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A series of political satire news shorts covering the 2014 Alaska Legislative Session.

Update: If we reach $8,000 we'll get to produce six episodes, one every other week the legislature is in session. If you're a business or non-profit interested in sponsoring the series, the "Good Ol' Boy" and "Uncle Ted" pledge levels include motion graphics which you can use in other projects.

We've been making homegrown political satire in Alaska for years and today we're asking for your help in creating an ongoing news program to cover the 2014 legislative session. Think of it like a localized version of the Daily Show or Weekend Update... except not as good.

No one gets immunity. We're taking on both sides of the aisle and plan to tackle a wide range of issues. Each episode will be around 3-7 minutes and include a mix of current events, special guests, and craziness from around the state.

Thanks to the chicken wing guy, we have a 90 day session in Alaska. If we cross our minimum funding threshold of $3000, we'll do three episodes, one each month. Of course, we'd like to do a lot more than that, up to one episode per week if we can get the support.

  • $3000 = 3 Episodes (1/month)
  • $8000 = 6 Episodes (2/month)
  • $20,000 = 12 Episodes (1/week)

Short Films

If you're interested in watching our short films, feel free to browse the Alaska Robotics YouTube Channel or take a look at some of our favorites below.

Political Satire

Other Favorites

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We've produced hundreds of short films for personal projects and business clients over nearly a dozen years. If anything is going to be a challenge, it's the balancing act of critical humor in a small community. Alaska is a vast landscape but we have a tiny population so it's likely that every issue we explore and every politician we discuss will be connected to us by very few degrees.

We hope our community of backers will keep us pointed in a positive direction. We want people to laugh, learn and ultimately work towards a better future for Alaska. If this show can help people keep up on the news without feeling total despair, we've done our job.

We suppose it could go wrong and boil into a storm of controversy and nasty emails. Maybe we'll get death threats or someone will try to use their power to get us fired. Fortunately, we're self employed and don't die easily.

FAQ

  • Alaska Robotics is a label we created for our personal projects. You can think of us like a garage band except, instead of music, we make comics and short films. You can find our work at the Alaska Robotics gallery in downtown Juneau.

    We've made well over a hundred short films ranging from sketch comedy to animation to music videos to mini-documentary and, of course, political satire. You can find some links to those up above or just jump over to our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlaskaRobotics

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  • People in Alaska like to ask that. All the time. We think they really want to know how badass we are. The answer is, completely badass.

    We've lived here forever. Our minds are cold steel, forged in the furnaces of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We have fish and spruce tips in our blood. One quarter of one of us has been here since time immemorial. Immemorial!

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  • We've got a bunch of people who aren't interested in being identified as donors. Some work political jobs and others are just shy. There are two options for you...

    1. Change your Kickstarter username to something mysterious like, Shadowmasterboss.

    2. Get a paper bag, fill it with cash, meet me at the Triangle.

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  • We would love to get some businesses or non-profits to back the show, this is exactly why we created those higher tiers. I know it's scary and political but we're going to get some influential eyeballs on this thing and I think it's a bargain as far as advertising dollars go in this town.

    Not only do you get visibility and link juice, it's a rare chance to squeeze some motion graphics work out of us. You want extra swooshy noises on your logo, done. And we're happy to send you home with the files for use on other projects or your own website.

    If you've got some other crazy idea of how you want sponsorship to work, let us know, we're all about crazy ideas.

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    UNCLE TED >> You're a badass. We'll run the logo of your business or organization at the end of EVERY episode and we'll make sure people know you're in charge by finding an ominous voice-over guy to read your name. You also get all the other goodies, DVD set, digital downloads, outtakes and "Thank You" episode.

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    THE CORRUPT BASTARDS CLUB >> This is the amount it cost VECO to bribe at least one member of the state legislature. It's not that much. Pledge at this level and get ANYTHING you want from the other reward levels and make a brief appearance on the show to discuss your issue of choice. You cover costs associated with travel, we'll provide poor man's craft services.

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