Who Are We?
Oh, The Fool is currently comprised of four passionate artists who have banded together to create a company which will produce the new podcast series "Life in Sonderville."
Mark Swift is the founder of Oh, The Fool and the creator of "Life in Sonderville." Working as an actor and writer, Mark Swift decided the next step in his adventure in the world of arts would be to take on the challenge of starting an independent company that would produce content online and eventually onstage.
Abby Anderson is the Head Editor at Oh, The Fool and plays the role of Dr. Erin Barrett in "Life in Sonderville." As an actor and full-time theatre person, Abby Anderson brings her talents to Oh, The Fool in the hopes of watching the company grow into something truly spectacular.
Alec Grosso is the Head Illustrator at Oh, The Fool. You can find his designs and illustrations all over official Oh, The Fool merchandise as well the promotional art for "Life in Sonderville" (Coming Soon!). Alec works as a freelance illustrator/animator and dreams of one day creating his very own cartoon. Check out more of Alec's work here.
Aj Mostrangeli is the Head Sound Designer at Oh, The Fool and plays the parts of the Maddock Brothers in "Life in Sonderville." Aj is a passionate musician whose original pieces can be heard throughout "Life In Sonderville."
What Is Our Mission?
Oh, The Fool seeks to explore the world of interactive, personalized storytelling. Onstage and online, you will be able to experience brand new and original stories in a unique and fresh way. For the purpose of this Kickstarter, we are focusing our sights on producing "Life in Sonderville."
What Is LIFE IN SONDERVILLE?
"Sonderville; a community of circumstance. Housing a nearly insignificant population of one hundred and fifty residents, Sonderville is an enigmatic suburb cloistered deep within the Auberdine Forest, with nothing but a single-track rail system tenuously tying it to proper civilization. Despite its reclusiveness and inconsequential population, Sonderville finds itself teeming with people as a popular, if not controversial tourist attraction."
"Life in Sonderville" is a choose your own adventure style podcast series that is currently in production. Episodes will be broken down into chapters, some chapters will contain more episodes than others, as is the nature of choose your own adventure. Most listeners' experiences with the story will vary greatly. Depending on the choices made a story can last anywhere from seven to ten chapters. The goal here is to balance a satisfying story line for any one time listener and a fully realized world with intertwining mysteries for the more adventurous types who will brave all ninety seven possible episodes. It is a difficult task but we here at Oh, The Fool feel up to the challenge. Below is a rough pilot of Life In Sonderville Chapter 1: A New Leaf. Please enjoy.
Where Will The Funding Go?
When "Life in Sonderville" is produced, it will be free to listen to through several media- we have our sights set towards SoundCloud and Youtube to start. In order to achieve this goal, our Kickstarter goal has been calculated to offset the costs of purchasing high-quality recording and sound editing equipment.
However, and most importantly; Oh, The Fool operates under the philosophy that artists of all kinds should be compensated fairly for their hard work. "Life in Sonderville" will feature dozens of characters and rich soundscapes to truly capture the essence of this mysterious American suburb. In order to produce a truly magnificent adventure, we will need the help of talented and passionate artists (not limited to those listed above) to fulfill these tasks and Oh, The Fool wants nothing more than to make sure that those who put their heart and soul into the project are rewarded for their efforts.
Of course, in the nature of Kickstarter, the final product is never the be-all-end-all of what Oh, The Fool wants to give to its generous backers. If you've read through the reward tiers then you may have an idea of what is coming your way. Here is further clarification.
Discord: For those who may be unfamiliar, Discord is a free-to-download chat server app for many communities. Oh, The Fool will be making a Discord channel which backers of all tiers will be granted access to. On the Discord channel you can chat with other backers and various members of the Oh, The Fool staff in typical forum fashion.
Oh, The Fool Thank You Tarot Card: This fun little card, designed by Alec Grosso, is the calling card of Oh, The Fool. This is will be mailed to your address with a personalized thank you written by founder, Mark Swift.
Early Story Access: If you are a particularly generous backer then you will receive access to each and every "Life in Sonderville" chapter two full days before their public releases.
One/Three Card Tarot Reading: Oh, The Fool founder, Mark Swift is a student of tarot and has been actively practicing tarot for several years. Once you donate to either the third or fourth tier you will receive a one or three card tarot card reading based on an inquiry of your choice. Your tarot card reading will be presented to you via a video recording, with an outline of your results sent to your desired email address for archival if you so desire.
Signed Oh, The Fool Tarot Card Poster: Once you donate to this tier you will be sent the official Oh, The Fool tarot card poster. Size 18" x 24".
Ten Card Tarot Reading: One of the two rewards exclusive to the final tier is the ten card reading. This reading is more heavily involved then the previous two and will be done via a live video chat so you can have a more personalized experience. Detailed analysis sent at your request, although the chat will go into major detail.
Submission to Project Fate: The final reward is automatic submission to Oh, The Fool's future project, Project: Fate. This project is more detailed in the "On The Horizon" section below.
On The Horizon
While "Life in Sonderville" is Oh, The Fool's primary project, we realize that backers want to feel like their donation is an investment. We at Oh, The Fool have grand ambitions beyond "Life in Sonderville;" please take a look below.
Project: Fate: This incredibly ambitious project is one that takes personalized storytelling to the next level. Taking inspiration from Dungeons and Dragons, Tarot, and H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, Project: Fate will have subscribers (and top tier donors) create a character along with Mark Swift, founder of Oh, The Fool, through a tarot card reading that will determine their characters place in the world- perhaps occupation, weaknesses, strengths and goals. Players of Project: Fate will receive correspondence from their characters with updates on the world and their adventures within, players are then encouraged to respond to their characters with advice on how the characters should proceed. Will you be an evil mastermind, an incorruptible force for good, or perhaps a wandering adventurer who stumbles upon a grave secret? Find out in Project: Fate.
Canterbury Festival: Are you a writer, actor, or storyteller of some kind? Have you ever wanted to get your story in front of an audience but didn't know where to start? That's where the Canterbury Festival comes into play. In a celebration of stories of all sizes and shapes, the Canterbury Festival hopes to be an annual production where story-tellers can have their work meet an audience in person. This project is in its early conception stage, but hopes to have its first meeting in 2018.
Get In Contact!
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email us at TheAbsoluteFool@gmail.com, and give us a follow on twitter @TheAbsoluteFool.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for any independent creator first and foremost is time; and since time is money, that challenge is doubly large.
Life in Sonderville is a guaranteed project, as it is furthest along in its production, and it will definitely have a staged reading in Fall of 2018, but its online releases may be delayed until later than desired dates.
The funds generated via Kickstarter will not guarantee that I will have the resources to complete each and every one of the projects that I have outlined in the project description. However, in the event that Project: Fate is delayed indefinitely, I will still make good by the top tier backers by archiving their created characters and giving them updates, perhaps unofficially, as time allows.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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