A Better You

From the co-founder of The Upright Citizens Brigade and Brian Huskey (Childrens Hospital, Veep) comes the epic film of a revolutionary Hypnotherapist.
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Matt Walsh
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
2 Team Members

A Better You -- The New Comedy Film by Matt Walsh

From one of the founders of The Upright Citizens Brigade (Me, Matt Walsh) and the guy who got decapitated in This Is the End (Brian Huskey) comes the story of Dr. Ron, a revolutionary Hypnotherapist, who could solve everyone's problems but his own.

Why We’re Hypnotizing You...Even if You Didn’t Ask for It.


We recently wrote and shot an improvised comedy entitled A Better You.  I directed it and Brian stars in it. The good news is: Most of the film is actually shot and assembled and it's really funny.  The not so good news: It's an Indie feature so we are now looking for post production funds so that we can finally finish our film. We need about $53K to make it perfect.  Your contributions will enable us to pay for such post-production services as color correction, ADR sessions, sound mix and balancing, music rights, finishing our score, MPAA rating fees, and quite possibly allow us to shoot one last minute scene.

Synopsis

Some of the best doctors in the world make artificial hearts, cure diseases, or even fix teeth.  Then there’s Dr. Ron, (Brian Huskey) a medic of the mind, who tries to cure the broken people of Los Angeles through the power of hypnotherapy. However, the one mind Dr. Ron can’t wrangle is his own.  His inflated ego has taken a toll on his marriage, distanced him from his children and locked him in a state of delusional guru-ism.  Coupled with a mid-life crisis, Dr. Ron is in deep shit. The only one who might be able to save him, is his only friend Hugo (Horatio Sanz), a day laborer from the local super hardware store.

The Patient(s)

         
 

Similar to the first improv movie I directed in 2011, High Road, A Better You is populated with the funniest friends I have. People like Brian Huskey (This Is the End, Superbad), Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Reno 911!, Paul),  Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant),  Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital, The Watch), Adam Pally (The Mindy Project, Happy Endings),  Morgan Walsh (Burning Love, Childrens Hospital),  Seth Morris (The Dictator, Step Brothers, I Love You Man), Andrew Daly (Easbound & Down, Comedy Central's Review), Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates) Reid Scott (Veep), Mo Gaffney, (That '70s Show, Absolutely Fabulous) Parvesh Cheenah (Outsourced) among many others. I'm really fortunate that all these people showed up for pocket change to do a small, improv movie. They are truly the best.

Making an Improv Comedy

Besides my family, improv might be what I care about the most. It's the art of making up whole scenes with other people and having no idea where it will take you. I've always loved improv movies like Best in Show and Spinal Tap and made strides to continue that movement on my own, no matter what the budget. What I love about improv movies is you capture real behavior because things are happening in the moment for the first time. What also helps an improv comedy is if you have hilarious people in the cast. Comedians phrase things in unique ways that you as a writer could never imagine.  Thus, strong characters are a great byproduct of the improv process. Finally, it's just a blast to have your friends say funny stuff that you thought up or surprise you with lines of their own. That's why Brian and I wrote A Better You.

Besides being friends for a really long time, the above reasons are why Brian and I decided to do another low budget, improv movie. Improv movies are tricky because you have to stack the deck a bit so you don't just goof off in front of the camera and then have no story. So, Brian and I spent about a year and a half crafting a story. I liked the world of therapy because I majored in psychology in college. I also decided to base it in the world of hypnotherapy because so many people in L.A. go to hypnotists to get their lives in order. Hence, it's basically a story that explores the world of hypnosis and the desperation of L.A. 

What resulted from our efforts was a detailed outline of about 55 scenes. Each scene has a few paragraphs beneath it explaining what the story points are, what's funny about this moment, and all the specific props, special effects and characters necessary. I imagine it's similar to the script they use on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Similar to the theatrical pieces I used to mount overnight at the UCB New York stage, I love being able to produce something with my friends on the fly, without all the red tape that some Hollywood types bring to the table.  We shot A Better You quick and fast within 10-days. Most of our gifted cast members only worked a day – so we knew what we were looking for during production and completed it efficiently.

Hey, We’re Famous...So Why the Hell Do We Have Our Hats Out?

I get it. Why is this Hollywood jerk asking me to give him money? Several reasons. One, I'm not truly famous, I'm more of a "Hey I know that guy" celebrity. Two: I'm not rich and my wife and I have three kids so the money I make -- I can't tell you where it all goes, but it's not for champagne or tropical vacations. And three, I'm hoping that there are cool people out there who love the cast in this movie as much as I do. It's kind of like we get to break our own stars when we make a funny-outsider movie. And three and a half, improv movies are cool and I think the team we assembled on A Better You is as qualified as anyone to make the best improv movies out there…and that’s where you guys come in. 


Evidence That This Isn’t A Sham and That You’re Acting From Your Own Clear Will...and We Didn’t Hypnotize You

• Final Edit

• Sound mixing

• Color Correction

• ADR

• Final Score and Soundtrack

• MPAA fees

• Additional Scene


About the A Better You Team

Brian Huskey
I first met Brian Huskey, the star and co-writer of A Better You, when he was still a photographer in New York City. He had just started classes at UCB on 22nd St. (a former strip club that Mayor Giuliani shut down). Brian was raw, but so goddamn funny. I may have been his teacher at some point, and maybe he got me high on the roof once, but a strong bond was formed and he has become one of my most treasured pals. Our kids even play together (isn't that nice?). And so starting an underfunded, exhausting process like making an Indie comedy was a no brainer.

Kirk Roos

When I was meeting investors for my 2011 feature High Road, my agent at the time arranged a meeting with this North Dakota cowboy named Kirk Roos (Producer). He loved comedy and knew the UCB improv scene really well. Kirk pitched me some ideas about a hockey movie for middle-aged men and any movie that could be shot in Canada because it was easy for him to get money up there.  I pitched him my idea for an improv movie based on a pot dealer who has to go on the lam. Thus High Road and our close friendship was born.

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh is the co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which as the first accredited comedy school, has locations in New York and Los Angeles.  Matt stars on HBO's award-winning comedy Veep as Mike McLintock, the deadpan press secretary to the first female vice president. Matt has been a force with improvised comedy features.  In 2011, he made his feature directorial debut with High Road about a young potdealer's life on the lam. Walsh assembled an all-star cast including Ed Helms, Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliott, Matt Jones, Joe Lo Truglio and Horatio Sanz.  The film won festival awards and was acquired by Millennium Entertainment for distribution. When Walsh isn't making indie films, you can watch him in such crowd-pleasing comedies as The Hangover, Ted, Due Date, Old School, Step Brothers, Role Models among many others. Recently, Walsh received critical acclaim for his turn as a paranoid New York state municipal worker in David Cross' Sundance premiere Hits. Walsh resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Morgan Walsh (Burning Love, Childrens Hospital), and three kids.


 

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    The Matt Walsh Show NY

    This entitles you to a ticket to one of two exclusive improv performances of The Matt Walsh Show (with special guests) at the NY UCB Theatre. *Hotel and airfare not provided.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    Matt Walsh Facebook Wall Post

    Get an outrageous, personal message on your Facebook wall from Matt Walsh around the time of the "A Better You" premiere!* *production not responsible for blocked privacy settings on your page.

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    Baby Step to "A Better You"

    We value any support you can send our way and will reward you with this one-of-kind bumper sticker from the film. A BETTER YOU BUMPER STICKER from movie: "4-11 on your 9-11"

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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    A PIECE OF MATT WALSH

    An 8x10 headshot of Matt Walsh, star of HBO's "Veep," and co-founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, personally autographed to you; suitable to hang in your pizzeria.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2014
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    The Matt Walsh Show LA

    This entitles you to a ticket to an exclusive improv performance of The Matt Walsh Show (with special guests) at the LA UCB Theatre. *Hotel and airfare not provided.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    A Philosophy To Live By

    Get this comfortable cotton T-shirt with Matt Walsh's on-set slogan for efficient, low cost filmmaking! "Keep it Indie" slogan will appear on the front of T-shirt with "A Better You" on the back!

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    "A Better You," as Mantra

    Need to reaffirm yourself over and over again? You'll be able to, with this autographed DVD of the film you can watch endlessly! It'll come your way, when it's first released.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2015
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    2-Hour Hypnotic Trance

    Get the best of Dr. Ron at this level with all of the above prizes. "Keep it Indie" T-shirt, and signed DVD, plus a bumper sticker

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    Estimated delivery: January 2015
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    Blueprint of a Hypnotherapist

    Ever wonder how an improvised comedy gets made? Then buy this: An autographed, bounded script/outline of "A Better You" by Matt Walsh and Brian Huskey.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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    SNL Hero + 'Stunt Man'

    A signed 8x10 photo from cast member Horatio Sanz and his 'stunt double.' But seriously, it's a signed photo by Horatio and our production hand, Reiner, who looks like him!

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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    LA Master Class w/ Matt Walsh

    The man behind "A Better You," will give you a 3-hour Master Class in Improv at UCB Theater LA with other prizeholders on a specific date TBD. Prizeholders must show 2 years of improv experience post college. Team will receive certificate of completion and a group photo with Matt Walsh, signed. *Does not include travel to LA nor hotel accommodations.

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    NY Master Class w/Matt Walsh

    The man behind "A Better You," will give you a 3-hour Master Class in Improv at UCB Theater NYC with other prizeholders on a specific date TBD. Prizeholders must show 2 years of improv experience post college. Team will receive certificate of completion and a group photo with Matt Walsh, signed. *Does not include travel to NY nor hotel accommodations.

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    Dr. Ron's Cure-all for Smoking

    You'll get a "Special Thanks" CREDIT on the film and IMDB, a personal 15-second outgoing phone message from a castmember (except Horatio), defaced Matt Walsh headshot, signed DVD, a signed Horatio Sanz photo to you, T-shirt, bumper sticker.

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    Estimated delivery: March 2015
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    Cure-all for Smoking package+an outgoing personalized 20-second message from Horatio Sanz.

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    For the UCB Lover in you... *One free improv101 Class in LA or NY. Twelve (12) Comp Tickets to UCB Shows in LA or NY, UCB Ball cap, hoodie sweatshirt and T-shirt. *Personalized autographed copies from Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, and Matt Besser of the UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual+DVDs: UCB season 1 and 2, ASSSSCAT!, *Wild Girls Gone, and *Signed copies of Matt Walsh's films, "High Road," "A Better You" and the Series "Dog Bites Man." *Travel to LA or NY and hotel not included.

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    A "Piece" of Dr. Ron + more

    Dr. Ron's WIG from the Movie + the Upright Citizen's Brigade Spa Package + Dr. Ron's Cure-All for Smoking.

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    Your Entree to Hollywood

    Climb the ladder fast in Hollywood by getting an Associate Producer Credit on our back-end credits, and IMDB. Plus, 2-tix to Premiere (LA or NY), photos on the red carpet, invite to after-Party, and pix with some of the cast and crew. Bonuses include: Dr. Ron's Cure-All for Smoking and 2 nights hotel in LA of our choice (amenities excluded). *Does not include airfare.

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    ***CORPORATE TIER***

    Director and some cast will come to YOUR TOWN (must be in U.S.) or town nearby and will rent a theater (our choice) for you to host a public screening of the film. YOUR CO. OR COLLEGE will be listed in end credits. We will also host an after-party at a local hot spot! Matt Walsh can also separately provide an hour-talk about filmmaking. Screening will take place ideally prior to the film opening or during the first week of theatrical run. Prize holder can charge admission to event.

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    You’ll get an Executive Producer Credit, on the front-end credits of film, and on IMDB (in name only). Everything in Hollywood Player package, private soiree dinner with some of the cast and crew. You will walk and be interviewed on red carpet. You will also host the Q and A after the screening.*Does not include air travel.

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