About this project
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Brothers in Law
Scott's weekly newspaper is failing so badly he's forced to run operations out of his own home. Can his criminal brother in law help him make his business work? No.
Its Arrested Development meets Bob's Burgers with the mysterious slant of Twin Peaks.
The Pajama Men are joined by a carefully selected gang of comic geniuses in this indy television series about family, extended family, and over extended family.
Glenn Wool (stand up comedian) 'a masterpiece of comedy. I genuinely think this is one of the best hours of comedy I have ever seen' ★★★★★ Kate Copstick, Scotsman
Gemma Whelan (Character Comic/star of Game Of Thrones) “wonderful to watch” The Arts Desk
Ronny Chieng (Stand Up Comedian - Daily Show Correspondent) ★★★★ Time Out
Amber Nash (Improv Comic - Voice Of Pam Poovey On Archer) “Amber Nash is SO Awesome” - Star Pulse
Andrew Maxwell (Stand Up Comedian) “One of the most skilful comedians of his generation” ★★★★ The Telegraph
Dino Archie (Stand up Comedian, Choosy Lover) " Dino Archie is definitely the cream of the crop and dominating the comedy scene" - Hush Magazine
Jeff Drew Animator (One Square Mile of Earth)
Ryan Elder Composer (animated series Rick And Morty).
How We Got Here
For the past 10 years, cult live double act the Pajama Men (Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez) have been considered one of the most innovative, exciting and influential sketch acts working in live comedy. Having racked up numerous awards in the North America, The UK and Australia, and enough five star reviews to fill a small galaxy, they have been heralded time and time again as a masterclass in sketch and character comedy.
In 2010 Pajama Men were commissioned by Big Talk (Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz) to write a television show based on their live work. It was to be directed by Paul King – (Director Mighty Boosh/Paddington).
2011 saw Pajama Men commissioned to write a screenplay by Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free, again with director Paul King attached.
2012 the BBC commissioned the Pajama Men to write two episodes of a series based on their live work.
In 2013 HBO commissioned them to write a television pilot, this time with director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords/The Muppets).
In the end these shows never made it to the screen. The experience of creating these scripts with some of the most respected individuals in the industry was incredibly insightful and educational, but even the best scripts are just words on a page until somebody gives them the green light.
So the Pajama Men thought, “Hey, let's give ourselves the green light!”
They've decided to take their years of cultivated unique talent, team up with a host of genius performers and artists, appeal to you for support, and make the show themselves.
And so the Pajama Men have written the first three episodes of an independent television series they will to shoot in February 2016.
When comes to making televsion 25,000 bucks is not much. Especially when you consider that once we make our goal, Kickstarter will take about 10% or $2,500. Plus factor in about 500 bucks for postage for rewards, and we're left with $22,000 to shoot the first episode of Brothers In Law. That is the bare minimum that we need to make this thing happen.
What we can do with 22 grand is fly the cast and crew to Albuquerque (where we're shooting) and feed them for a week and a half. The rest of the money will cover rental of equipment, insurance, props, costumes, and then, the big one, post production. Much of the "actual budget" will be donated. That is to say, we'll all work for free, and locations will be "borrowed". I don't know why I put quotes around that, they will actually be borrowed.
So why did we ask for such a small amount if it is barely covering expenses? Because we do not want to risk not being funded. We opted for the bare mimimum it will take to create our pilot episode.
We aim to achieve our real goal of shooting 3 episodes. Here's how we'll break it down:
- $25,000 - One episode
- $40,000 - Two episodes
- $60,000 - Three episodes
- $75,000 - Three episodes, 15 grand into marketing.
- $100,000 - A FOURTH EPISODE!
As you can see, any dollar above our goal of 25 grand will go to extending our shooting schedule so we can make a second and third episode. Because we'll have all of the infrastructure in place, a second episode will cost a bit less, same with a third. So keep sending those $$ and we'll keep bringing the laughs!
And what is this "marketing"? Our goal with this series is ultimately to get it seen by as many people as would enjoy seeing it. And barring a network picking up the show (which very well could happen) it will take money to create a new online home for this series and drive people to that site.
Donating to a worthy cause is its own reward. But, if you support our project, you'll also get the bonus reward of actual rewards! On top of the good feeling you'll get from supporting a kick-ass, hilarious, innovative and unique project you have the opportunity to have exclusive access to each episode we film before network execs or anybody else sees them ($35), an awesome autographed photo of the entire cast ($100), or even make a brief appearace in the show ($3k)! So check out our rewards and think "what can I afford?" then double that. Then divide it by two and donate that, because you should spend responsibly.
Oh, and let us know if there's a reward you'd like to see on this list. We'll do our darndest to make it happen.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting our project. We promise we're going to make something rad, and that you're going to be proud to be a part of it.
Risks and challenges
Creating an independent television series with other's people's money is both risky and challenging. Rest-assured that we are an extremely experienced team with a never-say-die attitude and we will stop at nothing to finish what we start.
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