SYD2030 (syd2030.com.au) was started in 2012 by 5 university students who shared a common dream – to make their mark on the impossibly tough Australian TV and Film Industry. So with no money and no connections the 5 fresh out of film school students jumped head first into the deep end and never looked back.
Despite its humble beginnings we, the team behind SYD2030, quickly reached our dream and then flew higher. The series took the world by storm receiving 29 award nominations and won 10 of them –including an Academy Award nomination for Web Televsion. The show also made history by becoming the first ever webseries to be picked up by the ABC and its success on the channel has led to interest in showing the second season.
Unfortunately, despite its international success SYD2030 has not been able to secure sufficient funding from government bodies to release its second season…So we are turning to the only people who have always been there for us– YOU, the audience.
Webseries are already a very well established medium in the United States, with professional actors getting paid, prestigious directors getting involved, teams of collaborators coming together to create content that the public can access for free in the comfort of their own homes. In Australia it is still at an amateur stage. We can change that, together.
That's where our webseries comes into the equation. We want to be that webseries that not only lives up to American standards but exceeds it – that’s why we are asking for your help! We’re not just asking for an investment in a show, but rather an investment for the future and online television is the way of the future.
Other than the benefits of wide and free distribution, online television also provides artists the freedom to explore topics that may be considered off limits by traditional television, to explore what makes Australia unique, to showcase its diversity. SYD2030 capitalizes on this and we have been endlessly praised for the shows honest and upfront depiction of university life.
We saw a gap in the Australian television market for young adult dramas that has been traditionally filled by American shows such as gossip girl or 90210 and we thought to ourselves – why can’t this void be filled with home-grown talent? So we filled it. SYD2030 is a show about 6 law school students struggling to keep up with life. Nothing like SYD2030 was made before it, nor has been made after.
It is evident that the first season paved the way for online drama and webseries within Australia. We have guest lectured at universities and spoken at worldwide conventions. Our series is now even being studied, analysed and critiqued at the UNSW film school.
We want the second season to do even more. We want this season to rival not only the best webseries across the globe but also rival television shows in production quality, writing and innovation. We want to do something new, something big, and something that will get Australian webseries noticed on a seriously large scale.
We have the script, we have the production crew, we have the cast and with 2 years of experience under our belts we are all ready to jump into the deep end again. We are on the cusp of doing something completely unprecedented in this medium; all we need is a little bit of extra backing to push us into this new realm. All we need is the support. Please jump into the deep end with us and help us make SYD2030 a show people will be calling ‘the series that changed everything’.
Risks and challenges
Shit Happens! - Forrest Gump
As with every film production you can never truly predict what can go wrong on a film set. From our experience, it seems that every thing that can go wrong, will go wrong, and all you can do is be prepared. Unlike most film/tv sets, our small budget webseries could not afford to reschedule any shoot dates, move locations or reshoot if footage was found to be not great, or not found at all :I
We quickly learnt to became creative with our solutions and managed to deal with anything mother nature, sydney councils and channel 9 news threw at us!
Some issues we overcame during the filming of season one include:
(a) Filming during Sydney’s wettest summer in history.
(b) Sound interruptions from news helicopters rescuing a man stuck at the bottom of the cliff where we were filming.
(c) Almost losing half of the footage we filmed at the opera house on a corrupted data card.
(d) Breaking equipment.
(e) Scheduling nightmares which led to our longest shoot day being 21 hours long.
Throughout the process we learnt there are no problems, only solutions.
Having had our fair share of issues during the making of season one we believe that we are more than qualified to tackle anything season two might throw at us! And with the help of your money we'll be able to budget for a contingency fund should, God forbid, any of these situations arise again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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