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**Keep an eye on this page for stretch goals and rewards!!**
What is WAKE?
WAKE is about Anna, who is just your average Seattle girl - art-school dropout, just got dumped by her boyfriend, smokes too many cigarettes, drinks too much coffee, has a roommate that drives her insane, sketches incessantly... And has two major organizations from the Last World racing across time and reality to get to her sketchbooks first. Join Anna as she discovers that her dreams about being a heroine in the Last World aren't just vivid, they're real - and her sketches are important enough to start a war.
It is an independently produced multi-season sci-fi action web series, with strong elements of steampunk and fantasy, intended to introduce viewers to the Last World.
What is the Last World?
The Last World is a universe in which the fabric of time and space has lost much of its continuity and where consensus of thought can change reality. It was created as a backdrop for the beautiful and unusual clothing designs of Lastwear.
Last Reel Cinema was born out of the desire to share that world with you, the audience! WAKE is exactly the sort of story we're interested in telling as creative artists - one with unlimited ability to grow and develop not only with us and the characters in the world, but with you the viewers.
Who else is involved?
We've pulled together some great artists to help make this project a reality, all of whom contributed their work to the video.
Ian Hubert is our VFX artist, known for his work on Project London, his own webseries Dynamo, and the Blender Institute's short Tears of Steel. He will be helping us create the monolithic airships, beautiful backdrops and other secret things we can't tell you!
Our composer, Nathaniel Johnstone, is creating an original score especially for WAKE, that you won't be able to hear anywhere else.
Brendan Hogan is contributing his years of professional sound design experience and skills. He has worked with numerous web series and features including Journey Quest Season 2.
We have an amazing cast, led by Tisch-trained Katherine Grant-Suttie, local actor Casey Raiha, and Adrienne Clark of The Satori Group.
These, along with many more talented, experienced folks are excited to bring the action, adventure, and magic of WAKE to you.
Most importantly - Why $18,000??
Filming any production is expensive! $18,000 is a bare-bones goal that will bring you the first two episodes of WAKE; allow us to offer the rewards we've promised you; pay for insurance, permits, location access, props, costumes; and everything else that makes a production happen. The amount of work required to bring you this series at the level of quality we want to provide takes an enormous amount of time and energy - too much to ask the professional artists we're working with to volunteer their time. We want to pay them, fair and square. These costs add up!
This is why we need your help! We believe strongly in the "fan supported/creator distributed" model pioneered by the Zombie Orpheus/Dead Gentlemen team. We're inspired by their forward-thinking and excited that they are willing to lend their advice and assistance to us, and have already begun to do so! We believe that great shows should be beholden only to their fans and never to studios - and therefore never subject to cancellation due to resources or ratings. Everyone from producers, designers, actors, crew, extras, to most importantly YOU the fans, should have a sense of collaboration and ownership over awesome projects such as this.
As with all new projects, we're terrified and excited about it! Here's why we're terrified (and also a little excited):
One of our biggest hurdles as a production company is to find a Director of Photography to help us achieve the look we want for our series. Unfortunately, DP's of any caliber absolutely MUST be paid. We cannot make this project to the standards we would wish unless we have a DP that knows what they're doing, which means we need money so that we can hire them. We've been searching high and low for someone who will work on the cheap (or for our undying gratitude), and although we've contacted a lot of people, we haven't been able to find someone we love. We need to be able to pay!
This is an ACTION series! On the Internet! On a low budget!?! There are explosions and giant robots and fight sequences - all of which take an enormous amount of time and energy to create in post-production or rehearse prior to shooting. We need green screens and stunt people and sweet-looking weapons! The cool thing is that we have the personnel who are ready and willing to make it happen - we just (again) need the financial resources.
Not to mention, we're introducing a brand-spanking new universe to Internet audiences. It is dense and faceted and complex - so much so, that it's hard to know where to even begin to tell a story that is accessible to our audience. We've been working on it for over a year already! Facilitating the creation of a new science fiction universe takes not only hours, (wo)man-power, and a lot of caffeine - but also people who are qualified and have experience doing just that. Lauren Christine Olson, our head writer, has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA - so she graduated with a specialty in creating new work for the stage! Not only is she a sci-fi enthusiast, but she's got experience writing experimental plays in heightened-reality worlds, which is exactly what this series demands. And Lauren will be consulting with the aforementioned Ian Hubert and Jim Johnson (a Digipen employee and Disney film veteran), utilizing their knowledge and years of experience to translate stage writing to screen writing.
Our production staff largely have roots in theater, and we're all making the transition to film. So, we're learning as we go and there's definitely a learning curve making the switch from working on a stage to working on a screen. And although we might be green, we're fortunate enough to have a lot of support from people who do have that experience - the Zombie Orpheus/Dead Gentlemen team who created JourneyQuest, Ian Hubert and Jim Johnson, and we're now supported by Shunpike in Seattle, WA.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to hard work. Working hard and being realistic will get us 90% of the way - we're willing to learn what we don't know and stay in communication with the people who do know so that we can become more knowledgeable filmmakers. We all have to start somewhere - and the somewhere we're starting is ambitious! It's what has drawn in professional support across the board from actors to writers to VFX designers to sponsors to costumers and more. Just getting started at all is the very hardest part, and we're already there!
All of the above, plus a download of the two main Wake musical themes composed by Nathaniel Johnstone! Everyone at this level and above will get exclusive early access to whatever is released of our Season One episodes, and a digital download.
All of the above, plus a production still personally signed by one of Wake's lead actors, production designers, or producer staff. On top of that, you'll receive a DVD of every episode released of Season One!
The Hot Date! Everything above, plus you get a coffee date here in Seattle with one of our fantastic leads, Anna, Hawkin, or the mysterious Agent, IN CHARACTER. No, you can't take them home with you. We'll even film it if you want! Again, transportation to and lodging in Seattle is NOT included.
You also get an Associate Producer title in the credits and a character will be named after you or a loved one.
The Budding Actor Package! Everything from $250 down and a WALK ON ROLE! You also will get an invite to our wrap party, be named as an Associate Producer in the credits, and a character will be named after you or a loved one. Transportation and lodging to Seattle is not included. You will be given a list of shoot dates to choose from in early 2013.
Citizen of the Last World Package! Everything from $250 on down, plus you get a minor SPEAKING role (transportation to Seattle and lodging still not included) and a pair of Lastwear's famous pocket spats! Plus you get a wrap party Invite, Associate Producer credit, AND get to name a character OR airship after you or a loved one! Note again for the speaking role: You will be given a list of available shoot dates in early 2013.
Writers' Package! Everything from the $250 level on down, plus you get an original script with actors', director's, or writer's notes from set. Plus you get a wrap party Invite, Associate Producer credit, AND get to name a character OR airship after you or a loved one!
You get named as a co-producer in the credits, you get the wrap party invite, get to name a character or airship after you or a loved one and of course, you get everything from $250 on down. You ALSO get a custom made, to your measurments, full set of Amber Guard armor from Lastwear. The very same armor you saw in the fight scenes of our video. These suits are NOT available for regular purchase!
You get named as a Executive Producer in the credits, you get the wrap party invite, get to name a character or airship after you or a loved one, and of course, you get everything from $250 on down. Most importantly, though, you get the limited edition, one of a kind Hawkin Jacket. This jacket style will soon be available from Lastwear, but ONLY in black and gray. You will get a jacket just like Hawkin's green one, beautifully distressed as if Hawkin had been wearing it for years, and customized to your measurements. This will only be offered once!