Welcome to sunny Pensacola, Florida. Our beaches are white, our downtown is booming, and our people are eclectic. Despite these great attractions to our medium sized small-town, it is not without its faults; our mayor is on a mission to make homelessness illegal, getting to and from the beach is impossible due to tourists, and it's difficult to catch a buzz in peace thanks to the presence of Bible thumpers. This is the setting of our pilot, and our town is more than just a location; it's one of the show's most colorful characters. Welcome to Escambia County, Florida. Or, as our anti-heroes like to call it, Scam County.
MAX MURPHY Charm, intelligence, and confidence; these are the traits of any good con man, and Max has them in spades. Son of Cliff Murphy, an infamous conman most known (and hated) for causing the BP Oil Spill of 2010, Max has been raising hell since a young age. His refusal to let a 9 to 5 job stifle his free spirit has dragged him down a path of petty crime, eventually leading him to join the family business: the Grift. Max's hot head often gets himself, and those close to him, in trouble that his quick wit can't get him out of. After losing his partner in crime to a con gone wrong, Max finds himself in need of some help, and luckily he knows two suckers who are as desperate as he is.
GRAHAM TYSON Don't let his dreadlocks and fanny pack fool you; Graham is the anti hippy. After winning big on a scratch off ticket in his late teens, Graham did what any intelligent person with a newfound fortune would do; blew it on pot and frivolous spending, all the while hiding his wealth from those closest to him. Graham, a devout conspiracy theorist, is now living with the consequences brought on by his refusal to pay taxes on his mega millions. His assets have been frozen by the IRS, his house has been repossessed, and he is back where he started; dirt poor with zero experience in adulting.
JACK DAW Have you ever seen a scruffy guy busking on a crowded street dressed in skinny jeans and flannel and wondered to yourself, "Is this man a hobo or a hipster?" That's Daw, and he's both (though he prefers the term "Urban Outdoorsman"). Daw was abandoned by his parents at a Showbiz Pizza on their way to Disneyworld when he was six years old. Luckily, he was found by Papa Hobo, the head of the Hobo Elders. Believed by his guardian to be the Hobo Prince written about in Hobo Prophecy, Daw was raised on the streets with a serious God Complex. After being released from jail and losing his "job", Daw sets out to prove that beggars can be choosers.
Kitty Get a Job, a sketch comedy group from Pensacola, FL will be producing the pilot for Scam County. For over a year now, Kitty Get a Job has been writing/producing their own comedy sketches and releasing a new one every month on youtube and facebook. We have been producing original content with no budget, and now we're excited to show you what we can do with a budget on a larger scale. Check out our youtube channel here.
Joining us as Director of Photography on this project is Chris Jadallah of Calliope Films. Chris is hands down the most talented DP in the area. Don't believe us? Check out his reel.
$5,000 is considered a shoestring budget for a sitcom pilot. We have worked out trades with as many people and businesses as we can to keep this cost down. We also are lucky enough to have a DP, cast, and crew who believe in this project so much that they are willing to work on it for free. Here is a rundown of where your money will be going:
Editing - $1,500 Editing a 30 minute show of this magnitude is a huge undertaking. Luckily, We have the best editor around, Nick Gray, editing this pilot for us. We have worked out some trade arrangements with Nick to get this cost down to about half of what he would normally charge to edit a 30 minute pilot.
Food/Craft Services - $1,500 We have an amazing cast and crew who are willing to sacrifice their weekends for an entire month to make this happen, and we need to be able to feed them while on set. We're looking at a minimum of eight days of shooting, some of them being ten to twelve hour days, which means multiple meals. We've worked out some trade with The Leisure Club in exchange for free coffee on shoot days, but that still leaves us needing food, snacks, and water.
Props and Costumes - $1,000 Just for costumes and props needed for the first three teasers, we have paid around $500 out of pocket. We'll be shopping as frugally as possible for this, but clothing 10+ extras playing homeless people in one scene can get costly, even while shopping exclusively at thrift stores. On top of that, the script requires props (a waterbed and a pedi cab, just to name a few) to really sell the story.
Festival Entries/Kickstarter Rewards - $1,000 The end goal is to enter this pilot into as many film and television festivals as possible to try and get it seen by the right people. Each festival requires an application fee. The last of this amount will go to having all of the sweet, sweet rewards made for our Kickstarter backers.
We have some great rewards designed for our backers, and will be revealing mockups in this section throughout the campaign.
Scam County Tee Shirt
Note: Final product may slightly vary depending on availability
Scam County Created by Aubrey Nichols, Michael Daw, and Grant Tyson
Risks and challenges
Kitty Get a Job has faced many challenges while filming; bad weather, cops showing up, locations cancelling at the last minute, just to name a few. We are confident that if we take this one day at a time, one problem at a time, then we will be ready for any challenges that come our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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