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A cosplayer believes she actually is a superhero. Don't you wish it were real? Wish granted. Starring Kit Quinn and Tallest Silver.

“We’re just a couple of girls in Spandex…”

Is that all they are?  Kit Quinn and Tallest Silver make their own costumes and wear them at comic book conventions to show their love for their favorite characters.  The fans love to see these characters come to life, but it’s also amazing to see little children look up at these two in costume, and they’ve got stars in their eyes.  They might as well be superheroes.

And that reminds me:  Don’t you remember when you were little and you put on that bed sheet cape?  Wasn’t there a part of you that wished it could be real?

Wish granted.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

Sweethearts of the Galaxy is a Web series about Katelyn, a woman who dresses up as galactic ranger Trinity Infinity.  At a comic book convention, she has a gnarly fall while faking a flying shot for a television news crew, and when she returns to consciousness … she believes she truly is Trinity Infinity.

The first series will comprise nine episodes of seven to ten minutes each, telling a complete story from beginning to end, as Katelyn’s best friend Silvia, who dresses up as the lovable rogue Element 47, recreates comic book scenarios to get Katelyn through her daily life: going to the ATM is hacking a weapons console, driving a friend to a job interview is capturing a supervillain, and going to work is going undercover.

WHY WE’RE DOING IT

Kit Quinn and Tallest Silver are well known in the world of cosplay for their costumes— Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, respectively—but they also gained mainstream attention as Superma’am and Batma’am, founding members of the Gender-Bent Justice League.

Gender-Bent Justice League at WonderCon 2011
Gender-Bent Justice League at WonderCon 2011

Not only did they make a statement about gender roles and the representation of women in comic books, but they did something that was … simply … really awesome.  And they’re at it again with this Web series, which is our love letter to the cosplay community.

Outside of cosplay circles, in addition to its home in geek culture, this show welcomes anyone who loves a fun story with this idea at its heart: you can be whatever you want to be.

WHO’S DOING IT

The Web series was created and developed by Dexter Adriano (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0012478/) and Michael Premsrirat.  Michael wrote the script.

Dexter is directing and editing.  The Director of Photography is Hassan Abdul-Wahid.  Ron Shaw is the VFX Supervisor.  These gentlemen are veterans of film, television and commercial production.

Director Dexter Adriano with VFX Supervisor Ron Shaw
Director Dexter Adriano with VFX Supervisor Ron Shaw

Tallest Silver designed the characters. Kit Quinn made the costumes.  Not only are they experienced costumers, but they're also talented singers, actors and voice actors.

HOW WE'RE DOING IT

We’re asking our friends to help us make this show a reality by asking for $35,000.  The actual budget is $63,000.  The difference will be made up by seeking additional funding by media outlets, shaking down family, and maxing out Michael’s credit cards and depleting his savings.

The budget is actually not that high for a Web series, but we're a new venture.  We're asking for this much, because we’re working with feature-quality equipment to get the best production values for our audience.  We have to get insurance for that gear.  And we want to pay our professional production crew for their effort and expertise.  None of the principal artists involved are getting paid for this.

If we’re funded, we aim to begin production in mid-April and then shoot over the course of five to six weeks.  We hope to launch our first Webisode in the second half of May and then release subsequent Webisodes on a weekly basis after that.

We’re going to beg, borrow and steal to make this happen.  As you can see from the video, we can make a great show, but we need your help to do it.

Anything you can donate will help.  No amount too small or too large.  Or you could also ...

JOIN THE SWEETHEARTS ARMY!

We're open to crowd-sourcing.

  • Do you have production or post-production experience?  We're particularly seeking a line producer, an assistant director and an assistant editor.
  • Do you have access to equipment or locations in L.A. area?
  • Are you burning to draw a comic book or animate a motion comic?

If you have skills you want to contribute to the cause, then please like us on Facebook and send us a message:  https://www.facebook.com/SweetheartsOfTheGalaxy.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Potential obstacles facing production are scheduling of actors and crew for weekend shoots (as we're working around people's other jobs) and the ability of our small crew to accomplish costuming or prop fabrication that would be handled by many times more people on a non-independent production. We're already preparing now, in advance of knowing whether or not or Kickstarter campaign will be funded.

Post-production line items have been shorted in order to keep the overall budget low, and this may affect the launch date. We'll be dependent on the kindness of editors, sound mixers and VFX artists, if we're asking them to do it for free. If the release schedule is jeopardized, then we'll have to dig deeper into our own pockets to pay .

Please note that we'll be able to fulfill almost all of our rewards in April or May as promised, independent of production timeline or release schedule. Rewards entailing a Blu-Ray/DVD, in-person visit with screening, or set visit would be the only ones that would face delay.

FAQ

  • Yes! Digital download of the Web series will be an option for all backers who give more than $30.

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  • All backers from $10 and up will be credited on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and Web site. Backers giving at least $125 will receive a credit at the end of each Webisode.

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  • All 4×6" postcards will be signed, but for right now, photos of Tallest Silver and Kit Quinn cosplay will be signed upon request, and we will survey backers before fulfillment to get preference. However, if there is enough demand, all prints could be signed.

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  • Only crew (camera department, sound recordists, make-up artists, post-production personnel) will be paid. NONE of the above-the-line personnel (the creators, the cast) will get a penny; in fact, we'll be paying additional expenses out of our own pockets.

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