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A buddy cop comedy about a man named José and a hawk puppet, from the creator of "MANOS - The Hands of Felt"
A buddy cop comedy about a man named José and a hawk puppet, from the creator of "MANOS - The Hands of Felt"
91 backers pledged $3,610 to help bring this project to life.

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$3250 - UNLOCKED!
- a video of the first live staged reading of the pilot script (ALL Levels)
- get a digital download mp3 of the title music (ALL Levels)

$3500 - UNLOCKED!
- reaching this level will enable us to pay the entry fees for 6 film festivals
- José and The Hawk will sign all your pilot episode DVDs (Level $25 and up)

$4000 - On Our Way!
- we’ll record an audio commentary track to go with the finished pilot episode
(ALL Levels)
- get a digital download of the Manos - The Hands of Felt audio commentary track
(Level $15)

$4500 - PUPPET EXPLOSION
- a set of paper José and The Hawk finger puppets (ALL Levels)
- paper Hands of Felt finger puppets (Levels that include Hands of Felt)
- Puppet Postcards: We’ll take The Hawk and Otis6 sightseeing around Seattle and create a postcard for each of them. BONUS: You’ll get to vote on where we take them and which design we go with. (ALL Levels)

$5000
- the cast and crew stipends will increase
- we will thank every backer on social media (ALL Levels)

Some details worth knowing:
- Funded bonus material will be sent digitally to all backers who pledged at least $5.
- The staged reading video and the audio commentary track would also be included on the José and The Hawk pilot episode DVD.
- In addition, a print copy of the postcards and appropriate finger puppets would be mailed to backers at levels $25 and up.

Early on the morning of Day 12 of our campaign we reached our funding goal! We get to finish making the pilot episode of José and The Hawk. On behalf of the entire cast and crew, thank you to everyone who backed us and helped us get here! 

 

José and The Hawk is a buddy cop comedy about a man named José and a hawk puppet, set in a fictionalized version of modern day Seattle. Sparked by a joke on the set of a local comic book web series, José and The Hawk is heavily inspired by TV shows of the 1970s, especially Starsky and Hutch.

Created by the crazy puppeteer who brought you the hit puppet musical “Manos - The Hands of Felt,” José and The Hawk applies the same wacky sensibility and love of pop culture to an original story set in the police procedural genre. Eventually we’d love to expand it into a web series, but first we need to finish the pilot. This is where you come in.

We’re asking for your help to finish shooting and post-production on the pilot episode of José and The Hawk, “No Room for NIMBYs”.

PLOT SYNOPSIS: Detective José Callahan is an intellectual who likes to keep his cool. His partner The Hawk is a hot-headed hawk puppet. With the help of their tough-but-fair boss, Captain Drazen, and uberhipster Otis6, they’re fighting crime in the polite but slightly corrupt neighborhoods of Queen City. When a house in a ritzy part of town is vandalized, all the neighbors think they know who did it. What will José and The Hawk do when they realize everything is not as it seems? What they do best: Clean up.

Who's a good li'l bad guy? (l to r José Amador, Stacey Bush and The Hawk)
Who's a good li'l bad guy? (l to r José Amador, Stacey Bush and The Hawk)

 

After two public staged readings, the script is set. All the speaking roles have been cast, both of the puppets are built, and much of the crew has committed to the second half of the shoot. Most importantly, we’ve already shot a third of the episode, including the most complicated scene. The first two scenes are already edited and good to go.

Moving forward, we need to secure one location and shoot the remaining six scenes.

Fortunately, we have a great support network for this project. A lot of the crew comes with their own equipment, the use of which they’re donating to us, actors are mostly providing their own wardrobe, and friends have been very generous about offering us shooting locations for free.

There are some things, however, that require money: craft services, specialized props and set dressing, and of course we’d love to be able to pay our cast and crew for their time. We need your help to cover expenses that can’t be compensated through favors.

HOW IT BREAKS DOWN: 

  • 7% to Reimbursing Production Costs 
  • 13% to Future Production Costs 
  • 50% to the Cast and Crew 
  • 10% to Kickstarter Fees 
  • 20% to Kickstarter Fulfillment
a Hawk selfie from the set
a Hawk selfie from the set

 

When you back our project, not only do you help make José and The Hawk happen, you also get access to some great rewards, from a $5 Digital Download of the finished episode, all the way up to an Executive Producer credit. Here are some of our favourites:

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: While we very much want to raise the funds to finish the pilot, this Kickstarter is also about finding José and The Hawk’s audience. To this end, we’ve kept our Digital Download Level very accessible. This not only makes it easy for you to jump in and back us, it also makes it easy to share it with others. Because we think the more people that meet José and The Hawk, the more people will want to watch them.

EARLY BIRD DVD HAWK + HANDS: A limited number of backers can get not only the José and The Hawk pilot episode DVD, but also a copy of the deluxe DVD of “MANOS - The Hands of Felt” for only $25. Jump in quick; we don’t expect this level to last long.

BE AN EXTRA: Join us on the set and have the fun of appearing in the episode without the tedious task of learning lines. Selfie opportunities with The Hawk are well nigh guaranteed.

BE A PRODUCER: Back us at higher levels to get yourself an Associate or even an Executive Producer credit.

I wrote the José and The Hawk pilot script after being inspired by a snarky aside on the set of The Panel Jumper. I’d known José for awhile so I already knew he was talented and fun to work with. The idea of his being partnered with a hot-tempered puppet was funny, and brought a whole little world to life in my brain.

José and The Hawk: One's a hawk, the other's a turkey, but both know a jailbird when they see one.

When I started thinking about what sort of story these two might find themselves in the middle of, I also happened to be following the story of some resistance to the placement of a tiny house village for homeless people in my neighborhood. I wondered what it would look like if one of the NIMBYs decided to “do something” to stop it and the script kind of unfolded from there.

After that the script sat for awhile, as I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. Actually, I knew what I wanted to do with it (film it!) but I was scared, not having much in the way of film experience. A staged reading at The Panel Jumper *LIVE* convinced me that someone besides me might like these two weirdos. And 11 days spent AD-ing on the set of Manos Returns last summer showed me that crazy things are achievable if you’re willing to throw down, and you get the right group together to help.

We are a group of Seattle-based artists, primarily theatre and film folk, but also musicians, improvisers, and burlesque artists.

CREW 

Rachel Jackson (photo by Jules Doyle), Tonjia Atomic (photo by Jospeh Peter) and Ian Johnston (photo by Dangerpants Photography)
Rachel Jackson (photo by Jules Doyle), Tonjia Atomic (photo by Jospeh Peter) and Ian Johnston (photo by Dangerpants Photography)

Rachel Jackson - Creator
I’m a puppet artist, which means I’m also a writer, crafter, singer, producer and performer…all of which I’ll be doing for José and The Hawk. I’m also taking my first shot at film Directing, just for an extra challenge. Fortunately I have a lot of help.

Tonjia Atomic - co-Director, co-Producer
Tonjia is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, musician, and freelance writer. She is best known for the films Plain Devil, Hobo with a Trash Can, and Manos Returns. Her writing has been featured in several online and print magazines.

Ian Johnston - Director of Photography
Also known as Dangerpants Photography, Ian has been taking pictures nearly his whole life. When not behind a camera, he can be found on staff at Annex Theatre, building a real-life biplane, or playing his cello.

THE REST OF THE CREW: Chad E. Allers (sound op), Shawn Backstrom (editor), Christopher Barnes (lighting), Bob Koerner (theme song/PA), Beth Peterson (fight choreographer), Christina Pezzo (hair/make-up), Webster Polk (sound op), and John Tyndall (AD).

CAST 

The Main 4 Cast Members: José Amador, Rachel Jackson, Sin de la Rosa and  Raymond Williams
The Main 4 Cast Members: José Amador, Rachel Jackson, Sin de la Rosa and Raymond Williams

José Amador - Detective José Callahan
José is a Seattle playwright/director/actor who has been involved in the Seattle Theater scene for the last two decades. As a playwright, he has written two solo plays, A WALK IN THE DARK and EL HIJO PRODIGO, along with numerous full-length and short plays and sketches.

Rachel Jackson - The Hawk
Rachel has been puppeteering on stages both local and international since 2008. She recently performed at Puppeteers of America National Festival’s Fringe, and is unofficial Puppeteer at Large for the Seattle Nerdlesque scene.

Sin de la Rosa - Captain Drazen
Sin is one of Seattle burlesque’s blossoming talents. Also known as “The Beast from the Southeast,” Sin is an Associate Producer for Sunday Night Shuga Shaq (Seattle’s only monthly all performers of color burlesque revue).

Raymond Williams - Otis6
Raymond has been a Seattle native since 1998 where he is an actor, director, and occasional producer, writer, and puppet wielder. You can catch him online as a regular in The Panel Jumper webseries and in real life as a panelist for the monthly quiz show Questionable Content.

ALSO FEATURING: Stacey Bush as The Bad Guy and Sann Hall as our Stunt Puppeteer in the scenes we've already shot. For the rest of the pilot we’ll be bringing in Nik Doner, Cole Hornaday, Val Moseley, and Amber Wolfe to round out our cast.

I feel very lucky. A whole lot of talented friends are throwing their time and energy into helping make José and The Hawk happen. Now we’re asking you to join us.

1) Become a Backer: Join us in making José and The Hawk a reality by pledging your support for our project. Even if you can only spare $5 or $10, every extra dollar helps get us closer to our goal, and you get some nifty rewards to show our thanks.

2) Spread the word: Once you back José and The Hawk, please spread the word about us. Share our Kickstarter campaign and video. Follow us on FaceBook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #JoseandTheHawk. Every post you make, every person you tell, brings our project that much closer to being able to spread its wings and fly

 

Risks and challenges

“The other thing I would say is that if you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” - David Bowie

There are risks and obstacles in any artistic undertaking, and film in particular has a lot of moving parts. Stuff can go wrong, from scheduling problems to technical setbacks to ill-timed actor haircuts. Fortunately, the José and The Hawk team makes the challenges a lot less scary.

We’re a gang of experienced indie filmmakers, fringe theatre producers, and independent artists. So by necessity we are low-drama, talented problem solvers who can anticipate trouble, roll with unexpected punches and, when all else fails, power through on sheer grit and determination. We’re used to making all the magic happen with very little in the way of resources. Finally, and super important to me, every member of the cast and crew is someone whose dedication and commitment is a known quantity; I trust them to be there for me.

We're off to a running start by having a good chunk of the episode done. I don’t have a lot of doubts about our being able to finish it. The timing of it is (as ever) the biggest question mark.

As for the challenges of Kickstarter reward fulfillment, I have experience there with “Manos - The Hands of Felt.” Based on what I’ve learned, I’ve done my best to be solidly pessimistic about delivery dates, so folks are (hopefully) more likely to be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. I’ll keep the communication flowing so that if we do hit any unforeseen snags, you’ll know about it.

Now all we need to do is fund the project, so we can get the cast and crew back together, hit record, and finish the pilot.

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    Appear on-screen as an extra in José and The Hawk! Also includes a DVD and digital download of the pilot episode, and your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. Must be available to shoot in Seattle in late 2017/early 2018.

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    Be credited as an Associate Producer of the José and The Hawk pilot episode! Also includes a DVD and digital download of the pilot episode, and your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits.

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    Be credited as an Executive Producer of the José and The Hawk pilot episode! Visit the set on one of the shooting days, if that is your producer-y desire. Also includes a DVD and digital download of the pilot episode, and your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits.

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Funding period

- (29 days)