It’s been a great campaign. Thanks to our backers we’re off to produce more Movie Length Tales™. Here’s where you can find us:
Hollywood produces only a fraction of the great screenplays written every year. Some of the best movies ever written are ones you won’t ever see on the screen.
- A quick aside: In the video we say those screenplays are locked away. They are, but not in some studio vault. That was imagery. (We’re writers!) The scripts are locked away by the many writers who still own them -- in file drawers and hard drives mostly.
We want you to see them anyway. Not on a screen, but as short books. We call them Movie Length Tales™.
A Movie Length Tale™ is more like a movie than a book. You’ll read it, but you’ll be at a full-featured movie as you turn the pages. It will play in your mind with sound and action and special effects, characters that you’ll recognize, settings as real — or as imaginary — as any you’ve ever seen on the big screen. It will unfold in real time and will run from start to finish about as long as a feature film. You can read one in two or three hours.
These little books are not novels, or even novellas. Think of them as written movies. Like the feature film it might someday be, each is presented in real time, written in the present tense to allow you to “see” the movie’s scenes in your mind’s eye as if they were unfolding on a theater’s screen before you.
And that’s right: The feature film it might someday be. Each was first written as a screenplay, then converted by its writer from the technical shorthand of a film script into familiar prose format without changing or adding anything: Scene for scene, line for line, beat for beat, this is a movie.
The result is an experience that’s as entertaining as a movie and as quiet, portable, private and handy as a book.
The concept works for every genre and every rating:
- Family fare
- Action and Adventure
Check out this video to see a sample and learn more about the books themselves.
Where does the project stand now?
We’ve created a few (18 to be precise), tested them as both ebooks and paperbacks, made sure they’re available wherever books are sold online and off, and set up a very cool website.
We’re ready to go. Now we want to go out and produce a lot more of them.
That’s where you come in.
We want you to help us bring them alive, which will take a bit of money and a lot of time. We’re good with the time -- we love doing this -- but we could use a little help with the money. For less than the price of a movie ticket, your pledge will help.
Where will the money go?
To the nuts and bolts of publishing: ISBN’s and bar codes; cover art and design; copy editing and proofreading; printing and binding of the paperbacks; a bit of marketing and promotion. We’re fully up to speed on ebook creation and the latest print on demand technology, so we won’t waste a dime of your money on learning; we’ll spend it all on producing. We plan on earning your trust.
The Hidden Benefit
There’s an important hidden benefit to these fun little books -- they offer a real way to lure younger (and even older but not-so-avid) readers away from streaming media and video games and into the pages of a good book, even if it's just for an hour or two.
Who doesn't think that's a good idea?
This will happen because:
(1) We're going to go out of our way to select our future Movie Length Tales™ to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, and
(2) The stories won't be available anywhere else. (Until, of course, one takes off and catches the attention of a big studio. But won't that be a win/win/win?)
See each level for details. Here are some highlights:
1. Like those long running credits at the end of a movie, we want to acknowledge everyone who pitched in. Here's how we'll do it:
- Every backer will get a slot on our exclusive advance-notice emailing list for every new Movie Length Tale™. Or not -- we respect privacy.
- A "Backers" page on our website. Every backer at or above $25 can choose to be included there. Or not -- we respect privacy.
- A "Backers" page in every new Movie Length Tale™ we publish through the end of 2015. Every backer at or above $50 can choose to be included there. Or not -- did we mention we respect privacy?
2. Almost all of our paperback rewards include an ebook, too. So if you only want one type, you can give the other one as a gift. (Don't know how to gift an ebook? We do. We'll make that easy for you.)
3. Signed copies of our paperbacks. Of course. We've even got a very collectible full set of our "Original 18," each signed by its author. (Only 6 of those.)
4. Mug and and an ebook. Gotta have a cuppa when you settle into a Movie Length Tale™, right?
5. And at the top end, we'll turn your idea for a great movie into a Movie Length Tale™. Check out the details. Only 3 of these.
Who are we?
We're a diverse group of writers and filmmakers led by Ed Gray, who's also a writer but more importantly a respected editor and publisher with years of experience who came up with the idea of Movie Length Tales™.
More about each of us is here.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we face isn't getting the books published. We'll certainly do that. But if our new Movie Length Tales™ are to gain wide acceptance, we need (1) to find the best unproduced screenplays from which to create them, and (2) make ourselves known to both the book-reading public and the movie-going public.
We're not too worried about (1). We're pretty deeply embedded in the screenwriting community and already know of hundreds (yes, hundreds) of first rate unproduced scripts. We'll have to talk those writers into joining with us at Aisle Seat Books, but the royalties we pay are the most generous in the business, and we've got other incentives as well.
Making ourselves better known (2) starts right here, of course, but it's just that -- a start. We've established presences on all the major social media platforms and we'll use some of your help here to boost awareness there. We've also established a much broader web presence at Tales2Film.com which we'll be building (and probably Kickstarting) aggressively. (It's still in the testing phases, but feel free to take a look.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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