What is Northbound?
Northbound is a post-apocalyptic webseries set in a North American wilderness soon after a mysterious, cataclysmic event killed millions in a single day. Season 1 of the series is available to view for free exclusively through the entertainment website, GeekNation. The filmmakers are comprised of a Michigan and Los Angeles-based team that is dedicated to shooting in Michigan, and contributing to the long-term growth of the Upper Peninsula region.
Season 1, and the upcoming Season 2 of Northbound are designed as a prelude series to a feature film titled Northstar. Taken as a whole, The Northstar Saga will tell the story of a father as he works to discover why his daughter was one of the rare survivors to be rendered comatose after The Cataclysm. His journey will put him into contact (and inevitable conflict) with others that are struggling to rebuild lives, communities and an overall sense of purpose in a hazardous new world.
To date, Season 1 of Northbound has attracted nearly 1 million views on GeekNation, and an incredible outpour of support in Michigan has emboldened our growing team to move steadily forward. Season 2 is the next step in our journey, and we welcome you aboard!
Watch a Teaser showcasing what's to come in Season 2:
In the wake of a Cataclysm that has fractured North America, an ex-soldier named Alex retreats with this comatose daughter, Crystal, into a remote wilderness. Over the course of Season 1, Alex discovers two emergent groups that have targeted comatose survivors like Crystal for a mysterious purpose. After narrowly escaping these encounters, Alex is saved by a benevolent group of survivors called The Infinity Group, led by a humble Minister named Wallace.
Season 2 resumes several months later, with Alex now immersed in this new community and beginning to form a bond with Wallace. However, The Infinity Group has been pushed to the outer fringes of the forest by one of the factions Alex encountered earlier in Season 1, a dangerous militia of human traffickers called The Firewalkers. As events transpire, Alex will be faced with the choice of leaving his new friends to their own destiny, or becoming more involved in a violent power-struggle that could destroy all of his hopes for Crystal's future.
Northbound is shot in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a striking area that borders Wisconsin and America’s Great Lakes. From the beginning, Northstar Saga co-creators Seth and Nathan Anderson crafted their story around the forests, mines and lakes that fueled their imaginations growing up. Their instinct to shoot in the Upper Peninsula was soon borne out when Aerial Vantage Productions began delivering the first aerial shots that would become a hallmark of each Northbound episode. In addition to serving as a showcase for Michigan’s natural beauty, Northbound will continue to demonstrate how community-driven film projects can make a long-term impact to the economic, cultural, and artistic growth of a specific region. In the end, Michigan itself is a key character in The Northstar Saga, and our team could not imagine a better natural canvas for a story that mixes the primal and the fantastic.
Northbound, and The Northstar Saga is the creative brainchild of co-creators Seth and Nathan Anderson, and producer/writer Jason Hagen. The trio has been making films together for over a decade under their creative banner, Lullskull Ltd. After creating an early series of short films and music videos, Lullskull Ltd. shifted focus to Northstar, a feature film project set in a northern wilderness that tells the story of a father’s final quest to ensure a future for his daughter in the wake of a world-changing Cataclysm. After deciding to shoot Northstar in their hometown of Iron Mountain, Michigan, the Anderson brothers began researching the feasibility of mounting a major motion picture film production in the Upper Peninsula. As development progressed, Gary M. Bettman joined the team as Executive Producer, bringing over 20 years of experience as a Feature Film Producer to the project.
Season 1 of Northbound was originally intended as a proof of concept for Northstar. As word about the project spread, a group of local actors, craftsmen and filmmakers approached Seth, Nate and Jason about the possibility of collaborating on a Northstar-related video project. These early talks evolved into a series of promotional videos that in-turn attracted the attention of GeekNation in early 2015. Since then, this early collaboration between Lullskull Ltd. in Los Angeles and a core team of talented individuals based in Upper Michigan has solidified into the current force behind Season 2. With Season 1 complete, Northbound now stands as a full-fledged companion to Northstar, with Season 2 serving in part as a final “test-run” for the team to address any lingering creative, technical, and logistical questions remaining before diving into a more sophisticated project like Northstar.
Each member of our growing Northbound family is passionate about this project and the positive ways it will impact the state. When you take this next step with us, you enable us to widen our audience, to grow as creators, and to serve an area that we all hold close to our hearts.
2016 Season Two Campaign Breakdown
Obviously, we’ve set up big goals for Northbound Season 2 and our long-term vision for how it connects with Northstar. As with any large goal, we’ve broken the steps down into a manageable set of benchmarks that are ambitious enough to assure growth, yet realistic enough for us all to realize right now. Season 1 was made on minimal funds thanks to contributions from individual team members. Our minimum pledge goal for this Campaign is double what was spent for Season 1 production, and we believe what we’ve been able to accomplish so far is a strong argument for what we might accomplish in the future given a larger base of funds.
Through a combined effort of careful creative planning and logistics, this iteration of Northbound has been budgeted at a minimum amount of $15,000. This amount will insure that our team can accomplish all production and marketing needs required for the first 3 episodes of Season 2. If we make more than $15,000 during the course of this campaign, we’ve set a stretch-goal of $5,000 more (or $20,000 in total), which will allow us to shoot Episode 4 and complete the first half of Season 2 (the entire season will be 8 episodes in total). Completing the 4th episode enables us to round out the first phase of the season with a shocking climax that sets up the final endgame leading us directly into Northstar.
As you consider donating, we recommend watching Season 1 of Northbound, for free on GeekNation. We believe Season 1 offers the best way for anyone to get familiar with what has already been created, made available, and pre-visualized for the future. Know that your donation will not only contribute to an ongoing saga filled with dense narrative, compelling characters, and spectacular action, but you will help us maintain our commitment to a pristine region that has been under represented in the arts to date, and further plant the stakes to fulfill a long-term engagement with the area. With your help, we hope to inspire future generations to create fearlessly and give back to their communities.
From our family to yours, THANK YOU.
Risks and challenges
While the media industry is notoriously fickle, it can also be quite rewarding for major contributors with a commercially-viable project that is correctly positioned in the content market. That same market also seems to dictate what type of content will be made, sold, and survive, all in an unpredictable fashion.
A success of a project can come as a result of several factors: the impact of industry trends, timing of current events, strong story-telling, casting and performances that elevate the material, and strategically smart marketing campaigns. With many elements in play out of the creator's control, there is no clear-cut way of assuring a project's success. All content creators can do is study trends, take innovative approaches to the spread of project awareness, and hope it connects.
Aside from all the risk that goes into the making of content on the creative and logistical sides, there is even more risk on the contribution and funding-side. It is our top priority that we, as content creators hold fast to a steady vision that will guide this webseries from initial prep to final delivery. Key personnel have been and will be placed in positions to handle potential problems that may arise with sudden actor and location unavailability, a change in weather conditions, or unforeseen injuries. Our core creative and logistical team puts safety at the forefront of all projects, and we feel a deep responsibility to keep all contributors assured that they are supporting a project that is run with the utmost professionalism and care.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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