In this comedy short, July 4th has been commercialized into a holiday called "Amerimas," where Uncle Sam takes on the role of Santa
“Uncle Sam Isn’t Real” is a comedic narrative short film set in a world exactly like our own but with ONE exception- much like Christmas has evolved over the past century into a commercial phenomenon, so has July 4th evolved into “Amerimas.” On Amerimas Eve, Uncle Sam flies all across the country on his eagle, Artemis, delivering presents to the good patriotic girls and boys. Or at least so says all the Moms and Dads….
But our 9-year-old protagonist, Valerie, is getting a little suspicious about all of this. How could Uncle Sam possibly make it across the country so fast? Wouldn’t the eagle get tired?
As her questions grow in number, so does her family’s attempts at shielding the truth from the young girl. But when she finally figures it all out, how will she react? How will her FAMILY react? IS Uncle Sam real?
“Uncle Sam isn’t Real” is a story about many things.
It’s about the 9 year old inside of us all, grasping to hold on to our childhood beliefs and naivety.
It’s about the parents who grasp even HARDER to hold on to their children’s youth, not ready to see them grow up.
It’s also a satire on the crazy things in our world we have come to see as completely normal, like telling our children that a fairy sneaks into their house at night to trade their discarded teeth for quarters.
It’s a story full of a lot of laughs, a lot of heart, and a LOT of red, white and blue.
WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL
We feel our project has a refreshing point of view about an experience almost all of us have gone through at some point in our life.
But aside from the script which is near and dear to our hearts, our film also opens with a fantastic animated sequence, created to look like the classic Christmas TV specials we all know and love (cheesy song included!).
Of course, with such a detailed and time-consuming aspect to the film as animation, the budget must adjust as well. Which brings us to our next point….
Most of our crew is comprised of talented youngsters with big ideas and really, really tiny bank accounts. We are putting in $1,000 of our own savings, which to us is a LOT of money, but will need so much more to pay for the following:
- Actors- $500
- Props/set design- $250
- Animation- $250
- Craft Services- $300
- Costuming- $200
- Sound Mixing- $350
- Score- $150
- Equipment rental- $500
There are many costs that will come along the way that we could use MORE than the $2,500 allotted above for, such as distribution costs, entering the film into festivals and travel, so getting even more than our budget donated would be beyond belief amazing!
Bridget Green (Producer, Co-Writer, Co-Director)
Bridget is a 2011 Journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating last May, she went on to work on the Production staff for A&E’s reality program “Shipping Wars,” and now works as Production Coordinator for the Austin-based Video Production company, Buckalew Media. She has an intense love for spaghetti westerns, ACTUAL spaghetti, and the musical styling’s of Phil Collins.
Jara Wallace (Editor, Co-Writer, Co-Director)
Jara is a huge film nerd, which to us, means he is awesome. A recent film graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jara has written two feature-lengths scripts, and has worked on countless short films as well as the independent features “Blacktino" and "Incendiary" which showed at numerous film festivals including SXSW. He also has worked at the Alamo Drafthouse in their creative department.
Alex Walters (Production Coordinator)
Also a 2011 Journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Alex is a go-getter if there ever was one. Working at Austin production company Arts+Labor throughout her college career, Alex also produced a television show for TSTV, UT’s cable TV station. After graduating in December, Alex worked as Entertainment Coordinator intern for the Austin Rodeo. This is a lady who can get anything done…and can wear four-inch heels while doing it.
Edward L. Wittlif (Animator)
Edward is a 2012 film graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. These days he works as a freelance animator and illustrator under the production pseudonym "WTF Prom," but he's been drawing pictures to bother his friends far longer than that.
HOW IT ALL WORKS
Kickstarter is an amazing opportunity for us to see our film come to life after years of dreaming about it! However, it does have one catch- if we do not get all of our $2,500 budget donated in 30 days, we will receive NONE of the donations and all money given will be returned to each donor.
We CAN receive more than our $2,500 budget though, and could greatly use it to help the film live up to its full potential!
ANYTHING you can give will be appreciated more than you could ever imagine, and if you can’t give financially right now, just spreading the word, this page and our video is a huge assistance!
For each different dollar-range donated, you will receive a token of our appreciation related to the movie (see the column to the right for more information).**NOTE: FOR INTERNATIONAL DONORS, PLEASE MESSAGE US AT THE BELOW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR INFORMATION ON SHIPPING COSTS, ETC.**
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions about our film or about the Kickstarter process at firstname.lastname@example.org
We cannot wait for you to see “Uncle Sam Isn’t Real” at a film festival near you….we just need a little help to get it there!
No pledged donations will actually be deducted until June 7th IF the project reaches it's $2,500 goal. If we don't reach the full $2,500 in 30 days, no money will ever be taken from your account
The gifts will not go out until around September. Posters may be shipped sooner as those are ready to go, but we will have to wait until the film is made to make all DVDs or to send the link to the film. Once June 7th rolls around and the Kickstarter is no longer live, we will contact each donor receiving a gift and get their mailing address, and have everything sent asap!
When you click the green "Back This Project" button on the top right of this page, you will be prompted to do the following:
1) Set up a Kickstarter profile. All you will need to do for this is type in your name, an email, and create a password. Easy peezy!
2) Create/Log in to your Amazon payment account. All of the donations are made via credit/debit card and are processed through Amazon. If you've ever purchased anything with Amazon before, odds are you are already in their system and just need to login. If you have not, you'll need to provide your name, email, create a password, your billing address and credit card info.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/call Bridget at (512)703-7157
Thanks so much!
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May 8, 2012 - Jun 7, 2012 (30 days)
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Our eternal love and appreciation for helping to make our film come to life! PLUS a secure link to the completed film on Vimeo!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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A mp3 download of the original song for the movie, "Uncle Sam: Yes, I am!" PLUS, all of the above!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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