An indie film coming Holiday 2013 that isn't afraid to take chances, and tell a ridiculous story that most artists would be afraid to.
New goal, updated video!
We want to thank everyone for their awesome support of our project! We met our goal of $1,000. We still have time left, and we're not stopping. Our new goal is $2,000! With the additional funds, we would be able to find a composer to create music for us, as well as improving the overall quality of the film to include costumes, sets, and effects like squibs and explosions.
Let's make the most of this! Tell your friends about the project! Pledge for a DVD or Blu Ray! Join in on this adventure!
Who are you, and what do you want?
Fine questions! Please, if you will allow us to explain to you our mission, I can assure you that you yourself will become a believer. We are a group of hard working, dedicated twenty-somethings with a passion for making things.
We have been creating short films and animations over the last decade. Our work has been available across a multitude of websites, film festivals, and cable public access.
We love to make people laugh, and we love to do ridiculous things in the spirit of creating humor. We love what we do, and we're ready to make the next big step. We are here to raise money for a feature length comedy film written by Matt Cullinane.
What is “Do You Believe?” about?
"Do You Believe?"(working title), is the first feature length film written by Matt Cullinane. A comedy, visiting elements from his past work. It is a timeless story about love, hope, and dreams.
The film is the story of a young man who, by a chance encounter, discovers that the world is in great peril. He becomes discouraged when no one believes him. He decides that it is up to him to save the world from this terrible threat, but he finds that he is not alone in this quest.
He is joined by a Space Age Robot built in the 1930’s, a sentient being roaming the Earth in a search for purpose, and employment. Also joining him is a completely deficient time traveler from the distant future, confused by our technology and advanced way of life.
And you need $1,000 to make this movie?
That is correct. While a lot of smaller, low budget films can cost upwards of $6,000 and more, we're used to making frugal purchases and thinking outside the box to create great results from very little to start with.
We believe that an organized, pre-planned feature length film of this level could be financed on as little as $500. But that is a pretty barebones affair. A lot of costs would get picked up out of pocket as we go, and the production would probably be spaced out for a longer length of time to recoup the costs. $1,000 or more would make the details involved with making a film go much smoother.
You have to understand that money rules the world. Money will get us the supplies we need to make the movie happen, and to make it the best possible real-world translation of what is written down on paper.
If you take a look at our Logan's Run fan film from 2006, you will get an idea of what having a budget can do for a production.
While the locations were used for free with permission, and all of the actors and extras donated their time, the production easily topped $500-600. All of the clothing and props for the film had to be created. Other things that you don't see include food, and things like an air mattress for people to fall onto off-camera.
Why does it cost so much to make a movie?
Well, there are a lot of moving parts that go into making a film outside of the actual "lights, camera & action" part of the process. While the cast and crew volunteer their talents for the love of the project, they can't be expected to feed themselves. Food is the biggest part of making a film. Food keeps everyone in high energy and good spirits.
Other large costs include set dressing, prop fabrication, and wardrobe. We can shoot a feature length film across backyards, public parks, and in someone's basement, but that ultimately leaves up everything to the viewers imagination. One of the sequences we have planned is a large "monster" fight in a small city kind of scene. Having the money to set something like that up is a tremendous asset.
What is the money raised through Kickstarter being used for? Are you having to buy or rent equipment?
The entire project will be shot using equipment that Matt C purchased within the last year. A Canon Rebel T3i will be used for principal photography. That's right, we're not asking you for money to buy us equipment. All of the money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go directly into the costs associated with making this film.
When would you shoot this, and when should we expect to see a finished product?
We're trying to approach this project as realistically as possible. Like with the money, we don't expect the average person to understand the kind of time it takes to fabricate a film from scratch.
We're looking at starting principal photography in July of 2012. Using the summer and some of the fall to capture the outdoor scenes. Indoor scenes, including green screen and "special" sets would be filmed during the winter.
Post production would take over from there. The film would then be cut, scored, and decisions would be made if any additional shots needed to be added or if a second unit needs to capture small shots that are easy to miss during principal, like hands opening doors, or picking up objects.
The film would likely be in an early viewable cut by Spring 2013, but it would still not be finished. Any additional outdoor scenes would be shot in 2013.
We expect the film to be finished by next summer, with a premiere intended for Holiday 2013.
I see. So how does this whole "Kickstarter" thing work, exactly?
Good question. Kickstarter is an excellent tool for independent artists, inventors, and other creative types to sell their project to the world. Artists provide a cover story explaining their project to you, offering rewards for your consideration, and then you make a decision to back a project or not. Artists get funded, and backers get rewarded. It's win/win.
You may browse our reward offerings, and if you find one that you'd like to claim, pledge that amount, or more, and be sure to select it as your reward! The majority of rewards will be sent out Holiday 2013, but some of the special rewards, such as the car wash, will take place this year.
It's really important to remember that by placing a pledge, you aren't paying up front. You will only be charged when the clock runs down, and if the project meets the goal. You can change your pledge at any time, so if you decide you want to give more at a later date, you can!
We wanted to offer some really personal rewards, and not offer rewards that "earn" you a place in the film, or producer credit. If you want to be in our film, be in our film. We don't charge to share the love of our craft.
So clicking "Like" won't fund your project?
No, but we do appreciate the love and support from our fans, friends, and family. :)
Aside from "backing" your project, how can I help?
Spread the word!
"Like" our project. Post our project on your Facebook. Tell your friends why you believe in our project, and why you think they should take part in this. Remember, contributions to our Kickstarter are rewarded for as little as $1, and every dollar counts.
If they want to own a piece of this project, they can get an autographed copy of the film on DVD or BluRay. If your friend has a filthy car, don't tell them to spray it with a hose in their backyard for free, tell them that we've got a reward for that too!
We can't meet our goal unless people know! Tell your friends and family about us!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Every single dollar counts!! For your contribution to our project, your name goes in the credits of the film as having paid for the production. Thank you so much!Estimated delivery:
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For a pledge of $7, you will get a lovely 6"x4" "mini poster" of the film, autographed by the Cast and Crew of the film. Your name also goes in the credits as having paid for the production!Estimated delivery:
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This most amazing $20 reward package not only includes your name in the credits and the signed 6x4, but entitles you to download a digital version of the soundtrack. Have a home video you want to spice up? Drop our music on it. Surely, you'll be hearing compliments like, "Dang son, did you rip this from a masterpiece of film?" To which you can reply, "No, not a masterpiece of a film. Just some film."Estimated delivery:
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Gracious! Your generosity will be rewarded with an actual, physical DVD copy of the final film, complete with a personalized "Thank You" from Matt C, as well as being signed by the Cast and Crew of the film. Additionally, this special DVD will come with art exclusive to this campaign, so that you can prove to the world that you are a believer.Estimated delivery:
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You've always kept ahead of your friends and family. You adopted technology early, and now it's time to drink in the sweet, sweet nectar of your awesomeness. Our finest $35 reward entitles you to a Blu Ray version of the film! Marvel in the superior high-def quality of the film, be the envy of your friends! Feel at ease that when you lose it in your house, it will collect slightly less dust than the filthy, low resolution DVD copy your best friend and companion lost in his own respective home of choice.Estimated delivery:
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For $50, select members of the Cast and Crew will wash your car, in character and costume. Get your photo taken with us, and we'll make you an 8"x10" print signed by the Cast and Crew who washed your car, so that you have proof the next time you tell the story about how you paid strangers in costume $50 to wash your car. (Limited to the Lincoln, NE area) And of course, the DVD *or* BluRay, the 6x4, soundtrack download, and your name in the credits.Estimated delivery:
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Goodness. Are you for real? For $100, you will get a t-shirt exclusive to this campaign to show the world how awesome you truly are. This shirt, when worn, will grant you extra good karma. Your name will now appear as gold in the credits to reflect your selfless commitment. In addition to the car wash and other rewards, you will get a personal video featuring available members of the Cast and Crew, thanking you for your contribution to our project.Estimated delivery:
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Good grief. If you're serious about this one, you get all of the previously mentioned rewards, and something extra special. The Cast and Crew will cook and serve you dinner at a special pre-premiere party in your honor! A photographer will be on hand to take photos of the special evening. We will project the film at the party, months before it becomes available to anyone else! (Said party would take place in Lincoln, NE) If you don't live in Nebraska, or are not able to make it to Lincoln, we would be happy to have a big ole' Skype call, order you pizza, and broadcast the movie to you in that same call while we watch it with you.Estimated delivery:
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Holy smokes! This is the big one, the one we're absolutely certain that no one is going to pledge on. But what fun would it be if we didn't offer it? The Lucky Sevens grants you Deity-like status within the film. Your portrait will be displayed in the film, and you will be referred to, by name, as The Great One. A story will be told by one of the characters in the film about your heroic (or evil) deeds, and why you are significant in this universe. We will work with you on this, to make sure that you are happy with the story around your "character".Estimated delivery:
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