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)
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