t.b.d - the webseries: a master's thesis

by Clint Lowrance

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t.b.d. is a half hour webseries about a group of twenty-somethings living in a culturally and politically conflicted midwestern town.

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t.b.d. is a half hour webseries about a group of twenty-somethings living in a culturally and politically conflicted midwestern town.

About this project

Historic 66 Productions exists for three purposes: to entertain the world through the creation of quality content, to educate the world with tutorials and projects released under a Creative Commons BY-SA license, and to connect the world through crowdsourced projects, company and creative transparency, and a strong internet/social media presence. Currently, we are seeking funding for the purpose of producing and distributing the first season of the webseries t.b.d.


What It Is

Before we get started, let me thank you for taking the time to view this project. If funded, it will be a fulfillment of a lifelong dream of mine, as well as fulfill a tenant of my production company's mission statement (which will be covered below). During the 1950s, Springfield, MO (where the series is set and shot) ranked third in the U.S. for originating network television programs behind New York and Hollywood. We we feel that, with this project's help, there's no reason this can't be the case again.

t.b.d. will be a half hour webseries, depicting the lives of a group of Millennials in Springfield, MO. The cast will be made of people of all walks of life and the series will deal with the unique culture of Springfield, the lives of the characters, and the struggles they and their friends encounter. Plots will deal with issues such as poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, unexpected pregnancy, abortion, race, social class, domestic violence, infidelity, divorce, gender identity, and gay rights.

Each season will include ten episodes (except this season which is comprised of four). Using SGA, DGA, and WGA rate cards (in other words, what the "pros" make), we have approximated the cost of a typical broadcast television episode and have set our budget at roughly 0.01% of that amount. With a few exceptions, this works out to $3-5,000 an episode. With this campaign, we aim to raise at least 50% of our required funds with the remaining amount being raised through private funding, if necessary. 

In addition to DVDs and Blu-Rays, we will offer merchandise such as t-shirts and various items related to fictional in-series brands and franchises. Many of these will showcase various aspects of Springfield culture.

In accordance with the the second tenant of our company mission, the “source code” for each episode (script, dailies, music, etc.) will be available for download free of charge and will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. DVD/Blu-Ray copies with bonus features will also be avalible, with a portion of each sale being donated to various charities.

In accordance with third tenant of our company mission, the series (beyond season 1) will feature a great deal of audience input with viewers being given the option to live chat and answer polls during the first airing of an episode. Additionally, we will fulfill this tenant by posting the episode outlines, screenplays, and budgets for each episode.

Below, you will find various documents of (potential) interest:

Pilot Budget

“Typical” episode budget

Business Plan

Season 1 Synopses

 Who We Are

Clint Lowrance (me) - I've been writing short films since childhood and creating (writing, shooting, directing, and editing) them since 2004. I have an AAS in Electronic Media Production from Ozarks Technical Community College, a BS in Mass Media, Film Production emphasis from Missouri State University, and am currently a graduate student in the Media, Journalism, and Film department at Missouri State (working on turning my graduate certificate in screenwriting into a Master's). Since 2004,  I have directed over a dozen short films, two of which have been nominated at SATO-48 and one of which received a respectable level of acclaim at Missouri State University. I am the creator of t.b.d. as well as the writer of the first four episodes of the series that make up season one. Additionally, I will be executive producing, directing (at least) three of the four episodes, and acting in the part of Russ.


Kirby Williams - Ms. Williams has worked in the theater extensively in productions of What You Will (an adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night), The Footsteps of Doves, The Crane Wife, and several other stage productions. She has performed extensively with individual forensics competition pieces including Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti, and By Myself, The Life of Lauren Bacall each for which she won the Oklahoma Regional and State Speech Competitions in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She also placed in the top five in the Oklahoma Regional and State Competitions with the pieces What Learning Leaves, Death By Scrabble, Two for the Road, The Duchess, and several other works. She is majoring in Psychology, with double minors in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry at Missouri State University. She is currently involved in Student Government Association as the Director of Academic Affairs, Gamma Pi Alpha Presidential Honors Fraternity, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity, Academic Integrity Council, and several other organizations. In t.b.d. she will serve as an executive producer, writer, and will play the part of Kate.


Shane Franklin - Mr. Franklin is currently seeking his BS in Broadcast Journalism from Missouri State. During his time there, he has served in numerous television production roles including floor director, technical director, and producer. He is also the host of Wednesday Jazz Excursions on Springfield's NPR affiliate, KSMU. In t.b.d., Mr. Franklin will be serving as Assistant/2nd Unit Director as well as acting in the role of Todd.

Austin Fairbairn -


Justin DeFreece - Mr. DeFreece is currently seeking his BFA in Acting from Missouri State. He has worked with me twice in the past, playing Mark in my undergraduate thesis film, Thrown, and Kevin in my 2012 SATO film, inventors. In t.b.d., he will be playing the role of Jackson. You can also find him on IMDB.


Lizzy Clements - Ms. Clements has her


Chance Nichols -

 David Young - Mr. has worked with me twice before, playing Dt. Freeman in Thrown (2012) and Sam in inventors (2012). In addition, he has also appeared in the webseries' Shadow Bound (2013) and Seven Shadows (2013).

 Rachael Edlow - Ms. Edlow has her BFA in Acting from Missouri State. She has appeared in the films PMS Cop, Surrender, and Golden Circle (where she also served as a make-up and hair artist). In t.b.d., she is acting in the part of Nancy as well as serving as a make-up and hair artist.

What We Need and What You Get

For only $1, we'll email you a video featuring the show's creative team thanking your for your contribution. You'll also receive Kickstarter updates about our progress as we shoot the season.

For $5, you'll get the "Thank You" video and a digital download collection of various pre-production materials such as screenplays, scene breakdowns, budgets, and production notes.

For $10, you'll get the "Thank You" video, the pre-production package, and a shout out on Twitter (happens shortly after you make your pledge; your donation level remains anonymous).

For $15, you'll get the "Thank You" video, pre-production package, Twitter shout out, and a production still (they'll look something like this or this).

For $25, you'll get the "Thank You" video, pre-production package, Twitter shout out, a production still, and season 1 on DVD (DRM free!).

For $50, you'll get the "Thank You" video, pre-production package, Twitter shout out, a production still, and your copy of season 1 will come on Blu-ray (DRM free!).

For $75, you'll get the "Thank You" video, pre-production package, Twitter shout out, a production still, season 1 on Blu-ray, and a physical copy of the season 1 soundtrack (DRM free!)

At the $100 level, we add a "Baking Bread" apron (as seen in the show).

For $250, we'll include your name in the "Special Thanks" section of all four season 1 episodes

For $500, we'll autograph your copy of season 1 and your production still, and the bands will autograph your soundtrack.

Finally, if you're feeling very VERY generous, for $1,500 you'll get everything from the lower levels (including autographs) plus a private screening of the first season with cast and crew before it premieres (must live within 500 miles of Springfield, MO). If you choose not to host the screening, you'll be given an IMDB Producer credit for all four episodes.

We're aiming to raise at least 50% of our total required funds

$10, 000

We'll shoot three bonus "mini-sodes" and give an exclusive t.b.d. t-shirt to all donors $50 and above.

$15,000

We'll shoot a behind the scenes documentary and give an exclusive DVD/Blu-Ray set (featuring early Historic 66 projects) to donors $75 and above before it's available to the general public

$25,000

We'll gift a physical copy of the first issue of the tie-in comic series, Tales from the Queen City, to all donors $25 and above

$50, 000

We'll automatically upgrade all $25 donors from a DVD to the DVD/Blu-ray set and and guarantee a second (10 episode) season

$75,000

We'll shoot a feature length t.b.d. movie (and release it under a creative commons license) after we wrap production for season two. Donors at the $250 level will get their name in the “Special Thanks” section of the movie. Donors $25 and above will receive season 2 and the movie on DVD. Donors $50 and above will receive a DVD/Blu-ray of season 2 and the movie.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you aren’t able to contribute financially, you can still help out in other ways. First, and most importantly, you can get the word out. Use the hastags #tbd and #VivaSGF in your social media posts, share our content, and join us on Facebook and Twitter. Second, we can use background extras in several scenes, so if you can be in the Springfield area between January 17th and March 21st, let us see your headshots and reel. Finally, if you have music that you’ve written or know someone who does, let us hear it. If we like it, we’ll use it in the show for the world to hear and put it on the Season 1 soundtrack (we’ll even PAY YOU*)!

*Must be willing to license music under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license. Payment given only in the event of a successful Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

Motion picture and, more so, webseries investments are among the most risky, but also have the greatest potential ROI. For this and many other reasons, predicting the performance of a webseries is impossible, regardless of the information used.
Using data from various sources, we have attempted to gauge the potential success of t.b.d., but, again, this is only a prediction and not a promise or guarantee of any kind. Company specific risks include, but are not limited to: 1) Historic 66 Productions (the “Company”) having only one piece of intellectual property, t.b.d., and thus no other source from which to derive revenue; 2) the Company has no operational history of this magnitude; and 3) the Company, being a start-up due to the project's magnitude, is subject to all the common risks of a start-up.

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