With Vigilante Diaries, Chill is launching a first-of-its-kind “episodic funding” model where fan support in the form of paid downloads will determine whether the series continues beyond the first two episodes."
Los Angeles (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
Chill (http://chill.com), the web's premier video distribution platform for entertainment content distributed direct from filmmakers, artists, and comedians, today announced the debut of Vigilante Diaries, an all-new online action comedy series starring Jason Mewes and Paul Sloan.
Chill.com first launched its direct artist-to-consumer video sales platform last fall, providing filmmakers, comedians and other artists a place to release their premium video directly to fans. With Vigilante Diaries, Chill is building off its early success in comedy specials and documentary features, launching a first-of-its-kind “episodic funding” model where fan support in the form of paid downloads will determine whether the series continues beyond the first two episodes.
Vigilante Diaries is a high energy, dark graphic tale of one man's task to clean up the streets.. and another man's task to get it all on tape. The series, created and written by Paul Sloan, kicks off inside the pad of Michael Hanover (Jason Mewes), the sole heir to Hanover Enterprises, raised in mansions and hotels but with a true passion for filmmaking. One day Hanover crosses paths with a real-life vigilante crime fighter loose in Los Angeles (Sloan) and - seizing his opportunity to make it big - begins shooting a documentary alongside all the gunfire and bloody mayhem. Completing this dark superhero cadre are vigilante protégé “The Kid” (Kevin L. Walker), “Jade” (Jacqueline Lord) and “Red” (Jessica Uberuaga).
Filmed as a first-person mockumentary thriller with RED™ and GoPro™ cameras mounted to helmets, guns and in the field, Vigilante lets viewers ride shotgun with Jason in an up-close and bloody world as he tags along with “The Vigilante.”
The series has already mapped out ten episodes for its first season, with the first two available beginning today for $4.99 at http://www.chill.com/VD. If a 30-day goal of $50,000 in fan purchases is met for the initial episodes, the cast and crew will quickly move into production on episodes 3 and 4, with a follow-up launch date four weeks later. The process will continue so long as fans continue to watch and support the show financially. Additional fan support is made possible through a number of exclusive bundles available alongside the download, including a walk-on role in future episodes and a chance to be “killed” by The Vigilante.
"Vigilante Diaries is a totally original series that brings to life that classic dark and gritty look from the best graphic novels and first-person shooters combined with Jay's natural talent for comedy," said director Christian Sesma. "These first few episodes are just the first taste of what is really a love letter to video game snipers, action film nuts and comedic fans of Jay's past work. We've got all the bases covered with lots of laughs alongside guns, girls and gore."
“This episodic funding model represents an entirely new direction for digital series, working outside of the ad-supported video world,” said Marc Hustvedt, Head of Entertainment at Chill. “It lets the creators take risks without answering to brands or networks. In its purest form, this is a model for series that cannot be cancelled as long as viewers are willing to support them.”
Chill is the premier platform and marketplace to find premium entertainment content distributed for a global audience direct from filmmakers, artists and comedians. Consumers can stream or download-to-own top films, docs, series and comedy specials in HD quality to any internet-enabled device and transact worldwide. Chill recently released the critically acclaimed Maria Bamford: the special special special!, Ari Shaffir's Passive Aggressive, and Doug Benson's The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled. Based in Los Angeles, the company is backed by venture funding from Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, William Morris Endeavor (WME), 500 Startups, Redpoint Ventures, Crunchfund, Science Media, Troy Carter and Atlas Venture. Chill was founded by Brian Norgard and Daniel Gould.
Official site: http://chill.com/VigilanteDiaries