SERENA’S JOURNEY: An AFK Mini Series
The adventures of a newly arrived healer into the world of AFK: The Webseries, who suddenly finds her abilities in great demand.
'AFK: Serena’s Journey’ will be a 6 part mini series to accompany the main story, following the adventures of a newly arrived inhabitant into the gaming world established in the Webseries ‘AFK’, who finds herself in the body of a magical healer. Through the course of the episodes, she would learn about the different pitfalls, challenges and opportunities that come with living inside a video game. Each episode will average between 5-7 minutes in length, plus a 14 minute pilot which has already been shot.
THE WORLD OF AFK
AFK is an ambitious adventure web series which has already screened a successful first season on national and international platforms. ‘AFK’ follows the adventures of gamers trapped inside their avatars’ bodies in the world of an online video game. These disparate individuals are forced to work together in a new land with no rules, no game masters, and no respawns... only the fittest, fastest, strongest and most cunning will survive.
AFK: Lord of the Rings meets Battle Royale meets The Breakfast Club.
AFK has action, adventure, witty dialogue, romance, and plenty of gaming references which are sure to put a smile on the faces of hardcore gamers - while still being accessible to a wider audience. It combines compelling drama with humour to explore the social issues that gamers face, and the way we shape our identities and communities online. Already one of New Zealand’s most successful, award-winning web series, AFK has a passionate, engaged and growing audience hungry for more content.
Season 2 of AFK has now been greenlit by NZ on Air and TVNZ, and will commence filming in early 2018. In the interim, we want to expand the world of AFK with a closer look at the adventures of one of the new characters who will appear in the second season...and our first look at what it means to live the life of a support class in the gaming world.
CO-PRODUCTION with ZSOFI PICTURES
'AFK: Serena's Journey' will be produced by Jonathan Zsofi and his talented team, while Epically Casual focuses on the production of AFK Season 2. As the Creator of such lush fantasies as 'Hadir and the Deep' and 'Te Makutu, The Curse', Jonathan will bring his strong visual style to the miniseries, while still ensuring it feels part of the larger world of AFK.
SERENA THE HEALER (Milly Kimberly Grant)
Serena is a New Zealander, who has mysteriously arrived in the game about three weeks later than everyone else, and is therefore having to play catch up. As a healer with an unusual level of control over her magic, she finds herself viewed as a valuable resource by all manner of players, and must decide when to use her abilities and when to hold back. Ironically, she must risk her life every time she chooses to use her healing powers, which put a massive strain on her body.
Serena is played by Milly Kimberly Grant, who is both an accomplished actor and performer. She has most recently appeared in the web series adaptation of the stage play ‘The Factory’ and is currently working on ‘Shortland Street: The Musical’
NEIL THE BARD
Serena will be accompanied on her journey by Neil the Bard. In the real world, Neil is a geriatric veteran of the Korean war who is only in the game because his grandson set him up an account and gave him an Asian character as a joke. Raised on Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks, Neil fancies himself a bit of a charming rogue (even though he’s playing a bard) and is immensely enjoying being in a younger body, although his incredibly non PC way of expressing himself (and bouts of dementia-related confusion) are an occasional inconvenience.
Neil will be played by gifted LA based actor Andy T. Tran. Andy was born and raised in Houston, TX, and his affinity for the arts came from his father, a gifted artist and musician. Andy's most recent TV roles include NCIS Los Angeles, Bones, The Last Ship, and Reckless.
Together, Serena and Neil will travel through a world where people are starting to come to terms with the fact that they will never return home, a world where the weak have already been weeded out, and only the strongest and most ruthless have survived...
Our Thanks for Your Support
What can we offer in return for your support? Lots!
Pledging $1 - A Social Media Shout-out
We know money is tight for some people, but we appreciate every donation. For the $1 backer tier, we'll give you a shoutout on the AFK Facebook page (www.facebook.com/afkwebseries) and our eternal gratitude, which we frankly think is the most valuable reward here, but that’s just us.
Pledge $5 - Join the Wall of Heroes
We will not only give you a shout-out on social media, but we’ll also put your name on the AFK website in a special ‘AFK : Serena’s Journey’ backers area, immortalised for all to see!
Pledge $10 - Unique Wallpapers
You’ll get all of the above and special backer-exclusive AFK wallpapers for all your new-fangled computing devices (except maybe your toaster).
Pledge $25 - View the Serena Pilot
We have already completed the 14 minute pilot episode for 'AFK: Serena's Journey', and are proud to offer it as our $25 instant reward. Pledge that much to the miniseries, and we'll send you a private link to the short straight away, weeks or even months ahead of anyone else.
Pledge $50 - The Pilot and More!
From our $50 backer tier onwards, you can get one Zsofi Pictures films for free.
Pledge $100 - Double Down on Zsofi!
At our $100 backer tier, you get two Zsofi Pictures films and your name in the credits of an episode.
Pledge $150 and up - +10 to style
Pledge $500 - Chain of protection
Pledge $1000 - Epic staff of Healing
At our $1000 backer reward level, we are happy to offer the choice between a handcrafted staff or cane from Canadian-based Dave Bennison of 'Stick to the Story'. Dave also crafted Serena's staff for the series, and does amazing work.
Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter campaign. Please spread the word far and wide so we can not only meet but exceed our target, add some stretch goals and bring you even more AFK. We look forward to delivering an awesome follow-up to our first season with ‘AFK – Serena’s Journey’!
Risks and challenges
Though we have already produced the first season of ‘AFK’ successfully and have a second season on the way, the crowdfunded nature of ‘AFK – Serena’s Journey’ continues to present unique risks and challenges.
Epically Casual has the success of Season 1 behind us, and thus we are primed and ready for this new miniseries.
Along with Zsofi Pictures, an experienced production company, we are confident that we will succeed with this production.
However, all productions face unforeseen obstacles. The more funding we have, the more crew we can employee. A full budget makes the entire production easier for everyone involved, ensuring a smoother production process and a fantastic final product.
Meeting our goal of $17k means we can produce ‘AFK – Serena’s Journey’, and at a cost of approximately $500 per minute of footage (roughly, an hour or two of shooting), we will need to cut costs wherever possible. Rest assured, this won’t affect the final product, but it means the entire team will need to make sacrifices - so join us, and help us make the best instalment of AFK ever!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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