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