That was cool... Now what?
Our proof-of-concept teaser, "Enter the Streets of Myth" (watch here if you somehow missed it) was released as promised in the first half of November. OK, maybe with just three hours to spare, but whatever… we got there.
The response so far has been phenomenal. We've been picked up on several blogs, mostly action / martial art oriented, but also a few that cover all things Birmingham; and collected a good number of views, new followers and hopefully some new fans.
The first question I get is something like, "How awesome are Beau and Zara?" to which I generally reply, "They are all of the awesomes." The second question has been something like, "So where's this Kickstarter?" The assumption being that we are already super famous and there are legions of people ready to throw cash at us.
I'm humbled you think that, but I'm afraid this is sadly, so sadly, untrue.
As I said, the response has been great, but we're going to need a whole lot more eyeballs on the Streets of Myth before we can successfully crowd-fund anything. And we will, have no doubt… but we need to give it a little bit of time.
A better question might be, "So what precisely ARE you Kickstartering (is that a word yet)?"
We'll be raising funds to produce a pilot episode. Not a webisode or another short or something simple. One full, 30-minute episode called "The King's Arms" that lays the groundwork for a proper season of television. Television like we've all come to expect, thanks to The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and all the rest, that has a large cast of fully developed characters wrapped up in an intense, captivating story that spans multiple episodes and seasons.
As far as I'm concerned, this pilot will be good enough to show on any channel or any screen on this planet.
We've already outlined the majority of season 1 and written the first three episodes. That's about 90 pages of script done and material mapped out for another 8 to 10 episodes.
But we can't get to any of those awesome, epic battles if we don't start in one tiny little pub on the border of Aston and Lozells. And we can't get to that pub without your help and support.
Right now, we're aiming for an early (very early) 2014 campaign on Kickstarter. If that works, we'd be filming around spring 2014 and releasing sometime in late summer / early autumn. Obviously that's total speculation at this point, but that's my plan!
In the meantime, if you liked what you saw, show it to someone else...