A return to classic storytelling in a half hour dramatic anthology format to be made for and broadcast on the web.
CONTINUUM, TELL US MORE
Okay, you’re saying, that was a pretty good video, and this Continuum show sounds interesting (at least I hope you’re saying that…).
But you’d like to know a little more about the series, and this pilot, and why I’m doing it.
Continuum is my attempt to revive the art of storytelling that vanished from the airwaves when the last original episode of The Twilight Zone aired in 1964. And to bring it back in the classic format of the half hour anthology series.
Continuum will be a place where a viewer can watch an original story unfold before their eyes that will move them in some way. With new characters and fresh themes that will change with each new episode but will maintain the integrity of the series.
SO IF YOUR IDEA IS SO HOT, THEN HOW COME THE NETWORKS AREN’T DOING IT?
Answer: the networks think that the anthology format is dead. Finished. They have a whole list of reasons but the main one is that they believe you, the audience, isn’t interested anymore. Guess they never tune in to those Twilight Zone Marathons every national holiday like all of the rest of us, eh?
Kickstarter is offering you guys, the viewing audience, the chance to tell the networks and programming people out there that YOUR opinion does matter. Your support for Continuum will send that message loud and clear.
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE THE NEXT ROD SERLING, HUH?
Don’t I wish. Rod Serling was, and remains, the greatest writer in the history of television. The man and his work are the gold standard.
But to have had Rod Serling create such a brilliant format in which to present stories of merit and see it cast aside by broadcast television is a crime.
That is why I created Continuum.
To carry on with the tradition of excellence that Rod Serling established with The Twilight Zone.
A series that presents interesting stories that move audiences to laughter, or tears, or makes them angry, or fearful, or contemplative. A series that, at the end of the final scene of an episode, leaves you with the feeling that just enjoyed a darn good story. And maybe were left with something to think about.
So no, I’m no Rod Seriling. But I truly believe that Continuum, and the stories I’ve written, will honor the man and his work and find the waiting audience that the networks have left behind.
$100,000.00 TO MAKE A PILOT? YEAH, RIGHT.
Network pilots cost upwards of $1,000,000.00 to make and you and your guys are going to do one for $100.000.00? This sounds like an episode of Continuum.
But when you’ve got industry professionals on board who believe in a project as much as you do, passion replaces salary requirements. None of the above-the-line folks working on Contimuum, from yours truly on down, are taking one dime of compensation.
Plus the pilot script and its unique story were specially written to be shot efficiently and economically.
All of the dollars raised for the Continuum project on Kickstarter will be used to pay for two things:
1. The rewards.
2. The cost of production and post production.
We fully intend to pay our actors and crew for the time that they put in to making our pilot episode. Theirs is hard work and they deserve to be compensated.
Maybe we could have sought out venture capitalists or investors and endured the commensurate involvement by the people who control the purse strings and often times the quality of the product. But Kickstarter has offered us the privilege of reaching out to a community of people who all of us associated with Continuum believe will be as passionate about this series, and this pilot, as we are. You guys back us and we will make you a pilot you will be proud to be a part of.
AND IF YOU’RE OVERFUNDED…?
Before I answer that question, let me reassure you that our fundraising goal is not any sort of a loss-leader, or a false front building. If we are fortunate enough to reach our goal of $100,000.00 you won’t be hearing any “BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!!!” from me. My producing colleagues and I, along with our director, Mark DiSarro, have put a great deal of time into budgeting not only the cost of producing our pilot but also ensuring that there are adequate monies involved to create the rewards that all of you who donate so richly deserve. So we will make the Continuum pilot with our project goal of $100,000.00. Period.
Speaking of my producing colleagues, let me get their names in here right now, because without their involvement, well, all of my stories and the entire Continuum concept would be relegated to a central file box somewhere in the back of my closet. You’ll get to meet them all once we get going: John Willison, Dan Green and Ray Sabo.
Now let’s get back to that overfunding issue.If we do get overfunded, we will devote all of the additional funds to the production of the show and an expansion of the rewards. Specifically:
* Add an additional day of shooting (we have budgeted for three), allowing Mark to shoot several teasers for future episodes.
* Expand our wardrobe, music and post budgets, including more extensive final color work.
* Create a unique reward for everyone who has contributed to the project (we have many ideas, but they are all contingent on the amount of overfunding).
YOU KNOW, YOU’VE BARELY MENTIONED THE REWARDS…
I know, enough making speeches.
The rewards are detailed in the rewards section so no sense repeating myself here. However, every reward associated with the Continuum Kickstarter Project will be unique to this project. They will truly be Continuum/Kickstarter Special Editions.
After the project funds (positive thinking here!), the rewards will be custom made this one time only and will never be offered again. So they will be just for you, our Kickstarter “comrades in arms.”
AND BEFORE WE GET TO THE FAQ’S, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THE PILOT?
Just a little.
I think Mark summed it up best in the video. The pilot episode involves a seemingly normal patient who comes to a large hospital seeking what one would describe as “typical treatment.” However, this patient’s experience turns out to be anything but typical. And at the end of our story we discover that the patient is more than just slightly unique.
You guys are really going to like this story.
* When will the show be released?
Depending on cast, crew & set availability, we hope to shoot over 3 days in August, 2012. The remainder of August will be devoted to post production of the pilot and our goal is to be locked by September 30, 2012. We will then be looking to premiere the pilot episode worldwide on the Web in Fall 2012.
* And when do we get our rewards?
Immediately upon funding, we will begin production of all of the rewards. Depending on the number of rewards, our goal is to ship all of the rewards within 30 days of the time that the show is locked, which is September 1, 2012. So figure October 2012.
* Can I gift a pledge?
Absolutely! If you want to donate to Continuum but give the reward to someone else, simply go through the normal Kickstarter donation process. After the funding deadline, we will contact you to verify size, shipping address, etc. At that time, you can tell us who the gift is for and we will take it from there.
* Can I increase my pledge amount?
Absolutely! After you have made a pledge, you can log back into Kickstarter and go to the Continuum project page. There you will find that the GREEN “Back This Project” button has turned into a BLUE “Manage Your Donation” button. Click on that and you can change the amount of your donation & also select a different reward.
* I have other questions!
Email me directly at Bill@continuumthewebseries.com and I will get back to you personally. And ask anything you like. I’m no Kickstarter pro by any means so I’d be genuinely surprised if I didn’t miss a thing or two or three…
Or you can get to us on Twitter:
And we have just put up our own web page:
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.