This show is for all of us who have big dreams, but are confined by our day jobs. Everybody’s Watching is a half-hour comedy. Think The Office meets Silicon Valley with a hint of Scrubs. By joining our team you’ll help to inspire others to break free of the structure and to pursue their dreams.
Inclusion StatementWe’re a diverse cast and crew of race, gender and sexuality, who’ve come together to amplify the story of an American crisis of identity and acceptance. We want our story to empower those who feel different to embrace who they are, push through the structure of everyday life and pursue their dreams.
About The Project
** Help us meet our stretch goal of $25,000! **
Thank you all so much for your overwhelming support early in our campaign! We've decided to create a stretch goal. This will allow us to do things we didn't expect to be able to do including paying additional cast & crew, investing in better locations, props and wardrobe. Every contribution goes a long way to helping tell the story the best way.
Everybody's Watching is a half-hour comedy series. By funding this project, you are contributing to the production of a pilot episode that will be used to submit to festivals and pitched for further funding and distribution.
Everybody's Watching follows Rob, a Program Manager at the Seattle-based tech giant, Microzon. Even though Rob has a “cool” job, it means nothing to him more than a paycheck. Rob wants to break free of his lifeless corporate job to live out his dream of becoming an actor. But the very corporate job that allows him to live a comfortable lifestyle and fund his passion is also the same corporate job that hinders him from pursuing it.
But the show is not about Rob's pursuit of acting; it's about his pursuit to pursue acting.
Rob’s full time job is constantly keeping him from pursuing his acting dream. His perseverance for his passion forces him to live a double life. The more Rob fights the oppression of the corporate structure he’s trapped inside of, his two lives merge more and more together creating a series of extraordinary conflicts that turn normal circumstances in his work and everyday lives into exaggerated theatrical genre-twisting performances.
Every episode features an element of fantasy and genre-twisting. Rob uses his imagination to escape the monotony of corporate life bringing the audience along to particpate in his fantasy and his dream for acting. There’s a visual juxtaposition that shows Rob’s corporate life versus his imagination where he lives out his acting dream in a fantastical way. The show can go anywhere Rob's imagination is willing to go...which is everywhere!
The show stresses the value of relationships over structure. At the end of the day, these characters are human, though corporate structure may try and convince them otherwise. It's the relationships of the people around Rob that help him navigate his crisis of identity and help him discover his true self.
Rob (Rob Polonsky) Rob has sacrificed leading a normal life so that he can pursue his passion for acting. His impulsive behavior and lackof self-awareness cause him to use his acting abilities to resolve conflicts in his everyday life as he sees them as opportunities to perform. Rob is fun-loving, caring and optimistic on the outside, but on the inside he’s fragile, sensitive and lonely. He hides his real emotions by “always being on stage". When he does let these raw emotions out, they become powerful moments.
Bethany (Bethany Buer) Bethany is a humble and all-around team player who’s always looking for ways to level up. She is constantly making personal sacrifices to continue climbing the corporate ladder. Rob and Kevin are her only real friends. She is a different person around them as she allows herself to be a total goofball. She does this as a way to alleviate the stress of her job and feel more alive. She spends a lot of energy keeping Rob and Kevin in check as she wants them to be successful at Microzon.
Kevin (Nishant Ghan) Kevin is a jovial and confident guy who’s a film and TV encyclopedia. His passion for the craft is overwhelming. He’s extremely tech-savvy and spends his spare time editing mash-up videos of classic movies for his YouTube Channel. He relies on his high paying tech job to fund his passion to one day create a film of his own. Kevin is Rob’s childhood best friend and biggest fan. They’ve always done everything together. Kevin helped Rob get a job at Microzon.
Alan (Ron Hippe) Alan is the team’s absent-minded and appeasing boss. He’s been with Microzon for over fifteen years and does whatever it takes to satisfy his corporate overlords. Even the smallest conflict can trigger a worrisome level of anxiety and panic.
Myra (Brenda Joyner) Brenda keeps to herself and is a bit of a hard-ass. She works really hard hoping that people will notice her. They don’t. She constantly sabotages Rob, Kevin and Bethany, who seem to get all of the attention, to make them look bad for her own personal gain.
Michael (Tommy Driver) Michael is a veteran who served 30 years in the Navy. He treats every task at work as if it were mission criticial. He has a big heart and desperately wants to share it, but the only family and friends that he has are his co-workers. His job is his everything and is thankful for every opportunity that comes his way.
While Kevin helps Rob rehearse his lines for an audition after work, Myra discovers an anti-Microzon protest sign in the office’s copy machine and brings it to Alan, the team manager’s attention. Alan locks the team in a conference room until the culprit comes forward. Rob puts on his detective hat and turns the meeting into a crime solving noir film in order to crack the case as quickly as possible so that he can make it to his audition on time.
The series is set in present day Seattle where Microzon, the tech giant, has taken over the city. We see the issue of gentrification through the lens of both bitter locals who blame Microzon for ruining their city, to overpaid tech workers who run rampant in their newly developed eating and drinking establishments. Seattle is not just the background of the show, it’s a main character. The Seattle Freeze, the rain, and the constant development of the city all play a role throughout each episode. Our hero also belives that, as an actor, Seattle is where he needs to be.
As creators who live in Seattle, we are excited to support #KeepFilmInWA as we hope to help create more awareness and drive more Film and Television production in the state.
We're so excited to tell this story, but we need your help! With your contributions, we'll be able to produce the pilot episode of the series in June 2019 and begin subitting to episodic festivals and pitching for distribution in Fall 2019.
Having the proper funds to tell the story the right way is important for us. This includes paying our talented cast and crew, securing locations, props, costumes and everything else that will allow us to tell our story the best way possible.
Join our everybody's watching team as we tell this bigger story of inspiring people to push through the monotony of everyday life to puruse their dreams.
Thank you all so much for your contributions and support!
- From The Everybody's Watching Team
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About This Team
Rob is a comedic actor and writer who’s most known for his popular comedy channel on YouTube - Chad, Matt & Rob. He has studied at several accredited comedy institutions including The Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Rob is is the Creator of Everybody's Watching and also the Series Regular who plays the lead hero, (cough) Rob.
Tony is a SAG-AFTRA actor with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. A successful actor for over 35 years in LA and Seattle, he has been teaching and coaching actors for 20 years, both privately and at the college level. His recent feature film credits include Bad Samaritan and director Megan Griffith’s Sadie, as well as Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon; Lucky Them, starring Toni Collette; Eden, starring Beau Bridges; Laggies, starring Keira Knightley; A Bit of Bad Luck, starring Cary Elwes; and Switchmas, starring Elliott Gould. Tony brings immesurable knowledge and expertise to our set as the director and acting coach.
Bethany is an actor and producer based in Seattle, Washington. She is most known for her breakout role as Lucy in her highschool production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. In all seriousness, Bethany grew up acting and singing, but, never believed it could play a meaningful role in adult life. In 2018, she got the crazy idea that "life is too short to wilt away in marketing analytics" and returned full force to the craft through study and taking on new roles in theater and film. Bethany and Rob met in acting class and it was love at first scene. Bethany is our catch-all producer and principal actor playing the role of (cough), Bethany.
Chris is a professional cinematographer, editor, and colorist working in the commercial and corporate industries in Seattle, Washington. Chris works with the Microzon's of the commercial and corporate world like Amazon, Microsoft, Babolat Tennis, Alice Coopers Solid Rock and others. While his primary career involves hours spent behind the camera lens, Chris has degree in acting and brings his knowlege to each project he works on. Chris is our Director of Photography and brings knowlege, gear, and an incredible team of audio & visual professionals.
Jordan is a director and producer based in Bellingham, Washington. Jordan grew up in a filmmaking family and spent most of his childhood around film sets and post-production facilities. After college, I moved to Tanzania, where he produced and directed a 26-part television drama, “Siri ya Mtungi”, and three feature films, “Tunu”, “Fatuma” and “Bahasha”. Jordan's films have won multiple awards and been recognized at film festivals around the world. Jordan is the glue that binds our team through his extensive experience in directing and producing around the world.