Hunger Games fan series “Star Squad” gears up for production

Star Squad Cressida

Wildly successful veterans from the web series world are making a new series in the Hunger Games universe, and they need your help to make “Star Squad” happen.

Dr. Aurelius pictureWoody Tondorf has well over 48 million views on YouTube for his show “Elevator.” He also happens to be a huge fan of The Hunger Games. When he teamed up with Caroline Framke, who writes for the Hulu show “The Morning After,” they ended up expanding on the world of the Hunger Games and creating their own series. Now they’re ready to make it a reality.

“Star Squad” is three episodes, but think of them more as “acts” instead of episodes. Act One sits at about 14 pages, and that’s the shorter one. We can probably expect the run-time for the whole series to be around an hour. That’s a lot of Hunger Games and could definitely hold fans over between the Hunger Games feature film (not related) and the sequel, Catching Fire, set to be released in November, 2013.

They’ve already lined up some amazing cast that they’ll be rolling out over the next few days. The first cast member they released is Cressida played by Tonya Kay. I don’t know about you but their props picture of Cressida is exactly the way I had her pictured in my head.

But Tonya Kay is just the tip of the iceberg. They have done some brilliant casting and the announcements they’ll be making over the next few days will definitely make you even more excited to see the show. I’m really excited about … well, I can’t really tell you until they release the names. But I’ll post more info here as it comes out.

The cargo deck of the SerenityI also got really excited when Woody told me they had lined up using some of the old sets from “Serenity.” Can you just imagine some of these amazing locations on Serenity turned into Panem? I personally would geek out just a little to shoot on those sets. And then to shoot stories from The Hunger Games world on those sets? That meshing of two brilliant stories is definitely squee-worthy.

Of course making a sci-fi world with the level of talent and production it takes to really make it successful means they need money. So they’ve just launched an IndieGoGo project to get the funding they need to bring it all together.

Just like most IndieGoGo projects, they’re looking for donations to make the story happen. They’re doing something a little different to really engage the Hunger Games community online. The three Hunger Games fansites that raise the most money for the project will get to host a part of the series on their site. So if you have a Hunger Games fansite, you could host one of the episodes. It’s a pretty unique incentive to not only donate to the show but also to get your readers to donate to the show as well.

So take a look at their IndieGoGo project and support them if you can. I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games and I’d love to see what these experienced web series creators can do with such a rich mythology and the money to make it happen.

They’ve got great talent lined up as well as some amazing locations. Add experienced producers who make great web content and I’m really excited about what this project could become.

Plus everyone who donates gets an awesome Star Squad patch.


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