Noobcamp is a show about an ex-professional gamer who is forced to teach a video game camp for kids.
While the popularity of web shows continue to rise, the concept is still fairly new. What's not new, however, are the techniques that film and television have discovered and perfected over the last hundred years. Rather than using these methods, many web shows just follow actors around with cameras while the actors discuss their backstory. It is the hero on his mission that we want to watch, not a rant about his history. By juxtaposing images, the contrast creates a third idea from within our mind that pushes the story forward. It makes us feel that we're a part of the adventure versus feeling like we're listening to a lecture.
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - Harry Warner, Warner Bros.
We want you to join us and launch the web series Noobcamp. While Noobcamp will be very entertaining, it is important to our team that we promote the idea of incorporating film logic to web shows. We hope Noobcamp will inspire more people to use film and television techniques to create their own amazing series'. Otherwise, we can just sit around and wait for Netflix to create more shows for us to watch, but we don't have the time for that.
"...It is pieces of film joined together that create an idea, which in turn creates an emotion in the mind of the audience. Not through spoken words, but through the visuals. It's a visual medium. And montage is the main thing. All moviemaking is pure montage." - Hitchcock
Noobcamp is a story about an ex-professional gamer who is forced to teach a video game camp for kids. Johnny7, as he was once known, was among the top pro gamers in the world and made millions in endorsements. The show picks up several years after his downfall. Johnny, now mid-20s, reckless and jaded from his fame and fortune, is probably the worst person for the job, but he may be exactly what they need.
(The tone of Noobcamp will be more realistic than the documentary of our real life adventures as seen above.)
We are creating a story that any person with a soul can enjoy. There will be game references and things that only gamers will appreciate but at the same time, we also aim to bridge the gap between gamers and non-gamers by delivering story that anyone can relate to.
"The illiterate invented the term "backstory" and you don't need it."- David Mamet
Here is a clip that is so boring we removed it from the main Kickstarter video above:
$5 Backers! Thank you for deciding to donate to our project! Technically speaking, donating money to a film makes you a producer! Thus we wanted pretty much everyone to have the opportunity to receive executive producer credit on IMDB. You will also have early access to the episode itself as soon as it is ready and early access to the behind the scenes. The behind the scenes will be in the same style as our Kickstarter video, documenting our ultra realistic lives and adventures during the creation of Noobcamp.
$24 Backers! You will receive the previous reward plus a girl’s hearts logo tank top. Unfortunately this tank top is exclusive to this reward.
$25 Backers! You will receive a Noobcamp vinyl diecut decal! What is that you ask? It's a super advanced sticker that is laser cut to perfection.
Additionally, if you happen to be in the LA area and spot Johnny7 aka Chaz, he has to stop what he is doing and buy you an orange juice. This was mainly due to us agreeing with Kickstarter's policy which forbids us to give you weapons and alcohol as a reward. Chaz will also give you a golden ticket to the premiere party! Check out the Johnny7 sightings map on the Noobcamp blog to track where he has been sighted. Includes all previous rewards.
$59 Backers! You will be able to choose one of the following exclusive Noobcamp T-shirts!
You will also receive a digital copy of the soundtrack for Noobcamp. The soundtrack will be a similar style to that of the promo music, but combining trap, electronic and orchestral. Includes all previous rewards.
$99 Backers! Johnny7's Mystery Box
Contents of Johnny7's Mystery Box:
[Tshirts x20] [Stickers x38] [Posters x20] [Noobcamp Shot Glass x15] [Noobcamp Cape x1] [Noobcamp Robe x1] [Johnny7’s Flask x2] [Custom made hearts logo phone case x2] [Special edition Noobcamp engraved phone case x1]
You will receive ONE item from this box at random. Includes all previous rewards.
$100 Backers! You will receive a limited edition tri-blend Noobcamp T-Shirt in vintage black. Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and the other T-Shirt. We only have 12 of these shirts so... yea...
$100 Backers! You will receive a limited edition tri-blend Noobcamp T-Shirt in heather white. Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and the other T-Shirt.
NEW! $100 Backers! You will receive a Noobcamp long sleeve baseball t-shirt! Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and the other T-Shirt.
$249 Backers! You will be able to choose one of the following exclusive Noobcamp posters with your choice of signed or not signed by the four of us. We will also be sending you a frame so it can look fancy when you hang it in your bathroom or attic or wherever. Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and tri-blend T-Shirt.
$499 Backers! You and a guest will be invited to the premiere party out in LA where you will be the first to see the pilot episode, the latest and greatest behind the scenes, meet the cast/crew and party with us. Unfortunately we are unable to provide travel and accommodations. Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and tri-blend T-Shirt.
$999 Backers! You will have to opportunity to be an extra in the show! Isn't that awesome?! No? Well then you also get a Special Edition Noobcamp engraved phone case. Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and tri-blend T-Shirt.
$2,499 Backers! You will have the opportunity to be in the show as a minor character. You will have lines so be prepared to use your acting. Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and tri-blend T-Shirt.
$10,000 Backers! If you donated ten grand to our little project, you're almost as crazy as we are! For your dedication, we will fly you out to LA from anywhere in the US and you will have the opportunity to be in the show as a guest star. In other words, you will be a character that is actively involved in the story. We will also be awarding you a medal for your dedication to our cause at the premiere party! Includes all previous rewards except the mystery box and tri-blend T-Shirt.
For rewards above $10,000, or if you feel like funding the entire show itself, please contact us via our blog at Noobcampblog.com/contact. Please keep in mind when donating above 10k that incentives will exponentially increase in intensity. Examples are, but are not limited to: Writing your name in the sky, putting your face on a blimp and flying it over Los Angeles, constructing a statue of you for the show, you get the idea.
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Creating a film is extremely difficult and you run the risk of it turning out to be a horrible mess that no one wants to watch. Luckily, as long as you build a film on a foundation of film logic your film will be in good shape. The main challenge will be putting the pilot together quickly. It will probably take many months. Since we still have to go to our jobs to survive we will only be able to work on this nights and weekends. We are extreme perfectionists so that doesn't help either.
We think a show about gamers is pretty unique. We think gamers will see themselves in most of the characters. The show, with its realistic tone, is about gamers dealing with real life problems, not just show a bunch of people playing video games. So it will appeal to their gamer side as well as their human side. Gamers don’t just play games. They laugh, they fail, they love, they search for adventure, they search for who they are.
The other thing they will experience when they watch Noobcamp is that they will be instantly engaged. They won't be prepared for the story in any way, they will be thrown right into it and they will have no idea what is going on. They will keep watching to find out more.
Another thing that makes this interesting is the concept of "what makes a great gamer so great?" Unlike most sports, anyone can play a game. Even grandmas can play games. The medium is so large, wouldn't it make it that much harder for a great gamer to stand out? At the same time, with games, anyone has the chance to be great.
Making a movie is ultra expensive. Computer animation enables you to create anything you can imagine for free. It is extremely technical but once you get past that the only thing that can stop you is your own imagination! We won a contest for our work and the California Department of Public Health aired our ad we did for them during prime time on NBC’s The Voice.
With that ad we had to stick very closely to what they wanted. It is nice being in a crowd sourced environment now where we are free to make anything we want.
We learned a lot doing the robot ad. In the computer you're not given anything. You have to create every detail by hand. Every frame is made by you. This caused us to start understanding how important each shot is. Usually you make a movie and its really easy to just throw some actors in front of a camera in a space that already exists and just capture them doing things. That is not filmmaking. It is the separate shots of things cutting together that tell a story.