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New guilty pleasure where sex, ambition & betrayal divide 8 friends in NYC striving for love, achieve their dreams & survive the drama.
New guilty pleasure where sex, ambition & betrayal divide 8 friends in NYC striving for love, achieve their dreams & survive the drama.
New guilty pleasure where sex, ambition & betrayal divide 8 friends in NYC striving for love, achieve their dreams & survive the drama.
98 backers pledged $30,381 to help bring this project to life.

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We at Orchard Winfield Productions are looking to push the boundaries in great story telling by providing bright and talented up and coming artists an outlet to highlight and present their work. We are also fortunate to work with established industry professionals who find our project intriguing with immense potential and they want to contribute their talents. We work with a strong and professional team of actors, writers, directors, crew and designers to bring our vision come to life on screen. What better way to begin this exciting journey than to make and deliver a show that gives you all that sinful primetime drama whenever you want it. So, we present to you People you Know.

People you Know is a sexy and provocative series with gut-wrenching storylines, and dynamic characters all wrapped up in the city that never sleeps that will have you on the edge of your seat.  In People you Know, we tackle relevant stories in today's world that affect everyone and use inventive narrative techniques to keep our viewers hooked. Follow eight friends as they traverse NYC striving to discover love, achieve their dreams, and of course, survive the drama. We created this show to explore the ideas of family – the one you choose and the one you’re born to – how love and ambition rarely mix and how sexuality consumes you with heightened drama.  

We recently completed Pilot Part One which was directed by critically acclaimed and award winning film director, recently for Morgan, and Co-Founder of United Gay Network Michael Akers and we are now looking to shoot subsequent episodes to share with our fans. With your help and support, we can!

We are formatting the show as 22-minute episodes. As you can see from the video trailer, we believe in using the best production values around and working with professional directors and actors. We are fortunate to have assembled such a talented and dedicated crew for this project. Even though we can’t pay them what they are worth, your contributions will help make their 12 plus hour days bearable.

As you can see by the stats box to the right, our first objective is to raise:

  • $30,000 - Which will allow us to maintain the high quality and produce the next episode as a follow up to the cliffhanger ending of Pilot Part One.

If we are fortunate enough to reach our second goal of:

  • $60,000 - This will enable us to shoot episodes two and three. 

If we reach: 

  • $150,000- We can shoot up to episode 6, which would be our mid-season break, have the ability to expand camera and production equipment as well as invest heavily in marketing the series. 

OH MY CHER! With your help you can catapult us to our overall goal of:

  • $300,000 - We can bring the entire 13 episode season to reality for everyone to enjoy.  

Anything beyond that we can ensure to keep the production top notch and begin developing and producing season 2.

You may be thinking: “That is a lot of money!!!” But in reality it isn't. We are producing high quality material per episode and maintaining network standards at a fraction of the $300-$500k that it would take an actual network to achieve. While we are keeping everything on a shoe-string budget and paying only for what we absolutely must, we firmly believe in paying appropriately for production value – camera equipment, locations, production design. We were able to create a slick, professional cinematic pilot with a sliver of the budget a studio has. In order to maintain the level of quality and professionalism apparent in Pilot Part One, we need to be able to feed and pay our crew wages for the talent, which is not nearly what they're worth for their effort and commitment they bring to the project. 

We personally invested over half of the initial $30k pilot budget ourselves with the remainder coming from friends, family and donors who believe in the project. 

If you like the series trailer and pilot teaser you have seen, and you want to see more of it, please contribute to help us make the rest of the season. Spread the word - every set of eyes will bring us one step closer to our overall goal. We will regularly update our campaign as we get closer to the production dates. Join us on this journey and get a sneak peek at behind the scenes of People you Know. Stay up to date with the latest by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and subscribing to our Youtube channel – all the links are available below.

We're asking for this much, because we’re working with feature-quality equipment to get the best production values for our audience. If we’re fully funded, we aim to begin production in mid-June and shoot over the summer with a premier date set in the Fall. As you can see from the video, we can make a great show, but we need your help to do it. Anything you can donate will help. No amount too small or too large. 

Or you could also ... JOIN THE PYK LEGION! 

We're open to industry networking and crowd-sourcing. 

  • Do you have production or post-production experience? We're always looking for crew (Gaffer, Sound, Line producer, etc...) 
  • Do you have access to equipment or locations (Bars, apartments, etc..) in NYC area? 
  • Are you a graphic illustrator (Graphic novel or commissions, etc..)? 

If you have skills you want to contribute, then please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and send us a message.

We are thankful and grateful for your support and kind words. We believe in this project and are excited to have you see the vision laid bare. We can’t wait to get started on the series! Get in on the ground level and be an early angel in this project.

Risks and challenges

With an undertaking like People You Know, we have to be prepared for the myriad things that can go wrong. For instance, an outside shoot may have to be delayed due to rain, equipment may break, or a filming location may come with lots of extraneous noise. Our fantastic crew can solve these problems on the fly and make difficult situations work. Sometimes these challenges even lead to the best scenes- or at least a great story. Remaining positive and keeping organized is one key to our success.

This series will be successful because our talented cast members breathe life into their characters and take their roles very seriously. There is a real demand for LGBT content. Our series is fresh and features complex and provocative characters. In addition to receiving all the swell swag for donating, you will be an essential part in creating quality queer positive storytelling.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to check out this project. Your generosity means so much and we promise to bring you hours of laughter, scandal and drama on PyK.

Are there other ways to help? Yes, just spread the word about the series by:

Liking our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/orchardwinfieldproductions

www.facebook.com/peopleyouknow

Following us on Twitter:

@OW_Productions

@People_you_Know

Subscribing to our youtube channel (also – please leave comments and like our videos):

http://www.youtube.com/user/PeopleYouKnowSeries

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    Package #1: Instant access to online content and behind-the-scenes videos in our “Backers Only” update through OWProductions.com. Promise to invite and tell 10 friends about our project! Comes with virtual hug and thank you email.

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    Package #2: The above plus a special thank you message sent out to you through @People_you_Know twitter and facebook pages.

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    Package #3: The above plus your very own exclusive PyK All-Access Pass, giving you access to behind-the-scenes videos and content exclusives, and the chance to interact with our cast and crew during filming. Also, JD and Baltimore will send you a signed People you Know postcard with a special message. Your names will be included on the scrolling Wall of Fame on the OW website.

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    Package #4: Includes packages 1-3, special thanks in the end credits of one episode of season one, and a signed 8x10 cast photo.

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    Package #5: Includes packages 1-4, your choice of the complete first season on DVD or Blu-Ray once completed, plus you can submit a question to the cast and have it answered in our Skype Q&A.

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    Package #6: Includes packages 1-5, plus a PYK Digital Pass to the online advance screening of People you Know premiere episode and all season 1 episodes, an official PYK shot glass set (4), as well as a personalized thank you from the actor of your choice.

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    Package #7: Includes packages 1-6, you will also receive the official People You Know sports water bottle & towel set.

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    Package #8: Includes packages 1-7, plus a Skype call with Executive producers and creators Baltimore and John Dylan where we can talk about the series or whatever you want to talk about – except 19th Century French Impressionists.

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    Package #9: Includes package 5, the PYK Digital Pass, your choice of a signed Complete First Season of People you Know Special Edition DVD or Blu-Ray with bonus special features once completed, an official People You Know T-shirt & baseball cap set, and an official PYK Poster autographed by the entire cast.

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    Package #10: Includes packages 5, plus an official PYK tote bag filled with PYK Memorabilia (Sports water bottle & towel set, T-shirt/baseball cap set, shot glass set) plus a signed Deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Copy of season 1 combo pack once completed, an official PYK poster autographed by the entire cast, and a signed digital copy of the pilot shooting script.

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    Package #11: Includes package 10, plus a credited, featured non-speaking walk-on role in one episode of People You Know: Season 1. (Note: We will ensure our very best efforts to have every non-speaking walk-on role have plenty of screen time. Non NYC residents must provide their own transportation and lodging accommodations.) Your day on set will be photographed and documented. You will also receive an invitation for you and a guest to the PYK wrap party in New York City, because after all, you’re a member of the cast too! Transportation and accommodations not included.

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    Package #13: Includes package 10, plus you will be able to name a character after your first, last or both names in the episode or any future episode of People You Know: Season 1.

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    Package #12: Includes package 10, plus an official PYK hoodie (choice of white or black). Also, an official autographed panoramic character poster series ready for you to frame.

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    Bronze Package: Includes Package 10. You will be listed with a special honorary title of Associate Producer in the end credits of one of the episodes of season one, and on IMDB. Listed with special thanks at the end of every episode. You will be invited are welcome to visit the set and hang out with cast and during filming on a pre determined & scheduled shooting date. You will receive an invitation for you and 2 guests to the PYK wrap and Premiere Screening Party in NYC, and you have a standing invitation to appear at any and all future screenings and festival events of PYK: Season One. Transportation and accommodations not included.

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    Silver Package: Includes Package 10. You will be listed with a special honorary title of Associate Producer in the end credits of one of the episodes of season one, and on IMDB. Listed with special thanks at the end of every episode. You will be invited are welcome to visit the set and hang out with cast and during filming on a pre determined & scheduled shooting date. You will receive an exclusive limited edition of People You Know Designer Shirt by celebrity fashion designer T.Rains, who also styles PyK. You will receive an invitation for you and 2 guests to the PYK wrap and Premiere Screening Party in New York City, and you have a standing invitation to appear at any and all future screenings and festival events of PYK: Season One. Transportation and accommodations not included.

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    Gold Package: Includes Packages 10. You will be listed with a special honorary title of Associate Producer in the end credits of one of the episode of season one, and on IMDB. Listed with special thanks at the end of every episode. You are welcome to visit the set and hang out with cast and crew during the filming on a pre determined & scheduled shooting date. You will receive a limited edition official PyK coffee table book with a personal acknowledgement chronicling the entire experience from the Pilot from beginning to end signed by the creators and cast. A private dinner with creators John Dylan and Baltimore in NYC. You will receive an invitation for you and 4 guests to the PYK wrap party and Premiere Screening Party in New York City, and you have a standing invitation to appear at any and all screenings and festival events of PYK: Season One. Transportation and accommodations not included.

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    Includes Package 10. LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! you will also be cast to play a speaking role in one episode of People You Know: Season 1. You will be on screen, in wardrobe, Hair & Make-up, and a member of the People You Know cast. You will be credited as such on the end credits of the episode and Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Your day on set, including lunch or dinner with the cast and crew, will be photographed, documented and chronicled. (Note: NYC residents’ transportation and accommodations will be included if we are on an out of town overnight location. Non-NYC residents will have accommodations provided. Transportation not included. We will do our very best to provide you advance notice on shooting dates and work with your schedule, but there is no guarantee. Filming will take place in NYC.) You will receive a special honorary Associate Producer in the end credits of one of the episodes of season one, as well as on IMDB. Listed with special thanks at the end of every episode. You are welcome to visit the set and hang out with the cast and crew during filming on pre determined & scheduled shooting date. You will receive an invitation for you and 4 guests to the PYK wrap party in New York City, an invitation for you and 7 guests to the Premiere Screening Party in New York City, and you have a standing invitation to appear at any and all screenings and festival events. A night on the town – dinner, drinks and dancing. Transportation and accommodations not included.

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