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A Blind Sheriff. An Able Deputy. An Original Western Audio Drama. Get ready to SEE The West as Sheriff Burns does: Without Sight.
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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.

WHAT'S NEXT?

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.

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    "MUCH OBLIGED, PARDNER"

    Your name will appear on our Donor List at www.PowderBurnsWest.com. Our sincere thanks and a tip of the ol' ten-gallon hat to you!

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    "PONY EXPRESS"

    Mail call! Get a postcard from the cast and crew with the Powder Burns logo.

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    "BOWDER PURNS"

    Even the best of us make mistakes, and sometimes it's mighty entertaining! Receive a Digital Blooper Reel from our pilot episode!

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    "BOWDER PURNS - DELUXE EDITION"

    You've struck audio comedy gold! Receive a Digital Blooper Reel of each episode - sent directly to your email address!

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    "HISTORY OF THE OLD WEST"

    Sit in on a chat between the creators! Submit a question and watch us answer in a live stream with Powder Burns' behind-the-scenes team.

    Possible dates: June 1, 8, 15, or 22 (will be 2 dates). If you can't join us live, the videos will be saved for later viewing.

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    Includes "Bowder Purns Deluxe" and "Much Obliged, Pardner."

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    "THE SHERIFF AIN'T HERE RIGHT NOW"

    Give your newfangled cell phone some Old West flair with an outgoing voicemail message recorded by John Wesley Shipp.

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    Includes "History of the Old West," "Bowder Purns Deluxe" and "Much Obliged, Pardner."

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    "READIN' & WRITIN'"

    Receive a copy of the pilot script signed by the cast and crew!

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    "READIN' & WRITIN' & ARITHMETIC"

    Personally made out to you by John Wesley Shipp, a signed copy of a script used during recording, complete with notes, dogeared pages and coffee stains where applicable.

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    "WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE"

    Gussy up your homestead with a beautiful poster of the Powder Burns logo, signed by cast and crew and fit for framing!

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    "HE TALKED TOO MUCH, SHERIFF"

    2-Hour voiceover session with director/engineer Noah DeBiase. Noah will help you find commercial copy, direct and record your demo, and hand-deliver your physical rewards.

    Must live in and/or travel to midtown NYC.

    Includes "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and all lower tiers except "Readin' & Writin' & Arithmetic."

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    "SEE WITH SIGHT!"

    Ever wonder what an audio recording session is like? Join us as a VIP audience member! Sit in as we record an episode and meet some of the cast and crew. Afterwards, creator/producer/actor David Gregory will hand-deliver your physical rewards!

    Includes "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and all lower tiers except "Readin' & Writin' & Arithmetic."

    Dates subject to actor availability. Summer '15

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    "HAVE SOME GRUB, DEPUTY"

    This one here is the big enchilada! Join Writer/Producer/Actor David Gregory and Director/Engineer Noah DeBiase for dinner! We'll meet up in midtown Manhattan and regale you with stories about creating the show, our extensive knowledge of Old Time Radio, or whatever else you find fascinating! Presence of actors and other members of the creative team will be subject to their availability so no promises, but we'll see what we can do. Afterward, your physical rewards will be hand-delivered by our fearless creative team.

    Must live in and/or travel to midtown NYC.

    Includes "Wanted: Dead or Alive" and all lower tiers except "Readin' & Writin' & Arithmetic."

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