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When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom. Goodfellas meets Misery.
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Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter campaign.

My name is Ashley Scott Meyers. I am a screenwriter (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0583488/) and blogger / podcaster over at http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/.

I’ve sold several screenplays over the years, and while selling a script and seeing it produced is exciting, in virtually all cases the producers made significant changes to the scripts leaving me wondering what the film would have been like if they had shot the screenplay I wrote. Well, with The Pinch I’m going to find out ‘cause I’m going to shoot the film I’ve written!

Through the SYS Podcast I will be chronicling my story producing this film. I’ll be talking about the Kickstarter campaign as I run it, and then I will continue to talk about the film as we move into pre-production, production, post-production, send it to film festivals and eventually find distribution. So even if you can’t contribute right now, please do follow along with the progress through the podcast. http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/podcasts/ 

I’ve already raised $15K, most of which is money that I am personally investing into this project. With only a modest $12K goal here on Kickstarter, the total budget will be $27K.

I know what you’re thinking, “Can you make a feature film for $27K?” Yes! The Pinch is a very contained story. Most of the action takes place in one small house with just two actors. So the total budget of $27K is realistic and should be enough to get this project completed. Obviously if I can raise more than $27K that would allow me to add production value and name talent to the project, so ideally we’ll push past this first milestone.

The money donated to this project will go directly to the production, post-production and distribution of this film. I have a lot of experience with micro-budget film making so getting this project completed shouldn’t be a problem.

Please keep in mind how Kickstarter works. If we don’t hit our goal we don’t get to keep any of the money and you don’t end up contributing either. So it’s very important that we reach this first milestone of $12K in order to get this project produced.

Here’s a log line for the story: When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom. It’s a limited location mob action thriller: Think Goodfellas meets Misery.

The Pinch is a tongue-in-cheek crime / action / thriller very much in the vein of something like Reservoir Dogs or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

I’ve written what I consider to be a unique, fresh, interesting screenplay which will resonate with a wide audience. But I’d like you to decide for yourself. I’ve posted the screenplay for The Pinch online for everyone to read. No donation necessary! Click here to download a PDF version of it.

This is very much a grassroots effort, so if you can’t contribute financially right now but have some other expertise that you think might be helpful, I’d love to hear from you.

I’ve already started to build the team for The Pinch. So far the team includes:

Michael Stagliano (talent)

 David Pinion (talent)

Sokrates Frantzis (talent)

 Emory Jason Hofferman (talent)

 Adam Strange (producer)

 Ashley Scott Meyers (writer/director)

Risks and challenges

With a micro-budget film, there are always risks and challenges. An actor bails out at the last minute because he got a higher paying gig. A key crew member can’t make it to the set because her car broke down. Or the camera stops working during the most crucial scene in the movie.

It’s hard to say exactly how each of the potential challenges will be overcome until the specifics are known. But I can say from my years of experience working on micro budget films that a lot of successful micro budget filmmaking is about grit and determination. It’s as simple as that. There will be challenges, some of them seemingly insurmountable, but with enough effort they shall be overcome. I have a track record of getting things done that I set out to do, so if this film gets funded, it’ll get done.

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    Mob Sympathiser - You’re not in the mob and you don’t want to be in the mob but you support this film! And for that, you’ll get a very special thank you via Twitter! Any support is very much appreciated. So thank you.

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    Mob Courier - Do you occasionally run errands for the mob and want to be one of the first people on the planet to see the film when it’s finished? You sound like a mob courier. So if you help us out at this level you’ll get a digital download of the film before it gets released on any other VOD channel.

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    Micro Budgeting Film Making Online Class - Once I’m done with The Pinch I’m going to be running an online course that clearly lays out exactly what I did to make this movie happen. How I raised money for the film, things I learned from running a Kickstarter campaign, and exactly how I produced this micro budget film. I will be revealing everything there is to reveal about this project. How I spent the money and how much I earned back from this film (plus digital download).

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    Man Overboard DVD - I wrote and executive produced this film in 2008. If you’re curious to see a film I wrote, I highly recommend this one! You can find Man Overboard on IMDb here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1186829/
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    Ask Me Anything - Got any screenwriting related questions? Need help with some part of your story? With this reward I’ll happily talk to you for 20 minutes via Skype or telephone to answer any and all screenwriting related questions. I’m here to help if you need it (plus digital download of The Pinch).

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    Mob Soldier - You’ve been working hard in the mob for quite some time now and it’s time for you to get a look at how this operation really works. Donate at this level and you’ll get dozens of behind the scenes pictures from the film shoot (plus DVD and digital download).

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    The Pinch Tee Shirt - Do you like The Pinch image? I’m going to be putting it onto a high quality tee shirt (plus digital download and behind the scenes pictures).

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    Feature Film Script Analysis - For a limited time you can purchase the regular SYS feature film script analysis package that we offer for just $79 (normally $89). See website for details (plus digital download and behind the scenes pictures).

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    Plug Your Kickstarter Campaign On The SYS Podcast - Are you thinking about running your own Kickstarter campaign? Would you like to talk about it on an upcoming episode of the SYS Podcast? I’m offering this as a reward if you contribute $100 to my campaign. This is a great way to reach an audience of people who are very supportive of crowdfunding campaigns. And it doesn't just have to be Kickstarter. It can be any crowd funding campaign you're trying to promote (plus DVD, digital download, and behind the scenes pictures).

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    5 Page Challenge - Would you like me to read 5 pages of your screenplay and critique them on an upcoming episode of the podcast? If you contribute $100 I’ll do exactly that. Or if you just want me to critique your pages privately, that works too. I think this reward will be a lot of fun for everyone involved, me, the writer, and the folks who listen to the podcast.

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    A Music Credit - Are you a musician looking to get a credit on a produced feature film? If you contribute at this level we will us one of your songs in the film and you will get a credit in the film’s credits and on IMDb (plus digital download and behind the scenes pictures).

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    SYS Email/fax blast w/ SYS Script Analysis - 1 Agent / Manager blast and 1 Producer blast and 1 SYS Script Analysis for just $250. The value of these three services is usually 109 + $159 + 89 = $357 so you’re saving $107! This is a huge savings and great way to get a professional evaluation on your script and market your screenplay.

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    Mob Informant - Are you a screenwriter / informant looking for a special assignment? Your job, if you take it, is to read the screenplay and give me detailed notes on it. We won’t be shooting the script for a couple of months, so your insight could have a dramatic impact on the final shooting script. And for your efforts you’ll get a “Story Consultant” credit that will appear in the film’s credits and on IMDb (plus a DVD, digital download, and behind the scenes pictures).

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    Mob Enforcer - Want to muscle your way in as an actor? You got it! Donate at this level and we’ll use you in the production. It might be a speaking role. It might not be. But you’ll be on set doing your acting thing and you’ll get a full blown acting credit that will appear in the film’s credits and on IMDb (plus a DVD, digital download, and behind the scenes pictures). (travel not included)

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    The Godfather - You’ve made it to the top of the heap. You’re the boss. The Don. The Capo dei capi. You’re running the show and you’re giving a very generous amount of money to the production, so thank you for that! We’re going to give you a full blown “Producer” credit that will appear in the film’s credits and on IMDb (plus DVD, digital download, and behind the scenes pictures). In addition, as The Godfather of this film you will be invited to any special screenings, festivals, or anywhere else a producer would go. If this thing gets an Oscar nomination, you’re going to be there! (travel not included)

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Funding period

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