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An online comedy series about two best friends, who are both ghosts, trying to figure out their unfinished business.
An online comedy series about two best friends, who are both ghosts, trying to figure out their unfinished business.
An online comedy series about two best friends, who are both ghosts, trying to figure out their unfinished business.
301 backers pledged $22,263 to help bring this project to life.

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 LIFE, AFTER is a web series by Corinne Caputo and Erica Tachoir.

The show follows two best friends (Corinne and Erica) who are hit by a bus, die, and become ghosts. Together, they navigate the strange rules of the afterlife while trying to figure out their unfinished business so that they can "pass on."

Corinne and Erica learn the hard way that ghosts can pass through walls but not glass. They accidentally haunt an old friend. A new "roommate" moves into their once beloved apartment. They try bringing Erica's former crush to a pottery wheel to reenact the scene from the movie Ghost. They meet other ghosts and find even more uncertainty about what the afterlife means. Perhaps there is no such thing as unfinished business at all...

Though it has dark moments (It is a show about death...), Life, After is ultimately a fun and light-hearted exploration of friendship. How does Erica and Corinne's friendship survive when time is infinite and responsibilities are absent? How do they navigate the uncertainty? How can they find a way to change their outfits?

Once we are funded, we plan to shoot Life, After this summer, targeting an online release for the fall.

The first season of Life, After will be ten episodes, all around three minutes. We want to keep the show short, engaging, and easy for online viewing. They will be released all at once (~Netflix style~), with the pilot episode coming out a week in advance, to allow people to view it at their own pace.

We intend to do everything we can to publicize the series and seek a larger platform for future seasons.

$21,600. It is lot of money. We get that. We also realize it might be hard to imagine where that money is going. Here's a rough overview of the budget to give you a sense of how the money will be spent:

Equipment and Transportation // $5,650 // Camera rentals, lighting, grip and electric... it takes a lot of gear to make videos! We're getting some great deals by using personal gear and equipment at reduced rental costs, but there's still a lot that we need to achieve the awesome production quality we want. Also, we need to be able to move all that stuff, from Point A to Point B, which means renting vans and paying for secure parking.

People // $4,575 // The key creative folks listed above have all graciously agreed to donate their time to this project. But we still need to pay the rest of our crew members because they are talented professionals (all of whom will be working below their normal rates). Also, regardless of pay, they all need to eat during long production days! We've included our food budget in this number as well.

Locations and Production Design // $3,275 // Ghosts party in a haunted hotel. Erica stages a seduction in a pottery studio. Corinne and Erica get hit by a bus. These scenes are going to require some specific location needs, and we need money to gain access to those awesome spaces. We also need to make our locations and the people in them look awesome and true to our ghost world.

Post Production // $5,000 // So often forgotten and neglected, post-production is really where the project comes together, and there's a lot that has to happen after the shooting wraps. Beyond the main picture edit, there's the sound design, the visual effects to create our ghostly appearances, music, and more!

Insurance // $1,500 // What if something breaks? What if someone gets hurt? Hopefully, our shoot will go smoothly without any major issues, but all sorts of things can happen on a set, and it's important for us to be covered and prepared for those situations.

Other // $1,600 // This covers everything from the fee Kickstarter takes to actually delivering on our rewards, as well as any other unplanned expenses.

You may be wondering why we decided to make Life, After as a web series. We firmly believe that the media landscape is shifting in favor of streaming platforms. We love high quality episodic content, and so many of our favorite shows are now viewed online. A successful web series has the potential to reach a much larger audience than we previously would have found at film festivals and more traditional platforms for independent creators. We want to be a part of this exciting new stage in entertainment.

We believe in the quality of the content we are creating with Life, After, and we think the time is ripe for this funny, earnest, female-driven comedy, and we believe it can find its best audience online.

CORINNE CAPUTO // co-creator and lead actor // Corinne is the author of How to Success: A Writer's Guide to Fame and Fortune, which will be published by Chronicle Books in Spring 2016. She has written for Refinery29, HelloGiggles, Bustle, and other sites. She studied improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and performs regularly in the monthly HelloGiggles show at the UCB Theater. Every year when blowing out her birthday candles, Corinne wishes to never see a ghost. www.corinnecaputo.com

ERICA TACHOIR // co-creator and lead actor // Erica is a graduate of the film department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her short film, "Too Sunny for Santa," screened at festivals around the country and won some awards, too. She also studied at Atlantic Theater Company's acting school and at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she and Corinne met. She has appeared in national commercials and in projects that have screened at film festivals and on the world's biggest stage: the internet. Erica swears she saw a ghost at night as a child, and she gasped so hard that she woke her parents. www.ericatachoir.com

PAUL PENCZNER // director // A graduate of NYU’s film program, Paul is a director at the Brooklyn based production company, Buffalo Picture House (www.buffalopicturehouse.com). He’s worked in the editorial department for features, short films and documentaries. As a director he has worked on commercials, short films, sketch videos, and educational projects. He also happens to be dating Erica. As a seven year old, Paul would not go into his family’s basement because he thought the ghost of Adolf Hitler lived there (He lived in Memphis).

TESSA TREANOR // producer // Tessa, a graduate of NYU/Tisch Film, has produced web content and short branded videos for clients such as 360i, A+E Digital Studios and Funny or Die as well as award-winning short and feature length films. She also produces for the popular comedy web series SRSLY (2014 Webby Awards Honoree). Tessa has never seen is a ghost, which is surprising since she is from England where everything is very old. www.tessatreanor.com

MATTHEW TROY // cinematographer // Matthew has worked as a cinematographer for a variety of film, TV, and web productions from as far away as New Jersey, where he shot the feature film Chasing Yesterday, to the even farther away destination of the Czech Republic. An alum of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received faculty commendations for his work behind the camera (and where he and Erica started collaborating in their freshman year), Matthew combines his volunteer firefighter/EMT and filmmaking skills to teach safety to current NYU students. As of this writing Matthew has never seen a ghost, but he has seen Ghost.

OUR CAST will be composed of talented comedic actors who have appeared on the UCB stage, Broad City, and High Maintenance, and in videos for IFC, Above Average and College Humor.

Thank you for taking the time to check out our project. We really hope you'll join our team and support Life, After, either by donating or sharing with your friends (or both!). We absolutely cannot make this without incredible people like you. 

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to us at lifeafterseries@gmail.com. You can also join our mailing list at lifeafterseries.com and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are interested in Corinne and Erica's past work, you can watch their short film below or watch their web series, DIY Friends, here.

Risks and challenges

There are always uncertainties in video production. Locations can fall out, schedules can get pushed back, and we may need to rewrite episodes and scenes to better match our resources. We are 100% dedicated to getting this project made, while also remaining flexible to the variables that may be thrown our way. We plan to be transparent during this process and will update our backers with any variations from our original plan.

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    “The Friendly Ghost” - Corinne and Erica will haunt a photo of you on social media + Whenever they die (100 years from now, peacefully in their sleep), they will attempt to visit you as ghosts.**

    **This is not guaranteed, as we have no idea how the afterlife actually works.

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    “The Medium” - Are you looking for a way to communicate with the afterlife? Or at least the behind-the-scenes happenings on "Life, After?" You'll gain access to our secret Tumblr blog with bonus material and fun extras + "The Friendly Ghost"

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    "The Spooky Grab Bag" - Corinne will mail you 1-3 spooky items from Erica's apartment. Will it be a potted plant? The remote control for the TV? Kosher salt? It's a (spooky) surprise! + "The Medium" and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    “The Obituary” - Soon-to-be published author Corinne Caputo will write you an obituary. Will you be remembered for your philanthropy, good looks, or exceptional recorder playing abilities? Corinne will decide + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Medium" and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    “The Life Saver” - (Limited to greater New York and Connecticut based donors) Learn a lesson in ghost prevention by receiving your C.P.R. certification with instruction from American Heart Association C.P.R. trainer and volunteer firefighter/E.M.T./cinematographer Matthew Troy + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    "The Run for Your Life!" - (Limited to N.Y.C. and Nashville/Hendersonville, TN based donors) Exercise ghost prevention by joining Erica on a run of your desired distance from 1-10 miles (at Erica's pace or yours, whichever is slower) along an awesome, scenic route + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    “The Haunted House” - Corinne and Erica will haunt your house! Or at least your refrigerator... with an exclusive "Life, After" magnet + A special thanks in the credits of the final episode + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    "The Unfinished Business" - Are you a fan of Corinne and Erica's strange short film, "Be the Change?" You'll get an exclusive poster advertising Corinne's recorder concert at Carnegie Hall in the year 2020, as seen at the end of the film + A special thanks in the credits of the final episode + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Haunted House, "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    "The Epitaph" - Receive copies of the "Life, After" scripts signed and annotated by Corinne and Erica + A special thanks in the credits of the final episode + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Haunted House, "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    "The Haunted Year" - Corinne and Erica will haunt your mailbox every month for a year with a really fun, unique postcard + A special thanks in the credits of the final episode + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Haunted House," Your choice (if applicable) of "The Life Saver" or "Run for Life," "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    “The Ghost Tour” - Visit the set of "Life, After" and be featured in our party episodes. Can't make it in person? We can Skype or Facetime you sometime during our shoot and give you a virtual tour + A special thanks in the credits of the final episode + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Haunted Year," "The Haunted House," "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost"

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    "The Famous Last Words" - Received a signed copy of Corinne's upcoming book, "How to Success: A Writer's Guide to Fame and Fortune" (Chronicle Books, Spring 2016) + A special thanks in the credits of the final episode + A thank you on our website (lifeafterseries.com) + "The Epitaph" + "The Haunted Year," "Unfinished Business," "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost

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    "The V.I.G." (Very Important Ghost) - An associate producer credit + An invite to the "Life, After" wrap party as well as invitations to any other special events, parties, premieres, etc. + "The Famous Last Words," "The Epitaph," "The Haunted Year," "The Haunted House," Your choice (if applicable) of "The Life Saver" or "Run for Your Life," "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost

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    "The Immortal" - You'll be rewarded for life and beyond with an executive producer credit for the full first season of "Life, After" + An invite to the "Life, After" wrap party as well as invitations to any other special events, parties, premieres, etc. + "The Famous Last Words," "The Epitaph," "The Haunted Year," "The Haunted House," The option to choose (location-permitting) either "The Life Saver" or "The Run for Your Life," "The Obituary," "The Medium," and "The Friendly Ghost

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