An exciting new live-action cartoon about the power of the imagination, creative problem solving, and collaboration.
What exactly IS Adventure Sandwich?
Adventure Sandwich is a live-action cartoon celebrating the imagination, creative problem-solving, and collaboration, made for young people (and their grown ups).
Really? Grown ups, too?
Shhh. . . . Don't spread this around, but most of the people working on this series actually are grown ups. We know, we know. What can we say? We wanted to make a "kids' show" that we'd enjoy watching as much as our "target demographic" does.
Adventure Sandwich is inspired in part, of course, by the high-quality children's television that influenced us when we were kids: Pee-Wee's Playhouse, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Mister Roger's Neighborhood & All Things Muppet.
The magic ingredients that made those classics succeed are the same ones we're using in our recipe for Adventure Sandwich : creative content that can be appreciated by more than just the 12-and-under crowd, a focus on emotional intelligence, incredible original music & art direction, a wonderfully weird world where stories and characters can flourish, and fun interactive elements to boot.
Speaking of stories, ours starts at The Sub Standard, the most ordinary sandwich shop in all of Possibilopolis. One day, while Moira & Patrick (our heroes!) are tidying up the shop, a mysterious salesman introduces a made-up ingredient that has to be believed to be seen: Crafty's Imaginnaise. And so, Moira and Patrick begin cooking up recipes for adventure, imagining everything from "A Trip to the Moon" to "An Afternoon Nap with a Side of Purring Kitten."
Before you can so much as say "One Carl Jungle Safari to go, extra Introspection," our heroes are meeting Intelligent Cockroaches, dueling the dastardly Dr. Distracto, and watching clouds stampede across the sky.
Cultivating Creativity, Curiosity & Compassion
Adventure Sandwich believes that kids have a lot of powerful ideas. Which is why this show is a collaboration between our audience and production team. Already, our website is set up to accept submissions from kids of all ages, which can be added as ingredients to future Adventure Sandwiches. To make this process even more fun and interactive, a portion of our Kickstarter donations will go towards transforming our website into an incredible creation & collaboration station.
But beyond submitting ideas to influence the content of the show, kids will also be invited to help solve problems and complete projects with Les Artistes, the Number Ninjas, Professor Doctor Thinxeezrite, and others.
The challenges will encourage creative problem-solving by setting certain parameters and limitations: guidelines within which each new goal must be completed. Results of these projects will then, likewise, become ingredients for futures episodes.
Why this focus? In a world where standardized testing and a focus on quantifiable, instantly-assessable results has pushed creativity further and further from the classroom, we want to use every tool at our fingertips to foster the next generation of creative problem-solvers. That's Adventure Sandwich's grand scheme: to cultivate a community of creative, compassionate, curious collaborators.
That's awesome. Speaking of awesome, you guys got any cool-looking special effects?
Oh, we've got tons of 'em! What's so special about these effects?
They're Hand Built and Performed Live alongside the rest of the action. We wanted to do something a little different from most media put out for kids in the 21st century, and to challenge ourselves to make as much as possible out of everyday materials—cardboard, primarily—to inspire kids to create their own made-up worlds at home.
The Disclaimer: of course, we're using computers for nearly every part of the process, from digital cameras to editing software and so on and so forth. However! When we are given the choice between: A) Using a green screen or computer-generated special effects, or B) Attempting to perform even the most ludicrous special effects live on camera, we're steadfastly opting for option B.
Our cast and crew is a mix of live performers, musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers, so the show we've created is a combination of all those areas.
That reminds me! Who are you, again?
We're a collection of Chicago artists working under the umbrella of a brand new independent production company: Big Canvas Films. Together, our experience spans a wide range of different forms of creative media and production expertise.
Adventure Sandwich is made possible by this Cast of Creatives:
- Lily Emerson & Charlie Malave, co-creators
- Nancy Bardawil, director and producer
- Nat Ward & Michelle Faust, creative collaborators
- Melissa Taylor, producer
- Mark Kluiso, cinematographer
- Jeff Harms & Thomas Kelly, performers
Special guest appearances by The Mekons' Jon Langford, Second City's Tawny Newsome, Leslie & Adrian Danzig of 500 Clown and Lucky Plush, the Hideout's Tim Tuten, and more amazing Chicago artists and musicians than we can possibly list.
Now let's get down to brass tacks: what are you going to do with all that cash?
Shoot and edit as much of our pilot as we can fund, in order to screen it for potential investors & distributors. If we raise:
- $30,000: complete production and post-production of an initial 5 minute video introducing our main characters and our story's jumping off point.
- $50,000: complete production and post-production of a more fully fleshed 11 minute mini pilot featuring a visual tour of the island, an introduction to Moira, Patrick, the dubious Dr. Distracto and more.
- $75,000: complete production and post-production of our full 22 minute pilot, featuring adventures with Moira, Patrick, Mayor Babblesmith, Captain Misterknowswhatsup, Dr. Distracto, Intelligent Cockroaches, Number Ninjas, Les Artistes de Blahblah, and more!
All Donations will further our goal of becoming self-sustaining. The more we raise now, the more we can make an Adventure Sandwich series a reality in the longterm.
More specifically, Kickstarter funds will go directly towards:
- purchasing +/or renting equipment, à la Lights, Camera, Sound
- paying our professional crew, from Prop-Maker to Cinematographer.
- feeding our hungry team more than just cardboard sandwiches.
- construction costs for Puppets, Costumes, Sets and Props.
- Editing, Color-Correction, Audio Mastering, and more post-production necessities.
- hiring an innovative web designer to help us turn our website into a collaborative forum that lives within the Adventure Sandwich world.
- paying a real nice Lawyer to keep us legit
- Moving out of our Director's living room and into a real Studio
- Paying back debts owed to our Original Investors
- Commissioning work from artists like One Degree Off, Derek Erdman and more.
And last but certainly not least, the REWARDS!
From the smallest sum to most ginormous generosity, there's something for everyone:
STICKERS! With the original logo designed by Derek Erdman!
Our Intelligent Cockroach Toys aren't just creepy crawly. They're also cool, calm & cuddly. Well. . . as cuddly as a cockroach can get:
Hand-crafted props and working puppets, like our shimmery Luna Sea citizens, as seen here demonstrating their blubbery beatboxing skills:
A beautiful map of the Adventure Sandwich world, including the capital city of Possibilopolis, and the surrounding Several Seas.
Plus our fantastic Pirate Ship, Rocket, Telephone, Cash Register and more! Check out the super-sneak-peek demo above for shots of more set and prop pieces.
NOTE! Our walk-on reward can go to you OR your kid! How cool!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Working on any television production comes with a ready-made set of risks and challenges, from unexpected production delays to funding setbacks, and all sorts of other unforeseen circumstances that arise when you decide to challenge yourself to do something crazy, like, say, build an entire world out of cardboard in a Chicago apartment, or sing a duet with a bunch of brainy bugs.
However, we have already dealt with plenty of these problems, and are still alive and kicking. Each new potential challenge is as a new opportunity to build upon what we've created thus far, and to problem-solve as creatively as we hope our young audience will with each new episode.
With our combined expertise and the wide range of resources our local and international network makes up, we are confident that we will be able to meet each new challenge head on, with our creative integrity and production value intact.
Absolutely! That's the plan.
We are dedicated to building up a thoroughly multicultural cast of kids and creatives. Thus far, our limited budget and even more limited schedule have allowed us to film with kids only briefly, meaning that our current footage only represents those who were available in that small window of time.
Once we have our Kickstarter funds, we'll have more time and resources to be able to schedule at our leisure. This means instead of having to roll only with whoever is available in a brief window, we'll be able to tailor our timetable to include more time with more kids, which means we'll have the opportunity to bring in more people in general, representing a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, colors, hairdos, and so on.
Most of the cardboard we use for our props and set pieces has already been used at least once before it ends up in our workshop. We're lucky enough to have people involved who work at storage facilities, big fancy stores, and other places that are in the habit of tossing out perfectly good prop-making materials every day.
Some of our more detailed and structurally-important pieces are made from new cardboard, in order to maintain the structural integrity and longevity. However, the majority comes from overfull recycling piles, alleyways, and other cardboard hotspots.
Once a piece of cardboard has been so thoroughly used that it's no longer able to be integrated into the set or props, it heads right back to the recycling bin. We're aiming to make this project as sustainable as possible in all senses of the word; financially, creatively, and environmentally.