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Six new ten minute episodes of award winning dark comedy web series from Chris Mayo & Scott Kingsnorth.
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WHAT IS THIS EXACTLY?

We are back, having successfully re-comissioned ourselves, to create a six episode second series of award winning (Unrestricted View, Best Web Series 2018) dystopian dark comedy M.O.T.H.E.R Knows Best. 

Set in a not too distant future, The Interviewer (Chris Mayo) is stuck in a government market research facility desperate to escape the endless hours of mind games, conspiracy and admin. But is there more out there behind the curtain? And is it worth risking everything to look?

SOUNDS GREAT, BUT...I HAVEN'T SEEN SERIES ONE...

Well, frankly, we are appalled, BUT, you can jump right in to one of our favourite episodes (the one that won as an award no less...did we mention that?) below. Or you can subscribe watch the whole series on YouTube right here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6lE9SiI-xSQimbE2Bs9rQ 

SO, WHO ARE YOU AGAIN?

Chris Mayo & Scott Kingsnorth
Chris Mayo & Scott Kingsnorth

CHRIS MAYO is an actor, comedian, writer, theatre-maker and prolific snacker. 

Acting credits include: Electric Dreams (Channel 4 / Amazon), Romeo & Juliet (Nuffield Theatre Southampton), Choosers (Theatre Utopia, Etc Theatre, The Bread & Roses Theatre) and commercials for Reed.co.uk, Dominos, Paddy Power, Finish and BT alongside Jeremy Renner. He has taken two solo stand up shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is artistic director of Cuckoo Bang, a new writing focused theatre company based in London. He currently has his third play Prosciutto Mountain in development for performances in 2020.

Find out more about Chris at www.chrismayo.co.uk and on Twitter at @chris_mayo

SCOTT KINGSNORTH is a comedy writer, cartoonist, film-maker and television owner. Writing credits include: The Show What You Wrote (BBC Radio 4) Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra) The Works (Madame Jojo's, Soho). He has two published plays, one produced in England and the other in America.

Find out more about Scott at: www.kingsnorthlobotomy.co.uk and on Twitter @TheKingLobotomy

Proof! We won!
Proof! We won!

WHO IS GOING TO BE IN IT?

We are delighted that some of the original cast will be returning as well as welcoming some very exciting new faces to series two, including:

ALEX LOWE best known as Clinton Baptise from Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, Alex is also cult comedy hero Barry From Watford and has appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show, The Fast Show, Pompidou and The Peter Serafinowicz Show.

PHIL NICHOL most recently seen in the critically acclaimed West End musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Phil has also appeared in Bafta nominated Holy Flying Circus, Channel 4's Man Down, Comedy Central's Alternative Comedy Experience and much more. 

SARAH BAXENDALE star of Ben Wheatley's star-studded film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead  and Hard Sun, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, Benidorm and Holby City.

CARLA HARRISON-HODGE recently seen in Matt Berry's Channel 4 sitcom Year of The Rabbit, Carla has also starred in Fresh Meat, Amadeus (National Theatre) and Doctors (BBC).

KIRSTEN FOSTER recently seen in OthelloMacbeth at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and HOME Manchester, Kirsten has also appeared in ITV's Jekyll & Hyde, Law & Order and Eastenders

ZOE DUNN is an Oxford School of Drama trained actress specialising in comedy, having recently trained and performed with The Free Association improv school and is one half of aketch & character comedy duo Dusty Waffle with Chris Mayo going to The Edinburgh Fringe in 2020.

WILL CLOSE star of Great British Mysteries? (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Mixed Doubles, BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama and 1927's critically acclaimed theatre show Golem at The Young Vic and on tour.

PAUL AITCHISON as seen in Potted Panto (West End), The Crystal Maze Live & Mixed Doubles (Edinburgh Fringe).

ROSE ROBINSON Part of Great British Mysteries? (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Thomas The Tank Engine and 1927's Golem (Young Vic and on tour).

CHRIS MAYO will return as The Interviewer as will HOLLY MALLETT (Andy & The Odd Socks, Notflix), EVELYN LOCKLEY (The Almeida, Orange Tree Theatre, Arcola Theatre), MEGAN SMITH (Mixed Doubles) and HANNAH WARMAN (Funny or Die, Drunk Women Solving Crime)

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

The cast of M.O.T.H.E.R Knows Best: Series II
The cast of M.O.T.H.E.R Knows Best: Series II

WHY DO YOU NEED MY MONEY?

We managed to make the first series for just under £3000, but had so much more we wanted to do. For this season we are going to be BIGGER, BETTER, FUNNIER & GORIER. Which means our actors costs, location costs, make up costs, prop costs, marketing costs and equipment costs are going to be higher but it means a MUCH more professional, slicker finished product which we really think will be worth every penny.

Here's a break down of what your £4000 will get us

LOCATION COSTS: £600  We want access for ten days to two weeks so we can do re-shoots, be flexible around actors commitments and have the time and space we need to comfortably make the series

CAST COSTS: £1750 we want to pay all our featured artists a minimum of £150 per day and our and our supporting artists £70 a day. This is fairly standard across the industry for low budget filming but they deserve much more, so any extra funding will predominantly go towards cast & crew.

CREW COSTS: £1000 we pay ourselves a very small wage to cover our travel costs, food and basic time, but we also have to pay for our brilliant cinematographer Samuel Marlow and our sound recordist. Lots of time and effort goes into making the show look and sound great, and we would love to be able to pay everyone involved in the production side even more money.

FOOD & DRINK: £200 we of course want to provide food and drink for everyone involved in the shoot. £200 will cover basic supplies but we would love to be able to offer something more exciting if we reach our stretch goals!

MARKETING: £120- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram really helped us build an audience through promoted posts and adverts for series one, but £120 will only allow us to reach a a fraction of the audience we want to. We would love to be much more widespread than this, so, if we reach our stretch goals, we'll top up our Marketing budget after the crew & cast costs have been accounted for.

PROPS: £70 - We're very resourceful when it comes to props but there are some props and costumes we just can't get on the cheap, so £75 should cover everything we need.

INSURANCE £260 - Despite appearances we actually care a lot about safety and making everyone feel safe and happy on the shoot. You can't film without insurance, so we'll need to cover this for everyone who steps onto our set.

All the above is the absolute minimum we're able to do the series on, plus there will be lots of other unexpected costs along the way. Realistically we would love to reach our STRETCH GOALS of 

STRETCH GOAL 1: £5000 (£500 extra to our cast, £400 extra to our crew, £100 extra for food & drink

STRETCH GOAL 2: £6000 (£1000 extra to our cast, £700 extra to our crew, £100 extra for food & drink, £200 extra for marketing) 

STRETCH GOAL 3: £7500 (£2000 extra to our cast, £1000 to our crew, £100 extra for food and drink, £250 for marketing and £150 towards our private screening)

The above are all approximate costs, but our priority is ensuring we deliver the highest possible quality for series 2 and ensure everyone involved is fairly paid and looked after.

Series one poster
Series one poster

SURE, BUT WHAT DO I GET?

Apart from SIX brand new ten minute episodes, you can also get some very exciting REWARDS. You can see ALL episodes before anyone else, get exclusive signed posters or scripts, your own personalised cartoon or comedy sketch, executive producer credits, screening invites and more! Check out the rewards column for full info!

Original artwork by Scott Kingsnorth
Original artwork by Scott Kingsnorth

FINALLY...

If we don't raise AT LEAST £4000 within 30 days we won't get ANY of your donations. Your donation doesn't get taken until after we have successfully been funded, so even if you can't afford it right now, you won't need to pay straight away! 

If you can't help financially we totally understand, but please do share the link with anyone who might be able to. Every tweet, Facebook post, email or good old fashioned conversation about our show and campaign will REALLY help. 

WISH US LUCK!

M.O.T.H.E.R loves you

Chris, Scott & M.O.T.H.E.R x

Risks and challenges

There is a risk that we won't secure the minimum amount of money we need to make the project happen, that's why we've thought hard about how we could make the show on a small but realistic budget and set this as our goal. We very much hope to raise beyond our target so we can create the highest quality show possible, but we think what we're asking for is realistic and necessary.

Working on a low budget, there's always the chance that actors may get offered larger projects making the unavailable, however, as we have access to the location on an ongoing basis and are having a flexible shoot schedule to prepare for any illness or unavailability we should be able to work around any unlikely problems. Plus, we have an awesome, dedicated, passionate group of actors and crew on board who are very excited to make the show with us...so that helps!

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    By popular request, we have added a £10 pledge. Get your hands on a limited edition concept art badge drawn by co-writer and cartoonist Scott Kingsnorth. Only 20 available!

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    A PERSONAL COMEDY VIDEO FROM CHRIS MAYO

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    A UNIQUE DRAWING BY SCOTT KINGSNORTH!

    Your name in the closing credits of the show plus a unique full colour drawing e-mailed to you drawn by creator, Scott Kingsnorth. PLUS early access to ALL episodes AND exclusive additional footage

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    Get an exclusive invite for you AND a friend to attend a screening in London of all episodes before they are released as well as all episodes sent to you in advance to watch online. You'll also get your name in the credits!

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    Q&A LUNCH WITH CREATORS - CHRIS & SCOTT!

    We're very excited to offer a 90 minute Q&A lunch with Chris & Scott, both professional comedy writers & performers with years of experience in film, TV, theatre and stand up, talking about our work in the industry, our process making the show and answering any questions you may have. We'll even throw in food! THIS WILL TAKE PLACE, A LUNCHTIME IN CENTRAL LONDON IN JANUARY 2020. Date & exact location TBC.

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    Become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the show for just £250 and get your name in the closing credits, invite for you & a friend to our exclusive London screening, advanced copies of all episodes AND a signed poster.

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