Hey! We made our initial goal! Thanks so much to all of you that have officially made The Wake happen! Now, our stretch goal... which we're super stoked about and I think you guys are gonna like. If, IF, we can get to $5,000, we (Mildly Fearsome Films and the 19 cast members of The Wake) are going to do an acapella video from a song in Hamilton. Cool, right? If you aren't familiar with the acapella genre of music videos on Youtube, here's an example of what I'm talking about:
And if you aren't familiar with Hamilton... well, where have you been? Kenny Wood, our illustrious composer of many awards and literally everything we've ever done will be arranging and producing the song. It's gonna be awesome. AND, we're gonna let you guys pick from 1 of 3 songs! BUT, this only happens if we make it to 5K... which is how much we were hoping to get for The Wake in the first place, but will also help us afford to make this Hamilton acapella video. Sound good? So, spread the word and help us get to 5K so we can make it!
BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED KICKSTARTING:
THE WAKE. Look, we tried to avoid death on this series, but we just can't seem to do it. The Wake is set at a man's funeral, and yes, it's going to be funny. We can't help ourselves.
WHO ARE WE? We're Mildly Fearsome Films, the creative team that brought you the 50+ award-winning musical comedy short film SUDDEN DEATH!, the multi award-winning comedy web series RESEARCH., I HATE IT!, THE DEATH OF RASPUTIN and INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIO. http://www.mildlyfearsomefilms.com for more information
WHAT IS THIS? THE WAKE is a hilarious comedy web miniseries that we'll be shooting in late August. This is a joint project between Mildly Fearsome Films and the Azusa Pacific University Theater program. We'll be showcasing some amazing young actors, along with, who knows, maybe a Mildly Fearsome Films regular or two. We'll be premiering online in May of 2017 on Youtube and Facebook. (https://www.youtube.com/user/mildlyfearsomefilms). APU has provided us with part of our budget, which is amazing, but we need an additional $3000 at a bare minimum to make this thing happen!
WHAT'S THE STORY? It's always sad when someone dies. Worse when it's your Father. Even worse if it's your birthday and/or the day of your wedding. And the worstest (we know it's not a word, we just don't care) when all sorts of secrets start coming out about the deceased during the wake/wedding/estate sale. Sound ridiculous? It is, in the best way possible. Add in a whole bunch of awkward and insensitive characters, and yes, a wake becomes funny. Very funny, if we do our job right. The Wake is a 4 part miniseries - the first 3 episodes follow three separate groups of people who have been affected by our central figure's death. There will be some overlap between the episodes, but the big crossover happens in episode 4 - the wedding reception/estate sale/birthday party. That's when all our characters come together... and things get even crazier. We're really excited for you all to see this... we think it's one of the funniest, most ridiculous projects we've written.
WHY SHOULD I DONATE? It's gonna be funny, first of all. But we've got 19 seriously talented young actors, who are getting their opportunity to shine in a professional project with a few big time actors (like Barry Bostwick, perhaps?)... and we need this money to help make things as good as they can be. It helps us at MFF, but also helps these kids. Won't you please think of the children?!?. If you don't know who we at Mildly Fearsome Films are, check out some of our projects below, including INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIO, a show starring Barry Bostwick that we sold to Pilgrim Studios, then produced, directed, etc... The show has been featured in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, etc... You can check that out here:
We are committed to stretching every dollar as far as it will go. (We are bargain basement heroes!) That being said, we are also committed to making THE WAKE look and feel like a million bucks. We already have around much of the budget from APU, but we need to raise the rest to be able to make this thing! Here's what we'll use your money towards: Locations and Props/Set Dressing. The location for this film will be the largest single production cost on the project, and right now, we just don't have the money for it. I don't think anyone wants to see a version of THE WAKE that we shot in a friend's studio apartment, so we need your help to make this work. We will have to rent a location and design & decorate the rooms to fit our needs. Wardrobe. We know we're old fashioned, but we really feel our actors should be clothed. And that adds up! Crew. We have one of the best indie crews there is, and they deserve to be paid way more than the very, very small amount this will allow us to pay them. Food. A fed crew is a happy crew. Our days are long and a hot meal goes a long way. There's obviously more, but the more we have, the better this mini-series will be. So help us out! If you want to know for sure that your money is going into capable hands, here's what we've done on small budgets in the past:
Please consider joining with us to make this project a reality. And this isn't just a total charity case - beyond that awesome perks you see to your right, your donation will bring this project to reality... and you'll be able to see the end product for free online.
Risks and challenges
How does Kickstarter even work? It's pretty simple: We set a goal. We set a deadline. You pledge whatever you can to help us reach that goal. Bigger pledges get bigger rewards from us. (like tee shirts, secret links and dates with the writer – you can even get a character named after you!) If we reach (or hopefully far exceed) our goal by the deadline, your credit card is charged, we get our funding, and you get the cool reward you chose. If we don't reach our goal by the deadline, your credit card is NOT charged, and you do NOT get the cool rewards. Shipping costs are relative (you'll see them in the reward tiers). It's okay to exceed our goal, but it's NOT okay to make even a penny less than our goal. In short, we have to make our goal by the deadline, or we don't get our funding, and you don't get your rewards. What rewards? You always get something for your money...even if you pledge as little as five dollars. Check out the fun, unique, and meaningful rewards on the right hand side of your screen. Pick something you like because your pledges will help us redefine the level of comedy and quality for web series so we can create an outstanding product. Why should you support this web series? We'd never ask you to support something we wouldn't put our own necks on the line for. Just as with SUDDEN DEATH!, RESEARCH. and INSIDE THE EXTRAS STUDIO, we are stretching our time, resources and money as far as they can possibly take us and will continue to do so to make a great web series. THE WAKE will be a web series of superior writing, directing, production and of course, comedy. (that is what we do isn’t it?) We believe in this project! THE WAKE has been in development for nearly 8 months already. We’ve gone through numerous drafts and brought on the very best cast and crew. We know that it's going to be fun, funny, unique and entertaining (and hilarious of course). We’ll be bringing you a new product in a way you’ve never seen it before with the quality and commitment with which we created Sudden Death! and Research. So join us! And let’s create something super awesome together. Join Mildly Fearsome Films on Facebook. Tweet with us on Twitter. And check out what we're all about on our website – http://www.mildlyfearsomefilms.com We're here for you. If you have questions, comments, or great Murder? ideas let us know! Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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