You can find out more about Josh and Ush (and Wolf Productions) by clicking see full bio on the right of this page. Here's a little video about casting for Tina with Ush and Josh (the creators).
Tina is a web comedy series, about a Herpetologist, Tuatara expert, with serious delusions involving his “Love Doll” girlfriend. The other characters – a reptile handler from Queensland, a failed social worker from New York and a mutinous mother from Pitcairn, hinder more than help his recovery. The 8-episode series will be shot mocumentary style (think Angry Boys meets Lars and the Real Girl). Help us make this series by clicking the big green "back this project" button just up and right on this page.
Where's my money going?
We're producing this series with a combination of our own money, your backing and sponsorship. If you've got a cool (sustainable) business you'd like to feature in our production - please get in touch.
First up it's important to note that no money comes off your credit or debit card until this project is successfully funded at the end of 12 December 2013. All your money is going in to making this series. We're keeping the entire budget as lean as we can, while still ensuring we produce an HD quality modern finish that you can watch on a big-screen TV or a laptop. All actors and crew need to be fed and watered and we'll provide a basic set-pay for each over the days of shooting, so they can take time out of their day-jobs. The rest of the money goes into camera and lighting equipment.
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Call to action
Friends, whanau and our international brothers and sisters - get in behind this project because laughing's good for you and you'll learn a whole heap about the mighty tuatara - New Zealand's largest native lizard (well technically it's not a lizard, though it looks a lot like one) and the world's oldest living reptile.
Ted has recently separated with his wife – Sophie. They met on a work-related trip to the Pitcairn Islands and, almost immediately, she fell pregnant with their young son – James, who is now nine. Ted’s been acting a little strange since the break-up, but has a new love interest – Tina (who’s actually a love-doll). The new relationship has taken a bit of getting used to for Ted’s close family, and the people he interacts with on a daily basis. He and Sophie had been a bit of a feature in the Grey Lynn community (as much because they were so different as anything else) and now he’s escorting Tina about the place!
Pete the reptile handler
Ted’s best friend Pete has also had a recent marriage split. His wife – Sam, of 5-years left him for her surf life-saving friend, Kim. Pete’s known a few gay people in his time and while he understands it’s a sexual tendency, not a choice, he can’t help thinking he drove his wife into the arms of her female lover. Pete and Ted have been out of touch for some months. Pete felt now was as good a time as any to come to NZ, reacquaint himself with his best mate and get away from things. The only thing is, he now finds Ted shacked up with a love-doll!
The documentary makers
A local TV crew are shooting a documentary on the Auckland Zoo and notice Ted’s (who’s a reptile specialist there) love affair with the Tuatara. After spending a bit of time with Ted, they soon felt his interest in the world’s oldest reptile was a major feature for their film (his blow-up girlfriend might have peaked their interest too) and follow him day and night in the interests of finding out what makes a Herpetologist tick.
Simon the social worker
A local cafe owner – Simon (a failed social worker from New York), takes Ted under his wing to help him with his delusion. He’s well aware that a patient suffering severe delusions shouldn’t be confronted directly about his beliefs. He secretly feels Ted maybe just the subject to reinvigorate his social-working career and earn the respect of his peers back in the states. His secret desire for Sophie clouds his judgement and puts a full recovery at odds with his lust for notoriety. Suffice it to say that progress has been slow to date.
Crazy doesn't cut it
As the series develops it becomes clear that Pete will have to stay-on longer than intended. He secretly relishes this because, a. he doesn’t want to face reality back in Aus. and b. he’s starting to wonder if Ted might be on to something…
Sophie helps to reinforce the delusion because she figures Tina allows her to wield power over Ted and his finances, and in some ways she actually likes the way Tina just listens and never judges her. Sophie starts to think Pete might be the prospect that Ted never was and that Australia might have more of the nightlife she didn’t find in New Zealand.
Ted’s friends become increasingly worried that he has an anger management problem. He’s never had a history of violence, but a number of unfortunate misunderstandings involving Tina leave him the brunt of other people’s anger. The more his friends try to tell him he may have a problem, the more agitated he gets trying to explain that it’s other people and not him that instigate the issues.
As the show continues it is revealed that each character has a vested interest in maintaining Ted’s delusion. The longer Ted’s delusion continues, the longer Pete has to stay in NZ and avoid his situation back home. Simon gets to play doctor and relive some of his glory days and Sophie can continue to live off Ted without retribution. Each character manifest qualities in Tina that are important to them and help support Ted’s fantasy about Tina’s impact on his friends.
Risks and challenges
We're an established production company who make a lot of commercial HD videos for the web. That said, every production has its risks and Tina is no exception. The good news is we're super prepared - check out our site to see how far along we are already. We've got a spare Tina (in-case the original pops... again!), an established crew (with plenty of extra contacts if we have to, perish the thought, replace anyone), insurances and all our locations signed-off with relevant permits and permissions. Weather isn't a major issue for us because much of the series is shot indoors and our crew and actors are all booked and committed. If the worse should happen and we lose one of our key actors or crew, we have plenty of reserves to call on. Most importantly - we'll keep you posted if things change and we won't give up. This show will be made one way or the other and we really hope you'll be a part of it.
All of the above plus your very own limited edition hard-cover children's book - Ted & The Tuatara! The story follows Tina Series star (Ted) on his adventures exploring Tuatara habitats, sans Tina (the love doll) so it's legit for the kiddies.
You'll get the directors' cut, the credit, the sound-track, the personal message, the T-shirt plus you'll get a single pass for a very special tour of the Auckland Zoo with Ted. (Transport to Auckland Zoo and associated accommodation not included.)
You'll get the directors' cut, the credit, the sound-track, the personal message, the T-shirt plus you'll get two passes for a very special tour of the Auckland Zoo with Ted. (Transport to Auckland Zoo and associated accommodation not included.)
You'll get the directors' cut, the credit, the sound-track, the personal message, the T-shirt plus drinks with Ush & Josh - the creators of Tina. Venue TBC and transport and accommodation not included.
You are friggin awesome! You'll get all of the above plus an Associate Producer credit (so you can brag to all your mates) and an all expenses paid (excluding transport and accommodation) chaperoned (you're awesome, but not that awesome) date with Tina!
Wholly cow! Pin a tail on you and call you a producer. You'll get all of the above plus we'll create your very own episode of Tina in collaboration with you and our creative team, and you'll get Executive Producer and Writer credits for the episode!