Help Us Bring 'So Dead' to LIFE!

2020 graduates from the University of the Arts London will be coming together to produce a short form TV pilot currently titled ‘SO DEAD’. 

We need YOUR help in bringing SO DEAD to life... 


‘SO DEAD’ is a dark comedy with heart that follows five inseparable friends who unexpectedly lose one of their own. As the young adults are thrown into the depths of grief, knowing not what to do or where to turn, they follow advice from one of their extravagant mothers only to be led down the cuckoo trail even further...

Advice followed and misery churned, when their should-be-dead best friend appears to them as a ghost that only they can see, they’re left puzzled and comedically overwhelmed. With no answers and a heavy reluctance not to be sectioned, the group remains silent and sets out on a mission to discover what on earth is going on.

“SO DEAD” is a story of grief, coming to terms with death and the celebration of friendship.

The project’s target audience is fairly vast, applying to those who enjoy dark comedy, but also providing a sincere, relatable, light hearted and comedic storyline for those who may have suffered the death of a friend or relative in the past.

This TV show is written so as not to provoke an otherwise touchy subject, but to provide a sense of comfort that our feelings of loss in situations like these are completely normal.


/// THE IDEA ///
The idea for SO DEAD was sparked in 2016, a few years after the sudden death of a friend of our writer, Jonathan Stephens. Death is something we have absolutely no control over, however writing this story gave Jonathan the ability to revisit the tragic narrative, regain control and have some say regarding the situation. 

Jonathan wanted to capture the moments immediately after someone’s death and explore the intricacies of grief, acceptance and interpersonal relationships but under a comedic lens - something that his friend would have very much appreciated. 

“It would be special to immortalise his memory into a comedic, fun-loving storyline.”

Though the characters’ journey in this show are far from believable, the relationships and emotions explored are very real. When their fallen friend returns as a ghost, we also get to explore, as viewers, what life, or even death, might be like for the departed too. 


/// THE MONEY ///
The money gained from this campaign will allow the project to reach a more professional standard of production. TV production value expectations have skyrocketed over the past few years and it is planned that this project will circulate prominent festivals. To adequately serve the story and the names of the project's budding industry professionals, your money would allow the production to afford better quality production equipment, enable the art department to invest more funds into props, costumes and make up, it will pay for public locations to shoot at and also allow the covering of unpaid actors to receive modest local travel expenses for their time.

Here’s a breakdown of what we expect to spend:
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/// A LIFE AFTER UNIVERSITY... ///
We’re really excited about our TV Pilots potential. If we’re able to raise the money we need, it will put us in a great position to submit the show to numerous festivals to get it seen by the masses, and hopefully loved. The ultimate dream is to have a production company pick up the pilot to have an entire season produced! 

To get it where we need to be, we’ve assembled a talented crew to bring this production to life (or back from the dead)! We’ve got the perfect mixture of storytellers, designers, planners and promoters, and a fantastic cast, now all we need is your financial help!

/// THE TEAM ///
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  • Tony Harrison 
    • £20 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £75 
    • 6 mos
  • Millie Wilson 
    • £10 
    • 6 mos
  • Julie Stephens  
    • £100 
    • 6 mos
  • Michele Mc Naughton 
    • £75 
    • 6 mos
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Jonathan Stephens 
Organizer
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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