPEARANCE: Get Airlocked! At this level not only will you get to appear in the pilot episode of "Project Moonbase" but you'll play the first character to die when you are unceremoniously ejected onto the surface of the moon. You'll spend a whole day on set (and hours in the make up chair) as we use special effects to make you up to look as if you've suffered explosive decompression. Plus you'll get to keep your Moonbase Genesis costume and the entire cast and crew will autograph it for you. If that weren't already enough, you'll also receive the MISSION CRITICAL package. NOTE: IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO LATEX DO NOT PLEDGE THIS AMOUNT!!!! ALSO NOTE: Airfare and lodging are not included.

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