5-10-13: Halfway There!
We've officially reached the halfway point of our Kickstarter campaign. Check out this brief video message and thanks again for all your support!
For New York City high school teacher Ben Lomond, the dream was moving to Hollywood to pursue a screenwriting career. Upon arrival, he gets a lot more than he bargained for when he is scammed into managing an old, rundown apartment complex. Plagued by a mysterious Russian landlord, an obnoxious neighborhood doorman and a host of eccentric tenants, Ben is suddenly forced to choose between his dream and his sanity. "Writer’s Block," a new web comedy, is the story of the real Hollywood - a once-glamorous town surviving on the illusion of a distorted reality.
Hollywood has a rich history dating back to the early 1900s of aspiring actors, writers, directors and other creatives who moved there on the same whim that drive people today. Aside from their legacies as individuals, the layout and architecture of the neighborhood is a testament to their experiences. The town is full of apartment complexes and boarding houses with so much character, continuing to house today’s generation of L.A. transplants.
Steve, a native New Yorker, began entertaining audiences at a very young age. He started playing the violin at 5 years old and soon found himself performing in front of thousands at Carnegie Hall by the time he was 12. During high school and college, Steve became a New York State Forensics Champion and a nationally ranked public speaker and actor. After graduating from Cornell University, he moved to Manhattan where he acted in countless critically acclaimed plays, including "Terranova," a NYC International Fringe Festival and Fringe Encore Series selection. In 2010, with the support of his loving wife, Steve moved to Los Angeles to continue a career in entertainment.
In Los Angeles, Steve performs as a stand-up comedian. Shortly after making his debut, Steve won the Fall 2011 Next Comic Standing Competition and was a finalist in the Rick Dees Talent Search to open for Tim Allen. He performs throughout Los Angeles and New York, most notably at The Comedy Store and Comic Strip Live. Steve also works his funny bone with the Upright Citizens Brigade and polishes his comedic craft by training with some of the best. In addition to performing, Steve writes a popular satire column and original content for various publications.
Zack has been making movies since he was old enough to hold a camcorder. Also a graduate of Cornell (Steve and Zack knew each other at school and worked together on several student films), Zack worked in the New York film industry before returning to his hometown of Miami, Florida where he attended law school at Florida International University. At FIU, he met the love of his life, Mary Olszewska. After graduation, the two formed 2 Of Us Productions, a full service digital production company specializing in character driven narratives.
The company's first project was the uproarious micro-budget indie feature "Taste It: A Comedy About the Recession," (2012) a film Zack directed and co-wrote with his lifelong friend, Adam Chefitz. The film has received a tremendous response from fans and critics, receiving an "Indie Award" over the summer of 2012 and write-ups in Playboy and GQ Magazines. It is currently scheduled for online release later this spring.
After premiering "Taste It" in Miami in the spring of 2012, Zack and Mary moved to Los Angeles to continue what they started. Reunited with friend and classmate, Steve DiNardo, Zack and Steve have their hearts set on turning "Writer's Block" into the next comedic web phenomenon.
The aging apartment complex in "Writer's Block" is a throwback to the early Hollywood landscape, with grand architecture and a meticulous interior. However, time hasn't been kind to its legacy, falling into disrepair and obscurity. In order to capture the look and feel of this decaying relic, which serves as the centerpiece of our story, a large portion of the funds raised will go towards location scouts, set design and art direction. "Writer's Block" is a great story, which people will relate to on many levels. Unfortunately, the comedy won't work without doing the building justice. The contrast between glamorous expectations and grungy reality are essential to telling the tale.
We have an extremely talented team on board that has assembled a blueprint for success. These talented people have expertise in specific fields that are crucial components of making "Writer's Block" a reality. All that awaits are the resources to execute this master plan.
Risks and challenges
No project comes without challenges. As much as we want to believe that money makes things easier, it just isn't always true. Having the appropriate amount of funding to produce this amazing comedy is the necessary first step. However, there are always unforeseen obstacles. The Writer's Block team has accounted for every scenario we can envision, from backup location plans, to permit approvals and everything in between. Ultimately, with your backing, we know that there is no obstacle too great to halt the production of this great project. We have been working tirelessly for months just to arrive at this point. With your help, we can finally start bringing Writer's Block to life!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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