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Being an account of six contemptible knaves shipwrecked on a deserted island, and of their swift descent into petty duels and lunacy.
Being an account of six contemptible knaves shipwrecked on a deserted island, and of their swift descent into petty duels and lunacy.
150 backers pledged $11,500 to help bring this project to life.

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Friends! We've hit our bare minimum for the project! That's good news, but the struggle is far from over. This amount means that we can just scrape by and get the film made (along with all the personal money we on the production team have been putting into it already), but just a little more money would make all the difference in the world.

  • It would mean camera equipment to vastly improve the quality and convenience of filming, ensuring that filming goes according to schedule.
  • It would mean editing software and equipment like tablets and headphones and other basic necessities, so that we can actually get the project finished in time to send it to festivals.
  • It would mean new props and costume pieces, increasing the quality of production.  

Help us make Scoundrel something truly great!

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Welcome to the world of Scoundrel! The 18th century is a grim place, populated by wanton fools and knaves of the basest order. We're excited to share the madness with you. Follow us on Facebook!

It is the summer of 1770. Following a storm and shipwreck in unknown waters, six survivors find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Tossed and pulled by the currents of their own petty greed, cunning, idiocy and hubris, their new island life spirals quickly towards fractious dystopia. There are treasure hunts, duels, rum and shanties, power struggles, and incredibly hasty threats of cannibalism.

Scoundrel is a short historical comedy starring some amazing and talented actors, to be shot in Massachusetts in September 2014. It will be partly improvised in nature, following the outrageous behaviour of deeply flawed characters. To our knowledge, such a style of film has rarely if ever been pursued, and we can't wait to see the outcome.

We've assembled a crack team of artless villains of the lowest degree. Meet a few of these rogues -

Stewart Evan Smith as ordinary seaman Gain Lewis

This ruthless cad, who goes by "Stewart", has starred in many theatre productions in the Boston area, and is a resident actor with Open Theatre Project.

Gain Lewis is an unassuming ordinary seaman who has never had much opportunity to stand up for himself. He is, however, the closest of the six to what one might call "good" or "sane". That's not saying much, though.

Liam McNeill as gentleman Samuel Skipwell

Liam had been, for several years, afloat in a boat, always aimless but ever assured he'd soon find land. Upon being discovered in his dingy by the Scoundrel crew, he immediately and instinctively fought back with the full might and fury of his dainty wrists. Upon being expediently suppressed, he assented to joining the ragtag bunch of sailors in searching for buried treasure, at once announcing himself as a courageous leader, afraid only of snakes, spiders, goiters, spiders with goiters, smelly people, sailors with swords, and anything having to do with the sea.

Samuel Skipwell is no seaman either; he's a wealthy gentleman who has hired the vessel to sail out on a mysterious quest. Mystery aside, he's vain and vapid and unforgivably boring, but he's very used to getting his own way.

Harry Aspinwall as boatswain Martin Forbes (and writer/director)

Harry is a Scottish rogue now residing in Boston and pretending to be an actor and filmmaker. He is also the writer and director of Scoundrel, and definitely the one to blame for this outrage.

Martin Forbes is the highest ranking of the survivors. Despite his best efforts, he fails to stay in command long, either of the group or of his own sanity.

Eric R. Eastman as gunner Freeborn Norris

Eric is a hirsute and kilt-clad barbarian from the wilds of New Hampshire (wherever that is). He has acted in many films throughout New England, particularly those of a fantastical or historical nature, and has worked with Dan and Harry before, so he knew exactly what he was getting into.

Freeborn Norris is a gunner, and a man of an unabashedly self-interested and brutish nature. He finds no compunction in petty acts of malice. He knows how to advance himself.

Bradley Rhodes as ordinary seaman George Padstow

Brad has been acting in films throughout New England for the past three years, including television pilots, commercials and web series, and has had featured roles on Discovery ID and the History Channel. I doubt he's ever had to stare cannibalism in the face, though.

George Padstow is another ordinary seaman, and the most innocent and meek of the bunch. By nature he sees the best in everything and everyone, but there's not much to be seen in this pack of thugs. He can often be found cowering behind topiary.

David Veara as Quaker surgeon Jeremiah Coffin

David was born in Salem, MA, and studied under Sandy Dennis in New York and Eric Morris in LA. In addition to many film and television roles, he was a recurring character on General Hospital. Now instead of anaesthetic and medical responsibility, he finds himself in the era of leeches, hot cups, and definitely no washing your hands.

Jeremiah Coffin is the ship's sawbones, or, to use a more polite term, "doctor". He is a Quaker, a pacifist and a teetotaler, and probably the most in command of his mental faculties, but for some reason he consistently fails to provide good advice and common sense, instead standing to one side and watching with quiet amusement as pandaemonium ensues.

Daniel Byers, Director of Photography

Dan is a film and documentary maker with years of experience working for clients like National Geographic, The Guardian and USAID. He's worked with Harry on many projects before, which just goes to show the nature of his character. He's a violent brigand who should be allowed nowhere near fire or the faint of heart.

Jim DanDee, Producer

Jim is a Boston-based filmmaker with a lot of experience working with dark and bizarre narratives. He's good at getting people to do things, and I'm sure you can tell from his expression that he's not to be trusted.

Many thanks to Lauren Cason for the awesome concept artwork, and to Will Vinci, Hang Nguyen and Claudine Fernandez for helping us make the Kickstarter video.

Where will your money go? Of course our first instinct is to exclaim "None of your damn business, just give us the gold", but then we realised people might actually want to know. So here's a chart:

As you can see, most of our money is going towards paying and feeding the cast and crew. These people are extremely talented (don't tell them that, though), and they deserve to be paid for their work on this project. Money going towards equipment will provide us with a higher calibre of production value. Money for Kickstarter perks will help us produce and ship awesome rewards like DVDs, soundtrack CDs, posters, postcards and original artwork!

The real good news is that we already have most of the costumes, and all the editing, post FX, sound work and score will be done by members of the production team, giving us almost no additional cost once we're wrapped shooting.

We have bountiful rewards for you! Everything from postcards and posters and DVDs, to producerial credits and your name in the titles, to original artwork, hand written letters of thanks and flotsam from the set. We might even roast you in a sea shanty. Check out the perks, and let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see!

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Risks and challenges

Every project faces risks in delays in production. Since this is an outdoor shoot, perhaps the most present risk is the weather. Taking this into consideration, we're prepared for most weather conditions. One of the benefits of having a small cast and crew (about twelve, all told), is mobility and adaptability. Additionally, the improvised nature of the film is well suited to last minute changes (weather, permits, relocation, etc.). This film will be fundamentally a collaboration.

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