Super Academy: The Series is a planned weekly, comedy web series, about a college for superheros.
The series is a continuation of the short film SUPER ACADEMY, created by Minnesota director, Ben Lifson.
While the script was initially created as a college assignment, Ben (who was graduating at the time) incorporated it into his desire to make something about college life. From this, it exploded into a short film filled with comedy and action, which was about the awkwardness of starting at new school, and rediscovering yourself while there.
The original film follows a group of students who attend The Super Academy - the world's premier college for superhero training.
"Powerkid" is a shy freshman with super strength. He holds a dark secret, that he is the son of a world famous super villain. He came to this school to start a new life, and his greatest fear is the rejection he would face if the truth of his past were discovered. His power is super-strength.
"Dark Cop" is an anti-social super genius, with ego issues. He has no filter, and will not hesitate to tell people what he thinks of them.
Neither had any friends when they first met: Dark Cop by choice, and Powerkid by circumstance. However, through their interactions and battles, they were able to create a bond.
Plus they get to punch things. POW! BAM! POW! :D
Should our campaign be successful, Super Academy will be made into a full, eight episode web series. Each will be 7-10 minutes in length.
Over the course of the season, Powerkid, Dark Cop, and friends will continue to grow through their respective character arcs, developing both as heroes and as people. However, comedy and action will always be a central element of this series.
New characters will be introduced, including villains, faculty, and classmates. One new face is Corona, a foreign exchange student from another planet, and Glyph, a spell caster in her senior year. Plus, returning villains Deathside and Chaotrix wait in the shadows, preparing for their revenge.
All of the episodes will be available free online, and be released weekly.
Special editions, and bonus content will be available exclusively to backers (see The Rewards Section)
We are in the early stages of pre-production for the series. We have outlined the plot for the season, we have created our new characters, and are currently drafting the scripts. Next steps include location scouting, casting for additional characters, costumes, and prop and set construction.
Thank you for asking. It's about time we introduced ourselves...
Ben LifsonDirector/Creator/Writer - Ben created and wrote the short film that has inspired the series. A graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design Ben has worked on a number of short films, documentaries, music videos and more.
Ted Femrite"Powerkid" - University of Minnesota alum, Ted has appeared in numerous short films, and stage plays and looks forward to the opportunity to reprise his role as Powerkid.
Beck DeRobertis "Dark Cop" - Self professed greatest Randy Moss fan of all time and veteran of numerous local film projects. Beck brings a special edge to the character Dark Cop that you are sure to enjoy.
Jacob Gulliver Writer - A director, writer and cinematographer who has worked on several short films and the web series Fang & Talon. Jacob brings his passion for all things geeky and fun. Another MCAD alumni he was the assistant director on the original Super Academy film.
Kyle DekkerWriter/Producer -Kyle has worked as a producer, writer and actor. He is a co-creator of Fang and Talon. A Marine Corps vet and geek he looks forward to helping Super Academy become a fantastic series.
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?
As independent filmmakers we know how to make every dollar count in a production. We need funds for additional equipment rental (lights, sound tech and more), costumes (spandex and leather aren't cheap), food for cast and crew, permits and insurance, and for commissioning of an original musical score. All of these things add up and we need your help to pay for them. The $12,000 will cover all of this for our 8 episode series.
WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY?
Good question. That brings us to...
We have created a huge selection of great rewards suitable for any budget. Any amount you pledge helps us, so if you can only give a few dollars that is great!
At a mere $5, you will be given exclusive behind the scenes access to the production of Super Academy: The Series. You will receive real-time updates as we move through production, including set stills, production updates, and sneak peaks. Plus, you will receive access to a backer exclusive episode. The Super Academy Christmas Special.
For Just $10, you're name will be put into the credits of every Super Academy: The Series episode.
At $12, you'll be given access to the Super Academy: The Series Soundtrack. We'll be scoring all new music for the shows, and you will also get the score of the original film. Here are some free samples, scored by the talented LeKenneth Miller:
We're also creating tons of sweet Super Academy memorabilia, such as Custom Masks, T-Shirts, actual Prop's and Costumes, Trading Cards, and a VHS copy of the series (you read that right VHS, drool over that retro fans).
Other tiers include cool bonus content, including exclusive Creator Commentaries, and a "Special Super Deluxe Edition" DVD or Blu-Ray with exclusive deleted scenes and special features.
In case we didn't say the word "exclusive" enough, let's say it once more: These rewards are and will only ever be available to backers, and will never be released to the public afterwards.
Should we go beyond our original goal of $12,000, we will use that money to add additional content to the series.
Let me be clear: these would be additions to an already fully formed series. The season will not be any less complete without these stretch goals.
$13,500: TWO ADDITIONAL EPISODES
We will be able to produce two more episodes of Super Academy, in addition to our planned eight.
$16,500: NEW 22-MINUTE SHORT FILM
Taking place after the season, this short film would center around the attack of Powerkid's father, and recurring villain, Deathside! Thrown into the greatest battle of their lives, our heroes bond will be put to the ultimate test.
THIS PROJECT SOUNDS COOL! HOW DO I HELP?
Why thank you. There are several things you can do to help us.
1. Make a donation in any size (even a dollar is a big help for us). You can change your donation amount anytime before the campaign ends and you will not be charged anything unless we meet our goal.
2. After you back us and complete your transaction, Kickstarter will give you the option to send a message to your followers/friends on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The message will say you just backed our project (you can customize this message) and get the word out to your social media circles. This will be a huge help to us and it only takes a few seconds.
3. Find another friend, family member, gamer or anyone to make a donation as well. Even if it is just $5 they can get access to our Behind The Scenes YouTube channel. $10 gets their name in the credits!
4. Applaud yourself for helping independent cinema flourish in tough times, and for helping dedicated filmmakers achieve a dream. We seriously appreciate your help!
While major updates will be on the Kickstarter page, but you can also check out our Facebook Page, Twitter, and of course, our YouTube Channel, featuring other Super Academy related videos.
We, the entire Super Academy team, couldn't make the show happen without you.
Risks and challenges
With any film project we can run into a variety problems poor weather, cast/crew illness and equipment failure.The impact of these setbacks can be minimized by a great crew and we have that in place.
Film projects can often fall behind schedule for a variety of problems (technical difficulties, computer failure, and more). Many of us have experience these issues before and are now tempered by that experience to prevent/minimize the impact of these setbacks.
We will keep you informed of any setbacks we might face via backer updates, communication is critical to all Kickstarter projects and we are dedicated to giving you access to that communication.
We are creating a set of 6 SA collectible cards featuring SA heroes and villains. Each card will be filled with exclusive trivia, and strengths and weaknesses. At this level you will receive one of these cards. All rewards from the Soundtrack level included.
Oh sure, you can always watch the episodes. But how about watching them with commentary from the creators? At this tier, not only will you receive the original episodes, but you will also get the commentary version, including behind the scenes trivia, interesting stories, or us just riffing our own series. All items from the Collectible Card level included.
These ideas don't come out of thin air. At this tier, you will receive your very own copy of a script from one of the episodes complete with notes from the writer(s) of the episode. Includes all previous rewards.
This is the big one. At this tier, you will receive a SIGNED special edition DVD of the entire series. Not only will it include the short film, all episodes, but also all Commentary Tracks.
Plus, (and this is a BIG plus) this compilation will also contain exclusive special features, including deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, and other bonus content. These features will NOT be released online, or available anywhere else. They will be EXCLUSIVE to this compilation.
Why settle for standard definition? At this tier, you will receive the "Super Special Edition" but as an awesome, signed Blu-Ray. That's right, we're talking sleek, High-Definition baby!!!
To reiterate, this edition will contain the original film, all episodes, Creator Commentaries, and EXCLUSIVE special features, available NOWHERE else. It is the quintessential Super Academy collection. Includes all rewards from the $70 level.
We will place your company product, business, or organization into multiple episodes of Super Academy. Furthermore, we will add your logo to the opening and closing credits of every episode. All rewards at the prop level included.
Using industry level equipment and personnel, we will make a 30-60 second advertisement for your product, organization, or business. We will also include product placement on multiple episodes, and feature your logo to the opening and closing credits of every episode. Includes all rewards at the prop level.
We will put you in costume and put you on screen in an episode of the series. Will be credited as an actor in the episode. All items from the prop level included. You must provide your own transportation and lodging.
Write us your own 5-8 minute episode script and it will appear in the series. Must be PG-13 or less and we reserve the right to workshop the script with you to ensure the highest quality. All Items from the prop level included.