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Help us fund a second year of sketches and provide opportunities for many new filmmakers! Viva la Nightpantz!
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Who we are 

Every year, thousands of artists from around the globe flock to Los Angeles, a place where dreams can supposedly come true, only to discover that pursuing a job in “the industry” doesn’t guarantee you’ll ever work. As Three 6 Mafia says, “It’s hard out here for a pimp.” Enter Nightpantz.

Nightpantz is a digital sketch collaborative based in Los-Angeles that successfully strives to give artists opportunities to be seen and heard. We write scripts, turn them into videos, and release them into the world. The entire growing team of 200+ collaborators lends a hand at bringing the sketches to life. Our intent is simple: allow anyone with talent and drive to make fun, quality content that can be posted online without waiting for permission from the traditional Hollywood gatekeepers. We hope to serve aspiring actors, filmmakers, and writers around the country by providing them a creative home as soon as they arrive. 

We want to harness the frustration felt by many independent filmmakers and actors, and give them a chance to flourish. Nightpantz provides a safe, inclusive space to brainstorm and collaborate, as well as access to the tools needed to create a finished product. 

Our process

Each week, a rotating group along with some core members of Nightpantz, enter the UCB café on Sunset Blvd. If it’s a writers meeting, many scripts will be read out loud by talented actors. After each read through, a lively discussion ensues with the goal of shaping the script into something magical, and if it hits the team in that special spot, it gets the green light.

Anybody can bring material, or ideas to pitch, with the goal of getting green-lit. If it’s a production meeting, the green-lit sketches are assigned shoot dates and directors and producers are chosen. Since our inception in 2015, we have already completed more than 25 sketches and shorts, and in the process given hard-working artists a chance to learn and take chances. You can find all our sketches on Funny or Die and YouTube.  Our popular ballet sketch has been featured on The Huffington Post, ABC7 News, LAist and the Los Angeles Times.

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Help us make a second year of sketches! 

We hope to grow our platform to engage even more artists in our second year. Our open source approach means anyone can take a shot at writing, acting, shooting, directing, producing, editing, or recording sound- our members are only limited by their imagination and know-how. Pooled resources have allowed us to do all of this work with a minimal budget.

But it still takes money to make the Nightpantz magic happen. And that is where you come in. Every dollar we raise will go entirely towards producing new sketches, including hiring more editors, sound mixers, and cinematographers, as well as covering our location and costume fees. By reaching our $10,000 goal, we'll be able to produce at least 25 new sketches. And we'll produce them all in a year or less! Anything we raise beyond our goal will go towards producing even more sketches and short films.

Your help means the world to us. Heck, maybe we'll see you in one of our sketches in the not-too-distant future. We believe in the power of collaboration. We believe that artists working in harmony with one another create magic. We believe in something bigger than ourselves: comedy is our higher power, Nightpantz our vehicle. Help us help more creative individuals make work they can be proud of.

Rewards

To thank you for your support, we've compiled a selection of rewards that we hope you will enjoy, from limited edition tanks and tees just for our Kickstarter backers, to your very own faux-American Apparel ad, and many more. Take a sneak peek below at a few of our rewards and check out the full list on the right.

$5: A digital drawing of our newest member, Walter the Catfish
$5: A digital drawing of our newest member, Walter the Catfish
$35: Nightpantz tote
$35: Nightpantz tote
$50: One limited edition Nightpantz tee or tank with the slogan "Relax And Get (Un) Comfortable"
$50: One limited edition Nightpantz tee or tank with the slogan "Relax And Get (Un) Comfortable"
$75: Dance with Nightpantz founder Tim Lacatena!
$75: Dance with Nightpantz founder Tim Lacatena!
$100: Your very own faux-American Apparel ad
$100: Your very own faux-American Apparel ad

Our Story

Hi. My name is Tim Lacatena. The single thought that birthed the 'Pantz was "How can I get all the frustrated, wildly talented people I know in LA to come together and create amazing work?" After thirteen years and over 1300 auditions as an actor, something was missing. I had no tangible creative outlet. I missed the feeling of artistic immersion that training in a ballet studio eight hours a day as a teenager had delivered. That yearning led to a Manifesto. A pair of regularly-worn sweatpants and a UCB improv night-class led to a name. In 2015, a shooting star passed over my Silverlake apartment and Nightpantz was born.

The past year has been the most creative of my life. I stopped auditioning and have focused on driving Nightpantz towards the goal of maximum creative alchemy. I’m surrounded by a growing community of creative, diverse and hard-working artists: writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, sound mixers, editors and composers. I'm grateful to be collaborating consistently with this group of people. And we're having a blast doing it!

If you live in Los Angeles or are thinking about moving here, and want to be a part of what we're doing, feel free to reach out: nightpantz@gmail.com.

For media inquiries, please contact sabrina@sabrinadax.com.

This was our first attempt at a Kickstarter video. #notacult

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Risks and challenges

The risks are quite low. Our track record and our small army of over 200 filmmakers should give you peace of mind that we will continue to deliver good work, consistently. Especially with your support.

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    Digital drawing of our newest member, Walter the Catfish. He journeyed to LA from China to pursue a career in acting. So far he's doing very well. Must be his amazing hugs.

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    You'll get a special thanks in the description section of one our upcoming sketches. And we really mean it. Thank you!

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    Two tickets to our next soirée! Meet and mingle with the folks from Nightpantz and other creatives in LA. Ain't no party like a Nightpantz party.

    In Los Angeles.

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    A two-hour improv jam session with members of Nightpantz. All skill levels welcome. You'll learn some improv, meet members of Nightpantz and have some fun!

    In Los Angeles.

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    Rock your Nightpantz tote! Use it to carry your groceries, your pantz, or a pile of cold hard cash.

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    One limited edition Nightpantz tank or tee exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. Your hipster cred just went through the roof.

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    Dance with Nightpantz founder and Sergei Polunin's distant cousin Tim Lacatena on the historic Santa Monica pier! As seen in our Ballet sketch, Tim has legit ballet dancing chops and can rock a pair of nude tights. He trained for over ten years in dipping and he promises not to drop you.

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    Get your own faux-American Apparel ad. One of our Nightpantz photographers will make you look uncomfortably sexy. We'll send you a high res, digital file after your shoot.

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    Calling all aspiring writers in LA and around the country! One of our Nightpantz writers will help you punch up and workshop your script.

    This reward can be fulfilled in person in Los Angeles or via Skype.

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    Toss your name in the hat! We'll model a character in one of our sketches after you.

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    Hold on to your pantz! You'll make your on-camera debut with a walk-on role in a Nightpantz sketch! Your face will be seen and you'll have at least three lines in our sketch. You'll be famous ; )

    Must live in Los Angeles or find a way to get here. Don't hitchhike. Unless you get picked up by Walter the Catfish.

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    Hold on to your pantz! You'll make your on-camera debut with a walk-on role in a Nightpantz sketch! Your face will be seen and you'll have at least three lines in our sketch. You'll be famous ; )

    Must live in Los Angeles or find a way to get here. Don't hitchhike. Unless you get picked up by Walter the Catfish.

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    A lead role in a Nightpantz sketch! You'll have at least 5 lines. Will it land you a star on Hollywood Boulevard? Definitely maybe. It will definitely make your friends laugh though.

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