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About the Series
Part drama and discussion of “jobs programs,” part comedy and certainly a deranged adventure, Rocketmen is a web serial featuring a host of Seattle performers, with animated interludes by Animator/Director Webster Crowell. Rocketmen were intended to combat the threats of tomorrow. If those threats never arrive, what purpose will they serve? Who do they save now? Rocketmen want to know: are you in peril?
The Rocketmen are a fraction of a splinter in the body of the Federal Budget. The contemporary remains of a WPA jobs program, the Department of Municipal Rocketry employs men (who are maybe not employable anywhere else) to wear hydrogen-fueled rocket packs and spend their days on city rooftops, awaiting any peril that might befall the city. There is a lot of waiting. In the old days, there was the threat of Russians to battle and 50-foot robots to contend with. Now, they rescue cats, detain illegal skywriters, and start the occasional roof fire. Some of these Rocketmen haven’t flown since their training session. Mostly, they kill time waiting for the emergency phone to ring, which never happens. Until one day, when it rings.
Our series adventure begins when an emergency actually transpires; one newbie rocketman doesn’t follow protocol and ... things go badly. What follows are a series of adventures as the rocketmen attempt to stay one step ahead of the FAA while they fight to clear their name. A motley group rarely called upon to do much of anything, they must rise to the challenge and use all their resources to prevent their department from being maligned (and likely cut entirely). They rescue people from modern urban peril, uncover a vast underground government bureaucracy, face monsters from their past, and suffer prolonged hydrogen narcosis while standing alone against the surprise enemy they were actually created to defend us from. This time, when the city is threatened, will they be ready?
About the Artists
Webster Crowell (Writer/Director) is an animator and filmmaker with over 15 years professional experience in Seattle. He makes tactile, complex short films and features, patiently weaving landscapes and characters in pursuit of an idealized reality. Each film has its own gravity, speed, and consequences. His award-winning films include the shorts Parasol and Last Call, and his feature Borrowing Time, which was a shoestring epic requiring five years to complete and tour the world. Webster has also been commissioned by a number of artists and nonprofits including Susan Robb, West of Lenin Theater, Artist Trust, Dina Martina, NW Film Forum and 826 Seattle. Webster was the first recipient of The Stranger Genius Award for Film in 2003. “Objects take on personalities in Web's work, be they movie projectors, clocks, or robotic ants, breathing life into everything that falls before his camera lens.” – The Stranger Web's Reel
Alycia Delmore (Actor/Producer) starred as Anna in Lynn Shelton’s Humpday (winner of a special jury prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Official Entry in Cannes 2009 Directors' Fortnight, and winner of the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award for 2010) and was featured in Megan Griffith's The Off Hours (Official Sundance Selection, 2011). She plays Linda in Jonathan Lisecki’s feature Gayby (Official SXSW selection, 2012) and continued her collaboration with Lynn Shelton, playing Ellen in Touchy Feely (Sundance, 2013). She recently produced Mel Eslyn's short The Next Step (SIFF, 2013), which she also stars in. Her background and degree is in theater, and she has worked for many years in the Seattle theater community. www.alyciadelmore.com
Mel Eslyn (Executive Producer) has filled a variety of roles in the film industry for more than a decade, finding success as a producer in independent film. Mel produced Dayna Hanson's Improvement Club, which premiered in competition at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. She is in post-production on the feature The One I Love, directed by Charlie McDowell and starring Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass and Ted Danson. Her short film producing credits include The Return, D.C.I., The Epiphany, Remains and The Next Step, the latter of which she also wrote and directed. Her features as co-producer include Treatment, which premiered at the 2011 TriBeCa Film Festival, and Lynn Shelton’s indie hit Your Sister’s Sister, which was picked up by IFC at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival before screening at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and garnering a 2012 Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance. At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Mel premiered her latest co-produced feature Touchy Feely (which was picked up by Magnolia Pictures). As a line producer, Mel's feature credits include One Square Mile (starring Richard Jenkins and Kim Basinger) and Deep Burial (Dominic Monaghan and Tom Sizemore). Later this year, she will produce Todd Rohal's latest feature Sweet Cheeks. IMDB
Nathan M. Miller (Cinematographer) Based in Seattle, Nathan has traveled across the US and abroad working as cinematographer on music videos, commercials, and shorts, and as a 2nd Unit Director of Photography on feature films. Nathan lensed the short film Aphids, an Official Selection at the Indie-Memphis Film Festival in 2009. After a trip to Japan in 2010, Nathan and long-time collaborator Matthew Brown released the experimental travelogue Dear Japan, which became an internet sensation, featured on The Atlantic's website and as a Staff Pick on Vimeo. Nathan was the 2nd Unit Director of Photography on the feature film The Off Hours (2011 Sundance Film Festival), and on the short Howard from Ohio, which screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. He returned to SIFF the following year, as cinematographer of the short film D.C.I. Nathan served as the 2nd Unit DP on Lynn Shelton's feature Touchy Feely (2013 Sundance Film Festival). In 2013, he will premiere two shorts as cinematographer: The Next Step and When You Were Mine, and is currently in production on the short mockumentary America's Fighting Dinosaur. www.nathanmmiller.com
Where the money goes:
Our total budget for the series is $85,000. Some has been raised by grants (thank you, 4-Culture!) and some from funding assistance through Washington Filmworks (we love you, Washington Filmworks!). And we've already shot the pilot episode! This leaves 6 episodes remaining for Season 1. Each of these 6 episodes are budgeted at $10,000. If we raise our goal, we can guarantee 3 episodes!
$40,000 - Guarantees production of 4 episodes
$50,000 - Guarantees production of 5 episodes
$60,000 - Guarantees production of entire 1st season
Beyond $60k - The effects get even bigger, weirder, and more surreal!
Still photography by Bronwen Houck Photo.
Risks and challenges
This project is ambitious for budget of this size. But we've got the pilot episode already shot and in post-production now. This team has been working together for months to develop the series, storyboarding and animating some of the more surreal sequences (prolonged hydrogen exposure causes hallucinations, in case you didn't know)! We're ready to bring this series to life. All we need is your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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