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Central Ohio's #1 kid's rock band is making the galaxy's greatest kid's TV show, spotlighting the creative arts! And we need YOUR help!
Central Ohio's #1 kid's rock band is making the galaxy's greatest kid's TV show, spotlighting the creative arts! And we need YOUR help!
410 backers pledged $23,467 to help bring this project to life.

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The Shazzbots have been rockin' around Columbus since the release of their first album Shazzbots GO! in 2008. They have played over 200 shows for thousands of children throughout Ohio. In 2013 the Shazzbots released their second album, Blast Off, to a sold out show at the Gateway Film Center.

Our Albums

Shazzbots GO! and Blast Off!
Shazzbots GO! and Blast Off!

With two great albums under their jumpsuit belts, the 'Bots are ready to reach for the next stage of their dreams, an original Shazzbots TV show!

We're setting out to make a show that is going to be a little bit of learning and a whole lot of fun! So, get on board with the Shazzbots! We're shooting for the stars, and we want you to come along for the ride!

What's the show?
In brief: the show will be made up of live-action, animation and puppets. The audience will follow the band throughout the universe as they jet from gig to gig, learning all about music, art, and everything creative, all while having a blast along the way!

Pre-Production Artwork

Band Room Set Concept Art
Band Room Set Concept Art
Our Winnebago!
Our Winnebago!
Space Chicken Puppet Blueprint
Space Chicken Puppet Blueprint

Show Structure Example:

The ‘Bots are in route to their next show and problems come up to impede their progress. By working together, they are able to overcome the problem, learning a lesson along the way. The show ends with the Shazzbots making it to the next gig and performing for an audience. The overall story arch will be broken up with short vignettes of music lessons, art, jokes, science and more.

Why Is This Important?

We believe art, music, and creativity is every bit as important as math, science, and grammar. It shouldn't be pushed by the wayside or given short shrift in children's education.

Our show will focus primarily on arts education. For example, a season of We're The Shazzbots! would include some of the following:
     • Music lessons
     • How to draw segments
     • On location with artists (painters/glass blowers/muralists/printmakers/
       photographers/etc.)
     • On location with musicians (orchestra/jazz/recording studio/etc.)

We're The Shazzbots! will depict a galaxy populated by... Space Chickens, dancing bears, drumming octopi, hillbilly beard creatures, robots, space farmers, moon rhinos, scientist families, space stuntmen, giant cats, lost dinosaurs, space pirates, Unka Lunkans, alien children, Saturnian jazz club owners, Duders, space circus performers, Plutonians, space bugs...
You get the idea!

Our Pilot Episode... "Communication Is Key"
With your support, we'll be able to create the pilot episode to start the We're The Shazzbots! saga. Here is our synopsis of our history-making pilot episode:

The crew is heading to their next gig when they notice that their ship has been taken over by a massive space bug infestation, all thanks to Professor and his experiment gone wrong. Though trying to cover it up at first, Professor comes clean with his mistake, and the crew learns how the mishap could have been averted with open communication.

Pilot Storyboard
Pilot Storyboard

What we have so far...
We have a script; we have a studio; we have a team of writers; we have videographers; we have sound engineers; we have animators; and of course, we have the band and their songs. Plus, we ALL have one focus... to make a world class kid's TV show.

What we need...
It takes a lot to create a TV show of this caliber, so we'll need the extra funds to help pay for set materials, props, animators, costumes, all new puppets, studio time, film crew, art and design, post production and editing. We plan to create the Shazzbots universe, starting with the interior of our spaceship, building it out from there room by room.

Who we are...
Captain Captain (AKA Ian Hummel) - captain / vocals & guitar
Scopes (AKA Mike Heslop) - navigator & chef / bass
Luna Stardust (AKA Dianne Hummel) - data analyst & veterinarian / percussion & vocals
Watts Watson (AKA Steve Frye) - engineer & mechanic / drums
Professor Swiss Vanderburton (AKA Josh Tully) - science officer / lead guitar

The (Animated) Crew!
The (Animated) Crew!

Rewards!...

Authentic Captain Captain Hat!
Authentic Captain Captain Hat!
ShazzCadet Pin Set!
ShazzCadet Pin Set!
Authentic Shazzbot Patch!
Authentic Shazzbot Patch!
Exclusive Kickstarter T-Shirt!
Exclusive Kickstarter T-Shirt!
Super Fan Pin Set!
Super Fan Pin Set!
Exclusive Shazzbots Sticker!
Exclusive Shazzbots Sticker!
Original Production Artwork!
Original Production Artwork!

Risks and challenges

With any video production, there is always opportunity for delays. Whether creative, technical, or financial. Our team is made up of a dedicated crew of professionals who are working relentlessly to bring this project to life. This team is responsible for almost the entirety of the project which limits external obstacles and keeps our team accountable.

Some of the benefits in our favor are:

Experienced:
Art Director
Producer, Director
Musicians
Puppeteers
Director of Photography
Dedicated Studio and Facility for both set and equipment.

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    DIGITAL HIGH-FIVE emailed from the Shazzbot crew member of your choice!

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    Artwork Production Book filled with concept art from the show! (the ship, Bots, animated crew members, rooms on the ship, aliens, puppets, etc.)

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    Special Thanks to you or whomever you would like in the credits of the show!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the Pilot Episode
    "We're The Shazzbots!"

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    Shazzbots Blast Off CD signed by the band plus a sticker!

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    PREMIERE TICKET! Come watch the premiere with the whole crew. Hurry tickets are limited!

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    Kickstarter Exclusive "We're The Shazzbots!" TV Show T-Shirt! Available only through this campaign!

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    "We're The Shazzbots!" pilot episode (with extras!) DVD!

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    "We're The Shazzbots!" pilot episode (with extras!) signed and numbered limited edition DVD with a bonus hand drawn sketch!

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    COMBO PACK #1
    Pilot DVD + Production Art Book

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    Limited Edition Shazzbots Concert Poster Print produced exclusively for the show!

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    Limited Edition Captain Captain Hat just like he wears on the show!

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    COMBO PACK #2
    Pilot DVD + Blast Off! CD

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    COMBO PACK # 4
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    Tour of the TV Show set! -
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    Be filmed with Captain Captain in the cockpit of the Shazzbot spaceship,
    Plus a pizza party with the 'Bots!

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    Super Fan Package -

    Free High-Five,
    Button Set,
    Artwork Production Book,
    Special Thanks in Credits,
    Pilot Episode DVD,
    We're the Shazzbots T-shirt.

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    Original Production Artwork for the TV Show signed by the artist! Very limited!

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    Jr. Shazzbot Fan Club Kit! -
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    Real Shazzbot Patch (Just like the crew wears!),
    Button Set,
    Sticker,
    Membership ID Card,
    Phone Call on your Birthday!

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    VIP PREMIERE PACKAGE! You and your favorite pal get: First dibs on seating, free popcorn and soda, premiere poster, special thanks in the credits.

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    Producer Credit on the TV Show along with a script of the episode signed by the cast and crew!

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    A Custom Song written by the Shazzbots just for you! Can be about the subject of your choice! (You, your kid, a friend, a pet, etc.)
    You'll receive a demo version of the song along with the lyrics!

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    A Private Show by The Shazzbots!
    The band will come to the location of your choosing (within central Ohio) and put on a concert for you and your family and friends!

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    Babysitting By The Shazzbots!
    The entire band will come and babysit for you!
    (Up to 5 hours, limited to central Ohio)

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    SUPER SPONSORSHIP COMMERCIAL! Our production team will create a :30 second commercial highlighting your company in a family fun way that will be integrated into the pilot episode.

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Funding period

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