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CA$ 14,742
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73
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 30 2013 6:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

For all you LinkedIn dreamers.

GUNI is a nine-part, live-action, webisode comedy (season 1) about Edgar Sturges who lost his big, front-line middle manager job plus his severance package and pension when the giant multi-national he worked for went bankrupt. After a year of failing to find a similar job, blowing through his savings, drowning himself in booze and wallowing in self-pity, he now lives in the storage room of his ex-wife's house. 

Having no other options, Edgar decides to, start his own business. With the hubris of many an MBA he plans to be profitable in no time. However, his efforts are an ego-crushing disaster.

Desperate, he joins a ragtag group of small business owners who belong to GUNI Profiteers, a local Global Universal Networkers International chapter. They meet every week in the back of a Greek restaurant to recite 15 second pitches and pass each other referrals while following the rules of Silvo Trammel, GUNI's messianic founder (pictured up top). This crazy word-of-mouth business-building chapter becomes Edgar's family. 

GUNI is a character-driven series reflecting the wacky present-day Internet and jobs situation. It satirizes the small business world of SEO fraudsters, consultants flogging magic beans to small business owners, business 'personalities' with books - even VCs and, of course, business networking groups.

Meet the GUNI Profiteers chapter

Barry Chalmers- Chalmers Accounting and Insurance: "If your accountant is doing things legally, then they're not doing enough."

Meltior- Meltior the Magician: "If you can't afford real entertainment, there's always magic."

Ramanjit Malik- Malik Funeral Homes: "Drive through cremation and free coffee."

Dixon Henry- DH Personal Fitness: "I offer full contact mixed martial arts, and that's just on the first date."

Maxwell St. James- MJ Hydroponics: "Fresh, organic produce starting at $300 an ounce."

Terry Avalon- T&A Interior Design: "If you hire a straight person to decorate your home, then you don't know dick."

Tamra Fisher- OmniConscience Homeopathy: "We'll treat you in ways that we're pretty sure work."

Mohammed Ibrahim- Mo's Computer Tech: "If you want a trained nuclear physicist who can't get a job in your country to fix your computer, then I'm your man."

Chelsea Abramowitz- Outstanding Vacations & Travel: "We'll sell you travel packages for under $500, but don't call them vacations."

Bonnie Ciccone- Ciccone Real Estate: "Specializing in divorce properties. If you can't kick them in the nuts at least kick them out of the house."

Andrea Munchen- Munchen Legal Services: "I work with the poor, the destitute and the downtrodden because only a Woman can fight The Man."

Who is that Paul Chato guy?

GUNI was written and created by Paul Chato. Many of  you will know him as Mr. Canoehead from The Legendary Frantics Comedy Troupe.

Mr. Canoehead. Canada's Greatest Aluminum-headed Crimefighter
Mr. Canoehead. Canada's Greatest Aluminum-headed Crimefighter

Check out his bio for more info on his sordid past. Click on the pic on the right. But just in case you don't have the strength to mouse over there, Paul has been performing, writing and directing comedy for more than 30 years. He was also head of TV Comedy at CBC. You can also laugh uproariously at this well known Frantics clip.

Why a webisode series if you have network experience?

"Thanks for asking me that. I've done the network thing. Networks have certain audience requirements and they are always bending your shows to meet their needs, but now with YouTube and inexpensive, high quality gear we can chart our own creative direction. It really is a whole new world.

"As a person who lives in the digital realm I love watching webisodes. The stuff being produced is getting better and better and most of us are just happy to get enough cash from YouTube and sponsors to keep the party going, not to get rich. 

"GUNI is the funniest thing I've written. I created it for everyone who is working the Internet to ignite their dreams. I'm still using sitcom writing techniques but applying them to this flexible seven to nine minute format. I love binge watching webisodes and I hope you'll enjoy binge watching GUNI."

The Perks

Please check out the perks. One of the things we've done is cut down on the usual, daunting list of perks most people offer. That being said, if you think there other contribution levels or perks that would match your financial and interest situation, please tell us because we can update the list.

Show status

They are all written. The crew is on board. Most of the casting has been completed. Now we just have to add funding, mix and bake.

Special thanks

A special thanks to Janine Harris who is co-producing GUNI and who helped enormously with putting this together. It's tougher than it looks.

Risks and challenges

The obvious risk is that we didn't ask for enough money because it's quite a big cast. Our production plan, based on years of video experience, calls for limited locations and for grouping and shooting scenes for multiple episodes at once to economize on cast and crew time and location rentals.

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    (A)(B)(C)(D)(E)(F)(G) + We'll invite you to be an extra on an episode of GUNI and to the special cast and crew binge screening of all nine episodes. (Toronto only).

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    (A)(B)(C)(D)(E)(F)(G) + We will feature your name or company in one of the GUNI word-of-mouth referrals.

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    (A)(B)(C)(D)(E)(F)(G) + If you are planning on doing a presentation, Paul will write your speech, coach you and have your PowerPoint created. And take you out to dinner. This offer is available only in the Toronto, GTA.

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    (A)(B)(C)(D)(E)(F)(G) + Get an "Executive Producer" credit on the show. You'll get it the way they do it in Hollywood. By buying it. Why should we do it differently? Notice we're not limiting this. Everyone can be an Executive Producer!

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