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IN THE YEAR OF OUR SPACELORD 4500...
Unlikely heroes come together to save the universe.
Yep, that beloved trope! Except this time, there's a twist.
No, really! This time, the heroes are really unlikely. No, seriously, these 6 ladies and 1 dude should probably not be cramped together in a hijacked government spaceship zigzagging through space on a high-stakes mission to deliver mysterious cargo.
See how many times I used italics in that last paragraph? That just goes to show how dire the straits are.
Would you like to meet the crew of the HMS Janeway?
Don't say I didn't warn you.
THE CAPTAIN. A naive, idealistic girl leaving Earth for the first time, and leaving behind...basically everything. She's totally going to be rich and famous and really important, you all just don't know it yet.
THE PILOT. A reckless, brash young woman running from a tortured past. Kind of a douchebag.
THE BODYGUARD. A super soldier/human weapon/lethal assassin fleeing her employers. Actually really nice, just hasn't quite adjusted to life on the outside. So, like, when she tells you that you have the hearty build of a warrior, that's a compliment.
THE MECHANIC. An android escaping her abusive human husband in the arms--er, engine of the HMS Janeway. WARNING: Knock on the engine room door before entering.
THE DIPLOMAT.We don't really know about Barbara. She's...fun? Eager? Okay, look, Barbara has a lot of money. But she's totally here because of her skill set. Yep. Totally.
THE DOCTOR. A well-bred lady breaking away from boredom, tough as nails and twice as smart. And super pretty. And really nice. It's like you want to hate her, but can't.
THE CHEF. The token guy. What? We had to have one.
...Yeah, that sounds like a terrible crew for an epic, thrilling, intergalactic space adventure.
[Wanna know which crew member you're most like? Take our quiz here: http://www.thefakegeekgirl.com/blog/personality-quiz-space-happens-edition]
But Joy Jones is unexpectedly promoted from janitor to captain. Yup, captain. Of the whole ship. No big deal. So she's kind of desperate for a crew and would hire pretty much anyone just to keep her new, important-sounding title. So she brings the weird, the wacky, and even the criminal aboard the HMS Janeway, a ship that harbors a dark secret, a really secret secret, a secret that threatens to destroy the universe. Will her crew of rejects and rebels help her save the day? Or will they succumb to battles and bad guys, stresses and expectations?
Little do they know that a force darker than their own failings lurks nearby, ever watchful, a force plotting their downfall.
CUE EVIL LAUGHTER!
Here in 2014...
Four Chicago women decided to make our dreams of creating an ensemble-driven comedy webseries about women in space.
We had a combined 30 years of experience and exposure in the Chicago film, theatre, and fan communities. We had training in a large variety of classic comedy forms: vaudeville, busking, slapstick, commedia dell'arte, and burlesque. We all write. We are all women yearning for more representation in fantasy and science fiction entertainment.
Most importantly, we all shared a vision of a retrofuture universe, a female dominated cast and writers room and production team, and a passionately loyal (loyally passionate?) fanbase only the internet can offer.
Who is "we all," you ask?
- Nicole Keating: Mastermind, Writer, Producer, Cast (Mildred)
- Melissa Fox: Businesswoman Extraordinaire, Writer, Producer, Cast (Scarlett)
- Deborah Craft: The Brains, Writer, Producer, Cast (Barbara)
- Alyson Grauer: The Brawn, Producer, Cast (Joy)
- Nathan Thompson: Keeper of Records/Dreamer of Dreams, Writer, Cast (Wayne)
- Elizabeth Rodriguez: Almost Literally A Renaissance Woman, Writer
- Justin Lieber: King of Quips, Writer
- Laura Nash: Internet Guru, Writer
- Joshua Allard: Master of Snark, Cast (The Big Bad--name to be revealed on the series)
- Claire Hart: Disney Princess, Cast (Janet)
- Sarah Mayhan: Classical Actress Who Belongs in Old Hollywood, Cast (Pauline)
- Alexis Meuche: Queen of Nerdlesque, Cast (NO SPOILERS!!!)
SPACE CREW ASSEMBLE!
But we can't make our scripts and our imaginations come to life without your support.
This series has been evolving since 2007. That's 7 years, people! As long as Brad Pitt spent in that movie, Seven Years in Tibet. But we are comediennes, not mountaineers. There will always be mountains for Brad journey through. We have to create our own mountains.
That's an extended, possibly-offensive-I-don't-know-I-haven't-seen-Seven-Years-in-Tibet metaphor for "We need to make our own work." Unfortunately, no one is going to pluck us out of relative obscurity to guide us towards entertainment success. No one is ever going to tell us we've been powerful wizards all along.
And, frankly, no one is ever going to cast us ever cast any one of us as a starring role in a mainstream scifi show. We're too old for ingenues, too fat for L.A. (who isn't!?), and too ambitious to remain on the sidelines.
By taking things into our own hands, we forego any resources we'd have by working with a film producer. We are starting with next-to-nothing. We need to rent filming locations and studio spaces. We need to buy cameras and cables, props and costumes, ad space and effects. We need to pay designers, directors, writers, cast, and crew.
We want to make you laugh and think with epic, engaging entertainment. By donating at even the $1 level, you help us turn our passion into our career. Plus any donation gets you our totally-not-boring Kickstarter page updates.
Seriously, they'll be hilarious.
Help us make space happen by donating to Space Happens!
Risks and challenges
The Good: Some risks and challenges are good! We've run into a few of these already: no space available to film our trailer, tight deadlines, bad jokes, all of which we worked through with collaboration. Just as a spaceship needs its crew, so too does a show about a spaceship need a dedicated and talented team. The Space Happens team discusses problems with compassion and solves them with creativity.
The Bad: Science fiction presents unique challenges. Creating a whole new world is hard work requiring time and energy. Everyone has been extremely generous with their hours and their boundless energy, and our core Party of 4 is dedicated and committed to seeing this project to the end. But just as the universe continues to evolve and expand, so too will our storyline and our cast of characters. As in all artistic endeavors, schedule and life conflicts might require occasional shifting of add-on roles. We are prepared for that; as professional theater women, not only are we sensitive to issues that may arise when working with artists, but we are able to address problems head-on.
The Fugly: The worst problems are the unexpected ones. We thoroughly research all our ideas before taking action, preventing many of the hairiest situations, but we're bound to confront unexpected challenges. I have full confidence that our team will rise to face all obstacles, armed with intelligence, determination, empathy, and - of course - humor!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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