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We shot our TV show--but need your help to finish it! It's about a couple who can't afford to split up & their crazy post-married life.
We shot our TV show--but need your help to finish it! It's about a couple who can't afford to split up & their crazy post-married life.
121 backers pledged $9,660 to help bring this project to life.

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UNDERWATER is a half-hour comedic TV pilot about a couple in LA who are so underwater on their mortgage that they can’t afford to break up… It’s a lighthearted look at a situation more and more people are finding themselves in—and one that ripples outwards to affect the couple’s friends and family in surprising ways.

Co-written by Nathan Marshall and Michael Traynor, we are now turning to the Kickstarter community with the goal of raising funds to finish the project. We’ve written it. We’ve shot it. We’ve edited it.  And now we need your help to get our show through the final post-production steps so we can start sharing it with the world!

Wait—you already shot it?

Yup! After years of paying dues and working on other people’s projects, we wondered what would happen if we took matters into our own hands. So we did! We looked around for inspiration, saw an America in recovery and connected with all those folks who weren’t winning—and weren’t losing either—but were instead putting up a fight and merely trying to keep their heads above water. A couple underwater on their home and trapped in a fading marriage seemed like a great (and hilarious!) place to start—and the theme of “trying” became our meme.

When the script was done, we were determined to make this baby happen—and started by calling everyone we knew to see if anyone could help pass the script on to a few excellent TV stars. Incredibly, the script resonated with folks and we were able to attach our dream cast, including Rachel Nichols (Criminal Minds, GI Joe), Brooke Nevin (Breakout Kings, The 4400) and Barry Bostwick (Spin City, Cougartown). Our other excellent cast members included Jude Angelini, Jacory Gums, Maura Murphy and Chris Wylde.

Pawning vital organs (including some of our own) to cobble together production funding, we finally shot the show over seven whirlwind days with an awesome crew filled to the brim with passion, skill and energy drinks. Then—over the last three months, we’ve whittled the footage down into a tight, fast-moving, super-funny pilot that we can’t wait to start showing people…

And that’s where you come in!

We shot Underwater for next to nothing with every dollar spent wisely. But we still have a few critical steps to complete the editing process. By sheer magic our show looks like a big-dollar production—but to give it the best chance to get seen, compete with the big dogs and hopefully start airing(!), we need to clean up the sound, fix the color, and produce a stack of DVDs and promotional materials.

We’ll post updates over the course of our Kickstarter run and will check in daily to answer any questions you might have about the show... We could keep typing here, but really all we need to say is THANK YOU. Your donation means the completion of a dream that we’ve both had for many, many years—and we absolutely can’t wait to share Underwater with all of you!

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    A huge THANK YOU for your lucky digital two-dollar bill! Plus (optionally) we'll add you to our mailing list to get updates as Underwater progresses!

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    THE QUARTER SPECIAL:
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    ALL the goodies above, PLUS an official copy of the SHOOTING SCRIPT personalized to you and signed by Nathan and Michael.

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    The $50 package (excluding NEW REWARDS)... PLUS Michael and Nathan will give you a brief WAKE UP CALL every morning for a week with fancy bits of the day's trivia! (I hope you're a morning person!)

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    The $50 package... But with a copy of the Shooting Script personalized to you, and signed by Nathan and Michael along with MEMBERS OF THE CAST.

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    THE RACHEL NICHOLS RINGTONE SPECIAL ---

    The $50 package (excluding NEW REWARDS)....PLUS the one and only, Miss Rachel Nichols, will record a personalized ringtone saying, "Hey (your name)--answer your damn phone!"

    More sass and charm than your ringtone ever dreamt of!!

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    All the delights of the $100 package... PLUS a Limited Edition FULL COLOR MINI-POSTER for Underwater.

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    Every goodie of the $250 tier... PLUS an invitation for you (plus one) to Underwater's premier screening and after-party, to be held somewhere swanky in Los Angeles!

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    The $500 package--but with a FULL-SIZED, SIGNED Limited Edition Underwater poster--and an invite to attend a dinner attended by Nathan, Michael and members of the cast. FAIR WARNING: Fun will be had!

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    The $1000 package... PLUS an official "Associate Producer" credit to be listed at the end of the show, with an accompanying embossed CERTIFICATE celebrating your credit and involvement with Underwater.

    Also--Michael will seriously consider naming his first-born after you... Truly--THANK YOU.

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    NEW REWARD!! He wasn't joking!! Barry Bostwick will drive to your house (within the Los Angeles area) and KISS YOUR BABY --or-- do your MORNING DISHES!! Why? Because the man rocks!! (Thank you, Barry!)

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