About this project
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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