It’s fall time in Falltown. The day after this year’s biggest party yet – that everybody seems to have mysteriously forgotten – this little town’s high-school is taken over by zombies. In this building, people try their best to fight their way out and change their destiny… What they don’t know is: it lies in your hands.
#Falltown is a sci-fi as well as a comedic web-series that follows a group of high-school students trying to survive a zombie attack but, more importantly, trying to survive each other… They’re trapped in the middle of a giant chessboard controlled by the viewers themselves.
This interactive comedy offers the viewers a whole new level of involvement: they can vote for the character they want to save at the end of each episode. The character who gets the least amount of votes will simply get eaten alive – and that’s the best outcome – in the next episode.
To help the viewers make this terrible choice, #Falltown will provide a website that will regroup the episodes and detailed character files. These files, as well as flashbacks from the mysterious party at the beginning of each episode, will allow the viewers to know a little bit more about all of the characters and to perhaps find out what caused the epidemic…
The idea to create #Falltown was born two years ago. Although we considered many different ways to do this, we decided to stick to the web-series format after realising that with the success of legal – and illegal – downloading online, people probably don’t mind watching their episodes on a little screen as long as the quality of the content they’re offered does not disappoint. Why zombies? Because a little bit of entertainment never killed anybody, and because these dopey creatures can easily be used for comedy. Quality being our first concern, we started thinking that it might cost us a kidney and a half so, instead of going on holidays, we decided to save our money and just get on with it. On the 25th of April this year, after two – intense – months of pre-production spent negotiating the cost of every little detail, we started filming. With our dream team of volunteers’ help, we finally saw our characters come to life…
A zombie apocalypse is, admittedly, not a lot of fun as it is... Add to that being stuck with someone who’s your complete opposite, and you get… Well… Even fewer fun times.
The cheerleader, the drug dealer and the principal. The goth girl and the jock. The nerds and the class clown. These people aren’t really used to live – and, in this case, survive – with each other.
So, who are you going to save?
In 2014, Emilie Prat crosses paths with Quentin Merabet and Melanie Tran, and it’s love at first sight. They work together for an association that helps young people go from a classic academic career to several kinds of digital-related jobs. They’re good people. Emilie is an artistic director, Quentin is a film maker and director, and Mélanie is an assistant producer. They were made for each other. Their shared love for beautiful shots as well as good one-liners and puns convinced them to leave everything behind, become their own bosses and start living their dream. With Emilie by their side, nothing can stop them, and #Falltown can finally come to life. To realise their project, and many others, they create Studio Joker and surround themselves with an incredible team…
Quentin Merabet & Mélanie Tran
Director of Photography
First Camera Assistants
Second Camera Assistants
Set Design / Accessories
Allocation of funds
The #Falltown pilot has already been filmed, so you might wonder: why do we need your help?
It’s simple, really. This is a pretty ambitious project, and for it to finally come to life after two years of labour, we need some solid post-production as well as a really good website. Developing, graphics, editing, CGI, colour grading, audio mix… That’s pretty expensive. And all of our money was already spent on filming all of these amazing scenes! That’s why we really need your help…
Some day in 2014: After a drink too many, we start writing #Falltown.
January 2016: We quit our jobs and create Studio Joker.
February 2016: We use some of our financial aids and start the pre-production for #Falltown.
25th to 30th of April 2016: We film the pilot (and give up on any kind of social life).
May 2016: We create our KissKissBankBank campaign to try and pay for the post-production.
June 2016: If our campaign works (we’re counting on you!), we can start the post-production.
Before July 2016: We finish editing, adding the CGI, taking care of the sound design, the audio mix and the colour grading.
July 2016: First showing of the episode + big party to thank and celebrate with the team & the generous people who helped us!