About this project
You asked and we answered - Stretch Goals and New Rewards
For our first stretch goal we want to memorialize Back to the Future most famous number - 88. When we hit the $88K mark we will subtitle our film into 6 different languages - Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, German and English. We've received multiple requests for each so there you go!
For our second reward we decided we'd give you guys a 2for1. We will supply all of our fans who pledge $12 or more with a custom Billy Martin BTTF print that has never been seen. Secondly, we will head back to LA to film one more time with some amazing guests.
Behind The Scenes
Join the Back in Time team on our final journey before launching Kickstarter. See Robert Zemeckis, Alan Silvestri and more. To see more BTS journeys click here - Behind The Scenes with Back in Time
New Reward Levels
As we try and bring you the most exclusive documentary access we can, we've been hunting for the most exclusive rewards we can find as well. Check out these exclusive new opportunities.
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What is Back in Time?
Put simply, it's the ultimate documentary related to the Back to the Future trilogy. It's a film that digs deep into what these movies have meant to our culture. It's not a simple “making of” documentary, but rather one which explores the incredible, lasting resonance of the trilogy through the eyes of cast members and crew of the films, as well as some of the ultimate fans of the trilogy.
Plus, the DeLorean Time Machine itself, of course.
It's a film that we think was begging to be made, so we did. All signs point to that being a great idea. After all, at this year's Academy Awards there were multiple references made to Back to the Future. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and it's also the year Marty, Doc, and Jennifer visited in Back to the Future II.
Didn't you do this before? It sounds familiar.
Yes! You may have seen or backed our previous Kickstarter campaign back in the summer of 2013. We were fortunate enough to enjoy widespread support from over 600 Back to the Future fans, and we've used the money raised during that campaign to fund filming the majority of the film.
And on that note, we want to make sure we're very clear: every single pledge from the original campaign is still on track for delivery later this year, as promised. Nothing about this second campaign changes the original rewards, so if you're a backer already: THANK YOU, and you'll be receiving fulfillment this fall.
Wait, if you're already funded, what's this campaign for?
Back in Time originated as this little idea after doing a customized “flashback” film for a client. Originally we were going to focus on a single, iconic part of the trilogy: the Time Machine. But as sometimes happens with an idea that has found its moment, Back in Time has grown in scope as we've progressed through production.
Things we originally considered unlikely, or even impossible, have been captured by our crew as we've crisscrossed the country, and the world. If you'd told us that Michael J. Fox or Robert Zemeckis would have been willing to, let alone incredibly enthusiastic about, sitting down to talk about what the trilogy has meant across three decades, we'd have thought you were as looney as most of Hill Valley considered Doc Brown.
But we have those interviews in the can, and that's not all. Not by a long stretch. Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Bob Gale, Dean Cundey, Kevin Pike, and so many more cast and crew have lent their time to our efforts to chronicle the impact of the films. Plus some of the most amazing fans any movies have ever been blessed with, including Time Machine experts like Joe Walser; the Hendersons, who are responsible for bringing us hoverboards by 2015; and the Hollers, whose support for the Michael J. Fox foundation brings new perspective to what dedication a fandom can spawn.
So as much as we've carefully expended the money we collected during our previous campaign (and money from other, more traditional sources—including our own pockets when we needed to) the sheer scale of the film as it stands today is far beyond our original dreams.
The side effect of our amazing good fortune is that we've exhausted the funds from the original campaign, while there are a number of things we can still use funding for in advance of the premiere this fall.
But this isn't just an opportunity for us, of course. This Kickstarter campaign offers new backers the chance to pledge for their perks, and allows returning backers to add to their previous commitments. We've also got some limited perks that are new to this campaign, and are offering up one last chance for you to get involved—really involved—with Back in Time before we release it into the wild.
In the end, this is a film which is for the fans of the films to salute the incredible, lasting impact they've had.
A large number of the cast and crew of the trilogy, plus a bunch of people who have found themselves caught up by the films and had their lives changed profoundly as a result. But maybe you'd like to take a gander at these partial lists?
Robert Zemeckis, Michael J. Fox, Bob Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Dean Cundey, Alan Silvestri, Claudia Wells, James Tolkan, Donald Fullilove, Jeffrey Weissman, Kevin Pike, Michael Scheffe, and Andrew Probert are some of the trilogy's cast and crew we've interviewed.
MJF Foundation fundraisers Terry and Oliver Holler, restorationist Joe Walser, collectors Bill & Patrick Shea, webmaster Stephen Clark, author and historian Rob Klein, hoverboard entrepreneurs Jill & Greg Henderson, Secret Cinema director Fabien Rigall, author Rich Handley, Superfan and Community creator Dan Harmon, and our own co-executive producer and The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg, are some of the fans who have taken the time to speak with us about how the Back to the Future trilogy has affected them.
And have we mentioned that we have the DeLorean Time Machine on film? We have a few of them, actually. (Plus Marty's truck. And the clock tower. And so much other stuff.)
As you can see in our list of rewards, we've compiled quite an extensive list of unique rewards for those who choose to donate to this film. While many of the awards are self-explanatory we thought wed show you some of the amazing rewards here.
We have 27 amazing rewards. Check them out...
Jason Aron — Director
An avid filmmaker for the past decade, Jason has been heavily involved in professional sports filmmaking for much of his career. He has interviewed and worked alongside personalities from all corners of the industry—star athletes, team owners, pundits, analysts, and more. In addition to this heavy focus on documentary filmmaking, Jason has an extensive background in directing commercials for a wide range of companies. Jason’s passion for the medium can be traced way Back in Time, to when he made a line-by-line tape recording of a certain iconic film. He’s the original driving force behind this film project, and his commitment to the integrity of the documentary’s material is second to none.
Louis Krubich — Executive Producer
A production company veteran with a long resume headlined by an extensive stint at MTV Networks, Louis leveraged his extensive knowledge of the industry into success as one of the principals at Hoboken-based Malka Media Group, a 2011 startup. His production work at MMG routinely brings him into contact with diverse clientele. Louis has worked with star clients including Adam Sandler, Michael Cera, Cameron Diaz, and Tom Cruise; as well as with major brands, corporations, charities and educational entities such as Ray-Ban, ESPN, the Embrace Kids Foundation, and New York University. Louis’s Viacom past includes work creating impactful promotional content for major film releases—an experience he intends to rely on to ensure the release of Back in Time is everything it can be.
Lee Leshen — Producer
Lee got his start in the industry doing finance and marketing work at Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company. Having cut his teeth with these major players, he founded Patchwork Media in the mid-00’s. A facilitator at heart, Lee brings a vast array of experience in developing mutually beneficial arrangements to the table. His company’s focus on finding ways for branded entertainment and media outlets to benefit from forging partnerships (and admittedly massive BttF fanboy status) paved the way for Lee signing on with Patchwork Media to serve as a production company for Back in Time. A problem-solver with an unconventional outlook, Lee’s input has proven invaluable to the project ever since, and his marketing experience is about to be put to seriously good use.
Adam F. Goldberg — Co-Executive Producer
Adam is a producer/writer best known for his television work. He created and ran the hijinks-heavy Breaking In for two seasons on Fox, then followed up with The Goldbergs, the critically-acclaimed comedy not-so-loosely based on his own experiences growing up which once had an amusing, if less-than-clean, working title. With the series set to enter its third season in 2015, Adam is busy working non-stop on multiple new projects, including Back in Time. Adam’s extensive resume includes screenplay credits for Fanboys, The Jetsons, Aliens in the Attic, The Muppet Wizard of Oz, and How to Train Your Dragon, as well as the upcoming films Flat Stanley and The Berenstain Bears. In addition to being the force behind two comedy series success stories, Adam has written for many other TV shows, including Community, Aliens in America, and Voltron Force
Gregory Lassik — Cinematographer
Gregory is the owner/operator of two production companies: Spark + Boom, and Endless Wave Studios. He brings extensive experience with documentary and commercial filming to the project, along with an incredible heart. Gregory’s attention to always doing the right thing locks right in with his desire to, well, blow things up. His vision is influenced by this purity of purpose and he thrives on creating modern, electric cinema. His dedication to capturing the essence of the cultural phenomenon that BttF has become is expressed through what’s at the center of the Back in Time project: the raw footage we shoot.
The Rest of Our Team
As the scope of this project has grown, so has our team. To see a full list of our crew visit our website here.
Risks and challenges
Fortunately we've managed to complete the vast majority of filming on the documentary already. Barring some kind of “Act of God” we're going to premiere Back in Time as planned this fall in Los Angeles—during the 30th anniversary celebrations for Back to the Future known as We're Going Back.
The biggest risk of not making our campaign goal is that we'll be unable to screen Back in Time at as many film festivals as we'd like to, and that will mean less people get to see and hear about what we've put together. Failure to fund might also have a slight impact on how much better the final film could be, but considering what we have now vastly exceeds our wildest dreams for what this project was ever going to turn into, that's nowhere near a disaster. At this point we're adding little pieces to something already amazing, not working to get something presentable.
If we do end up failing to fund, we'll still be aggressively pursuing other avenues for trying to get together the funding to improve on what we have and to get more exposure. But to be honest, we believe in our film, we believe in the fans of the back to the Future trilogy, and we believe that a movie born of the passion we all share can't help but attract enough attention to succeed.
Long story short: pledging has pretty much near zero downside. Back in Time is set to be a phenomenal documentary which really gets to the heart of the immense cultural significance of the trilogy, and it will be ready for backers to enjoy in October of 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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