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Scott K. LeslieBy Scott K. Leslie
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Scott K. LeslieBy Scott K. Leslie
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$433
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About

A detective in homicide, an evening socialite, a nurse, an ex-soldier turned big game hunter, and a young hacker. What do these five people all have in common? They have all been kidnapped and taken to the island of Isla Palma. By day the party works tirelessly to find a way to escape, because once the sun goes down, they are hunted by creatures from their darkest recesses of their nightmares. Join the survivors in this ten episode radio drama as they explore the caves of the island, scavenge through the wreckage of a destroyed air field, and uncover the secret behind the massacre that took place at the Hotel Isla Palma.

Click below to listen to a demo of Damned Paradise.

 (Audio is a proof of concept demo, not a finished product)

  • Alistair Braddock - Created by Jeremiah Camp
    A detective in homicide from the U.K. whose brilliant mind is only matched by his utter lack of social skills. 
  • Darius Harson - Created by Dylan Thomas
    Stock trader by day, bar hopping socialite by night, Darius' looks and charm make him quite the ladies man.
  • Kat Engleman - Created by Kisa Smith
    A small town nurse who moved to the big city to help as many people as she could.
  • Philip Moench - Created by Sean Allen
    An ex-soldier turned big game hunter, he is the first to take charge of any situation, with or without the consent of others.
  • Tuesday Jameson - Created by Emme Watkins
    A young college student whose remarkable talent for computers is hidden by her extreme shyness.

Many more exciting characters are in store, but you’ll have to wait to learn about them...

Damned Paradise began as a paper and pencil role playing game among eight friends.  It is because of this unique style of story creation that Damned Paradise brings an entirely new concept to its listeners:  Everything that follows are real decisions, made by real people.  As the story unfolded, the players who controlled the characters in Damned Paradise were presented with challenges and it was up to them to make it out alive.  With every decision they made, the world around them adjusted.  The result was a completely unique and organic story.

Towards the end of the gameplay I was reflecting on the passion that the players had for this world; the fear that they felt at moments, and the joy that came with moving forward in the plot.  I then recalled a similar experience I had years ago, when I heard a radio drama for the first time.  That evening I began writing the outline for what would become the script that is now Damned Paradise.  

Currently our season is ten episodes, each running at approximately twenty five minutes.  After recording our project we will be airing Damned Paradise on radio stations across the United States as well as hosting online for you to listen as well as purchase downloads and merchandise.

Scott K. Leslie - Writer/Director
Scott has worn many hats in his time:  Actor, stunt coordinator, director, sound designer, as well as producer and coordinator for the University of Colorado at Boulder's fringe festival.  He has always been a vivid storyteller, however this is his first venture of this size to bring one of his original works to life.

Thomas Wingerd - Producer
Colorado native Thomas Wingerd is the founder and CEO of Soulless Cinema LLC.  Although based in New York most of his work is shot in Colorado.  Having his expertise on board with Damned Paradise has been invaluable, and we are thrilled to count him as a member of the team.

Emme Watkins - Line-Producer
LA based actress Emme Watkins has been with the project since day one, being one of the original players.  In addition to directing multiple projects she has been a board member and  facilitator for the CU fringe festival, a multimedia festival with an audience in the thousands.

Tyler Duffus - Sound Designer and Editor
Owner and operator of Denver Grown Recording, Tyler Duffus has worked on a variety of projects ranging from in studio recording to working on location for film.  I am excited to have him as our director of audiography on this project, I know that with him we are going to get amazing sound for our project.


Click here to listen to Tyler's work. 

Eric Choate - Composer
Award winning composer Eric Choate’s work has stretched across the United States and has even made its way into Canada.  Based out of San Fransisco, I am thrilled to have him be a part of Damned Paradise, and cannot wait to have his music add that extra “umph” when you listen. 


Click here to learn more about Eric and his work.

Charlotte Ballard - Concept Artist
Charlotte Ballard has designed costumes for stage and screen throughout Colorado and has recently moved to Los Angeles to continue her work.  She is excited to give listeners a first look at the characters of Damned Paradise.
Click here to see more of Charlottes work.

Douglas Rowland - Director of Photography/Graphic Artist
Owner and operator of Snowcap Studios, Douglas Rowland’s camera work has been seen in award winning films as well as international television.  Doug has offered his expertise to our project allowing us to create wonderful promotional material, with the potential for filming a behind the scenes documentary.

A mentor of mine once said, "Any project you make can be two of three things:  Good, fast, or cheap."  Good was obviously our first choice. We also wanted to be able to deliver a quality project to you as soon as we could, so we began looking into how low we could make our budget while still keeping to a reasonable schedule.

  We do not believe in asking people to work for free, however we have been lucky enough to know a guy who knows a guy, be in the right place at the right time, and have a few favors to call in that has allowed us to keep our budget as low as we can. 

  • $1,500 Recording Studio and Sound Editor 
    Denver Grown Recording has graciously offered to assist us in keeping a low budget, and are only asking for $1,500 for the four days of recording as well as the sound design and editing. 
  • $3,000 Talent 
    We have noticed a growing trend of people thinking they can cut corners by not paying their actors.  We have also noticed that people tend to get what they pay for.  Because of that, $2,400 will be used to pay the cast that will be the main voices of Damned Paradise over the four days that we record.  The remaining $600 will be used to compensate featured actors who will come in to voice the remaining minor characters.
  • $500 Composer
    We are lucky enough to know a guy, who knows a girl, who knows a guy who happens to be an amazing composer.  We are also lucky enough that when we talked to him about our project he was nothing but excited to be a part of it.  For $500 Eric Choate is going to compose and record original pieces that will create the soundtrack to Damned Paradise. 
  • $500 Concept Artist
    Although damned paradise is a completely audio project we will be launching it into a very visual world.  Because of this we knew we wanted to bring a visual artist on board to bring our vibrant characters to life.  The amazing Charlotte Ballard has joined our project and will be creating some stunning pieces for us.  For $500 she will be making character concepts for the main five characters of Damned Paradise. 
  • $2,500 Marketing and Distribution
    Making a great project isn’t easy.  Getting it out into the world is just as hard.  We have been very lucky with Damned Paradise to have a great many venues open to us for distribution.  But we want to take it a step further.  This section of the budget will go towards making merchandise, a basic website to host an online presence, and to reach out to more venues to broadcast Damned Paradise across the nation.  Additionally this section of the budget allows us to offer all of the wonderful rewards here on kickstarter, and will ensure that we get them shipped in a timely manner.

As soon as our kickstarter is successful we will immediately begin casting.  Additionally, once we get the green light, there will be a few final steps in the pre-production process.  Updating contracts, scheduling recording days with the cast, etc.  We have until the end of April set aside for this.

On the first day of May we dive right into recording.  Getting the voices down will be the easy part, its the foley recording that is going to take up all of our lives.  Because of that we are allocating until May 15th to getting the sound that we need.

After that its on to the long process of editing.  To ensure that this process is in no way rushed we have given ourselves to the end of June to finish this process.  This gives us the time to catch any pickups that might arise, as well as give Damned Paradise the attention it deserves.

Come July 1st the pilot of Damned Paradise will be airing, and all of your rewards will be on their way to your doorstep.

On the right you may have noticed the collection of awesome rewards that we are able to offer for backing our project.  Most of them are pretty straight forward (concept art, posters, that sort of thing), but a few of them need a little more explanation.

VOICING A CHARACTER

We have many minor characters in Damned Paradise, and we would like to offer you the chance to be a more vocal part of the project.  In addition to being a voice of Damned Paradise you will also receive an IMDB credit on the project.  Exciting, right?!

Before you grab one of these rewards please read the character description as thoroughly as possible, as all of the characters require a certain vocal age range, and a couple of them are gender specific.  If you do not match the description of the character, please do not pick it as a reward.

In addition, we can only offer these rewards in states where we have partner recording studios.  Please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from our studios.  Currently we have studios in the following areas:

  • North Hollywood, CA
  • Denver, CO

If you purchase one of these rewards and do not match the listed criteria or are unable to make it to our studios we will not be able to refund your donation.  We will however send you a comparable reward.  So please be sure you are able to commit to the voice rewards before purchasing them.  If you have any questions or concerns about purchasing one of these rewards please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to talk to you about it.

THE ARTWORK

So how about that poster we've been talking about?  Or the concept art, huh?  Here are a couple of samples of the work that our Artists have put together.

Damned Paradise Poster
Damned Paradise Poster
Concept art for Kat and Darius
Concept art for Kat and Darius

If we get the chance to go above and beyond, you better believe that we will!  Each time we meet a stretch goal we be able to improve Damned Paradise even further.  On top of that we will also be offering new additions to our reward tiers for every goal we meet.  So even if you have already donated to our project, if we meet another goal you can expect to get something new and exciting.



Project improvements include:  New music, a higher budget for actors, and more.  But most importantly the potential for making Damned Paradise a SAG project allowing us to help any non union actors working on the project to take a big step towards their union card, reach out to union actors to work on the project, as well as bringing in a surprise voice star to portray the villain of Damned Paradise.



Rewards improvements include:  New character concept art, soundtracks, behind the scenes videos, and more.

Wanting to make a modern radio drama would be difficult to do without the radio aspect.  I am excited to announce that we already have four radio stations in Colorado who are excited to air Damned Paradise as soon as its finished.  But we aren’t stopping there!  We are constantly talking to radio stations across the United States in search of new venues for Damned Paradise.  If you are interested in airing our project, or know a station that might be, please contact me.  I would love to talk to you. 

Here is our list of current stations as well as partners that we are working with to make Damned Paradise even better!
 

Green Light Radio          Boulder Free Radio 

KNED 95.3

                       Way High Radio 

Denver Grown Studios  AutoGyro Productions 

Risks and challenges

First and foremost, this is the largest project that I have ever spearheaded, and it has felt overwhelming at times. It is because of this that I have brought together a group of people who I trust and have experience working on projects of this caliber.

In a time of visual media we are making a non visual project. One of the largest risks that we face with this is having to make an outstanding product that will meet the expectations of the current market. In a small test group we have received nothing but positive feedback, however once this has been released to the public all bets are off. We will have to work very hard to distribute Damned Paradise, and without a quality product this will not happen. Which brings us to our biggest challenge:

Raising these funds. Yes we know that's why we are here, and everybody likes to take this section to say “if we don’t meet our funding goal then this won't happen!” But in all honesty that's the truth. We have worked very hard, and have been lucky enough to be able to keep our budget very low for a project of this size, while still being able to maintain the high quality expectations that we have for every facet of this project. Could it be made for less? Only if it were to never see the light of day, and that is not why we are making this project.

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    Getting in early, good for you! The first twenty five donors to contribute at least fifteen dollars can choose to receive a digital download of each episode of Damned Paradise the same day they air.

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    Don’t spend the time waiting for each episode to be broadcast. As soon as Damned Paradise’s first episode airs we will send you a digital download of each episode as they air.

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    Come with an 8x5 random character concept art, an 8.5x11 poster, and a digital download of Damned Paradise.

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    VOICE A CHARACTER -Brian/Brie

    A bartender at Darius’ bar of choice.
    This role has three lines that can be voiced by either a man or a woman. Vocal age range: 25 to 45.

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 - Hospital Secretary

    A voice over the intercom in the hospital where Kat works.
    This role has one line that can be voiced by either a man or a woman. Vocal age range: 20+

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    VOICE A CHARACTER - Dying Guest

    A guest at the Hotel Isla Palma who meets a gruesome end.
    This role has one line that can be voiced by either a man or a woman. Age range: 18+

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    ISLA PALMA VIP PACKAGE
    Comes with an 8x5 of each concept art, an 8.5x11 poster, and a digital download of Damned Paradise episodes as they air. Could you want anything more?

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    VOICE A CHARACTER - Inspector Lewis

    An inspector in the Metropolitan Police force who is unimpressed with Alistair’s work.
    This role has five lines that can be voiced by either a man or a woman. Ability to do a convincing english accent is preferred but not required. Vocal age range: 25-35.

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    VOICE A CHARACTER - Voice Prof. Allen

    A physics professor at the university where Tuesday attends.
    This role has one line and one monologue that can be voiced by either a man or a woman. Vocal age range: 30+

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    VOICE A CHARACTER - Voice Charles/Christie

    A fellow nurse and Kat’s good friend.
    This role has ten lines that can be voiced by a man or woman. Vocal age range: 20-30.

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    THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION

    You wanted more! Comes with an 8x5 of each concept art, an 8.5x11 poster signed by the cast, a copy of a single episode script signed by the director, a letter of recognition from the creator of the project, and a custom Hotel Isla Palma room key flash drive with Damned Paradise on it. Oh yea, it's awesome.
    (Note, the flashdrive with the complete season will be mailed as soon as the final episode of Damned Paradise is ready to air)

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    Limited Edition Collectors Set

    The first five collectors edition rewards will come with all of the above, however the copy of an episode script will be replaced with one of the actual scripts for the entire season used in the recording studio. In addition the collectors flash drive will come loaded with all art files as well as Damned Paradise.
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    Do you want to have a commercial air as part of one of our ten episodes? Lets make that happen! Supply us with a thirty second radio commercial and any time that the assigned episode plays on a partnered radio station that allows our commercials, on our website, or on any future media host, your commercial will be heard. In addition if you supply us with a banner will post it on our website under the sponsors page with a link to your website. Yep, you should be covered after that.

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    BECOME AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    If you donate over five hundred dollars you will be accredited as an associate producer in one of our ten episodes. Have your name heard every time that episode plays, along with having your status as an associate producer posted on our website and IMDB page.

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    BECOME AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    We cannot thank you enough for your contribution, but we are sure going to try! For your generous donation we are giving you a spot as an executive producer on Damned Paradise. Your name will appear in every episode, you will receive a personal profile on our website as well as an executive producer credit on IMDB, and you will also be invited to our private social media page. Become a part of the Damned Paradise family and even help shape the project's future.

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