Our IMPASSE campaign is going strong, thanks to all of your support both in spreading the word and in pledging.
As a THANK YOU to all of your efforts, we’ve added some fun new perks! (note: if you'd like to up your pledge to be able to get one of Doug's books or the Great American Pitchfest pitch passes, just go to the Kickstarter page and enter the TOTAL new dollar amount of your pledge, not just the additional funds, and choose the reward you want. Kickstarter will automatically disregard the previous number and take the latest number entered.)
- $75 PLEDGE: E-book copy ofTHE SAFETY EXPERT by the amazing Doug Richardson, screenwriter of DIE HARD 2, HOSTAGE, BAD BOYS, and more, as well as author of four novels.
- $125 PLEDGE: Autographed paperback of THE SAFETY EXPERT by Doug Richardson that is personalized to the donor. Who wouldn’t want that Bad Boy’s signature?
- $200 PLEDGE: A pitch pass to The Great American Pitchfest, June 1-3, 2012 in Burbank, California (a $250 value). But that's not all! Jeanne will personally buy you a drink at the Scriptchat Meetup, Saturday, June 2nd at the Marriott bar. You can drink, pitch executives, and meet screenwriters from Scriptchat. Win/win!
- Total Pledges of $12,000:
- FREE Screenplay Consultation by Leigh Medeiros of Silver Wing Script Services to be given away to one backer, chosen at random.
So get your name on the backer list to be eligible for all the prizes! Here's the link to pledge to IMPASSE.
More new fun perks will be announced later in the campaign!
Some words from Leigh Medeiros, the generous script consultant helping our IMPASSE campaign:
If you’re anything like me, you were pretty pumped to hear that the talented folks we know and love, Jeanne V. Bowerman and Michael Bekemeyer, have teamed up to write and direct (respectively) a short film together, IMPASSE.
Anyone on Twitter knows that these two are tireless in their tweets supporting fellow writers and filmmakers. That’s why I wanted to donate something - in this case a feature-length script analysis valued at $185 - to help them raise funds. I figured it might bring in a little more money than I had to offer.
Who Am I?
I’m a former Hollywood script reader, writers’ assistant, college screenwriting instructor, and 2010 Screenwriting Fellow through the State of Rhode Island. I’ve been giving notes, coaching screenwriters and teaching script workshops since 2005. You can read more about my credentials here, if you like: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/leigh-medeiros/10/481/351
What’s The Process?
First you pledge to IMPASSE and help get the total amount pledged to $12,000. Then a random drawing of one backer's name – and the winner gets the script analysis through your generous support of IMPASSE, once the project is fully funded.
Then, you email me your script (with a release form, found on my website silverwingscripts.com) and I read it. Then I read it again. And again. All the while I’m taking notes, making connections, asking questions. Then we get on the phone and chat for about 1.5 hours discussing everything from plot and structure to character arcs and dialogue. The goal is to help you bring out your best story, while making it as appealing as possible to producers, agents, actors and anyone else you want to read it.
Yeah But Have I Actually Helped Anyone?
I think I have. Here’s what a couple folks have said about me:
"Like most people who decide to write a screenplay, I knew nothing about writing screenplays. I bought some books, read a few scripts and charged ahead. And the first draft turned out OK. But then I sent it to Leigh. The notes she gave me were full of things that I didn't want to hear. But I needed to hear them. Character, structure, theme, pacing - she showed me what wasn't working and then she gave me the tools to fix it. I listened and the results were beyond what I ever could have achieved on my own. My script made it to the semifinals of the Nicholl Fellowship. It landed me a manager and an agent. An Oscar winner wants to produce it. I've just spent the past month meeting with some of the top production companies and studios in Hollywood. I am officially living the dream. And I couldn't have done it without Silver Wing Scripts. It's hard to break in to Hollywood. You might only get one shot. And if you're trying to get your foot in the door, don't you think it's worth a little money to make sure it's your best foot? If you are serious about a career in screenwriting then you should seriously consider Silver Wing Scripts.” - Eirene Donohue, Nicholls Fellowship Semi-finalist, Black List screenwriter
“I was struck immediately by Leigh’s thoroughness. I found her to be an extremely helpful and giving resource person. I was extremely impressed with her ability to express valuable insights without the slightest hint of potentially bruising a writer’s ego. As a former teacher, I recognize what a skill set that entails. Her aim was to help, and she did that. In spades. She has inspired me to have a go at a re-write. Let me say, this is a valuable prize for any future winner.” – John Bain, 1st Place winner of the 2009 RI International Film Festival Screenplay Competition
So, if you have a script you’re getting ready to send out into the world, I hope you’ll bid on the script analysis here to show your support for IMPASSE, which is sure to be one helluva collaboration.
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SWEET DREAMS (OF YOU): Our public proclamation of our undying love as well as your very own digital download of the finished film.Estimated delivery:
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COME FLY WITH ME: All of the above, plus an e-book copy of THE SAFETY EXPERT by the amazing Doug Richardson, screenwriter of DIE HARD 2, HOSTAGE, BAD BOYS, and more, as well as author of four novels: www.dougrichardson.com/booksEstimated delivery:
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FLY ME TO THE MOON: All of the above, plus one pitch pass to The Great American Pitchfest, June 1-3, 2012 in Burbank, CA... a $250 value (www.pitchfest.com)! But that's not all... Jeanne will BUY YOU A DRINK at the Marriott bar during the Scriptchat Meetup, Saturday June 2nd. Come drink, pitch executives, and meet screenwriters you've talked to on Twitter, all while helping IMPASSE. Win/win!Estimated delivery:
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I WILL SURVIVE: All of the above, plus a 15-min skype consultation with either writer, Jeanne Bowerman (@jeannevb), on boosting your social media reach or with director, Michael Bekemeyer (@bekemeyer), answering any of your indie filmmaking questions.Estimated delivery:
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