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Rogue computer hackers discover a plot to monitor everyone on the Internet. They fight back. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on December 8, 2012.

Rogue computer hackers discover a plot to monitor everyone on the Internet. They fight back.

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    1. Creator Chad Russell on December 12, 2012

      I'd totally back again, I think as Greg said the word was just starting to spread, the back graph shows that.

      Good luck!

    2. Creator Greg Fenton on December 10, 2012

      Please consider trying to kickstart this again, from humble beginnings you got to 68% of funding.

      Given more time you would have managed it with ease, the word just got out there too late, this time you would have a good running start from day one. People were picking up on it, and people were buying in.

      My money is right here waiting for you to go again - and so are a lot of others that believed (and still believe) in you.

    3. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on December 8, 2012

      Thank you to everyone who backed The Root Kit. We really did something amazing!

      I said I would never do another Kickstarter and I plan on keeping to that. However, there's a small possibility that there's some independent producer or some smaller, more niche studio that would allow me to make The Root Kit without compromising its integrity. If I can find such a place, I will let you know.

      If not, then I will shelve TRK and move on to the next project.

      Thank you again for all your support, both financially and my helping me spread the word. We almost made it happen!

      Jonathan Schiefer

    4. Creator Marc on December 8, 2012

      Jonathan, I know you made a pledge lastnight not to use Kickstarter again, but i agree with Mark L. You should realistic this again. I'd be a backer at the same level again. Please let us know via a backer email or personal email if you will relist your movie. Thank you and goodluck going forward.

    5. Creator Mark L on December 8, 2012

      Yes they can list again. Obviously to help improve chances of success something should change. I'd suggest taking some time off, then sharpening the pencils and reworking the budget and the marketing plan, and then trying again. I'll be happy to back again if it is re-submitted.

    6. Creator Tim Frederick on December 8, 2012

      Does Kickstarter let you list again? :-/. Now you've got a good base to be able to get enough...

    7. Creator Rob Vincent on December 8, 2012

      I'm really sorry this didn't fund, but I too hope you still find a way to get "The Root Kit" made. I really want to see it someday.

    8. Creator Mark L on December 8, 2012

      Jonathan, It's too bad this didn't make it. I hope you don't give up in trying to get this funded. I would really like to see this made.

    9. Creator Bjoern Mueller on December 8, 2012

      DARN. *siGh*

    10. Creator Marc on December 7, 2012

      I found out about your movie from AdTrap. I've pledged as much as I can, CTO level. I don't know if it will make a difference, but I hope it helps in your last 4 hours. I'd love to see this movie made. Goodluck!

    11. Creator mwsmedia on December 7, 2012

      Everyone who's commented and pledged, please spread the word to all your social networks and specifically ask people to pledge! This is serious down-to-the-wire stuff, gang, especially since already late at night in much of the English-speaking world. Help Jon get there!

    12. Creator James Coleman on December 7, 2012

      With just 8 hours to go. I will be amazed if we make it! I love the idea, promoted it all over the place, and hope it makes it!

      Glad you started this project Jonathan, and hope people do not go and start removing their pledge. Hear me! If the movie doesn't get pledged, you get your money back! Do not back out if you wan the movie to be made!

    13. Creator Gil Megidish on December 7, 2012

      What a great concept! I can't believe I'm just hearing about this. (backed!)

    14. Creator Chad Russell on December 6, 2012

      Wonderful idea, just backed!

    15. Creator Brandon Munger on December 6, 2012

      Good luck guys. The intro video got me hooked on the story!

    16. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on December 6, 2012


      While I personally will accept payment in the form of Bitcoins, I'm pretty sure Kickstarter will not. But, if we can work out the logistics, feel free to send them my way. ;)

    17. Creator Greg Fenton on December 6, 2012

      I just doubled my pledge :)

    18. Creator Ross Pruden on December 6, 2012

      Do you accept Bitcoins as payment? Seems apropos, given the film's topic matter.

    19. Creator Chuzpah on December 5, 2012

      Upgraded my pledge!

    20. Creator Paulo on November 28, 2012

      Upgraded to $(bin)100000000! :)

    21. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 28, 2012


      ...and to answer your second question: Yes, $4 or more gets your name in the credit of the movie.

    22. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 28, 2012


      Your comments made it to my producer's ears, and to mine. And, a bunch of other people agree with you. So, we've changed one of the previously unclaimed perks. The CTO perk is now $256, and includes "Associate Producer" credit in The Root Kit, both in the credits and on

      As to my previous reservations, I spoke to my Producer, and he graciously accepted a title promotion from Associate Producer to Producer. So, he still gets the credit I believe he should, and IMDB credit is now available at a lower tier.

      Thanks for your comments, and for helping me to make this campaign better. Keep the thoughts and insights coming!

    23. Creator Paulo on November 28, 2012


      Oh, so anything above $4 gets their name in the credits at the end of the movie? Not just on the website or something? I understand that it will not make it to the IMDB or anything.

    24. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 28, 2012


      Thanks a great idea--one that has been suggested to me by many people. The problem is, I've got an Associate Producer who is very skilled and works really hard for me. I don't want to devalue the work he does, and the credit he should get, by offering the position for sale.

      That said, anyone who gets their name mentioned (as is the case with everyone with the $4 RTM perk and above) will have their name in the credits.

      The reason that the $8,192 does come with Executive Producer credit is because bring large amounts of money is exactly what an Executive Producer does. So, for that particular title, it's appropriate.

      Thanks for your comment. If you've got any more, let me know.

    25. Creator Paulo on November 28, 2012

      One very cool reward (if at an affordable price) would be the "associated producer" with credits at the end of the movie. The last time I saw this it got something like over 2000 backers.

    26. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 22, 2012

      Eric G,

      Of course. It's my intention to provide the movie at the Script Kiddie level in whatever digital format you all prefer. Basically, what I'm aiming at is something that you can download and will then be recognized by any DVD/Blu-Ray player (VLC, etc.). You can then burn it to disc or just watch it in the digital format.

      Thanks for the question.

    27. Creator Eric G on November 22, 2012

      Project looks really interesting. Can't wait to see the movie!

      For the "Script Kiddie" pledge level, would it be possible to have .iso images instead of .dmg? I believe that .dmg is proprietary to Apple. Certain programs on non-Apple platforms can read/translate them, but it would be simpler if a more universal format was chosen. Thanks!

    28. Creator Greg Fenton on November 21, 2012

      Good luck with the project, can't wait to see the end result. I made a blog post about this @ every bit of publicity helps you reach your goal :)

    29. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 16, 2012

      Kevin Old,

      I'm glad you like it. There will be two more interview segments with Larry Wall. He is easily one of the smartest people I've ever met. Conversations with him are always a pleasure.

    30. Creator Kevin Old on November 14, 2012

      Hi Jonathan,

      I'm very excited about this project and was even more when I saw the video with Larry Wall! I learned to code in Perl when I was a teenager, so this has extra points with me!

      Looking forward to more updates and finished film!

    31. Creator Rob Vincent on November 13, 2012

      Everything looks neat! I look forward to the film.

    32. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 13, 2012

      James Coleman, I caught that in your first correction comment. And again, right you are. While you're completely correct, that one of the major functions of a root kit is to conceal its own presence as well as the presence of other processes,
      I'm writing the scripts under the assumption that all malicious software is deigned to function in secret, unless otherwise stated, such as ransom-ware.

      Even so, thanks again for commenting.

    33. Creator James Coleman on November 13, 2012

      If I may once more... You stated it is a piece of software which gives complete control. When is true in most cases because that's the only use for a root kit at the moment.

      If you stated "It's a piece of software which hides itself from the user and allows complete control of the computer." it would have been correct.

    34. Creator Jonathan Schiefer on November 12, 2012

      James Coleman, you're exactly right. I was thinking that it's possible a root kit would get its instructions the same way a bot would. But, the fact that it set off your alarm as false means they probably wouldn't. I'm going to recut the video and post the correction later tonight.

      Thank you for catching it and having the boldness to let me know. Anything that makes The Root Kit better!

    35. Creator James Coleman on November 12, 2012

      Just to point this out.

      A root kit is really software which hides itself from other programs such as virus scanners by replacing dynamic link libraries or other things with their own modified version that gets in the middle and when it's being requested for the location of which the malicious software is, it responds that it isn't there.

      A spy bot is what was described in the video. A spy bot gets on a computer to spy on someone and relay information about that someone to the command and control center. The information can be anything collected from files, keystrokes, and audio/video/photos from cameras connected to the computer. A spy bot can also be a root kit if they do the above.

    36. Creator James Coleman on November 8, 2012

      This better be a good movie! I love the idea.

    37. Creator mwsmedia on November 6, 2012