SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! Sunday, Sept. 19: Thanks to all of our supporters, we've crossed our $3000 goal! HOWEVER, that doesn't mean you can't still pledge a donation to The Baristas. Why would you?
* Because for every $25 you pledge, you get a vote on casting for our final open role on the show!
* Because we're still offering perks (t-shirts, DVDs, etc.) to our backers at a discount! If you wait until the show goes live in 2011, our merchandise will be more traditionally priced.
* Because we need it. Every extra bit of funding helps us to buy more equipment, keep the cast fed, and promote the show so it gets noticed.
Again, THANKS to everyone who helped make this project a success, and thanks to anyone who fuels us beyond our original goal. You rock. And we look forward to delivering caffeinated mirth to your lap(top) in 2011!
And Now, the Original Pitch
In 2009, Kownacki relocated to Baltimore, while the rest of the cast stayed in Pittsburgh (where they live). And since it's impossible to produce a weekly show featuring dozens of characters, multiple locations, one camera and zero budget, all from a distance, STBD went on indefinite hiatus.
We have an idea.
Why not shrink the cast, film in one location, and tell a great story? (And, while we're at it, why not film the whole thing in advance, like sane people do?)
The Baristas: Comedy, with room for cream.
HOW IT WORKS
The Baristas will take place entirely at Affogato, a cafe in the suburbs of Pittsburgh (where we'd filmed part of STBD since 2006). The show will focus on the lives, loves and very bad decisions made by the coffee shop's employees, regulars and passers-by.
We'll film the first 13 episodes of the show in late 2010, with a launch planned in January 2011. The show will be hosted on Blip TV, and written by a team gathered on Twitter. Plus, the characters will have their Twitter accounts, where their conversations will continue between episodes.
WHAT WE NEED
To get The Baristas off the ground, we need to fund the basics, like:
* Equipment (camera, lights, audio, digital storage, etc.)
* Travel (because some of the cast no longer live in Pittsburgh)
* Food & beverages
* Initial website creation
* Music licensing
The least we need to get started is $3,000. That won't cover all of our costs, but it'll get the ball rolling while we pursue additional sponsors and other merchandised funding solutions.
WHAT YOU GET FOR HELPING US GET STARTED
At every pledge level, you get something cool from the show -- postcards, t-shirts, DVDs, etc. But if you pledge at least $25, you get something even better:
See, we'll be casting the role of at least one new barista. And if you pledge at least $25, YOU get a vote to help us decide which of the new actors we should cast. In a way, that makes you a very powerful person -- kind of like Robert Evans if he shopped at Goodwill.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Because, despite the long hours, the low pay and the uphill battle to get noticed, there's still something exciting about creating your own little world on the web -- and we who created Something to Be Desired aren't quite done yet.
And because sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name, but they do know that you like your latte with soy milk, and they quietly judge you for it, but that's okay because the girl behind the counter seems not entirely out of your league.
And that's The Baristas.
(9/14) The characters from The Baristas are on Twitter! If you're wondering what the show's sense of humor might be like, peek in on the characters as they chat in-between the episodes. And since the show won't launch until 2011, there's a lot of tweeting to be done -- so stay caffeinated.
- (34 days)