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A dark comedy that explores the consequences of being too intolerable for Happily Ever After.
A dark comedy that explores the consequences of being too intolerable for Happily Ever After.
A dark comedy that explores the consequences of being too intolerable for Happily Ever After.
205 backers pledged $12,420 to help bring this project to life.

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Click PLAY at the top of the screen to watch the promotional music video for the song "So Foul" written especially for the pilot by Jam Young. Watch the pilot here.

Have you ever been on a date with a man who has tried to finger your butthole on the street? Has a guy ever tried to entice you by saying his dick is like a cannoli? Have you ever had a dude scream Britney Spears lyrics at you while you tried to fellate him? ME TOO.

FOUL the webseries is a dark comedy about James, a gay, foul-mouthed New Yorker slowly edging his way towards 30 without any hope of finding romance in a sea of fuckboys. James watches as the world around him races towards their Happily-Ever-Afters while he asks himself, “What the F is wrong with me?”

'What if romance isn't in the cards for me?' This question has gnawed at the edges of my consciousness, and I've scavenged desperately for any TV show that would appropriately address this growing anxiety plaguing my generation. Unsatisfied by the results of my search, I decided to create something of my own. I have designed FOUL as salve for the wounds of everyone who feels like the Game of Love is rigged against them. FOUL is for every bleary-eyed person who has thrown up the white flag in the War for True Love. FOUL is a scream in the dark for anyone secretly preparing themselves for the possibility of not getting their Happily-Ever-After. We're definitely not going to be okay, but we're going down laughing God damnit.

After funding the entireity of the pilot on my own, I am currently seeking funding to create the remaining six episodes, each about 10 minutes long. Budget allocations can be found at the bottom of this page.

Some BEHIND-THE-SCENES photos to see what my process looked like:

Bouncing ideas off of a friend for the pilot episode at an NYC coffee shop.
Bouncing ideas off of a friend for the pilot episode at an NYC coffee shop.

 

Director of Photography Christine Shaw sets up the shot for the camera to slide in on James' obscene prayer to the Lord Jesus.
Director of Photography Christine Shaw sets up the shot for the camera to slide in on James' obscene prayer to the Lord Jesus.

 

Director Venessa Peruda watches from the monitor as we shoot the scene from this angle. We shot this scene at night, and in the background you can see the lighting equipment we used to simulate daylight.
Director Venessa Peruda watches from the monitor as we shoot the scene from this angle. We shot this scene at night, and in the background you can see the lighting equipment we used to simulate daylight.

 

After running the scene a couple of times, Venessa steps in to give us a few notes before we line up the next shot.
After running the scene a couple of times, Venessa steps in to give us a few notes before we line up the next shot.

 

In order to make the wig fly off of James' head, we rigged the lacefront wig with fishing wire. When James walked past this pole, our production assistant pulled upwards to make the wig fly out of the shot, simulating a strong gust of wind.
In order to make the wig fly off of James' head, we rigged the lacefront wig with fishing wire. When James walked past this pole, our production assistant pulled upwards to make the wig fly out of the shot, simulating a strong gust of wind.

 

In between takes of the scene where James gobbles down fistfuls of candy corn, Director Peruda would check James' teeth for candy corn residue. Director of Photography Jelani Paul can be seen in the background lining up the next shot.
In between takes of the scene where James gobbles down fistfuls of candy corn, Director Peruda would check James' teeth for candy corn residue. Director of Photography Jelani Paul can be seen in the background lining up the next shot.

 

 

 

My team is made up of bonafide hustlers who fiercely pursue their passions while clocking in 40+ hours per week at their survival jobs:

Venessa Peruda (Director) is most likely a possible genius of our time. She has been performing as a stand-up comic for the past 6 years. She writes, performs and produces comedy wherever there are souls in need. She's like a superhero but better.

Christine Shaw (Director of Photography) is a Brooklyn-born multi-skilled director whose passion lies in making films that relate to urban social issues. She has found her niche in making documentaries that shine light on issues relevant to African-American and Caribbean culture and lifestyle. Her goal is to create shows and documentaries that reveal issues, inspire action, and encourage self-reflection.

Jelani Paul (Director of Photography) is a dedicated, passionate and hardworking filmmaker. He believes and commits to the characteristic of quality production. He believes that once work is done through the virtues of the heart, its success will follow.

Prisca Edwards (Video Editor/Colorist/Sound Mixer) is a documentary photographer and video producer from western Pennsylvania. She is a full time video producer with Global Citizen, an advocacy and social action non-profit. You can also find her teaching with International Center of Photography and other teen photography / film organizations.

Philip Kral (Sound Recordist) has been working with film and video formats for over 10 years. When he's not performing sound recording work, he's producing and filming projects for a company he co-founded: Reel Prophecy Pictures.

Upon receiving the necessary funding, I will finish final edits of the remaining six episodes by December 2017. Filming will commence in April 2018 and finish by June 2018. All episodes will be streaming for free via YouTube by September 2018.

Even if you are unable to personally support this project, but know someone who needs a good laugh after being catfished again, please send them this link or the YouTube video of the pilot, and follow the project on Instagram or on Facebook (people still use Facebook, right??). More of my writing about disastrous dates or catching ass herpes can be found on my blog.

Featured below are images of some of the rewards.

FOUL T-Shirt (Front View)
FOUL T-Shirt (Front View)

 

FOUL T-Shirt (Back View)
FOUL T-Shirt (Back View)

 

FOUL Tote Image
FOUL Tote Image

BREAKDOWN PER EPISODE
Number of shoot days: 2
Director of Photography (per day): $150
Sound Recordist (per day): $125
Director (per episode): $100
Video Editor (per episode): $500
Colorist (per episode): $100
Sound Mixer (per episode): $100
Lighting Equipment (per episode): $186
Location Rental (per episode): $100
Equipment Transportation (per episode): $104
Music (per episode): $250
Staff Meal (per episodes for 13 people): $104
Props (per episode): $10 

TOTAL (per episode): $2,104
GRAND TOTAL (for 6 episodes): $12,624
GOAL SOUGHT: $12,000

(If you have questions about budget allocations, please do not hesitate to contact me. I have toiled over these numbers, and I am confident in my calculations.)

Risks and challenges

Because I am not seeking profit, this project carries a very low risk factor. Nevertheless, I am prepared to deal with unforeseen difficulties:

Collaboration can be challenging, but for the majority of this project my team has communicated long distance.

If expenses exceed my budget allocations, I am fully prepared to continue funding this project with my own money.

I have invested two years of my life in the development of this project, and I am fully prepared to do what is necessary to launch my vision.

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