About Ray Gunn and Starburst
Ray Gunn and Starburst is a sci-fi comedy about two unlikely heroes finding their way in a galaxy ruled by a shockingly evil corporation called Darkleys. Tale as old as time, yes? Well, exactly, sci-fi/adventure stories are built on tropes and stereotypes, so how about taking all those tropes and mixing them up a bit. Let’s take away that dashing space pirate captain and replace him with a newly divorced forty-something, living in a wreck of a spaceship and completely unable to hold his own in a fight. On top of that he’s been dragged along with a rowdy teenage girl, who has heroism quite literally written through her DNA and her broken AI, made more of sarcasm than binary coding, and you have a recipe for disaster...uh, I mean, adventure. Ray may have absolutely no wish to become a hero but he hasn’t quite ruled out the idea of being a sidekick.
Set in the year 2005 (as all the best sci-fi classics are), newly divorced, Raymond Gunn finds himself lying flat on his back in some seedy bar, on some seedy asteroid, in some seedy corner of galaxy, when suddenly Starburst and her AI, S.U.I.T (Survival Utility Intelligence Technology) burst into his life, with adventure, heroism and maybe a bit of blackmail on their minds. Cue the beginning of the rest of his life. Will Starburst break away from her dangerously, shady past? Will Ray ever manage to fix his space ship? Will the narrator actually be allowed to finish a story without irritating protagonists interrupting? Well you’ll have to give us some money to find out.
Listen to our audio trailer below, featuring the marvellous voice acting talent of our awesome cast!
And our exciting new series trailer:
The basic idea behind the series is to send up classic science-fiction, such as Flash Gordon, Buck Rodgers, etc. I have always loved classic pulp sci-fi, the wonderfully over the top nature, the heroes ripping off their shirts, quirky robots, saving the day and doing some derring-do; all of that is full of comedic value. I also wanted to create something that felt pulpy and old school radio but with a modern twist, to take all of the classic tropes and mix them up a bit, and perhaps break the fourth wall into tiny pieces and dance on its grave.
The first episode was written as part of my final year project at University and I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to record that as a rough cut pilot. (link below) I went on to write a six episode series, and the recording of those episodes is what this Kickstarter will be funding, .
When the project is complete you will be able to find and download it for free on iTunes and our website (link to follow). You will also be able to purchase the CD from the website shop, as well as other Ray Gunn and Starburst merchandise.
Cast and Crew
Open auditions were held, inviting people from all across the UK to take part in Ray Gunn and Starburst. From all those who sent in audition tapes the people you see below were the best of the best and we are all looking forward to working together.
The rewards are, of course, listed down the side of the page but here are just a few examples of what we will be offering.
The prints we are offering are by cast member and artist for Orang Utan Comics David Wynne, Roller Girls artist Gary Erskine and Doctor Who and Marvel Artist Mike Collins
Now, it does seem like a lot of money for a simple radio drama, but we wanted to create a really professional product and to thank everyone who got involved properly. This chart gives a brief overview of the costs involved and why we need quite so much.
We are bringing all of the cast and crew to one location in Cardiff, Wales, to record. They are going to have to travel from all over the UK but it will mean that we are able to work in a completely professional environment, and the cast will be able to work together rather than recording separately and losing some of the drama in the scripts. We will spend four days working together, doing read throughs, recordings and pick ups all in that time. Unfortunately, in the UK we have to pay a tax called Value Added Tax and that is costing us quite a lot.
Risks and challenges
The only risks to the project are any of the cast and crew getting ill, data corruption to the recordings and acts of God.
None of the rewards will be affected by this, save for the CD but it would still be made and sent out eventually.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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