It’s interesting that we are living in an era when the people who create, write, and produce a television show can pack an auditorium just as easily as the star of it can (and who, more often than not, seem to have rabid followings every bit as hardcore as the Twihards, Potter fanatics, or One Direction tweens).
But what, exactly, do these people do?
That is what the documentary Showrunners is hoping to shed some light on. With a list of interviewees that will make your fan-brain hurt(including: Joss Whedon, J.J.Abrams – LOST, ALIAS, REVOLUTION, Terence Winter – BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Jane Espenson – BUFFY, CAPRICA and dozens more) the film goes deep within the world of the showrunner and exposes just how insane, stressful and awesome it is to have all the power (and how you are held solely responsible if it fails).
With unprecedented access to some of the biggest names behind the shows you love, Showrunners is definitely a gift to huge television nerds.
And now the fun part:
This doc (which is at the competition stage) is looking for some Kickstarter investors interested in helping with financing the final stages of post-production (whittling down over 150 hours of footage to 90 minutes, automixing, etc) and which includes some pretty cool perks like soundtrack downloads, private Instagram access to pics from shooting, HD downloadable content, and an on-screen thank you during the credits plus, the pièce de résistance, an invite to the red carpet screening of the film in LA.
If you love television (or simply have a non-threatening crush on a certain showrunner (hello Damon Lindelof) think about throwing some coin toward this documentary.
It’s well worth it.