A comedy webseries chronicling the misadventures of a group of friends living in a seemingly unremarkable town in midwest suburbia. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 1, 2014.
About this project
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
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $5 or more
We thank you, but....we're only able to reward you with: Inclusion in our official CONTRIBUTOR COLLAGE, a mosaic of all Menchildren donators that will be digitally distributed and appear in the pilot episode.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
You've found it in your heart to throw down another five. This earns you: A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU from our very own narrator, social media SHOUT OUTS via Facebook, Twitter etc. Plus...ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
You're heading in the right direction. Another ten down nets you: a signature Menchildren DECAL you can proudly display however you wish, A download of the Menchildren THEME SONG/MUSIC SCORE from the pilot episode, and ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $35 or more
The best bang for your buck. This is where things start to get interesting. For being a smart spender, you'll get: A limited edition Menchildren DOG TAG to dangle proudly, an HD DOWNLOAD of the pilot episode for your viewing pleasure, A SPECIAL THANKS credit in the pilot episode, an AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO of the Menchildren themselves, and ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
You're becoming quite the Menchildrenite now aren't you? Going for the nifty fifty will reward you: A signature Menchildren T-SHIRT that you can put on or dress your favorite mannequin with, early access to all BEHIND THE SCENES footage complete with bloopers, deleted scenes, and making of, a CUSTOM NARRATOR RECORDING (up to 150 characters), and ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
So you REALLY want to be a part of the production now, huh? This is your chance to earn yourself: An EXTRA/WALK ON ROLE, allowing your face or selected appendages to appear in the pilot episode, an autographed PHOTO WITH THE CAST since you'll be in our company, your very own NAME APPEARING or used in the pilot episode, and of course...ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
Oh boy, someone's venturing into triple digit territory. This eager beaverness of yours gains you: A SIGNATURE PROP used in the pilot or kickstarter production, your very own seat at the round table of a PLANNING/WRITER'S MEETING where you will be able to make a meaningful PILOT DECISION, walk away with an autographed SCRIPT of the pilot, as well as ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $150 or more
Just making it on screen wasn't enough, was it? Since you're such an actor extraordinaire, you'll now receive: A SPEAKING ROLE in the pilot episode where you can tell the Menchildren exactly what you think, an invite out to DINNER WITH THE CAST AND CREW (non-alcoholic beverages ONLY) at one of McHenry's fine eating establishments, and ALL OF THE ABOVE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $250 or more
A quarter-grander like you won't be satisfied unless you earn the title of ASSOCIATE PRODUCER and bear witness to the world premiere of our pilot episode. For this generous amount, you attain: VIP INVITE +1 to the live screening and launch party of the pilot, along with all of the exclusive food, beverage (non-alcoholic beverages ONLY), and seating. Don't forget ALL OF THE ABOVE!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
Okay, things are getting pretty serious. You're halfway to a grand and you've earned quite the name for yourself: A PRODUCER credit in the pilot, A VIP LIMO RIDE for yourself and 3 guests to the pilot screening (if you reside within 1 hour of McHenry), and an exclusive AFTER PARTY/DINNER (non-alcoholic beverages ONLY) with the cast and crew. ALL OF THE ABOVE still applies!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
Wow...really? You're more than just a fan at this point. You've gained quite the permanent foothold into the success of Menchildren...and you may or may not have given birth to one of us. Nevertheless, you'll be rewarded with: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the pilot, A lifetime's supply of all FUTURE DVD RELEASES, the ability to flex your creative muscles and WRITE EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL for future specified content, SPONSOR/AD PRIORITY for the launch of the pilot, and do we really need to remind you? ALL OF THE ABOVE is yours too!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $5,000 or more
Huh? Wha hapn? Did you just single-handedly fund our entire Kickstarter campaign!? Good lord, prepare for a cornucopia of rewards to be showered down upon you! There is very little we won't do at this point. You've earned: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credits...for life, exclusive SPONSOR/AD PRIORITY for the entire first season of Menchildren, and let's not forget all of the HEFTY AFOREMENTIONED.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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