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A fresh, fun look - as seen by the eyes of a young engineer - at the big dreams, and bigger egos, of the startups of Silicon Valley!
A fresh, fun look - as seen by the eyes of a young engineer - at the big dreams, and bigger egos, of the startups of Silicon Valley!
202 backers pledged $25,649 to help bring this project to life.

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the product

the startup is a planned full-length feature film, written by David Hockaday, directed by Jared Cohn, set in present-day San Francisco. A comedy-drama, the startup shows the many, ever-changing sides—from the absurd to the sublime, but mostly the hilarious—of life inside an early-stage startup.

The ideal runtime of 90 mins. will vary in proportion to our funding on Kickstarter. The 25K minimum would allow for a production of only 30-45 min.

So, we're boot-strapping. Our ideal budget of 95k or above would allow us to make a full-length feature of 90 mins. set on-location in San Francisco!

Your backing will help bring this collaborative, creative product to life!

our demo

Our demo above only gives a hint of what we would like to do. Like any good startup, we produced it for next-to-nothing, in a single day, on a moment's notice, gathering the entire team fast as possible.

Imagine how we would scale with a 100k budget—just 1/2000 of the Dark Knight's—and a month to film!

the team

the startup will be produced as an independent film, by Traplight Media, working in concert with the creative team.

Lead Writer/Project Creator - David has worked at multiple Bay Area startups, in roles stretching from engineer to founder, in areas varying from  business development to content, experiences which informed the creation of the startup. A graduate of Caltech, with a degree in physics, he lives in San Francisco.

Director - Jared is an award-winning director, writer, and actor, with experience in every stage of the production, not to mention screenwriting, process.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1714788/#Director

Producer/Co-Writer -  Jourdan Lee is a Playhouse West-trained actor, who has starred in multiple movies, including The Great Raid, and television series, including a lead role in the popular action/drama series “Point of Entry” in Singapore. Prior to arriving in the U.S., Jourdan studied at Actors Center Australia.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1334514/

Executive Producer - Demetrius Stear, influenced by the likes of Paul Newman, Denzel Washington, and Ridley Scott, journeyed from his home in Kentucky to LA in pursuit of his long-held dream to become an actor. At the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio, he learned the acting as a craft, using the Meisner technique. After work in film financing, he returned to his true love, beginning study at Playhouse West Studio, and producing independent films.

Why Kickstarter?

What makes the startup special is the story focuses on the unsung heroes of Silicon Valley—its engineers. The original concept—and the script itself—are the creation of an engineer—the one before you.

Studios can’t understand how a young educated man, or woman, in good health and of sound mind, could be most driven, not by acquisitiveness, but instead, a relentless need to create, build something, begin something, start something, beautiful and new.

Instead, Silicon Valley is most often portrayed as a game of high-stakes poker, winner-take-all. The hero, invariably, is the bold founder or visionary investor.

We want to lay bare the actual day-to-day struggles of startup life. The comedy is inherent, sometimes outright funny, sometimes laughter through tears, drawn quick by derailed careers, incompetent management, years lost.

Uncertainty throws the drama and the comedy in high-relief. There is something bittersweet about believing you’re the next preternaturally young billionaire and arriving the next morning chipper, energized, ready to take on the world, only to find the door barred and your desk overturned, curbside.

We have no five-year plans, no marketing guru, no tastemaker, nor celebrity backer. What we offer, instead, is our passion.

The actors who joined this project, with all due speed, the artists who selflessly contributed sketches, the musicians of San Francisco who allowed us to add our own creative layer to their creations—all of these—and so many other kind strangers and close friends—are each part of the startup. Without their aid a collaborative, creative project of this type would be impossible, even inconceivable.

The script—originally drafted one night when, faced with an unfinished novel and a mathematical labyrinth I dare not enter, I instead took flight into my imagination—that script—somehow found its way to visiting friend, an actor, who just so happened to be interested in startups.

The fact that from those fleet-footed thoughts, we now have a cast of talented and passionate actors, a crew ready and able, and a director, a consummate professional—that I’m now working alongside my best friend who, like me, ventured from the hardscrabble lands of the South, and my brother, and all kinds of new, fresh, smiling faces—that amazes me.

That’s the magic of collaboration, of creation, of San Francisco, and like-minded souls who exist everywhere—and given the opportunity—open their doors to the traveler passing strange and uncertain lands. The crucial part of building anything new is the start—when you're most vulnerable and there is always the temptation to turn back. Only with mutual support, which Kickstarter and a vanishing few make possible, can that initial, fatal, hurdle be overcome.

We want to build something wholly new. We run a real, immediate risk of absurdity—like anything truly new—but the slightest hope of chancing upon the sublime. Let’s start something, beautiful and new, let’s start the startup!

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    Become the Super Angel Watching over "The Startup"! Take a Speaking Role Written Especially for You in the Film or Take a Seat by the Director's Chair & Play a Part in Making the Feature! Receive Executive Producer Credit & Tailored Day in SF w/ Startup Tour or in LA w/ Day on Set & City Tour (all excl. travel); Join the Cast & Crew at Wrap Party in LA (excl. travel); 2 Tickets to SF or LA Premiere/ After Party (excl. travel); Signed DVD w/ Screenwriter Commentary; Signed Poster; Postcard & our deepest Thanks!

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