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Groupies is a twisted and funny tale that takes place in the California Group Home System. Read more

Fresno, CA Webseries
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Groupies is a twisted and funny tale that takes place in the California Group Home System.

Fresno, CA Webseries
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What is Groupies all about?

The story follows a group of teens through the funny, meaningful, and often disgusting experience called growing up.

What kind of story is Groupies?

If I had to describe Groupies in Hollywood terms I guess it's a raunchy teen comedy somewhere between Freaks & Geeks and Always Sunny.

However, Groupies is more than that for one big reason: This one is really very personal.

Why did I write Groupies?

Working onstage as a stand up for several years in Los Angeles, I found that the jokes that got the best (and worst) reaction were always about my childhood, specifically my experiences in group homes and foster care.

When the jokes got more personal, the crowd got more involved.
When the jokes got more personal, the crowd got more involved.


When I finally wrote these experiences into a screenplay, I didn't feel any need to hold back or pamper the audience. I felt sort of personally licensed to tell the ugly truths in a very irreverent way. So when I finally showed the 1st draft to my more successful writer friends they all said the same thing: "This is the one you should make."

Kyle Lowe & Dustin Bartels going over the production plan.
Kyle Lowe & Dustin Bartels going over the production plan.


The places that most people are afraid to face or talk about are the places where I find the most humor.

Is Groupies about me?

Groupies is autobiographical, but loosely so. I wrote alot of myself into these characters, but they're also based on real kids I knew. I wanted their stories to be told. They're all a bit crazy, desensitized, and probably dangerous, but they're basically good kids who caught the shit end of the stick so their childish misbehavior played itself out in a very rough environment, and their stories really are stranger than fiction.

An early production meeting when I still had the mustache.
An early production meeting when I still had the mustache.


How do we plan to make Groupies?

Producer/Cinematographer, Kyle Lowe and I will shoot Groupies on location in Fresno. The entire 1st season will be shot as one production over a 2 week period in late May and early June. We'll then edit it into episodes each around 5 minutes long.

How will Groupies be released?

Groupies will be promoted and released online in installments. We're considering several different sites to host it, but YouTube is the leading option. Whether it will be $1 or free has not been decided, it all depends on what kind of backing and potential audience we find (it'll be free for all backers $10 and up either way). If we surpass our initial goal of $20,000 the additional funds will go to improving the video and audio equipment we shoot Groupies with, and improving our online marketing campaign.

And one more thing...

When I finished this script it was clear to me that no studio would be interested in something this different. When Kyle expressed faith in the script I finally felt confident enough to make it on our own.

I hope there's an audience online that wants characters and stories like this. I guess you'll be the people who let me know. 

Thanks for reading,

David "Boney Beezly" Northrop

Writer/Director of Groupies

If you want to read sample pages of the script or just ask a question, feel free to tweet at us.

twitter.com/watchgroupies

Risks and challenges

Making a film is a collaborative process and our project depends on dozens of people working closely to bring all the pieces together. When filming, the unexpected will always happen. Our sound team, our production assistants, and our cast of actors will undoubtedly bump into some unexpected obstacles. We have done our best to schedule liberally in order to plan for the unexpected. Our 65 page script is slated for a 2 week window for shooting, and we've given ourselves plenty of wiggle room for editing and tweaking in post production. We will keep all of our backers posted with all developments whether things go perfectly or we need to do reshoots. You'll be the first to know. Once we are funded we will immediately begin assembling our cast of actors and our crew of production assistants. We've also begun scouting for locations and props. We plan to stay flexible and make any changes that need to be made on the fly, We look forward to the challenges and experience. Thanks again. -Boney

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    Our sincerest thanks, in the form of a THANK YOU EMAIL and your name in the credits as a backer. It'll say something like this: "Groupies was made possible by our backers:" (Your Name Here!)

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    The Thank You email, Name in the credits AND You'll receive EXCLUSIVE HIGH DEFINITION DIGITAL DOWNLOADS of each episode a full week before they're available to the public to stream online.

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    Woah. You're now talking about $25 American Dollars here. (things just got real.) Okay, how about we give all the above rewards AND a personalized thank you card with a photograph of our Producer Kyle Lowe? Not worth it, you say? What if we make BONEY & KYLE DRESS IN BORAT STYLE MAN BIKINIS & TAKE A PHOTO TOGETHER and the whole cast autographs it for you, AND we mail that little morsel right to your doorstep? Yup for 25 smackers A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU POSTCARD. AND A HUMILIATING HALF NAKED PHOTO OF BONEY & KYLE. **Photos and Postcards will ship worldwide**

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    Well at this point you are getting legitimately friggin' generous. We'll throw in all the above perks AND A COPY OF THE GROUPIES SCRIPT SIGNED BY THE WRITER/DIRECTOR David Northrop aka Boney Beezly. Thats a half naked photo AND a damn screenplay! **Manuscripts ship within the United States only**

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    For 100 bucks we'll do all the above, but what else? A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU VIDEO FROM BONEY, We'll even post it on your facebook wall. It'll be stylized like the Kickstarter video...we think.

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    BONEY BEEZLY WILL RECORD A PERSONALIZED RAP SONG ABOUT YOU! If you want to hear the sort of vigorous rapping you can expect from him...just google his rap group THE ARGYLE PIMPS. +all above rewards

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    Okay, we can tell you really want us to make this web series happen, you supportive little ponies! TICKETS TO ATTEND GROUPIES LIVE: One Night Only. In lovely Fresno, CA. We're going to put on a production of GROUPIES as a live theater experience with ICE SKATES! <<but there will be no ice skating. >> We know how much you love Theater. +all above rewards **Travel & lodging not included**

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    S#*t! If you're willing to pledge this much you've got to be passionate about this for some reason? CREDIT AS ASSOCIATE PRODUCER...and... HOW ABOUT DINNER WITH THE FILM MAKERS? I'm thinking you belong to one of the following categories: A. You're a fan of Boney's previous work? B. You're a close personal friend? C. You grew up in or worked in Group Homes or Foster Homes and you think this kind of a story needs to be told as much as we do. Well then, WE WANT TO TAKE YOU OUT TO DINNER! After the Live Performance of GROUPIES lets go out and have dinner and maybe drinks? Just you and the film makers (and everyone else who pledges $1000 or more) +all above rewards. **Travel & lodging not included**

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    OKAY, FINE! YOU CAN BE IN THE WEB SERIES. This is a huge chunk of change. What are you Scrooge McDuck or something? Golly, what more is there to pull out of our bag of tricks? YOU'RE IN THE WEB SERIES. We'll give you a role with dialogue and everything. We actually have some funny walk-on characters that'll be awesome for beginning or first time actors. If you don't totally butcher your lines to death YOU'LL MAKE THE FINAL CUT...PINKY SWEAR! +all above rewards. **Travel & lodging not included**

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Funding period

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