Shakespeare meets Silicon Valley in this modern adaptation of Macbeth that brings a new spin, and new technology, to a classic tale of ambition and destiny. An indie VR game company lives and works together at the private residence (part incubator, part frat house) of Duncan. Mac’s the idea guy, Benny does all the art, Malcolm plays video games all day, and Beth and Donnie do all the work. When the "in game" creatures begin predicting the future of the game company and an angel investor drops $2.5M on them, the ambitious engineer, Beth, sees a path to take control and escape the toxic "tech bro" culture.
A Tale Told By An Idiot will experiment with storytelling elements through live action, 3D animation, podcasting, messaging, and motion capture to explore the world inside and outside of the game and startup house.
Those familiar with our previous work know that we aim to push the boundaries of micro-content and independent filmmaking by putting every possible dollar on screen through scrappy, DIY hustle. During our previous SONAseries.com, we developed a Virtual Reality Escape Room to put audiences “inside” the escape pod set we build in Ashley’s dining room. From that experience, Brendan began experimenting with makeshift Motion Capture using an X-Box Kinect to track skeletal data and Unity freeware to map those movements onto 3D models. This “hack” offers an exciting opportunity to let our actors bring our “in-game” characters to life.
Where does your money go? Toward creating the best looking original story. Unlike many projects on Kickstarter, we have already begun principle photography of A Tale Told By An Idiot, isolating the “splinter scenes” that take place outside our startup house and inside the game. We tried to reduce these costs as much as possible by doing as much of the production work completely in-house with a micro-team. But there are just some things we don’t have the experience or resources to do, and need your help to finish this ambitious project.
Rates from other independent production companies “ballpark” the average cost “per finished minute” of Narrative content to be $2,000~$5,000 per finished minute. Therefore A Tale Told By An Iditot’s roughly 125 minutes would traditionally cost a minimum of $250,000 to fully realize.
As with our previous projects, the creative team has absorbed the costs of development, writing, initial photography, and testing our weird animation workflow. So what we're looking to secure from our campaign goal is the actual hard costs to finish filming and complete basic post production. Any funding beyond this goal will allow us to invest in greater production value, more "in-game" scenes and more "polish" in post production. Speaking of...
Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our initial funding goal! Through this journey into indie filmmaking, we’ve met a few bumps along the road (maybe the Macbeth curse is real?) and we have lost key elements of our post-production team to a paid gig, which means we need to raise funds to hire a new one!
An additional $5,000 is our goal to cover these unexpected post-production costs. Every bit that we raise over our initial goal will go toward compensating a new team to guide us through editing, sound, VFX, color correction, and final delivery.
And, if we make it to $30,000, everyone who backs at the $65 level and above will get a signed "Founder's photo" of the founders of the fictional company in the show, which is our lead cast!
Meet the team! We've invited some of our favorite collaborators to come play in our sand box, and we can't wait for you to see them in action! Stay tuned for more exciting cast announcements to come!
Ashley Clements is best known for starring in the Emmy Award-winning Pride & Prejudice adaptation, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, for which she also won a Streamy Award for Best Actress. She recently created, wrote, and starred in the Kickstarted sci-fi series SONA which premiered on Legendary Digital. Other series credits include Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party, Inside The Extras Studio, VGHS, BlackBoxTV, Muzzled the Musical, Tabletop, and two branded series for Hello Giggles, one of which she wrote. Her features include Non-Transferable (Best Actress - International Independent Film Awards), Call of the Void, August Falls with Fairuza Balk and Alanna Ubach, and the recent Christmas horror film All The Creatures Were Stirring, with Constance Wu. Ashley received her MFA from The Old Globe/USD.
As a multi award-winning digital showrunner, writer, director, performer and producer, Brendan Bradley began producing theatre at the age of 16 and trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before playing in over 100 digital shorts and sketches, earning over 50 million views. He has enjoyed television work for CBS, ABC, NBC, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, OWN, Disney, PBS, Nextflix, YouTubeRED, Legendary Digital and over 25 national television and radio commercials. His film work has been featured in festivals world wide, most notably The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and Methodfest. In 2016, he established The Brendan Bradley Innovation Lab at NYU’s Tisch School as a collaborative incubator for students experimenting with digital technology in live performance. For his feature writing and directing debut, Non-Transferable, Brendan partnered with Turkish Airlines to sponsor the film’s travel and production across the Mediterranean. While directing and producing SONA, Brendan also developed an in-world, companion, virtual reality experience on Google Daydream for an on-site activation at San Diego Comic Con. Currently, Brendan is exploring and experimenting with motion capture technology for A Tale Told By An Idiot’s in-game scenes and possible ancillary content for the show’s promotion.
Joey is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan BFA Acting program where he also Minored in Global Media Studies. Film/TV credits include: Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger and Genie in a Bikini, Disney Channel’s Jessie, Fox’s Glee, The Legend of Korra, Mad, Monsters vs. Aliens, Manly, as well as Triggerfish’s film Khumba. Online credits include: School of Thrones, Muzzled, I Ship It (Sundance Film Festival, CW Seed), as well as Shipwrecked Comedy’s Poe Party, and Case of the Gilded Lily. Joey is an original member of the online sensation, StarKid Productions and can be seen in countless productions, including the Very Potter Musical Trilogy, the S.P.A.C.E and Apocalyptour national concert tours, Starship, and Firebringer. Stage: The Trail to Oregon! (Cherry Lane Theatre, Off Broadway), The Solve It Squad (Barrow Group Theatre, Off Broadway), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage 773, Chicago). Cofounder of the Los Angeles based comedy group, The Tin Can Brothers. He is a writer, producer, and actor in their original musical, Spies Are Forever, their short film, Flop Stoppers (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2016 & Newport Beach Film Festival 2017), their comedic short Idle Worship (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2017), and the upcoming series Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye. He is repped by CESD Talent and Holly Shelton Management.
While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds (and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had an extensive career outside of your television box. Stage appearances include Perfuct, The Book of Liz and a number of plays at Hollywood's Theatre of NOTE (where she has been a longtime member, playwright, producer and past president of that theater's Artistic Board), including The Learned Ladies, The Fan Maroo, Spider Bites and A Mulholland Christmas Carol. Her stage work has garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for best emerging comic actress, the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, and a Garland Award for best actress for the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse. She performed on stage as the torch-singing femme fatale in critically acclaimed film noir spoof Kill Me, Deadly which was made into a feature starring and executive produced by Vangsness. Vangsness has written a number of plays and performance-art pieces which have been seen throughout Los Angeles. Her one woman show, Mess, played to sold out audiences in Hollywood at Theatre of NOTE. In addition to Criminal Minds, Kirsten can also be seen in season three of the weirdly wonderful web series Pretty and season two of the web series Vampire Mob. Other film appearances include The A-List, Scream of the Bikini, In My Sleep, and The Chicago 8.
Yuri Lowenthal is a writer, actor and producer known primarily for his voice acting in games and animation, such as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4, Ben on Ben 10, Superman on Legion of Superheroes, The Prince in the Prince of Persia, Mercury in RWBY, Sasuke on Naruto, Neil on CampCamp, and including games such as Dragon Age, Sunset Overdrive, Persona, Saints Row, .//Hack, Minecraft Story Mode, shows including Afro Samurai, Young Justice, Spy Kids: Mission Critical, DuckTales, Space Racers, Batman Ninja, Gotham By Gaslight and popular anime: Tiger & Bunny, Gurren Lagann, just to name a few. TV/Film credits include: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Criminal Minds, Alias, Hawaii Five-O and Geek&Sundry’s RPG show TitansGrave: The Ashes of Valkana. He appeared on the Critical Role: One Shot with Sam Riegel as well as two episodes of Tabletop on Geek & Sundry. Yuri just starred in Legendary’s revolutionary sci-fi series Orbital Redux as pilot Max Levodolinsky which aired on Project Alpha. He co-authored Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic & sequel VOVA: The Extended Edition with Tara Platt as well as the noirvella Tough City. Lowenthal and Platt also released their second feature film, award-winning mockumentary on pop culture conventions, Con Artists, and produced 4 seasons of irreverent web comedy Shelf Life, about 4 action figures on a young boy’s shelf under their production company Monkey Kingdom Productions, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The two just gave a TEDx talk on Storytelling. twitter: @yurilowenthal, FB: TheYuriLowenthal, YuriLowenthal.com OR learn more at MonkeyMayhemHub.com
Kimleigh has graced the stages of Chicago’s most renowned theaters: The Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and The Steppenwolf Theatre, where she performed in “A Clockwork Orange”, “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” and “Puddn’Head Wilson,” to name a few. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she had the pleasure of reprising her role in “Puddn’Head Wilson” at Garry Marshall’s, Falcon Theatre. This production was honored with a “LA Weekly” Theatre Award. Garry Marshall fell in love with Kimleigh and cast her in her first major motion picture, “The Princess Diaries.” Thanks to Garry, her career began to thrive. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA & AEA. Some of her television credits include “Criminal Minds,” “Scandal,” “Castle, “Bones,” “The Mentalist,” “Parenthood,” “Key and Peele,” “Law and Order:LA,” and “Heroes.” Kimleigh has written and continues to perform her Internationally Acclaimed Multi-Award Winning solo show, T-O-T-A-L-L-Y! She is grateful that her career is always flourishing in theatre, commercials, television, and film. Make sure to watch Kimleigh strut her stuff as the scene stealing Marzipan in Jason Bateman’s film, “Bad Words”.
Ryan has been acting professionally since he was a child in Miami, FL doing commercials, TV, movies, and tap dancing. He's been on stage at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the Hangar Theatre in New York, and multiple 30 Minute Musicals around LA. He was featured as Domingo on Community, Pretty Little Liars, Jane the Virgin, Rosewood, and most recently starred as the lead in Adaptive Studios new sci-fi comedy, Stellar People. Fans may know him from his dastardly turn as Eddie in Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Ryan also writes, produces and acts in his own projects with and alongside his ridiculously talented wife, Kelly Walker.
Camille Mana made her New York theatre debut in the title role of Asuncion written by and starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg at The Cherry Lane Theatre. The Orange County native made her film debut in the Miramax film Smart People working opposite Dennis Quaid. She returned to university again in MGM comedy College alongside Drake Bell and Haley Bennett. Other features include Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Norman starring Dan Byrd, Oscar-Nominee Richard Jenkins, Adam Goldberg, Sundance favorite High School starring Adrien Brody and Colin Hanks, and Speed-Dating with Chris Elliot. She was a series regular on long-running sitcom One on One, opposite Kyla Pratt and R&B sensation Ray J. Named one of the Ten promising Asian-Americans to Watch by East West Magazine, her acting accolades include the LAMDA Gold Medal with Distinction, honoring promising young American students. Camille completed her Economics degree at U.C. Berkeley in just six semesters. Mana recently played "Amanda" in the West Coast Premiere of Amy Herzog's Obie-Award Winning play 4000 Miles, named Time Magazine's #1 Play of the Year.
Sarah Grace Hart, a Maryland native has been acting since a young age earning credits on The Wire and An American Affair. After graduating from Kent State University with her B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, she moved to LA to further pursue acting. After meeting Sinead Persaud in an acting class, they became fast friends and she was introduced to Shipwrecked Comedy. After the first table read for Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party in 2015, she officially joined the Shipwrecked Comedy team - and the rest is history! Since then, she's been a co-executive producer of the historical, literary based comedy channel that now has over 34,000 subscribers and creating content including The Case of the Gilded Lily and American Whoopee. Sarah's excited to see what 2019 has in store and is so thrilled to be working with Ashley and Brendan again!
Risks and challenges
As filming as already begun for A Tale Told By An Idiot, our biggest risk is not getting the funding to finish the show. Filmmaking is always a challenge, but it's one we take on with experience, enthusiasm, and a healthy dose of foolhardiness. We'll get it done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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