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"You may find cheaper groceries, but you'll never beat our meat!"
Meat Men is a comedy series showcasing the world of 4 local butchers.
"You may find cheaper groceries, but you'll never beat our meat!" Meat Men is a comedy series showcasing the world of 4 local butchers.
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“Meat Men” is a web series that shows the never before seen world of the unsung hero, the local meat man (and by ‘unsung hero’ we basically mean four down and out, ready to get rowdy, always schemin’, workin’ for the weekend, kind of guys… Seriously, lock up your daughters and hide your money).

You can usually find them at their place of business, Holiday’s Grocery Store “Where There’s Always Something Happening!”

HERE'S THE BIG IDEA:

The first season of Meat Men is scripted as an eight episode story arc. This Kickstarter project goes to raising money to produce the entire series and promote it. We need an initial $6,500, AT LEAST, to start animating Episode 1, advertise it and distribute it. Any proceeds made off of Episode 1 will flow into producing Episode 2, and so on and so forth.

As you can see by the graph below, the rewards/promotional items make up the bulk of our budget. The promotional items which will be produced will be critical in getting people interested in our product.

The thing is, although many people may be looking at this page and our video presently, we need a bankroll to advertise and market to get MORE people to see the Meat Men in action. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO WATCH, THE MORE VIEWS WE GET. THE MORE VIEWS WE GET, THE CLOSER WE ARE TO BEING PICKED UP BY A NETWORK.

ENDGAME

The plan is to have this Kickstarter project launch the entire series towards network syndication:

After the eight episodes have run, all of the data collected such as page views, page visits, number of ‘likes’ on Facebook, specific comments, and anything else that shows how awesome this show is and how beneficial it would be to sponsor the Meat Men will be put into a pitch. That pitch will then be used to gain syndication from a network such as www.Revision3.com , www.adultswim.com, www.cartoonnetwork.com , www.funnyordie.com , www.ifc.com, or any of the other platforms this series would work on.

STRETCH GOALS

As you know, our goal is $6500. However, if we are to exceed this goal, we want to pile on the rewards for all of our faithful donors. So here are our stretch goals:

STRETCH GOAL #1: $7500

Every donor of $15 or more gets some added ‘swag’ – Everyone will receive an additional Meat Man Swag Bag, full of fun items!

STRETCH GOAL #2: $10000

Every donor gets entered into a drawing for one of 10 limited edition Meat Men Hoodies.

STRETCH GOAL #3: $12500

Every donor gets entered into a drawing for one of 4 limited edition pairs of ‘Meat Men Fugiyamas', customized sneakers featuring the likeness of the Meat Men!

STRETCH GOAL #4: $15,000

Secretmagazine’s Productions will release the Lost Episode: 'Meat Men go Hawaiian Style' - a full episode which will be burned, signed, and delivered to each donor!

Risks and challenges

Obscurity:
Our main obstacle in the beginning is just getting the word out there for people to tune in. Knowing this, we are preparing ourselves:If we reach our KickStarter goal, we have a very regimented plan for marketing our show. We are based in Tallahassee, Florida and are planning an aggressive marketing campaign in town and on the internet. Several newspapers and radio stations have already been contacted regarding using us as material for stories, as well as advertising within those mediums. Also, we will hit the Comic-Con Circuit hard, promoting ‘Meat Men’ in cities throughout the southeast with fellow Kickstarter.com Alumni, Craig Shroeder http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1415773826/hit-a-comic-book…

Production – With a bankroll we can get more artists to work on each episode, thereby increasing the production value and the speed with which we complete each episode. We love Sam for all of his hard work in producing the promos, but the more artists we have the better we will be.

Timeliness – Our episodes need to be produced in a relatively timely manner in order to capture people’s short attention span. If an audience knows they can rely on the next episode being produced in two weeks, they will be much more likely to tune back in. Also, a quick turn around will speak volumes about our ability to produce content, with regard to the future pitch for syndication.

Standing out from the pack/ what makes us different? – This is not a ‘grocery store’ television show. This is about the culture that exists for the Meat Men. They may work in a supermarket, but only because that’s where the meat shop happens to be located. Seriously though, this show is more character driven and situational based. More than half of the time they will be out of the meat shop, chasing down wild situations. (However, we are planning episodes in which the Meat Men showcase their skills in meat domination).

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    Thank you and a shout out on Secretmagazine's Facebook page.

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    Signed postcard from the Secretmagazines Production Crew.
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    Meat Men koozie and sticker.
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    Personalized voice message from 'Bill the Butcher' sent to your email.
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    Episode 1 'The Golden Lion' will be burned to cd and sent to you.
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    Special thanks in the credits of Episode 1 'The Golden Lion'.
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    PDF copy of the storyboards for Episode 1 'The Golden Lion' and full script for Episode 2 'The Meatman's Workout'.
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    Meat Men T-shirt and Car Decal.
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    An 8 by 10 print of the 'Meat Men' main characters, signed by the Secretmagazines Production crew!
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    All 8 episodes from Season 1 will be burned to a cd and sent to you.
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    You get to hide an Easter Egg somewhere within the First Season. What does that mean? It means we will hide an image of something important to you within the television show. So if there’s a picture you love, or a piece of jewelry, or a family pet, or something you’d like to see, we will draw that thing into a scene of the show. JUST FOR YOU! (Easter Egg must be approved.)
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    You get a SKYPE CONVERSATION with The Secretmagazines Productions crew. We'll sit down and chat with you about anything. Want us to critique some art? Want to talk about comics? Want to tell us about your kids? We'll talk about it!
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    Have your likeness drawn into Season 1 as an 'extra' character.
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    Receive a set of official knives from Victorinox, the company which makes the Meat Men’s knives in real life!
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    'Producer' credit given in titles of Meat Men, Season 1.
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    (limited to one) Get Serviced by the Meat Men! That's right, for this donation, not only do you get every previous reward but you also receive special customer service! Send in a picture of yourself and Holiday’s grocery’s very own ladies’ man, Brian will be taking care of your likeness in Episode 1. Because of the logistics of this reward, we must limit it to one person and it must be an adult female. But don't worry gentlemen and children, you can get this reward to and in return we'll service a sister, a wife, a mother, etc…

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    Meat Man For a Day- In addition to every other reward you get to sit at the Secretmagazines Productions table at a Florida Comic Convention (the date and exact location is TBD as we have not worked out our con schedule yet). Your admission to the con will be paid for and you will get two nights in a hotel. You will also be able to sit at the Secretmagazines Productions table and hand out flyers and talk to fans. Secretmagazines Productions will not be responsible for minors. In addition we must remind you that this reward covers admission to the con, two nights in a hotel and you being a guest at our table. You are welcome to do any extracurricular activities associated with the con or city, but Secretmagazines Productions will not be responsible for anything other than what is described above.

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    'Serviced' like a King! The real Meat Men will road trip it to your house and serve you a meal fit for a king complete with meat cut to order, custom cooked meats, and a variety of dinner entertainments!
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    'Serviced' like a King! This reward is the same as above, however we will pay the real Bill the Butcher's appearance fee so that he will perform as well!
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    Every reward plus a trip to San Diego Comic Con! If we get this much money we're going to promote Meat Men at THE Comic Con and you're coming with us! This generous donation gets you a plane ticket to San Diego and admission to the SDCC! Secretmagazines Productions will not be responsible for minors. In addition we must remind you that this reward covers admission to the con, two nights in a hotel and you being a guest at our table. You are welcome to do any extracurricular activities associated with the con or city, but Secretmagazines Productions will not be responsible for anything other than what is described above.

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