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$8,000
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 10 2015 4:02 PM UTC +00:00

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Background

Mix & Master is a comedy series focused on the absurd world of music. In the pilot episode John Connolly steps into The Vault recording studio for the first time after years of following the career of the eccentric, but legendary Mark Reid. John soon discovers Reid is an arrogant, washed up, one-hit wonder, whose passion for music is outweighed by his love of beer. 

John Connolly (Ben Katagiri) and Mark Reid (Ben Bunce)
John Connolly (Ben Katagiri) and Mark Reid (Ben Bunce)

Gretchin Lewis (financial manager) and Gavin Mitchell (head engineer) work alongside John, as they struggle in an attempt to bring back The Vault's success, while battling Reid's self-destructive behavior. 

Reid makes a great first impression.
Reid makes a great first impression.

New up and coming artist Claire Palmer, sent in by label exec Morgan Thomas, arrives at The Vault for her first day only to be robbed of her studio time by Reid's pet project rap duo Green Eggs and Hamilton (and Caleb). 

Caleb (Ulisses Gonsalves) Hamilton (Collin Hunter) and Green Eggs (Jeremy Carter) recording in the studio.
Caleb (Ulisses Gonsalves) Hamilton (Collin Hunter) and Green Eggs (Jeremy Carter) recording in the studio.

As the season progresses Green Eggs and Hamilton work on their follow-up album to "Put the Children's Book Down," featuring the soon to be hit single "Hop on Pop (Cuz He Owes Mommy Money)." 

Meanwhile, Claire works on her first album, fighting to stand up for herself and achieve the focus and the studio time she deserves. 

Claire Palmer (Haley Beauregard) warms up.
Claire Palmer (Haley Beauregard) warms up.

The staff at The Vault do the best with what they've got. Unfortunately, what Gavin's got is paranoia. Gretchin has no voice. John is an intern. And Reid runs the show.

John meets Gavin Mitchell (Sam Gorenstein) for the first time.
John meets Gavin Mitchell (Sam Gorenstein) for the first time.

Filming

The pilot of Mix & Master took four 14-hour days to film. We managed to stay on schedule and come out under budget and still held ourselves to a high standard of film-making. 

Cast and crew on the set of the Mix & Master pilot.
Cast and crew on the set of the Mix & Master pilot.

Our goal is to continue the story of these characters as they learn that teamwork is the only path to success. Working together is a core theme of the show that starts in the writer's room and blends throughout the entire production. We all know the feeling of focus and determination when it comes to a project we love. Working individually can often be rewarding but nothing beats blending ideas and creativity and that is something we all can relate to.

Budget

The funding we receive will go towards equipment, props, food, makeup, wardrobe, locations, travel expenses, insurance and post-production for the next 3 episodes. The amount we're reaching for will cover the majority of our expenses and we will be taking care of additional costs on our own. Among our core production team we have multiple jobs covered which has lowered our budget substantially. See a breakdown of remaining costs below.

EQUIPMENT - $2830
Camera Lens Rental:
24-70mm f2.8 Canon Lenses - These lenses are perfect for the look and feel of the show and renting them saves thousands. $440 for 3 week rental of 2 lenses.
Camera Rental: Compact HD Canon 5D Mark III - This camera has revolutionized DSLR filmmaking and will improve our overall production quality. $690 for 3 week rental of two cameras
Lighting Equipment Rental: This lighting equipment along with our talented Director of Photography will rock these next episodes! $1700 for three week rental of all necessary lighting equipment

PROPS - $800
Prop Supplies: Great locations reduce this budget but with a realistic show comes pricey props!

MAKEUP AND WARDROBE - $2250
Makeup Kit: While our cast are incredibly good looking, makeup is an actor's best friend. $250
Wardrobe: Every character has their own style and particular look. $2000

ADMINISTRATION - $485 
Production Insurance:
Insurance for rented equipment. $225
USB Hard Drives: To improve the workflow of DIT and editing 4 hard drives would help tremendously. $260

LOCATIONS - $2200
Location Rental: Cathedral Sound is the perfect recording studio and we will also be showcasing some new locations.

POST-PRODUCTION - $675
Colorist: We are excited to work with a colorist and give this show the unique vibrancy it deserves. $225
Editor:
An editor in the hand is worth two in the bush! $450

PAYROLL - $5300 
Talent: 
We will have 10 actors featured in the next three episodes! $2250
Crew Members: Our production team is so passionate and hard working, this is a thank you for their service. $2250
Travel Expenses: While a lot of our cast live locally there are a few traveling far lengths to be on set each day. $800

CRAFT SERVICES - $2300
Meals, Snacks and Refreshments: A well nourished cast and crew is an efficient cast and crew! $2300

EXPENDABLES - $1960
Miscellaneous/Supplies:
From printing scripts to buying trash bags there are a number of items we will inevitably need!

Risks and challenges

Having already funded, shot, and edited our pilot episode we know shooting additional episodes will come with complications. Our pilot took 4 days to film and was produced for under $3000. From that experience we learned how to better plan and manage this project, and are confident we can increase the quality of our work. This cast and crew have the ability and talent to create ground-breaking work, all we need is a better suited budget.

During the filming of the pilot we ran into a number of obstacles. One of the biggest was when our lenses weren’t delivered the day before shooting. The production team handled it like pros. While a couple of us were writing emails to the cast and crew the others were on the phone tracking the whereabouts of the lenses. After a grueling night we had set up to retrieve the lenses only miles away from our filming location the following morning. Meanwhile, we did a fantastic job of keeping the cast and crew updated. The next day came, we picked up the lenses with no problems at all, the cast and crew all showed up when they were supposed to, it was like this huge crisis never happened.

Other unforeseen issues include weather conditions, illnesses, scheduling errors, and people simply not fulfilling their responsibilities. These are all issues we encountered and overcame while filming the pilot. To us these things are not barriers or roadblocks. They are simply a fact of filmmaking. The camaraderie and passion the entire cast and crew has for this project is unwavering. Honestly, we look forward to running into these challenges because it only brings us closer as a team.

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