It's hard enough to move out to the middle of nowhere. But add in a monstrous threat, and three young teens will need to become heroes to save the day in The Sticks.
Casey Jamison only anticipated horrors like changing schools and having no one to hang out with when she arrived at her new home. Little did Casey know that monsters waited in the woods... and that she and her friends might be the only ones who can stop the dangers of The Sticks from taking over the world!
The Sticks is a short-form web series with season 1 coming to the Internet in the summer of 2017. With its mixture of comedy and horror, The Sticks is aimed at both younger audiences (8 and up) and adults.
If season 1 is a success, we’re planning for The Sticks to be a three-season, serialized show. Later seasons would be produced and released within the coming year.
Why The Sticks?
Finding good entertainment can be tough when you're too old for kiddie TV and too young for the rougher teen fare -- The Sticks aims to fill that gap. The show's heroes are between the ages of 11 and 14. Its villains are adult monsters who will probably take over the world if the kids can't stop them.
Fans of Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? know that a little light horror never hurt young people. And that's what we're trying to do here – create an original world of monsters and heroes that appeals to both young teens and adults alike.
Who Are We?
The Sticks web series was created by a couple of writers, Laurel Brown and Matthew Buza. In addition to a shared passion for writing weird stories, they both thought it would be cool to make TV in the wilds of the rural Pacific Northwest.
Before The Sticks, however, Matthew and Laurel took very different paths. Matthew began his professional life as a software engineer before ditching that glamorous lifestyle in favor of writing novels, running a small farm, and being a stay-at-home dad to a young daughter. He now spends his days watching children's programming on Netflix and writing thrillers during naptime.
Laurel, meanwhile, spent her early adulthood bouncing between Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and the African nation of Tanzania. Having ditched an academic career (but not before earning a PhD from Columbia, so refer to her as Dr. Brown, if you please), Laurel covered television as a reporter for online magazines over the course of five years. Now she wants to make television instead.
What's the money for?
Turns out, it's expensive to make a TV show -- even a short-form one intended for the low-budget, web-series world!
About one-third of what we make in this Kickstarter will go directly to the actors appearing in The Sticks. They're professionals, working and sharing their talent, so all actors in major roles will be paid for their performances. Not only does this respect acting as a craft, but it means that we can have the most talented people available to bring the show to life.
Another third of the budget will go into production costs. The Sticks will primarily be filmed on-location in Arlington, Washington, with costs kept to a minimum by using existing locations for sets. But we still have a few expenses that have to be covered. Portable toilets and monster slime ain't free!
The final third of what we raise will go back into the campaign -- Kickstarter costs and donor rewards. We have to share, after all!
- May: Kickstarter!!!
- June: Final phases of pre-production
- Late June: Casting and final location scouting
- July: Production! We expect to film for roughly a week to create The Sticks season 1
- Late July: Post-production
- August: Release!
We are aiming to get the first round of Kickstarter rewards -- the postcards -- out before production begins. T-shirts, comic books, and novels will be shipped to backers during the post-production period. DVD editions of The Sticks will have to wait until the show is done!
Risks and challenges
A lot of the work on THE STICKS has already been completed. We have scripts for all 10 episodes, most filming locations have been confirmed, and a professionally vetted production schedule is in place. The main job now is to cast and film the project!
Like all independent productions, THE STICKS will have its unforeseen challenges. Rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest could delay filming. Our costs could run higher than expected. It’s even possible (although not probable) that an actual monster attack will wipe out human civilization before we wrap.
Still, Matthew and Laurel are committed to seeing this project through to completion. Worst case scenario: THE STICKS is made on a much smaller, self-funded budget. But it will get made... unless that monster thing really does happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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