THE ZOMBIES NEED YOUR HELP!
The wonderfully talented, witty and beautiful, Carolyn Hennesy has joined the cast of Acting Dead and is set to guest star as Dr. Ivana Wurshter, the mysterious woman behind the zombie-actor producing company, Flatline Inc. Fans know Carolyn from her long-running, Emmy nominated role of Diane on General Hospital, plus HBO's True Blood, Disney's Jessie and Cougar Town. Everyone is deathly excited and welcomes her to Acting Dead!
-A note from the creator
Well as you can see from the video, we wanted the show concept to be a big surprise! But the Hollywood "Powers That Be", i.e. our producers, (also zombies), are forcing us to be fully transparent. Like Alex. So, here's all the gory details...
ACTING DEAD - A semi-dark comedy about the world of Hollywood Zombies. (And not just the ones living in Beverly Hills). What if your acting career had taken a turn for the worse and your only option to get a role, to be cast in any number of the ever-growing zombie-based TV shows and movies was to...actually become one? ACTING DEAD takes you into the afterlife of Tate and Alex, both struggling to get by living in their new skin, or what's left of it. But life doesn't slow down just because your heart stopped. Tate and Alex come to realize that even undead actors face the same problems as the living: staying in shape, part time jobs, getting a better agent, Hollywood mixers, blind dates, and self esteem issues. Add to those problems the occasional urge for brains and biting, zombie and ghost method acting teachers, and keeping their "decomposure", Tate and Alex discover that it's not so easy Acting Dead.
Funny, quirky and weird, this series has brains and an appetite for sarcasm and satire. Imagine Arrested Development meets Shawn of the Dead with an occasional shout out to Romero. It's fast paced and smart, and so ridiculous you're sure to have the time of your afterlife.
WHO || WHAT || WHY
The 3 W's - the questions anyone in the right mind must have answered when considering donating money - especially to strangers. Let's take this one step at a time, and start with the WHO. If you watched the video, you learned that our leads, Brian Beacock and Jillian Clare (both showbiz vets) met nearly 13 years ago, in November 2000. A decade later, in the summer of 2010, Brian and producer Susan Bernhardt (that's me) reconnected while doing a radio show broadcast, where both were promoting their new web series’. Once that happened, there was no turning back. Brian guest starred on Susan’s show Miss Behave (which coincidentally stars her daughter Jillian Clare), and the two of them began working together on other projects, producing New Media content for themselves and outside clients.
Meanwhile, Brian's show McCracken Live! and Susan's series Miss Behave were being recognized with awards and nominations, stacking up a combined total of over 60 in just three short years while entertaining global audiences all thanks to the internet. Today, McCracken Live! is just a few door slams away from that coveted network television dream, while Miss Behave has recently received interest from an independent cable network. Brian continues to work as an actor, writer and producer and Susan expanded her producing skills to include her first indie feature film.
Fast forward to Summer 2013 and here comes the answer to WHAT. In a nutshell, Brian and Susan thrive on creating new projects. So the what was pretty simple - once Brian got the brilliant idea, they decided to collaborate and make a new indie series that is fun, comedic, a bit on the bizarre side, and has a hook. Zombies...who are actors...playing Zombies.
And finally - WHY you ask? New Media is the new viewing platform and provides an opportunity for producers to create indie television (much in the same way that indie features begin). It's the here and the now, and the future of television. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon - even the big guns, with the big funds. And then, there's us. We know what we're doing, we have the talent, skill, business sense, and drive to make independent television shows that can translate to traditional television. The one element that we're missing, and one of the most important, is the money to make it happen.
THE BOTTOM LINE
You're probably thinking - 35K - wait a second here, I've heard that full seasons of most web series' are being made for a lot less. And you're right about that, to an extent. SAG-AFTRA has been really great to Producers who want to make content for the web - for those that don't know, it's called the New Media agreement. WE don't have to pay the professional, hard working actors if we can't afford to - unlike regular television, it's up to the producer what's negotiated for payment. So, yes, that's one way to make a show for less money - don't pay the talent - which happens all the time. But we really want to pay each actor, and it looks like in addition to our regulars below, we will have about 30 total for Season One. (insert cash register sound)
NEXT, is the wonderful, hardworking, and many times under paid, under appreciated, crew. If you've ever been lucky enough to visit the set of or work on a prime time, or even daytime series, you'll see an awful lot of people working. An average television show has about 50 people on the crew and every one of them is generally getting paid union rates. WE produce independent content and use far fewer people to make it happen (about 10-12). Our crew will wear many hats, work LONG DAYS for much less money. But they LOVE what they do, and we LOVE them for doing it!
Location, location, location. Always a big decision for new business owners. And can be a huge headache for indie producers. Our series calls for specific locations, which unfortunately, cost money. What we're trying to do is make a show with a story and look that can translate to network television, should the opportunity present itself. Something that makes each and every person that's involved, proud. THAT MEANS YOU TOO!
Food (the good stuff - not pizza), supplies, special effects (hmm........), wardrobe, equipment, and even the IGG fees themselves, all add up. The list goes on and on about how money is spent on a production - here's a simple breakdown to see where the dollars fall with our new show.
What this all means is that WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We're excited about the PERKS we have lined up for YOU! We know we have some unique things that you can't live without (i.e., car wash and grocery shopping) and even better stuff from some of the stars and the show itself.
But seriously, here's the bottom line. We're planning to get this project done no matter what. Even if we don't reach our entire goal. But, with your help, we can avoid:
1. Applying for a new credit card with the hope of a high limit
2. Selling off our entire Pokemon Card Collection
3. Visiting the neighborhood bank and ___________. (let's play Mad Libs)
And we can:
1. Pay everyone at least a small portion of what they deserve
2. Buy lots and lots of RED VINES!
So....PICK a PERK, donate a little (or a lot) and join us for this crazy trip (line stolen from Jillian Clare in the above video - I think she was supposed to say ride - darn actors!).
I'M TAPPED OUT - HOW ELSE CAN I HELP!?Talk about it, tweet about it and even twerk about it? WAIT NO!
Send the link to your friends and family too: http://igg.me/at/ad
Most importantly - learn about New Media - if you don't already know, there's a BIG WORLD of indie television on the web - much of it better than anything on traditional television. Take some time to discover and learn more about New Media and the future of television! We're in the pioneer club of what is now called independent television and PROUD OF IT! (there's not really a club - it just sounded good)
You made it through reading all the important stuff, and you're still here so obviously you want to join us on this comedic, sometimes scary, but certainly Zombie-rific adventure called Acting Dead!
And finally......here's our original campaign video which we still think is pretty darn fun and clever (but maybe didn't give enough information)....you decide!
We have made the above video available to our hearing impaired visitors with closed captions on YouTube. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/AD0910 and enjoy!
Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and thanks so much for stopping by our campaign today - WELCOME TO THE TEAM!