With an incredible cast of over 26 and a larger production scale than ever before, Tin Can Brothers is embarking on its biggest filmed project yet!
What's the story?
Artemis, a tenacious podcast host, has grown tired of the fluff pieces she’s been assigned by APN, the American Podcasting Network. When she finds herself in the small mining town of Connor Creek with Paul (her producer and twin brother), the corporate corruption story they’re investigating is sure to be a bust. To the twins’ surprise, the oddballs and eccentrics of this small town are harboring a secret even darker and furrier than any political scandal: werewolves. With the future of Connor Creek at stake, the Schue-Horyn twins need to decide who to trust in order to unearth the truth and stay alive.
What's the structure?
The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is a 10 episode webseries inspired by the podcasts Serial and S-Town, crossed with the game One Night Ultimate Werewolf, peppered with the surreal comedy of Pushing Daisies and Twin Peaks. Wayward Guide will feature the absurd and larger-than-life comedy that you’ve come to love from the Tin Can Brothers, but won’t be shy when tugging at your heartstrings.
Additionally, as a companion piece to the show, we will be bringing on a specialized sound design team to help us produce the complete 10 episode in-world podcast that Artemis & Paul are making in Wayward Guide. This supplemental material will be released in conjunction with the series and exist parallel to the story, offering new insight into the mystery of Connor Creek and its quirky residents.
Why a series?
Getting the opportunity to produce exciting material with a fresh creative spin, populate it with some of the most talented people we know, and share it with all of you (who’ve made it possible) has been the highlight of our careers. And with every new endeavor, it’s important that we take bigger risks to make something better than what we’ve previously attempted. We feel that The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye could be that rewarding next step with your help as part of the team!
Writing and producing a project of this size will require a team FAR larger than our usual 3-man operation. On screen, we’ll be casting faces old and new in the biggest ensemble we’ve worked with to date. But behind the camera, we’ll be hiring dozens of collaborators to run departments for art, lighting, sound, camera, costumes, makeup, effects, with additional positions for location scouting, script supervising, production coordinating, assistant directing, and producing. Balancing a production budget that could include paying up to 50 people as well as allocating funds for rentals, insurance, props, costumes, & more, is no easy task. It’s certainly the most we’ve ever attempted to raise, but like each of our projects before, every cent will be absolutely necessary to pull off telling this story.
The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is written and produced by the Tin Can Brothers (Joey, Brian, & Corey). Corey Lubowich will be helming the production as director, while Brian Rosenthal and Joey Richter will appear in the series and focus on being on-set writers and producers.
Benji Dell, the incredible talent behind our Spies Are Forever Kickstarter video, Flop Stoppers, and our upcoming short, Idle Worship, will take the lead as our Director of Photography. Benji has brought a remarkable level of professionalism and astounding cinematic beauty to our projects so far and we can’t wait to collaborate with his genius on Wayward Guide.
We’re also thrilled to bring the one and only Chuck Criss onto the project to score the series. It’s hard to not be captivated with Chuck’s musical style and sound. We are big fans of this dude and are thrilled he’s adding his talents. You can even catch some of his spooky musical motifs in the video above!
As the Kickstarter campaign continues, we will be announcing many additional cast members and their roles.
TIN CAN BROTHERS (WRITERS/PRODUCERS) Tin Can Brothers is a comedy group based in Los Angeles. As writers, directors, producers, and actors, they have over 100 YouTube videos, four live stage shows, and $85,000 worth of Kickstarter projects under their belts. Recent projects have included the full length stage musical Spies Are Forever, the play The Solve It Squad Returns, the musical short Flop Stoppers (Newport Beach Film Festival, Buffer Festival), and Choose Our Destiny, a livestreamed show for Legendary Digital.
COREY LUBOWICH (WRITER/DIRECTOR)
Corey is an LA-based writer, director, and designer. Past stage projects include: Spies Are Forever & The Solve It Squad Returns (Tin Can Brothers), Airport For Birds (Second City), Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Basement Arts), Reefer Madness (Athenaeum Theatre), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage 773). Other projects: the musical short films Flop Stoppers & Idle Worship (Tin Can Brothers), Listen Up concert tour (Darren Criss), the webseries World’s Worst Musical (Verse Factory), and the tabletop game Detective Bullshit (Tasty Penguin Games). @coreylubo / IG:@coreylubo
JOEY RICHTER (WRITER/ACTOR) Joey is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan BFA Acting program where he also Minored in Global Media Studies. Film/TV credits include: Nickelodeon’s Genie in a Bikini and Henry Danger (The Time Jerker), Disney Channel’s Jessie (Officer Petey), several seconds of Fox’s Glee as Apple #8, The Legend of Korra, Mad, Monsters vs. Aliens, Manly, as well as Triggerfish’s film Khumba. Online credits include: School of Thrones, Muzzled, I Ship It (Sundance Film Festival), Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party (Ernest Hemingway), and the upcoming Case of the Gilded Lily as Dash Gunfire. Joey is an original member of the online sensation, StarKid Productions and can be seen in countless productions, including the A Very Potter Musical Trilogy, the S.P.A.C.E and Apocalyptour national concert tours, Starship, Firebringer and The Trail to Oregon! (Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC). Stage: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage 773, Chicago). Cofounder of the Los Angeles based comedy group, The Tin Can Brothers and most recently co-wrote, co-produced, and acted in their original musical, Spies Are Forever, as well as their short film, Flop Stoppers (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2016 & Newport Beach Film Festival 2017). @joeyrichter / IG:@jonyricker
BRIAN ROSENTHAL (WRITER/ACTOR)
Brian is a founding member of StarKid Productions (A Very Potter Musical Trilogy, Apocalyptour) and Tin Can Brothers. Recent Digital Credits: Legendary Digital’s Choose Our Destiny: Improv Adventure, Flop Stoppers (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2016 & Newport Beach Film Festival 2017), The Solve It Squad Returns. Recent Writing Credits: Flop Stoppers, Spies Are Forever, The Solve It Squad Returns, Idle Worship (Official Selection at Buffer Festival 2017). Brian can be seen performing improv and clown regularly in LA. He has appeared nationally in commercials and holds a BFA in acting from the University of Michigan. @brian_rosenthal / IG:brianro_______
BENJI DELL (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)
Benjamin “Benji” Dell is an alumnus of the University of Michigan’s Screen Arts and Cultures program and the American Film Institutes Cinematography Conservatory Master’s Program. Beginning in the stills world and quickly transitioning to film, Dell has lensed a collection of music videos, commercials, shows and shorts including 4 shorts of the week and two Vimeo staff picks. He has been involved in photographing ad campaigns for THE ACADEMY, NBA, GMC, ALDIS, LOWES HOTELS, GOOGLE, ASHWORTH, SKECHERS, NIKE, and MOUNTAIN DEW. @benjid / IG:@dellphoto
CHUCK CRISS (COMPOSER)
Chuck Criss is a musician, songwriter and composer based out of Westchester, NY. Chuck first got his start in soundtracking when he released his first solo EP The Break, where his songs were used to help soundtrack the web series Little White Lie. Shortly after, he joined the indie group Freelance Whales, whose songs were featured in commercials for Starbucks and Chevrolet, as well as placements in television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Skins, Reign, and well, Chuck. Chuck has most recently founded a new band with his brother Darren Criss called Computer Games, whose EP Lost Boys Life came out this past May. Chuck Criss loves talking in the third person, and is beyond psyched to score this project :) @chuck_criss / IG: charlescriss
By popular demand, we're offering several "add-on" rewards that you can add to any existing reward tier!
+$5 Add-on -- Receive a "Print-at-Home" Werewolf Tracker that will allow you to draw your own suspicions about who among our cast of characters is lying about being a werewolf or deceptively hiding their motives. With each week revealing new clues, you can keep case open from the comfort of your home!
+$10 Add-on -- We love creating flair for you to show off your fandom on jean jackets, backpacks, or even a (soon to be) heavy lanyard! So here are FIVE pin designs for you to choose from (2 Wayward Guide themed, 1 with a Tin Can Brothers inspired spin, & 2 celebrating our favorite cast-dog, Diane).
Choose one of the above pins OR start a collection!! $25 gets you 3 pin designs and $40 gets you the whole set of 5 pin designs!!
+$30 Add-on (Plus Shipping, $5 US, $8 International) -- Can't back the $100 tier but still want to rock that SWEET color-changing, glow-in-the-dark Wayward Guide shirt? Well, you now have the option to tack that on to your existing pledge!
How to "Add-On"
- Go to Manage Your Pledge
- Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total $ amount of your desired add-ons
- After the campaign ends, you'll get a backer survey to fill out In that survey you'll specify which add-ons you chose, which pins you want!
REMINDER: Just change your pledge amount, not the reward tier! E.g. If you've backed for the poster at $57 ($50 Tier plus $7 shipping), and you wanted to add 3 pins, you'd keep your reward tier the same and add $25 to your pledge for a total of $82! Don't change to the $75 tier!
Risks and challenges
With a project on this scale, there comes quite a few risks and challenges that we have to be prepared to handle. Producing is like juggling a bunch of amorphous, blurred objects that come into sharper focus as you get closer to production. The bigger the project, the more moving parts there are and the more likely things are going to be shuffled around right up until the last possible moment.
As we move closer to the start of production and essential elements will lock in, and others will have to change to accommodate. This could mean anything from having to rewrite the story to better suit available locations or recasting actors if scheduling conflicts come up. It’s all subject to change until the footage is shot and in the can!
Of course, things could also go smoothly and work out exactly how we imagine it in our heads. And that keeps us on our toes. We find this work extremely exciting and feel confident that no matter what curveballs making the series will throw at us, we'll be able to create a product that lives up to TCB standards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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