Home Log. Monday. 5.7.12. 11PM
So, initially, I thought it would be fine to just publish a video a week during the run of this campaign to suffice as our Kickstarter updates - following up my introduction of the film (and my discounted pizza and metrocard hunt) with another video more serious - more about the project - the characters, the world, the story that Home tells. Then I was going to do a third video getting into the pre-production of the film - our efforts now - what we're doing - and how we'll be spending your generous (hard-earned money!) gifts. Then I'd do a fourth video to come out before May 25th (the end of our campaign) wrapping it up with a final pitch to others to help get us as close to our goal (200K, that is, yikes!) as possible. Now, don't misunderstand me, I'm still going to be doing that. My intention with Kickstarter - aside from getting this film made with some semblance of dignity - is to make sure that those who've shown interest in this project (by giving their hard-earned money!) are as involved with the film and the process of making this film as possible. Because I'm confident that Home - and it's journey to the screen - will be a fun, exciting, and rewarding ride. But as far as updates go I really hadn't planned on doing much "blogging." Even though I'm a writer, I'd just never done it. Never thought of doing it...
But then something happened. Over the course of doing what I've been doing non-stop over the past many days - today, for example: speaking with our producer Ged Dickerson about deferred payment plans for crew and cast; scouting a potential group home location (interior only) in Queens; opening a bank account for the film, getting a certified check for insurance that I have to deliver tomorrow (yeah, I do messenger work too), talking to my Casting Director extraordinaire Eyde Belasco about a huge casting session coming up this Wednesday and Thursday and making the offer to my choice for the lead character Jack (stay tuned for more there!); talking to the Home Team (Daniela, Eric, JC, Raven, Anastasia) about everything from catering to mailings telling people about the film and Kickstarter to setting up crew interviews (no easy task when right now everyone's gonna be working for free!); writing the outline for the 2nd video that we'll be putting together to release on Friday... - I began to have a realization...
It really hit me just a few minutes ago, when I saw that a few more people had pledged (their hard-earned money!) and I realized that in our first 3 days, 56 people have joined the Home Team. Big amounts, small amounts - all terrific amounts... and then emails saying people are excited about the project and are behind all of us involved. And then I heard that Kickstarter made us one of the "Staff Picks" today- with a choice spot on their site. Which is pretty cool. And then I heard from Scott Macaulay that Filmmaker Magazine - THE magazine of independent film - put the Home Kickstarter page as it's lead link (!) with a nice (and generous) blurb about me and the film... and then it hit me that writing the 2nd video could wait another day...
Because for now, all I want to say is Thank You to all of you who came on board early. Thank You to all of you who've pledged (your hard-earned money!) to this little film called Home.
As I said above, it's going to be a fun ride...
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THE "HOME" LOGO STICKER. Stick it somewhere special. But NOT in your Home. Think car, lamppost, mailbox, subway. Spread the word. Also, fun and informative Project Updates!Estimated delivery:
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BE AN EXTRA IN A KEY SCENE! Normally, extras get paid to act. Pretend you don't know that. 'Cause, like we said, we need money. Get out of your home and come pay US to act! Date TBD Depends on Shooting Schedule. Also, we cannot guarantee that you'll be seen in the final film (but we'll try!). Transportation not included. And all of the above.Estimated delivery:
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2 TICKETS TO OUR NEW YORK PREMIERE! We'll even save you a special seat with your name on it - kind of in the middle of the joint. Transportation not included, popcorn (with butter AND salt), soda and swedish fish (our director's favorite movie treat!) are. And all of the above.Estimated delivery:
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SIGNED COPY OF OUR SHOOTING SCRIPT by WRITER / DIRECTOR JONO OLIVER and TBD CAST & CREW. A real hard copy too! Not that digital Kindle, iPad nonsense. And all of the above.Estimated delivery:
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THE PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE: INVITATION TO OUR BIG PRE-PRODUCTION MEETING with COFFEE (and snacks!) for you and a guest in late May. Meet the crew and director. See how it all happens. Transportation not included (And all of the above.)Estimated delivery:
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THE POST-PRODUCTION PACKAGE: A VISIT TO THE EDITING ROOM (for you and a guest) for COFFEE (and snacks!) WITH THE DIRECTOR During post-production. See how it's all coming together. Transportation not Included. And all of the above (except limited rewards).Estimated delivery:
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1 HOUR (that's 50 minutes to you and me) OF FAMILY CBT (Brief, Solution Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy!) by Doreen Wall, NYS Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse (and our film's Technical Advisor). Our man character, Jack, knows from therapy. You can too! Change your life and help make Home! Transportation not included. And all of the above (except limited rewards).Estimated delivery:
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ON-SCREEN "SUPPORTING PRODUCER" CREDIT. (and NOTHING from above). Congratulations! You just funded the bare bones of our movie single handedly! And we're thinkin' if you can afford to give us two thousand bucks, you don't need a sticker. So MAYBE all of the above (except limited rewards).Estimated delivery:
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THE PRODUCTION PACKAGE: LUNCH ON SET WITH CAST and THE DIRECTOR (yes, we'll be serving pizza). If you've never eaten on a movie set trust me, this will be unlike any meal you've ever had (watch your fingers). AND, A REALLY NICE DIGITAL PICTURE FRAME WITH STILLS FROM THE MOVIE. WITH YOU ON SET! Every Home needs pictures. Every Supporting Producer needs pictures of them on a set, acting like the boss. Here you go. The ultimate reward. And thank you! And all of the above (except limited rewards). Transportation not included.Estimated delivery:
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Now we're talking! Let's make this movie the right way! "SPECIAL PRODUCER" CREDIT ON A SEPARATE "SPECIAL PRODUCER" CARD (with the others at this level - and on screen long enough for you and your friends to read it too!) And all of the above (except Supporting Producer Credit and except limited rewards).Estimated delivery:
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