Untold Genius is a ten episode documentary series. Each week, Art Fisher finds tragic stories of falling stars and attempts to unravel the beautiful tragedy that is existence. Our web series begins with self contained sketch episodes that gradually (d)evolve into something far more nefarious, as Art goes to increasingly awful lengths to get a good story – ultimately climaxing in a dramatic (and hilarious) finale, leaving both the audience and Art satisfied.
The origin of Untold Genius came in the summer of 2015 when, after watching a number of compelling documentaries, Etai was inspired to both pay homage to the format while simultaneously satirizing its sillier tropes. In that vein, he and his writing partner began planning a show with its roots in sketch comedy but aspirations in long form episodic storytelling. And thus Untold Genius was born; a comedy that features people making a ridiculous, overly dramatic and sensationalist documentary series whilst never leaving the form itself.
Over the following two and a half years, the creative team led by Etai Shuchatowitz and Moshe Lobel took the show from its humble origins and expanded it in size, scope and ideals to become the fully formed and cinematically ambitious show that we can't wait to bring to life.
We had a few false starts, but have finally produced a pilot which we couldn't be prouder of and are aching to start production on the rest of the show.
This is where you come in.
Episode one was self-funded and cost about $500 to make - and every penny of that is onscreen. The expenses included paying talent, getting equipment and props, and acquiring music and stock footage. We have nine more episodes to make which grow in scope and cost and we believe we can make it happen with just $6,000. But we can't do it alone.
"Yeah, but who are you?"
Etai Shuchatowitz has his humble beginnings in sketch comedy, which can be found on his personal YouTube channel. He has written screen and stage plays – including I'll Be Right Here, a political drama which was produced at the Yeshiva University theater in 2016. His short dramatic film, Leibniz's Law, is set to be produced in the summer. He is an occasional actor and stand-up comic.
Moshe Lobel is an actor, singer, composer, and sound designer who has produced theater (including, you guessed it, Etai's I'll Be Right Here). He recently made his Off-Broadway debut leading New Yiddish Rep's production of Awake and Sing, and can be seen on HBO's High Maintenance.
Risks and challenges
Putting together something like this – as silly as it is – takes a lot of planning and coordination. There are many characters and different locations to shoot. If the campaign is successful, we will immediately begin preparing for shoot dates in the summer.
Since many of the people involved in this show have other jobs and obligations, we will be limited to shooting and editing on nights and weekends. That means that a project that should take 2 weeks on a full-time schedule will need to be stretched out to about 2-3 months.
With that in mind, we will aim for a late summer release with a more realistic deadline in the fall. We will always keep you posted as we know more. Do know that we are absolutely committed to making this show and we can't wait to share it with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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