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HIRED EDUCATION: a comedy-drama web series

A burned-out overachiever, Adriana, drops out of med-school to find her true passion.

HIRED EDUCATION: a comedy-drama web series

A burned-out overachiever, Adriana, drops out of med-school to find her true passion.

$3,105
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18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, November 22 2017 8:02 AM UTC +00:00

About

 

HIRED EDUCATION follows a burned-out overachiever, Adriana, who decides to drop out of med school to follow her passion. Only problem is, she has no idea what she wants to do for the rest of her life. So, she works odd and unpredictable jobs in hopes of figuring it out. And in this economy, Adriana quickly realizes, having a degree isn't all it's cracked up to be.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: For most of my twenties, I struggled to find my niche in the world. It was through traveling, working odd jobs and meeting unforgettable people that I became a storyteller. I've always loved to write for as long as I could remember and when I finally let the fear of judgment go, I discovered that perhaps my stories could inspire others to tell their stories too. 'Hired Education' was conceived at I point where I was receiving what seemed like a million rejection letters on scripts. Then I remembered all the jobs I failed horribly at. It made me think: could this be another epic fail? No. I realized that I gained invaluable experience from every single job I had worked. And when my friend mentioned "higher education," as a way of learning new skills, I heard it as as "hired education." When he corrected me, I said, "no, HIRED EDUCATION... that's totally a thing!" And the rest is history. --Michelle Dos Santos

 

We began production on the show in September 2017. Since then, we've shot two and half episodes, plus the awesome promo video you see here. How did we make this happen? We pulled together our resources to assemble a filmmaking team comprised of industry professionals who have years of experience and who just love the project. It's really become a family atmosphere amongst cast and crew (we literally recruited family members). 

Speaking of cast, we worked tirelessly to find talented actors who could bring the writing to life and add a whole new dimension to the characters and their world. We held auditions after auditions, then callbacks after callbacks to find the right people. We made a commitment that if we didn't find the best talent who could embody these characters like no other, we would push production back. Thankfully, we found the right people! 

And we have to say... not only are these actors super talented, they're also really hilarious (at least we think so). And we're proud to say, that we have a female-driven cast... So let's get to introductions!

 
Keeley Bright as ADRIANA
Keeley Bright as ADRIANA

"I wanted to do the project because of the writing, that's what drew me in right away... I thought the concept for the series was so fun, and to be backed up with great writing is a dream come true for me." --Keeley Bright

Madison Brown as CHELSEA
Madison Brown as CHELSEA

"I'm extremely thankful to be a part of this production with a very talented cast and crew, and can't wait to show everyone the magic we've created." --Madison Brown

Carlos Alfredo Jr. as SHANE
Carlos Alfredo Jr. as SHANE

“As an actor, you can only hope to work on material and projects that inspire you and challenge you. HIRED EDUCATION is one of those projects! Michelle has a very unique writing style that is both entertaining and with a lot of heart. I am honored to be a part of this series..." --Carlos Alfredo Jr.

Victoria Palma as ISABEL
Victoria Palma as ISABEL

"I previously had the pleasure to meet and work with Michelle. She's a very talented new writer/director. I was excited to hear about her new project, and I'm very thankful to be part of it. It's been a lot of fun with fantastic, talented and dedicated people, and I hope everyone is going to like it as much as we do!" --Victoria Palma 

Ruby Ambrocio as MADISON
Ruby Ambrocio as MADISON

When this rising star was asked why she decided to start acting, she said simply, "Why not?"

And here's what the team had to say:

"I just love putting music to picture. So when this amazing opportunity came up, I jumped at it!" --Jake Boring, Composer

"I am so proud of this project! Not only are the scenes fun, but behind [the scenes] too! Creating the characters' faces has been a good challenge for me as a professional, but everything becomes easier with this great crew!" --Camila Grobério, Key Makeup Artist

"...when I read the script, I loved the humor, and how relatable the characters are. I’m glad I signed on! I’ve been so impressed with the cast, and Michelle and the crew has been a delight to work with..." --Stan Eng, Director of Photography

"Not only do I believe in the project itself as an entertaining story, but our fearless director creates a wonderful work environment that makes it virtually impossible to say no." --Mark Busch, Production Manager

FAQ's

What are you raising the money for specifically? Among the many expenses comes the cost of locations, locations, locations! The Pilot episode has six different locations. Each subsequent episode will have one new workplace location unique to the episode in addition to recurring locations. We believe in transparency, so here's a breakdown of our budget: 

Why does the pilot have so many locations? To effectively tell Adriana's story, we have to start from the beginning. That includes sharing her story as a med student and establishing all the locations that will be recurring throughout the series. These locations are essential to the story and believe us when we say, there's a reason why Michelle chose the locations she did. Every location has a purpose and tells a story within this much bigger story.

Having so many locations must get expensive. How do you plan to budget for locations if the locations are always changing? Our strategy is simple: We plan to shoot by location rather than by episode. First, we shoot at the locations that are unique to the Pilot and second episode. Then, once we secure the recurring locations (that are in the pilot), we'll plan our shooting schedule to film 2 more scenes (same location) from 2 different episodes. 

So how many episodes exactly will you be filming? We plan to use money raised to shoot two episodes (the Pilot and Episode 102) as well as finish the last two scenes of an episode we began production on. If we exceed our goal, we will re-evaluate our budget so that we can shoot even more episodes. We just really like making stuff!

How many episodes will air in the first season? The first season will be comprised of 10 episodes.Three episodes will be released beginning February 2018. We also have a Halloween Special that was released as a pre-promo to the promo (seriously). You can watch below!

Where and when can I watch the show? Kickstarter Backers will have  the opportunity to attend a live screening of the first three episodes. Episodes will be available to watch on YouTube and on our website,  www.hirededucationwebseries.com beginning February 2018. 

How long is each episode? Each episode is approximately 8-10 minutes in length. Shorter in the case of "promo" and "specials" episodes, which are about 4-6 minutes in length.

What is your long term plan for the show? Our goal is to continue producing the show for as long as the audience enjoys watching it and the actors love acting in it. It's such a fun dynamic on set and Michelle gets (overly) excited writing every single episode and is constantly developing more episodes on paper every day... in fact, she's probably writing one now as you're reading this. And yes, we would love the series to "take off" and be distributed on a larger platform but we cannot promise anything. We CAN be optimistic though. We're good at that! 

Take a look at us doing what we do best - having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Each individual working on this production was hand-picked because of their talent, merit and work ethic. We've got a great cast and crew, all fueled with passion that's driving this project. We constantly do our homework, plan, and put our best foot forward every day in hopes of making the best thing possible given the resources we have available.

However, all productions face unforeseen obstacles. The more funding we have, the higher quality, more controlled locations we can secure. We can also finish episodes in a more timely manner with a larger post production team. Ultimately, having the proper budget makes the entire process smoother, and the result is a great final product.

We'll communicate to our Backers any updates we have on the filming process, let you know if we're meeting our shooting schedule, what we plan next, make sure you receive your perk(s) by the estimated delivery date, etc. We're always happy to answer any questions you may have about the campaign or show in general. We want to keep our Backers in the loop because our Backers are as much part of the filmmaking process as we are!

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