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Q: What is Dear Mankind (3000)?
A: It’s an indie web series. A space comedy in five parts.
Q: When is episode two coming out?
A: That is still a while away. If you want to see it sooner, help us spread the word. Send emails, share us on Facebook, and tell everybody who listens (or not) about it.
Q: How much does it cost?
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Q: How long is an episode?
A: As long as needed. Roughly 10 to 15 minutes.
Q: Why 3000?
A: Why not? It’s the future. (And we needed a unique URL across all social media accounts.)
Q: Your FAQ suck, where can I ask real questions?
A: Thank you. We like you anyway. Probably. Try firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SHORT FACTS
We are a group of 25 media industry professionals with years of experience (and an Emmy-win), who wanted to create something outside of the traditional media industries. We have been working on DEAR MANKIND for nearly three years now, all in our spare time, spending our own money. If you like what you see, get in touch with us via the email above or social media – we would love to hear from you!
THE PASSIONATE VERSION
All important projects have ‘ABOUT US’ sections on their websites. So we want one, too. Also… smart people told us to optimise our website for search engine algorithms, which means having at least 300 words on the first page of our site. So here we go.
Actually… before we get to that, let’s ponder ‘ABOUT US’ sections for a moment. How selfish can one be? How arrogant? And is it really necessary to capitalise it? Seems a bit much.
And as much as we like talking about ourselves, Dear Mankind is not about us. It’s about you, Mankind. So let’s talk about you.
We love you, Mankind. We really do. We love your enthusiasm, your bold moves – like Columbus or … yeah. Maybe it’s just Christopher Columbus. No other human comes to mind who boldly went where no one had gone before. You needed a fictitious space captain to fill that void of expectation. OK, there was that Armstrong fellow and those Russian dogs maybe… But that’s really it.
Still, Mankind, we love you for that. We love you for all the hours of good, quality science fiction stories – be they books, television, or movies. Like Star Trek. Okay, not all of Star Trek. Let’s be honest: that Enterprise stuff was a weird pile of nothingness. But we definitely love a bunch of TNG episodes, especially the one with Stephen Hawking. We also love some of those indie science fiction movies like Ex-Machina, Moon, or Automata. Ah, also a lot of Japanese anime like Ghost in the Shell and other stuff with boobs. That came out wrong, the boobs were really only in the manga. But we loved that one, too. Have you ever seen Tetsuo? Hard to like, but we loved it! And Firefly. Dollhouse not so much, but Joss Whedon? That’s some seriously talented nerd, man.
We were going to also mention Blade Runner, Alien, and Star Wars. But everyone loves those. At least everyone we know. So no special character moment here.
Back to you, mankind: we also love you for all your restaurants. Actually… not all of them. Not even most of them. Just a few. Like… there is this biltong place in Cape Town, and a small diner in La Paz… terrific seafood. But everyone talks about food. So, we won’t. We just eat it. And we definitely won’t tell you about the good places. You’ll just gentrify the shit out of them.
There’s this other thing we love about you, mankind: the Internet. You people, with your Instabooks and your Facegrams. You just needed something to make hate speech easier, didn’t you? Con-great-ulations! You did it. You can hate another human being in one tab and jerk off to furry porn in another, or the other way round, or both at the same time. Nicely done!
The Internet could bring education to the farthest regions of your planet, but it’s so much easier to just watch Jimmy Fallon on YouTube, right? We understand you, we really do. Have you seen him lip sync battling Emma Stone? 75 million views. At least 5M of those from us – we’re not even kidding, we watched it on repeat.
Where were we? Ah yeah, the Internet. It allowed us to… whoa!… dabble in science fiction, man! Which is why you’re here, hopefully. Because you have, are, will or will not watch our space comedy named Dear Mankind. The Internet is also allowing us to distribute it around the globe for no cash. Which allows us to try to convince you, mankind, to move some of your hard-earned cash over to us, so we (that means you and us) can put together the remaining four episodes of said space comedy.
Which is where we do, after all, get to the ‘us’ in ‘ABOUT US.’ Fucking ego. Anyway, ‘US’ that’s Woitek, Floris, Flo, Micha, Lea, Tomas, Nadia, Manon, Riccardo, Kito, Selam, Scott, Malte, Olli, Henrik, Jonas, Hjørdis, Lukas, Marc, Harald, Nout, Bernhard, Mike, Marcus, Alex, and Christoph, and all those wives, husbands, children and so many others who have contributed so much. This thing wouldn’t exist without them. But well… we are probably approaching the 300 words and we still have a few things to say. So we’re very sorry, but we can’t mention all the important people here, just us. It’s not our ego, it’s the 300 words. Really.
Anyway, seems like there are still people with too much free time on their hands and dreams too big to keep locked up in their big hearts. That means all of you guys mentioned above, as well as those not mentioned. Aren’t there like a gazillion endangered species you could rescue instead? But you’re not doing that, you’re helping us. What a blessing.
So. This is us. Now tell us about yourself, mankind. What do you like about yourself? Or others. Or us. Where can you reach us, you ask? We are social media sluts. Put in some effort.