We (Jeff & Grahaeme) have been friends and creative collaborators since childhood. In 2012, we found an opportunity to team up again, to form Smoking Doors Productions–a Vancouver-based animation company. The project we really wanted to develop is the adult, animated series Impotents.
Impotents: The Series
Impotents tells the story of gods co-existing in the modern world. Namely–Jesus, Buddha, Ganesh and Artemis. Contrary to their holy counterparts, these four are young, flawed and living in the city. Through each other’s help, they crawl towards their enormous potential.
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Our goal for this Kickstarter is to produce five webisodes–three to five minutes in length. Our minimum budget of $20,500 is for one episode, though our ultimate goal is to produce five so we've set up stretch goals to accomplish this.
- Minimum: 1 Episode: $20,500
- Stretch Goal 1: 2 Episodes: $39,000 (+$18,500)
- Stretch Goal 2: 3 Episodes: $56,775 (+$17,775)
- Stretch Goal 3: 4 Episodes: $73,775 (+$17,000)
- Stretch Goal 4: 5 Episodes: $90,775 (+$17,000)
To date, we've developed lots of material–episode scripts, animation, character bios, story arcs, artwork, etc.
It's been a lot of fun shopping the project around to different broadcasters and we've had great feedback. This project however isn't an immediate sell, given it falls outside the typical "safe" acceptance criteria of the networks and studios. This, of course, we think is a good thing, as we aim to break the mould with this series.
So as a first step, we're producing the web series. This is not only works as a proof of concept, but gives us a chance to mass-market it, which in turn builds an audience. From here, the project can evolve into something much bigger.
1) “Stoney Lonesome”
A vivid nightmare of Jesus’s places him, Buddha and Ganesh in a maximum security prison. In order to avoid the unthinkable, they quickly enroll in separate gangs.
2) “Holy Rollers”
Jesus and Buddha are coaxed into purchasing VIP headbands in order to gain access to a nightclub (with no VIP section). When ushered into a makeshift velvet rope area they attempt to reach out and meet other guests.
Ganesh, with only the aid of a raunchy computer printout, is on a mission to locate his steamy internet date. Abetting him is an unscrupulous doctor, who clues him into her identity while he sets of on his perverse adventure.
Zeus and Missy butt heads outside Zeus’s mansion, when he arrives home after a night of partying with two young girls. Missy and Gertrude are on a double date with Gertrude’s crush and his effeminate actor friend. In order to numb herself to the experience, Missy succumbs to drunkenness.
5) “Training Day”
Jesus accidentally initiates a conference call between his mother Mary, his father Joseph and Joseph’s drug dealer. Later, Jesus begins orientation at the call center. His scummy boss, Mr. Murphy makes a team introduction and Jesus meets Stuttering Pete for the first time.
Risks and challenges
All webisodes are conceived and spec'd. "Stoney Lonesome"–the first of the series–is fully scripted. Currently we are in the process of casting actors.
This is a critical first step in animation as the recordings need to be finalized before actual animation will begin.
That being said, we've reached out to a number of very experienced professionals which have expressed interest. We're confident, we'll be able to announce our cast soon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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