Forgotten Animals Pilot

New York City, New York | Series

Comedy, Other

Sarah Smallwood Parsons

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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A 30-minute scripted comedy series starring all women about a female-run non-profit for less-than-cute creatures (think rats, fire ants, and alligators!)

About The Project

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  • The Team
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Mission Statement

Writers Jessie Jolles and Sarah Smallwood Parsons are actors as well and no strangers to the majority of roles women are still offered today (Mother, Teacher, Bride -- Mother again? Seriously?) That's why Forgotten Animals is comprised of an all-female cast playing unique and meaty characters!

The Story

 

Forgotten animals is a 30-minute scripted comedy series about a female-run non-profit for less-than-cute creatures (think Sharks, Fire Ants, and Pigeons) In this pilot episode, the women throw a luncheon for Raccoons, while facing the threat of a company shut down, an uninvited visit from their nemesis, and the wrath of one employee whose yogurt was stolen from the office fridge.

 

Meet The Writers!

  

  

 

Jessie Jolles and Sarah Smallwood Parsons met while performing at The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York City and instantly connected over their shared sense of humor. While Sarah went on to produce videos for Above Average, and Jessie for Betches, they continued writing together.

 

    

Both working actors, they were less than thrilled with the generic female roles they were constantly auditioning for (Girlfriend, Nurse, Young Mom -- Ugh, well at least they said 'Young.') So they set out to write a pilot filled with complicated female roles they would love to play, and made it a cast of all women, to give opportunity to as many female-identifying performers as possible. And so, Forgotten Animals was born!

 

Meet The Team!

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Jessie and Sarah assembled their FA crew from past projects. Director Alec Cohen worked with Sarah on her series F*CKING as well as the video sketch team TOS Comedy. Art Director Claire Burns was a favorite of Jessie's after absolutely killing it on her series Stuff For Women on UCB Comedy.

 

Meet The Characters!

Diane Lovington (Played by Jessie Jolles): Managing Director of Forgotten Animals. Wears head-to-toe TJ Maxx ("but you'd never know it, it's designer clothing at such a good price!" -Diane) Used to work for the ASPCCA until they saved an adorable piglet over a mangey vulture. Terrified of most creatures, but her heart is in the right place. 

 

Karen Ridgeport (Played by Sarah Smallwood Parsons): Director of Donations. A power-hungry saleswomen with a closet full of power suits. Used to work on Wall Street until she was fired for embezzling 100K ("but who hasn't?" -Karen) Not really an animal-person, but will interrogate, seduce, and even kill to get them funding.

 

Elle Trimble (Played by Madeline Grey DeFreece): Head of Public Relations. A bubbly perfectionist who throws incredible fundraising events but always goes over-budget. Massively allergic to peanuts ("but the swelling doesn't look that bad, right?" -Elle) Thinks animals are gross but could be improved with a makeover. 

 

Margo Trotter (Played by Claire Burns): Office Manager. Went to prison for liberating animals from a make-up testing lab. Makes great brownies ("They're great cause they're made with weed" - Margo). Sincerely loves animals, almost as much as she loves Diane for taking a chance on her.

 

Beth Horner (Played by Nichole Yannetty): New Assistant. A terrified people-pleaser who dresses like she wants to blend into the wall. ("............................" - Beth) Loves animals more than anything, if that's what you need her to do.

 

Truella Duvaul (Played by Ann Carr): Head of the ASPCCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Cute Animals) and Diane's ex-boss. ("No, I don't work here. I have standards." -Truella)

 

Sue Fiberly (Played by Leslie Meisel): Representative from Corporate who observes the women to decide if they get to keep their funding. ("Just pretend I'm not even here!... Unless I have question, then you'll need to answer that immediately." -Sue)

Our Plan:

We are currently in pre-production and begin shooting January 18th with the goal of posting the pilot online by Spring 2020! We hope you'll join us for the ride!

 

*UPDATE: We finished shooting Forotten Animals in October 2019 and are currently wrapping up post-production and submitting to festivals! 

Sincerely, Jessie & Sarah

 

"One man's trash is another man's pet" -Diane

 

 

Wishlist

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Crew

Costs $2,400

Pay our crew!

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Ensemble Wardrobe

Costs $200

Dress all the smaller roles like Woman on Crutches and Shelter Employee!

Insurance

Costs $600

Insure us!

Elle's Wardrobe!

Costs $175

Dress the character Elle, who always looks perfect!

Diane's Wardrobe!

Costs $175

Dress the character Diane, who wears exclusively TJ Maxx, played by Jessie Jolles!

Thanksgiving Turkey

Costs $35

For a crazy food fight scene!

Karen's Wardrobe!

Costs $175

Dress the character Karen, who wears power suits, played by Sarah Smallwood Parsons!

Picnic Basket for Fire Ants

Costs $25

One of Forgotten Animals inventions!

Microphone Rental (Day 3)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Beth's Wardrobe!

Costs $175

Dress the character Beth, who blends into the wall, played by Nichole Yannetty!

Microphone Rental (Day 1)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Margo's Wardrobe!

Costs $175

Dress the character Margo, who keeps it comfy, played by Claire Burns!

Microphone Rental (Day 2)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Sue's Wardrobe! (3 Looks)

Costs $175

Dress the character Sue, from Corporate! (It was raining this day)

Microphone Rental (Day 4)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Truella's Wardrobe! (1 Look)

Costs $75

Dress the villain, Truella Devaul, who looks like she's straight out of LA!

Microphone Rental (Day 5)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Microphone Rental (Day 6)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Vulture Gravestone (Prop)

Costs $130

RIP!

Microphone Rental (Day 7)

Costs $50

Mic our actors!

Big Snake

Costs $25

Karen poses with it seductively in the employee training video!

Lighting Rental (Day 6)

Costs $50

Light our set!

Terrarium

Costs $25

For the opening of the pilot!

Lighting Rental (Day 2)

Costs $50

Help us rent lights for the set!

Lighting Rental (Day 4)

Costs $50

Light our set!

Lighting Rental (Day 3)

Costs $50

Help us rent lights for the set!

Lighting Rental (Day 5)

Costs $50

Light our set!

Sexy Fireman Calendar

Costs $25

Custom made with "ugly" animal instead of dogs

Tons Of Fake Bugs!

Costs $25

They're for cuddling, not squashing!

Realistic Fake Rat

Costs $25

Margo is holding it in an employee training video!

Fridge Magnets

Costs $25

For the kitchen scenes!

Facial Prosthetics (day 2)

Costs $150

Elle's face swells up after having an allergic reaction to peanuts!

Hair & Make-Up (Day 1)

Costs $200

Help us look good!

Hair & Make-up (Day 2)

Costs $175

Help us look good!

Hair & Make-up (Day 3)

Costs $200

Help us look good!

Hair & Make-up (Day 4)

Costs $200

Help us look good!

Hair & Make-up (Day 5)

Costs $200

Help us look good!

Facial Prosthetics (day 1)

Costs $150

Elle's face swells up after having an allergic reaction to peanuts!

Hair & Make-up (Day 6)

Costs $200

Help us look good!

Custom Shirt: ASPCCA

Costs $25

Gotta add that extra C for legal reasons!

Custom Shirt: Allwin Shelter

Costs $25

For employees of an animal shelter!

Custom Shirt: Allwin Shelter

Costs $25

For the employees of an animal shelter!

Sticky Traps

Costs $15

The new hot spot for bugs. Not sticky just a place to land for a while!

5 Fake Pigeons

Costs $75

For a Forgotten Animals employee training video that opens our pilot! One of them poops on Diane.

Fireman's Helmet (Realistic)

Costs $100

Karen seduced him. It's a long story.

Faux Fur Coat

Costs $100

Worn by the Villian, Truella DeVaul!

Cage 1

Costs $25

For a fake raccoon!

Cage 2

Costs $25

For a fake raccoon!

Funeral Flowers

Costs $125

Our villain Truella DeVaul sends Diane flowers, but she has an ulterior motive!

Birthday Cake

Costs $25

For a crazy food fight scene

Artificial Tears

Costs $10

It's our pilot and we'll cry if we want to!

3 animal paintings

Costs $75

For Diane's office! Karen DESTROYS them.

Fake Raccoon Paw

Costs $45

It reaches out of a cage and grabs Diane by the necklace!

Fake Bird Poop

Costs $5

You know it lands on Diane's shoulder!

Crutches

Costs $50

For a woman who tripped over a tiny picnic basket for fire ants and is suing Forgotten Animals!

3 Identical Necklaces

Costs $25

A raccoon breaks Diane's necklace! (Don't you hate when that happens?

Turtle Candy Jar

Costs $15

Beth has trouble eating it when she's very high

Breakfast (Day 1)

Costs $75

Feed our cast and crew!

Breakfast (Day 2)

Costs $75

Feed our cast and crew!

Breakfast (Day 3)

Costs $75

Feed our cast and crew!

Breakfast (Day 4)

Costs $75

Feed our cast and crew!

Breakfast (Day 5)

Costs $75

Feed our cast and crew!

Breakfast (Day 6)

Costs $75

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Lunch (Day 1)

Costs $200

Feed our cast and crew!

Transportation

Costs $500

Get our crew & equipment to set!

Lunch (Day 2)

Costs $200

Feed our cast and crew!

Lunch (Day 3)

Costs $200

Feed our cast and crew!

Lunch (Day 4)

Costs $200

Feed our cast and crew!

Lunch (Day 5)

Costs $200

Feed our cast and crew!

Lunch (Day 6)

Costs $200

Feed our cast and crew!

Vehicle Rental (Day 1)

Costs $200

For shooting driving scenes!

Vehicle Rental (Day 2)

Costs $200

For shooting driving scenes!

Camera Lens Rentals (Day 1)

Costs $100

Need a good lens for a good picture!

Camera Lens Rentals (Day 2)

Costs $100

Need a good lens for a good picture!

Camera Lens Rental (Day 3)

Costs $100

Need a good lens for a good picture!

Camera Lens Rental (Day 4)

Costs $100

Need a good lens for a good picture!

Camera Lens Rentals (Day 5)

Costs $75

Need a good lens for a good picture!

Lighting Rental (Day 1)

Costs $50

Light our set!

Office Location Rental (Day 1)

Costs $100

The location where we're shooting!

Animal-Themed Decor

Costs $150

To put around the office!

Office Location Rental (Day 2)

Costs $100

The location where we're shooting!

Office Location Rental (Day 3)

Costs $100

The location where we're shooting!

Office Location Rental (Day 4)

Costs $100

Need a good lens for a good picture!

About This Team

 

Jessie Jolles (Co-Writer/Actor)

Jessie is a comedian and writer living in Queens, NY. Recently 1 of 100 creators from around the world selected YouTube’s “Women in Comedy” Production Program. She is a writer/director for betches media and works with brands creating orginal content.  She is a weekly co-host on the Taylor Strecker Show and hosts a weekly podcast called "No Such Thing As Love" with Claire Burns. Visit www.jessiejolles.comto learn more!

 

 

Sarah Smallwood Parsons (Co-Writer/Actor)

Sarah is a comedian and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She's a performer at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater and a director of their character teams, Characters Welcome. Sarah was selected by the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal to perform characters in their New Faces Showcase in 2018. Sarah was a Resident Writer/Performer at Above Average, and was Head Writer of the NY public access sketch comedy show TOS Comedy. Sarah created and starred in the series F*CKING (NSFW) and Personal Business and hosted the online news show We've Got Questions. You can see her live the second to last Thursday of every month performing with character team Leather Father. www.sarahsmallwoodparsons.com

 

 

Alec Cohen (Director)

Alec Cohen is a man but Jessie and Sarah don't hold it against him. Alec's work has been featured by UCBNY, Above Average, NYTVF, MTV.com, The New York Times, Funny or Die, Mashable, Food.com, Comedy Hack Day, LA Comedy Fest, Chicago Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest, Encounters, Portland Comedy Film Festival and The American Association of Immunologists. He has created ads, directed video, directed photography, strategized, theorized, innovated and shared adventures with brands like Nike, 20th Century Fox, BlackBerry, The Foo Fighters, Skullcandy, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Prabal Gurung, Flipboard and adidas. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. www.aleccohen.cool

 

 

Claire Burns (Art Director & Actor)

Claire Burns is an art director who began her career by redesigning her Barbie’s mansion with a little paint and the fabric from her father’s old shirts. An all pink home is no way to live, after all.  She later went on to study set, lighting, and costume design at Indiana University in Bloomington. Claire has since worked on numerous productions and videos shoots for UCB Comedy, MTV, betches, Elmhurst, and more.  www.claireburns.com

 

Nichole Yannetty (Actor)

Nichole Yannetty is a an actor/comedian based in NYC. Some of her credits include: a recurring role on 'Jessica Jones' S1+S2/'The Defenders' (Netflix), The Last O.G. (TBS), 'Younger' (TV Land) and National Commercials. She's currently a perforer / writer on Characters Welcome at the Upright Citizens Brigate Theatre and previously performed on Maude for a couple seasons. She studied improv and sketch writing at the UCBT and at the PIT, where she won the NBC Diversity Scholarship. www.NicholeYannetty.com

 

Madeline DeFreece (Actor)

Madeline Grey DeFreece is a NYC based actress and graduate of Pace University’s Acting for film and TV program. Recent credits include: Tahara directed by Olivia Peace, screenplay by Jess Zeidman (World Premiere at Slamdance Film Festival), Fancy Maids at Ken Davenport's Rave Theater Festival (Outstanding Play, Outstanding Performance); Hysterical Women (Best Pilot, Bentonville Film Festival); appearances on The Last OG, She’s Gotta Have It, and Succession. She currently stars as Trish in Under The Influence, a new series by Betches Media.

www.madelinegreydefreece.com

 

Ann Carr (Actor)

www.theanncarr.com

 

Leslie Meisel (Actor)

www.lesliemeisel.com

 

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