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A comedic saga made almost entirely in an apartment and set entirely on location in Antarctica using miniatures, old slides, & more

*Update: Just so everyone knows, we plan on spending more than $25,000 on this entire project when all is said and done ie: equipment, lights, promotion, props, art, costumes, junk, software, hard drives, lenses, and more. Continue to buy-in because we'd love to send this project to as many people as possible.

"The farthest reaches of the globe just got...fartherer"

Update: Here's some great Radio & TV coverage from KPBS. Also there's a fantastic article in San Diego CityBeat about us too.

We're screening some of the work we've completed on Antarctic...huh? in between live comedy & musical acts July 12, 2012 at the Casbah in San Diego during Comic-Con to spread the word. Multifaceted comedic mind Tim Heidecker is headlining. JP Inc & Optiganally Yours round out the bill.

Poster by Andy Ward
Poster by Andy Ward

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Because our unique project needs unique backers like you.

ANTARCTIC...HUH? is filmed entirely on set in San Diego. Set entirely on location in Antarctica, using the latest in apartment special effects technology. Let us explain...

With a cast and crew that you can count on your fingers and an initial budget you could buy a '92 Honda Accord with, this saga is truly a labor of love.

Did we mention it's become an expensive labor of love? Think you can just walk into a Macy's and buy four maroon parkas off the rack? Sorry, princess. That takes money! Think you can just go and rent one of those arctic tundra snow jeep things? No dice, muchacho. You need to build it yourself as a miniature using parts from various models. That takes money! Think you can actually film in Antarctica when you are actually filming in San Diego? Hate to break it to you, but that's one tough banana. You need to recreate it using backgrounds you make yourself with a green screen in your back yard. By the way...That takes money! Money we don't have!

Kickstarter T-Shirt Designed By Jason Sherry (colors may vary if we fund)
Kickstarter T-Shirt Designed By Jason Sherry (colors may vary if we fund)

WHY NOW?

We've all been there - you're 90% done with the second chapter of the comedic saga you've been filming in your apartment, when suddenly the credit cards are maxed out and Comic-Con is mere weeks away.  It's like that scene in Seabiscuit where Seabiscuit breaks his hoof just before he crosses the finish line of the most important race of his career. We've never seen Seabiscuit, but you get the point, right? All we're asking you to do is to do what we assume Seabiscuit's owner did, which would be to open your wallet and pay someone to drag his big ol' horse ass across the finish line. We just want to be treated how we presume a Triple Crown winning horse is hypothetically treated in a movie we haven't seen. Is that too much ask?

WHAT'S THE STORY ABOUT?

Our tale revolves around the insane and unreliable characters that prevent the our hapless hero, Preston, from accomplishing his ultimate goal: finishing his “Great American Novel.” Preston escapes Southern California and accepts a job manning a garbage dump in Antarctica.

After meeting landfill veterans, Dougie and Knosh, it becomes apparent to Preston that the bottom of the globe has just been turned upside down.

Earth's last great frontier is anything but "peaceful and quiet". For our hapless hero Preston, instead of writing his great American novel, he's juggling the discovery of a primordial man (who later becomes an unexpected roommate), the far-reaching tendrils of American pop-culture, revisionist history, science fiction, and Fig Newtons. Future chapters spanning an entire narrative have been scripted, sketched, and outlined. We like to think of this project as our own humble Paradise Frost (though that title may be taken).

HOW DID THIS ALL BEGIN?

ANTARCTIC...HUH? was once an imagined story cooked up by Matt Hoyt several years ago. He wrote an outline and put it in a drawer. But the idea lingered among a small group of friends. After conceptualizing ludicrous scenarios and failed adventures, ANTARCTIC...HUH? began production over many long nights and lost weekends.

WHAT'S A MULTI-PLATFORM COMEDIC SAGA?

Good question. Here's a multi-platform answer: ANTARCTIC…HUH? is an absurd epic that unfolds in a series of chapters and scenes. This open-ended form of storytelling was designed as a way to explore a comedic tale set in a strange land with no end in sight. It also means we plan to release mobile versions, TV versions, and a long-form film version.

WHAT'S WITH THE LOOK AND PRODUCTION STYLE?

The rich surreal settings are constructed from intricate miniature models designed by artist Jason Sherry that are photographed and then composited around the actors using a green screen. We also use a variety of techniques that range from doctored slide film, reverse projections, elaborate hand-made props, ludicrous fabricated costumes, and pictures we've taken or collaged from odds and ends.

WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THIS?

ANTARCTIC...HUH? is the brainchild of Actor/Writer/Director Matt Hoyt and artist Jason Sherry. Matt directs the narrative, and plays a guy named Preston. Jason creates backgrounds, builds sets, makes props that create the visual world, and plays Dougie. Pat Cummings plays Knosh, Damon Wojdak plays a few different people. The rest of the cast includes, but is not limited to, Rob Crow (Pinback, & several other bands), JP Hasson (JP Inc), Jessica Jensen, Yuko Sugiyama, Phil Beaumont, and many others.

DID YOU MAKE YOUR OUR OWN SOUNDTRACK WITH YOUR FRIENDS?

You bet we did. Vangelis wasn't available. The musical score is performed and composed by Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, The Shins, Mister Heavenly), Matt Hoyt, Casey Butler (Pharaohs, Stellar Rahim), Pat Cummings, and more to come.

WHAT HAVE YOU COMPLETED AND WHERE WILL MY MONEY GO?

We're just about finished Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. Chapter 3 is in the works. Each chapter runs between 11-15 minutes.

Your contribution to our Antarctic dream will fund the following goals:

  • Distribute HD digital chapters directly to YOU the Kickstarter backer of $10 or more. That's an accomplishment all it's own we'd say. Not to mention, if we reach our goal we'll be able to release some free content on the web (at web resolution) for the rest of the world to enjoy. But you'll get HD versions to watch forever!
  • Pay for our table at Comic-Con this summer to promote this project and wear our parkas in San Diego during the summer.
  • Get out of some credit card debt and create NEW credit card debt!
  • We'll stop borrowing equipment and fund better equipment. Not to mention facilities, props, miniatures, and materials. Seriously, do you realize how much money we've spent at second hand stores and on eBay? It's crazy. And Matt knocked out a wall in his bedroom to add more space for production and was then rushed to a hospital for having an anxiety attack. The doctor asked, "How are things at home?" Matt replied, "My friends and I just blew out a wall to make room for a crazy video project we're shooting in my house." The doctor replied, "That'll do it."
  • Help build and grow a truly independent audience. We'll pay for publicity, web development, and distribution to bring ANTARCTIC...HUH? to more people digitally and in person with screenings.
  • Pay for a licensed Therapist to reaffirm to us that this is still a good idea.
  • The more money we raise, the more content we'll create! A long story arc has been written, but we are of meager means. Thank you!

Please donate and join us! And if you can't donate, pass this on to somebody who'll enjoy what we're doing. We want to bring you with us as we finish the first leg of this truly independent video odyssey.

The more money we raise the more chapters we'll be able to make. May the frost be with you.

You can get this Cassette Tape Juicer if you donate!

This couch designed by Jason Sherry is available if you pledge at the Glacial Benefactor reward level. It was on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
This couch designed by Jason Sherry is available if you pledge at the Glacial Benefactor reward level. It was on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

This couch was re-purposed from an old couch. It was modified, then covered in plexiglass. The cushions and throw pillows were made with clear vinyl and stuffed with the shredded remains of 1970's and 1980's era tiger beat and teen beat magazines.

Reminder: if we don't reach our goal none of the donations will fund.

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