An animated series about Meat Hook, a washed-up American rock band that discovers they are wildly popular in North Korea. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 17, 2012.
About this project
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In 1989 Meat Hook was the hottest band in America selling millions of albums and filling concert arenas. A few years later their careers were ice cold and for the next two decades they couldn't get a decent gig anywhere. Just when they were ready to give up music, they discovered they were red hot in North Korea. And that's where the story really begins.
After moving to Pyongyang, Meat Hook discovered life in North Korea is kinda weird. On a bright note, Kim Jong-Un made arrangements for them to move into the "Super-Fancyness American Compound," a small village of hundreds of other washed-up performers who had also hoped to reboot their careers in North Korea.
"38th Parallel" is a fun exploration of popular culture and of sharply contrasting ideologies, where we mix the absurdity of life in North Korea with the ridiculous elements of Western Culture.
Follow the adventures of Meat Hook as they get mixed up in international politics, popular culture, fashion, food, music, love and romance, and so much more.
Dave Schmevens is from Staten Island and grew up just a short distance from the Fresh Kills landfill. As a young man he liked to hop on the Staten Island Ferry with his guitar and write songs as he sailed back and forth across the bay. Dave's dreams of rock stardom began to unravel as he lost most of his hair in his early twenties to male pattern baldness. He felt reborn years later when he bought a men's wig made out of what was alleged to be the hair Bret Michaels lost when he was balding. Dave has a degree in History and when the band began to fail he spent many years working as a substitute teacher in various middle schools.
Cecil Sitwell hails from Blankenshire, England. He took up the drums at age 3 and has been pounding away ever since. Cecil is also an aspiring vegan chef and often takes charge of feeding the band. He came to the USA when he was 16 as an exchange student. He was hosted by Dave Schmeven's family and that is how he and Dave become band-mates and best friends.
Rosenblatt is from Queens, N.Y. He is the son of a Kosher butcher. His father, the much-beloved Schlome Rosenblatt, allowed his son and his son's friends to practice their music in the huge butcher shop freezer at night. The band's name "Meat Hook" is a tribute to Schlome who lost his life in a work-related incident in 1994.
Judy Cox is Meat Hook's biggest fan. She travels with the band and advises them on everything from business affairs to their love lives. She is their unofficial band photographer and blogger. Judy can afford to travel and just hang out because she is heir to the Cox Cupcake Company which invented the paper cupcake liner and still collects a royalty for every cupcake baked anywhere in North America.
Kim Jong Un is the son of Kim Jong-iL and grandson of Kim iL-Sung and goes by "K3" to his friends. He's kind of a cranky little f*cker but likes to hang out with Meat Hook because he loves being around "very coolness American music players."
Technically, Kim Jong-iL died in 2011. Luckily his spirit lives on in a top secret Kimchee jar. His son, the new ruler of North Korea, can open the jar at any time and dad will pop out and offer his wisdom and advice. He too is a Meat Hook fan and sometimes offers up his pearls of wisdom on life, love and leadership to the band and to Sweet Judy Cox. Yes, he smells a bit like pickled cabbage now, but this was the case for most of his life anyway.
Okay, sounds like a great show, but what do you need the money for?
Making an animated series can be expensive. We would like to start paying our voice actors and musicians. Raising $15,000 allows us to make a high-quality pilot episode and to pay everyone who contributes to it. This includes actors, animators, musicians, sound techs, writers and many more people you might never think about. It also helps cover many of our fixed costs and allows us to make future episodes for considerably less money. The more episodes we make, the less each one costs to make.
- $15,000: We can make an amazing pilot
- $20,000: Pilot and 2nd episode
- $30,000: Six episodes!
- $50,000: All of season one. 12 episodes!
- $100,000: A full year of "38th Parallel." 26 episodes!
Okay, take a break here and enjoy 20 seconds with Kim Jong iL's animation test below ...
Okay, get on board and help us out and get some of the great rewards below!
We're looking for a sponsor for our show. Your company can have its product visually integrated into our show and possibly even integrated into our stories. Your logo can appear on the shirts of our characters. The great advantage of this type of sponsorship is that your logo/brand/product remain in our show for eternity. It's not just a one-off, it's there forever. Whether we go viral, license our show to a cable network, or export it around the world, your logo is always there for the same small sponsorship costs. Additionally, our sponsor will be entitled to use our characters in print ads and animation promoting your product, subject to a few minimal guidelines. We can even do the animation for you! We are only interested in having one key sponsor, so if you'd like to be a big part of the 38th Parallel/Meat Hook team, contact us immediately.
HUGE Thanks to the following peeps who helped us out big-time:
VOICE-OVER Tech. engineer
MUSIC FOR KICKSTARTER PIECE
Music By: Russel Spurlock and Whatnot Industries
Theme song Music performed By: Joee Corso
Special Thanks to all our friends in Laurel Canyon for their valuable input!
Risks and challenges
Creating great animation is challenging and like any other artistic endeavor it can be full of surprises--- some pleasant, some not so pleasant. Actors drop out, files are lost, and computers behave in ways that drive us to insanity. Sometimes stories that worked great on paper don't feel right when played out on the screen. When doing live-action film and tv, if an edit doesn't work in post-production you can dig into a file filled with dozens of other takes or other angles. With animation that's not the case; new footage and new angles take time because they need to be created. Other times everything is working great but budget and scheduling issues eat up more resources than expected. Good sound is trickier than people realize. Finding or creating the right piece of music can be exhausting and sometimes expensive. Let's face it, if this was easy everyone would be doing it.
We recognize that "38th Parallel" is an ambitious project. However, Evan has been animating for 20+ years and Sam has written/directed/produced for national television with tight budgets and even tighter schedules. Working without the typical creative and scheduling constraints imposed by network TV, we're confident that this project is within our ability. We are aware of all the challenges listed above because we have encountered them in the past, numerous times. In fact, we encountered many of them as we were producing our Kickstarter video. As you can see, however, it came together and we're proud of it and presumably you liked it enough to keep reading all the way to down to here.
Can we say with 100% certainty that we'll make exactly what we envisioned? No. No filmmaker should ever say that. Can we promise that we'll absolutely come in on time and on budget? No. We're artists but we're realists-- even if that might sound like a contradiction. What we can say with absolute certainty is that we both love this project and that we'll be giving 100% of our time and energy into making it amazing.
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38th parallel: The latitudinal line that approximately forms the boundary between North Korea and South Korea.
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A download of our pilot episode plus early access to future episodes, sent to you free, before anyone else sees them. Plus your name on our Thank You wall.Estimated delivery:
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The Meat Hook Fan Pack. Meat Hook and 38th Parallel tattoos, a refrigerator magnet, the Meat Hook guitar pick, and the Meat Hook bumper sticker. Plus the reward above.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Evan York/Sheldon Black tee shirts. Six amazing designs to choose from. Commissioned by the Sheldon Black company, designed by York. Don't forget to check out the "Six Pack" option down below !Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Meat Hook/38th Parallel Tee Shirt. Your new favorite band on the front of a high quality cotton tee shirt, delivered directly to you.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Meat Hook ladies' tank top. Look amazing while telling the world "I love Meat Hook!"Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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A signed poster from the Meat Hook concert in Pyongyang North Korea. Plus a signed color print taken from our pilot episode. Both items signed by Evan & Sam and all the surviving band members. We will also throw in the magnet, guitar pick and stickers and the early downloads of 38P.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You're a band member now! Send us your picture, tell us what instrument you wanna play, and we'll draw you into the band photo and email you the hi-resolution copy.Estimated delivery:
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THE SIX PACK. All six York/Sheldon-Black shirts for just 60 clams, including domestic shipping. That's a bargain my friends. Click the link below the picture to see a video of the shirts close up.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Two Passes to the "38th Parallel" Kickoff party. Food, drinks, live music, awesome gifts, and a night of magic with the crew of "38P" and all the artists. Lodging &Transportation not included.Estimated delivery:
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Hand Drawn one-of-a-kind Evan York shirt. An original design, created only once, done by the artist's own hand. You can even give us some input on what you'd like your design to be about. Check out the pics to the left to see what stars are also wearing these amazing hard-to-get shirts.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Guest Star. We'll create a character that looks like you and has your name. The character will appear in one episode and will have at least three lines of dialogue (spoken by one of our actors, or by you, if you come to L.A.). You'll also get two passes to our kickoff party and a package including shirts, prints, signed scripts and more.Estimated delivery:
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Original one-of-a-kind artwork by Evan York. His latest piece titled "Rock Candy" as seen at "The House of Rock" and featured in The L.A. Times. Includes dinner with Evan & Sam for you and a friend, plus two tee shirts and several signed stills from 38P.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Executive Producer. Your name as an Exec Producer in the credits of the first 5 episodes. Plus: 10 kick-off party invites, 10 tee shirts, 10 signed stills from the show, stickers, magnets, drum sticks, guitar picks, signed scripts and a lunch-time visit to our production facility for you and a friend. Plus MAJOR BONUS: a guest appearance as listed above, with you ANIMATED into the show, with at least 3 lines of dialogue. (Lodging and transportation to California not included but we'll gladly pick you up at the airport and take you back)Estimated delivery:
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Official Sponsor. Contact us to discuss becoming our official sponsor. Your product or company will be integrated into our show. We will plaster the name of your product/brand throughout each episode plus loan out our characters to endorse your product. We are only interested in having one such sponsor, so please contact us ASAP, as when this opportunity is gone, it's GONE.Estimated delivery:
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