About this project
Excellent question! Monster Girls is a new show being produced by a Working Theater
and it's set to be shot this March. We have the first few episodes written, an incredibly talented cast and crew excited to weave it all together, and a community of artists ready to support us. But we don't have the cash money to create the pilot episode for this story at the production standards it needs to be fully awesome-ized. So we need your help!
Fine, but why should I want to be a part of making this show happen?
If you're a fan of dark comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and/or stories that feature fully-realized female characters, then this is the show you've been waiting for!
Humans have always had a penchant for the supernatural and the unknown; for stories of mythical creatures and transformation; hidden identities and danger. In fact there's a never-ending slew of all kinds of shows and movies about vampires, werewolves, demons, aliens, zombies, etc. and many involve female characters. But the vast trend with these series is to show these semi-humans as incredibly attractive, confident, promiscuous creatures with no normal human problems or vulnerabilities. Their lives are full of excitement and danger; any problem can be cured with a bite to the neck or the exposure of some panties. The portrayal of these “monsters”, which at the end of the day are just people with some extremely dark circumstances, is decidedly inhuman. And the world they live in; a fake one with antiquated circumstances and ideals. So Matt (the writer) thought to himself, “What would it really be like for a girl to have a darker side to deal with on top of everything else it is to be a young woman in modern America? And what would it be like if a show focused on their humanity, with their monstrous characteristics as obstacles to their human needs and desires?” The result is something sad and funny and weird; in essence, something decidedly human. And we can't wait to make it real!
So who are our heroines?
HAZEL: imp/crust punk
One of the lesser demons, known for causing mischief. Small, dirty, hairy, with two little horns, vicious little teeth, and an inescapable love of violence and mayhem. Wholly wild, fond of pranks and misleading people. Hazel is able to assume the body of a young girl who’s only impish traits are two tiny horns that are naturally hidden by her hair, though her demon features come out when overly excited or emotional. Once a great mischief maker, Hazel has since become disillusioned with the process and is way behind on her quota of negatives, chugging alcohol to get through the day.
Leah is able to retain her consciousness within a body that is constantly trying to achieve a state of further decay. No homicidal maniac, she must still feed on a regular basis in order to ensure her continued survival; either on humans, or more often, cats from the shelter she works at. If she doesn’t, she’ll quickly devolve both mentally and physically, resulting in a spiraling descent into full-blow zombie rage. She uses heavy makeup and a trusty sewing needle to hide her decrepit state from the world. Leah longs for the day when she can play board games over $7 PBR’s in a bar with crappy live music without being afraid she’ll lose control like the rest of Generation Y. But she’d settle for a couple friends and a little information about how she became this way in the first place.
HALF-OFF: alien/neurotic know-it-all
Her species, the x’anthur’molta, has evolved through the centuries, becoming ageless, genderless, and generally ignorant of carnal pursuits; preferring to study the mysteries of the universe over mushing sex organs together. Scientists and explorers, their 100 year study of Earth and its inhabitants is almost at an end. The offspring of a x’anthur’molta elder and a human, Half-Off is eager to complete her first mission and prove to everyone back home she can cut it. Excited and nervous to begin, her mission is to research the depths of human love, a subject the x'anthur'molta no longer have any context for understanding.
Aaaahhh, yes. "working title" is an "industry" term to describe a temporary tv show or film title used during its creation. It also allows people to make some pretty nifty "air quotes"!
We wanted to give our backers a chance to really become a part of the creation of this show by giving them a chance to decide on the name of the series. So if you send $25 or more, you'll get to vote on the final show title. $1000 or more and you'll have the opportunity to talk to the team about a possible title idea during the voting process!
Who's in it?
Wanna know more about our leading ladies? Check out our weekly updates! We'll be releasing more information about them, other actors and characters, interviews, sneak peaks, and other sweet sweet nuggets of information to get y'all jazzed up!
Who's working behind the scenes?
Matt Soson - Writer/Director
Matt is a writer, a director, a producer, an actor, and the Artistic Director of a Working Theater. Originally from the east coast, he now lives in Los Angeles after graduating from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Though interested in exploring all places, times, thoughts, and peoples over the course of his life/career, Matt finds himself drawn to create and work within pieces that involve dark comedy, magical realism, and DANGER.
Marika Stephens - Production Designer
Marika Stephens studied set design at UCLA where she designed numerous theater productions as well as student films. Since then, she has worked in the Art Department on several network television series including The Event and Awake on NBC, HBO's The News Room, and most recently a new show called Gang Related which premieres on Fox May 20th.
Yusuke Sato - Director of Photography
Yusuke's creative journey began with an obsession with shaping clay which got him into the art program at UCLA - a multidisciplinary environment where he discovered artists like Edward Hopper, William Eggleston, and Jeff Wall who influenced his eye towards a cinematic image and sensibility with composition, light, and color. Photography as a form of documenting everyday life, minimalist design and the aesthetic of wabi sabi have since influenced Yusuke's work in cinematography. Today, he continues to find inspiration through living and working in new places, collaborating with talented artists, and embracing new avenues of expression.
Check out our updates for more info on the rest of the crew!
What is "a Working Theater"?
"People who know exactly what they're doing...quintessentially theatrical while being cinematic in the same moment." - LA Weekly
"A dynamic company" - Stage and Cinema
aWT is a theatre, film, and arts event production company based out of Los Angeles, CA. We focus on developing new stories, talent, and ideas for the stage and screen. In general we tend towards dark comedies and elements of the surreal, but are open to anything that thrills or incites new brain sparks. Check out our website for more information.
What will the money be used for?
- Location Rentals
- Craft Services
- Prosthetic Makeup
- Set Design
- Sound Crew
- Camera Crew
- Costume Design and Crafting
- Camera Equipment
- Post Production Services
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge moving forward is gaining mass distribution. To be very clear, this is a show/film for mature audiences. It doesn't pull any punches with its characters, narrative, or the language it employs. Though not full of gratuitous nudity or profanity, we didn't want to be afraid to present a reality or a story to its fullest extent. It's a huge reason why we're using Kickstarter to fund this instead of going to a major studio. We'd rather be daring-- to make the viewer cringe as far into their seat one moment, and laugh the loudest they can the next. If mass distribution appears unattainable with these risks, we can always release it on our own, because The Internet.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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