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A movie about 2 estranged brothers. One thinks he can time travel, and one thinks the other is crazy. "What about Bob?" meets "Elf"
A movie about 2 estranged brothers. One thinks he can time travel, and one thinks the other is crazy. "What about Bob?" meets "Elf"
426 backers pledged $52,181 to help bring this project to life.

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THE MOVIE

This past January, a group of best friends got together to shoot a Christmas comedy. Even our ol' pal James Murray joined in the fun! As you can see from the trailer, it's turning out great. We've done as much as we can out of our own pockets and from cashing in multiple favors, but we have some hard costs that we just need your help covering.  But NOT without rewards of course...

 "My Brother, The Time Traveler" is a hilarious new movie from the guys who brought you "Dudes and Dragons", "Once I was a Beehive", and "Vamp U". This time we were lucky enough to team up with James "Murr" Murray, star of the hit TV show IMPRACTICAL JOKERS to make a Christmas movie you won't forget.  This is your chance to back the film, get your name in the credits, and see it FIRST before anyone else.

James"Murr"Murray and his clinical ferrets
James"Murr"Murray and his clinical ferrets

 This is an independent full-length feature film. (Estimated 90 minute runtime)  GREAT NEWS! Unlike most Kickstarter projects, we've already completed shooting the film, we just need your help with the final, very difficult steps of post production. We need to finish shooting one more Special Scene and do all of the Editing, Music, and Sound. This is a HUGE undertaking. But we are on track to deliver a great product. Now all we need is the last piece of funding to complete what we set out to do! Why not help us out AND get some amazing rewards? Check out the rewards on the right of the page. There are some really amazing packages, including a meet and greet with James Murray in person!

Check out this video testimonial from Sal Vulcano and Joe Gatto of Impractical Jokers...

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WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?

ADDITIONAL SCENE : There is one more scene that we missed during our winter shoot because it has to take place without any snow. We have to get our crew together and go shoot this amazing scene in order to finish the movie right.

EDITING : With the kickstarter funding we'll hire a solid editor to work with the director to complete the film. We will also need some help to pay for some awesome Visual Effects.

MUSICAL SCORE : We also have to pay the composer for an epic original soundtrack AND we need some great pop/rock songs as well. Music rights and permissions can be expensive so we need some budget to acquire great songs. 

SOUND DESIGN :This is also a huge undertaking and we will need a team of amazing sound designers to make it sound as amazing and real as it can.

Money will also go to the costs of the rewards, such as shipping and printing costs for DVDs, T-Shirts, Blu-rays, bits of Murr's soul, etc.

Please take a look at the rewards listed to the right of the screen and pledge for whatever reward you would like to receive. Remember SHARING the link is as important as donating. Please post the link on your Facebook and other social media, email the link to the Kickstarter page to your friends, family, and co-workers, and let people know about the project. Remember, this is all or nothing so you are only charged if we reach our goal!

If this Kickstarter campaign is successful we will be able to finish the film in time to release digitally, this Christmas 2017! We've done all we can on our own, now we need your help!

"That's right, we're talking to you!"
"That's right, we're talking to you!"

THE STORY

The Bernard Brothers used to be best buds. But when they lose their parents in a tragic accident, Jake and Maclain start to drift apart—lightyears apart— because Jake suddenly believes he can time travel. 15 years later, Maclain has started a new life with his wife Clare, and has all but forgotten about his estranged brother. He even sees a therapist, Dr. Murphy (James “Murr” Murray) to help him scrub the pain out completely.

But his wife has other plans. Clare thinks the only way for her husband to get over the past is to reunite Maclain and Jake at the family cabin for Christmas. Maclain is not happy about his Christmas surprise but he promises his wife he will try and be brotherly as long as Jake doesn’t mention his “abilities." They begin to rekindle their friendship of old, and  start to have an amazing Christmas, like the good ol’ days. But after some unexplainable events, the time travel questions can no longer be hidden. His stories are so eerily real that everyone wonders whether he is crazy, or somehow telling the truth. Maclain must decide whether to send Jake away where he can’t hurt himself, or to simply love his brother, the Time Traveler.

Think “What about Bob?” meets “Elf”. Sprinkle in some James Murray and you have the perfect Christmas comedy!

THE CAST

Jake Bernard - played by Jake Van Wagoner (Dudes and Dragons, Don Verdean, Once I was a Beehive)

the "Time Traveler"
the "Time Traveler"

 Jake is the lovable younger brother who fully believes he can time travel.  All he wants is his brother's love, support and a little licorice.

Maclain Bernard - played by Maclain Nelson (Dudes and Dragons, Vamp U, Orcs!, Saratov Approach)

the "Brother"
the "Brother"

Maclain is the neurotic older brother who thinks his brother, is insane. He is desperate to get over the death of his parents and live a normal life with no surprises.

Clare Bernard - played by Clare Niederpruem (Dudes and Dragons, Once I was a Beehive, Thirst, Nocturne) 

the "Christmas Bully"
the "Christmas Bully"

 Clare is obsessed with Christmas and wants nothing more than her husband and brother-in-law to be best friends again. She plots with Jake to bring them together, despite Maclain's warning.

Dr. Murphy - played by James "Murr" Murray (Impractical Jokers - TruTV)

the "Shrink"
the "Shrink"

Dr. Murphy is Maclain's off-beat therapist who suggests that he deal with his "brother" issues head on. But his quirky methods make Maclain question if he is a quack. 

Mr. Clark - played by Chris Clark (Stalking Santa, Pretty Darn Funny)

the "Hermit"
the "Hermit"

Mr. Clark is the hermit neighbor who is paralyzed from the waist down.  That doesn't stop him from his favorite hobby, the glamorous world of taxidermy.

Ranger Marge and Ranger Cal - played by Lisa Clark (Once I was a Beehive, Pretty Darn Funny, Stalking Santa, and Chatbooks spokeswoman) and  Adam Johnson (Dudes and Dragons, Vamp U, Orcs, Mythica Series)

the "Rangers"
the "Rangers"

 This couple to be, spends their time patrolling the friendly forest. But don't cross them or any of the park rules. They won't hesitate to write you up, even on Christmas.

Mom and Pop Bernard - played by Brad Johnson (Waffle Street, Beautiful Beast) and Hailey Smith (Once I Was a Beehive)

These improv guru's play the parents of the Bernard boys. They passed away in the 90's but show up continually in Maclain's dreams. 

THE CREW

Director - Jake Van Wagoner - @jakevanwagoner - his credits include, producer of Impractical Jokers on TruTV, Once I was a Beehive, and many other films. This is his directorial debut!

Writers - Jake Van Wagoner (see above) and Maclain Nelson @maclainnelson. These two clowns have been making comedy together for over 10 years.  This is the first time they've teamed up to write a feature length script, but it won't be the last!

Cinematographer - Jeremy Prusso @jeremyprusso has been the cinematographer on several feature films as well as directed and DP'd on the hit TV series Random Acts and Studio C. 

Producers - Clare Niederpruem @clare_niederpruem , Jeremy Prusso (see above) , Maclain Nelson (see above) and Jake Van Wagoner (see above) .  These four friends lived together in a snowed in cabin for a week, so what else were they going to do but produce a movie!

Let it snow... with donations!
Let it snow... with donations!

 

Risks and challenges

Honestly the risk on this project is very low. We have already shot and edited 90% of the film. We just need the last bit of help to get the project polished and edited and to your doorstep. There is not as much vfx as there has been on our other projects so we don't see delays getting in the way of finishing. If we get the money we are asking for we will be able to deliver on the rewards we have promised, in a timely manner. We have had other successful kickstarters so you can have confidence we know how this works and can deliver.

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    Support for a Song!

    For only one dollar you will receive a digital download of a hilarious original song from the movie, performed by writer/director/actor Jake Van Wagoner.

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    DIGITAL COPY OF SCRIPT

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the COMPLETE FILM

    Be the first to see the film with your HD download of the completed film, IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! Awesome right??? (Includes all of the above rewards)

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    *Signed DVD with special Extras!

    An exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition DVD, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW. ALSO Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of HD MOVIE, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Murray (that's coming later...) NOTE: The Kickstarter Edition DVD may take longer to send as it depends on when the distributor allows us to send physical copies. BUT you will also have a digital download before it is released to others, so you can still be the first to see it!

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    *Signed BLU-RAY with special Extras!

    An exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition BLU-RAY, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW. ALSO Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of HD MOVIE, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Murray (that's coming later...) NOTE: The Kickstarter Edition BLU-RAY may take longer to send as it depends on when the distributor allows us to send physical copies. BUT you will also have a digital download before it is released to others, so you can still be the first to see it!

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    T-SHIRT - Digital Download COMBO

    High Quality T-Shirt with "My Brother, The Time Traveler" logo as well as the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of full HD MOVIE, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK.

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    T-SHIRT and *Signed DVD COMBO

    High Quality T-Shirt with "My Brother, The Time Traveler" logo as well as an exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition DVD, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW. ALSO Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of HD MOVIE, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Murray (that's coming later...) NOTE: The Kickstarter Edition BLU-RAY may take longer to send as it depends on when the distributor allows us to send physical copies. BUT you will also have a digital download before it is released to others, so you can still be the first to see it!

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    T-SHIRT and *Signed BLU-RAY COMBO

    High Quality T-Shirt with "My Brother, The Time Traveler" logo as well as an exclusive Kickstarter Supporters Edition BLU-RAY, region free, signed by select *CAST and CREW. ALSO Includes DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of HD MOVIE, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK. *Does not include a signature from James Murray (that's coming later...) NOTE: The Kickstarter Edition BLU-RAY may take longer to send as it depends on when the distributor allows us to send physical copies. BUT you will also have a digital download before it is released to others, so you can still be the first to see it!

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    True Time Traveler

    Includes your choice of DVD or BLU-RAY signed by James"Murr"Murray and select member of CAST and CREW, a High Quality T-Shirt with "My Brother, The Time Traveler" logo, plus your NAME in the CREDITS of the film as a KICKSTARTER BACKER, plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of HD MOVIE, SCRIPT, POSTER, and SOUNDTRACK.

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    THE REAL DEAL

    Includes everything in the TRUE TIME TRAVELER reward tier but also includes an hour long Skype or FaceTime meeting (or in person, location dependent) with one of the key filmmakers (Jake Van Wagoner, Clare Niederpruem or Maclain Nelson) to discuss any aspect of filmmaking.

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    RED CARPET VIP EXPERIENCE

    RED CARPET VIP EXPERIENCE: This NEW reward includes everything in the THE REAL DEAL package but it ALSO includes 4 VIP tickets to the Film Premiere (in Utah, Los Angeles,or NYC, must provide own travel and accommodation). The VIP Red Carpet Experience includes a reception where you can walk the red carpet, get your picture taken, and mix and mingle with full cast and crew, including James Murray (subject to scheduling and availability, we cannot guarantee his appearance if they are shooting another project etc., but we will do our best to coordinate a time when he is available). This will be an unforgettable exclusive experience with a Cast and Crew Q&A afterward as well. NOTE: VIP Experience Tickets included in higher level packages: Associate Producer, Co-Producer, and Executive Producer. Tickets are transferrable. So if you are not able to make it and you want to make somebody's year and give them away you can… or sell them on ebay, your choice.

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    Associate Producer

    See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Associate Producer." 4 tickets to the RED CARPET VIP EXPERIENCE premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles or NYC, must provide own travel and accommodation). Includes everything in the THE REAL DEAL package. VIP Tickets are transferrable. So if you are not able to make it and you want to make somebody's year and give them away you can… or sell them on ebay, your choice. BONUS!!! James Murray will send you a personalized thank you video, inviting you to the producers team.

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    The CO-PRODUCER

    THE CO-PRODUCER: See your name in the film's credits and on IMDB as a "Co-Producer." 4 VIP tickets to the premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles or NYC, must provide own travel and accommodation) Includes 2 REAL DEAL and a one-hour Skype meeting with the Producers and/or Director to discuss all aspects of the production of this picture (in-person meeting available - location dependent). And Meet James Murray at the VIP Premiere. (subject to scheduling and availability, we cannot guarantee his appearance if they are shooting another project etc., but we will do our best to coordinate a time when he is available).BONUS!!! James Murray will send you a personalized thank you video, inviting you to the producers team.

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    Executive Producer

    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: See your name (or pseudonym) in the film's credits and on IMDB as an "Executive Producer." 10 tickets to the premiere (in Utah or Los Angeles or NYC, must provide own travel and accommodation) Includes 2 "TRUE TIME TRAVELER" packages and a one-hour Skype meeting with the Producers and/or Directors to discuss all aspects of the production of this picture (in-person meeting available - location dependent). And Meet James Murray at the VIP Premiere. (subject to scheduling and availability, we cannot guarantee his appearance if he is shooting another project etc., but we will do our best to coordinate a time when he is available). BONUS!!! James Murray will send you a personalized thank you video, inviting you to the producers team.

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    Christmas Miracle Maker

    THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE MAKER: You'll get all the rewards of the Executive Producer PLUS writer/director/actor Jake Van Wagoner will call you every Christmas Eve for 10 years and sing your favorite Christmas carol or song. (NOTE: This could take place over skype, facetime, or other technologies that may be invented in the next 10 years.)

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