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Adventures in the void with an alien Coffee Table as the pilot!

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About THE COFFEE TABLE

In Season One of THE COFFEE TABLE, a family discovers that their new coffee table is actually an ancient alien artifact, and they inadvertently activate it, sending their entire house hurtling through the void – with them inside it, of course. The show centers on their struggle to get home with no understanding of how the artifact actually works, while defending themselves from various aliens who ring the doorbell looking to take the coffee table off their hands.  Watch the entire 1st season online!

In The Stranger's "Short Films Friday" feature, Charles Mudede wrote: "This week’s short film is not a short film but a web series called 'The Coffee Table' by the playwright, director, and, to use the words of the popular blog io9, Seattle’s geek auteur, Scotto Moore.... The big picture: It is a comedy and not a comedy; it’s serious and not serious; it is cheesy and not cheesy; it is intellectual and not intellectual; it is silly and not silly—that’s the kind of wonderful zone we enter in Moore’s new work."

The vision for the series has always been to present a beginning, a middle, and an end – or three seasons total.  The storytelling in seasons two & three is more ambitious than season one, featuring new characters, new locations, and expanded use of visual effects.  Without getting too "spoilery," we can tell you that Season One just scratched the surface of the saga of the Coffee Table, and we're excited to bring the story to its conclusion.

Our Goal

We've already raised $13,000 privately in advance of this Kickstarter campaign toward the completion of Seasons Two & Three.  We're asking for $5,000 more via Kickstarter.  This amount will get us across the finish line.

Pre-production is well underway, script workshops have already occurred, and we'll be rehearsing for a couple weeks before the shoot starts.  The plan is to shoot Seasons Two & Three concurrently beginning in January 2014.  

About The Team

Returning cast members from Season One include:

LaChrista Borgers
Daniel Christensen
Isaiah Crowson
Rebecca M. Davis
Christopher Dietz
Paul Gude
Pamala Mijatov
Jen Moon
Evan Mosher
K. Brian Neel
Jillian Vashro
Lisa M. Viertel
James Weidman

Joining the cast:

Ahren Buhmann
Jenna Cohen
Erik Davis
Katie Driscoll
Erin Ison
Jesse Lee Keeter
Rowan Neel
Kristina Sutherland

Scotto Moore (writer/director) is a Gregory Award nominated playwright who is regularly produced by Annex Theatre and the 14/48 Festival. His productions include Duel of the Linguist Mages, about a world in which punctuation marks are a parasitic alien species; A Mouse Who Knows Me, a musical about a geneticist who creates a human-intelligent mouse; and When I Come To My Senses, I’m Alive!, about an inventor who discovers how to digitally record & transmit her emotional states. His previous web series was CHERUB – The Vampire With Bunny Slippers, a parody of the Joss Whedon showAngel.

Krk Nordenstrom (director of photography) is a jack-of-all-trades filmmaker in Seattle who makes his living editing commercials. He has edited two feature films and produced, shot and edited numerous short films, commercials and web videos.  He has run the Seattle leg of the 48 Hour Film Project for 9 years and turned it into the largest filmmaking competition in the state. Over the last 10 years he has taught video editing and production at the Seattle Film Institute and University of Washington Continuing Education programs.

Ben Laurance (editor) has edited short films and web series for directors Webster Crowell and Lynn Shelton, both Stranger Genius Award winners for film. He has edited videos for Microsoft, A&E, CCTV, Colliers International, University Prep, Annex Theatre, MAP Theater, Central Cinema,Seattle Repertory Theater, and theSeattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. His work has won awards at the 48 Hour Film Project Seattle and theSeattle True Independent Film Festival. He also programs the annual SketchFest Seattle Comedy Film Festival.

Risks and challenges

Creating such an ambitious story on what is affectionately known as a "microbudget" is no small feat. The team will be bringing a lot of ingenuity to the table to make this work. We're mitigating risk via a long pre-production process, with a meticulous approach to planning, storyboarding, and budgeting. The scripts have gone through heavy revision to make sure the story we tell is as tight as possible. Rehearsals and planning will help ensure our time on set is maximized around capturing great performances instead of solving production issues on the fly. In general, shooting season one taught the team a number of valuable lessons that we can bring directly to bear as we complete the story.

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