Menchildren is the brainchild of a group of friends in suburban Illinois who decided that their stories and experiences were too good to go untold. What once began as a feature length film venture quickly morphed into the comedy webseries premise that lays before you today.
Things begin simple...compiling notes, stories, material, etc. In 2012 we got serious. We began to form our team of writers, filmmakers, artists, and actors and hold weekly meetings where the series would be developed extensively. We now have a solid vision, written pilot script, and crew. We're only missing one thing: YOUR HELP.
The common word of mouth is..."nothin' much". It's a place deemed "boring" by many and appreciated by few. While the town is just "lame old McHenry", it's actually quite an interesting place filled with extraordinary people, bizarre happenings, and most of all...the stories of our main characters.
Menchildren is essentially a parody of the real-life McHenry in which we exemplify the humor found in between peoples' perceived negativities and the memorable stories of our cast and crew. In a nutshell, our series is one huge comedic appreciation of the place we call home. There's much more to McHenry than meets the eye!
JOE is a huge dreamer and natural (but sometimes reluctant) leader, but realizes he's been running the hamster wheel for too long. He refuses to fall short of his ambitions, which happen to exceed his time management capabilities.
BUTTER is a bizarre individual that has a surprising amount of responsibility. He married his high school sweetheart, bought a home, and had a child with haste. But now this dyslexic video gamer's marriage is going to start hitting the rocks...hard.
DEAN is an introverted, pushover of a workhorse who suffers from narcolepsy...but never refuses a friend in need. His subconscious is where his real personality resides. He wants nothing more than to break out of his shell. He just has many layers to break through.
ANDY is the oldest of the bunch who's still stuck at the starting gate. The ultimate victim of circumstance and questionable decision making. He fiercely struggles to break his cycle of mishaps and hopes that one of his many endeavors can finally bring him stability.
JULIE is a feisty young tomboy who is as much a beauty as she is a beast and is often antagonistic to her male counterparts. Attractive, talented, and restless but in dire need of a little anger management. She wants to get away from McHenry but can never seem to escape.
BLAKE is a human slot machine of career paths following his dishonorable discharge from the military. A very likable and flatulent fellow who's comfortable in the face of awkwardness. He rides a fine line between unpredictable and unreliable on his roller coaster of motivations.
TBA - STAY TUNED FOR THE REVEAL OF OUR FINAL CHARACTER AT A SPECIFIED POINT DURING OUR CAMPAIGN.
In our pilot episode, we set the stage and detail where these characters are at in their lives. While very introductory, the audience will start to see several plot arcs take root as they become officially acquainted with the cast and their motivations.
We are currently aiming to split the episode in 2 PARTS, each running approximately 20 MINUTES. This may not be reflective of our future seasonal run of episodes, but we feel it is the best way to properly introduce our characters, setting, and comedic vision.
Directly toward funding our pilot episode! While we have a lot of the basics as far as gear goes, there still some crucial things that we MUST own if we are going to deliver on our promise of quality comedy.
Some of the key items are:
- FULL LIGHTING KIT
- SHOTGUN MIC + BOOM POLE
- ADDTIONAL LENSES
- IMPROVED TRIPOD + RIG
- ADDTIONAL CASES, MEMORY, & STORAGE.
Other costs factoring into the pilot are:
- RENTAL FEES
- TRAVEL EXPENSES
- PROPS + COSTUMES
- PROMO MATERIAL
- FEEDING THE CAST & CREW
The satisfaction of knowing you helped make our pilot episode happen of course! In addition to seeing our project come to life, we're offering numerous rewards to give you a wholehearted THANK YOU!
We've detailed all of our reward tiers off to the right. We spent a lot of time determining what we best feel provides incentive to back our project as well as a sense of ownership or involvement in the grand Menchildren scheme of things.
Please stay tuned to this page, as we will be revealing stretch goals, additional content, and chances to win FREE STUFF in the weeks to come. Following the hopeful success of our campaign, we have a clearly defined schedule in mind. We hope to adhere to it as closely as possible but please take note that these time frames are subject to change.
THANK YOU FOR CHECKING OUT OUR CAMPAIGN!
Risks and challenges
We are 100% mindful of the risks involved herewith, especially since this is indie filmmaking. In the organization of this Kickstarter campaign we ran into several obstacles. We feel that our campaign content proves that we refused to let anything get the best of us. This has been a memorable and defining experience for us and we plan to tread as carefully as we can to ensure that we deliver on our promise for an entertaining project.
No matter what difficulties may arise, we are committed to maintaining an open line of communication with our audience and supporters. This is not possible without you, therefore it is our obligation to make sure you are considered as much a part of the project as we are.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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