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LIKE ME is a feature length documentary about comedian Micah Sherman and his attempts to find his digital voice on social media.
LIKE ME is a feature length documentary about comedian Micah Sherman and his attempts to find his digital voice on social media.
191 backers pledged $10,232 to help bring this project to life.

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"Everyone has an idea. But it's really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea." - Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter

Hey, Micah. What is this?

Glad you asked. LIKE ME is a documentary that chronicles a comedian's efforts to understand social media - to demystify it and utilize it to benefit his life and career. I am that comedian. 

It will require me to share more of myself online and to interact with people in ways that I've avoided in the past. In the process, I interview a whole slew of people who have unique, informed and varied perspectives on how you should act online. A lot these people are friends who are already in the social media pool and are great swimmers. Now I’m ready to take the plunge.

Also, the film is funny. I know a lot of funny people. 

How bad at social media are you?

Pretty not good. What if I say something that makes me look bad? What if I hurt someone else's feelings? What if I run for president someday and a fart joke comes back and blows up in my face? Once it's online, it's out there forever!

Since I was a teenager, working in creative groups, particularly improv ensembles, has helped me gain many of the skills that I needed to have meaningful relationships with people and be a moderately functional human being (debatable). But today, online interaction is a more and more common way to socialize. This is different than being onstage where I'm able to read someone’s facial expressions or in everyday life where I can assess a person’s body language. Simply put, social media has a new set of rules for communication. Rules that are ever-evolving. Rules that I don't quite understand. Yet.

When LIKE ME is complete it will be funny, entertaining and helpful to other people who, just like me, struggle in finding their own digital voice.

I'm on board. Who have you interviewed so far?

As of writing this, I've gotten some great advice from folks like:

  • CHRIS HARDWICKwho started Nerdist.com and has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter,
  • BARATUNDE THURSTONwho is the former director of digital for The Onion and the first person to tell me about Twitter back in 2006, and
  • JANEANE GAROFOLOwho never goes online, doesn't use email or even own a computer.

Other notable interviews thus far include:

Dude, where do I know you from?

I'm a comedian and an actor and I live in Brooklyn. You can learn all about me and what I do by reading my full bio above or by checking out my website MicahSherman.com.

The director of LIKE ME, Michael Kuell, has directed commercials, web series, TV pilots and is putting the finishing touches on his second indie feature.

LIKE ME is being co-produced by JetPak Productions which creates award winning films, commercials, multimedia content and all manner of corporate communications. Learn more at JetPakPro.com.

So, when are you going to tell me how this Kickstarter works?

Right now. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $9,200. Once we reach this goal, our project will be funded. Every pledge brings us that much closer and we want to thank each and everyone one of you for helping us get there. To the right you will see all the various ways that we can express our appreciation to you.

With $9,200 we will be able to pay for two more shoot dates, minimal animation/after-effects, graphics, a half day of voiceover recording, some original music, editing, sound mixing, and ten film festival submissions.

We have also set two stretch goals. Our first stretch goal is $13,800. With this budget, the finished documentary will include three additional days of shooting, beefier animation and higher end graphics, a full day of voiceover recording, more original music and fifteen film festival submissions.

Our second stretch goal is $23,250. Should we raise these funds it will afford us three more shoot dates in New York and two in Los Angeles, full scale animation, two days of voiceover recording, an entire original musical score and a small budget for promoting the film.

Won't you help us reach these goals? Thanks for reading.

@ProfDork - #LikeMeDoc

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we face will be the completion of shooting by the end of summer and the editing of a compelling film to submit to festivals by October 2013. Mike is a director and I'm an actor and these careers often carry with them unpredictable schedule changes.

To overcome this, we have budgeted more time than is necessary this summer to complete LIKE ME. That way, when scheduling snafus arise, we still have additional time to complete this project.

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    I will tweet at you expressing my gratitude. You'll also be thanked in the closing credits of the finished documentary.

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    You'll get an HD Digital Download of LIKE ME in which you're thanked in the credits. And I'll still thank you on Twitter.

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    You'll receive a signed DVD with bonus features. Plus you'll still get the Digital Download with thanks in the credits and on Twitter.

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    You'll get that signed DVD, the Download, credits and Twitter thanks. I'll also make a Vine video for you personally. I take requests.

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    At this pledge amount you will appear as an Associate Producer in the credits (along with your Twitter handle if you so desire). You also get the DVD, Download, Vine video and Twitter shout out.

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    I will interview you for the documentary. Have a unique strategy using Twitter? Have a story about Facebook that needs to be heard? Then this pledge amount might be right up your alley. Plus you'll get everything else too.

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    An original painting on vinyl by artist and fellow improviser, Kevin Kelly. Choose any piece of art from www.GetBrokenRecord.com or commission your own custom portrait and we'll mail it to you. And you'll still get all that other great stuff from me.

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    In addition to interviewing you, my musical comedy partner, Myq Kaplan, and I will write and record a song about you (or whatever topic you like). And you'll still acquire everything everything else.

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    Director Mike Kuell will create a music video with me and Myq for you and include it in the DVD extras. Then we'll send you a copy of it along with all the other goodies.

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    At this pledge amount you are an official Producer of LIKE ME. Welcome aboard.

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