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Origin Story is a documentary by comedian and podcast host Kulap Vilaysack of Earwolf's "Who Charted?" It's an international road trip from Los Angeles to Minnesota to Laos, where Kulap's story began. It's a deeply personal but universal story about family secrets, alienation and personal responsibility.




Origin Story in 2015!

Origin Story

Origin Story Backers,

Happy New Year! I wish you all the love and support you've shown me and the documentary. Here's our 2015 in review:

  • Restructured central plot; tooled with narrative and tone- Jan

  • Planned main illustrated art sequences with Lead Artist Kevin Dalton- Feb

  • Built transcript content database to refine story points- Apr

  • Screened rough cut for core production team- Apr

  • Cleared legal considerations for interviews and international content- Apr

  • Showed clips of latest edit at University of Minnesota Lao Summit celebrating 40 years of Southeast Asians in America. Discussed documentary on panel; gained new cultural insights for story and art.- Apr

  • Held Director/Editor story-mapping sessions to reconcile evolving edit with new outlines- May

  • Reviewed and redrafted main art sequences; planned new content based on new edit- May

  • Held 2nd screening; invited guests for feedback to producers- May

  • Held 3rd screening; invited artist Kevin Dalton and composers Steve Jablonsky and Michael Cassady- May

  • Held 4th screening, with producers and other post-prod creatives- July

  • Heard 1st drafts of music compositions; started planning soundtrack to complement score. Gave notes to new artwork.- Aug

We paused full-time editing sessions in September for an exciting opportunity. The new NBCUniversal digital platform ordered a show I created, BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$- a semi-scripted ensemble comedy, kind of a RENO 911! meets MILLION DOLLAR LISTING. I’m working with fellow executive producers Scott Aukerman, Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant and Dave Jargowsky, along with our studio Paramount, to make a pretty great show that I’m hoping you’ll like, too.

It couldn’t have come at a better time. I was burned out- thrilled as a producer and director, pained and messed up as the subject. I thought I was prepared for what I would dig up from my past, but I wasn't. Spoiler Alert: People are complicated. Real Spoiler Alert: It got real dark. Through this process I doubled my family and have varying levels of relationships with them. The family I had before…Well, this is the story I need to show you in the documentary. And I will show you.

I plan to dive back into editing after B$P post-production this Spring. Music, art composition and minor script revisions continue in the meantime. We may need to shoot more. I expect to invest more into the project, but I can now, thanks to and, frankly, you.

Enjoy the below art stills by genius Kevin Dalton. I look forward to 2016!