We have finished our first three days of principal photography! Here are some preliminary images:
So what are you pitching me?
An opportunity to finance initial production of the pilot episode for XLR8!, a new single-camera situation comedy in half-hour television (23-minute) format.
Ooh, a sitcom called XLR8!! What's it about?
XLR8! is set tomorrow in the underdog border city of Straitsville, Canada, at a downtown "business accelerator" where local entrepeneurs can (and do) rent a desk, some wifi, and a business address in a wildly unregulated funhouse of a building, striving all the while to tap into wealthy suburban Riverglen.
XLR8! is about fiercely independent people forced to coexist while risking everything they have for a shot at self-made success. The frictions, friendships, and synergies that form between them, their wild plots to advance their businesses, and their struggles with the zany building and even zanier city that houses them will provide our springboard.
Who are you and why do you presume to think you can make a sitcom?
We are Churchwood Pictures .
Carly Morrison-Hart is a photographer, visual artist, and storyteller. She's also an art gallery booker, copy writer and editor, film actor and producer, and theatre practitioner. As part of the 23Skidoo team, she has won various awards for wild horrors and comedies at the 48 Hour Flick Fest .
Martin Ouellette is a photographer and theatre artist. He has written for everything from rock music to political campaigns and appeared in a score of global and domestic ads. Most recently, he designed and directed an acclaimed version of Evil Dead: The Musical which featured several XLR8! actors and served as a testing ground for relevant production elements.
We have assembled a gifted and professional cast and crew of film and theatre veterans, so there will be no goofing off on this absurdist comedy! As a team, we know how to deliver consistent performance on time and under budget, and always bring the funny. And we're used to bringing it night after night.
So why are you asking for my money instead of some fancy producer's?
It's hard out here for a wife and husband writer/director team. We've had some success in related fields and can get a product seen, but first we need a demo of that product!
XLR8! is at this time a fully independent endeavour, and the pilot will show proof of concept for funding and distribution of foregoing episodes as well as acting as an in-one short film for festival consideration.
The better the pilot looks, the better our team looks, and the better Windsor looks as a self-sustaining creative hub!
And just what will you do with my dollar dollar bills?
XLR8! is self-financed, and we are almost there.
Our company has purchased most of the required equipment, assembled a team, and secured a location, but set dressing, paint, and specialty equipment and rentals cost money, as does actor chow.
We want to provide bursaries for a couple of talented student production assistants; we'll make a better product with their professional help and input.
We also have a few special effects planned which cost dough... Mo money mo gags!
Most importantly, once studio workflow and essential elements like set dressing have been established with the pilot, further episodes can be produced more efficiently and with lower budgets.
And just what do I, the generous funder, get out of it?
We have several tiers of funding with various rewards, from thank-you credits to branded mugs to mugshot cameos!
Long story short (too late), we pledge that your generous support will make it onto the screen efficiently and help build the capacity and interest to keep the show rolling, with the final goal of establishing long term local production of future episodes and projects right here in Windsor, Ontario.
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