by David Mendez
The Undergrads is the not-terribly-original name for a fairly interesting look at what happens when three improv nerds from University of Arizona's "Charles Darwin Experiment" get in front of a camera and make with the funny.
And honestly? It's pretty good — which is why they're asking for your money to help them produce a short season's worth of webisodes:
The three are all on an improv troupe at their school, The Charles Darwin Experience, which the webseries is loosely based on. The troupe inspired them to bring improv to a different medium than just the stage, and many other members are featured in the series. This project isn't for a class or for a profit - but just for fun! Many of the actors and crew members are all friends who hang out in their spare time as well. However, this project is very important to all of us and is something that everyone takes seriously.
We've already managed to squeeze out a special-length pilot episode for the series, but now we need YOU! We have a plan for a twelve episode season in total, with most episodes lasting about three to four minutes, with a couple special-length episodes thrown in.
Although we can check out film equipment from the school, and have access to a camera, there are a lot of hidden expenses that we need help with. In a perfect world, we would really like to buy our own sound equipment, but at the very least we need funds for costumes, props, and for snacks to feed the crew so they don't get cranky.
I'm not going to lie: that three-to-four minute sweet spot is what they need. The episode embedded above flags a bit at times, so a bit more tightness could do nothing but help — but given what they've shown so far, they seem to be a decent enough group to warrant having some money thrown at them.
But only if they maintain the odd gag of the incredibly tall guy from the rival improv group. I'm all for that.