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Help fund two new episodes of Paper Boys, a series about discovering who you are, and with a bit of magic, becoming who you want to be.
Help fund two new episodes of Paper Boys, a series about discovering who you are, and with a bit of magic, becoming who you want to be.
181 backers pledged $13,180 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: New Stretch Goals!

Well, we've just been blown (away) by the support we've received! We flew past our second stretch goal of $10,500, and now we'll be able to pay our actors and crew, and produce a mini-episode!

Our new stretch goal is $14,500, which will allow us produce another, full 12-minute episode! That's three full episodes, and a mini-episode!

And if we pass that, our fourth stretch goal is $19,500. With $19,500, we'll be able to shoot a fourth full, 12-minute episode of Paper Boys! That's four episodes for the price of...well, four episodes. But still. we already have episodes 5 and 6 written, and we're really excited for those episodes -- we think you'll like the way they look (and sound, and the story). What are you waiting for? Back us now!

We have so much story to tell, and we're excited to share more of it with you!

And now, back to our originally scheduled programming:

We’re Kyle and Curtis and we're the creators of Paper Boys: A Web Series. With any luck, you’ve seen the first two episodes of our web series and you loved them and want more. Why wouldn’t you? We know you have great taste.

We want to make more, so we're raising $7,500 to film two more 12-minute episodes!

And if you haven't seen them yet, here they are!

Episode 1:

 Episode 2:

People who have seen them have said a lot of great things about them. Google described it as “Did you mean ‘The Paperboys (2009)?’”. One reviewer said it was “better than that cowboy movie,” and “I’m not just saying that because I’m your mother.” And that was all on the day we launched!

But in all seriousness, we hope you want to see more of the story of Cole, Max, Daren, Rebecca and Charlie. We’re asking for your help to fund two more episodes. We think they’re going to be even better (and even gayer) than the first two episodes.

So what happens next? 

Our next two episodes will explore Cole’s newfound power, his relationship with Max, Daren’s conundrum with his engagement to Rebecca, and introduce a new major character who we’ll probably edit back into the first two episodes when we release the George Lucas Special Edition cuts (yes, this joke was in our video, too, but Curtis liked it so much, he decided it beared repeating. Bared repeating? It should be repeated). Also there will be kissing and YouTube-acceptable nudity, so we think we’ll have covered all of our bases.

We think the new episodes are going to be funny, exciting and poignant.

But $7500!? For two episodes?? (or how we learned to stop worrying and love a budget) 

$7,500 might seem like a lot, but think about it this way: we funded the first two episodes ourselves to the tune of $7,000. Taken together, those two episodes ran 25 minutes long, or what the running time of a 4th season episode of Arrested Development should have been. 25 minutes for only $7,000! Really, for the quality of our production, that’s a steal. There are new, soon-to-be-obsolete smartwatches which cost twice that! 

We couldn’t pay our actors, we couldn’t pay most of our crew, and the few crew we did pay (our stellar cinematographer, our composers, and our web designer) gave us rock-bottom rates because they believed in this project.

We want to make the next two episodes look beautiful and sound fantastic, and that takes a little bit of money to do right.

What will the budget pay for? 

Equipment rentals (1/3): Although we have a camera and sound equipment, we’ll need to rent some lighting, nice lenses, filters, camera rigs, etc. to make our next episodes look and sound as beautiful as our first two episodes

Food, crafties, parking, tolls, misc. cast and crew expenses - (1/4): actors and crew have this terrible habit of eating, and people gotta drive. We want to cover some of our cast and crews’ costs to get to and from our shoots. And also feed them so they don’t get grumpy

Props and expendable (1/6): paper tape, gaffer’s tape, tape tape, all kinds of tape, and lens cleaner, gels, etc. for shooting. Plus all the little props can add up

Everything else (1/4): production insurance (gotta have it for equipment rentals and securing some locations), and a little bit of buffer for inevitable overruns.

(please god let those fractions add up correctly...)

And if we beat our goal, we’ll use that extra money to pay our incredible cast and crew for all their hard work. Because, as Oscar Wilde said when he died penniless in a decrepit hotel room in Paris, "making good art is great, but being paid to make good art is even better. And either these curtains go, or I do."*

*paraphrased and addended

I’m still not convinced, why should I fund Paper Boys?

Look, we’ve made a lot of progress lately as a community. Heck, the Supreme Court may even make it legal for us to marry nationwide soon (and finally we can start to destroy the very fabric of society). But let’s be honest, there’s not a lot of gay content outside of the Gay & Lesbian section on Netflix (and half of those are some sequel of Eating Out. By this point, we’re on Eating Out 8: Fido Goes West).

And there’s even less queer content that features queer people of color. Or content that features people of color in general. So we’re hoping that this isn’t just a web series with gay people of color, but a web series with gay people of color with a story and characters that you like and want to see more of.

Also, a queer person with a kind-of-useless and time-intensive superpower? C’mon! Batman didn’t even have a superpower, and The Dark Knight made like a billion dollars!

So please, back Paper Boys: A Web Series today!

How could you say no to these faces?
How could you say no to these faces?

Risks and challenges

We’re shooting this in San Francisco, so obviously the biggest risk is that we could all die in “The Big One” they keep saying is on its way. But barring that, we’ve done this before, so we’re pretty sure we can do it again!

Realistically, our biggest challenges are going to be schedules (we have a large cast that’s involved in lots of other projects), securing locations (our next two episodes are slightly more ambitious with those) and, with a few planned outdoor scenes, sound. We had issues with wind in our first two episodes that delayed our release by a few months so that we could re-record the sound, and there’s a chance we could encounter that again.

But, the good news is, we’ve faced most of these challenges already, and we still got you the episodes you’ve already watched, so we know we can overcome them again!

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    Everything at the $10 level, plus a digital copy of the sketch of the Balloon Boys featured in second episode, sketched by our very own Kyle Cabral.

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    Everything at the $35 level, plus early access to the episode AND we'll throw in a digital copy of Max and Cole from the episode, too, cuz we're feeling generous.

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    The thank you on our website, the digital copy of the script, early access to the episodes, and digital FULL-COLOR illustrations of the Balloon Boys AND Cole and Max from the episodes, painted by our very own Kyle Cabral himself.

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    Everything at the $75 level, plus a digital download of the original soundtrack from the first two episodes by our amazingly talented composers. Seriously, I have the whole soundtrack on repeat and listen to it constantly (between listening to tracks of myself reading my own writing)

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    Everything at the $100 level, and we’ll list you in the “special thanks” of our new episodes, plus we’ll send you a print of the full-color illustration of Cole and Max from the previous episode, signed by our cast and crew!

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    Everything at the $150 level, plus we’ll send you an HD digital download of our two previous episodes, and the two new episodes, including special features like a blooper reel (I mean, if we have one. We’re super professional, so we’ll probably nail it on every take)

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    Everything at the $200 level, plus we’ll list you as a producer in our credits, and we’ll invite you to cameo in one of our new episodes (schedule permitting; we can’t pay transportation costs, but if you’re not local and have an engagement party coming up in San Francisco, we hear that’s as good an excuse as any to make the trip or contemplate a move)

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    Everything at the $500 level, plus we’ll give you a signed copy of the script for the next two episodes, AND have lunch with some of the cast and crew at In-n-Out (the San Francisco treat), or, if you prefer, one of our favorite local restaurants in SF (schedule permitting, and we can’t pay for transportation costs, but see our note above about engagement parties and good times to make big trips/life changes).

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