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A character-driven, horror-comedy series following two unlikely partners who investigate the paranormal and battle forces of evil.
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Theo & The Professor is a heartfelt comedy-horror series that tells the story of two unlikely partners who face off with supernatural baddies week after week.
Theo & The Professor is a heartfelt comedy-horror series that tells the story of two unlikely partners who face off with supernatural baddies week after week.

Theo & The Professor is a monster-of-the-week web series that offers an equal mix of horror, comedy, and most importantly, character. It takes cues from 70s and 80s genre shows like Kolchak The Nightstalker, early Dr. Who, and The X-Files, but Theo & The Professor carries a unique narrative & original mythos that is all its own.

Theo & The Professor are an unlikely yet serendipitous investigative team in the tradition of Agent J & Agent K (of Men in Black) or Sherlock & Watson.

The interplay of these two monster hunters, against the backdrop of a modern Lovecraftian universe (replete with monsters from your worst fever dream and a supporting cast of intriguing weirdos), makes for a must-watch series that has gotten test audiences begging for more.

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WHO WE ARE: 

Locust Street Entertainment is a Pittsburgh-based artists' co-op that focuses on producing emotionally-driven horror and drama films. We've done well for ourselves in the short time we've been together. We've made a name for ourselves and won accolades. Now, we're ready to tackle out long-time dream project: Theo & The Professor. 

Before we ask you to pull out you wallet and help us make this series a reality, we should let you know a few things: 

- This series has been DECADES in the making. Creator/Director Lance Parkin has been mentally engineering the Theo & The Professor universe in one way or another from childhood, and he's finally assembled his dream team to make this project a reality.  While Lance would blush at being compared JRR Tolkein, he does share a pretty scary, Tolkein-like obsession with building, detailing, revising, and expanding his vast & strangely realistic Theo & The Professor Universe.

- This is a series with a beginning, middle, and an end. While we are very excited to complete these six episodes as a proof of concept, that is by no means the extent of the Theo & The Professor canon. Our goal is to complete these six episodes and use this as a jumping point for further development of the series, if there is enough interest from supporters and audiences like you. Whatever happens, you need not fear that we will leave fans hanging after these six episodes. 

As long as their is some small audience for it, the saga of Theo & The Professor will be told by hook or by crook. And we promise -- this is not a series like LOST. This show's entire narrative has been thoughtfully written in a 7-season arc (which could be condensed into 4 seasons), but we will not allow it to suffer from the "story decompression" and lolllygagging that plagues certain shows.

OUR PAST WORK: 

Before you give us your money, you probably want proof that we can pull this thing off with style. Fair enough. 

Check out a few of our award-winning short horror films. (Of course, these films are representative of our penchant for gut-wrenching horror and we are very proud of them, but they don't necessarily capture Theo & The Professor's tone of comedy and character drama.): 

Click here to watch DAISY (7 min)
Click here to watch DAISY (7 min)

 

Click here to watch RUNNER (7 min)
Click here to watch RUNNER (7 min)

 

Click here to watch PAWNS (7 min)
Click here to watch PAWNS (7 min)

PROJECTED TIMELINE: 

Production of Theo & The Professor is already well underway. We plan to release these six episodes online as a batch as soon as they are completed. If funding is successful, we can have these episodes shot, edited and released by March 2017. 

If funding is unsuccessful, then, well, these episodes might never get made and you'll have no one but yourself to blame. (We hope you're happy. Enjoy that extra latte you bought with the $5 you could have used to make our dreams come true). 

WHAT YOU'LL GET: 

Sorry for being hard on you just there. That latte comment was out of line. It's just that we KNOW that Theo & The Professor is a worthy project that can do so much, if we just have a little support from wonderful people like you. 

So, as a small token of gratitude for your support, we've got some great rewards that will make you feel warm and fuzzy, while showing the world what a generous person you are (who also happens to have great taste in web series)!

REWARDS (SEE REWARDS TAB FOR DETAILS):

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS, DIGITAL ART, M.A.B.S MEMBERSHIP CRDS, BUMPER STICKERS, T-SHIRTS, HOODIES, WRAP PARTY INVITATION, BE AN EXTRA, GET A SPEAKING ROLE ON THE SHOW, BE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  (WITH IMDB CREDIT). 

Become a MABS Operative and get sweet bumper stickers as a thank you for your support.
Become a MABS Operative and get sweet bumper stickers as a thank you for your support.

 

Become a MABS Senior Operative and get a freakin' dope t-shirt and other goodies as our thanks to you!
Become a MABS Senior Operative and get a freakin' dope t-shirt and other goodies as our thanks to you!

 

Your $39 pledge earns you to the title of MABS MASTER OPERATIVE, this MABS Exclusive Tee, stickers, etc and our most heartfelt thanks!
Your $39 pledge earns you to the title of MABS MASTER OPERATIVE, this MABS Exclusive Tee, stickers, etc and our most heartfelt thanks!

 

Your pledge of $73 earns you this SLICK hoodie, an invitation to the private WRAP PARTY, and the title of MABS Chancellor. Thank you and congratulations!
Your pledge of $73 earns you this SLICK hoodie, an invitation to the private WRAP PARTY, and the title of MABS Chancellor. Thank you and congratulations!

 

Theo & The Professor is a heartfelt comedy-horror-drama series that focuses on real characters in real, emotionally compelling situations. 


Want some proof that Locust Street Entertainment has what it takes to pull of character drama? Check out "Butterfly": our submission to the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project Overall Runner Up, and Winner of the award for Best Director.

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Required Character: Lenny Saffron, Chocolatier

Required Line of Dialogue: Maybe I just don't find you funny

Required Prop: A sticky note

 

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Risks and challenges

There are always things that stand in the way of making good things happen. So far, Theo & The Professor has already encountered and overcome many production struggles.

LIKE --

That time we urgently needed matches in order to shoot a scene, but no one had any, and all the stores were closed, and a production assistant had to go out into the cold night and beg strangers for a book of matches. (But we got them!)

Or that time our director nearly severed his finger by pulling too hard on a piece of string that was being used to make cabinet doors slam shut by "ghostly forces". (We learned a little bit about special effects safety that day.)

Or that time, after one busy and frustrating day of shooting when wind, neighbors, and all the forces of fate seemed to be conspiring against our shoot, one of our Assistant Camera Operators earned the nickname of "Gangster Ralph" by verbally and physically defending our set from undesired foot and car traffic. (No one was hurt and no laws were broken. Thanks, Gangster Ralph!)

OR, how about that time a freak monsoon came out of nowhere and blew over all of our light stands and equipment in the middle of a shoot, breaking all of our expensive bulbs, and melting our monster (which took 10 hours of makeup), costing us hundreds of dollars, countless man hours, and made almost every member of the team cry (director included).

Long story short:

Locust Street Entertainment is a scrappy, determined, and smart group. We've definitely taken our lumps, but we've shown perseverance in the faces of production obstacles. If we can get this project funded, God himself is going to have to stand in our way to keep Theo & The Professor from getting completed in a timely manner.

OTHER POSSIBLE CATASTROPHES THAT WE COULD OVERCOME:

- Inclement Weather (we'll wait it out)
- Equipment Damage (we've got warranties)
- Someone oversleeps (we havedrive to their house with a bucket of ice water)
- Someone dies (we replace them with a lifelike dummy)
- President Obama declares a ban on Monster-Hunter shows (we will take our production to Canada)
- The Allegheny River swells and carries off our Director of Photography in the middle of a shoot (one of our actors owns a boat, we will catch him with a big net, towel him off, and keep shooting)

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    That's okay -- thank you for supporting the fight against evil supernatural forces with your hard-earned widow's mite.

    Enjoy a HD download of our first six episodes!

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    M.A.B.S. INDUCTEE

    Congratulations!

    You are now a student member of the Moonlight & Brimstone Society (MABS)!

    Your induction will be celebrated with an email containing an original printable poster (.PDF), a printable certificate of membership (.PDF), and digital Theo & The Professor artwork (High Resolution .JPG) to decorate your desktop background and inspire you in your ongoing studies in workings of The Moonlight & Brimstone Society.

    Thank you for your tuition payment! Good Luck!

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    M.A.B.S. APPRENTICE:

    Welcome, Apprentice MABS Member!

    Enjoy a HD download of our first six episodes, along with all of the above. You're well on your way to greatness within the Moonlight & Brimstone Society.

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    M.A.B.S. OPERATIVE

    During your apprenticeship, you have advanced remarkably in your investigation of the supernatural.

    Well done! You are now prepared to join the ranks and fight the forces of evil as an official, sanctioned OPERATIVE in the Moonlight & Brimstone Society. As such, you are now in the same rank as Theo Burke himself!

    Enjoy the benefits of all the previous MABS levels, as well as a three (3) pack of Theo & The Professor bumper stickers and exclusive downloads.

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    • VARIETY PACK OF THREE (3) Bumper Stickers - Approx. 2" X 8"
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Episodes 1 - 6 (The complete first run)
    • Original Artwork - Desktop Background
    • Printable certificate of MABS Membership
    • Printable Theo & The Professor Poster (PDF)
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    M.A.B.S. SENIOR OPERATIVE

    AMAZING!

    You are now a senior operative of the Moonlight and Brimstone Society -- you'll get a classic Theo & The Professor t-shirt and all of the digital download perks associated with your previous ranks.

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    • THEO & THE PROFESSOR CLASSIC T-SHIRT
    • DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Episodes 1 - 6 (The complete first run)
    • BONUS DOWNLOAD: Director's Commentary & Original Riff Track
    • BONUS VIDEO DOWNOAD: Behind The Scenes & Deleted Scenes
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    M.A.B.S. MASTER OPERATIVE

    STUPENDOUS!

    You are now a Master Operative of the Moonlight and Brimstone Society. You are now of the same rank as Professor Ravenwood himself!

    As such, you are now entitled to the exclusive MABS t-shirt design (or, choose the Classic Theo & The Professor design).

    You also get a 3-pack of bumper stickers AND ALL of the perks associated with the lower ranks.

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    • YOUR CHOICE of T-SHIRT DESIGN (CLASSIC OR EXCLUSIVE MASTER MABS)
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    MABS CHANCELLOR

    Being on top of a secret society has its perks.

    For your donation, you'll be elected an official CHANCELLOR of the Moonlight & Brimstone Society .

    Get the exclusive MABS hoodie design, as well as your choice of SIX bumper stickers to share with your friends.

    You'll also receive a special THANK YOU shout out on all of our society media accounts, and, of of course, this reward also includes the other digital download rewards.

    BUT THAT'S NOT ALL.

    As a MABS Chancellor, you and a guest will receive an invitation to join us at the official Theo & The Professor wrap party in Pittsburgh after we've finished filming our sixth episode! (DATE TBA, early 2017)

    Includes:
    • MABS Hoodie (Adult Sizes XS - 4XL)
    • VARIETY PACK OF THREE (3) Bumper Stickers - Approx. 2" X 8"
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    BE A FEATURED EXTRA ON THE SHOW

    For your generous donation, you will be featured on an episode of Theo & The Professor!

    From a cashier, or a cab-driver, or waiter -- we will incorporate a featured walk-on role especially for you!

    You get all of the above incentives - including your choice of a t-shirt or hoodie.

    AND: your choice of T-Shirt or Hoodie!

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    • FEATURED EXTRA ROLE ON THE SHOW
    • Wrap Party Invite (In Pittsburgh - transportation not included)
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    As an executive producer, consider yourself an indispensable member of the Theo & The Professor team!

    For your generous donation, you will be credited in all of our major publications, credits, IMDB, website, and other promotional materials.

    You will be included in the pre-production and shooting of the series and invited to give your creative and production input to the show. You will be invited to a minimum of two (2) pre-production meetings and/or filming days in Pittsburgh, PA, OR contribute to the pre-production via Skype if you're not from our neck of the woods.

    Whether you're a seasoned producer or a creative enthusiast looking to gain more production experience, we'll include you in our team and make your role in Theo & The Professor an unforgettable addition to your resume!

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    • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT
    • Wrap Party Invite (In Pittsburgh - transportation not included)
    • MABS Hoodie (Adult Sizes XS - 4XL)
    • YOUR CHOICE of T-SHIRT DESIGN (CLASSIC OR EXCLUSIVE MASTER MABS)
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    GET A SPEAKING ROLE ON THE SHOW

    That's right! As our THANK YOU for your major contribution to this show, you will be given a speaking role on the show. Add this great series to your acting resume, and have an unforgettable experience on the set of Theo & The Professor SEASON ONE.

    Whatever the episode calls for - we will incorporate a featured walk-on role especially for you, including at least one line -- in an on-screen interaction.

    We will take your personality, type, and look into consideration to help make a featured character for you that stands out in your episode.

    You get all of the above incentives - including a t-shirt AND a hoodie, PLUS a bonus SECOND T-shirt in any size for you to give to a friend.

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    • CUSTOMIZED SPEAKING ROLE ON THE SHOW
    • Wrap Party Invite (In Pittsburgh - transportation not included)
    • Social Media Shoutout
    • EXCLUSIVE MABS T-SHIRT DESIGN
    • MABS Hoodie (Adult Sizes XS - 4XL)
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