WE'RE FULLY FUCKING FUNDED!
That's right guys, we did it! We crossed the $4,000 mark and we're actually gonna make this goddamn thing!
But we got three days left, so might as well announce...
OUR NEW STRETCH GOAL: $4,400
If we can hit this goal, of $3,400 by the end then EVERYONE WHO DONATES GET A MINI-POSTER SIGNED BY THE CAST AND CREW.
Here's the design of the mini-poster, designed by local artist Katie Kitsch:
So, does us a favor and kick us a buck or two!
What is Clunker?
Clunker is an independent TV pilot about Robert Clunker, a college dropout with no skills, no hope, and no clue. He decided to do what a lot of us have thought about doing, and become a private detective. This pilot episode deals with his first case, finding the kidnapped male half of Christian pornography's biggest couple. He becomes entangled in a world of violent Russian thugs, contract killers, autistic porn savants, angry strippers, and much more.
Written by comedians Collin Bullock, and Shane Copland, the script has been described as "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia meets Columbo" or "Murder She Wrote, if Angela Lansbury refused to stop talking about jerking off."
Here is a link to the shooting script.
Some footage has already been shot as a proof of concept. Here are some scenes to give you a better idea of the story, and characters.
WHO ARE WE?
We are Collin Bullock, and Shane Copland. We're two comedians looking to create this pilot, and submit it to festivals/use our connections in the comedy world to try and get it in the right hands! We're graduates of the Second City training program and between the two of us we've appeared on Sirius XM satellite radio, FOX TV, and the History Channel.
We'd like to make Clunker into a fully realized series. By donating you can make that happen and possibly help create one of the next great comedic characters!
Check out this original piece of art by renowned local artist John Sprague. It's a cover for one of Veronique and Bret's Christian porns. Donate $100 bucks or more and you get this on a full size, silk screened poster and a t shirt! You get other stuff too. Check out all the prizes over there!>>>>>>
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR MONEY?
We've teamed up with HGM media (a local production house that has worked on such shows as The Mob Doctor and Chicago Fire). They like the script enough to provide technical services at a greatly reduced rate.
We need the funds to secure locations, buy props, pay cast and crew, and pay for festivals fees. Being able to produce a complete pilot for the small amount that we're asking is truly a special opportunity, and we wouldn't be able to do it if it wasn't for interest in the script.
We proudly support and are part of http://kickingitforward.org. Check it out!
WHAT ARE WE SPENDING YOUR MONEY ON?
Since we're asking you for your financial support, we figure it's only fair to let you know what we're spending it on!
We've sat down and figured out our budget, cutting it to the bone at every turn. Our shooting schedule calls for six full days of shooting. Here is what we have come up with, budget wise.
CAST/CREW - $1,290. As stand up comics, we know what it feels like to work for free. Quite frankly, it sucks. We're not paying our actors and crew a HUGE amount, but we figured that kicking them a little bit would be a sign of respect and also enable us to work with talented, professional people!
FOOD FOR CAST AND CREW - $100/day, $600 overall. People are dragging their asses out of bed every morning to work for little money, so we figure we might as well feed them.
PROPS AND COSTUMES - $168. This money will mostly go to using make up to make Collin look thin. JK.
STOCK FOOTAGE - $158. We need stock footage of an ornate breakfast buffet and of a police station. Both clips cost $79 each. We were also surprised by this.
LOCATIONS - $250. The script calls for quite a few locations, many of which we have managed to secure for free. But we need to lock down a porn shop and a shitty motel. The porn shop said that camera would get in the way of business, which is fair enough, and so they want two hundred bucks. The shitty motel room wants fifty bucks from us to shoot there.
KICKSTARTER PRIZES - $400. This was tough to figure out, given how we didn't know EXACTLY how many prizes we would have to compile. So, basically, we looked at the worst case possible scenario (wherein all the money comes from people donating at the reward level with the lowest profit margin).
FILM FESTIVAL ENTRIES - $255. Festivals are goddamn expensive to submit to. I dunno why. They probably have to pay Gene Shalit in teddy bears to come and hang out there. Anyway, we compiled like seven festivals we liked and plan to submit to and put that in the budget. We'll probably try and enter more too. That's our problem.
KICKSTARTER AND AMAZON TAKE THEIR CUT - $400. The man always wants his goddamn sugar. Anyway, both Kickstarter and Amazon take five percent of the money, so that's $400 whole dollars.
MISC. - $400. You never know what's gonna come up. We'll probably have to bury some bodies and shit.
I'm aware this all comes out to $3,921. We decided to round up.
Any additional money could be used for any number of things, including better compensating the cast and crew and possibly buying better quality video, sound, and/or pizza related gear for the set.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is that it turns out just too goddamn good, thereby invalidating all other art ever made. Hey, Picasso, suck on this!
Seriously though, when creating a project such as this two main challenges prevail: 1) technical difficulties, and 2) going over budget. To combat our admitted lack of technical expertise we have teamed up with a production company with over ten years of experience. They liked the script so much they offered to film it for no upfront money.
This helps us solve our second major challenge. With so much of our budget slashed by the generosity, and admiration of our production team we are only soliciting funding for basic operational costs related to this project (food for the cast and crew, props, festival submissions, etc). We truly feel this is a rare opportunity to film a project like this at such a low cost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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