UPDATE: Adam made his goal of $100K and then some! He’s getting right to work on the pilot episode and in the near future we shall see Neil DeGrasse Tyson sending Barack + Joe back in time to save ourselves ! Congrats Adam !
Adam Reid has a most excellent Kickstarter project. As we write this, only 36 hours – and a mere 12K-ish – to go!
Check this terrific coverage from Vice
Earlier this year, the wonders of crowdfunding made the long-awaited sequel to Super Troopers a reality. Now, it just might bring another insane, hash-fueled dream to life: a time-travel adventure cartoon about Barack Obama and jogging enthusiast Joe Biden.
At the beginning of August, filmmaker Adam Reid launched a Kickstarter, hoping to raise $100,000 to make the pilot for Barry & Joe—an animated series he dreamed up about Obama and Biden righting the wrongs of our world, fighting Trump, and dicking around with the space-time continuum. It’s basically Jonny Quest meets Quantum Leap if Jonny and Hadji were actually former Democratic leaders and the entire Hanna-Barbera writing staff was on mescaline during development. Oh, and an animated Neil deGrasse Tyson will serve as their time-travel guide.
“These are the adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden bromancing the multiverse as they try and save us from ourselves,” Reid wrote in the Kickstarter description. “Moments after the inauguration of the forty-fifth president, Barack Obama and his best friend Joe Biden were escorted to a secret lab, run by a team of the world’s greatest scientists and occasionally Elon Musk.”
According to a recent interview with DCist, Reid hatched the idea after Trump won the election last November, but he “put [the concept] away for six months because it’s clearly a stoner idea.” It took until summer to realize that a stoner idea may be just what America needs.
The Kickstarter has already raised over $70,000 over the past few weeks. If it can pull in another few thousand by this Thursday, Barry & Joe: The Animated Series will head straight to production on a short pilot episode, which Reid can use as a proof of concept for a full series.
“Isn’t this just leftist fan fiction meant to give solace to those who need some hope and healing?” the campaign’s FAQs asks. “Yes,” is Reid’s response. But he’ll have to raise another $30,000 before that hope and healing can begin.
The Barry & Joe Kickstarter runs until August 31. Watch the series pitch video, which spells out the entire batshit premise, above.
SHINE designed and produced the graphic animated main titles for Amazon, Sony Television + Josephson Entertainment’s comic adventure series, THE TICK
In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover the conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. They launch into an adventure brimming with crazed archvillains, blood-soaked vigilantes, and superhuman freakery.
The Tick possesses superhuman strength and mass, which makes him capable of inflicting great damage on his surroundings if he is not careful. His full strength is never actually quantified, although he is at the very least capable of lifting whole cars with a single hand, and comfortably bending steel girders. In the pilot of the 2017 series, The Tick claims to have the strength of “ten, perhaps twenty men – a crowded bus stop of men.”
The Tick is also “nigh-invulnerable”, which means it is almost impossible to injure him in any serious way (although he is vulnerable to feelings of pain and his antennae are particularly sensitive). Because of this he can survive moments of extreme stress, and has demonstrated this ability on numerous occasions. In one noteworthy instance, in the animated episode “Evil Sits Down for a Moment”, he fell 4,000 feet out of the sky, crashing through the concrete road below into a subway tunnel, yet before he reached a stop he was subsequently hit by an oncoming train — and he survived it all without any serious physical injury (albeit it did give him serious head trauma and left him badly disoriented for a time). Several powerful supervillains have been able to knock the Tick unconscious in several fights, but he never comes to any lasting harm. He also doesn’t possess a super-powered immune system, as he has been seen sick with the common cold just like a normal person. One of the Tick’s few limitations is that harming or removing his antennae will destroy his sense of balance.
Finally, The Tick possesses something referred to as “drama power”, or basically a tendency for The Tick’s powers to increase as the situation becomes more dramatic. He can also survive in space without a suit, and under water without oxygen for at least a long time.
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Nespresso “On Ice”
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Ben & Jerrys “Topped”
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Esteemed client SEED proudly welcomes writer/director Ashley Avis to the fold. Get to know Ashley, she’s on her way to the moon.
Commercially she has directed projects for clients like Coca Cola, Red Bull, Footlocker, Pfizer, CaliBurger, and recently won the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Award for her work on a spot called BESPOKE, at the Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival in Cape Town.
Her feature directorial debut, the artistic psychological film DESERTED, starring Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, Jake Busey and Sebastian Bach recently was released in the Winter of 2016.
Her second feature, the coming of age story ADOLESCENCE, will be released in 2017. The project stars Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan, American Hustle’s Elisabeth Rohm, India Eisley and Jere Burns. The project was edited by Oscar nominated Douglas Crise (Birdman, Babel), and mixed by Oscar winning Post Sound Supervisor Ben Wilkins (Whiplash).
She recently produced the television pilot THE PICTURE for Winterstone Pictures / Winkler Films, and was brought on by producer Todd Labarowski / Dreambridge Films (The Kids Are All Right, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Manglehorn) to write the screenplay based on the novel THE CYBIL RAVEN CHRONICLES.
Her work has been called “timelessly romantic” (White Lies Magazine), “innocent, blending innocence with seduction” (Red Hot Society), and “elegantly sensual” (Elite Daily).
Mercedes Benz – “A Beautiful Life”
Envya Swim – “Lionne Blanche”
Mercedes Benz – “Bespoke”
Premiered October, 2016
Written & Directed by: Ashley Avis
Producers: Edward Winters, Ashley Avis, Larry Hummel, Keith A. Fox
Editor: Douglas Crise
Cast: Mischa Barton, Winter Ave Zoli, Trent Ford, Dana Rosendorff, Michael Milford, Kelly Brannigan + Tyler Sellers with supporting cast including Jake Busey, Sebastian Bach, Gerry Bednob + Lance Henriksen
Premieres Fall, 2017
Directed by Ashley Avis
Producers: Edward Winters, Larry Hummel
Editor: Douglas Crise
Cast: Mickey River, India Eisley, Romeo Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Elisabeth Rohm, Michael Milford, Jere Burns, Ever Carradine
Our friends at 6 POINT MEDIA have once again teamed up with Disney for their As Told by Emoji series. The latest in animated fun features Capt Jack Sparrow on the high seas adventure… Pirates of the Caribbean
Don’t miss the premiere of 6PM’s new series Apollo Gauntlet premiering next month on Adult Swim !