Going broke sucks. It can happen to anyone, anytime. Right after I turned 30 it happened to me. I went from living rent and worry free to month-to-month rentals in a suspicious apartment complex that I could barely afford. I had to learn the hard way how to take care of myself. And I worried about dumb shit. Like would my friends who weren't broke even want to be seen with me in public?
I could have asked for help, but somehow my stubborn pride would not allow it. I was hell-bent on proving that I could make it on my own. Now I've taken that experience: The good, the bad, and the embarrassing, and turned it into a 7 part comedic web series called Broke A$$ Rich Kid.
Broke A$$ Rich Kid is the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" for our generation. After unexpectedly getting thrown out of his mother's house in Beverly Hills (and losing his trust-fund), Sid Frisbee moves in with Angel, a broke skateboarder who teaches him how to survive in the real world.
Over the course of the series, Angel teaches Sid how to cook rice, bartend, and fend for himself. As they learn to trust each other, these two outsiders become friends. Then, just as Sid starts to get the hang of it - he is offered the chance to return to his former life in Beverly Hills. His decision may surprise you.
Diversity is a word getting thrown around a lot these days, and for good reason. Broke A$$ Rich Kid embraces diversity all the way - in its story. That's an important distinction. Many of the shows on TV today are cast with diverse actors to play the roles, but if you read the scripts or just pay attention when you're watching, it's easy to see that network executives wanted to cast actors of color to check off a box. Diverse casting is not the same as diverse storytelling, and having a screenplay that genuinely addresses issues of diversity without being cliche is something to be proud of. As Robert Redford recently said at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, "Diversity is something that moves the ball. As change happens, filmmakers roll with it, and their films reflect the roles we play and the society we're in."
We produced the pilot on a shoestring budget, pulling favors from talented professionals who worked for cut-rates that wouldn't even cover Sid and Angel's rent. For the remaining episodes, I want to enhance the quality of the show, AND compensate our cast and crew for their hard work!
This isn't my first rodeo. I graduated from the American Film Institute, and have been making films ever since, even working for one Academy Award winner. The character of Sid first appeared in a one-man theatre show I created and performed in Los Angeles to rave reviews.
Co-Star Angel Cardenas is not your typical actor either. I was shocked by his confidence as soon as I met him. He's raw talent, afro, and outcast all rolled into one.
Filmmakers have to consider cost every step of the way when making their scripts come to life. But the beauty of making a web series is that there are all sorts of ways you can save money. By some estimates, one page of a television show can cost 30K to produce. For Broke A$$ Rich Kid, we're looking for 20K to fully produce the remaining 35 PAGES of our first season. That's 7 total episodes!
The 20K will feed everyone for 6 full days of shooting, buy camera equipment, lights, and compensate the production designer, costume designer, director of photography, make-up artist, and 1st AD! as well all the other hardworking people on set. Including the ACTORS.
YES! Stretch Goals like that will enable us to make Broke A$$ Rich Kid even more awesome. Every dollar we get over 20K will be funneled into our post-production budget. If we reach 25K, we'll have what we need to successfully complete post-production. I'll be able to bring in a top notch Editor and Sound Designer. I'll be able to hire a composer to create original music for the series, and I'll be able to license songs for the soundtrack. For 25K, all 7 episodes will be fully completed and ready for release.
No Kickstarter campaign is complete without perks. Some of the perks we're featuring include a skateboard signed by Co-Star Angel Cardenas, videos of Sid Frisbee reimbursing mankind for growing up as a spoiled brat, and a Limited Edition poster of Sid Frisbee created by the one-and-only Llana Kila!
"Broke A$$ Rich Kid" is a story for everyone. And it's a story that we hope adds to the conversation about class and privilege in our society. We want people who watch it to communicate. To start conversations, to get angry even, but most of all to laugh their asses off.
So have a look at our pilot video if you haven't already. Tweet/Instagram/Facebook/Blog/Vine and help spread the word any way you can. If you do, together we'll help make this world a little more livable, and hopefully a LOT more fun.
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Allen E. Landver
CAST: Allen Landver, Ellen Gerstein, Eugene Alper, Angel Cardenas, Allen Waiserman, Kelly Frazier, Bogdan Yasinski
PRODUCERS: Jessa Zarubica, Jewel Greenberg, Rich Rosen
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Elisha Christian
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Candace Cohu
EDITOR: Vince Oresman
Risks and challenges
Our project is a work in progress, so the usual risks of filmmaking apply. A location could be eliminated due to a last minute scheduling conflict, a piece of furniture that doesn't belong to us could be broken, or worse, a camera lens. We have insurance to cover it. Also, we have a strong team assembled ready to take on any issues as they arise. After we wrap production, we may encounter challenges in the post-production phase that we did not anticipate. We are taking all the steps possible to make sure that by the time the project is ready to be released in the fall of 2016, an audience is there to welcome it. We will not stop until this material finds its way into the world. Our core team understands all the risks inherent in this project and is preparing for them every day.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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