THE BEAT HOTEL SHOW is an adult comedy puppet show that has
been three years in development and is now ready to complete the production of its first web series.
The Beat Hotel is a Class 13 hotel, meaning bottom of the barrel, a place
that is required by law to meet only minimum health and safety standards. It’s
run by Sherri Martini, a hippy who believes in free love and payment in
trade rather than money, with a penchant for young Jim Morrison look-a-likes.
From Rusty Lane, the 101 year old burlesque dancer, through to Jim
Fawndah, the resident gym instructor, from Beau Bronson, the
slightly psychotic hotel janitor, to Klaus the taxidermist, there is a
general air of madness and never a dull moment.
The characters, show and ethos are inspired by the original
Beat Hotel in 1950s Paris, which was the infamous den of iniquity and creative
haven for the likes of Allen Ginsberg & William Burroughs.
The show follows the madness of the Beat Hotel characters as
they stumble through their world, rounded off each week with a special guest
performance in the Beat Hotel Ballroom by non-humans from around the world. Watch the pilot episode here.
We want to invite the best in puppetry and animation to 'Check In' & perform on the show each week.
But the Beat Hotel's many rooms house not only puppets. For example, the Vimeo Room is the main platform for releasing weekly video content,
while the Tumblr Room is where the weekly Best of Beat Awards are posted, and
the Facebook and Twitter Rooms are where guests hang out and chat.
So, just like you would in any hotel, the Beat Hotel guests
move around rooms depending on what they want to do. The boundary
between puppet characters, online content and human audience-users becomes
blurred across the different online platforms which make up the
project. This is the Virtual Beat Hotel.
The Beat Hotel originated from a creative vision by the strategically shaved Filmtrip Producer Gawain Morrison five years ago whilst at a
multimedia concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Now that we have got this far with the help of family, friends, one state grant and very strong coffee, and have discovered amazing like-minded projects in the Kickstarter community, we are ready to launch a campaign to complete the financing of the first series.
independent producers, at Filmtrip we are always trying to think resourcefully, and find
collaborative ways of working with the people who really know their craft. From
camera to production design, from puppet building to puppet operation, from web
to graphic designers, when you see the results on screen it makes you feel proud
to have done it together.
You can learn more about Filmtrip and our previous projects on our website.
THE BUDGET : YOUR MONEY IS WORTH MORE AT THE BEAT HOTEL!
We need a minimum of $75,000 to complete the production of the first series. The overall cost of production is actually $117,000,
but if the project reaches its Kickstarter goal we will be able to access a
matched fund, making every dollar
you pledge worth a whole 66 cents more!
Check out our FAQ below if you want to find out more.
The Kickstarter economy works on the basis of rewards in exchange for financial
backing. As a backer, you select the level of support which you are able to
provide, but in this all or nothing approach, your credit card is not charged until the end of the campaign, and only if the project goal is reached by then. If we don't reach our target, nobody gets or gives any money. Of course, the more you pledge, the better
the reward! Check out the rewards on the right hand-side of this page.
Our rewards include cool Beat Hotel Show digital artwork, DVDs of the series, personal messages from the delectable Rusty Lane, as well as music by Filmtrip producers' band Men in Speedos, one of Belfast's longest running electronic outfits. They are backing this project by releasing their new album for free as part of our rewards!
Here's one of the tracks from the album and we'll be releasing a preview of some of the other tracks during the campaign :
THE MASHUP COMPETITION : WANNA BE A PUPPET?
As a way to help promote this campaign - and also because we can't resist the fun of seeing what other people come up with - we are running a mashup competition. This involves releasing
a bunch of the photos & footage that were shot during the pilot episode of the show, for people to
create their own content.
The best 'Beat Hotel Campaign Promo' video
clip or photo that is posted to our Flickr Group will be selected by Filmtrip
at the end of a succesful Kickstarter campaign and the winner will have a caricature
puppet of them feature in the show. Have a go!
CHECK IN AT THE BEAT HOTEL!
Every dollar counts, but of course your voice is as critical to make this campaign successful. Please spread the love & share this page with friends, family and anybody else who you think may be interested in being part of the madness!