New Golf Comedy Shooting in Florida - funded by IndieGoGo.com 'crowd funding' website
PR Log - Aug 20, 2012 - Producer Ken Dalton and Director Paul Madden made a series of successful teen comedies in the 80's and 90's for studios including Columbia and Sony. In looking for new comic terrain, they discovered that the world's 68 million golfers were still watching CADDYSHACK (1980) on a regular basis. So, they optioned comedian Ron Kenney's book, "COMICS OPEN" and set out to make a next-generation golf comedy.
The problem is that the studios no longer fund independent comedies. "Comedy is considered too risky," says veteran producer Ken Dalton. "And the best comedy is now happening on the web, and in commercials." adds writer/director Paul Madden, "People want to laugh out loud watching fast-paced comedy on their iphone and computer."
While a comedy film is still the goal, with talent already committed like Judge Reinhold, Danny Glover and Tom Arnold, the first order of business is to build a web audience by producing golf jokes specifically for the web. "The 'skits' will be like Monthy Python golf moments," says Madden, who is a graduate of The National Film and Television School of England. "The golf culture has a history of jokes that have been handed down for decades. We will bring them to life using top comedians, PGA players, and other celebrities who will surprise you when you recognize them."
This production is a grassroots effort. "We are inviting golfers, aspiring filmmakers and would-be comedians to join in the production, " says Dalton. "They can visit us at IndieGoGo.com/comicsopen and sign-up to have a part in the series, or to be a sponsor or even an Executive Producer."
The Art Institute of Jacksonville is providing production interns that will help out in all the production departments, including camera, wardrobe and make-up, and even the Assistant Director. Other interns are volunteering from as far away as California. The River Bend Golf Links in Green Cove Springs, Florida is giving the production the run of the course, and is even converting their clubhouse to become a comedy club set. The course partners, Stephen Joost and Scott Gladysz, will use the series to promote their golf course business.
The soft-launch is now on their website, http://ComicsOpen.com, and across facebook, twitter and http://IndieGoGo.com/comicsopen. They have also established a presence on a new golf-centric social networking website, The Golf Street Journal. Loudmouth Golf is doing custom golf outfits for the show, and they are also talking to Fuzzy Zoeller about a cameo role and possibly involving his vodka company.
Shooting commences in Florida in early October, after rehearsals in Los Angeles. Once the show is launched on the web, the cast and crew will return to make new webisodes on a regular basis - possibly every 6 weeks.