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Dream Writers is a present-day sitcom that poses the simple question: What if other people wrote your dreams?
Dream Writers is a present-day sitcom that poses the simple question: What if other people wrote your dreams?
Dream Writers is a present-day sitcom that poses the simple question: What if other people wrote your dreams?
591 backers pledged $75,557 to help bring this project to life.

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FUNDED!!! $85,000 STRETCH GOAL!!!

Thank you all so much!!! We can't begin to express how grateful we are to everyone that has supported us and our campaign. We can't wait to make Dream Writers a reality!

We have 100 minutes to go, and we know if seems like we don't need your help, but additional funds go an immeasurable distance in helping us accomplish our goals: better equipment and locations, better rates for crew and talent, and more opportunities with festivals and networking.

We'll be sending out a more official thank you shortly! Thank you again so much!!!

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11th HOUR REWARD:

We're down to the final hours, and we have EVEN MORE NEW STUFF for the end of our campaign! We have EVEN MORE new incentives, EVEN MORE upgrade options, and for ANYONE who backs or upgrades today, we're adding a BONUS SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION NEVER-TO-BE-REPRINTED BONUS BONUS...signed postcard. Ok, so it's not the biggest thing, but we wanted to have a special way of thanking everyone that gets behind us in these final hours. We're so close to reaching our goal, and we'd love for you to be an even bigger part of our journey!

How's about a signed postcard to hang up on the fridge?
How's about a signed postcard to hang up on the fridge?

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Hopefully at this point you’ve already fallen completely and madly in love with us, because we’re completely and madly in love with you, and well that would just be embarrassing otherwise. But, you might be a tiny bit curious as to what Dream Writers is all about...

Dream Writers is derived from a single, simple idea: What if other people wrote your dreams? It’s a concept yet to be explored in the television industry, and our goal is for this project to be the first. It's kind of like the movie "Inception" in that it's about dreams... And that's where the similarities end. Also, we don't have Ellen Page.

After an office shakeup at Project Lucid, the top secret government agency responsible for writing dreams, two best friends are paired up with an offbeat new employee. Together, the three battle changing relationships and workplace politics as they struggle to maximize their dreamer’s potential.

The sitcom focuses on Sam - a career-driven, recently promoted head writer, his best friend, Quinn - a fun-chasing, success-fearing underachiever, and Russell - a quirky, awkward, newly employed writer desperate for friends. The team endures a series of struggles in their pursuit of success, and even though the group begins to develop a loyal, tight-knit bond, we’ll learn that even dream teams have a B-squad.

Episode one of “Dream Writers” focuses on change. Sam is unexpectedly promoted to Head Writer, leaving Quinn as his subordinate, and the two must incorporate a brand new employee, Russell, as their third group member. In an effort to disband Sam and Quinn, their boss only gives the pair one day to train Russell, who struggles to process the gravity of writing dreams.

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With a poor track record, a failing dreamer, and abrupt changes to group dynamics, the new team has their work cut out for them. Sam, Quinn, and Russell must quickly learn to work together and record a successful dreamer, or their first job as a team will also be their last.

On the surface, it might look like we’re just a group of four guys trying to make a television show… because we are just a group of four guys trying to make a television show. But, we’re a group of four guys that are fully invested in our passion, wholeheartedly believe in our project, and maintain an endless pursuit of excellence. Plus our moms don’t let us use the word, “can’t”.

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With changes in technology and a major shift in how content is distributed, the entertainment industry has never been more accessible to creators. Over the past 18 months we’ve done everything we can do to develop an interesting concept, assemble the strongest team, and best position ourselves to tell the “Dream Writers” story.

We’ve been very fortunate to have the support of dedicated team members (focused on everything from development, to casting, to marketing), experienced industry advisers (from writers, to producers, to agents), and of course amazing friends, family, and fans that’ve been an invaluable help throughout the process.

The recent influx of projects, combined with investment in long term structures, is setting Atlanta up to become a top production destination for years to come. The next stage is to start creating and growing more projects from within. It’s very important to us that “Dream Writers” is a project made in Atlanta by Atlanta, and that we create opportunities and jobs for our community.

We believe that we have a chance to do something special. We’re very proud to be part of the Atlanta entertainment industry, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.

“Why in the world do they need $100,000?!”

Believe it or not, Television budgets can run into the tens of millions of dollars per episode (absurd, we know). So, although our target goal might seem like a lot of money, because it is, it actually sits at the very bottom of the television totem pole.

“Ok, but where’s the money going?”

There are two goals:

  • Film the Pilot
  • Position for Network Interest

The largest allocation of funds goes directly into filming the pilot: pre-production, equipment, crew, cast, locations, etc. However, filming the pilot is only one step on the path to creating a successful television show. Positioning for network interest includes the costs associated with: festivals and competitions, pitching the pilot, marketing, legal fees, etc.

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“How much are they paying themselves?”

Come on, now! As captains, you have to be prepared to go down with the ship... No core team members will receive a salary, stipend, or compensation for services rendered unless the show receives a development deal. We’re in it for the long haul.

Who doesn't want cool stuff?! We've created all different types of packages, so check ‘em out and see what interests you. If you don’t see something you like, let us know and we might create it! Check out some apparel below, with the full incentives list to the right.

Serve as a walking billboard with this Dream Writers logo tee!
Serve as a walking billboard with this Dream Writers logo tee!
Get spiffy AND inspirational (spifferational?) with this "Write // Dreams" hoodie!
Get spiffy AND inspirational (spifferational?) with this "Write // Dreams" hoodie!
Kickstart deep conversations with this "concept" t-shirt!
Kickstart deep conversations with this "concept" t-shirt!
We're told we might be the first Kickstarter campaign to offer a pillowcase as a reward. Be a part of history, people!
We're told we might be the first Kickstarter campaign to offer a pillowcase as a reward. Be a part of history, people!
a 20-page show bible would look great on your coffee table!
a 20-page show bible would look great on your coffee table!

Spread the Word!

The only way we’ll hit our goal is by reaching out beyond our own networks. If you’d like to see our show on TV some day, and know that you played a part in its success, please share our page with your own network of friends, family, and anyone you think would be interested… especially if they’re willing to donate.

Back the Project!

By pledging any amount, you’re giving us the chance to tell our story, and we will be forever grateful. Plus, you’re eligible to receive exclusive rewards only available to Kickstarter backers. Just pick out an amount that fits your budget, or a particular reward that interests you, click the incentive, and follow the instructions!

We believe Dream Writers is a story worth telling, and we look forward to the opportunity to show you why. Above anything else, we hope you enjoy what we’ve created. Thank you again for supporting our project.

Risks and challenges

This is the section where we wash away any concerns you might have, because “Dream Writers” is a guaranteed success, and there’s no risk whatsoever with making a television show! Ummmmm, not exactly… because that’s craziness. Our mission is to create a TV show. There are endless obstacles to making that a reality, just like with any venture, but we always try to position ourselves to act in the best interest of the project by:

Actively Listening
Asking Questions
Analyzing Options
Acting Objectively

At the end of the day, we don’t have all the answers, but we’re continually expanding our network of resources to fill in the gaps. We believe that with passion, drive, and objectivity… and your help, we can accomplish anything!

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    "Human Self Worth Package" - You're such a great person, all you ask in return for your donation is your name in the credits! We'll even throw you an internet high five as a bonus!

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    "The Temp" - Now you really have your foot in the door. In addition to the above reward, you receive a digital download of our pilot episode and a social media shout out!

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    "Writing Intern" - So you want to be a dream writer? Here's everything you'll need. In addition to the above rewards, you can start writing your own dreams with a Dream Writers branded notepad and pen. And for inspiration, the digital pilot will include optional commentary. Now get to work!

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    "International Intern" - Let's do this digitally. In addition to everything in the "Temp" category, you'll receive a downloadable version of our original web pilot, some optional pilot commentary, and exclusive digital behind the scenes photo stills.

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    "Marketing Intern" - Includes everything from the "Temp" package, plus a digital download of optional pilot commentary, a personalized postcard with a production photo, and a picture of us kissing a picture of you! It's only weird if you make it weird...

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    "Script Supervisor" - Wanna see how a show goes from script to screen? This package, available exclusively during the final week of the campaign, includes a digital download of the pilot episode and a signed copy of our script (writing version). See AND read our jokes. Endless possibilities.

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    "New Hire" - Can't make up your mind? Choose any TWO of the $25 packages! Two for the price of one!? Dreams DO come true!

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    "Employee Review" - Industry mixer and pilot premiere! Come check out our finished project and network with local industry talent. You also get to choose one of the $25 packages!

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    "Brand Manager" - Not in the Georgia area? We've got you covered. You get to choose a package from the $25 tier, AND we'll send you an exclusive Dream Writers t-shirt, never to be sold in stores!

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    "Human Resources" - Choose one of the $50 packages, bring a friend to the pilot premiere, AND we'll send you downloadable commentary for our original web pilot and an autographed poster. AND, should we produce season one, you'll get a free DVD box set including every episode!

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    "The Editor" - Includes all above rewards (including BOTH $50 packages), a "Thanks" in the pilot credits, digital PDF of our pilot script, "Level One Security" Project Lucid access card, and Dream Writers mug. And your digital download of the pilot will include exclusive deleted scenes and outtakes, never to be released again!

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    "Romance Specialist" - Includes everything in the above "Editor" package, but for early backers (and hopeless romantics), Dalton will be in a Facebook "it's complicated" relationship with you FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK!

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    "The Snuggler" - You're all about being cozy. This reward (available during Valentine's weekend ONLY) includes everything from the "Writing Intern" package plus a rare Dream Writers branded blanket. Perfect for those nights where you just want to curl up with a glass of chardonnay and binge watch some Netflix. So perf.

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    "The Snuggler Strikes Back" - We're bringing snugglin' back, y'all. This reward, introduced during Valentine's Day and brought back for the final week of the campaign, includes everything from the "Writing Intern" package plus a rare Dream Writers branded blanket. Great for staying warm AND building blanket forts. Multi-functional!

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    "The All-Nighter" - Includes everything from the "Editor" package, PLUS a Dream Writers branded sleep mask and mouse pad, and not one but TWO tickets to our private post-premiere wrap party! And should Dream Writers go beyond season one, we'll send you a free DVD boxed set for Every. Single. Season. Ever.

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    "The Cat Nap" - Includes everything from the "All-Nighter" package, PLUS an autographed, twenty page, full color show bible used to pitch the show to networks. And to help you sleep (or not), we'll send you an exclusive Dream Writers pillow case!

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    "The Cuddle Buddies!" - In a very specialized package, we've included everything from "The Romance Specialist" package, but on top of getting complicated with Dalton for one week, you will also receive a Dream Writers blanket to help you get your warmth on. So much stuff!

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    "The Power Nap" - Includes everything from the above "Cat Nap" package, PLUS a "Special Thanks" in the pilot credits and a Dream Writers hoodie exclusive to Kickstarter backers!

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    "Prankster Package" - Includes everything in the "Power Nap" package, PLUS we'll be your performing monkeys: we'll shoot a 90 second video based on ANY idea you give us (within reason), AND we'll send a glitter bomb to a friend (or enemy) of yours.

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    "Chat Pack" - Includes everything in the "Power Nap" package, PLUS a ten minute Skype session with the creative team where we'll discuss anything you want. We'll help you develop a show idea, work through a break-up, or just sing to your cats. You'll also receive your very own leather bound dream journal AND a standing invite to ANY ONE red carpet event in the future of the show.

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    "Match Package" - In this special reward tier, you'll receive your name in the pilot credits, a digital download of the pilot, and something we've all dreamed about... drum roll... a one on one date with Dalton. Goodnight kiss not included.

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    "The Kingpin" - Includes everything from the "Chat Pack" tier, as well as a bowling night with the creative team and an exclusive autographed production still! We'll also record your outgoing voice mail, and we'll make it as weird as you want.

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    "The Proud Dad" - You're now a part of the Dream Writers family, and that will be reflected in the pilot credits. This package also includes everything in the above "Kingpin" tier, as well as VIP access to the wrap party, including a special introduction. AND we'll have your photo visible on the "Wall of Fame" in the pilot episode. We'll even send it to you afterwards!

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    "The Crazy Uncle" - You are now a part of the Dream Writers family, and that will be reflected in the pilot credits. This package also includes everything in the "Kingpin" tier, as well as VIP access to the wrap party, and your named dropped by a character in the pilot episode! We'll also put your face on a shirt and have a character wear it on the show, AND we'll send it to you afterwards!

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    "The Hoarding Grandpa" - Our first Dream Writers meeting was on 11/12/13, so celebrate our anniversary with an exclusive prop from the pilot episode! You'll also receive every reward from the "Proud Dad" package!

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    "The Stage Mom" - Includes everything from the "Proud Dad" package, as well as a walk-on role in the pilot episode (non-speaking), and as part of our Dream Writers family, a standing invitation to any three red carpet events for the future of our show!

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    "The Demanding Aunt" - Includes everything in the "Stage Mom" tier, PLUS you'll be named an "Associate Producer" in the credits of every single Dream Writers episode. Forever. And as credit to your position as a demanding aunt, Nathan will fly to your house and do a chore for you. He'll wash your car, clean your tub, even make you a sandwich. Choose wisely.

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    "The Fun Cousin" - Includes everything from the "Stage Mom" tier, PLUS you'll be named an "Associate Producer" in the credits of every single Dream Writers episode. Forever. AND, live your "dream" of being a "writer" by sitting in on a writing session for a future episode of our show! We'll even take you out to lunch!

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    "The Favorite Sibling" - Includes everything from the "Stage Mom" tier, PLUS you'll be named a "Producer" in the credits of every episode of Dream Writers. Forever. We'll give you a walk-on role in the pilot (speaking), we'll improvise and record a personalized dream writing session catered specifically for you, AND we'll produce a sketch based on any idea you pitch us. PLUS, pick any of the lower tier rewards (even ones with limited quantities), and we'll send them to wherever you are!

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    "The Godfather" - The biggest and the bestest of every reward ever. This includes everything from every lower tier (even limited rewards), AND you can name a character for a future episode! And as part of your status as a member of the Dream Writers family, come and go at our pilot shoot as you please, and feel free to attend any Dream Writers event until the end of time. You'll also be named an "Executive Producer" in the credits of every. Single. Episode. Ever. You're basically our best friend now.

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