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A puppet buddy cop comedy web series, inspired by 70s TV, set in modern day Seattle
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- WE'VE HIT GOAL! EPISODE #1 IS FUNDED!

- You Beat Our FINISHING BONUS CHALLENGE with 14 hours to spare - Bonus Content is yours!

  • Backers at the $5 level and above will get the new Theme Song Download. 
  • Backers at $10 and above will get The Pilot Bloopers Reel.

Check out Update #3 for the full details on the bonus rewards. 

 WHAT’S NEXT?

As I type this, there are still 29 hours left in our campaign, plenty of time for some more awesome and generous folks to join us backers and maybe help us reach a couple of our Stretch Goals:

$4500 - EPISODE #1 BLOOPERS REEL

  • we’ll edit our funniest on-set mistakes into a short featurette and share it with you before it's released to the public, plus we'll include a high quality version for download and on the DVD. (Level $10 and above)

$5000 - FILM FESTS & SIGNED DVDS

  • reach this level and we'll enter at least 5 film festivals 
  • José and The Hawk will sign all your Season 1 DVDs (Level $30 and above)

$8000 - EPISODE #2

  • when we get to this level, we’ll be able to produce another one of our Season 1 episodes, “Being Sexy Isn’t a Crime" or "The Maltese MacGuffin"(Level $10 and above)

$12,000 - FULL SEASON 1 OF THREE EPISODES

  • when we reach this level, we’ll be able to produce our entire 3-episode First Season (Level $10 and above)

One's a hawk, the other's a turkey, but both know a jailbird when they see one. 

Detective José Callahan is an intellectual who likes to keep his cool; his partner, The Hawk, is a hot-headed hawk puppet. Together they’re patrolling the polite-but-slightly corrupt streets of Queen City.

José and The Hawk is a satirical puppet buddy cop comedy web series, intended for adults who grew up with Starsky and Hutch and The Muppet Show. Sparked by a joke on the set of a local comic book web series, José and The Hawk is set in a fictionalized version of modern day Seattle.

Created by the puppet artist who brought you the hit puppet musical Manos - The Hands of Felt, José and The Hawk applies the same wacky sensibility and love of pop culture to new original stories set in the police procedural genre. We're off to a great start: Our pilot is complete!  You can check it out here. Now we’d love to expand it into a full-fledged web series. This is where you come in.

We’re asking for your help to continue José and The Hawk’s story. If we reach our minimum goal of $4,000, we can shoot the next episode, “Taking the Cake,” fondly referred to by production staff as “The Barney Miller Episode.”

PLOT SYNOPSIS: José and The Hawk spend a day at the office dealing with a hapless housebreaker, a cop struggling with her impending retirement, and Otis6 whiling away his community service hours, all while giving good natured trouble to the department rookie.

Read more about our plans for Episode 1 in our second Project Update.

You may have noticed we’re referring to $4,000 as our minimum goal. We need to level with you: As much as we’re looking forward to shooting “Taking the Cake,” what we really, really, REALLY want to do is shoot an entire 3-episode First Season. To that end, we’re hoping to stretch this Kickstarter to $12,000. 

We're pretty darn excited about what we have in mind. Check out the other Season 1 Episode PLOT SYNOPSES to see what we mean:

"Being Sexy Isn’t a Crime" - When a popular Queen City burlesque show is accused of violating decency laws, José, The Hawk, and Captain Drazen go undercover to investigate, and discover there are worse crimes than the occasional nipple slip going on behind-the-scenes.

"The Maltese MacGuffin" - When a mysterious woman brings trouble to Manager Mike’s comic book store, he calls José and The Hawk to help him deal with the deluge of desperate geeks and weirdos seeking a legendary collectible. (Crossover episode with The Panel Jumper)

It’s fairly straightforward: If we raise $4,000, we’ll make Episode 1. If we stretch to $8,000, we’ll shoot two episodes. And if we make it to $12,000 we’ll shoot all three. The best part is, all of the episodes funded via this campaign will be included in the digital downloads and on the DVD. So more money means more content for everyone. It’s also worth mentioning that funding the rest of the Season 1 episodes will unlock additional reward levels, particularly {SAY MY NAME} and {BE AN EXTRA}. 

Episode 1 is written and cast. We’ve had a read-through and a feedback session, found a great location, and scheduled our first two days of shooting with the crew. So basically, we’re totally ready to pull the trigger on this one as soon as we can get funded.

The other two episodes are both fully outlined and “Being Sexy Isn’t a Crime” is 60% written. I’m looking forward to having a compelling reason to finish them both, i.e. a Production Deadline.

Fortunately, we have a great support network for this project. A lot of the crew comes with their own equipment (the use of which they’re donating to us); actors are mostly providing their own wardrobe; and friends have been very generous about loaning us specialized props and set dressing.

There are some things, however, that require actual money: craft services, location rental fees, and of course we’d love to be able to pay our cast and crew for their time. We need your help to cover expenses like these that can’t be compensated through favors.

Also, some of the money will go towards puppet building. We have a new puppet character to introduce in Episode 1, and we’ve decided Hawk could use a functional redesign. We don’t want to alter her appearance more than is inevitable, but she was originally built for the stage, and some simple adjustments could make her more friendly for film moving forward.

HOW IT BREAKS DOWN:

  • 34% to Production Costs
  • 40% to the Cast and Crew 
  • 9% to Kickstarter Fees 
  • 17% to Kickstarter Fulfillment
gorgeous retro art made for us by the talented Dominick DiGregorio
gorgeous retro art made for us by the talented Dominick DiGregorio

When you back our project, not only do you help José and The Hawk continue their adventures, you also get access to some great rewards, from a $10 Digital Download of the episodes we fund through this campaign, all the way up to an Executive Producer credit. Here are some of our favorites:

Digital Pilot + Season 1: Did you miss out on our first Kickstarter? No worries! We'd be happy to share our secret code to the high quality digital download of the pilot episode.

Hanging with José/The Hawk: During our pilot crowdfunding, someone lamented that there was no “Dream Date with the Cast” reward level. We are nothing if not accommodating, so our two stars have outlined some of their favourite things to do in Seattle and, if you back us at that level, you can accompany one of them on their day of fun.

Queen City’s Most Wanted: We had way, way too much fun putting our AD on a Wanted poster for the pilot set, so we decided to let other folks in on the action. Back us at this level and you can make like you’re a notorious Queen City miscreant. ***ONLY 5 LEFT

This could be you!
This could be you!

We are a group of Seattle-based artists, primarily theatre and film folk, but also musicians, improvisers, and visual artists.

Rachel Jackson (photo by Jules Doyle), Tonjia Atomic (photo by Jospeh Peter) and Ian Johnston (photo by Dangerpants Photography)
Rachel Jackson (photo by Jules Doyle), Tonjia Atomic (photo by Jospeh Peter) and Ian Johnston (photo by Dangerpants Photography)

Rachel Jackson - Creator - I’m a puppet artist, which means I’m also a writer, crafter, singer, producer, and performer…most of which I’ll be doing again for José and The Hawk. Fortunately I have a lot of help.

Tonjia Atomic - co-Producer - Tonjia is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, musician, and freelance writer. She is best known for the films Plain Devil, Hobo with a Trash Can, and Manos Returns. Her writing has been featured in several online and print magazines.

Ian Johnston - Director of Photography -Also known as Dangerpants Photography, Ian has been taking pictures nearly his whole life. When not behind a camera, he can be found on staff at Annex Theatre, building a real-life biplane, or playing his cello.

The Main 4 Cast Members: José Amador, Rachel Jackson, Jordi Montes, and Raymond Williams
The Main 4 Cast Members: José Amador, Rachel Jackson, Jordi Montes, and Raymond Williams

José Amador - Detective José Callahan and Director for Episode 1 - José is a Seattle playwright/director/actor who has been involved in the Seattle Theater scene for the last two decades. As a playwright, he has written two solo plays, A Walk in the Dark and El Hijo Prodigo, along with numerous full-length and short plays and sketches.

Rachel Jackson - The Hawk - Through her company Vox Fabuli Puppets, Rachel has been puppeteering on stages both local and international since 2008. She recently performed at Puppeteers of America National Festival’s Fringe, and is unofficial Puppeteer at Large for the Seattle Nerdlesque scene.

Jordi Montes - Captain Drazen - Jordi is a Seattle actor who has mostly worked on the theatre stages around town, but is thrilled to be getting in front of the camera! Recent credits include It’s Only Kickball Stupid with Fantastic Z Theatre and many touring shows with Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Arts and Education Department.

Raymond Williams - Otis6 - Raymond has been a Seattle native since 1998 where he is an actor, director, and occasional producer, writer, and puppet wielder. You can catch him online as a regular in The Panel Jumper web series, and in real life as a panelist for the monthly quiz show Questionable Content.

ALSO FEATURING: Megan Ahiers, Gretchen Douma, Samuel Hagen, Saige Hawthorne, and Annett Mateo.

I feel very lucky. A whole lot of talented friends are throwing their time and energy into helping make José and The Hawk happen. Now we’re asking you to join us.

1) Become a Backer: Join us in making José and The Hawk Season 1 a reality by pledging your support for our project. Even if you can only spare $5 or $10, every extra dollar helps get us closer to our goal, and you get some nifty rewards to show our thanks.

2) Spread the word: Once you back José and The Hawk, please spread the word about us. Share our Kickstarter campaign and video. Follow us on FaceBook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #JoseandTheHawk. Every post you make, every person you tell, brings Season 1 that much closer to being able to spread its wings and fly

Risks and challenges

“If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.”
― Jim Henson

There are risks and obstacles in any artistic undertaking, and film in particular has a lot of moving parts. Stuff can go wrong, from scheduling problems to technical setbacks to ill-timed actor haircuts. Fortunately, the José and The Hawk team makes the challenges a lot less scary.

We’re a gang of experienced indie filmmakers, fringe theatre producers, and independent artists. So by necessity we are low-drama, talented problem solvers who can anticipate trouble, roll with unexpected punches and, when all else fails, power through on sheer grit and determination. We’re used to making all the magic happen with very little in the way of resources. Finally, and super important to me, every member of the cast and crew is someone whose dedication and commitment is a known quantity; I trust them to be there for me.

We're off to a running start by having worked together on the pilot episode. We learned a lot, both about filming in general and about how we mesh together, and we’re eager to put everything into practice. The timing of everything is (as ever) the biggest question mark.

As for the challenges of Kickstarter reward fulfillment, I have experience there with Manos - The Hands of Felt, Manos Returns, and of course the José and The Hawk pilot. Based on what I’ve learned, I’ve done my best to be solidly pessimistic about delivery dates, so folks are (hopefully) more likely to be pleasantly surprised than disappointed. I’ll keep the communication flowing (as an extrovert I’m good at that) so that if we do hit any unforeseen snags, you’ll know about it.

Now all we need to do is fund the project, so we can get the cast and crew back together, hit record, and continue the story.

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    {DIGITAL PILOT + SEASON 1}

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    {SAY MY RESTAURANT'S NAME - Episode 1}

    Have a character name your restaurant* in José and The Hawk Episode 1! Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {QUEEN CITY'S MOST WANTED}

    We’ll hang a picture of you* or a family member** on the walls of José and The Hawk’s offices as one of Queen City PD’s Most Wanted, and stage a scene in front of it. Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {BE AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER}

    Be credited as an Associate Producer in all funded Season 1 José and The Hawk episodes! Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {HANGING WITH JOSÉ}

    Spend a day with José exploring the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle: visit the kitties at Meowtropolitan Cat Cafe, pick up some reading material at Comics Dungeon, and wrap it all up with dinner at Bizzarro Italian Cafe. Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {HANGING WITH THE HAWK}

    Spend a day with The Hawk and her human companion Rachel exploring the north side of Seattle: work out your anger issues by breaking stuff at Rage Industries, get your claws prettied up with a spa pedicure, and wrap it all up with a meal at Heaven Sent Fried Chicken. Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {BE AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER}

    Be credited as an Executive Producer of all funded Season 1 José and The Hawk episodes! Visit the set on one of the shooting days, if that is your producer-y desire, and take a picture with the cast and crew. Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. Must be available during the shoot schedule.

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    {EARLY BIRD SPECIAL DVD PILOT + SEASON1}

    Pledge early and get a copy of the pilot Episode Limited Edition Kickstarter DVD signed by José and The Hawk! Also includes the DVD of all funded Season 1 episodes, a digital download, your name in the Season 1 thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {DVD PILOT + SEASON 1}

    Get a copy of the José and The Hawk Pilot Episode Limited Edition Kickstarter DVD, plus the DVD of all funded Season 1 episodes, digital downloads of the pilot and Season 1 episodes, your name in the Season 1 thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {SAY MY NAME - Episode 1}

    Have a character say your or a family member's name* onscreen in José and The Hawk Episode 1! Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

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    {BE AN EXTRA - Episode 1}

    Appear on-screen as a featured extra (with a line!) in José and The Hawk Episode 1. Also includes a DVD and digital download of all funded Season 1 episodes, your name in the José and The Hawk thank you credits, and the social media shout outs.

    *Travel/accommodations not included. Must be available to shoot in Seattle in late 2019.

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