West 40s: Episodes 2 and 3!
This gay comedy series about five 40-something friends in Hell's Kitchen NYC is going back into production...but only with your help!
"West 40s" Is A Hit - Now Help Us Make More Episodes!
A couple years ago, we had a funny idea: a midtown midlife comedy about five gay friends growing through their 40s in NYC - something we know a lot about from personal experience! We raised some money on Kickstarter (23K!), were approached by an outside investor, and got lots of talented folks who believe in our idea to work for free. It was magic!
On July 12, 2018, we premiered the pilot on our YouTube Channel and people started watching, liking and commenting. Over the summer, the pilot got shared, press outlets picked it up, and the views began to grow...exponentially! In just two months, we had more than 100K views and 12K subscribers. Today, that view count is over 166K as people from every state in the US and all over the world have discovered the fun of "West 40s". If you haven't seen it, you can check it out right here!
Now, we want to keep the fun going...and bring you more. Times two!
The Next Two Episodes
Our rapidly growing audience keeps asking "when can we see the next episode?" We hear you! But why stop with just the next "one"? We have a full six-episode Season One already scripted. So to ramp things up we're ready to produce the next TWO episodes at the same time! Our goal is to shoot and edit these back-to-back in the next couple of months so they can both be released simultaneously in the first quarter of 2019.
The budget below is for these next two episodes, which will be shot over 9 days in mid-January 2019.
$5,000 Insurance (essential to secure locations, equipment, talent)
$2,000 Casting (we have new roles for the next couple episodes)
$8,000 Locations (it's New York City...need we say more?)
$17,000 Cast and crew (people need to get paid for werq!)
$2,000 Hair/makeup and wardrobe (gurl, people need to look good!)
$4,000 Food/Craft Services (people work hard and need to eat...a lot)
$4,000 Equipment rentals (for fancy cameras, dollys, lights to look fab)
$1,000 Tech/Expendables (drives and other essentials for the shoot)
$4,000 Editing (for renting an edit room for 4-5 weeks)
$4,000 Sound (this is essential to a professional finished product)
$5,000 Music (rights for using 3-4 songs)
$5,000 Post (for color, titles, efx, etc)
$6,000 Kickstarter (yes, they take a fee for all this fundraising)
Here's some details about some of the incentives we are offering at different levels of donation. Click through the images for more info:
NOTE: Blue boxes are for Kickstarter discretion and do not appear on the art itself 😇
Risks and challenges
There are lots of risks inherent in low budget film/TV making, especially in New York City. But we made the pilot episode here last year in NYC and it turned out great! (You can watch it on our YouTube Channel.) All production has challenges but Brian Sloan is a seasoned professional in the indie film world, with more than 20 years of experience producing everything from no-budget shorts to fully financed documentaries/TV shows. Mark Sam has been working as a professional writer/producer at Comedy Central for the last 10 years and will be bringing his expertise there, as well as utilizing some trusted members from his production team to help make this happen. Together, Brian and Mark Sam's knowledge of producing in New York City, where they both have done 90% of their creative work, will be essential as the project navigates the challenges of shooting in Manhattan. While there are no guarantees in filmmaking, Brian and Mark Sam believe they can get the job done, with a little help from their friends. Oh yeah, and your generous contribution!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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