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Tales From The Edge
Tales From The Edge
Tales From The Edge is a dark comedy anthology series set in the fictional and deadly coastal town of Rotten Bravestok.
Tales From The Edge is a dark comedy anthology series set in the fictional and deadly coastal town of Rotten Bravestok. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
What is a “Tales From The Edge”? At the moment it’s something that exists merely in our heads and on an old Commodore 64. We’re hoping after you’ve read this you’ll help us bring these dark thoughts to screen, we’re like the Manson family of online comedy. Aren't the strange and macabre aspects of life hilarious? Isn’t the ultimate joke that no matter what we do in life, we all end up rotting in the ground? Yes? Maybe.
We realise this can be a depressing thought, it’s not easy being the only animal that knows death is coming, but death IS coming, maybe you’re dying as you read this, maybe we’re all just pigs in some Orwellian Sim City Simulation that some kid is playing. One thing is for certain, there’s no better way to combat the fear of death than by laughing about it and massaging that poor, malnourished, lost, forgotten, abused child you’ve got locked up….deep inside you.
We want to release a six part comedy web series, set throughout history in the coastal town of Rotten Bravestok, which boasts the highest death rate in the entire country. It’s a real town, honestly, look it up or go to the towns' website: http://www.geocities.co.uk/rotten%%%%19274629bravestok1628town and if that fails, use your imagination.
Each episode we explore the fate of two characters and how death has made an impact on their lives in a HILARIOUS way. These stories would be set on the outskirts of the reality we know about, filled with wonder and adventure as well as nail biting twists and turns, with farts, that’s where the comedy comes in. Seriously, imagine Schindlers List…but with farts. We know that’s excited you, but don’t invest just yet, we want you to read on. LOOK and READ on.
It’s the kind of show you used to watch when you were a kid at school, a substitute for real teaching. The teacher would turn down the lights and bring out that huge TV, chained to a trolley. The latest Look & Read episode would come on and you’d think “I know how to spell, thank you very match” but then you’d be drawn into the stories and theme songs of Through The Dragon’s Eye, Geordie Racer and Dark Towers. They would be equal parts terrifying and exciting, you’d never want it to end, but then the lights would come on early because Samantha Wells had gotten her period, again. In the most buzz wordy marketing way possible: We want to make a kid's show for adults and those adults are you.
Tales From The Edge is part of the Look & Bleed series of informative videos and each episode is introduced by The Librarian, played by Marek Larwood (BBC, We Are Klang, Sky 1, YouTube, Real Life). Every week the librarian will pull a new story out from the depths of Rotten Bravestok's library, with his trusty friend Raven the Raven. It's Look & Read but without the disgusting children, a lot more humour, blood and of course death.
The main players in our Circe dé Boolsheat are Ben Adams and Andrew Shire. Don’t worry even they don’t know who they are but they’ve been pretending to be different people for years, sometimes on the television, sometimes whilst calling in sick to work. They’ll be pretending to be a different duo of characters in each episode. Supported by a Stella cast, because they WILL be drunk. The puppet master, director David Spearing, holds it all together. David has received this review from the BFI “David Spearing really understands the process of turning a camera on and capturing, quite beautifully, people pretending to be other people in different places”
Once upon a time in a flat in London three men all came up with a plan. They’d make comedy shorts and sketches for the internet and that’s what they did. Their Toaster was Broken at the time.
These men were known as Ben Adams, Andrew Shire and David Spearing and that was 7-10 years ago, but who knows? Time flies when you’re squabbling over which fart noise to put in a video.
We launched our YouTube channel in 2014 with a series of 24-hour sketches, where we pushed ourselves and our friendship to the very limit. After these we went on to make a number of sketches, shorts and pilots with combined views of over 25million.
The Toast have had their fair share of mishaps during their community service; being eaten alive by mosquitos, breaking props, ruining rental cars with cigarette burns, not to mention spilling liquid prosthetic makeup on a passenger seat, several speeding fines and being trapped in a lift for several hours. Now that’s not to say your money will be spent on fines, because at least half of it won’t be.
Once Ben locked the keys in the car in the middle of nowhere and all three of us, two dressed head to toe as Freddie Mercury, had to walk to the nearest building and ask for help…and we must say...we were UNDER PRESSURE that day we can tell you. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Put your money away for now, you can invest at the end. Look…and read on.
The Toast have had to be thrifty and at times damn frugal when it comes to making great content. The locations, props and costumes have been sourced from bins, skips, borrowed and bought from charity shops. We pride ourselves on creating weird, dark and funny worlds for our stories and characters to exist in, while spending little or no money.
We give 1203% to the job and we are very reliable and work well as individuals or as part of a team. But mainly as individuals who are forced to be in a team.
For the longest time it was just us three taking on all the roles and fighting through every production, barely making it out alive. But along the way we have exhumed four extra bodies that we've blackmailed into helping us.
Raffaele "Raff" Nocerino first joined us to shoot Stakeout and has been our legal ward, ever since. Raff is a ray of sunshine on set, always positive, always ready to go that extra mile and always ready with his catchphrase “I love making a movies guuuuuyyyssss!”. Raff started by assisting with camera and lighting but will be acting as DoP on Tales From The Edge. We mainly hired him because his Italian name looks good in the credits.
Michael Macdermid and Steve Curtis have composed music for us on our Stakeout and Wingman videos and have been trapped ever since. The theme song they created was the first thing produced towards Tales and they will be scoring the entire series… out of 10. We found them in a cave in Scotland and we aren't letting them go. They forced us to write this blurb... "The songwriting/production duo have worked on several projects for TV/Film, including the upcoming feature movie "The Manners" (2018). They have also worked with several top 40 artists and even had a top 20 Scottish single in their band Outbox, who played on tours with the likes of Ocean Colour Scene, Wet Wet Wet and Toploader” They also headlined the Annual Gala Command Event In Skegness and came runner up to two Yorkshire Terriers singing Westlife.
Charlotte Knight is the most awesome producer in the world and she loves death. Her and Dave have worked together on productions for years and as soon as she heard Broken Toaster were making a web series about death; she insisted we let her kill again. She will be organising the entire production for the web series far better than we ever could and honestly if she has nothing to do, you can expect three more Zodiac killings. That’s on you if you don’t help us fund our dream.
Tales From The Edge is our baby, if a baby were actually a web series. We want its audience (you) to be able to see exactly what’s in our heads, rather than a cobbled together, cheaper, compromised version. We’d have to do 10 jobs each, all at a poor level because we’re stretched so thin and as our YouTube subscribers suggest, no one wants to watch that.
Tales is the result of a collection of shorts that never got made, that’s not to say they’re rubbish, but we’ve never had the money to be able to do them properly.
When it comes to producing the web series, we will make sure that every penny raised on Kickstarter goes on screen and will let us take our vision further than we've ever been able to before.
Why £13,666? Why is the world round? Some questions are not meant to be answered. However if you NEED an answer then we’ve carefully budgeted out all six episodes and we know that we can achieve everything we need to, without compromise and including contingency... Plus all your beautiful rewards.
Once the web series is complete we will screen it for our loyal backers and then release the series online. After that we will take Tales and pitch it to TV land in the hopes of commissioning a show, another option we’re looking into is filming 2 more episodes and turning it into a series of short films as a feature.
NOVEMBER - Launch Kickstarter
DECEMBER - Pre-Production
JANUARY - Filming
FEBRUARY - Post Production
MARCH - Release
All this is subject to change so don’t even read it. Just trust us that we know what it is we’ve done and how we have achieved it in the future.
By supporting us, you’ll get that warm feeling inside you, you know the kind. The kind of feeling when you see a homeless person and they say “any change?” and you say “no” knowing full well your pockets are bulging with coin. That feeling. Can you really put a price on that? We can, so below is a bit more detail about our bigger and physical rewards.
Behind The Toaster will be a series of behind the scenes videos and photos from the process of us making Tales From The Edge. You can follow us from the exciting motivated days of pre-production, to the pressure of filming and right through into postproduction as we all think, “none of this was worth it”. If you sign up for this reward today then you'll get access to our first episode which takes you behind the scenes of our Kickstarter video.
See those postcard images in the pitch? The awesome ones with all the episode names on…yes those ones. You’ll get a set of all 6 (all different, we’re not Argos). Now these postcards will mostly be blank on the back for you to do as you please, but 1 of the 6 will include a personalised funny story of your demise.
Limited to three, you can get your hands on a signed Broken Toaster from Broken Toaster, all with original hand sprayed skull graphic. These toasters have been hand wombled by our chief prop master Drew. They're three of a kind and possibly more depending on how popular this reward is and how many Drew can find on his travels.
NOW, get your money out. NOW is the time. Do it. Come on, we know you’ve been waiting for the right moment and this is it. You’ve probably got your card details saved on your phone/computer/gran so you may as well just pledge if you like the look of it.
All jokes aside, we work insanely hard and would make this off our own back if we could, but our ideas have grown beyond our personal budgets. Whether you give £1 or £10,000, each and every one of you will be very appreciated and loved.
Risks and challenges
When you’re three regular guys with dreams and talent as big as their delusions, making something together... emotions can run high. There is every risk we may kill each other before completing the web series. But that would be a great story wouldn't it.. And we're sure Kickstarter would refund all of your investments.
(Also... due to the close proximity of Christmas there may be potential delays in shipping out rewards ahead of the festive season, when Royal Mail are stretched to breaking point.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter