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A psychotically colourful and gloriously perverted new web series for the web.
A psychotically colourful and gloriously perverted new web series for the web.
A psychotically colourful and gloriously perverted new web series for the web.
140 backers pledged AU$ 11,330 to help bring this project to life.

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Basic Storyline   

Ngaio is a gleefully manic amateur artist with her own deranged, surreal and incredibly inappropriate variety show called ‘Trying My Best’; a children’s show that should never be seen by any children, ever. As the host, Ngaio corrals her neurotic friends and puppet sidekicks through an increasingly bizarre gauntlet of variety segments. Throughout the season, more hints about the characters' pasts and presents are revealed, and it gradually becomes apparent that things are not quite right in the world outside the studio.

Blending art, comedy, musical numbers and game show elements with a hyper-colourful homemade aesthetic, ‘Trying My Best’ is a joyously deranged journey into a very warped mind.

Ngaio, eyeballs, grass.
Ngaio, eyeballs, grass.

Project Outline

‘Trying My Best’ will be a 9 part series of short videos streamed for free online.

We’ve written the show to take advantage of the flexibility the internet offers; earlier episodes will be short and snappy to attract new audiences, but become longer, darker and more complex over the course of the season. The scripts are fully complete (our script reviewers gave extremely positive feedback!) and we are already in the early days of pre-production.

Just as with our hit Comedy Festival show Slutmonster and Friends, the visuals of ‘Trying My Best’ (sets, costumes, puppets, etc) will have a homemade, colourful and amateur-but-attractive aesthetic; think Tim Burton meets Salvador Dali as reimagined by a perverted toddler. We will be working with an experienced crew to deliver high quality production values (cinematography, lighting, audio, etc).

Set pieces in progress.
Set pieces in progress.
Details of set pieces.
Details of set pieces.

Who We Are

Our name is Birthday Loyalty Club and we are so good. Fuuuck.

Lucas, Jessie and Wes, hard at work on the scripts.
Lucas, Jessie and Wes, hard at work on the scripts.

Our collective experience covers a range of media from fine arts, theatre, ethical erotica, music, creative writing, film and television. We’ve been working together on short comedy videos and comics since 2006, most recently writing and performing the Golden Gibbo nominated musical comedy production ‘Slutmonster and Friends’.

Stills, animations and promotional images from Slutmonster and Friends.
Stills, animations and promotional images from Slutmonster and Friends.

What People Said About ‘Slutmonster and Friends’

The Age – ★ ★ ★ ★ “Crude, crass and very funny”
Crikey – “gross-out porn of the highest quality”
Arts Hub – “so, so wrong and so, so funny”
Squirrel Comedy – “you’ll be gagging for more.”
Theatre Press - "Genius"
Aussie Theatre - "divinely filthy and wrong"

You can find out more about us at birthdayloyaltyclub.com/about

Our Mission Statement 

We aim to create content that is sex positive, queer-friendly and feminist in its leanings without being preachy, disingenuous or – worst of all – boring. We are drawn to subjects which are considered taboo (kink, sex, violence, deviance) and attempt to explore these topics in a joyfully irreverent and sometimes downright stupid fashion. We whole-heartedly embrace a kitsch, lowbrow, and gloriously glittery aesthetic. We are interested in creating and celebrating characters who exist on the fringes of the socially acceptable, characters that resonate with the freak, idiot and pervert in each and every one of us.

Also we like jokes and boobs.

Why We Need Your Donations

We want to make a show that sets a new standard in quality and strangeness for online comedy, however that is going to take precious dollah dollah bills y’all. We have already been pouring every moment of our spare time and own funds into this project to get it to this point, but we need your help to get it to your screens.

Why You Should Contribute

The internet gives us complete artistic freedom, and the ability to make the kinds of content that would never be funded for TV. By supporting this show you are helping us make something different and surprising, and help make a mark in the landscape of comedy.

Our run at the Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festivals was hugely successful for us, in terms of the critical reaction, ticket sales and industry recognition. We have been making similar content for the web for years, and have put together an experienced crew with the skillset to make ‘Trying My Best’ a reality. With your help, we can make something ambitious and outrageous.

Rewards

Because we love you for loving us, we have some wicked sweet rewards on offer! Use this handy dandy grid to get an idea of what your Reward Package comes bundled with!

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Risks and challenges

As this project is ambitious in its scope, even when we make our target goal we will be working with a tight budget. With every creative project, pragmatism sometimes has to win over idealism, and we may need to compromise on some of our ambitions. However, generally speaking, where money is an issue we will err on investing extra time rather than letting the quality drop (e.g. by spending more time rehearsing we can cut down the time we need in the film studio).

When working on a project of this scope, the potential setbacks we can anticipate are things such as last-minute film studio cancellations, essential crew members becoming ill or all the set pieces being accidentally melted in a giant bucket of acid. However, having worked for many years in the creative arts, we are used to such setbacks (particularly the bucket of acid) and have become expert at finding ways to work past the challenges.

We also may end up sinking too many resources into the creation of the Digital Chocolate Frog.

No matter the set-backs, we will make ‘Trying My Best’ a reality, however the more finances we are able to raise, the sooner we will be able to deliver it.

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    Pledge AU$ 15 or more About $12

    DIGITAL SHOWBAG

    Digital Showbag! Includes a 'Trying My Best' ringtone, desktop wallpaper, thank-you colour-in picture and a DIGITAL CHOCOLATE FROG!

    We will also thank you by name on our website (unless you'd rather stay anonymous).

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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $19

    VIDEO PACKAGE

    Includes everything in the Digital Showbag; AND

    You will have access to download the 'Trying My Best' series in high-definition, for use on any compatible device you choose (DRM-free), to keep as long as you like! Comes with audio commentaries exclusive to Kickstarter backers!

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    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About $31

    DELUXE PACKAGE

    Includes everything in the Video Package; AND

    We will send you a handwritten 'Trying My Best' thank-you post card; AND


    Digital download of the ‘Trying My Best' soundtrack, featuring all the hilarious musical numbers from the show, as well as a couple of new songs you won’t hear in the show!

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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $39

    SCREAMING PUPPET VIDEO

    Includes everything in the Deluxe Package; AND

    This is really stupid. We will record a stupid short video of our puppets screaming your name (or a name you request). So stupid.

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    Pledge AU$ 70 or more About $55

    RED CARPET PACKAGE

    Includes everything in the Deluxe Package; AND

    Two tickets to an exclusive screening of the entire series, before it goes online!

    
(Note: Reward doesn't cover the cost of travel to Melbourne, Australia. Screening will be on a Friday night - exact date to be confirmed.)

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    Pledge AU$ 80 or more About $62

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK

    Includes everything in the Deluxe Package; AND

    Your own original artwork by Jessie Ngaio on high quality 300gsm A5 sized watercolour paper (unframed). Examples at bottom of the campaign page.

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $78

    LISTED IN THE CREDITS

    Includes everything in the Deluxe Package; AND

    We will list your name as a stupid imaginary crew role for an episode! Example: Wasp Underling, Sex Vole, Cast Poisoned By, etc.

    There will only be a maximum of three of these credits per episode, so your name won't be buried in amongst thousands of others.

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $117

    SET VISIT

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    Visit the set of 'Trying My Best' during filming, stay for lunch and get a photo with the cast in front of our amazing sets!

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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $156

    PLAY A CAMEO

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    Play an actual cameo in the show, where Ngaio will punch you in the face! *

    (Does not include travel costs to Melbourne for filming. Timing must be in-line with production schedule, but we will give you advance notice.)

    * Fake punch as part of the show, not for realsies.

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    Pledge AU$ 300 or more About $234

    SCRIPT FEEDBACK

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    If you're working on your own script, Birthday Loyalty Club will provide you with feedback and notes!

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    ORIGINAL DOLL

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    Jessie will make you an original hand-sewn, painted doll in colours of your choice. Examples at bottom of campaign page.

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    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About $273

    PERSONALISED THEME SONG

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    To help you make your entrance into rooms more interesting and bad-arse, Birthday Loyalty Club will write and record your own personalised theme song! (We will ask you for some personal details. While we reserve artistic license, we can promise it will be no shorter than 1 minute in length.)

    Sounds enticing but not sure what to expect? Check out the link at the bottom of the campaign page!

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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $389

    APPEAR IN A BIRTHDAY LOYALTY CLUB SKIT

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    We will write an original comedy skit for you to star in with Birthday Loyalty Club, to go on our Youtube channel!
 Example skit link at bottom of the campaign page.

    (Does not include travel costs to Melbourne for filming. We will organise a mutually agreeable time to film.)

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    Pledge AU$ 700 or more About $545

    PRIVATE ART CLASS

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    One all-day private art class with Jessie Ngaio. 
Jessie has her Masters in Fine Arts and has had numerous exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand over the past decade. Includes a delicious lunch.

    
(Does not cover cost of your travel to Jessie's studio in Melbourne.)

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    PRIVATE VIDEO EDITING CLASS

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    One all-day private video editing class with Lucas.


    Lucas has had over ten years experience shooting and editing music videos, short films, web sketches and live performances. Specialising in Final Cut Pro X, Lucas will sit with you for one lesson, covering the basics of video editing. Includes a delicious lunch.

    
(Does not cover cost of your travel to Lucas's editing studio in Melbourne.)

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    FANCY CREDIT ON EVERY EPISODE

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    We will give you a fancy sounding fun credit which will be listed on EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of this season of 'Trying My Best' (e.g. "Supreme Executive Glitter Fluffer").

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    OWN A 'TRYING MY BEST' SET PIECE

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    Own one of the actual set pieces from 'Trying My Best'!
    
Each set piece has been carefully crafted by artist Jessie Ngaio. We will deliver one of the large set pieces to your door!


    (Only available to Melbourne supporters)

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    PORTRAIT

    Includes everything in the Red Carpet Package; AND

    Jessie will paint your portrait (or someone of your choice) in oil paints on stretched canvas. Jessie has her Masters in Fine Arts from RMIT and has been a passionate painter for over 15 years. Portrait example at bottom of campaign page.

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Funding period

- (30 days)