Kickstart This: 'Showrunners' Doc Featuring Whedon, Abrams & More
by Ben Pearson
December 7, 2012
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about indie projects around the world that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're taking a look at Showrunners, a documentary about the behind the scenes leaders of popular television shows like Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and tons more. We actually wrote about this back in May of 2011, but the team is done filming and needs one more boost to get them through the costly post-production process. Take a look, sound off in the comments, and don't forget to help fund if you can.
For those who are more entrenched in the movie world or don't dabble much with TV, a showrunner is the person who manages the creative decisions, financial aspects, and production elements on a given TV series. He or she is often the creator of the television show, and in recent years (with the rise of Twitter, especially), the showrunner has moved from a behind the scenes presence to a much more public figure. Though a lot of showrunners stick around from a show's pilot to its finale, sometimes changes are made - even when, in the case of the recently-ousted Dan Harmon of "Community," he still created the show in question.
I've been steadily reading great TV writers like Alan Sepinwall at HitFix, Matt Zoller Seitz at Vulture, Myles McNutt at Cultural Learnings, and dozens of others over the past few years, and in an era in which many are referring to as a new Golden Age of TV is upon us, some of the best television ever made is airing for us every week. Showrunners talks to some of the top TV talent in Hollywood, uncovering what their jobs are actually like and taking us behind the scenes into writers rooms and on to sets during production. This team has set up interviews with amazing talent including Shawn Ryan ("The Shield"), Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"), Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"), Matthew Carnahan ("House of Lies"), Jonathan Nolan ("Person of Interest"), and many, many more. If there is one project that I'd like to see funded more than any other that we've featured in this column so far, this is the one. Check out their pitch:
For more info on Showrunners, or to help fund the project, visit its Kickstarter page. Director Des Doyle and the rest of these filmmakers are looking to raise $80,000 by Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th, and they need your help to make sure that we can all see the hard work they've been doing over the past couple of years. Please support them if you can, and let's see if we can give them the Christmas present they're asking for (and give ourselves a gift that keeps on giving, once the film is released). If you're all out of cash, I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you could spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, anywhere.
That's all for this latest edition of Kickstart This. Thanks for all of your suggestions on projects we should highlight, and please continue to e-mail me at BenPears85@gmail.com if you come across something you'd like to see featured in this column in the future. My inbox is always open, and if you send in a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't definitely guarantee that we'll spotlight it here, but I promise you that I'll always take a look. As always, thanks for your continued support of these projects, because they absolutely couldn't exist without without the help of film lovers like you. For our full Kickstart This archives, visit here.