One of our favorite peer productions is INSPECTOR SPACETIME NOT INSPECTOR SPACETIME UNTITLED WEBSERIES ABOUT A SPACE TRAVELER whatever, Travis Richey’s terrific web series which began its life as a a show-within-a-show on COMMUNITY.
Turns out we at TVWriter™ aren’t the only ones who’ve fallen in love with the charm and execution of this diamond. Turns out Trav’s got fans all over the place. Lovers of “Inspectrum” are all over the place, from Tumblr to, well, to the Inspector SpaceTime Wiki. For a good time, check out these droll, deadpan masterpieces.
By which we mean Travis Richey’s “Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time” which is, for those not yet in the know, an offshoot if his INSPECTOR SPACETIME TV show within a show that so many people – us included – fell in love with on COMMUNITY.
Travis did a Kickstarter thing awhile back that resulted in the first season of the new version of the series on YouTube. Then he did another Kickstarter thing for a second season preview episode which turned into a genuine prequel ep instead. As in it’s got a story and characters and dialog and action and the whole thing.
And it’s up and running and definitely worth watching right now:
Picking up right where Season 1 left off, The Inspector and Piper Tate, joined now by Good Boyish, are fleeing for their lives from Boyish the Extraordinary and Evil Inspector!
Production is well under way on the prequel episode to Season 2 of Untitled Web Series… Those of you who are familiar with the behind-the-scenes of Season 1 will know that we’d had some challenges regarding one of our most integral characters: The BOOTH. Namely, that we didn’t actually own it!
Building a Better BOOTH
So, being the proactive interdimensional voyagers that we are, we decided it was a good idea to build our own. We are thrilled to announce that construction has completed on a brand new BOOTH (The Inspector calls her “Red”) and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Check out the FaceBook album to see the process of building the Time Helix. We’d like to give a big shout-out and a HUGE thanks to Mr. John Shearer for putting in the blood sweat and tears that went into making the new and improved (and portable) BOOTH.
Also, check out the just released photo album documenting the construction of a custom phone console to go with our posh new time machine. Master prop builder Brian Uiga, with the help of a gifted design team, created what we can only describe as a marvel of modern engineering.We’ve heard from several prop makers from Star Trek, Doctor Who and other Sci-Fi shows that completely agree!
Making Cents of the Budget
As often happens with independent productions, we didn’t accurately predict the final cost of creating these one-of-a-kind props. Who knew building a Bio Organic Omnidirectional Time Helix would cost such a pretty penny? The unfortunate news is that they cost about $2400 more than anticipated. (about how much it cost to rent The BOOTH for one day in Season 1!) The good news is that we have them now, and we’ll be able to use them in future seasons with little to no additional cost.
However, we need to raise additional funds to complete the prequel Episode. If you missed your chance to contribute to the KickStarter for the prequel episode and you want to contribute to production, we are accepting donations via PayPal on our website. Plus, we will send you the rewards that match your donation level from our last KickStarter. This is your chance to get signed photos, scripts, soundtrack CDs, even a custom built Optic Pocketknife.
Babyish the Extraordinary!
Now for a piece of “extraordinary” news: we’ve had our first production baby! A brave new Inspectator joins our ranks! Our very own Eric Loya (co-writer and Boyish the Extraordinary) and his lovely wife Catherine are now the proud parents of a child we like to call “Babyish the Extraordinary”! The fact that they like to call him Evan concerns us not. You can leave your congratulations on our official FaceBook page.
Latest News about the Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time by Travis Richey
It’s been a while since the last newsletter, and SO much has been happening! Not leaving a lot of time for newsletter-writing, but it’s very important to me to keep you in the loop about what we’re doing on this end, since so many of you made it possible at all.
We have HUGE casting news to announce, and I’ll probably be sending out an announcement on that on Monday (as always, keep an eye on the Facebook page to find out the news first), but I wanted to tell you all about some awesome recent events…
KICKSTARTER SUCCESS! AGAIN!
Last month, we ran a VERY short, 3 week campaign to fund the Prequel Episode of Season 2! Our goal was $10,000, and we raised over $12,000! (minus Kickstarter fees and donations that didn’t go through – no one ever talks about those…)
To be totally honest, I was very worried about this campaign. Even though we raised $25,000 for Season 1, this was different:
Season 1 had a whole lot of buzz behind it. This time, we were counting entirely on fan support. News outlets tend not to cover the second season of a web show.
Season 1 budget: $22,500 for 19 minutes of completed content. Season 2 Prequel: $10,000 for about 6-7 minutes. So even though our goal was less, it was only for one episode, and I didn’t know how fans would react to that.
We are hard at work on pre-production. We’ve got a lot we’re trying to do with this one episode (and it’s budget):
Introduce the audience to Season 2 Nick Acosta’s new style
Build a custom BOOTH that can be disassembled for transport, storage, and for filming needs
Build a custom phone Console by Optic Pocketknife creator Brian Uiga.
Plan some VERY experimental camera work for the first scene in the Prequel.
Land a celebrity cameo. (Much easier said than done!)
Pics of the entire process, including the BOOTH and Console construction, are going up on the Facebook page!
OUR VERY FIRST TRIP TO WONDERCON!
The cast and crew were invited to have a panel at WonderCon 2013 in Anaheim, CA a couple weeks ago, as well as a table on the convention floor! The panel went great, though after the 2-hour extravaganza at Gallifrey One, this one felt a little rushed!
Also, even though we were all the way at the back of the convention hall, we met tons of fans and chatted almost non-stop with people who were excited about Inspector Spacetime. We’ll be posting pics from WonderCon soon to our Facebook page.
We learned a valuable lesson, though. Even though we had a bunch of props from the show, costumes (“classic” and current 11th Inspector!), posters and more, our table was not nearly as interesting as some (most) of the other booths on the convention floor. We realized that if we’re going to start doing more conventions, we need to get some banners made, and maybe have something amazing that will draw people in.
Like maybe a full-size red British Telephone Booth, complete with sentient time-travel console?! Yeah. That’s happening:
BUILDING A BETTER TIME MACHINE
When we rented a British phone booth from a prop house in LA for Season 1, it ended up costing us around $2200. For the prequel, when we knew we were going to see the BOOTH again, and even shoot inside of it, so we figured we could make a booth for around the same price, while also customizing it for our needs. We wanted to do things like:
Have it come apart, so we could shoot inside the BOOTH easier (which also has the added benefit of being more easily transportable and easier to store.
Include built-in lighting, for the “telephone” panels as well as the inner ceiling
Be able to mount the console, while hide any wiring to control it
Well, I got a referral from a friend to one John Shearer, an experienced set-bulider and the force behind some of the most elaborate costumes I’ve seen at the West Hollywood Halloween Festival. I met with John and discussed the building of the BOOTH, and he was right on board. John is constructing the BOOTH right now,and we are posting pictures of the progress on our Facebook page. It’s very, very neat!
IN THE FUTURE…
We’ve got a whole lot of exciting news to tell you about, including:
The Inspector at WONDERCON!
Season 2 guest stars
Optic Pocketknife replicas and other toy plans
Untitled Comic Book About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time