Cowl Girl is an in-development TV series that revolves around one fangirl’s mission to complete her classic Star Trek villain display and go to San Diego Comic Con to get her Pee Wee Herman doll signed, if she can only overcome her acute form of agoraphobia that has kept her from the world outside her building for the past 7 years. They are currently raising funds for production on Indiegogo. I had the chance to ask the team behind this project some questions:
1. How long the episodes going to be? Are we talking half hours, full hours, or shorts?
We are writing the episodes in the 22 minute sitcom format for half hour comedy. We believe this format will excel in both a broadcast or web setting, our first goal is to film the pilot and then shop it around to online distributors and networks.
2. What sort of experiences are you drawing from when writing the series?
From Anna Capunay:
A little bit of personal and popular nostalgia of 80’s pop culture and mixing them with current trends that I start taking interest in or see fitting for the program. Other experiences include self-awareness that leads to discoveries in oneself and what it is that I want in life—a balance of personal and professional achievement. The “professional” may simply be economical sustainment but the personal endeavors can be as simple as getting a coveted autograph (s), collecting valuable figures or DVDs, etc. Most of the cast and writers, are pulling from their own fandom experiences to help create the characters, plot and story. We want the actors to truly relate and create their characters’ fandoms.
3. Your description mentions “This is a love letter to kids who grew up in the 80’s and remember what real cartoons, music, and super heroes were like back in the day.” How much of the series’ geekdom is based in nostalgia as opposed to more contemporary fandom?
To elaborate on the first part of answer number two, interests keep growing. So to “geek out” on the new Sherlock series is equally important as geeking out on an old episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse or Batman the Animated series. Reverence is a virtue in maintaining a fandom, old or new. So opening one’s heart, so to speak, to new cartoons or shows that matter, like Adventure Time, is vital to Cowl Girl’s world.
From Carlo Lorenzo Garcia
We are starting with the 80’s pop culture as a base, but we as a group are interested in all types of comics, cartoons, movies, music and we look to explore as many of those fandoms as possible. Each character has their own unique fandoms, for example Cowl Girl loves Pee Wee Herman, Star Trek, Batman, Dr. Who and there is another character who loves Harry Potter and DC comics. Each actor brings their own fandom experiences to the table to help flesh out the characters likes and dislikes.
4. Rewards seem to only cover viewing the pilot episode. Can you guarantee the whole series will be distributed?
The first $5000 raised guarantees the pilot will be filmed and distributed. For every $3,000 raised above that goal, will be another episode. If we can hit the ultimate goal of $30K, we will film the first season of 10 episodes and guarantee it’s distribution whether through an established channel or independently. We have a $5K matching donor to match the first $5K we raise, so we are hoping to garner enough support to receive that match.
5. Is Paul Rubens involved?
Not as of yet. But we would love to have him involved!