About this project
Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! is our shoot-ready, live-action feature film script in which a writer, struggling in life, love and work, bestows his characters with his own problems sparking an absurd rebellion within the world he has created. What begins as dark imaginings quickly escalates to a hilarious collapse of the walls that separate fantasy from reality. Can the writer create a happily ever after for himself and his characters alike?
Who Is Somethingworth!, the first in our two-part comical, live-action short-film series, depicts the writer’s very own creativity working against him. One of the writer’s unfinished characters, a surly Brit named Phillip Somethingworth III, nearly undermines the writer’s relationship with his girlfriend as he pushes the writer to draft a suitable conclusion for his own tale.
Goodbye Girl (working title not to be confused with the 1977 Neil Simon film) is the second in the two-part short-film series that comically explores the writer’s emotional struggle to overcome the end of his romantic relationship with his girlfriend and move on in his life and work. The writer’s imagination again rebels as the fictionalized version of his Girlfriend, drafted by his own hand, commits herself to setting the record straight on his idealized sentimental account of their relationship.
Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC has created two smart, touching, comedic live-action short films based upon characters and themes in our feature script. In the fall of 2014 we plan to shoot Who Is Somethingworth? and/or Goodbye Girl as stand-alone short films for submission to festivals.
Why Should You Back Us?
You will enable Don't Mind If I Do Films to realize its first film initiative - laying the foundation for the company's future. You will help make independent film thrive along with all of the artists, trades people and others involved in the craft. In addition to making the short films possible, you will be planting the seeds of great future works while strengthening our film community.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is an online funding platform for creative projects. It is a way for artists, inventors, entrepreneurs and dreamers to connect with patrons and general do-gooders.You the patron ("Backer") contribute by making a financial pledge that is billed if the project reaches its goal by the end the campaign (May 31 in our case). You can also strongly support our endeavor by spreading the word about the campaign so that others will become Backers. This is NOT an investment vehicle for Backers - Per Kickstarter's rules projects can make no promises of financial return, employment etc. You can get some cool gifts ("Rewards") and fill your Karma bank.
Have no fear – you are not the first … As of April 1, Kickstarter had funded nearly 60K projects with a total of over $1 billion (yes, BILLION) pledged by nearly 6 million backers (there are nearly 2 million repeat backers)!
You the Backer contribute to the project and enable the team to realize our dream. In return we offer you some cool rewards (see the rewards side bar) and the unique opportunity to get involved with the project.
How to contribute:
1. Click on the “Back This Project” button in the upper-right-hand part of this page.
2. Enter your pledge amount
3. Select your reward (you can only select from those that are within in your pledge amount)
4. Click “Continue to next step”
5. Register with Kickstarter
6. Proceed through pledge payment (it is run by Amazon, so it is secure and easy)
7. If we hit our goal, the payment will be processed just after the close of our pledge drive – May 31. (Your pledge will not be charged unless we hit our goal.)
8. We will thank you and send your reward as soon as possible.
Remember, we need to hit our minimum goal to make at least one short film – Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition…. So please tell your friends, families, neighbors, co-workers … even strangers about our project.
The Kickstarter Campaign – Goals and Where the Money Goes
The aim of our Kickstarter campaign is to raise money to shoot at least one of our two short films.
We have set our primary funding target at $15K, which after 10% Kickstarter and Amazon fees and 10-15% reward costs, will net our team ~$12K, the bare minimum to shoot one of the two short films. Ideally we will shoot both short films, so we have set a stretch goal of $28K to produce both. If we reach above $15K but below $28K, we will either enhance the production value of one short film or possibly allocate the additional contributions to partially fund the second short (if we secure alternate funding outside Kickstarter). Funds raised beyond $28K will allow us to increase production value in both short films and support marketing and festival submission.
NO FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR "PRODUCERS' FEES" - Don't Mind If I Do Films will not be paid from Kickstarter funds to execute the production of our film(s). Funds will go to production costs including but not limited to direction, cinematography, acting, hair and makeup, props, equipment rental, permits, catering, post-production, etc. ...and, of course, lot's of coffee. The budget below includes food costs in the Cast and Crew buckets.
We would love to hear your comments on our scripts and encourage you to participate in the discussion blog on our website at www.ourfantasiesalivethemovie.com. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
In week 5 we will survey all our Backers on their preference of the two scripts. The outcome will be posted and help us decide which of the two to shoot (if funds only allow for one...). Our team will, however, ultimately make the final decision.
We also offer a limited number of opportunities for Backers to be involved in the production process itself (auditions, background and speaking roles, production experiences, etc.). See the rewards for more details.
Why The Project Matters
Your participation in our Kickstarter campaign continues the long tradition of the artist/patron relationship.
Our films aim to make people think while keeping them highly entertained. This requires great technical and creative talent. Your patronage enables the collaboration of artists and trades people passionate about film to execute their craft. Ultimately, your participation will make our film possible and strengthen our film community.
Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC (DMIIDF) is a new production company based in St. Paul, MN that produces, markets and sells narrative short and feature films for successful, multichannel distribution. Our mission is to acquire and/or develop smart screenplays with the end goal of producing outstanding films that deliver artistic grace and engaging entertainment. DMIIDF is committed to the cultivation of a great creative work environment, absent of discrimination, in which all contributors can flourish
Brett Andres - Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal - Brett is an actor and writer with 15+ years experience. Most recently Brett won best web series at the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival contest for his Ghost Sasquatch. Brett is also a human resources professional.
Colin Markowitz - Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal - Colin began early on as an actor and troupe manager. He cemented his transition into film and television by completing the highly selective Directors Guild of America's Assistant Director Trainee Program. Colin has worked in various capacities on many productions, including Board to Death, The Amazing Spiderman, 30 Rock, The Taking of Pelham 123, Salt, and How to Make it America.
Daniel Markowitz – Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal Daniel has 20 years of domestic and international business experience in strategic marketing, commercial finance, quality management and sales. Daniel has driven innovation and commercial success at large multinationals (HB Fuller Company and General Electric) and start-ups.
Zac Springer - Production - Zac Springer is an award-winning web-series creator, editor, and manages the post-production for a top Fortune 500 company. He’s been a producer for TVGuide.com, covering both the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. While living in New York City for the last 10 years, Zac has also worked as a director and actor. Zac received his BFA in Acting from Boston University.
Mike P. Nelson - Direction - Mike works independently and commercially as a director and producer. He currently works as Head of Film Production at MAKE in Minneapolis, MN. Whether he is shooting, editing, directing, or producing; working on a feature or putting together a commercial, Mike's focus remains creating imaginative, stylized, story driven work. By night he is a ravenous independent filmmaker churning out the dark, the weird, and the insatiably tasty movie.
Nick Junkersfeld - Cinematography - Nick is a Director of Photography based in Minneapolis and has photographed numerous commercial, narrative and documentary projects in the Twin Cities and abroad. Perpetually striving to elevate every film he's a part of, Nick has proven to be a visual artist and collaborator of exceptional standards.
Lynn Blumenthal - Casting - Since 1989, Lynn has been casting film, television, commercials and industrial/web projects. Her passion for the business is only outweighed by her respect and love for the actors and clients she feels so honored to work with. For over 20 years, Lynn Blumenthal Casting has been providing clients around the country with an impeccable eye for talent and the ability to direct the best performance from them. Lynn’s work is based on the fundamental belief that honesty and integrity are paramount in the casting process. Lynn has worked with some of the best film directors (David Lynch, Sam Raimi, Tony Bill, Ted Demme) and producers (Michael Polaire, Alan Blomquist, Barry Mendel, Christine Walker).
Zach Coulter – Score & Soundtrack - Zach is a critically acclaimed song writer, performer and music producer. He currently plays with Solid Gold as well as a new collaboration with Cecil Otter of Doomtree called Commanders. Zach looks forward to applying his years of creative musical experience to elevate Who is Somethingworth? and Goodbye Girl.
Michael Caulfield – Creative - Mick Caulfield is an edgy comedic screenwriter with a passion for film.
Justin Ayd - Social Media & Marketing - Justin is a Minneapolis based independent filmmaker who is interested in telling small-scale stories about the intimate and revealing day-to-day dilemmas of human existence. Most recently his short subject documentary, The Man in the Booth, was selected for MNTV 2013, an annual three-part series produced in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, Twin Cities Public Television and the Walker Art Center. Justin also works as a freelance videographer & editor, social media curator for Willow Creek Cinemas Twelve, and contributing blogger for Plymouth MN Patch.
Caitlin Bixby – Press & Media Relations - Caitlin is a senior at Macalester College pursuing a degree in media and cultural studies. She enjoys studying social media from a critical perspective, using post-modern media theories as constructive lenses. Caitlin's personal interests lie in fashion, where she has started to establish herself with a street style internship with CollegeFashionista and her own personal style blog.
Evelyn Maly – Business Analysis & Creative - Evelyn is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is majoring in marketing and enjoys incorporating her creative skills into business projects. Evelyn has a strong passion for movie making, specifically writing, and cinematography, as well as the marketing and distribution sides. Evelyn will be working as a Business Analyst Intern at Target in the summer of 2014.
Jason Norman – Illustration & Design - Jason currently works in Minneapolis as a freelance and contract visual artist, having worked with a variety of international and local musicians, designers, production companies, and commercial goods and apparel manufacturers- creating hand rendered and digital illustrations and identity systems for use in print and across the internet. Ultimately the final product of the art Jason creates is an amalgamation of experiences, cultures, locations and classes embodied in a singular and inimitable union of diverging expression and mediums.
1. There is no offer of employment or financial compensation to Backers. (This is a KickStarter rule)
2. All content posted on discussion forums, submitted by email or conveyed to Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC is contributed voluntarily and deemed intellectual property of Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC. Such contributions represent no claim on behalf of parties outside of Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC including but not limited to ownership, financial or other reimbursement.
3. We reserve the exclusive right to determine the final selection of fund allocation to our short film project within the parameters described above (i.e., which short film we make, if not both).
Risks and challenges
Possible Challenges & Contingency Plans:
1. Production Collaborator Conflict – We have assembled an outstanding team of volunteers to support our strategic planning, business analysis, marketing/PR/social media, etc. We have also attracted capable collaborators for direction, cinematography, casting, etc. As with any venture there is the risk of team members' professional or personal conflicts impeding their continued work on our initiative. Our team is well networked and has a successful track record of attracting highly creative talent. We continue to network and have already identified additional collaborators should they be required. Our team, however, is a highly cohesive and committed group, all driven to see the realization of our short and feature films succeed.
2. Production Cost Overrun – We have many, many years of business and film production experience on our team that enables us to accurately budget for the production of our films. In addition our team members have built capital in the local film and business communities that enables us to budget cost-effectively. We can rely on our networks for support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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