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Freshly mortal, a scone loving medieval warrior named Cade makes a new life for herself in the 21st century. It isn't going well.
Freshly mortal, a scone loving medieval warrior named Cade makes a new life for herself in the 21st century. It isn't going well.
Freshly mortal, a scone loving medieval warrior named Cade makes a new life for herself in the 21st century. It isn't going well.
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After Forever: A Fantastical Webseries

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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!

Origin Story

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. 

After Forever's Season One Premier
After Forever's Season One Premier

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!

Battle Plan

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.

www.afterforeverwebseries.com

PERKS!

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.

Stretch Goals:

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.

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    HUZZAH'S IN THE HIZZOUSE
    You'll get warm fuzzy feelings and a Huzzah on our social media pages in your honor!

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    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT
    You'll get access to our behind the scenes video content/bloopers/production secrets + a Huzzah on social media!

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    SOUNDTRACK
    You'll get all the above + digital downloads of After Forever's original music, as well as the first full album by collaborating artists "Breaking The Spell," who debuted their music in our first season, performed the opening song in our Kickstarter video, and will be heavily featured in Season 2!

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    AUTOGRAPHED MOVIE POSTER
    You'll get all the above + an After Forever movie poster signed by our loving cast and crew! (Nerdy jokes written upon request.)

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    BACKER T-SHIRT
    Get all the above + an official After Forever Backer t-shirt! Made with organic, fair trade cotton, these shirts not only support the After Forever Webseries, they support ethical farming and Earth friendliness. Wear it with pride!

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    ***Stand Alone Perk***
    CADE PLUSHIE DOLL
    A miniature, handcrafted version of the People's Guardian, made lovingly by local Bellingham artisan CMWyvern Creations!

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    CREATURE FIGURINE
    A handcrafted monster figurine
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    WEB Q&A WITH THE DIRECTOR
    You get all the above + an invitation to an online video Q&A session with our writer, director and lead actress, Natalie Fedak. Since 6 is her favorite number, she'll field Backer's questions about everything from After Forever to writing to scones to the existence of extra terrestrial life.

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    SCONES!
    You get all the above + A box of blueberry scones from Lady Sconeheart's Bakery, lovingly baked by a certain medieval warrior and her friends.

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    WATER BOTTLE
    You get all the above + An official After Forever water bottle like the ones our crew will have on set. Stay hydrated while showing off your love for After Forever and sustainability!

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    THE SCRIPT
    You get all the above + a PFD copy of the Season 2 script once the season premiers! See the magic on paper after seeing the magic on screen. PLUS, you'll get your name in the credits as a Super Backer.

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    ***Stand Alone Perk***
    CADE's CHILDHOOD QUIVER
    A black leather hip quiver complete with adjustable fastener. Great for quick reloads, and easy to take off for scone-making. Comes with 6 hand made wooden field arrows for instant shooting fulfillment.

    ***Arrows and Quiver will be shipped separately for safety

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    VIP PACKAGE
    Get all the above + VIP access for two to the live screening of After Forever in Bellingham, Washington. Dine with the After Forever team before the show and sit beside them at the live premier!

    If you're from outside Washington and can't make the premier, we will send you a personal wax-sealed thank you letter with your honorary tickets inside!

    ***Our Teleporter is on the fritz (again), so unfortunately Transportation is Not Included

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    SET TOUR
    Get all the above+ an invitation to our set! Meet the crew, hang out for a few shots, and see how the magic comes to life! We may just even let you hold the clapper.

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    CADE'S CHILDHOOD BOW
    A twenty-five pound draw weight Toth-made Hungarian Horse bow, perfect for beginner-level medieval warriors who dream of slaying dragons.

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    BE IN THE MOVIE!

    Get all the above+ come be an extra in the series! No acting experience required, just come on out for a shoot and add your beautiful face to our eclectic mish-mash of characters. As an newly famous actor, you will of course appear in our acting credits.

    ***Our magic carpet is having an identity crisis and wants to be a tapestry so unfortunately Transportation is Not Provided.

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    TEA & SCONES
    Get all the above + a cordial invitation for tea time with the After Forever team. You can dress as proper or as laid back as you like, but be prepared for cups and saucers. We take our tea time seriously. (Tea and scones will be provided.)

    ***We blew out the flux capacitor on our hover car, so unfortunately Transportation is Not Provided.

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    WRAP PARTY
    Get all the above + Join us on set at Lady Scone Heart's Bakery for our crew wrap party. We will serve a hearty feast, provide numerous beverages, and have the best darn wrap party of the modern age.

    ***We are still waiting for our letters from Hogwarts to arrive so we can learn the apparition spell, but until that happens, Transportation is Not Provided.

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    DRAGON SLAYER
    In honor of your noble deed, you will receive all the perks listed above, plus you will be listed as an official Executive Producer on IMDB, as well as in our credits. We will have a special Dragon Slayer name tag for you at our premier, a signed photograph of you with the cast & crew, and a handwritten thank you note!

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    THE SUN GOD
    The only thing more powerful than a Dragon Slayer is the Sun itself! A donation of $1800 dollars will provide our team with an additional Goal Zero Solar Power Generator, and allow us to power more lights and gear with renewable energy. In recognition of your radiance, you will receive Sun-Level Karma, special recognition in our credits, and a short video dedicated to you.

    (You will, of course receive all the other perks listed above.)

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