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CA$ 11,259
pledged of CA$ 25,000pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
97
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 1 2015 8:33 AM UTC +00:00

About

Billed as "the world's most extreme 2-man circus sideshow comedy magic extravaganza", real-life 20 time Guinness World Record breaking stunt performers the Monsters of Schlock have paired with writer/director (and High School friend) Brett Nikita to develop a scripted comedy series based on their ridiculous and strangely unique lives.

The Monsters of Schlock are genius physics professor turned sideshow freak Burnaby Q. Orbax along with his brother, and extreme stunt performer, "Sweet" Pepper Klopek. In reality, the Monsters of Schlock have spent the last ten years touring the world performing a unique live show that mixes comedy and extreme stunts. Their show has garnered substantial accolades including regular appearances in Ripley's: Believe It or Not and over 20 Guinness World Records. While their shows garner a potential audience yearly in the tens of thousands and their spectacular record breaking achievements have reached millions through television, they still struggle in relative obscurity as journeymen freakshow entertainers.

Scene from the Pilot!
Scene from the Pilot!

The series will be a fictionalized account of their lives, drawing from their experiences over the years trying to break in to the upper tier of entertainment.

It's "Flight of the Conchords meets Super Dave". How's that for TV pitchline jargon?!?

The best part of the whole thing is that we already made the pilot!

All we want to do is keep filming and making more content. A few years ago we made a web series called Stunt Testing. It's what inspired our idea for the pilot.

We figured if we could write and produce a short web series then we could write and produce a pilot. So we did! The next step is to write a produce a full series! Problem is, that costs real money.

The idea is to produce a 6 episode, half hour format, series. While the series will be anchored in a familiar "trying to make it big" storyline, the real hook is the unique perspectives of the Monsters who often feel like aliens looking in on the lives of common folk. The dismissively rational Orbax struggles to understand the logic that ordinary people use in their everyday lives, while Pepper is always in search of excitement. Most episodes will feature a mystery element, exploiting Orbax and Pepper's obsession with the strange and bizarre, which will be haphazardly explained away at the end.

Season Arc:

Orbax's former partner has made it big in the world of television magic by using lazy tricks and the world can't seem to get enough. Orbax seeks not only to expose his ex-partner as a hack, but to understand how the public is able to so readily accept the impossible. Meanwhile, the much more open-minded Pepper follows his heart more than his brain when exploring his lifelong fascination with cryptozoology. While Orbax is preaching logic, Pepper is hunting monsters.

Sounds great right?

Real life crazy stunts!
Real life crazy stunts!

Well to do this series properly we need to raise some money. We're going to sink our own money into this, but we also need some help from you guys! The best part is that realistically you're just buying the product up front!

Our Youtube channel is going to host on-set diaries, behind the scenes fun and maybe even some leaked scenes as we get stuff finished. You get to watch all that for free while we're in production. We've also got a bunch of reward tiers that include everything from digital downloads, to actually getting a live show!

Head on over and check out our rewards!

We're offering everything from digital downloads, signed DVD's with extra features, skype hangouts, record breaking paraphernalia, red carpet screenings, live shows at your event or private function, an opportunity to appear in the series, personalized filmed stunts, advertising, naming rights and more!

There's potential for you to get involved on almost every level as a supporter, a business, or as a creative contributor!

Risks and challenges

Your money, as well as ours, is going directly into paying the crew, editors, and effects people to create and make the show. Our shooting schedule is an ambitious 30 shoot days over two months, and then another 6 months of production in post. Our hope is to have a fully developed DVD or download in your hands within a year of funding.

The challenge most people have with coming up with a TV series is actually writing it. We've already got the story break outs and are ready to finalize a shooting schedule as soon as the funding comes through.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.76

    Thanks! We know you don't have the cash but seriously, we appreciate the help. High five! You still get to watch on-set diaries and see leaked scenes over on our Youtube channel for free and watch the stupid fun as it unfolds.

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    Digital download of the series! 6, half hour format episodes. Upon completion of the season you will receive an email directing you to a mystery online location allowing you to download the full season to your device. Also you totally get a high five!

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $30

    The ultimate DVD. You get the stunt testing web series that started it all, you get the full 6 episode series PLUS fun DVD extras!
    Want it signed?
    No problem! Please include an extra $5 on your donation for a signature. Basically just to cover the time it's gonna take to sign a bunch of these!
    Comes with the high five and the download.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $57

    DVD.. and extras!
    You get the signed DVD containing the stunt testing web series that started it all, the full 6 episode series PLUS fun DVD extras!
    What else?
    You also get a signed poster and on top of that you get a prop used during a live show.
    A mousetrap?
    A nail?
    A smashed cookie sheet?
    A piece of cinder block?
    It's our choice but we'll definitely sign it for you!
    Comes with the high five and the download.

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    SKYPE! Yup, the Monsters will Skype with you for a half an hour. Want to do an interview? Podcast? Just a weirdo who wants to watch us get drunk for half an hour while we try to deal with the fact that someone would actually pay for us to do that? Well... you got it! Comes with the download, the signed DVD, a signed poster, a mention in the credits and the high five.

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    Red Carpet Screening in Guelph!
    That's right, you get to walk the red carpet and watch the live screening of the entire season. Q & A with the cast and writer/director. Photobooth, live show, and just all around party!
    But not only that, Clown will be there to BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs for you.
    Yeah.
    That's right.
    CLOWN WILL BBQ YOU A HOT DOG!
    And refreshments are on the house.
    Spend an evening with us, walk the red carpet, and enjoy our extensive refreshment selection!
    Includes the download, the signed DVD, signed poster, a mention in the credits and the high five.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    Red Carpet Screening in Niagara Falls!
    That's right, you get to walk the red carpet and watch the live screening of the entire season. Q & A with the cast and writer/director. Photobooth, live show, and just all around party!
    But not only that, Clown will be there to BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs for you.
    Yeah.
    That's right.
    CLOWN WILL BBQ YOU A HOT DOG!
    And refreshments are on the house.
    Spend an evening with us, walk the red carpet, and enjoy our extensive refreshment selection!
    Includes the download, the DVD, a mention in the credits and the high five.

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    Pledge CA$ 111 or more About $84

    Bundle!
    We know some of our fans don't have credit cards or kickstarter accounts, or maybe you're just looking for gifts for the whole family (I like your style)!
    Either way if you want to get a few DVD's delivered to the same home we're happy to cut you a deal!
    Order 3 and we'll knock off 9 bucks (would have been ten bucks but we've got a bit of the OCD)!
    You get three of the ultimate DVD packages. Likely there'll be some stickers tossed in to boot!
    Comes with the 3 high fives and downloads.

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    Record breaking paraphernalia!
    With this package you get to own a piece of history. Alongside the download, the high five, a mention in the credits, the signed DVD and poster, you get to own a mousetrap and a nail, both of which were used by the Monsters in ACTUAL Guinness World Records breaks.
    We'll even sign and number those for you!
    These are legitimate pieces of record breaking history!
    And if you're in the Guelph or Niagara Falls area or can make the trip, you're cordially invited to the red carpet screening!

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    Personalized stunt!
    We'll film, produce, and send you an HD quality stunt of your choice and even give you a personalized shout out.
    Birthday gift?
    Divorce inducer?
    Whatever you're looking for we'll try to help your situation out!
    We'll work with you to give you the stupid video you crave.
    Comes with the high five, download, a mention in the credits and signed DVD.

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    Advertise your product!
    We will wear your brand during a Guinness World Record Attempt.
    Yup, that's right, you'll actually be able to associate your product, business, or your stupid-faced name with us while we break another Guinness World Record. Comes with the high five, download, a mention in the credits and 5 signed DVDs.

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    You're an actor NOW!
    You get to be IN the series!
    We will write a custom character for you and crowbar it into our incredibly well written series.
    You'll get a special thank you, your name in the credits, and you'll get to enjoy our bounteous craft services (you better like pizza)!
    You'll be responsible for covering your own travel costs.
    Comes with the high five, download, 5 signed DVD's you can use as xmas gifts for your unimpressed relatives and yeah, that's right, memories.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About $1,138

    Clown will do your (child's) birthday party. Fun... loveable... possibly drunk Clown will come to your (kid's) party, attempt to make balloon animals, likely yell at people, and in general not really be excited much about the whole thing!
    You'll be required to feed it, house it, and supply it with a litre of vodka and tonic.
    Seriously.
    Limited to Canada.
    American flights can be negotiated.
    European flights preferred.
    Comes with the high five, download, a very special mention in the credits and 5 signed DVD.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,276

    The live show.
    Yup, that's right, you get the whole shebang. The big one! The show deemed too extreme for Chinese television and Slice TV's "Party Mommas".
    An actual Monsters of Schlock LIVE show.
    90 minutes in duration, our crazy hilarious stunt show can play in your back yard or at your venue. We need a sound system and a stage but that's it.
    Sell tickets or just have us play your party!
    We'll work with you to make a show date work for all of us, but you just bought the single greatest 90 minutes of your goddamn existence!
    We'll need somewhere to sleep.
    Comes with multiple high fives, multiple downloads, a very special mention in the credits and 20 signed DVDs.

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $3,793

    The show on your terms!
    We fly to you on the day you want.
    You sell tickets or we stand in your living room.
    You get the whole show at your disposal.
    Comes with multiple high fives, a very special mention in the credits, downloads and 50 signed DVDs.

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $3,793

    Advertising!
    Your product will be worked into the show. Not only that we will cut an endorsement/commercial of your product or service, and you will get a mention in the credits of every episode.
    Comes with the high five, download and 50 signed DVDs.
    *We reserve the right to not accept your donation depending on the nature of your product.

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $6,068

    Naming rights.
    Your product/service will be featured in the show, we'll cut you a commercial for each episode, you get a credits shout out, and you get the naming rights for the series.
    Comes with the high five, download, 100 DVDs, and we'll give you a show to boot!
    *We reserve the right to not accept your donation depending on the nature of your product.

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