Do Better is a dramedy web series about a group of Black and Asian best friends living in the Bay Area. The show explores the complicated, hilarious, and sometimes difficult things woke millennials of color go through on their path to self-actualization. The show’s major themes center around friendship, love, potential, and forgiveness.
Although progress is being made, Asian and Black communities lack representation in all aspects of media. Additionally, misconceptions about Black and Asian relationships continue to add strife to our communities. Do Better aims to show that not only do Asian and Black friendships exist, but that they're fun, raw, and hella beautiful.
Do Better is ultimately a story about friendship and love. We don't see too many stories about Asian and Black relationships or those that center Black, Asian, or queer people of color in media. With your help, this project can change that.
We begin shooting on December 6th and need your help producing this season. We can't do this without you so we greatly appreciate anything you can do (donate and/or share) to help us make the series and thereby help increase representation on screen.
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We were initially going to shoot this series in Los Angeles, but in the pre-production process have realized that it's more cost-effective to our budget to shoot the series in Austin.
Shooting in Austin will allow us to produce the first season of the series for a minimum of $10,000. We will use this money for:
Cast & Crew: Creating content is expensive. We believe that creatives should get paid living wages so that they can live. Every member of our cast and crew is being paid for their work on this production.
Equipment: All the camera, lighting, and sound equipment used to make sure that we deliver a product that looks and sounds good cost a lot to rent.
Post Production: Everything from color correction to video to sound editing happens at this stage. We want to deliver a beautiful final product and this is another place where we'll put in work to ensure that.
In addition to those items, we need funding to cover:
- Craft services
- Production Design
- Post Production
When I was growing up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I found television to be an incredibly diverse medium that allowed me to not only see stories about people who looked like me and members of my community, but also stories about people who lived worlds away. As I got older, I saw fewer stories that I felt were authentic to not only my experiences, but also those of people of color so I began to write them because marginalized communities also need their voices to be heard. I created this project out of a desire to see more nuanced and authentic portrayals of Black, Asian, and queer people of color on screen. I love serialized television and find the digital landscape to be a perfect opportunity to tell stories that traditionally could only fit on television. Thus, even though I've written a number of pilots, I wrote Do Better in a way that allows the series to be told beautifully through a web series format.
TOM is the resourceful, witty friend you wish you had. He has an impressive ability to attract every hot guy who comes in his vicinity (gay, straight, it doesn’t matter) with his sense of humor. You can find him driving for Lyft to pay his bills.
APRIL is out here living her best life on all the dating apps swiping for days, but you won’t catch her in a relationship. She’s currently in between jobs as she tries to find her “passion.”
MALIKA is a gynecologist by day, know-it-all by night. Expect her to serve you the tough love that you don’t want (but need) to hear.
JUSTIN's personal philosophy these days is “hakuna matata” (it means “no worries”). He’s a science teacher and gamer and is married to Malika.
BRENDA is the definition of extra. She’s also smarter than she lets on and sees the best in people, but don’t try her; she’s hella hood. She pays her bills by slaying as a Chief Revenue Officer for a major tech company.
PRISCILLA is the coolest person you know. She puts the multi in multi-hyphenate and is a poet, activist, singer, and songwriter. As a free spirit who isn’t one to workshop her ideas out loud, her words make an impact.
LIAM describes himself as a “woke male feminist” without any irony. He’s a huge people pleaser who works as a teacher for the fun of it.
We'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of this project since the very beginning. From the people who read the first drafts of the script to the cast and crew who came together quickly to shoot a pilot presentation to everyone who donated and shared our first campaign. We are so thankful you believe in this project as much as we do and look forward to having you love it as much as we do when we're able to release it this February.
Risks and challenges
As with any creative project, there are ton of factors that can arise at any time before, during, and after a production. Our crew has worked on many film and television projects in one capacity or another and, as a result, have a history of successfully overcoming whatever challenges that have come our way. Additionally, we care so deeply about this project that we've done the work to put ourselves in the position to overcome any challenges that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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