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Project Name: Typecast
Asking For: $52,000 through Kickstarter
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $5,795
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 26
Description: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A bog monster, a werewolf, and a zombie walk onto a film set. If you think that sounds like the premise for a fresh, original joke, you’ll want to check out Typecast, a project that is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
The heroes of Typecast are literal monsters, and they live in a world where their kind are pigeonholed into very specific acting roles. While they are able to find work as scary villains, they yearn for greater pastures. Viewers will follow along as our Typecast leads look to break out of unpleasant commercial gigs or seek top billing in a drama. Their struggles are those of young actors, even though their features are macabre and ghastly.
Creator Bio: Paddon’s credits include PortCenter, a web series about video games that have been ported to new platforms. Beauvais has appeared on that series; she is also the co-host of the podcast Disney Distilled and a regular cosplayer.
Best Perk: At the $35 level, backers receive a fragrance designed to smell like Full Moon Flakes, the fictional cereal advertised by Typecast‘s protagonist. It’s a scent that can make you into a big hit at breakfast.
Why You Should Fund It: It’s difficult to uncover truly original web series conceits these days, but with Typecast, Paddon and Beauvais have put forth an undeniably novel concept. Like any great piece of genre fiction, the planned series has the potential to transcend its supernatural roots and make a comment on the way our society — and our entertainment industry in particular — operates. If you’d like to see what sort of story Typecast tells across eight episodes, consider helping its creators out.
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