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BIRD CALL is a TV series about a flock of diverse birds who run the radio station W.I.N.G. in the backyard of a clueless human family.

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We need to film our Pilot Episode to move forward with our project! And need YOUR help!

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In 2002, I (Calvin Lester) created the series "Bird Call". What began as just a few doodles of colorful wacky birds has slowly evolved into a 10 year in the making project. "Bird Call" was never on my radar of becoming anything special. But, here we are in 2012 starting "Bird Call"'s own Kickstarter account! It has been a long journey getting to this point; but still, it's only the beginning.

"Bird Call"
"Bird Call"

BIRD CALL is Copyright © 2012 Calvin Lester/CML 5th Avenue Studios

Over the course of time, this project has lead me into exciting adventures, meeting wonderful and talented people, learning new skills, and best of all - making people smile. The goal of this show is to bring a fresh new type of entertainment offering that can be viewed and appreciated by all ages.

Through the years, the birds of "Bird Call" have performed shows in front of live audiences with VERY positive reviews. Some shows were for charity events and others in social settings as entertainment. But now we want to share "Bird Call" with everyone and bring it to the screen! This is where YOU come in...

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP!

In order to make this project a success we need to film a Pilot Episode (The first episode) to showcase to interested buyers and investors. The process of making this involves a good chunk of dough. With the show being done in the live-action format AND with puppet characters, there is a big need for money to complete it. A lot of the funding for "Bird Call" has come out of our own pockets. We're very dedicated to the project, but can't afford to go broke doing it. The money we are hoping to raise through Kickstarter will go to:

PUPPETS - Making the birds look as designed and work properly for filming.
SETS - The sets for the radio station needs to be built to enhance the storytelling of the show.
CAST & CREW - We need to be sure that those apart of this project get paid! Their hard work has paid off.
FILMING LOCATION - The show will be filmed in a studio and we need to be able to rent out the space for our production.

A lot of work goes into making a shot work well with these characters!
A lot of work goes into making a shot work well with these characters!
The Cast (Billy Horne, Calvin Lester, Jason Rush, Rachel Biehler, Tyler Bunch, Sean McMurray, and Nick Peugh)
The Cast (Billy Horne, Calvin Lester, Jason Rush, Rachel Biehler, Tyler Bunch, Sean McMurray, and Nick Peugh)

About "Bird Call"

"Bird Call" is a weekly half-hour series that consists of a diverse flock of birds (an owl, dodo, canary, chicken, crowned pigeon, etc.) who run a radio station in the backyard of the human family The Zutman's. The show is set in Stanford, Connecticut in the suburbs on Jaybird Street. The birds keep their distance from the humans for it's against the Bird Union Code to speak to them; with the exception of parrots and parakeets. They haven't been part of the union since the "Pirate Parrot Parakeet Massacre" in 1776. The Bird Union's motto: "We are birds of a feather and we must flock together!"

"Bird Call" Cast
"Bird Call" Cast

The radio station is an old radio that sits at the pinnacle of a wooden mast followed by various decorated bird houses attached. The birds refer to it as "The Nestling Mast" and have inhabited it over the years. Inside of this particular fixture is the central nervous system of the bird modified radio station 101.8 W.I.N.G. It’s where the birds work and broadcast music, news, and various bird calls to other bird listeners. The humans have no knowledge of the bird’s technological advancements and are constantly baffled at the array of sounds that come from the bird houses.

101.8 W.I.N.G.
101.8 W.I.N.G.

Wally Zutman is an avid bird watcher and often catches out of the ordinary activities from the birds. He becomes more suspicious and attempts to show his wife Harriet the birds odd behaviors. Unfortunately she is always too late and believes Wally spends too much time bird watching. The Zutman's pet cat Henry stakes out to pounce the birds for a meal. But they always seem to outsmart him.

The message the series conveys is working together and (no pun intended) being birds of a feather. The vast array of birds give examples in diversity and holding on to friendships in your darkest hours. This flock of birdlings hatched from the mind of Calvin Lester will bring warmth and laughter to all ages.

Luckl and Speck
Luckl and Speck

The Characters of "Bird Call"

Luckl-Duckl Bird
Luckl-Duckl Bird

Luckl-Duckl Bird is a brave, ambitious, and spontaneous dreamer. He is the reluctant leader of his fellow cast members at the popular radio station 101.8 W.I.N.G. Luckl's species is unclear; 65% DoDo, 22% Roadrunner, 11% Duck, and 2% "Other". To avid bird-watchers (humans) Luckl is referred to as the rare and nearly extinct "Dodaramius".

Luckl is a radio personality for commercials and sponsor spots. He is assisted by his friend and side-kick Speck, a small yellow pyro-maniac canary. Luckl's closest friends and confidants are Kesmoe Peapod and his aunt Francise Birdling, who both work at W.I.N.G. Fowl Owl is the constant foil for Luckl. The two rarely see eye to eye. What sets Luckl apart is his willingness to step up to the challenge and help his fellow feathered friends.

Fowl Owl
Fowl Owl

Fowl Owl is the wise, old, cynical, and egotistical owl who considers himself sophisticated and intelligent. He enjoys singing opera and classic tunes by his muse Moltzart. Fowl Owl is only his nickname. His surname is Luther Von-Tawny Burrows III. 

His job at the station is hosting his discussion panel "Fowl Mouth" where he discusses political views, cultures, and other worldly subjects. Fowl Owl feels Luckl's youth and spunk may slowly start to push him out of the public eye. He fights back by finding ways to thwart and embarrass Luckl. Overall he's not a villain, just a lonely disgruntled talent that has found himself in a rut.

Speck
Speck

Speck is a "speck-sized" yellow canary. He is a diagnosed pyromaniac and loves playing pranks and getting into mischief. Speck has a very high pitched squeaky voice making it difficult for the others to understand. Luckl refers to Speck's language as "speaking Canary", in which Luckl is fluent.

Mr. Chicker
Mr. Chicker

Mr. Sampy Chicker is the new station manager and is well known in the bird entertainment world for producing such stars as Ki-Ki Kookaburra and The PeaCox. He is indeed a male chicken who stutters B words. He is a product of genetic experimentation that has gone awry while on the farm. Mr. Chicker's goal is to find the next best thing and prove himself to his new reluctant staff at W.I.N.G.

Kesmoe Peapod
Kesmoe Peapod

Kesmoe Peapod is the overly chilled afternoon DJ at the station. Judging my his size, he's had his fair share of bird seed. His love of Catnip often gets in the way of his daily routine. Even though Kesmoe isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, he is always very loyal to his friends, especially his best friend Luckl.

Francise Birdling
Francise Birdling

Francise Birdling is the resident radio psychiatrist for "Squawk to Me" and Programming Director of W.I.N.G. She's well-rounded, head strong, but is secretly overly insecure about herself. Francise is a Crowned-Pigeon and is aunt to Luckl-Duckl Bird and mentor to Kesmoe Peapod.

Koo Foo
Koo Foo

Koo Foo is the news and weather bird at W.I.N.G hosting "Birds the Word" and "The Morning Worm". Koo Foo is only his radio name. His real name is Stanley Otis Crane. He's a five-time Poultry Award Winner for his work on the air. The wacky frizzy plumage on his head is from the many strikes of lightning he's taken over the years. Koo Foo doesn't like to embrace change and often points out obvious flaws. He's an absolute realist among the flock and leads a dull life.

Grizzle Ingrid and Pinky the Worm
Grizzle Ingrid and Pinky the Worm

Grizzle Ingrid is the station manager of the ever failing 89.4 K.L.A.W. She is bent on revenge towards humans due to her unfortunate past as a pet. Her goal is to take over W.I.N.G. someday. Grizzle uses the help of her smarmy assistant Pinky the Worm. Pinky works for Grizzle so he may avoid becoming a bird's meal.

Buzzard Beak
Buzzard Beak

Buzzard Beak plays henchman to Grizzle. He is the founder of "Buzzard Beak's Roadkill Parlor and Undertaker Service". He does work for the villains, but is often perceived as harmless by Luckl. Buzzard enjoys scouting for roadkill and feels his job is to help keep the streets clean. Surprisingly, he's a perfectionist.

Henry the Cat
Henry the Cat

Henry the Cat is the house pet to The Zutman family. The birds refer to him as "Henry the 8th" for he is on his 8th life. The name given to him by the Zutman's is unknown. Henry was rescued as a kitten from the pound by Harriet. It's assumed since then he has lost his other lives while living with the Zutman's. He is slow and dim witted but often befriends the "birdies" as he calls them, unless he's hungry.

The cast during "Bird Call LIVE" rehearsals
The cast during "Bird Call LIVE" rehearsals

LISTEN TO SONG SAMPLES FROM "BIRD CALL"!

"Bird Call" Audio Cast Credits: Calvin Lester, Tyler Bunch, Rachael Biehler, Jason Rush, Cameron Matthews, Jason Stanley, Nick Peugh, Hannah Berry, Sean McMurray, Diana Rinaldi, and Billy Horne

If you want to pledge to BIRD CALL, here's how you can help:

  • Go to the green box on the top right, click on the "Back This Project" box, enter your pledge and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon.com checkout process, and then you're done! It's that simple.
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If this project is successfully funded, your card will be charged the amount you pledged when the project reaches its deadline (October 13th). If the project does not reach its goal, your card will not be charged.

Jason Rush and Mr. Magpie filming in Oregon
Jason Rush and Mr. Magpie filming in Oregon
Calvin Lester and Luckl filming in Oregon!
Calvin Lester and Luckl filming in Oregon!

Below are a few featured videos from Bird Call's youtube channel! Take a look!
For more videos visit www.youtube.com/birdcallradio! 

"Bird Call" presents: Luckl in The Blaire Finch Project

"Bird Call" Celebrates World Puppetry Day


Luckl is tricked into celebrating "World Puppetry Day".

Mr. Magpie's PSA - "Birds and the Bees"

Bird Call shorts - "Car Calls"

Luckl's evening is interrupted by an annoying human and his car.

Once again... THANK YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to look at our "Bird Call" Kickstarter page. There is so MUCH more to come and we can't wait to share it all with you! Please make your pledge and c'mon, look at those awesome rewards! Pease pass the word along... Bird is the word... Well, "BIRD CALL" is the word. Send the KICKSTARTER link to your friends, family, co-workers, ANYONE! Any amount pldeged will be a big help to the team and we are very appreciative! We'll keep everyone updated on our progress!

BIRD CALL is Copyright © 2012 Calvin Lester/CML 5th Avenue Studios

101.8 W.I.N.G.
101.8 W.I.N.G.

"Bird Call" Photos and Artwork

"Perched Birds" by Ashley Taylor
"Perched Birds" by Ashley Taylor
Love Birds, Luckl and Ki-Ki by Calvin Lester
Love Birds, Luckl and Ki-Ki by Calvin Lester
The Mad-Mad Tea Party by Calvin Lester
The Mad-Mad Tea Party by Calvin Lester
Luckl and Fowl Owl - by Chris Heady
Luckl and Fowl Owl - by Chris Heady
101.8 W.I.N.G. Interior - by Chris Faulkenberry
101.8 W.I.N.G. Interior - by Chris Faulkenberry
Cast recording "One Day War" - photo taken by Tommy Schwanfelder
Cast recording "One Day War" - photo taken by Tommy Schwanfelder
Calvin Lester and Jason Rush are making their "WINSTON" faces! >.<
Calvin Lester and Jason Rush are making their "WINSTON" faces! >.<
Luckl-Duckl Bird
Luckl-Duckl Bird
Luckl KICK STARTS Speck into action!
Luckl KICK STARTS Speck into action!

BIRD CALL is Copyright © 2012 Calvin Lester/CML 5th Avenue Studios

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