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So That Happened - A New LGBTQ Comedy Series
A funny and heart-warming comedy series about love, family and embracing our differences.
Fearless (watchfearless.com)
Toronto, Canada
$4,808 CAD raised by 57 backers
80% of $6,000 
flexible goal
No time left
So That Happened is an 8-episode comedy series that includes topics of diversity, LGBTQ themes, and embracing our differences. It's a heart-warming and funny series aimed at showcasing people as they are -- just their true authentic selves. FILMING BEGINS: Sept 2017 SHOOT LENGTH: 13 days (12 hours/day) POST-PRODUCTION: Mid-Sept to end Oct 2017 SERIES PREMIERE: Date TBD (est. Nov 2017) PREMIERE EVENT: Date TBD (est. Nov 2017)

We are ready to make this show.
Now we just need your help.

Who are we?

We are a group of creators that care so passionately about sharing our art that we banded together to create a new comedic series.  Unfortunately, we are young emerging artists who work multiple jobs and we simply cannot fund the entire thing ourselves so we need your support. We are friendly strangers just hustling to make our dreams a reality. It would mean the world to us if you would join us!

How did this Project Start?

The core of our team all met in college where we studied acting for film, television and voice over at Seneca College. After graduation we all went off on our own and hustled trying to get our acting careers started. A couple years go by and just like that, we found ourselves back in each others lives and wanting to collaborate - all with an eagerness to create our own work, tell our own stories, and further our careers. Having spent those couple years being on our own in the industry we all realized something very important - you need family. Seneca is a family. We spent endless hours in class together. We've seen each others most vulnerable moments and each others triumphs. It is extremely hard to go through this industry alone and deal with constant rejection. We were all tired of being told no, so instead we gave ourselves a yes and created our own work. We want to show you what we can do! 

With your help and generosity you will be giving us the tools to shoot a web series that means something. This project is very important for everyone to watch and enjoy! Our show includes a family consisting of a multitude of sexualities and ethnicities. Our focus isn't on that however our focus is to bring awareness to the fact that these are normal circumstances in today's world. We don't put the spotlight on the "different characters", instead, we shine a light on a family with quirks just like any other while still talking about issues that matter to the LGBTQ community.

Where the Money Will Go

We need a minimum of $6000 to film 'So That Happened', That's A LOT of loonies! If we go over our goal, not only will we be ecstatic but it of course means we can afford to do more exciting things with the show! We have budgeted everything from craft services to equipment and location rentals. We've cut costs in every way we could think of and it came down to five grand for a 13-day shoot.

Here is the breakdown of how the money is going to be budgeted - in no particular order: 

1 - A STRONG CREW - minimum of $4000

  • Director of Photography (the person responsible for what the movie LOOKS like)
  • Sound Mixer (the person responsible for what the show SOUNDS like)
  • Production Manager & Production Assistants
  • Assistant Director, 2nd Camera
  • Makeup, Hair, Props, Set Decoration & Location Necessities

2 - EQUIPMENT, PROPS, SET DEC - minimum of $2000

  • Cameras, Lenses & Sound Recording Equipment
  • Lighting Equipment & Special Effects
  • Props & Items to Decorate our Location

3 - CRAFT SERVICES - minimum of $1500

Although we have all of our wonderful parents & friends donating a dinner or two, we still have many mouths to feed especially since we will be working ten days straight, at least 12 hours a day, with 2 extra days on the side. My offer of Mr.Noodles for ten days was quickly shot down.

4 - LOTS OF OTHER STUFF

  • Insurance, Payment Processing & Other Administrative Fees.
  • Distribution and Marketing
  • Post-Production, i.e editing all of the footage, colour correction, sound and much more!
  • These small but extremely important things really add up when it comes to money!

As you can see these 4 priorities already put us needing more than our goal but we are all contributing as much of our own money that we can afford and this will hopefully counteract the deficit. If we do not meet our goal, the series might not be able to be produced and we would have no series to shoot.  This is why we really need your support!

What Happens if we Raise More than our $6k Goal?

Truthfully, that would be ideal.  This series is going to cost considerably more than our goal amount as we plan to source additional funds from our own pockets as well as by getting some business sponsors on board to partner with us.  If we raise more than our goal, we can have the flexibility to use better equipment, have additional on-set support, and to pay our actors a modest fee - all of whom are working on this project pro-bono.  Furthermore, it would allow us to ramp-up our marketing efforts to ensure that even more people see this series.

What About the Perks?

We want you all to be involved in some way with the show which is why we created perks that are interactive and allow you to take part in the development of the series. 

Some perks include:

  • Name in the credits (available for any donation)
  • Making choices about how the Secret Episode plays out and then getting to watch it too!
  • Choosing a costume that a character will wear in an episode or being the voice of the So That Happened outro.
  • Getting a bunch of swag with The Ultimate Fan Club perk.
  • Co-hosting an episode of the Behind the Scenes show with Tyler James.
  • and lost more...check out the sidebar to see them all.

Your Impact

Even though this series is a comedy, it is still dealing with subject matter that can impact many.  The series creator, Matkai Burmaster, is a member of the LGBTQ community himself and he has seen the impact that ignorance can have on LGBTQ people. Many don't understand, for example, the intricacies of what it means to be trans, and people aren't exposed to gay characters that don't fit into the standard stereotypes presented by the media today. Our series presents a trans character, a gay character, and a character that doesn't define her sexuality in ways where the characters lives are the focus.  We know that our series can be a beacon of hope for those who are LGBTQ and can provide some new education to those who may not yet understand the variety of people that exist within our community.

Risks & Challenges

Although we have already mitigated many of the risks, we want to be upfront and honest with our supporters about challenges that may potentially exist.  These include: accidents on set, crew or actors unable to continue with the project, and not reaching our campaign goal here on IndieGoGo.  However, we are fierce and tenacious and we know that we can solve any issue that comes our way.  This project is important to us and we will not give up without a fight.

Other Ways You Can Help

Trust us, money is always tight with us so we understand if you can't contribute financially, but you can still be equally a part of the series helping in other ways like:

  • Share this campaign with your friends and family.
  • Follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @sothatseries
  • Introduce us to companies that may want to sponsor us with cash or in-kind services.
  • Get the word out and make some noise about what we are doing.

Either way, you have given us more than we can ask for by reading all of this info and we honestly, and truly appreciate your generosity. 

Thank you,
Ally, Deanna, Matkai, Remi, and Brian

 

 


 

ACTRA is the Association for Canadian Television and Radio Artists and is the organization that protects the rights and safety of professional actors.  All actors in this production are members of the association and are bound to work only on projects that follow the rules and guidelines set forth by ACTRA.  This is important because it means that actors can earn a fair wage for their work and can gain respect and dignity within the communities they serve.  When you watch a big name movie in the cinema, most or all of the actors you see are part of ACTRA, SAG-AFTRA (the US equivalent), or another similar organization.

Core Team (Creators & Actors)

Recurring & Guest Star Roles

Key Crew on Board

Perks
$10
CAD
Support Us
Every little bit counts. You are helping make this show a reality and it doesn't go unnoticed.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
5 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
$25
CAD
Unlock the Secret Episode
Help us get to our goal faster and we'll treat you like a VIP! We will let you contribute scenarios and lines into a 'hat' that will be incorporated into the Secret Episode by the actors in true improv style! Just imagine what kind of shit you could make the characters do?! Plus the stuff above.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
13 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
$50
CAD
Personal Thank You Video!
You've outdone yourself and now we just have to give back! We are going to send you a personalized video message from the cast to tell you how much we appreciate you (corny humour highly likely). Plus all of the stuff above.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 claimed
Estimated August 2017
Estimated August 2017
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$100
CAD
Pick A Costume!
Gather your friends to watch So That Happened and be the coolest cat at the party when you tell them all that YOU chose the costume that is seen in an episode! That's right, you get to chose any costume for one of our characters to wear during one episode. They will wear it the entire episode! BE RANDOM! HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Pick a Costume for a Character
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
0 out of 1 claimed
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$100
CAD
Make Wanda Eat Stuff
We all have that one friend who is always eating, if you don’t, it might be you. This is Wanda, she never stops munching! So YOU, as the person in control of Wanda's diet gets to pick TWO things that Wanda will have to eat during the show! Get creative with it, maybe something super sour, or maybe something she can’t even pronounce!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • Choose 2 Foods Wanda Must Eat
0 out of 1 claimed
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$100
CAD
Force an Accent or Dialect
Accents are very fun to try, but not a lot of people can make them sound authentic and that’s when it gets funny! For one episode, you can pick any accent/dialect from around the world and we will have one of our characters use it throughout an episode! Aye mate, pick a good one!!!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • Choose Any Accent/Dialect (1e)
0 out of 1 claimed
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$200
CAD
+ Shipping
Join The Ultimate Fan Club
Love and we are doing and want to support us hardcore. A $200 donation goes much further than you think. To thank you, we give you a crapload of shit including an official STH tee shirt, a poster signed by the cast, and a special bonus gift based on one of the episodes. Plus, discounts on any other merchandise you wanna buy.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Tee Shirt, Poster & Bonus Gift
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • 50% off all STH Merch
  • Watch Season 1 + Secret Episod
2 claimed
Ships to: Canada, United States
Get this perk
$300
CAD
Co-Host with Tyler
Come on set and co-host an episode of Tyler James's behind the scenes show as you prank the cast, participate in a comedic interview with a crew member, and hang out us on set. Selfie with the cast included! You'll be a true insider and have a blast! Limit of 1 co-host per episode.
Items included:
  • Co-Host BTS show (1 episode)
  • Watch Season 1 + Secret Episod
  • Everything from The Fan Club
0 out of 8 claimed
Estimated September 2017
Estimated September 2017
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$500
CAD
+ Shipping
$1,000 (50% Off)
Get Anything Designed (Plexik)
Our sponsor, Plexik (plexik.ca) has graciously pledged to donate a $1000 gift certificate for Plexik design services to anyone who contributes $500 or more to this project. If you're looking to get a website, poster design, or demo reel made - this is a valuable offer.
Items included:
  • $1000 worth of Plexik services
  • Watch Season 1 + Secret Episod
  • Everything from The Fan Club
0 claimed
Ships to: Canada, United States
Get this perk
$1000
CAD
+ Shipping
Become an Executive Producer
You are our hero. We will credit you as an Executive Producer of the entire Season 1, invite you to speak at our premiere event, and include your logo on our sponsor page. If you wish, we will also make a public thank you video for social media. It's a great opportunity to showcase your support for the LGBTQ community and independent filmmakers!
Items included:
  • Executive Producer Credit
  • $1000 worth of Plexik services
  • Speak at Premiere Event
  • Your Business Logo as Sponsor
  • Everything from The Fan Club
1 claimed
Ships to: Canada, United States
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$100
CAD
It's Your Line Anyway
You're gonna go far, kid! This perk gets you in the action! Grab your trusty pen and scribble us some dynamite lines! We'll put 5 of your lines somewhere in the show and credit you with an Associate Writer credit for the episodes in which they appear! Just think of all the power you will have...MUAHAHAH!!!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Write up to 5 Lines
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
CAD
Get in the Picture
This is a fun perk! You get to send us a picture of yourself and we will frame it and have it in the background of a of variety of scenes throughout the Season! You get to be part of an ongoing theme of "Who is that?!".
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Your Framed Photo in the Show
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
CAD
Episode Shout Out
For one hundred smackers you can get yourself mentioned on the show! That’s right, during an episode we will work in a shout out to you! You can even send us some options of what you’d like us to say. That’ll be one for the books, “Remember that time they said hi to you during the show!? You’re so cool duuuude!!” Yea, that could be you.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • Someone Will Shout You in Show
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$150
CAD
Be the Voice of STH
This is a juicy perk my friends! You will get to be the one person who gets to have their very own voice heard EVERY episode! You claim this perk and we will have you send us a voice clip of yourself saying, "So That Happened" in any way you desire. Scream it, whisper it, say it with a mouth full of marshmallows, we will have it as our outro logo!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Voice 'So That Happened' Outro
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
So That Happened is an 8-episode comedy series that includes topics of diversity, LGBTQ themes, and embracing our differences. It's a heart-warming and funny series aimed at showcasing people as they are -- just their true authentic selves. FILMING BEGINS: Sept 2017 SHOOT LENGTH: 13 days (12 hours/day) POST-PRODUCTION: Mid-Sept to end Oct 2017 SERIES PREMIERE: Date TBD (est. Nov 2017) PREMIERE EVENT: Date TBD (est. Nov 2017)
Perks
$10
CAD
Support Us
Every little bit counts. You are helping make this show a reality and it doesn't go unnoticed.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
5 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
$25
CAD
Unlock the Secret Episode
Help us get to our goal faster and we'll treat you like a VIP! We will let you contribute scenarios and lines into a 'hat' that will be incorporated into the Secret Episode by the actors in true improv style! Just imagine what kind of shit you could make the characters do?! Plus the stuff above.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
13 claimed
Estimated November 2017
Estimated November 2017
Get this perk
$50
CAD
Personal Thank You Video!
You've outdone yourself and now we just have to give back! We are going to send you a personalized video message from the cast to tell you how much we appreciate you (corny humour highly likely). Plus all of the stuff above.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 claimed
Estimated August 2017
Estimated August 2017
Get this perk
$100
CAD
Pick A Costume!
Gather your friends to watch So That Happened and be the coolest cat at the party when you tell them all that YOU chose the costume that is seen in an episode! That's right, you get to chose any costume for one of our characters to wear during one episode. They will wear it the entire episode! BE RANDOM! HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Pick a Costume for a Character
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
$100
CAD
Make Wanda Eat Stuff
We all have that one friend who is always eating, if you don’t, it might be you. This is Wanda, she never stops munching! So YOU, as the person in control of Wanda's diet gets to pick TWO things that Wanda will have to eat during the show! Get creative with it, maybe something super sour, or maybe something she can’t even pronounce!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • Choose 2 Foods Wanda Must Eat
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
$100
CAD
Force an Accent or Dialect
Accents are very fun to try, but not a lot of people can make them sound authentic and that’s when it gets funny! For one episode, you can pick any accent/dialect from around the world and we will have one of our characters use it throughout an episode! Aye mate, pick a good one!!!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • Choose Any Accent/Dialect (1e)
0 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
$200
CAD
+ Shipping
Join The Ultimate Fan Club
Love and we are doing and want to support us hardcore. A $200 donation goes much further than you think. To thank you, we give you a crapload of shit including an official STH tee shirt, a poster signed by the cast, and a special bonus gift based on one of the episodes. Plus, discounts on any other merchandise you wanna buy.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Tee Shirt, Poster & Bonus Gift
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • 50% off all STH Merch
  • Watch Season 1 + Secret Episod
2 claimed
Ships to: Canada, United States
Get this perk
$300
CAD
Co-Host with Tyler
Come on set and co-host an episode of Tyler James's behind the scenes show as you prank the cast, participate in a comedic interview with a crew member, and hang out us on set. Selfie with the cast included! You'll be a true insider and have a blast! Limit of 1 co-host per episode.
Items included:
  • Co-Host BTS show (1 episode)
  • Watch Season 1 + Secret Episod
  • Everything from The Fan Club
0 out of 8 claimed
Estimated September 2017
Estimated September 2017
Get this perk
$500
CAD
+ Shipping
$1,000 (50% Off)
Get Anything Designed (Plexik)
Our sponsor, Plexik (plexik.ca) has graciously pledged to donate a $1000 gift certificate for Plexik design services to anyone who contributes $500 or more to this project. If you're looking to get a website, poster design, or demo reel made - this is a valuable offer.
Items included:
  • $1000 worth of Plexik services
  • Watch Season 1 + Secret Episod
  • Everything from The Fan Club
0 claimed
Ships to: Canada, United States
Get this perk
$1000
CAD
+ Shipping
Become an Executive Producer
You are our hero. We will credit you as an Executive Producer of the entire Season 1, invite you to speak at our premiere event, and include your logo on our sponsor page. If you wish, we will also make a public thank you video for social media. It's a great opportunity to showcase your support for the LGBTQ community and independent filmmakers!
Items included:
  • Executive Producer Credit
  • $1000 worth of Plexik services
  • Speak at Premiere Event
  • Your Business Logo as Sponsor
  • Everything from The Fan Club
1 claimed
Ships to: Canada, United States
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
CAD
It's Your Line Anyway
You're gonna go far, kid! This perk gets you in the action! Grab your trusty pen and scribble us some dynamite lines! We'll put 5 of your lines somewhere in the show and credit you with an Associate Writer credit for the episodes in which they appear! Just think of all the power you will have...MUAHAHAH!!!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Write up to 5 Lines
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
CAD
Get in the Picture
This is a fun perk! You get to send us a picture of yourself and we will frame it and have it in the background of a of variety of scenes throughout the Season! You get to be part of an ongoing theme of "Who is that?!".
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Your Framed Photo in the Show
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$100
CAD
Episode Shout Out
For one hundred smackers you can get yourself mentioned on the show! That’s right, during an episode we will work in a shout out to you! You can even send us some options of what you’d like us to say. That’ll be one for the books, “Remember that time they said hi to you during the show!? You’re so cool duuuude!!” Yea, that could be you.
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
  • Someone Will Shout You in Show
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$150
CAD
Be the Voice of STH
This is a juicy perk my friends! You will get to be the one person who gets to have their very own voice heard EVERY episode! You claim this perk and we will have you send us a voice clip of yourself saying, "So That Happened" in any way you desire. Scream it, whisper it, say it with a mouth full of marshmallows, we will have it as our outro logo!
Items included:
  • Name in the Credits
  • Watch Season 1 for free
  • Access to the Secret Episode
  • Voice 'So That Happened' Outro
  • Video Thank You from the Cast
1 out of 1 claimed
Get this perk
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