four a.m. productions was born on a shoe-string budget and a flip-cam. Co-creators Wesley Taylor and Mitchell Jarvis met in the original company of Broadway's "Rock of Ages." They first collaborated on creating the backstage parody, "Rock of Ages Productions" with fellow cast mate Lauren Molina.
Jarvis and Taylor's follow up web project was the critically-acclaimed series, "Billy Green". A satirical comedy about fame whores in show business. A sharp commentary on the lengths actors go to in the name of fame, Broadway stars flocked to guest star and cameo in the sharp-witted spoof of their world.
The latest effort by four a.m. productions was the freshman season of "it could be worse," a twisted dramedy that follows the hapless Jacob Gordon as he struggles to become a working actor. He trudges toward success while juggling a cloying boyfriend he can't shake, a distant and unpredictable lover, a toiling career and a truly dysfunctional family life. You can watch the series in it's entirety on it's web site: http://itcouldbeworse.tv/watch
This fundraising effort is to continue Jacob Gordon's story to Los Angeles in Season 2 of "it could be worse." Jarvis and Taylor look to make you laugh, gasp and cry through Jacob's efforts to become relevant in Hollywood. A dark and raw look at the gay Hollywood underbelly, Season 2 will pull no punches in it's examination of sexuality. With recurring themes of humiliation, lust, jealousy and fear.. Jacob Gordon will once again try to be better than he really is.
Risks and challenges
Every film project faces a variety of risks and challenges. If successfully funded, this project will be no different. Shooting on location in a finite period of time raises challenges should there be poor weather conditions, scheduling conflicts with either actors or locations, or exceeding budget.
Shooting exterior scenes in New York City was always unpredictable, but it was home! As ICBW ventures to Los Angeles, not only could it face the elements in an exterior shoot, but production has traffic and car scenes to now incorporate, which will be a new challenge!
As you may or may not have noticed, ICBW tends to collect some of the best and brightest performances from the industry for it's cast. This humble web series is constantly at the hypothetical risk of being on set and one of the actors books a major gig and Wes and Mitch have to re-write! They will have local LA talent, but production will also be transporting some New York actors and they risk significant travel issues affecting the shoot schedule. Mitch and Wes are prepared and excited to face these obstacles head on.
The challenge will be to complete production in LA in a matter of a month. Wes and Mitch plan to tackle this by being over-prepared. They have a lot of help in LA, and will work tirelessly to complete production in the allotted time. They plan to supplement the schedule with production in New York, where they have successfully produced a number of similar projects to this one.
Should the project exceed its budget, Mitch and Wes are prepared to supplement the remaining cost out of pocket... Which serves as an excellent motivator to stay under budget.
All you really need to know is that Wes and Mitch are tireless workers who always finish what they start. They work fast, and efficiently.
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