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A 6-episode series chronicling Margot's adventures in Brooklyn--looking for friends, fun, food, and maybe a little exercise.
A 6-episode series chronicling Margot's adventures in Brooklyn--looking for friends, fun, food, and maybe a little exercise.
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What is this?

I Am Not A Stupid Woman is a webseries created, written, directed, produced-by, and starring Nancy Melchert. It tells the story of Margot, and her adventures of being a mid-west sub-plant into this big beautiful city. (It's largely based on Nancy's life!) The pilot episode has been made (check it out on vimeo: http://vimeo.com/58148958) and we need your help to make the last 5 episodes to complete the series!

Where does the money go?

Great question; I'm glad you asked. 

The first place the money goes is to the dedicated crew who have given so much of themselves to the making of this project. The crew is paid a day-rate for their work; and snacks. Your generosity also helps provide healthy snacks and lunches (and endless coffee) to the cast and crew.

The remaining 5 episodes of I Am Not A Stupid Woman have a production schedule of 7 days. That's 7 days of day-rates, and 7 days of snacks, lunches, coffee, and transportation.

Next is the equipment. Did you notice how Margot basically looks like an angel here:

Margot looks like an angel.
Margot looks like an angel.

That's because of some really great lighting by really nice lights; those lights cost money. Without lights we'd be doing radio. 

And speaking of radio--did you notice how well you can hear everything? Yep, nice sound equipment. Yes, that also costs money.

Also, did you notice how the pilot is in HD and the video on this page is in SD? HD camera--yep, we have to rent that too! We have a whole slew of equipment to rent or buy to bring Margot's world to life.

Props! Yes, that was a special prop dodge-ball Margot threw over that fence. And those were prop books Margot checked out from the library! Future episodes have pirate themed parties and guacamole; all of these things cost money! 

Is this someone's dream?

Yes, it is. It's Nancy's dream to have a bit of her story told and put out there in the world. Help support Nancy's dream.

But is Nancy funny?

Yep.

How personal with those personalized commentaries get?

As personal as you wish! I'll send you a questionnaire to get to know you a little bit. From there I'll use some natural charm along with my improv training to record a commentary track you'll want to share with all your friends!

I really love this project and am really excited you want to be involved! Please tell your friends too!

Risks and challenges

Location! Location! Location! Just like in real-estate, this is really important factor in film making. I have locations lined up, and back-up locations lined up. The scripts are fairly insular; a lot of the action takes place in Margot's apartment and immediately surrounding areas.

My crew is small and dedicated and flexible. Our first day of shooting the pilot, there was a massive fog over the park we were shooting in. We stayed calm, charged some batteries, took a walk, got some coffee, and waited for the fog to clear. We didn't freak out, and often, that's the most important thing in overcoming challenges. Just because it's written one way doesn't mean it has to be shot that way. We can rewrite it on the fly, because I'm the writer. Our honest to goodness biggest challenge will be keeping all the lights on. In the event we can't get all the lights in our equipment list, we have photo bulbs and bounce board standing by for good comedic wash lighting.

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