Nerds. Geeks. Dorks. Honors students. Scientists gamers mathematicians enthusiasts authors… We go by a lot of names. The new webseries “Nerd Vs. Geek” by the folks from Cinevore promises to simultaneously address and dismiss the question of whether or not what we’re called actually matters at all.
Anyone familiar with their previous series “OverAnalyzers” knows that Cinevore has hit on perhaps the most important struggle of every fandom ever–is it better to suspend disbelief or better still when fiction actually makes sense? “Nerd Vs. Geek” takes the struggle a bit further by throwing together “3 awkward social circles – a Mensa chapter, a gaming group & a theater company…after their leaders become Craigslist roommates.”
Now these questions have to be addressed in real-life situations, rather than isolated, round-table discussions like the ones in OverAnalyzers. “Nerd Vs. Geek“, however, is a much bigger project and needs help from good people like you. (YES! YOU! I have broken the fourth wall for these guys, that should tell you how much I like this project.) In order to bring this Nerdy/Geeky dream into reality, Stephanie Yuhas has created a kickstarter that’s rife with perks for anyone who donates. Regardless of how much cash you’re willing to cough up, you’re going to be rewarded for your efforts. Although, if you’re really generous, you get to slap the shows creators with a fish of your choosing (provided that it’s under two pounds.)
The kickstarter is even making Nerd Vs. Geek an interactive experience from the get-go, as the more backers sign up, the more content gets “unlocked”. Stephanie explains: “As our KickStarter progresses and we hit our funding tiers, we will “unlock” more trivia, photos, characters, and plotlines from the show, much like characters in a video game.” The kickstarter needs $13,000 more before the end of Sunday in order to keep its funding, so head on over, check out the project, and click that little green button! You can find details on how the funding will be spent in the FAQ section of the kickstarter page. Perhaps most importantly, any profits made will go back into indie projects as part of the “Kick it forward” intiative, which means that funding Nerd vs. Geek will fund a whole bunch of projects like it.
Stephanie is not the only brain behind Cinevore–this project is the result of many conversations between herself and Mat Conant, who is credited as the “Creative Director” at Cinevore, and will be starring in Nerd Vs. Geek along with her. The two found each other online several years ago when Stephanie switched career paths from artist to screenwriter and was searching for a partner. They teamed up on Project Twenty1, a community which helped develop the concept behind Nerd vs. Geek, and have been working together ever since.
Stephanie explains: “We originally had the idea for Nerd vs. Geek because people asked Matt and I to take our oddball, nerdy conversations and turn them into a series. And when I say ‘people’, I don’t just mean friends and family – I mean random strangers on the train have stopped us to say, Sorry to overhear your conversation, but you need to make this into a TV show. I guess it’s because people like my wild mood swings from “agressively bubbly” to “utter dispare” and Matt is sort of deadpan…no matter what. We joked about making the series for a few years, but it wasn’t until we started getting actual requests from fans of OverAnalyzers that we took it into consideration. But without corporate sponsors and an emmerging non-profit to fund, there was no way for us to personally underwrite the series, especially since it involved some locations other than Matt’s wood panelled basement and our wood panelled office.” The ultimate secret about Nerd Vs. Geek, yet to be unlocked, is the Epic Location chosen for filming, which promises to be wood-paneling-free.
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