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Four friends are pulled into Funemployment by the lure of a new business in this stark, comedic look at the Austin startup scene.
Four friends are pulled into Funemployment by the lure of a new business in this stark, comedic look at the Austin startup scene.
Four friends are pulled into Funemployment by the lure of a new business in this stark, comedic look at the Austin startup scene.
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Logline: After getting laid off from his 9-5 corporate job, a regimented young man joins his best friend's startup and is forced to rediscover who he is through the personal and professional turmoil of being an entrepreneur. 

The story is about 4 people who become friends and business partners in the Austin startup scene. It is based off of a lot my own personal experience as I navigated my way through Austin's unique startup culture. I am constantly amazed by the tenacity and courage that many entrepreneurs have in order to face the sometimes harsh, ephemeral landscape of the startup world, a world where opportunities seem to come as quickly as they go.  

Using the growing Austin scene as a backdrop, Funemployment sheds light on the good and bad times that come with being a part of a startup. 

1. Showcases Startup Culture

For anyone who has attempted to start their own company or has a friend who has, Funemployment touches upon the trials and tribulations of becoming an entrepreneur. 

2. Teaches People What it Means to Take a Chance

In the end, this film hopes to inspire people to take a risk in something they believe in. 

3. People Love Austin

Austin is very much a character in this movie. Considering that Austin is now on Forbes magazine's top growing cities in the United States, it is a place that many people are watching. 

4. Tells a compelling story

Like many filmmakers out there, it has been a dream of mine for almost my entire life to make my first feature film. I used to think about this moment as a kid, pretending to recreate sword fights in the basement with my friends. I recall making my first film, a commercial about why people should read science fiction novels, with my dad's old VHS camera. 

Seeing Funemployment come to life has been a surreal experience. 

This particular film is extremely important to me because of the theme it embodies: take a chance in what you believe in. 5 years ago, I left my corporate job in order to pursue my passion for filmmaking and I have never looked back since. This film honors the journey I took to get to where I am now, running my own production company, Moth to Flame doing what I love to do, having the privilege to produce/direct this film and work with an incredible team of dedicated people.

So many people have donated their time to seeing the film through the production process. It would be a significant let down to the entire team of 60 plus cast and crew members if this film could not be completed due to the lack of funding. 

Currently, we have managed to film the majority of the project using the money I have saved up for the past few years ($5,000). The money has gone to feeding crew and securing equipment. No crew or cast member has been paid yet. The hope is that any remainder from the Kickstarter (after the film is completed) will go to the cast & crew for all their hard work.

The majority of the film has relied on the kindness of local businesses, talent, crew, friends, and family, who have donated their time, locations, and other supplies. 

Unfortunately, the most expensive work comes in the post production process. In order to finish this film, we really need your help. In fact, we pretty much will not be able to complete the film without funding. Below is a list of ways in which your funding will help with:

Post-Production 

  • Sound/ADR (automated dialogue replacement) - $15,000+
  • Original scoring/Music Licensing - $10,000+
  • Film coloring - $5,000+
  • Animation - $5,000+
  • Film marketing and festival submission fees - $2,000+
  • Remaining amount, used to pay the cast & crew 

This obviously adds up to more than our target goal. $25,000 is the bare minimum to finish the film. We calculated that if we raise at least our goal we will try to make up the rest through other avenues. 

We really need your help! Learn more!

We are very committed to finishing this film. If you want to know more about the film, please visit: http://areyoufunemployed.com to download the Interactive Funemployment press kit, which contains behind the scenes still photos, interviews, and Cast & Crew IMDB pages and biographies. To highlight a few folks since we have a 30+ cast, here are a few key members. 

Funemployment Leads
Funemployment Leads

About 90% of the cast and crew are from Austin, Texas. 10% are within Texas, from Midland, San Antonio, and San Marcos. We tried to keep the crew local in order to save money and to fit our loose schedule, which had to rely on everyone's flexibility due to donated equipment and locations. Two of our actors have since moved to Los Angeles, California. 

ADAM DUNCAN (Nick) - is a full-time actor & model. He has appeared in multiple shorts and film projects. Funemployment is his debut feature as a lead. He has appeared in multiple national commercial spots, including Men's Warehouse and Act. 

SHAYLA BAGIR (Kelsey) - is an actress and producer. She has been involved with several commercials, shorts, and features and has won numerous awards for her acting talents.

DUNTE HECTOR (Tre) - is a full-time health and fitness trainer/entrepreneur. This is his first acting experience, but he has since Funemployment acted in other projects. He travels and trains people nationally.

ALEX DOBRENKO (Phil) - is an actor who recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time. He has appeared in multiple shorts, commercials, and features. His recent short "Arlo & Julie"  will be shown in the 2014 SXSW showcase. The short  "Hell No" went viral online. 


Please please please help us out, whether by donating or simply sharing the project with your social network. We really appreciate the time you have taken to read about our project and support this life long dream.

Director & the DPs
Director & the DPs

Christine, Jonny, Alex, and Will have all directed, filmed, and pretty much done every single job there is to do to complete a film project. All of us have been a part of multiple music videos, shorts, features, and commercials. We are united by our love for making movies. Though Jonny was the lead Director of Photography on the project, due to the low-budget nature of the film, Alex and Will were brought on in order to finish film production in a timely matter. Basically, we worked around our regular full-time work schedules (filming commercials and other projects) and volunteered whatever free time we had to Funemployment. This meant juggling a lot of scheduling to get this passion project finished.

To thank you all, here are images of a few of the prizes we are offering! 

Choice of Coffee or Drink? ($25+)
Choice of Coffee or Drink? ($25+)
Girl's V-Neck or Men's Crew Neck Shirt ($50) + Funemployment DVD
Girl's V-Neck or Men's Crew Neck Shirt ($50) + Funemployment DVD
Double-Sided Uberpong Ping-Pong Paddle ($100+)
Double-Sided Uberpong Ping-Pong Paddle ($100+)
Funemployment Movie Poster
Funemployment Movie Poster
Funemployment Director's Chair ($1000+)
Funemployment Director's Chair ($1000+)
Negotiable... Just Kidding. But seriously, negotiable. Well...
Negotiable... Just Kidding. But seriously, negotiable. Well...

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Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in completing this project comes in the post-production process. Without the proper backing, it will be nearly impossible to have a final product that will possess the quality necessary to qualify for film festivals.

We are confident you don't want to see a beautiful film with super crappy sound and stock music.

The only set back we anticipate is literally not having the money to finish the post-production process. Below is a detailed calculation in regards to where money will be spent moving forward.

ADR/Foley - The film will take a total of 300 hours minimum in order to finish the ADR process. Due to a limited budget, we were not able to shut down restaurants and film in controlled sound environments. Most of the sound will have to be replaced. This is an extremely conservative estimate given that our trailer took a total of 20 hours to complete and it is only 2.5 minutes long. ($15,000 at least)

Original Soundtrack - All of the music will be scored and this requires more studio time, payments to the musicians, and more. ($10,000 at least)

Colorist - To get that film look, the entire film will have to go through an intensive coloring process. This requires some software (DaVinci) that only a professional colorist will have (It's like $2,000 just to own it. Unfortunately I do not have it.) $5,000 at least

TOTAL MINIMUM: $25,000.

As you can see, we really really need your help. Pretty much what stands between us and a finished film and a possibility of winning a bunch of film awards is money. You guys can make a big difference in our careers and dreams.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    You are more than likely Funemployed or broke, but still think this is a rad project. Every little bit counts. You get a VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE from us.

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    If you donate $5, you will receive a BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO from Funemployment with a PERSONALIZED THANK YOU NOTE from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    A kickass DOWNLOADABLE SOUNDTRACK from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    Maybe you like the Fun more than the employment and an adult beverage appeals more to your taste. Get a PINT GLASS instead of the coffee tumbler + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    What says Funemployment and startups more than caffeine? Get your Funemployment COFFEE TUMBLER + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    A Moth to Flame shirt, choose your design!

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    Funemployment T-SHIRT! Add this awesome thread to your arsenal of t-shirts! + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    A SIGNED MOVIE POSTER by the director + A special thanks CREDIT IN MOVIE + A Funemployment PREMIERE TICKET + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    Get a FUNEMPLOYMENT DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    Ping-pong is the essence of startup culture! Get your own Funemployment PING-PONG PADDLE + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    Want to BE IN THE MOVIE?

    FOR LOCALS/PEOPLE WHO CAN GET TO AUSTIN. Two tickets to the SXSW MTF PARTY/Mini artist showcase! Not only will you get to party, this event will be filmed and included in the movie!

    Watch some of the artists from Funemployment while you party with a close friend and the cast & crew! + Funemployment ping-pong paddle + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    FOR NON-LOCALS/Parties ain't your thing.

    We have your back. Get instead a FRAME/SIGNED MOVIE POSTER that includes a PERSONAL STICKY NOTE PICTURE + Funemployment ping-pong paddle + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    FOR LOCALS/CAN GET TO AUSTIN. ALL SWAG SIGNED by the core leads & crew of Funemployment + A home cooked DINNER DATE with the director and core cast + 2 SXSW Moth to Flame Party Tickets or Framed Movie poster with personalized sticky note in your likeness + Funemployment ping-pong paddle + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    NON-LOCALS. Can't get to Austin? No sweat. We will bring the party to you first. All your swag signed + GET THE FIRST PEEK of the 1st half of the movie online before anyone else + Blu-Ray of the movie + personal phone call from the director to talk about the movie + All your swag is signed by the core leads & crew of Funemployment + A home cooked dinner date with the director and core cast + 2 SXSW Moth to Flame Party Tickets or Framed Movie poster with personalized sticky note in your likeness + Funemployment ping-pong paddle + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler or Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the movie. You can point your name out to friends when you watch the show plus sit in your own personalized DIRECTOR'S CHAIR! If you happen to be an entrepreneur, we can do a personalized shout out video about your company. If you are not an entrepreneur, get in on the action behind the scenes while we film on set. Maybe I'll hire you on my next film! All your swag signed + Get the FIRST peek of the 1st half of the movie online before anyone else + Blu-Ray of the movie + personal phone call from the director to talk about the movie + All your swag is signed by the core leads & crew of Funemployment + A home cooked dinner date with the director and core cast + 2 SXSW Moth to Flame Party Tickets + Framed Movie poster with personalized sticky note in your likeness + Funemployment ping-pong paddle + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler + Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    The ORIGINAL coffee stained Funemployment SCRIPT This could be worth a lot when the film blows up! + Executive Producer credit in the movie. You can point your name out to friends when you watch the show plus sit in your own personalized director's chair! If you happen to be an entrepreneur, we can do a personalized shout out video about your company. If you are not an entrepreneur, get in on the action behind the scenes while we film on set. Maybe I'll hire you on my next film! All your swag signed + Get the FIRST peek of the 1st half of the movie online before anyone else + Blu-Ray of the movie + personal phone call from the director to talk about the movie + All your swag is signed by the core leads & crew of Funemployment + A home cooked dinner date with the director and core cast + 2 SXSW Moth to Flame Party Tickets + Framed Movie poster with personalized sticky note in your likeness + Funemployment ping-pong paddle + Funemployment DVD with exclusive Behind the Scenes content + A signed movie poster by the director + A special thanks credit in the movie + A ticket to the Funemployment premiere + Funemployment T-shirt + Coffee Tumbler + Pint Glass + A kickass downloadable soundtrack from Funemployment with original music by your favorite local Austin Artists + A behind the scenes picture from Funemployment with a personalized thank you note from the Director + A virtual high five from us.

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    If you already have a SXSW Gold badge, spend it with the director exploring SXSW. In addition to hitting up all the spots, she will personally take you on a tour of most of the filming locations of Funemployment and get your photos taken professionally at all these spots. (exception, Utopia, Texas and Wimberly) + everything below.

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    CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP! For all startups out there or other businesses... if you donate to us, we can do a video for you! We will say a little bit about your company, demo/show/present your product in a creative way (if you can get it to us) and include your company logo in our SPECIAL THANKS credits! What's even better, this is tax deductible! Make sure to talk to us about details! We obviously cannot make you a Super Bowl commercial, but we can make you a good one (http://mothtoflamefilms.com/corporate)

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    BE A CELEBRITY FOR A DAY. We will treat you to a fabulous dinner, drive you around in your own luxury vehicle, and you get to spend a day with the leads and end the day with a Red Carpet Funemployment premiere of your choice (more than likely local, but if we get into a festival, you can roll as part of our crew). MAJOR bragging rights, red carpet style.

    Getting to festival location not included, unless within Austin! + EVERY SINGLE FREAKIN' REWARD (besides the script) ON THIS PAGE "Funemployment" written on it!

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