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A new LGBTQ+ webseries about dates, mates, and faking out the government.
A new LGBTQ+ webseries about dates, mates, and faking out the government.
796 backers pledged CA$ 29,967 to help bring this project to life.

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Wow! We want to thank everyone for all the support. Thanks to your awesome donations, we hit our first stretch goal!

After a celebratory Nutella crepe, we got to thinking. Since you guys are still donating, we need another stretch goal to make sure “Couple-ish” is the best webseries it can be.

So what’s next?

We decided on a final stretch goal of 30,000.

After looking at our grueling filming schedule and our crew’s sobbing faces, we decided that the best gift to them (and to you) would be to extend our filming period. With 9 days instead of our original planned 7, our cast and crew will have more time to get every shot right. The extra money will give us the budget to pay everyone for the extra time and to pay for having the location for an extra two days.

And since we know you guys would deserve a huge reward for getting us to 30k, we decided that two more days would let us film another episode. But not just any episode…

A Halloween Special!

Since the series is slated to air in October, we figured an extra-special holiday episode feature goblins, tricks, and treats, would be the perfect reward. Imagine Dee dressed as Rick Astley getting scared by Rachel wearing a sheet with two eye-holes cut out, huh? If we get to 30k, we’ll film a spooky and fun special to go along with the regular season. Also, we promise Dee won’t actually be dressed as Rick Astley. That’s too scary, even for us.

To help convince you we've added some super cool new perks you can check out below, and check back soon for more cast announcements.

Once again, thanks for donating and sharing the campaign! We’ll see you guys soon…ish!

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NEW STRETCH GOAL- 22k! (Meet the Team, Characters, and see the set with Behind the Scenes videos + get a Direct Download link to the show's Theme song!)

Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach our minimum budget goal of $15,000! We’re thrilled that you want to see “Couple-ish” happen just as much as we want to make it. Our first stretch goal for Couple-ish is $22,000. If we hit this, all of our backers will receive:

-A direct download link to the show’s theme song (sung by Kaitlyn Alexander). Access to a special, behind-the-scenes vlog series introducing you to the team, the characters, and the set.

Our stretch goal will allow us to:

1) Afford better sound/video equipment. We want to produce the best content possible, and a large portion of that is making sure our equipment is high quality and on par with what the rest of the industry uses. 2) Increase our crew size to ensure we have a productive week on set, while still making sure to pay everyone a reasonable rate. 3) Amp up our art department budget. Often overlooked in terms of overall value, we want our filming locations to really stand out as places Dee, Rachel, and Amy would really live and work. Extra money means we can afford better locations and extra touches to ensure the sets are dressed their best.

Once again, thank you so much for all your support! Keep sharing and tweeting the campaign, and look forward to another Kickstarter update soon!

More about this project

Welcome to "Couple-ish", a new queer webseries filming in Toronto, ON. We are a group of filmmakers, writers, and actors who are passionate about bringing new voices and new representation to LGBTQ+ audiences that don’t usually see it. “Couple-ish” is queer media with a fake couple, but real heart.

"Couple-ish" is about Dee, a bisexual, non-binary Canadian illustrator, who finds themself locked into a lease they can’t afford. With the help of younger sister Amy, Dee thinks they find the perfect new roommate in Rachel, a queer British bartender. Things go awry in this character-driven comedy when, eight months later, Rachel claims Dee as a common-law partner to stop herself from being deported. When Amy, who is developing a crush on her sibling’s roommate, begs Dee to go with the plan, the group sets up a YouTube channel to prove Rachel and Dee are totally in love—and totally not just faking it for the government.

The series will be shot in both vlog and standard formats, and will combine trans-media elements through a character-run Tumblr. With 22 planned episodes, "Couple-ish" will have over two full hours of scripted material for your viewing pleasure. 

Please take a look around, meet the team, see the perks, and hopefully we'll see you soon...ish!

The Team

Christian Tribuzio - Director

Christian studied Theatre and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Born in Toronto, and raised in King City, he began acting on stage at a young age and excelled in various forms of writing. Now a published poet, accomplished actor, writer and producer, he is driven to keep himself a staple in the Canadian Theatre scene as well as a thriving player in both independent and studio produced film and television. With Parcel Face Productions, which he co-founded in early 2010, he has completed several award winning short films, and actively pursues new challenging and exciting projects.

Kaitlyn Alexander- Writer/Creator/"DEE"

Born in Ottawa, Kaitlyn moved to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto and Sheridan College's joint Theatre and Drama studies program. It was during these formative years that Kaitlyn discovered YouTube and that their awkwardness had a place in the world. Now, four years later Realisticallysaying has become a place they can call home on the internet. As well as being a working actor + YouTuber, Kaitlyn has written and directed several plays. 

RJ Lackie - Writer

RJ Lackie is a webseries creator and founding member of production company Cycle 66. RJ's debut as a writer-producer, webseries "The Soliloquies of Santiago", will debut this summer. RJ wrote nine episodes of Couple-ish's inaugural season.

Yasmin Bertew - Producer

Yasmin Bertew is a Producer and Co-Founder at Box Out Studios. She has been dedicated to filmmaking for the last 4 years. At a young age Yasmin fell in love with telling stories. Books, television shows and movies were her biggest obsessions.

Yasmin graduated from Humber College Film and Television Production in 2014. At Humber, Yasmin took on many roles such as Director, Writer and finally Producer. It was her goal to become familiar with the process of production in all aspects. She directed a documentary named Not My Egypt, a story of a women whose country broke her heart. And in her final year, produced her thesis project Heartistry about a man staying true to himself, his art and his passion. Heartistry went on to screen at the International Freethought Film Festival in Atlanta in 2014.

Currently Yasmin has is producing a short film named Granny, a dark comedy which is currently in post production. Also the latest exciting film she is producing named Worms. A horror flick about a man convinced there are worms in his stomach. With both of these films in post production, Yasmin has taken the opportunity to continue being busy and expanding her horizons in webseries, and she is very excited about this new opportunity.

Cast

Sharon Belle as Rachel
Sharon Belle as Rachel
Mercedes Morris as Amy
Mercedes Morris as Amy
Jaimie Hernandez Lujan as Cherie
Jaimie Hernandez Lujan as Cherie
Stacey Iseman as Mrs. Warson
Stacey Iseman as Mrs. Warson
Peter Mazzucco as Mr. Warson
Peter Mazzucco as Mr. Warson
Nicholas Potter as Edmond
Nicholas Potter as Edmond

Keep checking back for more cast announcements!

Budget Breakdown

We only think its fair you get to see where all the money is going. So here's a general idea!

Crew & Cast- 59%  A lot of people go into making a web series, especially when it's full coverage over a 7 day shoot.

Post/Marketing - 11.66%  This means colouring, sound, and advertising!

Food - 13.33%  If people don't eat, they sure get grumpy.

Camera & Sound - 5.33%  Equipment is key, we can't make anything without it.

Location - 3.33% A location to shoot in and somewhere that holds our crew as well.

Art Department - 7.33%  This is for set dressing and makeup!

A few disclaimers about rewards

Please be aware that some perks may not be delivered until the entire season has aired. We will try to keep you updated and informed of delivery times.

Shooting location, parties, and events will be held in Toronto, ON. For on site perks, you will be responsible for your own transportation and accommodation. But we promise a really rad time!

Additional paperwork may be required to fulfill some rewards. Appearances on camera or mentions onscreen require signed legal agreements for your protection and ours.

You must be over 18 to appear on camera and/or attend any of our parties or events. We apologize to our younger viewers, but our legal team has assured us that this is what needs to be done.

Risks and challenges

As filmmakers we are aware that when you start a project you always assume that anything could go wrong. So when it does, you should already have a solution. We are problem solvers but we can't predict the future. Permits, equipment, insurance, transportation, catering, footage, hard drives, schedules, and even the weather. Any one of these things can stop a production from moving forward.

We care about telling stories because we love it. No matter what stands in the way we'll solve it so this story can be told the way it should be!

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About US$ 0.77

    We appreciate every donation! With this perk, you're supporting the series and also the cast and crew will probably be thinking about you (yes, YOU!) when they're getting the opportunity to turn this dream into a reality.

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    An exclusive link to the blooper reel for the season. Guaranteed to make you snort softly with laughter without actually disturbing anyone else around you.

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About US$ 15

    Amy's in-character Tumblr account (where you'll learn about what's going on in Dee and Rachel's world) will follow you on Tumblr + reblog one of your posts, probably with witty commentary and tags. You'll also receive a link to the season's blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    The official Couple-ish Twitter will follow you + give you a shoutout for being awesome. You'll also receive a link to the season's blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    You’ll receive the password to the exclusive weekly personal production blog written by Rachel’s actor, Sharon Belle, giving you all the gossip and inside info as it’s happening! You’ll also receive a link to the season’s blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 27

    Dee and Rachel will do the SAY ANYTHING CHALLENGE for their YouTube Channel + you will get credited in the video's description as "requesting the video" + exclusive link to the season's blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 27

    Dee and Rachel will do the YOGA CHALLENGE for their YouTube Channel + you will get credited by name in the video’s description as “Requesting the Video” + exclusive link to the season’s blooper reel

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 27

    Dee and Rachel will do the SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE for their YouTube Channel + you will get credited by name in the video’s description as “Requesting the Video” + exclusive link to the season’s blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 27

    Dee + Rachel will do the SUPER HUG CHALLENGE for their YouTube Channel + you will get credited by name in the video’s description as “Requesting the Video” + exclusive link to the season’s blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 39

    Dee + Rachel will do the CHAPSTICK CHALLENGE (yes, the higher pledge is for the totally awesome feeling of being directly responsible for lots of kissing!) for their YouTube Channel + you will get credited by name in the video’s description as “Requesting the Video” + exclusive link to the season’s blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About US$ 39

    You will receive a personalized thank-you video from one or more of the cast members. The best and most caring greetings are from total strangers on the internet! You’ll also receive a link to the season’s blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $39

    A hard-copy, high-quality picture of Dee and Rachel signed with a short personalized message from the actors. Frame it, burn it, use it to perform a love spell to make one of them fall for you, we won’t judge.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About US$ 77

    You get to be part of a backers-only (this level and the “be a part of the show without being here” level are the only ones invited!) forty-five minute Google+ Hangout with the the main cast. Nerdy awesomeness absolutely guaranteed. You’ll also receive a link to our exclusive blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About US$ 96

    Don’t see your favorite challenge video listed above? Dee + Rachel will do a CHALLENGE video of your choice for their YouTube channel (must be legal + appropriate + pre-exist on YouTube, subject to approval) + will say your name in the video as the person who requested it + exclusive link to the blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About US$ 116

    Want to see the first episode of the show way before anyone else does? Well we want to show YOU and only YOU the exclusive first episode, weeks before anyone else gets to see it! A link to the episode will be sent directly to you, and you can watch the whole darned thing and be like “I saw Couple-ish before it was a thing.” Plus you get a link to our exclusive blooper reel and a link to Sharon’s blog.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About US$ 154

    BE A PART OF THE SHOW. We’re having a party. Well, Dee and Rachel are. And who better to party with them than the people who made it happen? This perk gets you on set and on screen for an episode in Season One! You’ll also receive a link to our exclusive blooper reel. Film dates August 16-22, subject to change. (No transportation or accommodations will be provided, sorry! Set is located in Toronto, ON. Must be 18+, please see disclaimer.)

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    BE A PART OF THE SHOW WHEN YOU’RE NOT REALLY HERE. Can’t get to Toronto? Don’t sweat it! We’ll need five internet handles and pictures to use in another episode, and we’d like to use yours! Tell us your Tumblr/Twitter/whatever name and send us a picture of your face along with a comment about how much you totally love Dee and Rachel (or even Amy), and we’ll put it in an episode. Keep all user names, pictures, and comments appropriate please, or else we can’t use them! And since you won’t get to actually meet everyone in person, we’ll also include you in the Google+ Hangout listed above. You’ll also receive a link to our exclusive blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About US$ 154

    Want couple-ish merch? Well, we don’t own a printing press and online stores confuse us so our very own Rachel and Dee along with our production team will hand design a “Couple-ish” shirt for you. We promise it’s not children’s art. You’ll also receive a link to Sharon’s blog and the blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About US$ 232

    Amy, Dee and Rachel’s actors will write and perform a song about you and will send you the video evidence. We don’t promise it’ll be good, but we do promise you’ll also receive a link to our exclusive blooper reel.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About US$ 386

    BE A PART OF THE SHOW AND HAVE REAL LINES AND STUFF. In that very same party scene, there are three characters who speak actual words. We think you should be one of them! Maybe you get to insult one of the characters, maybe you get to make out with them, who knows? (We do. We have the script.) You’ll also receive a link to our exclusive blooper reel. Film dates August 16-22, subject to change. (No transportation or accommodations will be provided, sorry! Set is located in Toronto, ON. Must be 18+, please see disclaimer.)

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About US$ 772

    Wow! If we were still looking for someone to be our fake date mate, we’d pick you! At this level, you’ll be a real Executive Producer for the show. You’ll be on our IMDB page as Executive Producer and see your name scroll by on the season credits. You’ll practically be able to tell your friends you’re “in the business.” We’ll also give you access to the blooper reel + the official Couple-ish Twitter will follow you and give you a shoutout for being your totally rad self. And if you support us at this level, we think you should come join us on set and really see what it takes to be a producer. If you’re able to be in the Toronto area during our filming dates (August 16-22, subject to change), we’ll have you join us on set for an afternoon (or morning, if that’s how you roll). Take a tour of the location, meet and hang out with the cast during breaks, and indulge in some of that tasty, tasty craft services. (No transportation or accommodations will be provided, sorry! Set is located in Toronto, ON. Must be 18+, please see disclaimer.)

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Funding period

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