My name is Andrew Meikle, and I am the writer, director, and producer of the series. I have been acting and modelling since I was nine years old. In 2010 I decided to start my own Independent film company called "Meikle Productions" (MP). Since then I have finished three features films entitled "Consequences", "The One That Got Away", and "The One Night Stand".
During the quarantine I took the time to write the story of "Two Brothers". I was never good with words and expressing myself. When the Black Lives Matter movement happened I couldn't find the right way to express how I felt. So I started to write this script, and use this as a way to speak up ! I am using this campaign so we can fund the project to finish filming the remaining 7 episodes, and we need YOUR help to do it! We completed episode one on August 23rd, 2020.
It’s a story that I am very passionate about, and tackles issues that need to be talked about. Not many shows have black actors as leads. They normally play the "best friends" or the side character. My goal with the series, is to show that you don’t have to be white to be a leading man, women, or PERSON. Race is not the only issue we showcase in the show. It has a huge focus on what goes on in the LGBTQ community. Our characters struggle with coming out, accepting who they are, and learning the discrimination that goes on within the community itself
“Two Brothers is a drama series that follows Aiden and Aaron, a set of fraternal twins who move to Severn Bridge. We follow the very real struggles of this small town’s community as each person fights to find self acceptance. Fitting in will be exceptionally hard for these two. Not only are they visible minorities, but one is also gay.”
What We Need & What You Get
In order to make this happen we need $50, 000. We have 7 episodes to film, each episode is 25min long. The funds collected during this campaign will go towards:
ACTORS - $11, 660
A lot of the actors have jobs outside of acting. We will be filming the remaining episodes over the course of 17 days. That's a lot of time to take off work, so I would like to be able to pay the actors while filming.
FOOD - $1,700
We need to eat! We will be using this money to also go towards our Craft Services, so we can keep our actors fed and happy. No-one likes a hangry actor
LOCATIONS - $1,000
We will be on location for some of the scenes, so we would use this money to pay for the locations needed. The series is set in two main housing units for the characters. We will have to rent two different airbnb's for days at a time.
TRANSPORTATION - $1,000
We need to make sure the actors get to and from the filming locations safely. This will go towards gas and go bus tickets
CREW - $26, 700
Without crew, this would IMPOSSIBLE to make. Renting equipment is not cheap. Camera crew, sound, lighting. PA's, Editors, Wardrobe, Makeup, Hair, etc.
PROMOTION - $1,500
We will need to promote the show, and get the word out there. With posters, ads, and swag!
What's a show without music? We'll need to pay licensing fees to get up to date music to reflect the tone of the show.
WHAT IF YOU DON'T REACH YOUR GOAL?
Although I like to think positive, this is a possibility. If we don't reach our goal, we will still make this show happen. One way or another these stories will be told. Don't think of it as donating, think of it as helping us create something amazing. By contributing, you are becoming part of the team. So welcome, and we hope you enjoy this crazy ride with us.
This story is so impactful, and my goal it to help people who are going through the same struggles as the characters.
Growing up black was hard enough, but being black AND gay was a true struggle. Hearing the words Chi Chi Man, and Botty Man (Jamaican gay slurrs) thrown around was not easy, and it kept me in the closet for longer than I would have liked. When I finally came out, my father disowned me. I haven’t spoken to or seen him in 6 years. I need everyone to hear this...ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER.
I never saw anyone like me on tv growing up, and my plan is to change that. I would like to share these stories with the world, hopefully it will reach out to someone like me. That’s worth more than money. I want them to know they’re not alone, and they will get through it!
So far we have gotten such positive feedback from people all across our social media. They are excited and hopeful that this story will come to life. Help us make a change!
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
I will be 100% honest. Our biggest challenge is funding. There's so many different costs that go into making a project this big. It sucks that a piece of paper is the only thing standing in the way of making this happen. We can't ask anyone to work for free, it's not fair to them. We will be working long days and our team should be compensated for the awesome work that they provide.
Luckily enough, everyone volunteered their time for the first episode so we would have something to pitch to networks. But people have to eat , and have bills to pay.
To overcome this challenge , we are asking for your help. I know times are tough right now with the pandemic, but every penny counts. Even if its just $1, because that's one dollar more than we had before :)
Your BADGE of Honour - $5 - $24
You will be sent a "I support Two Brothers Web Series" digital badge to post on your social media. I know times are hard right now, so if this is all you can donate that's fine! Use this badge to spread the word, cause word of mouth goes a long way!! (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Zoom Zoom Zoom, I want You In My Room! - $25.00 - $49
Along with the badge of honour, you will also receive a personal zoom call from our two series creators, who knows who else will join in! (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Save my spot! ! -$50.00 - $55.00 You will get all of the above! If you were suppose to come to our event and you're donating your ticket price to this page, please let us know. This will guarantee you your spot when when we pick the new date. (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Keys To The VIP - $100 - $249 (4/50 claimed)Become the ultimate VIP Member. Receive all of the perks above, along with a signed poster, and exclusive BTS footage (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Look Ma I'm On TV ! - $250 - $599 ( 1/10 claimed)You will get a walk on role in season 1 ! You will get the special treatment just like our cast. Get this perk while it's still around and spend the day with our star studded cast and talented crew *Must live in the GTA to claim this perk* (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
I Can Show You The World $600 - $999 (0/1 claimed)
This will perk will get you a private flight over Niagara Falls or Toronto. Enjoy a romantic date night with you and your significant other, or take in the view with a family member or friend! Flight leaves from Burlington, ON *Must live in the GTA to claim this perk* (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Let's Wrap It UP! - $1,000 - $4,999 (0/5 Claimed)
You will be invited to the wrap party! Enjoy the free booze, food, and mingle with the cast. Why wouldn't our newest ASSOCIATE PRODUCER be invited? You will also earn this credit on IMDB *Must live in the GTA to claim this perk* (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Join Us On SET! - $5,000 - $14,999 (0/5 Claimed)
Join us on set and watch what you've helped produced as our Co - Executive producer , come to life! You will get your IMDB credit on every episode. Your name will be EVERYWHERE! Every time we mention the show, your name will come up ! *Must live in the GTA to claim this perk* (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
Make Our Dreams Come True - $15, 000 + (0/2 claimed)
You will become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER....sounds fancy right? Your name or company logo will appear before each episode as well as on all promotional material that goes out. (PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EMAIL TO CLAIM PERK)
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Times are tough, and if you can't donate there's lots of other ways to help. Help us spread the word about the project through your social media.
Thank you for taking the time to read our campaign!
Don't Just Donate, Help Create !
Check out our website at Two Brothers Web Site
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