ABOUT THE PROJECT
Drinks! is a web series following the two delightful socialite ne'er-do-wells Viv and Bets. Hutchi and Lizzie created them one night over, well, drinks, and it was Hutchi's idea to let them run rampant at Santa Anita – the oldest and most fabulously art deco racetrack in Southern California. Lizzie wrote a script, and when Adam agreed to come on board as director and co-creator, the deal was sealed.
First things first: shoot and edit the pilot. Then, we can use it to show production companies and distributors where we're going with the series. It'll help us attract funding for Season 1 and ever more wrong-headed, high-spirited capers for our heroines.
CAST & CREW
HUTCHI HANCOCK – Viv
Hutchi hails from Kentucky. Therefore, she has a special affinity for bluegrass, bourbon and all things equine. After earning her degree in theater studies from Kenyon College, Hutchi moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Film & Television because she is a masochist. Just kidding. She loves her line of work. Hutchi has appeared on network and cable TV as well as a number of films. She is a member of The Echo Theater Company. She is also a decent cook.
LIZZIE PRESTEL – Writer, Bets
Lizzie can currently be seen on funnyordie.com in the web series LIZZIE & ALI, A (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY, which she writes and stars in alongside Alison Quinn. She has had the distinct pleasure of working with everyone else on this list on past web shorts, stage productions and feature films. She has also appeared on network and cable TV and is a terrible cook. She performs improv comedy in Los Angeles. You can find her on twitter @lizzieprestel.
ADAM SALKY – Director
Adam made his feature film directorial debut with DARE, an official selection and Grand Jury Prize Nominee of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition Category. It stars Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Rooney Mara, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, and Sandra Bernhard and was produced by Mary Jane Skalski (WIN WIN). He just completed directing the pilot for UNCABARET, an unscripted series for Amazon.com about the legendary alternative comedy show in Los Angeles. Adam has served as an adviser at the Sundance Labs, and is currently an adjunct professor at USC’s graduate School of Cinematic Arts teaching screenwriting and directing. He currently lives in LA. He also tweets. @adamsalky.
JENNIFER WESTIN – Producer
Jennifer has produced a number of feature films including dark comedy TEDDY BEARS starring David Krumholtz, Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey; ensemble comedy MUTUAL FRIENDS, starring Cheyenne Jackson and Caitlin Fitzgerald; and apocalyptic horror film WHAT REMAINS. Her first feature, THE LAKE EFFECT, is available on Netflix. She's produced short-form content that's played festivals including Sundance, London and Tribeca and web content for PBS and Emmy-winning Fourth Wall Studios.
BUDGET and WHY WE NEED/LOVE YOU
Our budget for the shoot and post-production of the pilot is $4,250. We have personally contributed $1,450, which we've managed to save by spending large portions of our formerly free time talking to each other over glasses of water. Funds will go to insurance for our shoot, location fees, equipment rental, crew and food. Post-production costs will include sound mixing and color correction.
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Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge about shooting the pilot of Drinks! is that it's set at the amazing Santa Anita Racetrack. For those not familiar with its glory, it's the biggest horse racing track in Los Angeles and pretty fancy. New Girl has shot here. The HBO series Luck shot here. It's a coveted spot for filming. After months of talking with them, they've generously agreed to let our small shoot take place at the race track. But this means we are a bit at their mercy. We are planning to shoot March 10 and 11. It is possible that if a bigger event or film shoot comes along, we'll get 'bumped'. We're prepared for that and have decided it's worth the risk of having to reschedule the shoot for a little later, in order to have the opportunity to film at such a perfect location.
We're also prepared to work around the limitations of the location (one of our shoot days will be while the track is open and races are happening). We're keeping our crew very small in order to be light on our feet. We've also designed our shot list with flexibility in mind. Flexibility is a must when dealing with crowds and animals. Going in, we're aware that we're shooting in a spectacular, but challenging, location and our response is to be prepared with multiple levels of back up plans. The tremendous production value we get from shooting at Santa Anita far outweighs the hassle of extra planning.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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