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A new kind of a reality / sitcom TV show! STARRING YOU!

About this project

The IDEA

The exciting, mysterious, crazy, dangerous world of the casino business... What is it really like? It is a place where you can change your life in the blink of an eye, whether losing or winning hundreds, thousands or even millions of dollars. It is a place where you walk on a thin line between having it all and being lost forever. As you see from our video, there are a lot of misconceptions about casinos, and we want to lift the curtain of mystery before you and show the REAL CASINO LIFE! Full of drama, fun, and temptations, it will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The CONCEPT

For the longest time, we couldn't decide if we want the show to be a reality show or a mockumentary. While working out the details, we actually came up with a totally new type of a television show. It's a combination of both. We'd like our show to be really funny with great humor and dirty jokes where sarcasm is just another service that we offer. Screenplays written by recognized writers and stand up comedians are what is going to make the show hilarious and addictive. Produced by competent experts in the industry and portrayed by experienced actors, this show has really great chances for success. And here comes the twist of this show. In addition to filming in our production studios, we are also going to be filming live in a casino. ANYONE will be able to come and become A PART OF THE SHOW. Our actors will be trained, licensed dealers and / or other casino employees and you will have a chance to meet them in person, interact with them and become a guest on the show. To understand this concept better, imagine this:


1) It's a reality show open to the public, where some parts are scripted and filmed in a production studio rather than a casino, OR


2) It's a mockumentary, and on a regular basis we film in a casino and later we use "the reality footage" as a significant part of our show.

What is your favorite show? Don't you think it would be awesome to be able to show up at the university where the big bang theory nerds work and have a conversation with Sheldon? Or order some paper from Michael Scott's office. Same here! Once you are in love with the characters, you ACTUALLY will be able to meet them in person!!!

The PRODUCTION

The pilot is set to be filmed in Pittsburgh, PA. It is in our deepest interest to negotiate the production of the actual show in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh would be a great place for our show. It has great resources to make our show outstanding. Pittsburgh's production studios, local casinos, the Pennsylvania filmmaking tax break, and the Pittsburgh Film Office with great experts from the industry are what makes this location perfect for the show.

It's our dream, to make THIS SHOW THE BIGGEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION SHOW EVER FILMED IN PITTSBURGH, PA.

In our preliminary discussions, a local casino and Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board expressed their interest in helping our show come to life.

The SOCIAL BENEFITS

1) First of all, one of our social orientations is the education of the public about problem gambling and dependencies. Please, GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY


2) This show will create hundreds of new jobs. We would employ dozens of people to work on our production crew, and a hosting casino would additionally employ hundreds of people to be able to provide for increased customer traffic.


3) The city and state would dramatically benefit from tourism and taxes from casino revenues.

KICKSTARTER

We are incredibly grateful to KICKSTARTER for an opportunity to make this difference in the world, create something great, something that not only would put a smile on people's face, but would also change the way we see certain things. Yes, ultimately it comes to the money that we have to have to produce the pilot for the show. But for us, Kickstarter is so much more than just an online platform to raise money. It's a place that erases the geographic boundaries, brings people together, and discovers great talents. So many times in the last year I was told that one little girl cannot make this idea come to life. I was told that one has to have wealthy parents or a show biz partner to make something like this come to life. Please, let me prove that one person supported by YOU through Kickstarter CAN and WILL make this happen! Please, make your donation and please, please, please, SHARE AND REPOST all of the links to all of your social media sites so that more people know about this project! If you want to help with production, please facebook us at http://www.facebook.com/CasinoDealersor http://www.facebook.com/elena.stacy. If you are a filmmaker from Pittsburgh, a stand up comedian, a writer, a producer or anything else and you want to help, please let us know! If you want to be a guest on the pilot, please, LET US KNOW!

FINANCIAL GOAL

We are asking for $15,000 which we feel is an easy number to reach. After paying transaction fees and taxes and fulfilling our kickstarter rewards, we would probably end up having about $7,000-$9,000. That would be enough to rent good equipment (cameras, lighting, mics) and cover some very basic legal expenses.

However, if we have $50,000 we would be able to hire skilled camera operators, pay writers / comedians to help turn our ideas into great dialogue, hire experienced producers, and pay the actors.

If we have $100,000, in addition to all of the above, we would be able to rent a production studio to work more deliberately on our close up scenes to make sure we capture that perfect shot.

But to be completely honest, we'd like this project to be THE MOST SUCCESSFUL project in Kickstarter's Film&Video section!!! If it happens, we would get that crucial publicity before we even film the pilot. So many people will know about this project, and this will boost our chances of selling the idea to a really great, respected network.

SPECIAL THANKS

I would like to thank some really great people who helped me with the production of this kickstarter project:

Tyler Stacy 

http://www.facebook.com/tylerstacy87 

http://www.tylerstacymusic.com/

https://soundcloud.com/tyler-stacy 

for infinite support, concept development, great music and drawings;

Alex Rodia 

http://www.facebook.com/alex.rodia 

for filming and editing this video;

Sasha Mirzoyan

http://www.facebook.com/sasha.mirzoyan 

for great drawings;

Adam Amprim 

http://www.facebook.com/adam.amprim

for my most favorite part of this video and constant support in launching this project;

Kyle Durant

http://www.facebook.com/kyle.durant.5 

for acting;

and Tammy Bregon, Chanler Guty, Monique Marie Minniti, Steven Siwiak, Pat Testa, Brett Schimmel, Debbie Will, David R Stacy, Thomas Stacy, Ryan Sullivan, Pierce Cook, Jessica Peconi Cook for your input in this project!!!

I also would like to thank Taya for making me believe in myself and move forward.

And last, but not least, I'd like to thank Amanda Palmer

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amandapalmer/amanda-palmer-the-new-record-art-book-and-tour?ref=live

for the inspiration and for showing all of us what KICKSTARTER is capable of!!!

Risks and challenges

The most obvious problem would be not fundraising enough money. If we only get $15,000 leaving us with $7,000-$9,000 money to spend on production, we would have to work on a very tight budget, thus making us sacrifice on many things.

The next problem might be time. As of right now, we have 3 months to fulfill our kickstarter obligations and film the pilot. Sometimes during production, some unforeseen things come up that delay the production process. Please, guys, be patient! It will be worth it!

If you have any questions, please ask us!

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    You're AWESOME and we LOVE YOU! You will get a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the PILOT + YOUR NAME will be listed under our SPONSORS on our official website (unless, of course, you decide to remain anonymous, and we respect your privacy) + any other KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE content! Also, EVERY BACKER will be given a PRIORITY to become a GUEST on the REAL SHOW!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the BEHIND THE SCENES footage from both this KICKSTARTER VIDEO and our PILOT! Plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of a PDF with tons of pictures of the production crew members and dealers / actors from the before / during / and after the production of the pilot, some art work, etc.!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of all of the MUSICAL compositions in FULL LENGTH created by Mr. TYLER STACY for our KICKSTARTER VIDEO!

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    1 backer

    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of approximately an hour of MUSIC created by Mr. TYLER STACY and his AWESOME BAND exclusively for our PILOT!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of any other MUSIC created by bands and musicians that will be FEATURED in our PILOT!

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    $15 reward

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of a PDF of CASINO DEALERS COMIC BOOKLET created by some talented artists with the content provided by experienced casino dealers! CAREFUL: ADULT CONTENT!

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    $20 reward

    2 backers

    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of an hour of STAND UP COMEDY created by some talented stand up comedians / writers for our PILOT! With the content provided by experienced casino dealers! CAREFUL: ADULT CONTENT!

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    1 backer

    ALL OF THE ABOVE +
    BACKER EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION DVD! You will receive a beautifully packaged backer-only version of the DVD (including, but not limited to, all of the above digital downloads) in a hard case with an art booklet! This DVD will also feature a series of the interviews and videos about some of the crew members and future cast members of the show! In these videos, we will tell you about us, take you into our homes, and show you our lives! We promise, it is NOT going to be a boring narration! We will also document our progress on how we work on the creation of this PILOT with every development on pitching the future SHOW!!! Also, starting with this reward, every backer will receive ONE "VIRAGO MEDIA / CASINO DEALERS" non-value, custom made clay CHIP used in the PILOT. We are going to be giving away higher denominations first, so HURRY UP AND BACK US UP!!! THANK YOU!!!

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    1 backer Limited (129 left of 130)

    ALL OF THE ABOVE + a used, mint condition DECK of our CUSTOM-MADE CARDS from OUR PILOT!

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    EVERYTHING FROM THE REWARD #8 PLUS a backer exclusive T-SHIRT "I funded Casino Dealers"!

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    $55 reward

    2 backers

    EVERYTHING FROM # 10 + a HARD COPY of the CASINO DEALERS COMIC BOOK! FIRST 300 BOOKS will be signed by the dealers from the PILOT and some of our PRODUCTION CREW members!

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    0 backers Limited (300 left of 300)

    IT'S PARTY TIME! PITTSBURGH official SHOW PREMIERE hosted by singer/songwriter TYLER STACY! Meet us in person, party with us, celebrate with us! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #11!!!

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    EVERYTHING FROM #11+ you will be A CHARACTER IN THE COMIC BOOK!

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    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)

    YOU ARE AMAZING! We want to thank you in person, that's why we are going to call you or have a skype session with you!!! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #11!

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    $750 reward

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    EVERYTHING FROM THE REWARD #11 PLUS all of the things that Elena wore or which otherwise have been used in the production of THIS KICKSTARTER VIDEO (in the order of appearance):
    1) a name tag that says "Elena STAR service"
    2) the black ribbon / tie
    3) magician self folding cards
    4) two gigantic playing cards of ace of spades and king of hearts
    5) the LUCKY green plastic hat
    6) the princess tiara
    7) the devil horns
    8) the monster mask
    9) the Russian "USHANKA" hat
    10) the black plastic spider.

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! YOU WILL GET OFFICIAL CREDIT AS A PRODUCER OF THE SHOW!!! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #11!

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    YOU ROCK! YOU WILL GET OFFICIAL CREDIT AS THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE SHOW! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #11!

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    We are giving to YOU the ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE BLACKJACK TABLE used in THIS KICKSTARTER VIDEO! It comes with 1) money rack with chips, 2) a dealing shoe + a discard rack + 6 decks of cards, 3) a toke box, 4) a money drop box! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE TEXAS HOLD'EM TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS and a deck of cards! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE LET-IT-RIDE TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS and a deck of cards! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE 3 CARD POCKER TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS and a deck of cards! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE 4 CARD POCKER TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS and a deck of cards! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE BLACKJACK TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with 1) a peeker, 2) money rack with chips, 3) a dealing shoe + a discard rack + 6 decks of cards! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE MINI BACCARAT TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS, a dealing shoe with a discard rack and 8 decks of cards! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE ROULETTE TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS, a WHEEL and a BALL! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    We are giving to YOU an ORIGINAL, CUSTOM MADE CRAPS TABLE used in our PILOT! It comes with CHIPS, DICE and a STICK! GREAT memorabilia and an AWESOME way to entertain your friends with CASINO PARTY NIGHTS! PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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    YOU. ARE. SIMPLY. THE. BEST! We are so grateful to you, that we decided we are GOING TO MEET YOU IN PERSON AND PARTY TOGETHER (in the USA only)!!! How about a PRIVATE Tyler Stacy rock SHOW with Elena, some of the production crew members and main cast dealers from the show? PLUS, of course, EVERYTHING FROM #16!

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