WE DID IT! ON TO THE STRETCH GOALS!
Slay the Budget. Donate Now.
Because we had such gosh darn fun making season one and our fans are demanding more, it's time to gear up for an even magical-er second season of After Forever!
Season two picks up right where we left off in season one: The dragon scale worked! After 600 years as the People's Guardian, Cade is mortal and finally free to fulfill her life long dream of opening Lady SconeHearts' Bakery. But in a world where modern technology and disposable culture have forced most wizards, dragons and other magical beings into hiding, it's up to Cade to bridge the gap between the simple, magical culture she once belonged to and the fast paced present in which she's found herself. Joining Cade are Tucker-- a devoted fan-boy, LOTR guru and graphic designer-- and his journalist sister Vivian. Together, they help Cade adjust to her 21st century retirement.
But when a handsome warlock from Cade's youth reappears and threatens to destroy modern society and return to the old, magical ways, Cade's bonds with Tucker, modern life, and bakery retirement are put to the test in our particular brand of fantastical realism.
If you haven't already, check out our first season!
The first season was produced purely for the joy of filmmaking by a team of full time students at Western Washington University on a budget of $300. (Most of which went to feeding the crew on set, since SetGrumps are the worst kind of Grumps.)
We were honored to be selected as an Editor's Pick on The Web Series Channel's website, (http://www.webserieschannel.com/forever/) and the first season premiered in front of over 100 people at Western Washington University at a live screening. Since then, After Forever has been included in the Middle Women Film Festival, and the Bellingham Film Festival's online database.
With all the joy that season one created, our freshly graduated writer, director and producer Natalie Fedak and her team of delusional film friends are eager to unite their learning with an actual budget and create their best screen adventure yet.
Money = Magic
Good fantasy films require a little movie magic, and movie magic requires a lot of money. With the warlocks, giants, and medieval bakeries we're introducing in season 2, we need funds to construct sets, stitch costumes and pay for special effects worthy of our earth-bending warlock, Pax. We weren't able to do a lot of world building in season one with such a small budget, and we are excited to explore what happens when the magic-medieval universe Cade comes from bumps up against modern culture.
Rest assured that we aren't going to write in fancy explosions and pod races just because we'll be able to afford them in the second installment, *cough* we're looking at you Lucas *cough,* but we want some flexibility in the amount of wonder we're able to put on your screen. We plan to DaVinci together as many on-set effects as possible, but some things, like re-growing chopped trees and hurling vicious pet rocks into magma will simply look better in CGI. (Our current alternative to CGI magma is to boil hot sauce in a glass dish on the stove. Please don't let us do that.)
But good filmmaking isn't just about good stories or good special effects, it's also about having good people on board to help make each other's dreams come true. This isn't a student project anymore, and we want to be able to give back to the talented crew that's working on season 2. We aren't going to earn living wages with this project, but every donation goes towards making sure our team members can live happy, healthy lives so they can bring their happy, healthy selves to set.
Other less exciting costs include upgrading some of our basic equipment so that what you hear and see sounds and looks better, and taking care of some little nitty gritty office costs that get overlooked and then bite us in the bum, ala printing costs, website fees, and endless dry erase markers.
Don't Be a Monster. Be a Backer.
Many producers like to give pie chart visuals of the budget break down, so we've decided to see that pie and raise it a scone.
This Budget reflects the bare minimum that we need to make Season 2. If you help us slay this Budget, a second season will rise from its ashes.
BUT, if you help us super-slay it, then we can make a super second season. Any money we raise beyond our goal will go straight back into the production, so the more we raise, the more detailed the sets, the nicer the costumes, the cooler the locations, AKA, the more magic you'll get to see on screen!
Season 2 will feature 9 episodes of about 10 minutes each. As of now, we plan to spend May through July in Pre-production (making costumes, props, rehearsing, scheduling locations etc...) and we plan to begin filming in August. Depending on team schedules and Bellingham's often rainy weather, we should be done by late September and into post production by October. (See RISKS SECTION Below for more details.)
Depending on our CGI budget, we will spend a couple months in post-production, and plan to premier the second season in late winter/early spring of 2016 on our YouTube channel and at public screenings around the Northwest.
Our Mountain of Why's
It's important to us that funders understand why we do what we do. Sure, on the surface, we make goofy movies and swing around swords, but our content and our production process come out of a very intimate place, and we want you to understand the gooey insides of this project.
Our writer, director, and producer Natalie wrote After Forever for many reasons, but a chief motivation was to see audiences react to a woman written as a conventionally male archetype (ie, warrior, guardian). BOOM: Cade. Similarly, Natalie wondered how people would accept a more emotional, supportive male character, since the gender stereotypes in Hollywood are equally pervasive for men. Enter: Tucker.
Her mission wasn't to swap the archetypes just for giggles, it was to subvert the way we label certain traits as male or female, and show that every trait is simply "human." Based off people's reactions to season one, audience humans liked it when movie humans felt human. Huh.
With season 2, Natalie's excited to show how dynamic characters can be when they aren't shoved into a box, and unless you're a vampire and enjoy dwelling in boxes, we hope you're excited too.
Our last little dose of inner-gooey comes in the form of Earth friendliness. Our team has been offered a special deal on a solar powered generator from the sustainability engineers at Goal Zero, and regardless how the Kickstarter turns out, our team will be purchasing the equipment to make our future films with renewable energy. A solar power generator isn't the answer to all our prayers, but it's a start, as is composting and recycling on set, using recycled construction materials, drinking from re-usable water bottles and carpooling everywhere possible.
We need a planet to make movies on, and for now, Earth is the one we have and the one we should take care of.
You can read more about our Team and their inner gooies on our website under the ABOUT US page.
A Sneak Peek at our Stand Alone Perks:
$50 pledge: A hand crafted Mini Cade Plush Doll
$50 Pledge: Miniature Creature Figurine
$300 Pledge: A hand made youth Toth Bow.
If we reach $7000, we can afford to fly in The Sorceress from season one!
If we reach $8000, we will make miniature models for some of the epic battle scenes at the end, where we need to destroy a whole bunch of buildings. BOOM.
If we reach $10,000, we will include a flashback scene of a little Cade and her warlock friend Pax growing up together.
If we reach $15,000, we will film Cade giving a scone-baking lesson at Lady Scone Heart's bakery. Think Ina Garten meets Game of Thrones.
If we reach $20,000, we will release Cade's unaired episode from the canned reality TV show Hero to Zero: The People's Guardian.
Risks and challenges
Season One is proof that we do what we say. If we meet our goal, Season Two will be made.
Therefore, the greatest risk we face is adjusting to whatever budget we raise. If we raise just a teensy bit more than our goal, then our production won't change too much. But if we raise, say $50,000, then the possibilities for what we can create will expand exponentially, and we'll need time to readjust and implement our new potential (a daunting challenge we are more than willing to take on.)
The other risk lurking in the dark is staying on schedule. While this has never been a problem for us before, we believe in quality over quantity, so if trolls steal our footage or the rain gods decide to pee on us during an outdoor shoot, we will extend our schedule to make sure we deliver our best movie when it's ready, not a crappy one on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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