Thank you so much for being the first 30 or so people to jump on board. I've been asked a bunch of questions so far and so I'm going to answer the ones I can answer. Also, now that you have donated, please pass along the link to others. We are going to need every little bit of help to get this thing up and running.
I found this site because I found a yellow, square piece of paper with the words "buried treasure" written on it. Why am I here?
Well, the treasure found you. We're all looking for treasure in one way or another. But, sometimes the treasure finds you.
It simply means you were destined to come to this page and read about this project. Whether you donate or not will be up to you. We certainly hope you do.
If you want, please take a picture of you holding the "treasure" next to where you found it. Send to email@example.com and we will post the photo!
You (Jeff Galfer) wrote the film. But, are you in it?
Yes. The movie is about the character I (Jeff Galfer) will be playing.
Who else in the movie?
Good question. We will be announcing the cast next week in a more exciting way than typing out the actors' names. I will say we are going to have some really fun, recognizable faces along for the ride.
Can I read the script?
There is a good chance I will release it online for our donors to read. I can't promise it yet because we are still making a few, minor changes here and there.
When will that happen if you do?
Not sure yet. ;)
Who is your crew?
Along with the cast, we have some very exciting folks who have signed on to do the movie. However, same as the cast, we are going to wait and announce this in a week or two in a more exciting way than typing it out.
I heard the movie is about geocaching. But, it's called Buried Treasure. Do you even know anything about geocaching?
Silence of the Lambs wasn't about a bunch of sheep who don't talk. Buried Treasure isn't about a pirate's booty hidden in the middle of the ocean. Sometimes titles contain metaphors. Thank goodness or otherwise we would have spent three hours watching people eat when we all saw The Hunger Games.
Does the movie contain an element of geocaching? Why yes, it does. In fact, some of the crew and cast love to geocache! However, this movie is not a documentary and it is not meant to teach others how to geocache. Just like any subject matter, we've tried to take something we love to do and are fascinated by and tell a story around it - taking poetic license when necessary. To put it simply: our goal is to tell the story in the most entertaining and effective way possible.
Will it be icing on the cake if we introduce some newcomers to a great hobby? Of course! We can't all be Muggles forever, can we?
What are you shooting this film with?
While lately the trend is to shoot shorts with a 5D Mark II or 7D, we will not be. No question. These are great cameras. And yes, we will have a 5D Mark II around. However, our extremely generous DP is bringing along a RED EPIC as our primary shooting camera.
For those of you who are film & tech geeks, this is the ultimate HD camera. In fact, the upcoming movie Prometheus was shot with this camera. Most DP's slobber over this pretty, little device. In fact, we want you to slobber over it as well. Please read about it on Red's website.
Who designed your cool new poster?
A great actor by the name of Bill Heck. You should check him out. It's our preliminary poster and we will be reworking it with real stills from the shoot once our shoot happens. Bill will be guiding us through that process along the way.
Is it OK to give 10 dollars or less?
Absolutely! As much as we want lots of 10 thousand dollar donations, every little bit helps. Trust me. ;)
And remember, for 10 dollars (half the price of an IMAX/3D movie ticket), you are helping to PRODUCE a movie. You can say to everyone you know who sees it, that you helped make it happen.
Will there be a website?
Yes. But, not until we get closer to shooting.
Where will I be able to see this movie?
Well, if you donate at least $25, you will be receiving a copy. Otherwise, there hopefully will be various screenings around the country at various festivals. We'll keep you informed.
Will this film make money?
No. Probably not.
At the end of the day, it's tough for the short film format to make money. That doesn't mean it is impossible, but it probably will not.
Then why would I donate?
Well, look. The cast, crew and script for this film are top notch. Once the film is finished, we will submit to festivals and get the film some attention through those festivals. Ideally, this will mean connecting our cast and crew to a vast network of other filmmakers and audience goers; potentially leading all of us to more and more jobs and opportunities.
You are not just making my dream come true. You could be making many dreams for many people come true. All for the price of a fast food meal or a pack of cigarettes or a computer game. You get the picture.
What makes this project any different than any other project on Kickstarter?
Nothing. Everyone who is on Kickstarter is fighting for a dream.
However, I can assure you with this particular project that once your money has been donated, it will not be the last time you hear about the film. We have taken on this endeavor to make the best and most high quality short film we can make. That's why we have enlisted the cast and crew we have enlisted. We want nothing less than the best.
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The Jeff Galfer Treasure. Need new headshots and can't afford to donate? Why not get new headshots AND donate? For 350.00, you'll get to donate to the film PLUS you'll get brand spanking new headshots done by Jeff Galfer himself. www.jeffgalferphotography.com to check out his other headshots. Package includes unlimited looks and 4 retouched photos. This reward does not include any other rewards.Estimated delivery:
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The Crista Flanagan BURIED TREASURE. Thanks to Crista's involvement, we are offering a single reward at this donation amount contributed by one of our stars, Crista Flanagan. This is her TREASURE that she is offering up to you for helping us with this project. For more information about what this reward is, please check our Facebook & Twitter pages. There is only ONE available and your donation does not entitle you to anything else but this reward.Estimated delivery:
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We're not worthy! We're not worthy! You believe in this project...well...as much as we do because you literally just financed half of it on your own. Obviously there is no real reward for someone of your generosity, but we'll try. You get all of the above PLUS we will fly you (if you live in the US) to the set in Los Angeles to watch the movie getting made. The trip will include a roundtrip flight as well as transportation to and from set when you desire. On top of all that, the cast & crew will shower you with gratitude and thanks the entire time you are here. There will not be a minute when you are on set that someone is not telling you how great you are, how beautiful you look and how smart we think you are with how you handle your money.Estimated delivery:
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