About this project
UPDATE: We did it, wishers! We saved Wish It Inc. with just hours to go and we are incredibly thrilled that we get to make this show. Thank you to anyone who pledged, spread the word, and gave us support in so many awesome ways in this past month.
Any money raised above our goal will go to improving the quality of the show. We have no reason to cut corners and we want to make Wish It Inc. the best we possibly can. We're going to do our best to squeeze in a handful of mini-episodes on top of the 12 full episodes we promised.
Thank you for granting our wish!
Have you ever made a wish on a shooting star? A dandelion? How about a penny in a fountain?
Synthetic PictureHaus, creators of acclaimed Portal fan films like Aperture: A Triumph of Science and Lab Ratt bring you a web series about how your wishes are granted.
There is a wish granter on the other end of every wish; deciding if the laws of Magic permit them to grant it and then figuring out how to best fulfill your wish. Genies. Gnomes. Birthday Clowns. These magical creatures all work in the same office: Wish It Inc.
The show picks up when Hannah, a non-magical human, wishes herself into the position of granting wishes made on coins tossed in wishing wells and fountains. These very coins are Wish It's only source of income and Congress has just killed the penny, putting the company in a financial crunch. While Hannah begins to learn the endless rules of wish-granting, Wish It struggles to stay afloat and fight off a rival company; the Oshi O-Mikuji Fortune Cookie Company. facebook.com/wishitinc
The show is a feature-length web series made up of 12, ten minute episodes.
Ellen McLain as Fairy Godmother | Ellen is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee. She's known as the voice of GLaDOS from Portal/Portal 2 & Team Fortress 2's Administrator, Helen. She will appear as the voice of Jaeger A.I. in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
Haley Mancini as Yvette, Wish Operator | Haley is an on-screen and voiceover actress, comedienne, and writer. She's studied/performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, The Groundlings, and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. You may recognize her from Hulu's The Morning After Show and Zelda from Video Game Reunion.
Ben Palacios as Teddy, Mailroom Clerk | Ben is an actor and singer/songwriter who's recently appeared in the upcoming feature Love In the Time of Monsters. You can see Ben kiss Katy Perry & sing his heart out on his YouTube channel, WatchBenSing. You can also see him wearing nothing but a towel in Steam Room Stories.
Jessica Davis as Hannah, Wishing Wells & Fountains Dept. | Jessica is a costume designer, actress, and model. She is as talented as she is beautiful and spends her days baking cupcakes that are almost as sweet as she is.
Amber Ruffin as Shari, Genie | Amber is an writer, actor, and incredible improv artist from the Second City Chicago Mainstage & Denver and Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. She's also part of the hilarious comedy trio, RobotDown on YouTube.
Nick Celentano as Travis, Head Fairy | Nick is a writer and actor with a flair for wise-crackers and sarcasm dipped in wit wrapped in word-play. He has written almost all of Synthetic PictureHaus' works, including the entirety of Wish It Inc.
Jeff DeCrosta, Jr. as JoJo, Birthday Wish Clown | A graduate of The Actors Bootcamp & member of the Advanced Program at The Acting Corps, Jeff spends his days flexing his comedic muscle.
Jessica Lowe as Wendy, Dandelions Dept. | Jess is a comedic chameleon, acting and doing stand-up regularly. Like Amber and Haley, Jess was part of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. She's also part of the pee-your-pants-funny group, RobotDown.
Ryan Anthony Martin as the Magic Mirror | Ryan is a director and actor whose first and second languages are sci-fi and fantasy. While he ends up behind the camera most of the time, he enjoys the limelight. And the lemonlight.
Wish It is not only a seriously funny web series; it's a show about fantasy and Magic. We realize $35k is a lot of money. It's exactly the reason we haven't yet been able to make the show yet. We're talking about 2+ hours of content from start to finish. This is also a magical office, and while Wish It is cutting corners, Shari still needs her genie pants and her lamps of old. We LOVE the effort that goes into the art of things like LOST, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, and the Portal video game series- that's why we love it so much. We want to bring the same attention to detail to Wish It Inc. because it needs to feel real.
We want to do to this project right. Wish It should feel like some of its employees have been working there for decades if not centuries. Wardrobe is not simply costumes from the store. These are authentic clothes of enchanted beings that, four days out of the week, need to also be business attire.
We don't want to skimp on the details; it kills the Magic of the show and it would pain us to put out a mediocre series. We've been gathering feedback, re-writing, and researching for a long time and we really want to bring this show into the world for everyone to see.
We are a unique production team made up of artists, writers, designers, modelers, comedians, musicians, and creators.
Synthetic's most popular work includes fan films inspired by the Portal video game series including Lab Ratt, Aperture: A Triumph of Science, Science Time with Susan Tiemann, & Shadows. We've also been so privileged to work frequently with singer/songwriter Danielle Ate the Sandwich on music videos like Faith In A Man & Where the Good Ones Go.
Nick Celentano, Writer & Actor
Ryan Anthony Martin, Director, DP, Graphic Designer, & Editor
Hunter Wahl, Prop Designer & Art Dept. Consultant
Ben Palacios, Composer
Armando Abarca, Set Designer & Leadman (Spider-Man 2, Dexter, Knocked Up)
Jessica Davis, Costume Designer
Special Thanks Ellen McLain & John Patrick Lowrie, Mark & Letty Kirkland, Hunter Wahl, Ben Palacios, Kenny Bernardo, John Ott, Jessica Arcelles, EMC West, Liam Lavery & Everyone at VALVe
Risks and challenges
Wish It Inc. is subject to the same risks and challenges that most TV and film projects encounter; complex schedules, time constraints, and technical difficulties. Luckily, everybody on board is in love with the idea of Wish It and we've all got two weeks cleared to shoot the entire show.
Still, this is a lot of content to film in just two weeks, so we will be shooting with multiple cameras and prepping the office space for a full week (pre-lighting, decorating, and shooting test footage) to save time on shoot days. We're accustomed to creating clever resolves to surprise catastrophes.
Should any delays keep us from filming everything that's written, we do have one extra week to pick up missing shots and dismantle our sets. If all hell breaks loose, well, we're shooting inside a magical office. I'm sure we can find someone to wave a wand and make it right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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