The series is written and directed by M.F. McDowell, the handsome chap in the video above. M.F. McDowell had a dream and like most dreams it was a little crazy and involved starving his family and forcing his friends into becoming indentured slaves. He wanted to make a TV show. After months of hard, satisfying work, and an empty bank account that dream became a reality and La Fontaine (the pilot) was born.
La Fontaine went on to win awards – Best Drama at the Banff Media Festival Pilot competition and nominations – Best Writer and Best Drama at the International Television Festival in Los Angeles. Check out this little teaser for a taste of what all the fuss is about:
Pretty good eh?
Want to see more? Go to www.lafontainetv.com to watch the complete first episode of La Fontaine. Go, watch it. We'll wait.
Now that you've watched it, I bet you want to see more. You want your questions answered and your curiosity satisfied.
This brings us to Kickstarter. We need your help to create the second episode and M.F. McDowell is bringing out the big guns -- namely one David Howard. Name sound familiar? He wrote Galaxy Quest – the hit movie with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver the guy who became Professor Snape. David has agreed to co-write episode two and as one of the rewards you can either Skype with him and have a conversation or get a signed copy of the script. We know what you're thinking, "David Howard's signature on a script he co-wrote? Are you f***ing kidding me?" No, we are not.
$95,000 is what we are talking about. Where is it going to go? Well, people get hungry. This money will go towards the Cast and Crew because they so selflessly slaved themselves out for the first episode it would be nice to give them something for the second. Other expenses include equipment rental, locations, food, editing, insurance and transportation costs.
It also costs money to make everyone look unbelievably handsome and smart. Beauty is not cheap (nor should it be).
Because you are devilishly charming and sophisticated and you want to be a part of something bigger and have a chance to help create something new. It means that by helping you get to decide what you want to watch instead of some weird guy at a television network telling you what you want to watch. You want to be apart of a bigger community - a La Fontaine community.
If completely funded, and the second episode proves to be a success, M.F. McDowell hopes to make 4 episodes a year (the best four episodes of anything you’ll probably watch). Check out the great perks to the right and help support this goal. Tell your family and friends. Tell their family and friends. Tell that creepy smelly guy that stands next to you at the bus stop and then have him tell all his creepy, smelly friends.
In conclusion, all of us here in La Fontaine would like to thank you in advance for your kind thoughts, time, funding, support and best wishes. PRIMO SORDIBUS!!
M.F. McDowell is the writer/director of the TV pilot La Fontaine which won the Best Drama award at the Banff Media Festival Pilot competition and was nominated for Best Writer and Best Drama at the International Television Festival in Los Angeles. He co-wrote the pilot script, Carver Brothers for CBS with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Films and Spelling Entertainment as producers. His short film, Waiting, was nominated for best screenplay and best short film at the Sacramento International Film Festival. M.F. received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a BFA in Film/TV school from UCLA. While at UCLA he wrote and co-directed the underground cult feature, Sheila and the Brainstem. He teaches Screenwriting, Advanced Digital Cinematography, and Film Theory at the Centre for Arts and Technology, Okanagan.
James Dow is the Creative Director at Global Okanagan Television and a partner in the digital media production company TechYou Media. As a broadcast television writer, producer and director, Dow has garnered numerous regional and national awards for documentary, commercial and promotional production. His company, TechYou Media was one of the first production companies in Western Canada to adopt the Red One 4K Digital Cinema Technology. From 2001 to 2003 Dow sat on the board of the Okanagan Film Commission and established key contacts within the region's growing film industry. He is also a regular panel judge for the Okanagan Film Festival Amateur competition.
Don Ferguson is the Production Supervisor at Global Okanagan Television and a partner in the digital media production company TechYou Media. A thirty year career in broadcast television has seen Ferguson excel in all aspects of video and television production. His creative and technical talents include field and studio camera work, directing newscasts and live location broadcasts plus award winning post-production and non-linear editing. From documentary and commercial production to web design and digital media production, Ferguson loves a challenge and constantly pushes technology to its limits. As an instructor at the Centre for Arts and Technology, Okanagan, Ferguson is preparing the next generation of digital media producers.
Louisa Link, Executive Producer of La Fontaine, has a wealth of experience in marketing research and strategic planning in the entertainment industry. Her areas of expertise include production, interviewing and filming of ethnographic projects for Fortune 500 companies. While working with Buena Vista Pictures she provided script summaries and marketing positionings for films including: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Wild Hogs, Secretariat, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and A Christmas Carol. Louisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from BYU and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Yorkville University. Louisa works with companies throughout the United States, her native country Canada and Europe.
Risks and challenges
Naturally all film productions have risks and challenges like floods, mutiny, and the threat of Africanized honey bees. Plus, there’s always the threat of a nuclear winter looming in the background (nice try “polar vortex”). Yet M.F. McDowell has been to the rodeo before and with a great support team they can probably survive a nuclear winter and continue shooting and still produce the next episode (not that you’d be around in case of a nuclear winter…or have the internet).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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