About this project
OK, this is it. Years in the making. Sort of. There has been a lot of chatter bandied around about the revolution of podcasting, how it's changing things, how it works and there should be a documentary about it. Fine. But that's not the point. Anyone can just record something that is happening and call it a documentary. That's not what we want to do. We want to get at the heart of it.
Podcasting breaks down the barriers. There are no filters. No studio notes. No editing unless the podcaster wants to. Artist go directly to the fans, and the fans get to know the podcasters. Often learning intimate details of their lives. And this forms a bond and a connection that other media simply does not come close to.
We will be interviewing such podcasting luminaries such as Doug Benson, Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Jimmy Pardo, and the creative minds behind Welcome to Night Vale, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. And many, many more. We'll also we talking to the fans as well.
As podcasters ourselves, we've gotten to know the fans, often personally, and they have gotten to know us. People have told us we have helped get them through rough times, even though on the surface we are just talking about movies. So there is a connection there that we are humbled by.
And we wouldn't have it any other way. Because at it's digital heart, podcasting is about human connections.
Risks and challenges
One of the reasons we started Comedy Film Nerds was because we were comedians and filmmakers who not only talked about film, but also made them. Making a film is always a challenge. Often the things your think will be a problem go smoothly and the things you think will go smoothly... don't. You never know where a problem is going to appear when making a film, but the truth is, Graham and Chris have been through it. They've made movies. Graham has even made one in Afghanistan. Chris has shot on 35mm B&W film with children, stunts, and special effects. We don't plan on doing any of those things on this one. We're hoping our biggest challenge will be how to sober up the camera crew. But when the unexpected happens, we will be prepared. And we'll solve it. With a minimum of bloodshed.
But what happens after it is done? Will it languish and linger and never see the light of day as it gets tied up in horrible distribution deals? No. We have our own distribution system (physical and digital) at comedyfilmnerds.com So one way or another, people will get it. But you Kickstarter peeps will get it first.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The $10,000 tier will include one domestic airfare ticket to LAPODFEST.
My word, $135,000 is a lot of money! I thought independent movies where made for next to nothing. Are you buying a yacht?
No, we have no plans for a yacht at this time. Maybe as a stretch goal. But seriously, some indie films are made for very little and some aren't. We want to do this documentary the correct way. And that involves hiring a professional crew, including a professional editor, sound designer, etc. They are coming in at reduced rates for us as a favor, but if you want pros, you have to pay for them. And you need to the right equipment. it's nice to think of the filmmaker on the run doing everything himself for free, but that simply would not work for the documentary story we want to tell.
Also, this documentary will be heavy on travel. A lot of comedians and podcasters are in Los Angeles and New York, but that's not where YOU, THE FAN, are. We want to come and talk to YOU. (Not ALL of you, obviously) And that means travel expenses.
Making a professional movie does cost some money. We reduced the budget as much as we could to meet our goal and still make an amazing documentary. And truth be told, we want to do this the right way, for us and for you.
I already listen to these podcasters every week and know about them. Why would I want to see a documentary about them too?
Yes, we know and see them frequently as well, often in person. But we also know this is only half the story. We know why the podcaster cares, and we want to tell that half of the story, but we really want to explore why YOU, the fan care as well. We will look at the connection that is formed between podcaster and fans. It's a connection that is intensely personal and completely unexpected. No other medium creates this bond. And that is the heart of podcasting, and the story that needs to be told.
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