Jess and Ella just met. They also JUST moved in together.
Here is the shpiel: We all know how flaky people in LA are, right?
Well, Jess’s old betch roommate bailed on her right before rent was due, so she was forced to find a new roommate, like… right away. Ella was the best possible match she could find on such a short notice (and the least murdery).
Here is the problem though, Jess likes things a certain way, HER way- even though she tries to meditate and crystal heal the neurotic out of her. Now Ella… well, Ella has NEVER washed a dish in her life and she is used to getting her breakfast in bed. She is also so… how do we say this?… So Foreign.
So Foreign is a quirky and edgy millennial show about the stresses of post-college young adulthood.
It also talks about cultural differences and what it’s like to feel like you don’t fully belong. Every millennial has dealt with or is dealing with some sort of general and social anxiety. You’re not alone- so are Jess and Ella.
This is a single camera comedy with some dramatic moments along the lines of “New Girl,” “Two Broke Girls” and the “Odd Couple” (the original one, not the one with Chandler from Friends).
The only difference is that the couple here are two young girls trying to figure out their lives all the while living in the city of angels.
If we filmed this with our lunch money, imagine what we can do with an actual budget!!!!!
The idea behind this series began when I, Mariana Brassaroto, moved away from my family and home in South America. After two boats and one donkey, I ended up in Los Angeles to get a B.F.A. from Loyola Marymount University (GO LIONS!). There, I met my best friend, ride or die betch, will-they-wont-they, Albina Katsman.
We roomed together during our Study Abroad program at the Moscow Art Theatre and pushed our beds together because we’re both needy AF- not knowing that that was the start of a life long friendship and creative partnership. I love this girl. Without her “So Foreign” would not exist.
When I made my move to Lala land, I experienced mad culture clash and everyone who met me did so too. I remember a great girl from freshman year would always say “It’s just her Brazilian manners” to explain my behaviors that she thought were weird. I realized, however, my “weird” behavior and lack of a filter were not due to me being from a different country, it was just me- I was just weird. Being from a different country is part of who I am but it does not define ME!
So I came to Albina one day with a grievance and a simple idea.
My grievance was that I never related to any “foreign” or ethnic character on TV.
I am not a walking stereotype- I don’t feel like a sensual Latina, I am not a genius, I am not a refugee, nor I am working to send money to my struggling family in Brazil. I am a determined and talented girl who came to the US to pursue a specialized education- a career in entertainment (and to run away from her destiny of being an architect working for her mom- but that’s another series). So, okay that’s my grievance, now my idea!
I wanted to make a show about this crazy, cooky foreign girl (who is not a total stereotype) who rooms with this all-American girl who also is not a “girl next door stereotype.”
We have been developing this project for over two years now under the wings of the amazing Dolphin Entertainment (Zoey 101 and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide).
They guided us (hmm, more like baby sat us) through lots of drafts and rewrites. At the beginning of 2017, the script was sent to major online platforms and we got great feedback!
However, they wanted to use their ACTORS instead. Sorry, not happening! We wrote this by ourselves, for ourselves! So, now is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and produce it ourselves!
- Why should you donate to our Kickstarter? First off, we will owe you big time!! You, yes YOU, are going to be the reason this script gets out of our Final Draft document (if you are a filmmaker, you’ll know what that is) and into everyone’s computer screen (or TV if you have Apple TV, or Chromecast, or heck, just an old fashion HDMI).
- Also, you will be able to watch digital content that you know you were a part of. Imagine seeing your name in the credits, and being able tell your mom “these girls would be nothing without me!” Basically, the entire “So Foreign” community and followers will know your name and that YOU helped empower us to to create our futures and, furthermore, inspired others to do so as well!
- We already have FANS! According to YouTube Analytics, So Foreign already has a following all over the world (including America, Colombia, Thailand, Brazil, and other South American countries). People from other countries are interested to know what it feels like to be a foreigner in another country, especially America. Therefore, the need to answer their questions is valid so much so that within the first week of the campaign launch, we gained over 4,000 Youtube views.
- Online digital platform companies are currently searching for new content. People are streaming shows on their computers at a higher rate than ever before, which is why companies such as ABCDigital, Verizon go90, and HBO Now exist. Just recently, HBO Now came out with a show also highlighting two female roommates. It's clear that audiences all over the world want to see more female driven content.
- To top it off, everyone donating will have access to exclusive content: videos, livestreams, backstage gossip, pictures and only God knows what else.
An example to see how the funds will be disbursed:
25K will help us produce the PILOT & 3 episodes!
Our GOAL is to make a professionally produced pilot - something that looks like it should be on TV, post it on YouTube and market it until we reach 100K REAL VIEWS! THEN- to pitch it to the main digital platforms!
- We are asking for 25K in the hopes to stretch to 30K
Kickstarter takes 5% of the total amount that we make and 5% goes to our awesome campaign manager- Justin Giddings "The Kickstarter Guy."
- If we reach 25K we end up with roughly 20K (after the cuts & taxes & providing perks). 20K will produce our Pilot + leave us extra money to market the series AND produce 2 more episodes on a lower budget! (FYI- we are going to make them REGARDLESS if we get picked up!)
- If we make 30K we end up with roughly 25K and can produce HALF of our FIRST SEASON!!!!!!
Risks and challenges
Every series project has risks and challenges, but with enough preparation, we're going to limit any potential issues! At this point, our main risk is a change to our production schedule. Right now we're planning to begin filming in early mid January, but that could all change based on location availability.
Luckily if that happens, we're prepared to adjust our schedule accordingly to make the best and most efficient project!
- (31 days)