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In the dressing room, the Ringmaster finds a Clown that has drawn a frown and tears on his face where there used to be a smile.
In the dressing room, the Ringmaster finds a Clown that has drawn a frown and tears on his face where there used to be a smile.
116 backers pledged $4,692 to help bring this project to life.

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Sad Clown short film

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STRETCH GOAL: $4,000 

Sad Clown Coloring Book

We've reached our goal with a day and a half left in the campaign.  It ends on Wednesday July 9th at noon.  There's still time to pledge, if you want to get in on the fun.  If we hit $4,000, any backers who's pledged $5 or more will get a digital download of a Sad Clown coloring book (in addition to receiving a download of the score!)  This additional money raised will help get Sad Clown through post production and allow us to send to some more festivals! All other backer rewards are still available. Thank you!!  

Synopsis:

This dark comedy explores the themes of love and loss, depression, and the struggle to "just be happy".  It is about how strong emotions can be hidden or shared and what happens when those emotions can overtake the rest of someone's life.

The clown’s job was to make people laugh, but what happens when he loses everything that made him smile? While everyone around him hides their feelings, this clown wears his on his face for all the world to see. The smile once drawn on his face has been replaced by a frown and painted tears.

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A note from the director: 

Jesse and I have been making up stories together since the first grade. In high school, film and theater became our refuge.  

Jesse Frankson, born actor. Circa 2nd Grade
Jesse Frankson, born actor. Circa 2nd Grade

More recently, we've begun writing together and trying to find time to collaborate on projects again. It's been difficult to find time for creative projects, but we've managed to write several scripts and "Sad Clown" is the first of which we'd like to bring to the screen and share with you.  It isn't just about clowns, but about the ways in which we deal with our emotions, when things seem overwhelming - which I'm sure, everyone can relate to.

I thank you in advance for your support, as we embark on this adventure.  We have a group of incredibly talented actors and filmmakers, eager to work on this project.   Films need an audience and we would love the chance to entertain you.  

- Jason Schumacher (director of Sad Clown)

Director Jason P. Schumacher
Director Jason P. Schumacher

Where is the money going?

All of the money raised will go directly into the film. We are not paying ourselves. It is a labor of love. Your pledges will help us rent camera and lighting equipment, feed our incredible cast and crew, create and rent costumes, create and rent props, and get us through the post production process of editing, color grading, scoring, sound design, and sound mastering.

A poster prop designed for the film.
A poster prop designed for the film.

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is a challenging and high risk pursuit, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. With your help, we can meet the challenges.

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    THE SIDESHOW
    Get a digital download of the Sad Clown soundtrack. Produced and arranged by Charlie McCarron of composerquest.com

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    THE UNICYCLIST!
    A shout out on the Sad Clown Facebook page and our thanks!

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    THE ACROBAT!
    A Sad Clown poster, signed by the cast.
    A shout out on the Sad Clown Facebook page and our thanks!

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    THE LION TAMER: A digital download of "Sad Clown", the script, and storyboards + other fun, exclusive behind-the-scenes content. AND everything listed above!

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    THE TIGHTROPE WALKER!
    A Thank You in the credits of the film and all of the rewards listed above!

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    THE CONTORTIONIST!
    A special DVD of short films by Jason P. Schumacher and Jesse Frankson. Some rare stuff will be on this disc! AAAAaaand - all of the rewards listed above.

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    THE FIRE EATER!
    Invitation to the private preview screening and after party AND all of the rewards listed above!

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    THE DANCING BEAR!
    You get to be in the movie! AND you get all those super cool awards listed above.

    *must be available for shoot times, at shoot location

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    THE RINGMASTER! Woah! You get Associate Producer credit on the film. (in credits and on IMDB!) And you'll get a special Sad Clown mug. And, of course, all the snazzy stuff listed above!

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    THE HAPPY CLOWN! Emoticons can't describe how happy you've made us! You get producer credit on the film (on IMDB too!), a fun dinner with the director, Executive producer, and stars. And the cool stuff listed above.

    *must be in Twin Cities area for dinner.

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Funding period

- (30 days)