What is Job Hunters?
Job Hunters is a comedic web series about roommates set in a dystopian society.
After college, citizens fight in an arena from 9am-5pm daily, hoping to be placed into a career. Job Hunters focuses on one "rag-tag" group of hunters during their down time spent in a government-sanctioned safe house. Season One was funded entirely on Kickstarter and received over 300,000 video views and gained a subscriber base of over 14,000.
Haven't seen Season One? It only takes an hour. Catch up here.
We want to make Season Two even bigger and better and need your help to make that happen. Read on to find out more about us, our plans, and our sweet incentives!
We've reached our goal but we're not finished!
$55,000: We'll film an Arena Live Show in character
It'll be like our live show today, but outside, in the arena, and in character. It'll give you a chance to see what it's really like in the arena, and will give you a chance to chat with MAEWIN!
Who are you guys, anyway?
Job Hunters is created by a group of writers, actors, and filmmakers in Seattle, WA. The core consists of:
Kristina Horner (Producer/Avery): italktosnakes. Tweet her.
Forest Gibson (Producer/Devon): Cinesaurus. Tweet him.
Tara Theoharis (Producer/Tiffany): The Geeky Hostess. Tweet her.
Liz Leo (Producer/Art Director): OneUpMakeup. Tweet her.
Why do you want my money?
We created our first season with about $14,000 and a crew entirely made of volunteers. We want to bring a more rigorous schedule to Season Two and we need the funds to deliver you bigger, better stories from the characters you love.
Take a look at our cost breakdown:
We know $50,000 may seem like a lot to some of you, but compared to a traditional television or film production, it’s still very bare-bones. This is still a labor of love made on borrowed time, so we need your help to get us the rest of the way.
One of the things that excites us most about Season Two is the chance to get our fans involved in a bigger way. You’ll notice many of our incentives have a level of engagement that allow you to feel like you’re a character in the show - or for a large enough donation, actually become one!
We are also interested in working with companies for a corporate donation. If you are interested in a larger corporate donation or sponsorship and would like to chat details with us, please send us a message.
What’s the production status?
With Kickstarter funding, we plan on beginning filming in June. Without funding, we will not be able to create Season Two.
How do I find out more about you?
We are so excited to bring the characters of Job Hunters back on screen to continue telling their story, and we appreciate your help in making it happen. Have any questions, suggestions, or words of encouragement? Send us a message!
Thanks to the following sites for featuring the Job Hunters Kickstarter!
- Doom Cheez Cinema
- Page of Reviews
- Gaming as Women
- BJ Shea's Geek Nation
- Clinically Inane
- Geek Smash
Want to feature us on your site, but need some more information? Send us a message! We're happy to help!
TINY MARSHMALLOW: You are helping us achieve our dreams! Yay! You can now use our sweet marshmallow badge! Download the full image at our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watchjobhunters. There's also an awesome Facebook cover photo available.
NEW RECRUIT: Have your name (or an appropriate name of your choosing) added to the "Thank You" section of the Job Hunters website.
MAEWIN ANNOUNCER: Receive a digital audio download package including an .mp3 of the opening song and the MAEWIN announcement noise to be used as a ringtone for your phone! "Ding Ding Ding!" (+All of the Above, including the thank-you on the website and access to the Facebook badges)
THE HUNT: Get a high definition digital download of the entire second season AS WELL AS the entire first season! Experience both seasons in HD and ad-free! (+All of the Above)
SAFE HOUSE OCCUPANTS: Have your name mentioned in a thank you video presented by the Job Hunters cast. We'll do our best to make this video more fun than you'd expect, and your name is an important part of it! (+All of the Above)
THE SUMMONING: Get the spine-chill of receiving a personalized replica MAEWIN summons letter in the mail with an exclusive link to a live-stream hangout with cast and crew. This will be an epic online party you won't want to miss. (+All of the Above)
JOB HUNTERS SHOWDOWN: Get a copy of the 5 deck "Job Hunters Showdown" game created by Wyrd Miniatures. This incentive is exclusive to this level and doesn't include other lower rewards.
So How Do I Get It?
If you AREN'T already a donor: All you have to do is donate to the "Job Hunters Showdown" level - an exclusive $39 incentive level that gets you the game.
If you ARE already a donor: Pledge $30 more than the incentive level you've selected and we'll take that to mean you want to add-on the game. For example, if you're at THE SUMMONING level, add $30 to your $35 pledge, equalling $65. You get the game, and the incentives listed for the SUMMONING level. It's that easy! You must be at the $12 level or higher to be eligible; please add an additional $10 for shipping outside the US.
THE ARENA: Download the new Job Hunters Tabletop Role Playing Game created by Logan Bonner and the producers. Sit down with your friends, get into character, and take on the job hunt in a way you've never experienced! If you like creating fan-fiction, this is the level for you. The RPG will include info and tips that haven't been explained in the show about how the Job Hunt and safe house works. (+All of the Above)
SECURITY CAM: Get a copy of the Season Two DVD signed by the cast and creators. This is the best way to watch Job Hunters on your big screen and share it with others! Plus the DVD looks awesome. (+All of the Above)
FROM THE GIRLS' ROOM: Receive an "Avery" poster like one found in Tiffany's room. Pledging for this prize amount will put a vote towards creating an Avery music video. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
FROM THE BOYS' ROOM: Receive a "Basket of Blood" Nuclear Redemption poster like the one found in Max's room. Pledging for this prize amount will put a vote towards creating a Nuclear Redemption gameplay video. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
MAEWIN HANDBOOK: Receive a physical copy of the Job Hunters Tabletop Role Playing Game with full color cover and special dice. This is the ultimate way to experience the Job Hunters RPG. You'll also receive a PDF copy of the rulebook to keep your options open. (+All of the Above)
TIFFANY'S PARTY: Receive a "Premiere Party Kit" including printed invites, marshmallows, hot cocoa, a physical copy of the RPG, DVD, and link to a live show after the first episode airs. (Exclusive to this level)
CUPCAKED: Are you a Seattle area local? Have a dozen cupcakes created in the flavor of your choice by the Geeky Hostess and a blog post with cupcake recipe named after you. These are incredibly good cupcakes that will make you wish you could back this level twice. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
YOUR NAME HERE: Have a character in Season Two named after you or the name of your choosing. Got a special someone you'd like to honor in the show for all time? This here's the place! (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
ARENA READY: Receive a prop replica MAEWIN jumpsuit in your choice of size. This is perfect for cosplayers! (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
OFF THE CLOCK: Join the creators of the show in an exclusive Google Hangout session to hang out, ask us questions about the show, or advice about your personal channel or web series. They're the sort of internet friends you'd like to meet. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
ONE OF US: Join us on set during season two filming for a walk on role. Travel not included. Maybe you'll be dramatically killed? Or perhaps dramatically live...? (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
EPISTLE-O-MATIC: Get to have @KristinaHorner tweet anything you want, within reason, from her twitter account (~32,000 followers) with retweets from the other producers. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Get Associate Producer credit with IMDB and your name in the Job Hunters rolling credits. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Get Executive Producer credit with IMDB and your name in the Job Hunters rolling credits as well as either a Google Hangout session with the producers, or an in person meeting at VidCon or Seattle. Travel not included. (Exclusive to this level) (+All of the Above)
Risks and challenges
-Creating Videos Outside of LA-
Seattle has a blossoming film community, however it’s nowhere near as encompassing as the industry in LA. In this city film production is often more of a hobby than a career. We’ve found an incredibly dedicated and talented group of people to work on Job Hunters, but since this is a passion project it can be hard to make sure everyone has the ability to commit themselves to the project. Being able to offer them a small stipend and a more professional work environment can make sure everyone can easily return.
-Creating a Small Budget Show in a Big Budget World-
Web series is a medium that’s becoming more and more popular. Large networks and production companies have been jumping on the web series bandwagon, increasing the caliber and production value of web content as a whole. To maintain the same level of quality and professionalism on a much lower budget, we have to up our game and bring new things to the table to stay competitive. We’re hoping that creating more interactive and immersive content will keep our show exciting and engaging.
We don't have a definite answer for this yet. We plan to start shooting this summer (in June), which will put us in post production in the fall. The short answer to this is Winter! We'll have a more firm answer to this once we've gotten a little further in the process. :)
Currently at the $21 pledge level it states that you'll receive a digital download of Season 2. We can't edit the incentive text anymore, since the campaign is in progress - but that level will now also include a digital download of Season 1 to give you the whole set.
Well, it's a Tabletop RPG. That means pen and paper, dice, and your own imagination. You'll get to play as a Job Hunter and there will be elements of the game that emulate fighting out in the arena as well as making friends in the house. We're planning for it to be simple enough for new players to catch on right away even if it's they're first RPG - but interesting enough to also be fun for those who play RPGs all the time. There might also be some exciting extra info in the game about the Job Hunters world that hasn't yet made it into the show!
Come on now. You're going to have to wait for Season 2 to find that out.
Are you local? Are you planning on being in Seattle this summer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll chat!
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