Loosely based on true experiences of the creator and her offbeat family, B-Rabbit is a hilarious, invasive depiction of the peaks and valleys of immigrating to New Zealand and the life you desperately tried to leave behind.
When Laura immigrates to Nelson, New Zealand as a young mum, sheʼs relieved to leave her American life behind to start a new adventure and identity. Her new life is shaken when her extremely uncouth, impulsive brother, Bradley, self-nicknamed B-Rabbit, unexpectedly arrives in New Zealand and Laura has no choice but to try to integrate him successfully into New Zealand culture with the help and hindrance of those around her.
Written by: Laura Irish and Mike O'Malley
What is it?
B-Rabbit is a situational comedy shot in Sunny Nelson, New Zealand. We are determined to use primarily local expertise to shoot this pilot and help boost tourism, create a city morale, support our local economy and cultivate careers in television and film that are not otherwise available in the area.
What we want from you.
We are asking for your help to fund this project. The money will go to paying a professional crew and help us to craft a film that will be an example of the kind of film making New Zealand (specifically the top of the south) is capable of. Nelson is full of talented people and we want to give all of them jobs.
Opening Theme Song: Reading Courtenay by ©Paul Williams 2013
the pint-sized feisty one, is an award-winning actress, comedian, writer and musician. She has trained and worked in St. Louis, South Korea, Nelson, Auckland and New York City. Laura is the creator and producer of B-Rabbit, which is based on her life. This year she won the V48 Hour Best Actress Award in Christchurch for playing a Demon in ‘The Ex’ which also won Best Film with her team TBALC. It can be seen here.
She is a fearless performer, a writer who has a love for Shakespeare, awkward comedies and Quentin Tarantino. She also has a Master of Arts Management from AUT. Laura is one of the founding members of Body in Space Theatre Company in Nelson, NZ and The Deep End Improvised Comedy Show. She is the fearless leader of this venture. Her nickname is Mad Dog, so beware.
Steve was a filmmaker for 12 years in the UK after graduating with a BFA, BA(Hons) in Media Production. He has produced two best selling circus DVDs and a number of online commercials for major brands, Including Sony, Shick, and Clear For Men. Steve has also co-produced a wide variety of short films including winners of the Animavl Film Festival and the Golden Kurbel at the international cycling festival.
Currently visiting the city of Angels, this medium sized mad man has done a little bit of everything. Co-writer of the B-Rabbit pilot, Mike has used his experience of knowing Laura and her personal experiences, as well as some of his own to his benefit, and applied it to his writing of a fun and interesting script. Mike is not only a writer for B-Rabbit but will also be playing the title role of B-Rabbit. Mike looks forward to bringing his creative enthusiasm in capturing such a unique acting role. Mike graduated from Eastern Illinois University with Honours in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. An avid comedy improviser, Mike has been improvising for over 15 years and has even owned and operated his own improv entertainment co in St. Louis that included weekly club performances in the historic St. Louis Union Station. Mike has a very special connection to Nelson. During a visit in 2013, Mike fell in love with the people, and all the beauty that surrounds the Nelson Marlborough region. In that time Mike taught at SOUNDSTAGE performing arts school in Nelson and Motueka. He also performed with Body in Space in the annual Summer Show The Deep End improv comedy show monthly at The Theatre Royal. Mike has been away from Nelson, finding adventures throughout the world but returns on Wednesday to his New Zealand home.
Dan Allan has over 20 years performance experience and directing, including 10 years of professional experience as a freelance actor in Christchurch and Nelson. Daniel cut his comedy teeth writing, performing and directing at the University of Canterbury's Comedy Club and was inducted into The Court Theatre's improvisation troupe The Court Jesters in 2003, where he became a valued member over seven years of regular late night comedy shows. Daniel moved to Nelson in 2010, where he and his wife Lisa started Body in Space, a theatre company offering professional theatre and improvisation to the Nelson public. He trained a company of improvisors to work under him and the resulting show The Deep End has run on a monthly basis for over 2 years now. A movie buff, with charming and versatile acting qualities, Daniel has entered the world of film through the V48 Hours, with experience in 6 years of competition. In 2010, Dan's team TBALC gained second place nationally with their entry 'New Fish.' With a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Teaching to his name, Daniel has the intelligence, sensitivity and leadership skills to successfully negotiate the transition into directing for television. He is really psyched about it.
Doug is an established Nelson filmmaker and founder of Brooklight Media. Most recently he has been successful on the international scene with creating and shooting commercials along with fellow filmmaker Steve Wilson. Four of their co-created pieces have won places. In 2010 he was a guest speaker at the Wild Rivers 101 Film Festival in California where some of his films were shown. This included his award winning series Letting Go which originally aired on Juice-TV, and his short film The Griffin Condition which was a finalist in MovieFest 2009. His short film Space Junk won the MovieFest hobbyist section 2008 and went on to be highly commended at the Magma Short Film Festival in Rotorua, before winning best no budget short film at the Big Mountain Short Film Festival. During his time in Edinburgh, Doug established The Reel, a community cinema and began filmmaking. His first film, One Cold Night was awarded second place in the 24 hour Leith Film Festival in 2006. After working for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, he broke into the Scottish television industry as a runner for the BBC and the Scottish Media Group. Currently Doug is working on a forty minute film called Shooting the Moon. Prior to this he was involved in casting and actor coaching for the Four-Square ad series undertaken by Anarchy Advertising.
Alden Williams is an award winning multimedia journalist. With over six years experience in the industry Williams has diverse documentary and story telling experience. His previous clients include UNESCO and in 2014 was named the Junior Press Photographer of the Year at the Canon Media Awards.
Currently based in Nelson working for The Nelson Mail and Fairfax Media.
Breigh has recently returned to Nelson after ten years away broadening her creative skills. From dancing and cheerleading, singing and acting in numerous children’s theatre shows, Fringe Festival’s and professional theatre in Auckland at venues such as The Basement and The Pumphouse to name a few. Screen stints include Outrageous Fortune, Shortland Street and multiple short and feature films and festivals including V 48Hours. A master class student of the Meisner technique under the careful guidance of Michael Saccente, and a graduate of On-Screen Acting from South Seas Film and TV School, has been solid training for Breigh who plans to head to LA for a stint in 2015. B-Rabbit is the first major project for Breigh to be involved in since her return, and she is excited to collaborate as an actress and an art assistant with this amazing group of talented people.
Risks and challenges
The main risk is an accident involving the loss of tapes or footage. We have redundant systems to make sure no footage is lost in the case of a catastrophic computer failure.
The crew are all very experienced but sometimes films can go over schedule due to forces outside of the crews control. We have systems in place to help pick up any lost time through scheduling issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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