It’s Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: Fantasy Edition! In today’s installment we have two web series promising supernatural intrigue.
The first is Guards of Dagmar from creator Tina Cesa Ward (Anyone But Me, Good People in Love). Ward’s notoriety in the web series world has made Guards a buzzy project for awhile now, and the campaign is a big push to support production. “I believe in order to deliver high quality work, you have to hire highly capable crew,” Ward wrote on the campaign website.
What is Guards? I’ll have the expert explain. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before!
Tom has given up his dreams to be star chef and takes a job as a cafeteria cook in a residency for the developmentally and intellectually disabled. There he’s met by Daniel, a lifelong resident of Dagmar who witnessed the choking death of his friend during lunch time. Daniel is convinced monsters killed his friend and ever since then Daniel has stood guard during every lunch trying prevent the same fate from happening to anyone else.
When Daniel meets Tom, Daniel is convinced that new cook that says he can change the menu is actually a new Guard sent to Dagmar to help.
The series has a transmedia component available exclusively to supporters of the campaign (once it reaches 75% funded). As for distribution, the project is designed for both short- and long-form and will be pitched to a variety of networks, including Hulu, one of Anyone But Me‘s distributors.
I’ve done a lot of writing on sci-fi web series by and about people of color, so it was a no-brainer to feature the campaign for The Abandon.
The Abandon is the brainchild of Keith Josef Adkins, a playwright and television writer (Girlfriends). Adkins’ show is right on trend: a post-apocalyptic drama about a band of outsiders fighting for survival (see: Walking Dead, Falling Skies, JJ Abrams’ upcoming Revolution, etc.). The series follows five black men who discover they might be the last humans on Earth — and they might be prey: “Friends from college, these five men will also discover why they are being hunted down by an alien species. And why the alien species may have a message that will disrupt the entire universe.” That’s quite a hefty story!
Adkins is producing the show in part to diversify the sci-fi genre: “The Abandon is inspired by my desire to see black and brown people work in the sci-fi genre. It is inspired by knowing so many black people who deeply love and respect the sci-fi genre and my interest in making them happy,” Adkins wrote on the campaign website.
To support the show, visit its Indiegogo site.