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SHOOT, POST & RELEASE A FILM A MONTH!

These films will range from 10-50 mins in the first months, then feature lengh too as the City Of Sin website grows. Once they are shot and posted, they are released directly to the web and mobile devices. 

MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION

All my films will then be placed into the one area. www.cityofsinworld.com  This will help me build a global audience around the one destination. The body of work will also be a great showcase, and the talent that are involved also get their work shown fast. 

WHAT IS THE £5000 BUDGET FOR?

The budget will be used to buy a camera for all the films that will be made, and sound kit. It will also fund the first two films. The first episode of CRIME LORD (50 Mins) and a short film (10 mins)

I am also using my own wages, and some small sponsor deals to fund the following months films. This budget will start the ball rolling on making a film a month for this CITY OF SIN world. 

WHAT IS THE FIRST FILM ABOUT?

CRIME LORD is about a gangster who is released from prison. He took the heat for his crime family, after he wiped out a rival crime family to protect them all. He's released after twenty years. He now wants some compensation from all his family. Who now have legit businesses. 

His family won't give him a fair cut of their businesses, even though he stayed silent in prison about them all. They all agree to kill him incase he talks about them now. The hit squad fail to kill him. He is now forced to take down his whole family tree to protect himself. 

In episode two, he plans to kill them all at a wedding. The same way he killed the rival gang years before. All in the one room at the wedding reception. 

WILL THIS CONTINUE AS A SERIES?

If the audience grows for this, we will follow this character build an empire over months, years. He sees areas in this new world he can exploit. A world were the lines are blurred between legal and illegal criminality.

The plan is to make CRIME LORD a series of films. Video pitch HERE

THE NEXT FILMS 

I will give the audience the choice of picking some of the next films after CRIME LORD. Backers will get the chance to vote on pitches and posters. Whatever film idea gets the most likes, that film will get made. New pitch titles will go on the CITY OF SIN website through this campaign.

WHAT GENRES WILL YOU MAKE?

Crime, Horror, Suspense, Thrillers, Supernatural, Drama, Comedy, Erotic Fiction, SciFi. The goal is to experiment with new and sub genres too in the future. I also want to reinvent genres. Bring fresh angles to them

WHERE WILL THESE FILMS BE SHOT?

The first films will kick off in the UK. Scotland, London, and possibly various UK cities. The plan is to spread to the US, and eventually European countries as my following grows. 

PRODUCTION AND RELEASE DATES

If funded, CRIME LORD will shoot in August, and be released 4 weeks later. Then the next film will be shot and released. As will others every month. 

WHAT IS THE "CITY OF SIN" WEBSITE?

All the films I make will be city based stories. They have their own individual titles, but the "City Of Sin" name is the branded destination title. In the same way the anthology series "The Twilight Zone" was the brand name for that universe of suspense stories. 

ALL my films will be placed into this social website to keep them all in the one destination to cultivate a fan-base. 

CASTING-WHO WILL APPEAR IN THESE FILMS

In the first instance, new talent. Some great actors, crews from my previous films are attached. I also have US name actors attached for some of the films. 

Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men) Bill Oberst Jr. Star of a 100 horror films. Other top talent and name actors are also showing interest. The US shoots will come later as I grow. 

In the first instance, I'm building this with new talent here as my body of work goes out there. I will not be casting film by film, I will be casting like a rep theatre company. 

I will cast for several films, then I write for the talent I have. I have already attached Kevin Pollak and Bill Oberst Jr. this way. 

If funded, backers will get to see me casting via skype for all my films. And the whole process. (Below, goal is to shoot film below in US next year. As I grow the following. Bill Oberst Jr. is 100% attached after reading script)

THE TEAM

David Paul Baker

David is the creator and driving force behind this project. He has three feature films to his credit., and a short. PASTY FACES, MISSION X, SCREEN, and CALL GIRL. He has spent the last few years learning how to make films cheaply to practise for this bigger plan. 

"I wanted to learn every aspect of filmmaking. In a way, I was also biding my time for this bigger plan. I have also been writing for 15 years, so I have enough fresh scripts and treatments to last until I die. 

Grant Timmins (Support Camera-Post-Production) (UK)

Grant worked on David's second feature film. MISSION X. He acted and shot the camera on the film. He also helped on the post production of MISSION X. 

Donna Langdon (Co-Producer) (UK)

Donna will be a Co-Producer on all the CITY OF SIN films on this first slate. David's partner of ten years. She also worked on SCREEN. 

CREWS

I use very small crews. I already have them attached from my previous work. I also have a lot of other talented people who want to work on these projects. 

I have also recruited many post people, composers, bands. Too many to mention here, but they are attached for various projects. Not just one film.

WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?

Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform that allows people to pledge donations to support projects. In return, the backers get perks from the filmmaker, and get to follow the project as it's made and completed. 

Films have always been made by pre-sale funding, but now, pre-sales can be done direct to supporters. ​ Kickstarter has raised over $340m for projects. New talent and established talent have been raising funds there. The Most recent was Veronica Mars, which raised just under $6m, and Actor-Filmmaker Zack Braff, who has just raised $3m. 

PERKS DELIVERY DATE?

Physical perks will be sent out in September 2013. Check the dates beside each perk to see earlier releases for digital content. 

ANY MORE INFO ABOUT THE PROJECT?

You can see videos I have been making and releasing on the CITY OF SIN website. Or via this link HERE

SEE MY LAST TWO MOVIES!


MISSION X (£1 PERK)

I am offering my second feature film MISSION X on the £1 perk. You can stream or download it. You will be sent a link to view it after you pledge.

SCREEN (£2 PERK)

You can also see my most recent horror film SCREEN. This won't be officially released until October the 25th. But if you pledge £2 to my kickstarter, you get an early preview of the whole film. You will also be sent a link of this after you pledge. 

Risks and challenges

scIn the film business, EVERY project is risky. However, I have tried to create a project here that takes every aspect into consideration. My goal is to make and release a film every month.

With three Features behind me, and the speed of the new technology, and post, I now know I can do that. My last feature was shot in seven days, and posted in 3 weeks. I also shot CALL GIRL at the beginning of the year for £450. It was written, shot, and released within 4 weeks as a test for this bigger plan

I already have a lot of resources and contacts to do this, but I need this minimum cash. Possibly risky challenges? After I have finished the first few films and released, there is no gaurantee I will build a big enough following to continue making a film a month.

Films are risky, but I am approaching this in a very sensible way. Also, unlike most features, I am not relying on distribution. I have my own direct to market distribution and marketing plan to start building my community. Making a conventional single feature film, then taking that to sales agents, festivals, distributors, is VERY risky.

This is not my approach. I am evolving with the new world to build my audience grass roots style over years with a prolific output of micro budget films.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.29

    You get a video stream/download of my second film. MISSION X. A gritty feature about a film student who hangs out with a team of mercenaries. He then goes on a revenge attack with them.

    You get access to this after you pledge. You also get access to exclusive video updates through this campaign.

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    Pledge £2 or more About US$ 2.58

    You get to see a FULL preview of my horror feature film SCREEN. The film will not be released until the 25th October 2013.

    However, I want to show people what I made for very little money, so I'm offering these previews until the end of this kickstarter campaign.

    Pledge now, and you will be sent a link and password to see SCREEN. www.screenfilm.co.uk

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    Pledge £3 or more About US$ 4

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: FULL BEHIND SCENES access to my WEEKLY VIDEO DIARIES. Follow me shooting a film a month for CITY OF SIN. Mix of doc style vids, and my iPhone. Sharing every part of the process. Backers always get these a early before they get released for free. Some footage will only ever be available to backers. See me casting via Skype etc, behind scenes of films. The LOT!

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: You get space on the CRIME LORD GANG label on the website. You get to embed your picture-video. You also get a url link of your choice.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: CRIME LORD 50 minute debut episode. Stream and digital download. You get it a week before the official release in September.

    Also, your name in end credits under "Thank you" This will also be on IMDB

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    Pledge £15 or more About US$ 19

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: 12 month subscription to ALL the monthly CITY OF SIN films I make. You also get to see them before the official release dates.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: CRIME LORD film on a USB FLASH DRIVE shaped like a BULLET (With key ring)

    Also includes extra making of content, pdf of script, surprise content, digital poster, and a message from the filmmaker thanking you PERSONALLY on video.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: "Associate Producer" credit in first episode of "CRIME LORD" Will be on IMDB in September

    Also, Official CITY OF SIN patron. You get to embed your picture-video on the Rebel Mouse home page of CITY OF SIN. On the "Patrons" label.
    You also get a url link of your choice.

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    Pledge £29 or more About US$ 37

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: Stream & download to HUSTLE SHOOT SHARE. My 90 minute filmmaking documentary I have been shooting for two years.

    Started shooting while I worked on my horror film SCREEN. Released online October 2013

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    Pledge £35 or more About $45

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: CRIME LORD poster. Limited edition for this campaign. Signed by filmmaker and cast. A1 size

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 64

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: APPEAR as an EXTRA in one of the CITY OF SIN films. Glasgow or London. Will get you in one of the first 5 CITY OF SIN films

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    Pledge £55 or more About $71

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: "CRIME LORD" Pintstagram mini spiral-bound book with thick glossy pages. Exclusive behind the scenes and posed instagram stills. Also signed.

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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 97

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: Get a book, painting, t shirt, you're movie poster, or trailer appearing in a CITY OF SIN film. Suggest your own ideas. Email me first.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 129

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: "Executive Producer" credit on 1st debut episode of "CRIME LORD" Submitted to IMDB

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    Pledge £150 or more About US$ 193

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: APPEAR in a CITY OF SIN film. Scotland or London. You can appear in one of the CITY OF SIN films.

    Will get you in a scene in the August, Sept, October, Nov, or Dec films. Small group scene, with a few brief lines.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $644

    ALL THE ABOVE, Plus: CRIME LORD "Co-Producer" credit. You can visit the set, have a meal with the filmmaker. You will also get a bag of cool merch.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,288

    ALL THE ABOVE, plus, you are an "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER" of all the films for 12 months. You can also visit the set of various films anywhere in the UK, or USA

    I will also write you a cool support part in one of the films. Message me first and let me know where you live.

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