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A comedic web series about best friends, Marisa and Jules, struggling to afford a city that no one can afford. Read more

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A comedic web series about best friends, Marisa and Jules, struggling to afford a city that no one can afford.

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Summary

Cost of Living is a comedic web series about the transformation of (recently) gentrified San Francisco from the perspective of best friends, Marisa and Jules, who are struggling to afford a city that no one can afford.

In this 10-­episode series, we examine how San Francisco is becoming outrageously expensive through biting wit and hilarious circumstance. 

Cost of Living is about how you value your life. You spend 18 years anxious to grow up and then wake up ten years later wondering who the hell you are and where you fit in the world. Hopefully, we are all lucky enough to have a friend as good as Marisa and Jules to navigate adulthood with, until then, Cost of Living provides a hilarious and insightful companion.

Marisa and Jules, your new besties
Marisa and Jules, your new besties

Why We Need Funding

We self funded the first two episodes, which included pulling a lot of favors, and doing a lot of the shoot guerilla style. The next 8 episodes are much more ambitious in scope, and will require additional cast, crew, equipment, and multiple locations...there's even a car chase...well really, they are just stuck in traffic. But the traffic is bad. Really bad.

Our second episode "Lady Date" hints at where our story is heading...

The money we earn from this kickstarter goes towards 6 days of shooting this June and will allow us to pay our amazing cast and crew, rent equipment, feed people, and shoot legit with permits.

With your support, we can finish season one and include these new characters into the series...

Julianne Fawsitt as Hamilton
Julianne Fawsitt as Hamilton

Hamilton “Hammy” is that girl who used to be your cool friend, but then got married and started reading “Real Simple.” Two years ago, Hammy quit her job as an environmental lawyer to become a full-­‐time wife to her software engineer husband, Timothy. Since then her life has slowly evolved into caring about inconsequential things (artisanal toast tasting!), which drives Marisa crazy. It’s easy to write Hammy off, but a twist in the finale shows that there is a lot more going on beneath that annoyingly cheery surface.

Eric Bryant as Ezra
Eric Bryant as Ezra

 Ezra is the fourth friend in this group that went to college at Claremont McKenna and then moved up to the Bay Area. Not only is Ezra as sarcastic and fun as the ladies, but also he’s also deeper and more down to earth. 

Sean McQueen as Dylan
Sean McQueen as Dylan

 Dylan embodies the hipster, bike culture of San Francisco. Being a dreamer, he often gets frustrated by how hard it is to make real change here. Lately, he’s been fantasizing about moving to Austin and working at his friend’s bike shop. He’s been in love with Jules since she made him laugh so hard that he shot beer out of his nose at a party three years ago. However, two dreamers does not always make for a stable future.

Daniel Martinez as Timothy
Daniel Martinez as Timothy

Timothy is Hamilton’s nerdy software engineer husband who's obsession with making the perfect artisanal cocktail and having placemats that match the season make everyone wonder about him... just a bit.

Come join our team and say "fuck adulthood" with us! 

Thanks so much from the Cost of Living team!

Cost of Living team
Cost of Living team

You can reach us on social media at: 

Twitter: @CostOLivingShow 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/costoflivingseries 

Website: costofliving-series.com 

Tumblr: costoflivingseries.tumblr.com 

Vimeo: vimeo.com/user24338518

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See the cool shit you could get!

Personalized Digital Adult License for $50 level
Personalized Digital Adult License for $50 level
"Fuck Adulthood" Shot Glass for $100 level
"Fuck Adulthood" Shot Glass for $100 level
Drawing of Jules Eating Beans: A Still Life for $500 level
Drawing of Jules Eating Beans: A Still Life for $500 level
Awesome Hug from the COL Team for $50+ level at the launch party at Thee Parkside in Fall, 2014
Awesome Hug from the COL Team for $50+ level at the launch party at Thee Parkside in Fall, 2014

Risks and challenges

We've already written, budgeted, scheduled, and cast the last 8 episodes of the first season. We just need the funds to do it right!

Check out the first two episodes for evidence of what we can do without a budget. Imagine what we can do with real funding!

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