Tim Powers' novel "Last Call" is a multiple award-winning masterpiece. We will be filming one amazing scene from the novel.
Welcome to the Tim Powers “Last Call” project.
Press release and exclusive interview with Tim Powers can be found here: www.ArcanaPictures.com
First off, for those of you unfamiliar with Powers’ work, let me start off by introducing you to one of the most original Science Fiction / Fantasy authors in the history of the genre.
I don’t say that lightly. I also use the term “history” quite intentionally – Powers is known for his “secret history” approach to story telling: he will take known facts about a chosen topic, find the holes in our knowledge, and fill those in with details that turn ordinary historic events into riveting supernatural thrillers.
On Stranger Tides – which has recently been adapted into the billion-dollar installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series – tackles Pirates, Ponce de Leon, and the search for the Fountain of Youth.
Declare delves into infamous British secret-agent turned traitor Kim Philby and his mysterious antics during World War II.
And then there’s the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Last Call – Powers’ take on Las Vegas. That’s where we come in.
We are raising money to film one scene from Last Call. Upon meeting our funding goal, the scene we will shoot involves Scott Crane (the protagonist) undergoing a bizarre tarot reading with Joshua, a storefront psychic. The scene is a perfect illustration of how Powers turns everyday life into chilling supernatural events.
OK… big picture. Why are we doing this? There are two answers.
First and foremost, we are raising money from other Tim Powers fans because this is a very cool scene and we’d love to sit back and watch it. (And yes, even though I am spearheading this effort, I am still first and foremost a Tim Powers fan.) I want to clarify that the Kickstarter money is for this end goal: a really cool scene for all of us to watch.
But to be completely honest, we will then be taking this individual scene and using it to pitch a larger project. That is, we’ll be showing it to development execs with the goal of turning Last Call into a feature film or TV series. So in addition to being a riveting scene, there may well be an extra bonus down the line. But for now, let’s focus on the Kickstarter scene.
Funding goal: $35,000
This is not a mini camcorder video shoot. We will be putting the money on the screen, producing a high-end finished product. The $35,000 would cover the expenses of filming the scene.
Location scout and rental
Hire quality actors for a 2-day shoot
Crew – director of photography, gaffers, grips, art direction, etc.
Special Effects – both practical (in-scene) and post-production (digital)
Editorial – equipment and editor, color correct
Music and sound design, mixing Etc.
Best of all, because Tim Powers is involved with this production, we have some really fantastic rewards, items you can get only here.
Short answer: it depends.
Long answer: It's in our long term interest to shoot the most amazing scene we can, to put the money on the screen in the biggest way possible. We picked the scene we did because it's a single location with just two actors, and cool but straightforward special effects.
If we raise more money, we'll consider alternate scenes: larger, more complex scenes with more actors, more effects. It's something we'll look into once we learn what the final tally is. But in the meantime, our goal of $35,000 will allow us to produce a really cool scene, one we're very excited about.
We have the option for the novel Last Call. Tim Powers understands how useful a promotional tool this scene can be, and he has not only given us his blessing, he has agreed to help fund the project by offering unique rewards. He'll be signing scripts, drawing sketches just for this project, and will even do a meet-and-greet dinner with some fans. And, schedule permitting, he will be on the set with us during the production.
Many Kickstarter projects give themselves 30 days to raise the funds. We're limiting ourselves to 29. Why? Because Tim Powers was born on leap year day... February 29th. And that's just cool.
Pledges are just that... promises to pay. No money is taken from your account when you pledge, so if we don't meet our goal, your credit card is never charged. And when we do manage to reach our goal, your credit card still won't be charged until the project officially wraps, which is on October 10th.
Sorry this was unclear. Basically, yes. If you pledge $100, we wouldn't send both DVDs, we'd send the better of the two. You'd also get the complete pdf ebook, not just the script version. At $250, you'd get the 16x20 print instead of the 8x10, plus the better DVD, plus the complete pdf, etc. Hope that makes sense!
pledged of $35,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 11, 2011.
Sep 12, 2011 - Oct 11, 2011 (29 days)
Pledge $1 or more
$1 or more – a heartfelt “thank you” and the personal satisfaction that you helped bring this project to life.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $5 or more
A web link to the finished scene. The scene will not be posted publicly for at least several weeks after completion. This link will ensure you have a chance to view the finished product.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $20 or more
An invitation to the donors-only Facebook page, where you can chat with other fans, and where the director and producers will be available to answer questions and post status updates.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $25 or more
An e-mailed .pdf of the screenplay for the produced scene.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $30 or more
A mailed DVD of the completed scene. (Outside of the US, please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
A .pdf e-book including the screenplay for the scene, plus storyboards, and some information on the production.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $60 or more
A digital image from the project for your desktop or screensaver.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $75 or more
An 8x10 print from the production. (Outside of US, add $10.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $85 or more
A mailed DVD of the completed scene with bonus material. Examples: outtakes, behind the scenes footage, interview with Tim Powers – details TBD once filming is completed. (Outside of US please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $100 or more
A printed copy of the script for the produced scene, signed by Tim Powers. (Outside of US please add $15.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $250 or more
A 16 x 20 print from the production. (Outside of US please add $15.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $500 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Only 10 awards available at this level. A unique collectable – as a visual aid for pitching the project, a handful of custom Tarot Decks were created. Only 45 decks were ever printed. Tim Powers has one, the producers each have one, and a handful have been given out during pitch meetings. These will never be available for sale, and aside from being a network or movie executive who has seen the pitch, there is no other way to obtain one of these decks. As the decks are already made, you will have this delivered in time for the holidays (gift idea for the ultimate Powers fan!) (Outside the US please add $20 for shipping and insurance.)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $1,000 or more
2 backers Limited (8 of 10 left)
Only 10 awards available at this level. A one-of-a-kind drawing by Tim Powers, created just for you. This is your chance to own an original piece of art by one of the world’s leading fantasy authors. For a very small sample of his work, you may look here: http://www.theworksoftimpowers.com/miscellany-curiosities-3/ (This reward includes all of the above rewards up through the $250 level.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (4 of 4 left)
Dinner for you and one guest (up to 2 people per reward) at a private home in the Hollywood Hills. The dinner party will include Tim and Serena Powers, the director and his wife, the producer, and a maximum of eight guests. Therefore, only 4 rewards are available at this level. We will coordinate a date that works for everyone involved, guests will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. (This reward includes all of the above rewards up through the $250 level.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (3 of 4 left)
A maximum of 4 rewards available at this level. You will be given access to the set for one day of filming. We will inform you of the shoot date and location with as much notice as possible. It will be up to you to arrange your transportation to and from the shoot, and you acknowledge that due to circumstances beyond our control, dates and locations may change at the last second. We will do everything possible to ensure you can be with us for one of the shoot days, but we will not be able to arrange the shoot around your schedule. We will do everything possible to have Tim Powers on set with us, but this can not be guaranteed until we have a firm shoot date set. We will be attempting to shoot between late October - mid November. (This reward includes all of the above rewards up through the $250 level.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $7,500 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
Same as the $5,000 reward level, except you may bring 1 guest with you (total of 2 people). Maximum of 2 rewards available at this level, as we need to limit the number of guests at the location. (This reward includes all of the above rewards up through the $250 level.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2011