About this project
Many stories have been told of the men called Doctor and Master.
But this is the story of two young men whose names have not yet been chosen - Who's destinies have not been set.
Before the fates intervened making one a hero and the other a monster, these men stood together at the dawn of... "A Wild Endeavour."
WHO IS WHO? - "A Wild Endeavour" will be an independently produced, one hour, science fiction drama, created by a team of DOCTOR WHO veterans who joined forces and pooled their creativity and talent to tell a story that fans have been wanting to hear for decades. We will be shooting the pilot episode, and once completed it will be submitted for network approval as a new series. Our writers have crafted the script based on input from the network regarding its copyright and intellectual property rights to ensure that every aspect of the production runs smoothly.
A little background on our last Kickstarter project
This all began right here on Kickstarter. See, back in June of 2013 a project to launch a small TARDIS shaped satellite into orbit around the Earth was successfully funded. 3,231 backers from all over the world got behind that project, and in the months that followed, we've sent out more than 100 limited edition posters, 200 signed blueprints, almost 600 t-shirts, and 3,231 PDF certificates and cards. We've designed, built and launched the interactive website (www.tardisinorbit.com) where almost 2,800 backers have already uploaded nearly 3,000 data files which will be loaded into the TARDIS satellite's hard drive. We have made all the arrangements for the launch (launch fees have been paid, and the contract is signed). The launch service (Interorbital Systems) have reserved our place in the capsule for an upcoming launch, and as soon as they announce the date, we'll be ready to go! Our friends over at The Nerdist have been helping us chronicle this project with some really cool documentary videos, and if you'd like to check them out, just click one of the links below.
The TARDIS In Orbit Kickstarter campaign is over now, but if you'd like to check that out, just click the link below.
Many of the people who backed the project were associated with "Doctor Who," both on camera and behind the scenes. Emboldened by the amazing success of that project, this small army of cast, crew, and dedicated fans decided to do something truly spectacular, something that has already been described as "the most ambitious project of its kind ever attempted." Together, they would create a completely new and original series called "A Wild Endeavour."
"A Wild Endeavour" is about two young men, the closest of friends. It is the story of a beginning. Before the fates intervened. Before one became a hero, and the other a monster. It is about a time when they stood together...
Who is who?
Their identities? You didn't really think we would tell you that did you? That would take all the fun out of the show. We will tell you that the pilot episode will be filled with little clues, but we can't promise that all of those clues will lead you in the right direction.
How did we determine the budget?
Seems like a lot of money, doesn't it? Well, it is a lot of money, but the thing with network quality pilot episodes with professional cast and crew is that they cost a lot of money to make. See, since we're creating a pilot episode for a new television series for network television, the production quality must measure up to those standards. If we take shortcuts or try to "go cheap" it will show up in the final product. Invariably, bad writing, bad acting, bad directing, bad sound, bad lighting, cheap sets, amateur costumes or makeup, or poor editing will ruin the final product. To make sure that all of these things are done correctly, we need the right people and the right equipment. To get the right people and the right equipment you need the right budget. There's a reason the average network pilot costs around a million dollars. That's fairly standard, and once we had our budget, we added in the cost of hosting the campaign on Kickstarter, processing pledges, and fulfilling backer rewards, and there you go. We know it's not cheap, but as they say, "Good things are rarely cheap, and cheap things are rarely good."
So what's the plan?
This will be the pilot episode for a brand new, original series, and when it's complete, we will bring it to the network for consideration. Why fund the project here on Kickstarter? Easy! See, by using the Kickstarter platform to finance the project we're accomplishing two things at once. First, we're funding the project... obviously. Second, we're involving the fans in its creation (something that has never been done on this scale before), and in doing so we're gathering the kind of market research that is vital to the success of any new series. A fan supported and financed pilot episode for a new series is a kind of market validation that has never occurred in television history!
When the creators of the most successful Kickstarter film project ever, the "Veronica Mars" movie went to Warner Brothers about the idea, the studio was clear. Warner Brothers said, "if you can show there's enough fan interest... we're on board." The fans got behind the "Veronica Mars" project to the tune of nearly 6 million dollars!
And think about this: It's no exaggeration to say that our fan base is WAY bigger than theirs. So, let's show everyone what kind of fans we all are!
Now, should the powers that be in the network, for some insane reason decide to pass on "A Wild Endeavour," we will explore all available avenues to make the pilot available to the public. Once again, our writers have crafted the script based on input from the network regarding its copyright and intellectual property rights to ensure that all avenues will remain open.
We know we already said that, but we just wanted to make sure we were clear.
Who will be in the pilot episode?
Appearing in the pilot episode will be Rahul Kohli, who's been on "East Enders" and "Holby City," Alex Zur, a fantastic, young stage actor, Gabrielle Dempsey who was recently added to the "Game of Thrones" cast, and Olan Rogers who recently starred as a young Walt Disney in "As Dreamers Do." ... (Sadly, Olan's cat, Starscream will not be appearing in "A Wild Endeavour.") Also appearing will be Yee Jee Tso and Daphne Ashbrook. Their credentials needn't even be mentioned.
Cool! But, what's in it for me?
Besides an amazing new series, what do you, the backers get out of this? All kinds of awesome! That's what. Check out the BACKER REWARD section down below. Everything in this series is completely new and original, created specifically for this story.
Risks and challenges
This project faces the usual risks of film and TV production — Stuff can happen. Actors can get sick, or decide they no longer want to be actors, or get abducted by aliens. So can writers and directors. We could get a really bad case of carpal tunnel. Then what? Well, that's exactly what production insurance is for, that's why you have contingency plans, fall back ideas. That's why you work with people with a lot of experience. And that's why you begin the project by making sure it is as easy to produce as possible, with very few things left to chance.
We're looking at a short shooting schedule (only 2-3 weeks) which is standard for a project of this type, and allows us to do things properly without being rushed, and it means that our actors won't have to make much of a commitment to be a part of the project. In addition, our shooting dates are flexible which allows us to work with everyone's schedule to ensure that it can happen. Plus, our cast is relatively small. That makes things easier as well. We've created a script that calls for limited locations which means it will be fairly easy to film. Also, it isn't particularly heavy on special effects (this is a character driven story) so we don't have to worry that we're trying to do something that's going to look horrible because we didn't have the budget to do it right.
We're not concerned with the challenges associated with distribution since this project is a pilot episode made on spec, not something set for commercial release.
Important Information About Rewards
· Travel, lodging and transportation to set visits not included in any reward bundle. We're planning to shoot in and around London and Cardiff, UK in May of 2014, but as we mentioned, we're flexible on the dates. A specific calendar will be posted as soon as shooting dates are set. Please plan accordingly.
· Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to set visit
· Some rewards may require additional paperwork (to protect us and you)
We’ll begin pre-production as soon as the Kickstarter campaign ends (if we reach our goal). Production is slated for May 2014 and post production will be in June.
That's up to the network, and they'll want to shoot the entire first season before broadcasting the pilot. And all Kickstarter backers above $25 will get their digital copies within a few days of the broadcast date.
As crazy as that sounds, it could happen. If it does, we'll let all the backers know, and we'll make the digital downloads immediately available to all backers above $25.
We will send you an email with a link to the download site, a code, and redemption instructions for your choice when the digital version is ready.
As you can tell, we’ve tried to come up with a variety of cool rewards. Because there are so many different items, and because we don’t know how many backers we’ll end up with, and because some will be signed, some are actually props from the set, and some will be created during production, most items won't ship until after production is complete. Here's what we do know:
Updates will begin during the Kickstarter campaign. They’ll continue until the pilot is complete.
T-shirts will ship shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends. We need to get your size information and print the T-shirts, so it will take a little time. But we hope to get them sent out in May.
Set visits will occur during our filming window of May-June 2014.
Posters (signed and unsigned) will be ready sometime after the pilot is complete. So you’ll receive these items after June 2014.
The pdf of the shooting script will be emailed to you immediately after the pilot is released or immediately after we learn that the pilot has not been picked up.
Digital versions of the film will be available within a few days of the pilot's release or within a few days of our knowing that the series has not been picked up. We’ll know more about the exact timing as the broadcast date approaches and we’ll keep you posted.
Once we’ve confirmed our filming schedule and location -- most likely London and Cardiff -- we will send you a list of dates to choose from. Please note that travel is not included, so you’ll be responsible to get to the set. Once you arrive, you'll get to spend the day, see some filming, be in a scene or two as an extra, and meet some of the cast. Every day is different on set, so we can’t tell you exactly what to expect. But you’ll get to see what goes into making a pilot episode for a new series, and you’ll be a part of it!
Lots of people have lots of questions, and we're doing our best to get to all of them. The easy ones we're trying to answer quickly. The more complicated the question, the more time it may take for us to respond. We will get to them all.
Yes. We'll follow up with backers when we are ready to deliver rewards. You will give us your address then.
Yes. We will send you a form asking where you'll want rewards shipped when they're ready to go.
Are pledges cumulative for the drive's duration? If I donate $100 three times, am I eligible for a $300 reward or would I get three $100 rewards?
Donations do not add up this way. If you change your mind and want to get a more expensive reward, make sure there are still rewards available at that dollar amount, cancel your first order, then make the new higher-dollar choice.
We'll follow up with backers when we are ready to deliver your rewards. We'll get all the sizes and design preferences then.
We expect to add new rewards right up until the final day of the campaign, and we have some super cool stuff just waiting to be released. Remember, if you see a new tier you like, you can always change your pledge to sign up for the new one. Be sure to change both the amount you are pledging AND select the new reward.
Yes. We're building a couple extra days into every actor's deal to handle nothing but signing stuff. They know when they sign aboard for the "Wild Endeavour" that this is part of the deal.
Yes! We've figured out an option so that you CAN get multiple rewards and can pick and choose your favorites if you know you just won't be happy with one. Most of the backer rewards a grouped so that you can select a level that lets you pick 2, 3, 4, 5, or all of them. Take a look at the backer rewards list and you'll see what we mean. You'll notice that the deals get better and better the further down the list you go.
Here's where it gets tricky. Let's say you want to have your name in the pilot AND you want a t-shirt. There is no combo-pack for this option, but we have a solution! The name in the pilot pledge level is $50, and the first t-shirt level is $45, so you can get both for $95. However, if you get both, you're doubling up on stuff like the behind the scenes updates, shooting script and digital download which are all available at the $25 pledge level and are included in every level above that. So, here's what you do. ADD together the $50 and $45 rewards (that's $95) then SUBTRACT the $25 pledge level (which leaves you with $70). If you're selecting multiple rewards that are not already grouped together, choose the larger reward and add the other reward (or rewards) to it, then subtract $25 for each additional reward level (after the main selected reward). We know, it's a little complicated, but the alternative was to create 47,000 different backer reward levels with every conceivable combination.
When we send out our Backer Surveys to collect your size and design preferences, you'll be able to let us know if you contributed extra and would like some unique combination of items. It's a little extra work for us, but you guys are awesome, so don't even worry about it.
While we aren't able to offer a different set of women's sizes for the t-shirts, backers who select to receive t-shirts will be able to choose from XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL sizes.
When we contact our backers to get shipping preferences, t-shirt sizes and other fulfillment details, we'll let you choose what name you would like to see in the pilot. That way, you can even put someone else's name in the pilot as a gift.
(Keep in mind, if your name is actually a string of obscenities, we'll have to talk.)
We know that we're talking about a lot of money here, but a percentage goes to Kickstarter for hosting the campaign, and another percentage goes to Amazon for processing the payments, then all the backer rewards have to be manufactured and shipped. What's left over is the budget for the pilot, and when you look at what it costs to make a network quality pilot episode, our budget is pretty conservative. Everything that's pledged above the initial $1.25 million gives us more options. More backing translates into more locations, better sets, and most important of all, more shooting days.
That additional money could mean the difference between a 1 hours pilot and a 90 minute pilot.
To be clear, we can't make guarantees yet about the final length of the pilot, or exactly where we will shoot, and the last thing we want is to make a promise we can't keep. But what we can promise is this: the more we end up with, the more freedom we'll have, and the better our pilot will be. That's what this is about.
What a great question! You do get something special. As a "thank you" to all the TARDIS In Orbit backers, we're going to put your name in the pilot (check out the $50 backer reward "Your Name In The Pilot"). But you don't have to back this project for $50 to get it. All you have to do is back this project for $15 or more and we'll throw in the $50 reward. We'll just throw it right in there, and your name will be in the pilot.
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