Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have become an indispensable tool for filmmakers and online video creators, facilitating the exchange of hundreds of thousands of dollars across thousands of campaigns between independent producers and friends, family members, and fools who want to see the projects of those independent producers come to fruition.
The phenomenon is so prevalent it’s become ripe for satire for at least one online video savvy comedy troupe. But what makes The Vacationeers crowd funding parody (with promises of magic beans, DVDs, murder, Blu-ray, human centipedes, and true love in exchange for five, six, and seven-figure donations) so funny, is because it’s kinda true.
Wiscon-based Rob Matshushita of Claymore Productions and actor Emily Mills created the web series Chapel after conceiving of the character in a 48-hour film challenge and writing a book detailing her backstory. They shot 10 episodes, which first debuted in January 2010 and details the life of an unlucky drug dealer through bloody, violence-ridden scenes spliced with what the AV Club calls “gleeful music and goofy humor throughout.”
Now Matshushita and Mills are want to do a Season 2, but would appreciate some help with productions costs. The duo’s Kickstarter Campaign includes, but is not limited to, the following investment incentive:
Pledge $1,000 or more: Everything from $500 (but a full producer credit instead of just co-producer), PLUS a very real beat down from your choice of Emily Mills or Kelly Maxwell (note: you will not be allowed to fight back).
Kind awesome, right?! If you’re a masochist with extra cash to burn and an affinity to support quality independent web series, you have until July 20 to send in your checks.