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The critically acclaimed comedy series about TV commercials and auditions is coming to BroadwayWorld.com! But first we need your help.
The critically acclaimed comedy series about TV commercials and auditions is coming to BroadwayWorld.com! But first we need your help.
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Hi! We're Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle. We thought we'd introduce ourselves instead of writing this whole thing in the third person.

Season Two of "The Residuals" is coming to Broadway World! Our amazing cast is slated to return, and we've already booked guest stars such as the incomparable Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live, The Upright Citizens Brigade, Funny or Die), the fantastic and ubiquitous Michael Torpey (Inside Amy Schumer, Spokesman for Hanes and Chase Freedom Card)and the inspiringly versatile Jenna Leigh Green (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Wicked on Broadway).

What We Are: 

"The Residuals" is a comedy series about both sides of the camera in the commercial auditioning world. Watch Season One here! www.theresiduals.tv 

Season One got an amazing response: excellent reviews, and an increasingly large and fervent following of people demanding to know when they get to see more. With your help, we'll finally be able to answer that question.

Luke Kelly-Clyne of Splitsider calls the series “fantastic,” praising it for being “subtly brilliant” and “irresistibly shareable.”  BroadwayWorld’s Matt Tamanini says, “ ‘The Residuals’ has an unmistakable charm all its own.” Media guru Paul Levinson thinks “the acting is outstanding” with the cast displaying “impressive comedic talent.” Tubefilter featured "The Residuals" in the Indie Spotlight comparing the series to "Parks and Recreation" and calling it "plenty funny."

What We Did:

Season One was entirely self-produced and we financed the whole thing from our personal savings. The season was only possible due to the fact that everyone involved worked for free, or nearly so. The result under those challenges is one that we are extremely proud of, but our goal is to make Season Two even better. This will be possible by...oh, you know, paying people to do what they do...? Is that even a thing? Yes it is, actually. And that's not the only thing we'll be paying for. Which brings us to...

What You Can Do:

Season One was ten episodes that averaged seven minutes each. With your help, we plan to make the ten episodes of Season Two about ten minutes each. That's an almost 50% increase in content compared to Season One.

We will no longer be at the mercy of people's schedules when we're able to compensate them. This means we can shoot all of Season Two in 6 days over 2 weeks (instead of 5 days over 2 months, as was the case in Season One). 

We will be able to hire production assistants and a sound engineer. 

We will be able to pay every single actor that walks in the door to perform for us, and we won't have to worry or skimp on the countless other costs that come up when in film or TV production: equipment upgrades (like a boom mic and pole, a new tripod, lights, hard drives, and a mountain of batteries), props, food, locations, web design, scripts, transportation, makeup, costumes, publicity, and there's always those last minute expenses that have a way of presenting themselves at the least convenient of times.

What You Get:

We tried our best to come up with a large, diverse, and creative list of rewards for everyone that contributes. We hope that we thought of something for everyone. And...

Coming to Season Two: Keith divas it up on the set of his own webseries, Mark Lyell's personality rubs off on Valerie too much despite Devan's efforts, Lance and Emmett bond, Ellen falls and she can't get up, Pete tries to hold everything together. And a LOT more...

Risks and challenges

"The Residuals" is our main focus right now and will remain our top priority.

To say that Season One was a learning experience is a huge understatement. We faced a lot of challenges and handled each and every one of them.

Some things we learned to deal with on the fly included:

* Scheduling conflicts
* Transportation issues that can delay filming
* Technical difficulties before, during, and after production. For example, last season we lost about 3 scenes worth of footage and we needed to make up for it without adding more shoot days. We did that by reworking our already incredibly comprehensive - yet very packed - shooting schedule and hustling like crazy. We re-shot the scenes and stayed within our timeline.

Additionally, we have accountability with BroadwayWorld.com. Not only do we want to put out the best product possible for ourselves, but we also don't want to let down BroadwayWorld.com or you, our generous backers.

We're so grateful for this opportunity and we promise we won't let you down.

Thank you so much,

Mike and Gillian

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    Our eternal gratitude publicly - and instantly - expressed on social media. And since it’s on the internet, that means it’s official. That’s how it works, right? Just send us a message with your preferred social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If it's Twitter or Insta, send us your handle, too.

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    A personalized thank you video from writer/director/all-around good guy Michael Paul Smith [there's a pretty good chance Gillian Pensavalle will make a cameo.]. ******************************************** AND... ******************************************** Our eternal gratitude publicly - and instantly - expressed on social media. Just send us a message with your preferred social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If it's Twitter or Insta, send us your handle, too.

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    A digital download of Season Two, after all episodes have been released on BroadwayWorld.com. ******************************************** AND... wait for it... ******************************************** Our eternal gratitude publicly - and instantly - expressed on social media. Just send us a message with your preferred social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If it's Twitter or Insta, send us your handle, too.

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    Two - yes, TWO - digital downloads for your binge watching pleasure:

    Re-live the ridiculous antics from Season One when our campaign ends and you'll also get Season Two after all of the episodes have been released on BroadwayWorld.com. ******************************************** Not to mention... ******************************************** Our eternal gratitude publicly expressed on social media. Just send us a message with your preferred social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If it's Twitter or Insta, send us your handle, too.

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    A dareoke challenge! So, we (Mike and Gillian) are, to put it mildly, karaoke enthusiasts. For your entertainment we will give the song of your choice our very best shot [assuming it’s in the songbook] and send you the video.
    ******************************************** PLUS... ******************************************** You'll be listed on our website as an "Awesome Kickstarter-er" [still working on the official title].

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    An invitation for you and a friend to attend our exclusive Season Two screening party with our hilarious - and insanely fun - cast members! ******************************************** And, of course... ******************************************** You'll also be listed on our website as an "Awesome Kickstarter-er" [still working on the official title].

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    A background role! You and a friend can be in Ellen's standup audience or Mark Lyell’s waiting room. [Subject to scheduling - we film in October.] ******************************************** That's not all! ******************************************** You're invited to our screening party, too! ******************************************** You will also be listed in the credits under "Special Thanks."

    Alright, here's the deal with that estimated delivery date: We will film in October, but you won't see your name in the credits until the episodes come out. We're estimating May 2015 because we're just not sure what scene you'll be in. Also, when we know the date of the screening party, you'll be the first to know. We're aiming for early 2015.

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    A visit to the set for you and a friend! Have lunch with the cast and see how things work behind the scenes. [Subject to scheduling - we film in October.]
    ******************************************** But wait! There's more! ******************************************** You'll receive a Season One DVD signed by various cast members and special guest stars.
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    And!!! You'll be credited as an Associate Producer of each episode and on our IMDb page.

    Yep, we know May 2015 seems like a long time to wait, but that's only because you won't see your credit until all of the episodes come out. You'll get the signed DVD way before that and we film in October, which is soon!

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    VIP Seating for you and a friend at our exclusive Season Two screening party with our amazing cast!
    ******************************************** Nope, we're not done yet... ******************************************** You'll also get a signed Season One DVD ******************************************** And! A digital download of Season Two after all episodes have been released on BroadwayWorld.com ******************************************** PLUS! An Associate Producer credit on each episode as well as our IMDb page.

    Pssssst. May 2015 means that you'll have every one of these rewards by then. Even though we film in October, you won't see all of your credits until after every episode is released. Plus, we release the episodes once a week and you won't get the download until after that. And keep early 2015 open, that's when the screening party will be.

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    Let’s hang! Meet up with us for some karaoke fun. Us being Michael Paul Smith & Gillian Pensavalle. And of course, you never know who else might drop by... ********************************************
    Want more? You got it! ********************************************
    Enjoy VIP seating at our exclusive Season Two screening party. ********************************************
    You'll also be credited as an Associate Producer on each episode as well as on our IMDb page.

    Here's the fine print: May 2015 is when you'll see all of your Associate Producer credits. Our hang session will be whenever schedules allow and our screening party will be in early 2015.

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    A featured role! You will be included in one of our audition montages. [Subject to scheduling - we film in October.] ******************************************** But why stop there? Oh don't worry, we're not stopping there at all. ******************************************** You're invited to our screening party! VIP style. ******************************************** You will receive your uncut footage as well as a digital download of Season Two after all episodes have been released on BroadwayWorld.com. And yeah, let's throw in a digital download of Season One, too. Why not?
    ******************************************** You'll also be credited as an Associate Producer on each episode as well as on our IMDb page.

    Here's the deal: We can't guarantee that your lovely face or brilliant lines will make it into the final cut. However, we will certainly do our best to show the world your performance.

    And here's some peace of mind on that May 2015 delivery date: As you know, we film in October but you won't get the footage and your digital download until all of the episodes are released, which is also when you'll see your Associate Producer credits. We haven't planned our screening party yet, but it'll be in early 2015.

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    A walk on role with lines! [Subject to scheduling - we film in October.] ******************************************** And how do these additional rewards grab ya? ******************************************** You're invited to our screening party! How could you not be? You're a VIP! ******************************************** You will receive your uncut footage as well as a digital download of Season Two after all episodes have been released on BroadwayWorld.com. And maybe you're not in it, but we'll also throw in a digital download of Season One. ******************************************** You'll also be credited as an Associate Producer on each episode as well as on our IMDb page.

    The same fine print as the above reward: We can't guarantee that your lovely face or brilliant lines will make it into the final cut. However, we will certainly do our best to show the world your performance.

    Okay you're probably sick of hearing our clarification about the delivery dates, right? Sorry, we're all about full disclosure so here we go again: Part of this reward will be fulfilled in October when we film and your digital download and Associate Producer credits will be fulfilled after all of the episodes are released. Annnndddddd scene!

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