Thank you to everyone who got us over the hump. We appreciate every donation to this film. With under a week left every extra dollar we raise will make this film that much better. Keep the donations coming!!
We've been getting some amazing press. Our film was featured on SpikeTV.com, Nerdist.com, i09.com, Primary Ignition, Beyond the Marquee, Film School Rejects, Planet5D, Slashfilm.com, Movieviral.com, Cinemabyte.com, filmpulse.net, Geektyrant.com, Hasslein Books & Giant Freaking Robot.
You can make it happen. Your support makes it possible for our veteran production team to bring this unique documentary to life over the next two years. You have the chance to make this film project a reality and get it ready in time for its premier at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Back to the Future franchise.
That's right. This documentary is such a big deal to the Back to the Future community that over two years in advance of the “We're Going Back” celebration, its already booked to premier. You can be a part of that. Heavy, huh?
We, and many others across the world, think that Back to the Future has been one of the most culturally influential films in movie history. By backing this project you're sending a message: Back to the Future is an important piece of Hollywood history and Americana, and should be given the attention it deserves. You're telling us—and hopefully all your friends—that this movie franchise is deserving of a closer look at all it has meant to millions of movie fans worldwide, and what that translates to in terms of greater cultural impact.
If “1.21 gigawatts,” “88 miles per hour,” “flux capacitor,” and other such phrases from the movies have come out of your mouth, or landed on your ears, you've felt the impact of this series; films which surely number among the quintessential pieces of cinematography from the latter half of the 1980's. The importance of this documentary film can't go understated as we ask YOU to help us finish the project the way we've envisioned it.
But don't worry. It may be your density...err, destiny...to back this project and make Back in Time a reality, but if you close the Kickstarter project without backing nothing bad will happen. We promise. Still, if you're awakened by Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan threatening to melt your brain if you don't pledge, we hear that logging in to back us will probably get rid of him.
Ditching the scary alien nocturnal visitation isn't the only benefit you can get from backing the film though. We have a load of great perks for our backers. Like these swell Gildan soft-style tees in your choice of Sport Grey or Kickstarter Green. Exclusive to backers of this campaign, the iconic imagery leaves no doubt about how you feel about Back to the Future.
A real movie deserves a real movie poster, and we've got a draft ready to show you. The credits will be updated before the final version ships (remember: only two Executive Producer credit is up for grabs, so get it before its gone) and trust us: it'll look even better in person than it does on your screen.
Heavy, we know. You're totally convinced, and you're going to pledge before you leave the site. So thank you for your support. If our calculations are correct, when this baby hits $33,100...you're gonna see some serious shit. And unlike the Time Machine, when we pass the requisite number, good things just keep coming, so don't stop letting people know about the opportunity to support this piece of documentary history in the making.
So, after you back the project you should follow Back in Time on Twitter, and use the #BackinTimeFilm hashtag to tweet about the project. Make sure to like the Back in Time page on Facebook and—of course—share our status updates as we keep you appraised during the Kickstarter campaign and beyond. Plus, you should absolutely check out the Back in Time film site for news as we move into production of the documentary.
Watch the trailer on Youtube.
Still curious? Read on to discover more about Back in Time, and our team.
The first time I ever encountered a DeLorean in person I was shocked and amazed at the attention it drew. As a filmmaker, and a lover of the trilogy, that fateful event compelled me to examine what precisely the cultural impact of Back to the Future has truly been across the decades since it was released. I knew right then what the focus of any true documentary about the series would need to be: the Time Machine itself. That beautiful DeLorean.
With the 30th anniversary of the original film's release creeping steadily nearer, I knew that it was the right moment for this project. 30 is a big, magical number in the trilogy. 2015 is the year Marty, Jennifer, and Doc Brown travel to in Part II. If ever there were a moment to hit the gas and make the jump, it was now.
So I got the best people I could find who were also passionate about making this a reality. I found people inside the fanatic BTTF community and found that the more excited they got, the more I knew how right this project was. The more myself and the rest of the crew became, the more wound up the community folks ended up.
We're generating just about 1 gigawatt of electricity right now between the crew and the BTTF community folks we've managed to wrangle into working with us on this project. All we need is some passionate fans of the trilogy to help us get that last 0.21 gigawatts of power.
I'm pretty sure you're up to it.
In return for that support, we've got an amazing documentary planned out (and extra ideas aplenty for when we blow past our goal at 88 miles per hour) which includes interviews with some really prominent people in Back to the Future circles. From pillars of the fan community to cast and crew of the films. We've even got eyes on an original Time Machine. (Yes, the only privately-owned which happened to have been DeLorean featured in our trailer. It's the star of the film!)
While the film would have been fun, and relatively easy to produce on our own (with the amazing crew we've got, this isn't a film we're making for challenge, but love) yet it is a project we know can really become so much more if we hand it over to the fans of the series.
The extent of the excitement we've seen generated even in pre-production has been as phenomenal as the original films. With as passionate and loyal a fan base as Back to the Future enjoys, we felt it would be doing the community we're filming a disservice if we didn't throw our arms open and invite anyone who wanted to be a part of this piece of filmmaking history a chance.
Plus, we know that the more we exceed the goal of the Kickstarter by, the bigger a production this film becomes. We could have made a shoestring film which was amazing in its own right, but the truth is that we wanted to give the BTTF community and fans around the world the kind of documentary the series truly deserves. Something big. Something exciting.
So, with that in mind, we've got our eyes on some amazing heights if we can get the backing we know this project is likely to manage. More crew, more travel, more interviewees, more interviews, more bonus features, oh, and more more.
All that remains is for you to pledge, and tell everyone about this amazing opportunity to help produce this unique documentary.
Like I said, we have a long, long list of “oh, and if we get the money” folks lined up for if the funding goes really well. But there are some absolutes we can share with you right now. So, of the 10-15 folks we plan to interview in any eventuality, here's a handful of names we're willing to share:
Bob Gale – Co-writer and creator of Back to the Future. One of the largest advocates of the film to this day.
Joe Walser – Joe is a Time Machine owner, the leader of the Time Machine Restoration project, and an organizer of the We're Going Back fan celebration.
Ken Kapalowski – Ken is also a Time Machine owner and organizer of We're Going Back.
Terry & Oliver Holler – An amazing couple whose Time Machine travels have taken them throughout 4 countries (and 49 of the 50 United States so far!) and raised over $100,000.00 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research so far.
Bill & Patrick Shea – THE Time Machine Owners. These car enthusiasts have the only privately-owned DeLorean Time Machine which was used in the Back to the Future movies. (These two can be seen in our video trailer above.)
Stephen Clark – The owner/founder of BTTF.com, Stephen has been involved in promotion of the trilogy for over two decades.
Once we have more confirmations, we'll be announcing more names. We have some really great ones in the works that we're very excited about.
The inestimable duo of Joe Walser and Ken Kapalowski have given us their blessings—and excited ones at that—to premier Back in Time at the 30th anniversary We're Going Back festivities in Los Angeles in October 2015. This is an event that you need to see to believe, and with the power of the number 30 in BTTF, it's unlikely that an event like this will ever be topped.
We feel truly blessed to have this kind of a venue for the premier of our documentary, and the pressure of making something truly fantastic has the entire production team a little giddy.
Of course if you're unable to get to Los Angeles (and if you can, you should, just look at this) we'll be sending copies to our backers (at least $10 for a digital copy) the day after the premier. So you can watch it in the comfort of your own home, or take your copy to a friend's house to enjoy with some popcorn and a Back to the Future movie, or three.
Jason Aron / Director – Jason has been active in filmmaking for the past decade, and his work has been seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers. He has a background in the professional sports sector, having interviewed everyone from team owners down through players across diverse organizations. With an interest in the film series which dates back to recording the first Back to the Future film—line by line—on a tape recorder, Jason's commitment to the material of this documentary is second to none.
Louis Krubich / Executive Producer – Louis spent half a decade working in production for various companies—primarily MTV Networks—before becoming one of the principals at Hoboken-based production startup Malka Media Group. The company provides production services for a broad range of industries, including sports, music, education, charity, and more. While at Viacom he worked with a small team dedicated to creating custom promotional content for upcoming blockbuster films, an experience he plans to put to good use on this project.
Adam F. Goldberg / Co-Producer - Adam is a film and television and producer writer in Los Angeles. His screenplays include Fanboys, The Jetsons, Aliens in the Attic, The Muppet Wizard of Oz, How To Train Your Dragon, and the upcoming Flat Stanley and The Berenstain Bears. He also created the TV series Breaking In for Fox and and written on shows such as Community, Aliens In America and Voltron Force. His new series "The Goldbergs" is premiering on ABC this fall after "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.LD".
Greg Lassik / Lead Cinematographer – Greg's New Jersey-based Endless Wave Studios has been in the business of telling stories for more than ten years. His unique specialty is in telling the story of couples embarking on the next phase of their lives by creating moving wedding stories. The veteran eye he brings to the project will no doubt prove invaluable during our various Back in Time's travels. (...time travels. *rimshot*)
Ben Carey / Director of Photography – Ben is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He's made his mark on the production scene in New York city, having worked on hundreds of projects. Everything from music videos to commercials, and shorts to full length features has been his bread and butter since he started his professional career. A man of many talents, he's as comfortable with hanging the lightning as he is with designing the scenery or getting behind the camera.
Allen Calmes / Composer: Original Score
Jhah M. Balmaceda / Artist: Original Artwork
Jordan Rosengarten / Special Adviser
Mathew Reuther / Press Writer
Kickstarted Crew Members / Making Amazing Film
worked with amazing talents throughout our careers. Some of those folks would
be a great fit for the Back in Time film, but we need your help to reach and
exceed our funding goals in order to get them in on the process. It's through
the amazing support and passion of Back to the Future fans that we'll be able
to make the kind of film this documentary deserves.
Now, we're gonna make like a tree and get outta here, because we've got to get Back in Time.
But before you split, don't forget to pledge!
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is a notoriously slippery slope. Issues in shooting can, and do, crop up. But part of being a professional, and being a part of a veteran team, is knowing that you—and everyone else involved with the production—are capable of rolling with the punches.
Funding is always a question for a film, and we absolutely need the money we're asking for in order to make the kind of film the Back to the Future trilogy deserves.
Likewise, many production challenges can be encountered along the way before a production even gets to shooting. Yet here, with the Back in Time project, we've done a great deal of work already. We have a venue for the premier. We have commitments from many interviewees, and are in active negotiations with a number of others.
All in all we've done everything we can to get the project in a prime position to succeed before asking people to back it. We're confident that we have prepared as well as it is possible to prepare for the production process over the next two years, and we're eager to have you along to back us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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