Who are you supporting?
Born and raised in the Bronx, I attended public schools until 7th grade, when I commenced from the scholarship program Prep for Prep, allowing me to attend private schools at a fraction of the normal cost. My parents were always incredibly supportive of my dreams. They consistently told me that they didn't work so hard to open up opportunities -- opportunities they never had -- for me so I could grow up and hate what I did. With that, I made it my goal to make a living in the field that I love -- entertainment. With my success, I always thought I'd be able to return the favor and open up opportunities for my parents as they got older.
When I started Future House Pictures, I did it knowing that the road ahead was chock full of obstacles and false starts. Perseverance would be key. However, this wasn't a one-man endeavor. The company wouldn't take flight until I had a team on board that knew we'd fall more times than we soared. I needed a team that knew nothing trumps hard work in the long run. I needed a team that took nothing for granted and wanted to be successful as much as they wanted to breathe. Today, I find myself working with that team; today, I find myself working with men who work tirelessly and shrug off disappointment with the faith that hard work will always yield favorable results. Justin Douglas, Ian Park, Brian Velsor, and Robby Hardesty help make up Future House Pictures. Their vision and hard work are my inspiration.
This is our SECOND GO AROUND at this Kickstarter. Our first one wasn't successful for a few reasons -- all of which I believe are remedied. Take a look at our new rewards list; there are no more uninspired swag or lazy options. You can support us, and in return, you'll get copies of our work, special editions, signed posters, stills and props, and there are even options where you get the services of Future House Pictures on your own creative endeavors.
The Postponed Project is one born from where I am in my life and where my team is in theirs. We're a part of this story -- your story, our story. Help us tell it.
Postponed- The Web Series
Ten months ago my good friend Robby Hardesty and I found ourselves out of school and stuck. He was taking time off from his studies and living in Seattle, working as a barista. I had just graduated, and was spending the money I was making from my unchallenging nine to five on material comforts — clothes, video games, and beer. Robby bought a barely working van, which he planned on living out of in order to avoid paying room and board when he returned to school in the Fall.
Robby's misadventures struck a chord. I began writing a web series that followed two recent college grads that were broke, unemployed, and homeless. Their fix? Pose as college students while living in a van in the parking lot on their old campus.
The show takes a decidedly satirical look at the "Postponed Generation" — a generation of college graduates that have put off their ambitions to pay the fast approaching bills. We at Future House are a part of this generation and feel that we are in a prime position to tell this story, as we are living through it ourselves.
Though we were able to produce the first season on our own dime, we believe that the only way the series can flourish — the only way we can continue telling this story that needs to be told — is with your help. We have big plans for a higher-value production, which will allow for cleaner picture and sound, better lighting, a more consistent work flow, and better production design. A chunk of the money raised in this KickStarter will go toward a new camera, a lighting kit, hard drives, storage media, and audio equipment.
You can check out the seven episode first season here:
The Postponed Project- The Bigger Picture
We are not telling a small story; this is a story that an entire generation has a stake in. We believe that the fictional narrative of "Postponed" The Web Series is only one part of a larger, three tiered story. The Internet allows for new storytelling techniques that are only just beginning to be explored. We have the opportunity to take advantage of these strengths, to tell an even richer story that utilizes the interactivity and community-building possibilities of the Internet. In the new media movement, we want to be pioneers!
This entire story will be housed on our new and improved site, which you will help us complete. The site will allow intuitive and seemless access to all three parts of this greater "Postponed" story.
The second tier of the project tells our personal stories, which we currently cover on our tumblr "Unpostponed." This thread follows the team and I as we strive to achieve our goals while finding work in our field. On our new site, this thread will be updated daily with behind-the-scenes video blogs, pictures, editorials, and interviews with the crew about how they are balancing the pursuit of their dream with their day jobs, and more. You can check out what we've done with this story thread thus far:
The third and final tier of this story is YOUR story, a story we plan on telling through content that YOU submit. We want to know what you're doing, what you're thinking, and what you have to say. Every week we'll look through your submissions and post your videos, prose, poems, rants, and pictures to our site, giving OUR community a glimpse into everyone's "Postponed" experience. We want to tell a full story, not just one slant.
With our site and this story, we want to lend voice to a community and a generation that has been covered by several individuals, but has not had a place to tell their own story with their own voice. Let's tell our story together.
Every donation will go a long way toward making this entire project possible.