Video by Brown Sofa, Brooklyn, NY
Hi everybody! My name is Angela Hall. Oodles of people know me as a recording artist but what they might not know is that I am also a NY state certified elementary school teacher. With your pledges, I aim to produce a children's TV show pilot and a few episodes. I will also complete, master, and distribute the show's Volume 1 CD soundtrack. Check out this super duper project...
Tootie's Education Empire is a new concept in children's TV programming and it celebrates learning for lower and upper elementary school students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The show is fresh, energetic, and contemporary.
As the show's host, I am Tootie Tutelage. The utilization of skits, puppetry, animal wildlife visits to the set, sibling role models, families learning together as groups, experiments, cooking, humor, interviews with interesting people, adventure trips around the USA, rhythm, percussion, music, visual art, and more will be used to create show segments. The show appeals to various learning modalities. The members of the cast are fantastically cute children, adults, and puppets.
All of the songs on the CD were written by me and the music genres are varied. The simple, yet clever lyrics and melodies are catchy. Some of the song titles included on this CD are Reggae Paragraph, Seven Continents, Train Up A Child, Animals With Backbones, and Synonym Swag.
WHY DO I THINK I CAN PULL THIS OFF?
ON CAMERA EXPERIENCE AND OTHER TIDBITS...
My stage and film credits are expansive. Before becoming a school teacher, I was a performer for years and had the privilege of working on camera with some Academy Award winning directors such as the late Bob Altman and Anthony Minghella. I've worked in films directed by Spike Lee, Antonia Byrd, and Tim Robbins as well. I have performed in regional theatre and national touring companies across the United States. Shows like The Tap Dance Kid (with Savion Glover), Lil' Shop of Horrors, and Big River don my resume. I was also a featured performer in the hit Broadway show Black and Blue for two years.
In addition to that, I already have a film crew. I will use leased access on cable TV as my initial outlet for viewership. As I said before, I am presently a classroom teacher. Knowing what is current in education will help make what I bring to the show relevant and authentic.
And don't forget the singing... As I mentioned earlier, I am a recording artist. My father's gospel singing roots rubbed off on me. My mom is one of the best letter writers around, so songwriting is in my DNA as well. The script and the songs are solid. The puppets and cast members can really sing. It's good stuff.
Well, quite honestly, in Hollywood land, up to a million dollars or more can be used to produce one TV show pilot. Tootie's Education Empire does not have the financial backing of a big time film producer or record label. $50,000 will get Tootie's Education Empire headed in the right direction.
SOME ITEMS YOUR PLEDGES WILL HELP FUND:
- Film crew
- Staff and production assistants
- More puppets
- Set design
- Location costs and props
- Craft services (Talent has got to eat afterall...)
- Legal fees & licensing
- Pre and post production administrative stuff
- Marketing and promotion for the show and CD
- Kickstarter rewards and ancillary costs...
FABULOUS REWARDS FOR EVERYONE...
You are going to enjoy all of the lovely goodies. There are rewards for everyone so take your time and explore the reward choices listed to the right of this column. Here is a short list of some of the rewards...Based on your pledge, you can receive a Tootie's Education Empire Exclusive Kickstarter Backer CD, an appearance on the show, an album download, a digital production pack, tickets to the CD release, a chance to record with Tootie in the studio, the opportunity to get one of the show's puppets named after you, and more!
A FINAL NOTE...
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THROUGH MY KICKSTARTER PAGE. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF I DO NOT GET 100% OF MY GOAL, I WILL GET ZERO FUNDING. YIKES!!! THAT WOULD MEAN YOU WOULD NOT GET YOUR FANTASTIC REWARDS. DOUBLE YIKES!!! SO, TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND SHARE THE LINK.
GRACE AND PEACE,
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND CREDITS
Brown Sofa Video - Video Production
Levite Music Studio - Sound Recording
Perfektech - Kickstarter Graphics/ Web Design
Puppets For Goodness Sake - Customized Puppet Design
Dreams that Breathe - Trademarks/ Copyrights
Cedric Wooten Photography - Puppet Photography
Tootie Tutelage - Angela Hall
Skyler - Brianna Turner
Simona - Joann Fields
JR (Johnny Rascal) - Jonathan Hall