COPY TV Pilot
COPY TV Pilot
A pilot for a comedy-drama about the rise, growth, and eventual folding of a small college newspaper.
A pilot for a comedy-drama about the rise, growth, and eventual folding of a small college newspaper. Read more
About this project
You will only be charged for your pledge IF we raise the full $50,000! We're ready to begin shooting in May 2013 but only if you're willing to help fund us!
NEW REWARD AVAILABLE! PARTY UP -- Increase your pledge so that your new pledge is at least $300, or if you've already pledged $300 or more, increase your pledge by $150. If we're successfully funded, we'll throw a COPY screening party in your hometown! We'll bring the beer & DJ, you invite your friends, and we'll screen COPY for you! THE BIGGER YOUR PLEDGE, THE MORE AWESOME THE PARTY WILL BE. You want unlimited flapjacks and sausage patties at your party? Tyrion Lannister dressed up as a Colonial American? (OK, that might be a stretch.) An ice sculptor with a chainsaw? It CAN happen. But it won't happen without you taking a chance! So up your pledge, and we'll make you part of the experience!
COPY is a TV show about the student media at an evangelical Christian college: An editor trying to whip his staff into shape, a blogger more TMZ than T.S. Eliot, and a university president obsessed with being “culturally relevant” - negative press be damned. How far will editor-in-chief Meshach Kilbourne and his staff go to secure the paper's independence - and glory - against the machinations of President Constantine Ward?
It's an embellished memoir of our college years. And the pilot script for COPY - which, for reasons beyond us, has been called "Sorkinesque" - reached the semifinals of the Scriptapalooza competition last year.
We have the technical people ready to go. What we need is YOUR pledges (you won't be charged unless we reach our fundraising goal). Help us make a TV pilot, and we’ll help YOU relive your college years! (Who knows - maybe it will include Zack, Slater and Screech.)
Thanks to The Hills Beyond for use of A Tune of Thanksgiving.
WHY WE’RE DOING IT
Christians and journalists, who normally hate each other, both believe the truth will set you free. They’re not so quick to admit temptation by another creed: The ends justify the means.
COPY takes a wry and comical look at the modern-day Christian university: proclaiming its "witness" to the world, while chasing conventional greatness through more programs, more prestige, more accommodation to the secular culture. But it's also a tale of the media’s identity crisis - the aspirations and temptations of The Crusader's editors and reporters, competing for scoops and eyeballs against competitors who don’t have a finger-wagging journalism adviser.
We like to think of COPY as "Big Love" meets "Gossip Girl," not a preachy depiction of crusading journalists ("The Newsroom") or a Christian caricature ("Glee"). Like the bestselling memoir "Blue Like Jazz," COPY aims to show Christians in all their diversity and attitudes toward “the world. Our writing nods frequently to our television forebears -- "Arrested Development," "30 Rock," and "Saved By the Bell."
We're raising the initial capital needed to launch COPY into PRODUCTION. We want to make this ourselves, to:
- Retain control of the show, its copyright, and continuity of vision from page to screen.
- Guide the initial look of the show, its sets, actors, and production value.
- Pitch networks with a finished product--it's a huge leg up on the competition.
- Demonstrate with real-world numbers there’s an audience for edgy Christian content, even in a mainstream environment.
- We believe this is something we've been called to do. If you can identify with this nameless, voiceless urge to create something of excellence and value - God, the cosmos, or the White House kale salad you cribbed from the Obamas - you'll know what we're talking about.
COPY BY THE NUMBERS
Many people don't realize just how expensive it is to produce a quality TV show. You'll notice our estimated budget - modest by industry standards - is just under $200,000.
We're asking for $50,000 because that is the rock-bottom amount we need to get off the ground - the rest of the costs can be accrued in another round of funding, and/or by approaching individual investors. Warren Buffett, we're looking at you, big guy!
But don't let that $50,000 limit your giving, either! Our Kickstarter campaign will only succeed IF we receive a MINIMUM of $50,000. Some of the most successful campaigns have crushed their goals - the "Blue Like Jazz" movie, mentioned above, nearly tripled its goal and the movie got made. You, as an investor, CAN HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
We've got some pretty great rewards for you if you choose to invest in us. Take a look above and to the right. Each donation at a specific tier or above gets you all the rewards listed for that tier. It's pretty simple: You give. We give back. (We’d say “Pay It Forward,” except Kevin Spacey is better known for being evil in "House of Cards" right now.)
Risks and challenges
Making a film or TV show is ALWAYS a risky move. Investing in show business has always been this way, because you don't know what will happen. Will it bomb? Will it exceed expectations? Even if the critics love it, the audience might not. Until you show it, you won't know if your investment has paid off.
We want to make a pilot because we believe so strongly there is a GIGANTIC HOLE in the market waiting to be filled by smart, subversive, challenging and exciting content. We believe COPY fills that hole.
Our challenges are relatively simple, compared to, say, manufacturing a brand-new product. Making films is old hat, and with the right team, once you have the money to make a film or TV show, the pieces somewhat naturally fall into place. Once the funds are in place, producers (us and one or two other people) gather the production team, wrangle equipment, props & set pieces, cast the parts, hire the crew, pay for permits, and line up the production schedule according to the given budget. It's slightly more complicated than that, but in general, going into production ultimately is straightforward.
AFTER the pilot is shot is when the real challenges arise. Our goal with a finished pilot is to pitch to networks, cable, off-cable, and streaming content providers who now are beginning to create their own content in addition to licensing studio content (companies such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are doing this RIGHT NOW!). New markets have opened up in recent years giving content CREATORS incredible variety in terms of distribution. What we really want is to pitch our show, including our entire first season episode-by-episode, present our completed show BIBLE, and ask for a production deal. We will be demonstrating our core concept is viable in two ways: A SUCCESSFUL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN and A COMPLETED PILOT EPISODE.
All this is no guarantee of success. However, with a completed pilot, our chances of success improve dramatically. So in a sense, by funding our pilot, you may in fact be funding our ultimate goal - to wind up in someone's TV or streaming lineup.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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