A CANDID INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATORS OF REDWOOD
WHAT ARE WE DOING ON KICKSTARTER?
Hi wonderful people! We are using this beautiful tool of Kickstarter to raise funds to make the first season of Redwood. Redwood is a fun, raw, sexy, relatable, dramatic vampire-genre web series. The first season will consist of six 10-15 minute episodes. We are, in essence, making half a feature film. We have an excellent team assembled (check out photos and cast interview videos below). Now we need your help. Ever dollar counts! Don't have a dollar? Share us on Facebook and Twitter. Don't have a Facebook or Twitter? Mention us to the cashier at the grocery store. She might think you're a little weird but we will appreciate it SO much! Thank you all.
Skylar Jones is dying from an allergic reaction to the vampire blood in her veins. The blood was given to her by her brother, Sonny (who is a vampire hunter), in an attempt to cure Skylar of the leukemia that was killing her. The blood cured the leukemia, but then it took over the job of killing Skylar. And now she must endure a long, painful demise as the blood slowly puts her to death. There is one potential cure for her ailment: fresh vampire blood from a different bloodline. Skylar begs her brother to get her the blood. But he refuses. It’s too risky. There is no way to know what bloodline she already has in her, and if he gets her the same one, the double dose would kill her instantly. He won’t risk it. Skylar’s relationship with her brother is strained at best, and nightly arguments (some bordering on violent) are a common occurrence. Sonny desperately wants to save his sister’s life, but he is running out of ideas and time. Skylar blatantly blames him for her predicament, which only worsens the relationship. To say things are tense is putting it lightly.
Enter Ana, a centuries old vampire who seems to be in a relationship with Sonny, yet her motives are a little sketchy. She has a dangerous quality that always simmers just beneath the surface. Ana has lived many, many years, and at this point she rides every moment with completely self-serving motives. She left ethics and morality behind when they stopped serving a purpose, and now the world is her oyster and she needs entertainment. At least that is what she wants people to believe. But beneath the façade, all she wants is to feel the way she felt 100 years ago, before she became just a little too old for this earth. She is exhausted. And bored. And being driven more than a little crazy.
Caught up in the middle of all of this is Max, a young and secretive vampire. On the surface, he is charming, quick-witted, and a bit impulsive. Beneath the surface, he is weighted down by secrets and a dark past that haunts him. Unlike Ana, Max has morals. So he starves himself, refusing to drink any blood, human or animal. This weakens him, and between the starvation and the pressures of his current circumstances, he is cracking. Often he teeters on the edge of emotional sanity and it's all he can do to appear in control.
But he offers to help Skylar. And she accepts. If Sonny found out, he would kill Max, so they are forced to meet in secret. But in Redwood, secrets are hard to keep…
At its core, Redwood is a story about four people, two living, two dead, who are desperately trying to hang onto their lives, their sanity, and their sense of identity. There are no heroes, no villains, just people in various stages of brokenness.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Alisha was born and raised in Jackson, Missouri. Her parents were both teachers with college educations and a strong set of midwestern morals. Her mom home schooled Alisha until she graduated at the age of 16, at which time Alisha got a job, worked for a year, and then started college. Two years later, she packed up the car and drove to Los Angeles.
Upon arriving in LA, she immediately enrolled at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio (known for being the learning grounds of Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, Brad Pitt, and many other notable actors.) The school would become her home away from home. In her first few years in Los Angeles, she auditioned like crazy and snagged roles in a few short films and independent projects, but perhaps her biggest learning experience was working as a regular background actor on the first season of Glee. Back then everyone (including the cast and crew) thought the network would ax the show after the first few episodes. Everybody on set was focused and down to earth, and Alisha learned a lot from watching them work. And needless to say, the show did quite well for itself. In 2010, Alisha decided to start being more proactive, so she wrote, produced and acted in three short films. The experience inspired her to continue writing and now, after two and a half years of writing, rewriting, editing, and re-editing the scripts, Redwood is finally ready to see the light of day. No pun intended.
In addition to acting, writing, and producing, Alisha is an established Los Angeles photographer. You can view some of her work here: www.alishapeatsphotography.com
MEET THE TEAM
MICHAEL WILLER – Michael is originally from Virginia. At the age of eighteen he made his first feature film, “Kings and Queens.” A few years later, he packed up the car and drove to Los Angeles where he hit the ground running. His recent short film, “Come With Me” was a screened finalist and three time award winner at the Los Angeles 24-Hour-Film Race. And yes, he had to write, shoot and edit it in twenty-four hours. Mike and Alisha met a year ago, and it was pretty much friends at first sight. After having him DP a few short projects for her, she realized that they not only got along well, but they WORKED well together. She clicked with his perfectionism, his work ethic, and his cinematic visions for projects were similar (and a lot of times better) than hers. Mike takes a script and makes it art.
ALAN DEAN – THE DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Alan is originally from Colorado. He graduated from Chapman University’s film program a year ago, and since then he has been working almost non-stop. One look at his reel and you’ll see why. Alan is more than a pair of hands behind a camera. He is an artist, a storyteller, and an expert technician. His skill and experience promises that Redwood will look BEAUTIFUL.
CRIS ALEX – Head Makeup Artist
Cris’s list of past credits will make you wonder what the hell is so special about “Redwood” that THIS artist would want to be a part of it? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out! But in the mean time, here’s a short list of Cris’s credits:
TRON: Legacy, The Crazies, Man of Steel, Grimm, CSI, The Five-Year Engagement, and Desperate Housewives.
Cris is one of the most dependable and lovely people you will ever meet, and we are stoked to have her on the team. And in Redwood, there are a lot of people getting beat up and stabbed and bleeding. With Cris on the team, you can rest assured that all of these injuries will look disgustingly real.
MEET THE MAIN CAST
RANE JAMESON as MAX
Originally from Titusville, PA, Rane moved to Los Angeles after earning a BFA in Film and Video Production at Pennsylvania State University. Since moving to Los Angeles, Rane has worked on an impressive array of TV shows and films, including a guest-starring role on "CSI: NY", a recurring role on "The Young and the Restless," and a lead role in the critically acclaimed Quentin Lee film "The People I've Slept With." Most recently, Rane starred as part of the ensemble cast of "Speak Now," a feature film directed my Noah Harald and completely improvised by the actors. If that's not impressive, nothing is!
JASMINE HESTER as ANA
Jasmine was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Shortly after graduating college, Jasmine began to seriously pursue acting and modeling. Only a few years later, she now has a multitude of credits to her name, including a KFC commercial, a role in the hit TLC show, "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant," lead roles in the short films "Ghostwriter" and "The List" and a series regular role in the hit web series "Touye Pwen."
JOEY KLOBERDANZ as SONNY
Joey was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, but his dreams always reached beyond the city limits. He first developed an interest in acting during high school when he snagged the lead in several shows. Having always been a fan of of California from childhood vacations, he decided to move to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue acting full time. Since then he has appeared in several short films, and co-starred on an episode of the hit TNT show, "The Closer."
ALISHA PEATS as SKYLAR
NOTE: More cast bios and videos coming soon...
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO
Your funds will pay for the filming of the first season of Redwood. Specifically, paying cast and crew, renting lights and camera and sound equipment, paying for insurance (they won’t let us rent equipment without insurance), paying for lodging, feeding cast and crew, and all of those little unexpected expenses that inevitably crop up in the business of filmmaking.
We are doing everything we can to keep the costs DOWN and we will stretch every dollar as far as it can go. But we refuse to make anything less than an amazing show because that is what you deserve! $18,000 is the minimum amount we need to make Redwood. If we exceed our goal, that would be amazing! Every dollar will go directly into production costs, and if we raise $30,000 we can shoot on the RED Scarlet. How coincidental would it be if we shot Redwood on the RED?
The RED Scarlet has a beautiful clarity and depth of field and handles fast moving action shots superbly, so of course the RED is the ideal camera to use for Redwood. But whether Redwood is captured on the RED or the Canon 5D (the $18,000 alternative), Alan will make it look amazing!
So far we have completely cast and crewed the show. Locations have been selected, the paperwork is filed, and everyone is ready to go. With your help, the show will happen and happen quickly. Once we get the funding, we will spend the month of September rehearsing, film in early October and release the first episode in late November. You won’t have to wait long to see what you made possible!
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. This means we have to make our minimum goal of $18,000 in thirty days. What happens if we don't make $18,000 in thirty days? We get no funding, your card does not get charged, Redwood does not get made. We want to avoid that outcome at all costs. And we can do this! We have faith in this series and we have faith in you. Kickstarter is a wonderful tool that takes the power away from the corporate moguls and puts it directly in the hands of the people. Let's use that power!
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE REACH OUR GOAL BEFORE 30 DAYS?
We cheer. We celebrate. And then we get to work to ensure that we live up to your expectations. And you can keep donating until the 30 days are up. It would be great to reach our stretch goal of $30,000. And if we make $60,000 or more we would be set for the first two seasons. The second season is already in the planning stages, some casting choices have been made, and we can promise if you watch Season 1, you will WANT to see Season 2!
I'M NOT IN THE U.S. CAN I STILL PLEDGE?
YES! You can pledge anywhere. Just be sure to add a little extra for international shipping.
HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
Have questions? Suggestions? Thoughts? Let us know. You can use the contact page on the website (it is under the "MORE" tab.) We'll get back to you ASAP!
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