By pledging to the Multiplex 10: The Web Series campaign at ANY LEVEL you get more than just the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting indie film and the rewards you've pledged for:
- Backers at any level can stream the 11-minute Multplex 10 animated short IMMEDIATELY.
ALL backers at ANY level will get at least one chance to win a cameo appearance in one of the new episodes! The earlier you pledge, the more chances you have to win — but only if the project is successfully funded.
- You'll get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes updates and a front row seat to a whole mess of animated videos and comics made possible by YOU.
Thank you for your support!
Multiplex 10: The Web Series is an animated comedy about the staff of a movie theater—particularly a schlock-loving usher named Kurt and his reluctant BFF, a film snob named Jason.
Picking up where the award-winning Multiplex 10: The Animated Short left off, the web series features workplace comedy, nerdy movie jokes, and loads of character-based humor that appeals to movie pop culture junkies and fans of indie animation for slightly immature grownups everywhere. But each episode is self-contained—like an anthology of micro-short animated comedy sketches with a recurring cast of characters.
Alongside the Multiplex 10 web series, we've been producing a companion series of animated movie reviews called Multiplex 10 Movie Minutes, featuring Kurt and Jason reviewing the latest new releases (without spoilers, so you can enjoy them just for the character-based humor even if you're not interested in the movies they discuss!).
Since January, we’ve produced NINE videos in all (plus a couple of promotional things like the pitch video), with a tenth on its way in the next week or two. Here are a few of our favorite web series episodes:
And here's one of the Multiplex 10 Movie Minutes reviews:
If you haven't seen all of these videos yet, head over to the Multiplex 10 website OR the Multiplex 10 YouTube Channel to see the rest! We think you'll love them—but don't just take our word for it! Like the animated short, the web series has collected some accolades of its own:
- Multiplex 10: The Web Series has been named a Stareable Staff Pick.
- It was voted Best Web Series at Long Beach Comics Expo 2018’s GeekFest Film Fest.
- The "Self-Help" episode won the Berlin Flash Film Festival's Super Short Animation/Stop Motion category in May 2018.
- The "Self-Help" episode is also an official selection in this year’s Small Wonders: An Exhibition of Tiny Art & Film.
- The web series is an official selection in this year's Monmouth Film Festival.
- The web series has been nominated for Best Web Series in the 2018 international Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Awards.
- Oh, and then there's this blurb by an obscure indie filmmaker:
We've been having a blast making them, too, and we would love to keep producing the web series… but in order to do that, we need your support!
Why we need you!
If we meet the $20,000 base goal, we can afford to produce at least TWENTY minutes of new animated content—(at least) FIVE new episodes of Multiplex 10: The Web Series and (at least) FIVE new movie reviews—to be released every one or two weeks, starting… well, as soon as possible. Minus approximately $1,800 for payment processing and Kickstarter fees, the base goal translates to a little over $900 per minute for design, animation, voice acting, sound, and music.
This is extremely low-budget for animation—even lower than the budget for the animated short. But we're able to stretch that budget very far by building on the growing library of characters, props, and backgrounds we’ve made to date, the audio equipment we’ve already purchased, and the sound effects and music we've already licensed.
Even with limited animation, this is very time-consuming work, so the current format is only possible if the animation department (a.k.a. Gordon) is able to work on the series full time; the largest expense for each video is the time it takes Gordon to storyboard and animate each episode. On average, it takes about one week of full-time work to produce one minute of footage for the web series.
Without this Kickstarter, we would only be able to produce videos at a much slower pace, making this format—particularly the timeliness of the videos—impossible.
This project has a couple of one-time expenses included in its budget, such as the production and shipping costs of the physical rewards and a microphone for Dana Luery Shaw so that her character from the animated short, Melissa, can rejoin the series. Other per-episode expenses include paying voice actors and the writers (a.k.a. the producers) and occasionally licensing stock music and/or sound effects.
By funding this Kickstarter project, we can continue to promote the series, too! Occasionally boosting posts on social media has become a necessary evil for Internet-based content creators, and continuing to submit the web series to film and new media festivals will help attract more viewers (and potential sponsors!) to the series.
But wait! There's more!
Thanks to a milestone goal, in addition to (at least!) ten more videos, we'll ALSO produce a 22–24-page digital comic consisting of TWENTY-FOUR movie reviews (from a certain point of view) of the first ten Star Wars theatrical films, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Extended Editions, and the Harry Potter series. More details on that here.
When will the videos be released?
As soon our funding goal is passed, Joe, Tom, Dana, and I will launch into production on the new set of videos, with the first of them aiming for an early August release, if not sooner. We hope to release a new video three or four times per month, alternating between new web series episodes and movie reviews, with a few off weeks to catch our breath.
When possible, we'll post additional animated content in those off weeks such as character profiles or fake PSAs in order to keep you entertained.
What if we go over goal?
Our approach to stretch goals is pretty simple: for every $4,000 we raise beyond the base goal, we'll produce (at least!) one additional episode of Multiplex 10: The Web Series.
We have plenty of movie reviews lined up, between the base project and the animated movie reviews that will be created as backer rewards (included with Co-Producer level and up), with any funds raised beyond the goal, we just want to make more web series episodes.
At $4,000 per additional episode, this also gives us a little more to work with on the episodes that we're already making — bringing in more cast members, making longer and more complicated episodes, paying the writers-who-aren't-Gordon better, upgrading our computer equipment (from a five year old laptop), etc.
In addition to the warm fuzzy feeling of becoming a patron of the arts, backers of the Kickstarter project will get access to behind the scenes videos and posts not available to the general public!
You'll also be able to get digital downloads of the episodes, PDF screenplays, an “Art of Multiplex 10” eBook (expanded to include both the animated short and the web series), cameo appearances, producer credits in the episodes, and more.
ALL BACKERS can stream the 11-minute Multiplex: The Animated Short immediately!
In addition to the videos… a semi-regular series of movie review comic strips with Kurt and Jason will run in the backer updates and on the Multiplex 10 website. In the series, they will review the first ten theatrically released Star Wars movies, the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions, and the Harry Potter movies — if we make the funding goal.
All digital and physical rewards will be fulfilled shortly after the final episode funded by this Kickstarter project is released.
Digital/Mobile Wallpapers — Phone, tablet, and desktop wallpapers in a variety of screen sizes for you to display your love of Multiplex 10 proudly!
Digital Downloads of Multiplex 10: The Web Series — DRM-free MP4 files for every episode of Multiplex 10: The Web Series andevery movie review funded by the Kickstarter project or previously produced.
Special Thanks — We'll include your name, social media handle, publication, or company name with a link to the URL of your choice on a special Sponsors page of the Multiplex 10 site (we reserve the right to veto anything for any reason!). This page will stay live on the Multiplex 10 site for at least one year after the final video funded by this project is posted.
The Screenplays — PDF files of all of the scripts for Multiplex 10: The Animated Short, every Multiplex 10: The Web Series, and every movie review funded by the Kickstarter project or previously produced.
The Art of Multiplex 10 — A PDF eBook exploring the visual development and artwork created for the animated short and the web series. (An earlier edition of this art book was a reward for the animated short's Kickstarter; this new edition will be expanded significantly to include the new web series episodes.)
Social Media Shout-Outs — We'll tweet a shout-out to your name, social media handle, publication/podcast/project, or company name INCLUDING the URL of your choice (nothing vulgar or gross, please; we reserve the right to veto anything for any reason!).
Multiplex 10: The Web Series USB cards — The Multiplex 10 animated short USB cards produced for the Multiplex 10 Second Chance campaign on Indiegogo were a big hit, and we want to revisit that format here. The new web series USB cards will have NEW artwork (not yet created) include all of the Multiplex 10 videos funded by this Kickstarter project PLUS every previously produced video episode or movie review.
PLEASE NOTE: USB cards and sketches will be produced and shipped after all of the videos funded by this project have been released (approximately November 2018 at the base funding level; this will get delayed if we pass the base goal, so that we can include the extra episodes on the cards).
NEW! Movie review comics — Jason will review the movie of your choice in a one-page comic strip! These will be pretty much like the movie review comics that I've made in the past, except of course with the Multiplex 10 version of Jason. If you haven't read any of those before, you can find some Multiplex Movie Review comics on the Multiplex: Deleted Scenes blog archives. (This reward is digital only.)
Sketch cards — A 4"x6" pencil sketch by Gordon McAlpin of the character of your choice. Any character! It can be a Multiplex 10 character, your favorite superhero, your favorite role-playing game characters—anyone! These sketches will ship with the USB cards, roughly a month after the final video funded by this project is released.
Cameo appearances — A limited number of cameo appearances are available to higher level backers. Backers with this reward will also get a 1000x1000 pixel image based on their cameo appearance suitable for use as a social media avatar! JUST ADDED: Backers will also get an ANIMATED version of their social media avatar, depicting them performing one simple act (smiling, nodding, winking, etc.) or animating the background (again, in a simple manner).
NEW! Vector illustration — A 4"x6" vector illustration of the character or person of your choice in my "normal" (generally more detailed) vector illustration style. You can find examples of these in the Kickstarter update announcing this new reward. You will receive both a 4"x6" photo print and a (much) higher-res PDF file.
Digital Producer credits — Your name will be included in the credits of ONE EPISODE of the Multiplex 10: The Web Series funded by this Kickstarter project. The episode you're credited in will be decided randomly.
Associate Producer / Co-Producer / Producer / Co-Executive Producer credits — Your name will be included in the credits for EVERY Multiplex 10: The Web Series or movie review video funded by this Kickstarter project. THESE CREDITS ARE LIMITED, but we will add more if/when we pass the base funding goal!
Animated Movie Reviews — Jason will review the movie of YOUR choice in an all-new one minute video. (I reserve the right to veto film selections for any reason, so if you have any concerns about that, contact me before pledging!) These bonus videos will not be part of the spoiler-free Movie Minutes series; they will be produced after all of the other videos and published to our YouTube channel, but not included with the digital downloads or USB cards.
Access to the Multiplex 10 Writers' Room — You'll be invited to join the Multiplex 10 Slack, where we hash out ideas for upcoming episodes and generally talk smack about stuff with each other. AND you'll be invited to join our video chat writing sessions. (Some conditions apply.)
NEW! Episode Sponsor — In addition to being credited, your company name or logo will be displayed prominently as a sponsor or "presenter" of one Multiplex 10: The Web Series episode — i.e. "Quentin Tarantino Presents" at the beginning of the episode, or an animated end graphic of your company logo at the very end of the episode. We can discuss exactly what to show and where/when it will appear! If you don't already have an animated company logo (or a company logo for that matter) I WILL DESIGN/ANIMATE IT FOR YOU that you can use forever and always.
Don't forget: some (not all) episodes will be submitted to film festivals as short/micro-short films!
Multiplex 10 was created by Gordon McAlpin based on his comic strip, Multiplex.
Gordon is a Filipino-American cartoonist, illustrator, and animator. He wrote and illustrated the webcomic Multiplex from July 2005 through April 2017 before shifting his creative focus to animation with Multiplex 10: The Animated Short, which was funded last summer through Kickstarter and released back in January, alongside the launch of the Multiplex 10 web series.
In addition to voicing Jason, Gordon produces, directs, edits, and animates every Multiplex 10 video, but the series would not be possible without the rest of our team:
Tom is the former artist/writer of the movie-themed comic Theater Hopper. He still enjoys writing and drawing, and he still likes movies (although, these days, it’s a lot more Pixar and a lot less Jim Jarmusch). Eventually, he’s going to get back in the game and publish some journal comics.
Joe is a graphic artist living and working in the New York City area. He loves watching movies and drawing, and he tries to do both non-stop. You may know his work from Joe Loves Crappy Movies or some other terribly-titled webcomic. Joe has written or co-written most of the web series episodes to date and is the lead writer for Kurt’s opinions in the Multipex 10 movie reviews.
Aiyanna has appeared on Channel Awesome's Nostalgia Critic and co-hosts the Awesome Comics podcast. She currently works on stage in Chicago and lives with her other half Jake and kitten Gideon.
Dana was the co-writer and a producer on the Multiplex 10 animated short, as well as the voice of Melissa, fulfilling a lifelong dream of being involved in animation. She is the co-executive producer of digital series Personal Space; she also created the indie ARG The Wall Will Fall, and wrote for the webseries Echo Chamber and Classic Alice.
Javier was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay. After relocating to Atlanta, he trained at The Company Acting Studio in Atlanta for three years. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Acting in 2016. He has also attended master clown Philippe Gaulier’s at school in Étampes, France; studied Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre in London, UK; and studied On-Camera Technique at The Actor’s Space in Barcelona, Spain. He splits his time between Atlanta, New York City, and Los Angeles.
Tangelene is a film composer in Los Angeles known for her powerful and distinctive melodies. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she had the amazing opportunity to work for Remote Control Productions (with Hans Zimmer) and continues to work on film, TV, and video game projects. She has recently worked on Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics), Girlfriend’s Day (Netflix), Jem and the Holograms (Universal), and, of course, Multiplex 10: The Animated Short.
Scott is a film writer, the co-host of the 80s All Over podcast, and a programmer for the Cinepocalypse genre film festival. He previously produced Found Footage 3D and is currently an associate producer for the upcoming documentary, Into the Dark: Exploring the Horror Film.
Amy is Executive Director of the film production company Strangewaze and a talk show host on WGN Radio in Chicago. She is president of Association for Women Journalists Chicago and serves as a mentor-editor and senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project’s Public Voices Fellowship. She co-founded the Yak Channel podcast network, is author of the novel Three Fallen Women, and, in 2013, was named Chicago’s funniest media personality for telling a humiliating and cringe-worthy story in public.
Risks and challenges
I've successfully completed and fulfilled five crowdfunding campaigns (four on Kickstarter), and while many of them had unforeseeable delays, all of them have been fulfilled in full.
With roughly 30 minutes of Multiplex 10 videos already completed (including the animated short), the only challenge is how quickly we can produce all of the new content!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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