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Shoddy the Zombie - a silent comedy series

A silent comedy series about a lonely zombie, from multi award-winning comedy act CASUAL VIOLENCE and film company THE WHOLE BUFFALO.

Shoddy the Zombie - a silent comedy series

A silent comedy series about a lonely zombie, from multi award-winning comedy act CASUAL VIOLENCE and film company THE WHOLE BUFFALO.

£4,961
pledged of £15,000pledged of £15,000 goal
125
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 18 2015 11:30 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 19, 2015

About

Shoddy The Zombie is a silent comedy series about the loneliest (and only-est) zombie in England. Maybe even the world. 

Andrew Shoddy (deceased) just wants to find his place in the world of the living. Watch him struggle to make friends, find love, and reconnect with his nearest and dearest - all of whom abandoned him when he returned from the dead as a hideous, decomposing monster. 

We're aiming to make at least a four episode series, following Shoddy as he shuffles towards his next chance for affection, attempts to reclaim his past, and literally tries to keep himself together. 

Well, that sounds excellent. Who's making it?

The series is co-produced by multi award winning UK comedy act Casual Violence - who have starred on BBC Radio 4 and racked up a strong reputation on the live comedy scene, including sell-out, critically acclaimed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and beyond - and The Whole Buffalo, a merry band of freelance VFX specialists, directors and editors, whose previous credits include work on The Dark Knight, Avatar and Gravity.  

The show will be written by Casual Violence's lead writer James Hamilton and directed by The Whole Buffalo's James Roberts, with Greg Cranness starring as Andrew Shoddy. The other performing members of Casual Violence - David Arrondelle, Luke Booys and Alex Whyman - will all appear in the series, and we'll be inviting some of the UK's top comedy talent to guest star as well!

Casual Violence and The Whole Buffalo have previously made a series of dark, twisted sketches together - A Taste of Casual Violence, which included this CoFilmic Award 2014 nominated short - and are now branching out into longer form, more ambitious comedy storytelling with Shoddy The Zombie. 

Check out the video below for a short campaign video sketch we've made to promote the series:

Why no dialogue? Words are funny, aren't they?

Well, yes. But since when could zombies talk? And anyway: we believe the most accessible, universal and entertaining comedy can be done without any words at all. Shoddy’s attempts to connect with other people - through internet dating, trick or treating, kidnapping a postman, and charity “zombie runs” - can all be told effectively without him or the other characters needing to speak out loud. We want to give you pure comedy storytelling with an emphasis on visual gags and slapstick. 

Shoddy is very in-keeping with the style of comedy Casual Violence have spent the last four years making their own: there’s heavy emphasis on character, it’s silly and tragic and horrible at the same time, and the stories all focus on “humanising” a perceived monster. We think Shoddy is the funniest, most tragic, and most adorable character we've ever created, and we think you will too. 

£15k? That seems like a lot of money. What on earth are you spending it on? 

Film-making isn't cheap, sadly - but we're doing our best to make it that way. We self-funded all seven sketches we've previously produced - but this time, our ambition exceeds our pocket money! We literally can't create our lead character without a budget, and to make around 40 minutes of content takes a hell of a lot of time and work from a huge number of people. 

£15k will allow us to make four well-crafted 10-minute episodes, but hopefully, if we reach our stretch goals, we can achieve even more. 

The whole creative team is passionate enough about Shoddy to pledge their time and work either completely free, or at a cut rate - but there's still unavoidable costs we need to cover, including:

  • Pre-production: including storyboards, character and costume design;
  • Hiring cameras, lights and audio equipment for the duration of the shoot;
  • Prosthetics and make-up for Shoddy to make him look gloriously grotesque;
  • VFX, editing, sound recording and mixing to a professional standard;
  • Expenses for the actors so the poor buggers can get there on the day;
  • Materials including props and costumes;
  • Location hire for certain scenes;
  • Kickstarter fees and production of rewards

We've made this extra video to lay out some of the challenges of filmmaking, which - with your help! - we'll be able to overcome:

Can we have more than four episodes?

Absolutely! Four is the minimum we'd like to make. Ultimately we want to ensure these stories get told - and we felt that four episodes would allow us to tell a good handful of the key stories we have planned out.

Truthfully, we'd like to make a full series of six episodes - but we've left that up to you! If enough people show enough interest, we can go all the way! This is a show we think has loads of mileage and potential - so the more episodes we can make, the better! 

We've even set some extra "stretch goals" in case you want things to get really interesting...

What do I get out of this? Even though I want to appear kind and altruistic to the outside world, I don't tend to do things like pledge money to film projects without some kind of reward. 

Well, you're in luck! Over there on the right hand side, we've put together a selection of genuinely awesome rewards that we can make for you in exchange for your help in making our series. We're not fans of the "incentives" (or lack thereof) that other campaigns offer, so we've gone out of our way to make ours a bit more like a pop up shop - full of unique, entertaining and exclusive rewards.

We have everything from customised songs to exclusive artwork and films, as well as the chance to literally turning yourself into a realistic, Shoddy-esque zombie for the day, and much more. Look at the full rewards list on the right and help bring Shoddy to life (figuratively speaking!).

Is this Greg bloke a good actor?

Yes, he's amazing. Click here for (very bleak) proof. 

What happens if you go over your target?

We have those stretch goals, of course!

If we reach £20k, we will make a full series of SIX episodes. 

If we reach £30k - SHODDY WILL GO INTERNATIONAL AND ATTEMPT TO TAKE NEW YORK. We will film an extended length, one-off Christmas special episode in which Shoddy goes to New York to make as many friends as he can. We've got a tonne of ridiculous ideas for this special - so if you want to see it happen, pledge! 

If we reach £50k - well, that's series two commissioned in advance! And we'd be bloody delighted at how much you believe in the project. 

That all sounds marvellous then. I am convinced and will definitely donate at least £25. See you at the premiere party!

Great! Thanks!

Risks and challenges

One or more cast/crew members might be killed in a tragic accident, such as being trapped in a fire or falling down a cliff. Should this happen, we shall plough on without them in the name of great comedy - but this might delay the production schedule.

Film projects can encounter delays when trying to get over a dozen people to be in the same place at the same time with the right things, as anyone who's ever tried to get over a dozen people to be in the same place at the same time with the right things will know.

Casual Violence + The Whole Buffalo have a strong track record for fast production schedules, and we're aiming to launch the series in time for Hallowe'en. We can't guarantee that'll be the case, but we'll be working our faces off to make sure it happens by the end of the year latest.

With the rewards: we're working with designer friends to create them, so delivery might be affected slightly should they have a change in personal circumstance - but we'll be supporting them and working with them to ensure you guys get what you deserve - literally!

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    Pledge £2 or more About US$ 3

    Thanks for helping us out! You've bought us the equivalent of a coffee to keep us going. Although we'll probably spend the money on zombie make-up. Classic us. Your reward is feeling good about yourself for the day.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    *AN HOUR OF AWARD WINNING SKETCHES*

    An HD download of Casual Violence's award winning live sketch film "CASUAL VIOLENCE: LIVE!". Over an hour of our best material from the live circuit, filmed for DVD. We're literally giving you a full length film, guys. Here's the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt6SvmwAYJk

    If you already own a copy of this, let us know and we'll send you a limited edition SHODDY THE ZOMBIE illustrated art postcard instead - designed by Monika Bereza, and signed by the creative team.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    *OWN THE SERIES*

    Every episode of SHODDY THE ZOMBIE to keep as an HD download, plus an exclusive link to the out-takes, bonus features and behind the scenes footage from making the show.

    PLUS! An EP of the soundtrack!

    PLUS! A copy of CASUAL VIOLENCE: LIVE! (see above).

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 33

    *INVITE TO THE PREMIERE PARTY*

    A VIP invitation to the live screening premiere events of SHODDY THE ZOMBIE in London and in Brighton! When the series is finished, we'll be screening the films in a private venue to celebrate. First we shall watch the show. Then we shall party.

    PLUS! An HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

    (Please note: travel and accommodation to the premiere events not included. At least four weeks' notice will be given. If you are unable to make the premiere dates, we will send you some marvellous limited edition artwork instead!)

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    Pledge £35 or more About US$ 46

    *SHODDY LOVES YOU*

    A personalised thank you video from Shoddy himself - delivered from the set! We'll even take requests for specific words or phrases. How will we do that if he can't talk? Wait and see...

    PLUS! A set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards designed by Monika Bereza, signed by the creative team.

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    *SHODDY UP YOUR WALLS*

    An A2 illustrated Shoddy the Zombie poster print, signed by the creative team!

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    *BE YOUR OWN SHODDY*

    A custom made version of YOURSELF as a model paper zombie to print, cut out and keep, made by Sally Grosart (of "Wee Paper People" fame)! You send us a photo of your face, we'll do the rest!

    PLUS! A copy of the script for Episode 1, signed by the writer and director!

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    *A SHODDY SERENADE*

    Casual Violence musician Adam D. Felman will write, perform, record and send you a “Perfect Love Song” including the first name of any person of your choice in the lyrics, as an MP3. Longtime Casual Violence fans might remember the song from our award nominated 2012 show "A Kick In The Teeth"... The perfect gift for the love of your life!

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 193

    *BE IN THE SERIES AS A CAST MEMBER*

    For the final scene of the series, we're going to need lots of people to be on set for the day and play a (top secret!) role in the show. This is your chance to actually be IN THE SERIES, and BE LISTED IN THE CREDITS!

    The shoot date will be in London on a weekend, and you will be given at least six weeks' notice.

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 322

    *GOLDEN TICKET + SNEAK IN A SHODDY PROP*

    You're obviously a fan, so how about an UNLIMITED, LIFETIME pass for EVERY SINGLE CASUAL VIOLENCE LIVE SHOW EVER. Whether we're playing one of the UK's top theatres or a dingy back room of a pub (we frequently do both) - you will never have to pay another penny to see us live for as long as you live. And we sincerely hope you live a long time.

    PLUS! We will include ANY prop or item you provide for us as an item in Shoddy's house, just like they do in the IT Crowd!

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    *YOU AND SHODDY, TOGETHER FOREVER*

    We will illustrate, print and deliver an A2 print of YOU hugging Shoddy! Just send us a photo of yourself and one of our illustrators will do the rest.

    PLUS! An invitation to come visit the set for a day in London and meet the cast and crew!

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    Pledge £750 or more About US$ 965

    *WE WILL LITERALLY TURN YOU INTO A ZOMBIE*

    That's right: we'll arrange a date for you to come to a studio in London, be made up as a zombie by our make-up artist Nina - complete with prosthetics! - and do a photoshoot with you! You'll then be sent high quality professional photos of yourself as a real life, Shoddy-style zombie.

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,287

    *CASUAL VIOLENCE AT YOUR WHIM + NUDE ZOMBIE PRINT*

    Casual Violence will come and perform a FULL live show (60-75 minutes) for you!

    All you need to provide is a suitable venue and an an audience - then we'll bring one of our award winning live comedy shows to wherever you are!

    PLUS! An A1 illustrated art print of Shoddy, completely naked. Ever wondered what a naked zombie would look like? This is by far the simplest way to find out. We might do it like that shot from Titanic.

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

    (Note: additional travel and accommodation costs may need to be covered by you for this reward if the venue is beyond a 60 mile radius of central London, but we will do our best to keep these to an absolute minimum.)

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,573

    *WE WILL MAKE YOUR THING GOOD*

    Like our stuff? We will conceive, write and storyboard your own custom made branded content, for you or your business. You’ll get a consultation from our multi award winning creative team and a brand new, customised creative content package. Bypass the ad agencies and come directly to us!

    PLUS! Two A1 illustrated art prints of Shoddy completely naked. Because one A1 print of a naked zombie is never enough.

    PLUS! An invite to the premiere screening in London or Brighton, a set of FIVE limited edition Casual Violence artwork postcards, an HD download of the whole series + bonus features, and of Casual Violence: Live! (see above).

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