Web Series: ‘The North Pole’

Wow. It’s gotten so that you can’t tell the pros from the ams when it comes to web series. There is nothing, we repeat, nothing amateur about this series. The North Pole is, well, it’s perfect. Writer-producer Josh Healey and his team, with encouragement in the form of $$$ via a successful Kickstarter campaign, are this TVWriter™ minion’s new heroes.

Learn more. See more. Feel more…HERE

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by munchman

CURRENTLY ON KICKSTARTER

The Return of ‘Morgan’s Organs’

A little under a year ago, right here on this very site, writer Daniel Brodie wrote about his Kickstarter campaign for Morgan’s Organs, a comic book that he had originally intended as a TV series.

And now, 11 months later, MO has re-emerged, alive, well, and funny as all hell as a prime example of that wonderful crossover genre – a web comic, making it simultaneously a comic book and a web TVish series as well.

We’ve read the first issue, and it’s My-T-Fine. Here’s the scoop about how it happened from the writer-creator himself:

There’s more to the tale, of course, and you can find it HERE

Oh, wait. Before you go, check out this opening page:

Okay, now you’re ready for the SITE:

Crowdfunding: “Circus Town”

Love TV? Love the circus? Love puppets?

We here at TVWriter™ do, which is why we were so attracted (hopefully, not fatally) to this Kickstarter project called Circus Town, a kids’ TV series created by “Gina, Aaron, and Annie – two professional puppeteers and a film director/producer.”

You guys already know how much we lurves puppeteers – even more than enough to overcome our natural wariness of writers’ traditional enemies – producer-directors!

Check out this down-to-the-wire funding project on Kickstarter HERE

Read the sensational writer-up on the show in PhillyVoice HERE

Crowdfunding: Chuck Palahniuk’s “Lullaby”

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Speaking of crowdfunding (as we were earlier in the week) this adaptation of the award-winning novel Lullaby, written by the author of a certain cult favorite novel called Fight Club, looks like a really good thing to this fussy (I am, honest…just ask my mother about my eating habits) TVWriter™ minion.

Here’s the skinny from Kickstarter:

We’re independent filmmakers in Portland, Oregon who are adapting the novel, Lullaby, from the mind of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk.

Chuck doesn’t write for mainstream audiences. His books challenge everything about mainstream audiences. His novel Lullaby deploys necrophilia, gender-bending, and no-way-would-this-make-it-to-comfortable-TV satire. We want to make a movie that makes people feel uncomfortable enough to think original thoughts again, just like Chuck’s novels do. To do that we need your help through Kickstarter.

We first got hooked on Chuck’s novels in the late 90’s, like some of you. We’re fans first, and so like you, as directors and producers we want to make sure Lullaby is the film we all want it to be, and not some watered-down too easy commercial yawner.

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Chuck Palahniuk

This project is also important to Chuck. He began writing Lullaby during the trial of his father’s murderer in 1999. The prosecutor came to Chuck and asked him if he wanted to advocate for the death penalty. This idea spawned the culling song, or the power of the word to cast a spell, and the story of Lullaby was created.

Today, as co-writer of the Lullaby screenplay, Chuck has maintained his vision of what this story should be.  As an Executive Producer, he’ll help us make sure that this film stays weird and challenging.

Help us make a movie that doesn’t suck.

So What’s It About?

Lullaby follows the life of Carl Streator—an over the hill reporter whose family mysteriously died years prior. After being assigned to investigate a rash of mysterious infant deaths, he discovers the killer of his own family—an ancient culling song published as a lullaby in a simple children’s book. Carl sets out to destroy existing copies throughout the world but is surprised to learn that the people he once trusted to stop the deaths may be involved in the heinous acts.

The Timeline

We plan to shoot in late 2016 in Oregon—we have 27 days planned of principal photography, giving us plenty of time to edit and add visual FX through 2017. If you are trying to be an extra, you’ll need to be available during the later part of 2016.

Read more – lots more – and see a video with Chuck himself – HERE

 

Support Grant Snider on Patreon

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Nobody here at TVWriter™ is personally acquainted with Grant Snider, the genius behind Incidental Comics, but we all agree on one thing: Dude really is a genius.

He’s been publishing his amazing work online for about 7 years now, and LB and the minions have been moved to laughter and tears (really!) by everything we’ve ever seen him do.

If you’ve never seen his work, we urge you to get thyself over HERE immediately. And, just as immediately, you’ll see what we mean.

Last week, Grant took to Patreon, hoping to raise a few $$$ so that he can have the time and motivation to publish more comics each month. Take a gander at his latest masterpiece right below this paragraph. Worth paying a buck a month for, yeah?

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Grant’s waiting to hear from y’all HERE

MORGAN’S ORGANS NEED(S) YOU!

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by Daniel Brodie

The short story is this. My Kickstarter campaign launches today to fund the first issue of my comic book series, Morgan’s Organs. If adult comedy is your thing, check out the Kickstarter here. Now, for the long story…

I’ve always been a creative person, and I’ve always been someone who wanted to create something in this world. But I never would have guessed that would lead to my dream of becoming a screenwriter. Well, to put my aspirations that lightly is to over-generalize. See, I don’t really want to be a screenwriter, or even a storyteller. Not yet, at least. What I really want is one thing: to create Morgan’s Organs.

My goal is the equivalent of one’s aspirations to be an astronaut ONLY IF they can travel to Mars. I don’t want to see the Moon, float in space, or eat vacuum-sealed yoghurt. Not yet, at least. I just want to kick around red rocks on Mars.

My idea first came to me over two years ago during a Euro backpacking trip. I was strolling around Amsterdam one afternoon, people-watching, sight-seeing, and generally, just thinking (read: in a coffee shop-induced haze), when I first got the idea for what has grown to be much more than that. It has grown to be my life dream.

The premise to Morgan’s Organs is simple: what if tiny micro-beings live within us who are responsible for the functions of our internal systems? As I’ve come to learn, it’s not as wholly original as I first thought, with the recent movie Inside Out or the cringe-worthy Herman’s Head of the 90’s. But who am I kidding, most things in this world build off what’s been done before, and while I did not know these titles existed when I started writing my first screenplay, I know my concept is still different from the rest.

But I don’t intend to try to validate my concept here (that’s what my Kickstarter is for). I want to show you how my path changed cause of one thing I learned playing basketball – to pivot.

In the world of basketball, pivoting means to keep one’s foot fixed in place while moving the other foot in any direction. And like when I would pivot to make space from my defender and find the open teammate, I am now pivoting beyond the crowded space of screenwriting, to something more feasible – an indie comic book creator.

When I first started writing Morgan’s Organs, my intentions were clear – to create the next great adult comedy television series. My early attempts were bold, almost naïve, definitely reckless. After developing my first draft, receiving the validation of just a couple friends, and entering it into several screenwriting competitions, that is when I received my first good smack in the head that I would need to work a lot harder than that.

So over the next year or so, I got to work. I found an online community of dedicated writers, where I helped them with their writing, and they helped me with mine. A few major reconstructions, several moderate revisions, a couple side gigs as diversions, and thousands of minor edits later, I got to a point where I felt confident in the execution of my concept, and was ready to network and re-enter in competitions again.

And that was when I got my second kick in the a$$. It was good, and received some recognition, but still wasn’t good enough – not to the gatekeepers at least. Not to the people who open the floodgates to the real decision makers in Hollywood. No one was willing to take a chance on me.

I was left with two options: quit or adapt. But what was I adapting to? I already had an audience of people, both offline and online, who loved my idea and its execution. If an audience likes what they read, why should I listen to what the gatekeepers want? Do I appeal to the masses, or to the few? And that’s when I decided I was ready to create for an audience, instead of relate to an industry.

Pivoting has got me to where I am today. The flag at the top of the mountain remains fixed in stone. My path to get there is what is now different.

My Kickstarter campaign will be the true test. Is there really an audience out there that loves what I do? One thing is for sure – I won’t know if I keep trying to fit the Hollywood mold. This is the moment I see if the world wants to embrace what I offer. Hopefully is all I can hope for.

If you’ve taken the time to read this much, help me just a little more and check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE