A new animated, workplace comedy series about a dreary, underfunded Recreation Center and all the poor souls who work there.
For TL;DR crowd, where is the money going?
-Paying voice actors, musician, co-writers
-New computer (Current system is kaput!)
-Financing sending the movie to festivals, pitching to television
So, what's "Summer Rec?"
"Summer Rec" follows the lives of the college-aged staff at a dreary, under-funded, suburban Meadowlark Recreation Center. It specializes in its "Summer Rec" program, something supposedly fun for ages 4 to 14, weekdays from 9 to 4. The target demographic would be the Adult Swim viewing crowd. It's loosely-based* on experiences I had as a counselor at a recreation program in High School.
*(Loosely based, I whole-heartedly endorse giving your kids something fun to do during the day during summer vacation. Just don't take your kids to a place like the Meadowlark Rec Center. I mean, really! What kind of parent would you be?!)
The Rec Center Staff
Dirk "Burch" Burchibald (voiced by Deven Mack Jr.) is the vertically-challenged, militaristic manager of the Meadowlark Rec Center. The fate of the center rests on his meaty shoulders, and he's painfully aware of his dire straights considering the staff he employs. Often any conversation with him turns into him barking at his employees as if he were a Drill Sergeant. He often reminisces of his glory days in Vietnam (No, he wasn't in the war, he worked at one of those Army Recruiting Offices between the Curves and the Dairy Queen.)
Derek Manthee (voiced by Chris Zambelis) is the anxiety-ridden, idealistic lifeguard at the center. If not for being an all-star high school swimmer, he would be painfully under-qualified for the job. He's the rec center's only lifeguard and also is too busy getting all introspective to pay enough attention to what's going on around him at the pool. Did you know he's not even CPR certified, come on!
Rebecca Kerswell (voiced by Cassie Ewulu) is the hot-headed, demon-spawn fitness instructor at the center. If there's something she doesn't hate more than children, it's having to spend 30+ hours a week with them. But hey, she's got student loans to pay. Her malice towards existence takes center stage in the pilot episode as fellow counselor Lolita is tasked with teaching her the art of "compunction".
Lolita Pooshawattaha (voiced by Kimlinh Tran) is the bubbly, flower child art instructor at the center. Did you know she's 1/4 Cheromanchequois? Well, you'll most likely not be able to go a day without hearing about it from her. She hasn't worn a pair of shoes or anything resembling them since she was 6, and most likely has callouses thick enough to walk across hot lava. Even though just her presence could alert drug dogs from a county away, she is a sorely needed ray of sunshine to an ascerbic Rec Center staff.
Jim Woodsworth (voiced by Anthony Sardinha) is the surly, narcissistic, lay-about... Well, he works at the Rec Center, but no one knows what purpose he serves, if any. His idea of a fun activity for kids would be having them run errands for him, while he sits and watches. He has an strange infatuation with his car (an old powder-blue Hatchback) which he converted into a makeshift apartment and has lived out of for a number of years.
Norm McCloskey (voiced by Marc Klopfenstein) is the pissy, gargantuan, metal-head lackey to Burch, much to his dismay. He used to be a music instructor, but a lack of interest from students has led to him spending his days doing menial office work. It's obvious he's been working there way too long as he spends his days fantasizing of murdering Burch. If you've been subject to daily humiliation for as long as he has, you'd probably be thinking of some pretty screwed-up stuff too!
What's the pilot episode about?
The pilot episode is entitled "Compunction", written by me and my good buddy Greg Lyons, with Story Editing by other awesome guy Zachary Moore.
Rebecca has been put on Occupational Probation by Burch and puts Lolita in charge of teaching Rebecca all about the art of "compunction." Meanwhile, Derek is also taking a crack at improving Jim's outlook on what it takes to be a good counselor. Norm just chills and looks pretty.
The current runtime of the episode is 13 minutes and 40 seconds. If picked up for a series, the show would run a traditional 22 minutes. This episode started as an 11 minute episode but grew a bit from there.
Anyway, the pilot is being animated in Flash (with as much traditional animation as possible) although if it gets picked up to series, I might prefer for it to be produced with traditional, hand-drawn animation.
It is currently set to be completed Summer 2012, so most likely September 2012 (cuz that's still fall)
Where will your money be going?
That's a very good question. The awesome thing is that the results are a lot closer than you think! The pilot has already been written AND the animatic is already completed AND several minutes of the movie are already %100 complete! Wow!!!
"Summer Rec" is a passion project I've been working on for over 2 years now and I'm hoping with your funding to be able to give back to the people who made this project possible for me to produce. Those fantastic folks would be my voice actors, my musician, and my co-writers, who have given me their invaluable time and talents for free thus far. I dunno, I think they're pretty worth it heh.
Also, I am in a bit of a pickle. My trusty computer that has stuck it with me through years of animating finally crapped out on me and I am in desperate need of a new computer. I have been animating the pilot on my girlfriend's computer for the last couple months and you can just guess how thrilled she is about that. Heh... hmm
All the additional money will go towards things such as submission fees to film festivals, ASIFA memberships, producing presentation DVDs and also, funding us personally taking the pilot to the 2012 Ottawa International Animation Festival and Television Animation Conference. All additional money will go towards making sure this is the best damn pilot it can possibly be!
The money you donate won't be to fund future episodes, just the pilot. My plans are to pitch it to networks upon completion. Wouldn't it be cool seeing "Summer Rec" on Adult Swim, or FX or who-knows-where in a few years???
One last thing...
I'd like to thank each and every one of you who decide to donate. No matter how big or small, every dollar counts! Even if you can't donate, feel free to tell your friends about this, ya know, if ya want. Each and every one of you have my undying respect and admiration.
P.S. Keep an eye out for "Summer Rec" production updates at The Comatose Cartoonist!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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