WHAT IS POWDER BURNS?
POWDER BURNS is an Original Western Audio Drama. For those of you new to the genre, an Audio Drama is like a podcast of a play; a serial story in aural form. Popular in the golden age of radio, the entire show is audio only and is recorded from the perspective Sheriff Emmett Burns. You'll be between his ears as the action plays out, experiencing the Old West as never before!
The show seeks to combine the gritty excitement of a modern Western with rustic charm of a John Wayne classic. Not only are we bringing the highest quality entertainment that puts the blind community in the driver's seat, but we are also bringing awareness to the general public of what it would be like to be BLIND. "Powder Burns" is for anyone who is looking for the most unique entertainment experience they've ever HEARD.
WHERE CAN I LISTEN?
Our pilot episode "Blind Sheriff" is Free RIGHT NOW! Click below to listen and HEAR exactly what you will be donating to! (Also available on iTunes and www.PowderBurnsWest.com)
HOW DID IT START?
I began working on an idea for an audio-only show about someone who is blind 2 years ago. First, I started with a Sci-Fi premise, then went to Detective Noir. When I re-worked it as a Western, the characters came alive. The Western genre allows for more character driven stories - things that mean a great deal to us personally (Disability Awareness, School Shootings, Racism, Alzheimers, etc), so I thought it fitting to cast some of my close friends and family.
John Wesley Shipp and I worked as father and son on ABC's One Life to Live up until it's last day on air in 2012. I knew he'd be a perfect fit for the title role of easy-going Sheriff with a heavy soul. My Uncle Bill in Phoenix jumped in as the show's announcer, emailing his lines from Arizona. And my cousin William was anxious to design the poster. A true family affair.
All of us on the cast and crew work as a family - it's a true labor of love.
As creator/writer/producer, I funded our pilot episode out of my own pocket (with the generous help of a few friends!) and managed to bring us in WAY under budget. Take a look:
PILOT EPISODE BUDGET: $2,838 (100% funded!)
450 - actors (100 each, 50 for our announcer); 300 - video/stills; 500 - engineering; 1,000 - original music; 188 - studio (rehearsal/recording); 400 - poster art.
For future episodes, I would love to give my crew a raise! Some episodes have a larger number of people in the cast. And some do not. We are also looking at some major GUEST STARS! Balancing this out brings us to a new budget:
AVG. FUTURE EPISODE BUDGET: $3,000
avg. 250 (ranging from 50-500) per actor; 250-500 for engineering; 250 - additional music; 200 - studio (rehearsal/recording)
We are looking to do an additional 6 episodes and need your help!
To ensure we meet our goal, I've set the budget at $10,000. But we are hoping to push passed that. $15,000 would be IDEAL and would allow us enough freedom to ensure we complete our first "season".
On behalf of the Cast and Crew of Powder Burns, I thank you for your generous support!
David Gregory, series creator / writer / producer
Risks and challenges
SCHEDULING is the biggest hurdle for us. All of the actors on the show are in huge demand. Our stellar crew puts in long hours to ensure a stunning production.
However, the wonderful thing about doing audio drama is we can work around everyone's schedules and principal recording doesn't actually take very long. For the pilot episode, we rehearsed for 2 hours as a group and spent only 3 hours in the recording studio. Not everyone was available for every single hour, so we worked around them. No costumes, no makeup, no memorizing - but one stellar sound production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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