The Invincible Bunch is an ensemble series about five very different gay guys who come together regularly in the backroom of their local comic book store to play a tabletop role-playing game.
Their attempts to work together to navigate the fantasy world created by their Gamesmaster are frequently sidelined by heated debates about superhero movies, video games, pop culture and their sex lives.
Can these mismatched companions learn to get along? What are the chances of rolling three natural twenties in a row? Is it against a Paladin's order to use Tinder? And can we talk about Nightwing's butt?? All of these questions will be answered... and more.
The above video is a proof of concept that represents our ambitions for an episode. It was produced by utilizing a lot of hard work and dedication and since it was made with almost no resources, we believe that it showcases the team's ability to use creative decision making and smart application of funds to make a high quality product. The series we would like to make will feature eight 5-minute episodes like this one - only like, 87% more amazing.
Our goals are simple ones: 1) make something great 2) create a series that features a diverse, inter-generational group of gay men 3) produce an entertaining portrayal of RPG play that is fundamentally connected to character development and 4) integrate animation (the hand drawn kind) in a smart and fun way as a means of making the look and feel of our show distinctive.
Our budget is designed to compensate our cast and crew for their time and talent first, and then focus on the live action and animation production.
50% - Cast/Crew
20% - Production/Administrative Costs
20% - Animation
10% - Post Production
Any additional funds raised would be applied with a focus towards live action and animation production. Because we want stuff to look nice.
Creator, Writer and Director: C.EDWARDS is a New York-based cartoonist and animator whose work has been seen on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, PBS, ABC and CBS. His comic work, which includes Abel Boddy and 12-Inch Roommate, is nationally syndicated and has been featured on Queerty, GeeksOut, Gayletter and Fleshbot. He has also written for various print and web publications, most notably Cartoon Brew.
Producer: DAN HALPERIN is a video producer for RollingStone.com, a documentary filmmaker, and musician. His film work has premiered at the Boston Film Festival, DOC NYC, and been featured on Hulu, Amazon, and Pivot. His digital work has been featured on Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound, and Al Jazeera. He also produces the webby-honoree podcast 'Rolling Stone Music Now.'
Executive Producer: JERRY PORTWOOD is the Editorial Director of RollingStone.com. Previously he was the executive editor of Out magazine and the Editor in Chief of New York Press. He is also a voting member of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.
"You discuss your day over drinks, they discuss theirs over dice"
- Dennis Hinzman
"Web series about gay men don’t often feature Dungeons & Dragons-style role-playing games, but director C. Edwards is hoping to change that with his new project, The Invincible Bunch."
- Adam Salandra
"Often, when we think of how gay people are represented in the media we, think of shows like Looking and Fire Island. We think of abs, Speedos, parties, and drama. Director C. Edwards is hoping to change that with his new project, The Invincible Bunch.
- Zachary Zane
Risks and challenges
This campaign represents a lot of work from a cast and crew who made something we're very proud of with very limited time and resources.
We are certain that by combining the same level of vision and enthusiasm on a larger scale, that we can create something really special for everyone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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