Three awkward social circles merge when a science nerd, film/game geek and theater nerd become Craigslist roommates.
What is Nerd vs. Geek?
It’s the eternal question: do you consider yourself a nerd? Or a geek? Or neither? Which is better, playing as a dinosaur in a video game, or going to a real-life museum to walk amongst their remains? Each of the characters in this upcoming web series struggles with these same questions, as they try to balance their love of all things intellectual and creative with their attempts to fit into a society that treats blue-painted sports fans as gods amongst men, but anime cosplayers as worthy of ridicule.
"The real purpose of this series is NOT to stereotype or sensationalize 'nerds & geeks', but to show the often unseen inner struggles of intelligent introverts," says Matt Conant, the project’s writer and director.
Also, it’s an ensemble comedy. 3 awkward social circles - a Mensa chapter, a gaming group & a theater company - merge after their leaders become Craigslist roommates.Think Big Bang Theory or Community, with some OverAnalyzers thrown in. There is not enough clever and intelligent comedy in the world of cat videos known as the internet, and Cinevore’s goal is to change that. With your help, of course.
This series will touch on every aspect of nerd/geek culture, including video games, comic books, math, science (fact and fiction), cartoons, board games, card games, theater, TV, and movies. It is a fiction steeped in the often true, even-more-often-sad actual lives of our two head writers, who also play principal characters.
Why we need the money:
Filmmaking at any scale is costly. Our current plan is to produce 12 episodes of 3-8 minutes each, for a total of around 60 minutes of content (see our budget breakdown in the FAQ.) We will also be shooting behind-the-scenes footage and inevitably capturing bloopers, and including all of them on the DVD we produce at season’s end.
We have much of our budget already covered through creative bartering with the talent, crew, and locations. This campaign is simply to help cover those costs that we can’t avoid - equipment rental so you can actually see and hear us, location rentals so you’re not bored to death of Matt’s basement, even providing food and gas money for the cast and crew for our days on set. Also, occasional additional props, costumes, etc. and all of those cool perks you get to receive (including some of the weird ones, which we mostly threw in for giggles and/or for people as odd as us).
Luckily, we're offering some awesome perks to become a Backer, such as....:
Cinevore has produced a number of high-profile projects, including the parody music video Piece of Meat, which was featured on the front page of both College Humor, and YouTube’s Comedy channel, and now boasts over 500,000 views on YouTube alone. Our most recent project was the web series OverAnalyzers, featuring James Rolfe (aka "The Angry Video Game Nerd") of Cinemassacre, which follows a team of quack scientists that try to decipher the epic mysteries of pop culture, like where the Ninja Turtles get the money for all those pizzas, or the gruesome details behind how Data from Star Trek has sex.
Cinevore is also a part of the Kick It Forward Movement. After funding is complete, expenses are paid and perks are delivered, 5% of any profits generated from Kickstarter-funded projects (like Nerd vs. Geek!) will be donated directly back to other KickStarter projects. To be abundantly clear, these are not re-disbursements of Kickstarter funds - Kick It Forward is about investing any profits projects made outside of Kickstarter, for instance, through merchandise/DVD sale, etc. Read more about the Kick It Forward pledge here.
The production team includes many of the same favorite behind-the-scenes folks, including Matt Conant (Writer/Director), Stephanie Yuhas (Writer/Producer), Michael Licisyn (Director of Photography), Caroline Boyd (script supervisor), Chris Barley (graphics), but we will need to add additional crew members for lighting, audio, special effects, costumes, music, and hair/makeup (gasp! A first!)
As this project progresses, we will continue to reveal our cast of characters.
6/19/12 Since we hite $2500 by 5 pm, we unlocked all principal cast early!
Check out the Updates tab on top for bigger pictures & character descriptions!
If you become a Backer (even at $1), you will receive automatic updates about our progress and see more unlocked characters, stories & more!
This series is one that we are all extremely excited about creating and that we all believe strongly in. Any support, whether it is a pledge or a reposting of this page to others who might become fans or supporters, is very important and meaningful to us.
FAQ: How can I become an actor on this show?
We found all of our principal cast through an extensive search through the Project Twenty1 community many months ago. If you'd still like to cameo or having a speaking role, you can be featured & help make sure this show happen by selecting one of our acting tiers on the right.
We are still making the show! READ ME, this is important:
James is our friend and one of our production partners, and we try to help each other out as much as we can. We timed this series to coincide with his editing of "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie" so we could be shooting a new series while he is busy screaming at the render bar on his computer.
We do not have this project featured on Cinemassacre because it is exclusively a Cinevore production, and we did not want to confuse/upset any fans that generously backed his Movie project. As for the questions about whether or not he is making a cameo, that will be revealed as we reach fundraising tiers and unlock character blocks.
Also, because we've been getting this question a lot, "no", Stephanie is not James's wife. That would be the fantastic Mrs. Nerd, and you can find out more about her on http://Cinemassacre.com.
Production Budget: $12,000, approx. $1,000 per episode "flexi-budget." Each episode will have minor equipment & location rentals, minor costumes/props, healthy food for on set, and a $100 stipend for each cast & crew member to help pay for gas and parking, which we have insisted on budgeting for, since almost everyone is doing this as a passion/volunteer project.
Primary Set Rental: In-Kind
Graphic Design: In-Kind
Web Development: In-Kind
Kickstarter & Amazon Fees: $1,475
Perks + Shipping: Approx. $2525 ($1,200 minimum for a short run of commercially-manufactured DVDs + T-Shirt, printed cards, etc.)
Advertising: $232 ($100 Reddit ads, $100 Facebook ads, $32 printed flyers).
If we exceed this budget or find some sort of corporate backing, we will be able to rent slow-motion cameras and an EPIC location for the season ender. And of course, we will be able to fly people for internet celebrity cameos.