Thank you so much. In 3 days until the end of this campaign, YOU helped the dream work happen. Thank you so, so much.
**Reach Goal: 16,000 to be able to even more properly compensate our artists.
"Wholly earnest...deeply personal and nuanced work"--Erik Urtz, SnobbyRobot Transmedia Magazine
Hello, Kickstarter! This story begins with an actor in her early twenties who got dropped by her acting agency. As she struggled to get back on her feet, she started making a web series with her friends.
That actor was me: Alex Spieth.
That series was this: [Blank] My Life.
When I started the path to rebuild my self-confidence, I asked my friends, Benjamin Viertel and Trevor McQueen, to help me film a series of vignettes. We borrowed a Canon 60D from a guy at Blondie's Sports Bar and began filming 50 second sections.
Luckily, about four episodes in, we found a friend with a microphone.
And we got better.
A little later, we found someone who knew how to use the Canon.
And we got better.
And, finally, we were ready to create THE FIRST SEASON:
Our first season was 11 episodes long and self- funded with my team's blood, sweat, tears, and dolla dolla bills are all over it.
[Blank] My Life has been featured on wifey.tv and the West Side Rag. We've been Official Selections at IndieWorks (Silver Whiskers Winner), the Chain Film Festival, and the upcoming Brooklyn Web Fest. Recently, [Blank] My Life was reviewed by Erik Urtz of SnobbyRobot Magazine, who wrote "it is a testament to the value of a web series as a medium."
For the second season, our goal is to produce 7 episodes (roughly 15-20 minutes each) totally 130 minutes of material, aka the length of a full feature. As we take a next step, we're asking all members of the team to devote more time and energy to this project. And coffee and bagels as thanks won't cut it anymore.
[Blank] has been the collaborative project of 30+ dedicated, hard-working artists (and one goldfish) over the past 2 years. This year we have a team of over 60 people on this project. We're so proud of the Pre-Season and Season One, and we can't wait to begin Season 2.
This time: we need your help!
Here's Where Your Money Will Go:
Director of Photography: $2K
There are men and women who shoot for sport. And there are men and women who shoot for a living. The latter are DPs.
Sound Engineer: $2K
Q: "Did we get room tone?"
A: "Oh....we forgot."
^^HELP US AVOID THIS FATE!!!
Having a good sound engineer makes all the difference in whether you will watch a video or whether you won't.
"It was so funny! We showed up to the theatre, but then, uh, no one came on stage! So, uh, I guess, there wasn't a Christmas Pageant. So. It looks like there isn't gonna be a Christmas."
--Line from a cautionary wives' tale about mistreating actors
We're casting 36 speaking roles through the season, all of which will require a stipend for their work. Because paying actors is important.
Imagine being the bravest person in a room, and you have imagined a director.
We've got 7 awesome directors: Asia Gagnon, Benjamin Viertel, Sam French, Brian Muller, Katherine Brook, Dylanger Bates, and Kyle Wilson.
Production Manager: $1K
The PM organizes business, finance, and employment issues in film and TV productions. We are so excited to have Zoe Westbrook has signed on to be our PM.
These include locations, props, and travel expenses.
--We have 20+ locations (Museums, Restaurants, Audition Rooms, Theatres, a Farmhouse in Pennsylvania, a Hospital)
--50+ props including customized posters, antique guns, sculptures, skulls, and a Megabus.
They say the movie is made 3 times, but the only time people see is the last one. We need an editor/ sound mixer for each episode.
Risks and challenges
While I've been writing and producing for two years now, and before every season, there is trepidation.
This season we plan to shoot 7 episodes in the biggest city in the world and to accumulate more content than last year. We hope to use 20+ locations, and we plan to do it on a very minimal budget. The risks include rain days, loosing sun, and not being able to finish. We want to do the work inexpensively, quickly, and well.
Last year, we filmed 11 episodes in 15 locations entirely on our own funding. We were able to make miracles happen by asking and emailing and creativity. We used child actors, living animals, cars, and, for three episodes, lavs. Problems and issues inevitably surfaced--constantly we messed up continuity. We managed to make it work.
After one shoot last December, we believed had lost all footage we had taken that day. The drive home was tense and labored. After we reached HQ, my team waited for the verdict on whether the footage was there. Even though I was incredibly disappointed and worried, there was no doubt in my mind that we'd find a way to do it again.**
My team is comprised of the most special, smart people on the block. There will be problems, and we will get through them.
**We didn't loose the footage. Thank God.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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