About this project
Orphaned brothers Neil (11) and Arlo (7) have been sent to live with their estranged aunt Lavinia and uncle Doug, a middle-aged couple unprepared for their new roles as guardians. Misunderstanding becomes frustration, and frustration becomes violence.
One night the boys discover a box of dusty pirate comics in the attic and are inspired to invent a fantasy world where they can live as adventuring buccaneers; a world where their stuffed animals become seafaring cutthroats, where the tension between them, Doug and Lavinia manifests as lurking sea monsters – a world that strangely parallels their real lives in ways they may not realize.
But not all who escape are free.
We have been working on A Penny Dreadful in fits and starts over the past eight years, and it's time to finish this first stage of what will become a full-fledged series.
The audio has been recorded and mixed, and now we need an animatic (a semi-animated storyboard). We're not talking stick-figures. We're looking to get something that conveys the feel and atmosphere of the show.
$35,000 is a lot of money, but it's still a tight budget:
• $20,000 will go towards a professional animatic
• $5,000 will go towards original music or the score
• $5,000 administrative costs (kickstarter and Amazon fees, business overhead, etc.)
• $5,000 in rewards costs (product, taxes, shipping, etc)
Why so much for rewards? Just look at the quality swag we're practically throwing at you!
New reward: Sci-fi t-shirt!
... With more to come!
Spreading the word is going to be our biggest challenge, so don't just be a backer - be a producer! If you like A Penny Dreadful, let others know about it! Our supporters are what the show is all about, after all. Help us spread Dreadful Fever!
(A Penny Dreadful is not related to Showtime's recently announced project Penny Dreadful. We may be looking at a name change in the future. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.)
Risks and challenges
Once our funding goal has been met, our first challenges will be to find a composer to write and record the score, as well as an animation house capable of finishing the animatic before our December, 2013 deadline. We've been in touch with several composers and animation companies who've produced some rather stunning work. We're confident we can finish a good-looking final product in time.
After the show is in the can, we face a new set of challenges: the Hollywood shuffle. As a first-effort show whose producers' experience is mostly in theater, live comedy and a handful of internet cartoons, finding a media outlet that wants to further develop the project will be a challenge. But, using our contacts in the industry, a lot of work and the help of supporters like you, you'll soon be seeing A Penny Dreadful on cable or network TV, a streaming service like Amazon or Netflix, or independently produced online!
It won't be easy, but it will be an adventure we'll welcome.
Batten down the hatches! We're off the fight the kraken!
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