About this project
Detective Heart of America is an internet series created by Jason Steele of FilmCow (Llamas with Hats, Charlie the Unicorn, Marshmallow People.) It follows the adventures of an eagle statue who is also a detective, investigating potential crimes against the United States of America.
We would like to create a feature-length adventure with this character, and release it for free on YouTube. In order to do that, we need to raise some money to pay for the production of the film.
Detective Heart of America is all about extremes: the fate of the entire United States is always at risk. That's the sort of grandiose plot design that lends itself very well to a feature-length project. We want to create a movie that is fast-paced, ridiculous, exciting, and that contains the same irreverent and surreal humor that our YouTube audience tunes in for.
We also don't want a feature-length project to disrupt our YouTube release schedule. An animated feature would consume 100% of our time, whereas this project will allow us to continue delivering semi-weekly videos and animations to our YouTube channel uninterrupted. Also, we really really like this series and the potential it has to be a super fun movie.
A nefarious criminal has used his tremendous stockpile of stolen wealth to purchase all of the United States' debt, making him a majority owner of America. His first act as owner is to pass a new amendment that annuls the Constitution, retroactively revoking the United States' status as a country. Suddenly the USA officially does not, and never has, existed.
How will Heart of America deal with the death of his beloved homeland? Will he have the strength to continue fighting the good fight now that everything he knows and cares for is gone?
A large chunk of the money we raise is going right back into rewards for you!
The rest will be spent on:
- New equipment. We need some additional camera gear to be able to film this properly, and would like to get a second computer to improve our workflow.
- Software. Putting together a project of this size requires a few programs that have been out of our budget range for the web shorts.
- Props. We're going to need a bunch of them.
- Eagle statues. We're going to need a bunch of those, too.
- Our time. This movie is going to be a huuuuuge time investment for multiple people, and we're going to be releasing it for free when it's complete. So a portion of the budget will be going to us.
We hope to release the movie on July 4th, 2014.
Nope! We want to make a silly movie about a patriotic eagle statue and release it for free on YouTube. Our fundraising goal represents the amount we'll need to do that. If we raise more than our minimum goal that extra money will go towards making the movie more expensive.
More money will certainly make the process of creating this movie easier for us, but stretch goals too often mean that you aren't getting the best movie / game / whatever unless the project raises way more than its initial goal. If we needed more money to properly make this movie we would have set our goal at that number.
Please don't let that discourage you from donating past our goal, however. You'll be supporting FilmCow and getting some unique Kickstarter-only rewards in return!
We want to thank every single person who helps make this movie happen, so if you donate to our project you'll get a special thanks credit at the end of the movie. This can be either your name, or an alias, or a username, or no name at all if you would rather remain anonymous.
You'll also get access to backer-exclusive updates and extras posted on this Kickstarter during the production of the movie.
At this level you'll receive a DRM-free 1080p download of the movie. You'll also get the special thanks and backer updates.
A region-free DVD of the movie with commentary and extras, signed by Jason Steele! You'll also get the HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
You know what looks good on a coin? An eagle. At this level you're going to get a special Detective Heart of America collectable coin! Useful when the world economy collapses and regular money becomes worthless. You'll also get the DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
Backer exclusive t-shirt! These shirts will only be available to our Kickstarter supporters. Design pending! You'll also get the coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
Personal thank-you video from Detective Heart of America! That's right, Detective Heart of America will send you a personalized video thanking you for your support, mispronouncing your name, claiming you don't love America enough, etc. You'll also get the t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
A one-of-a-kind signed sketch drawn by Jason Steele (or, if you prefer, Chris Alex or Scuffy.) What will it be a sketch of? Who knows! Each one will be different and uniquely stupid. You'll also get the thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
An MP3 of your FilmCow character of choice saying whatever you want! You can use this as a voice-mail message, as a surprise for a friend, as an opportunity to have someone from FilmCow guest star in a video of yours, whatever! The only limits are your imagination, a max of 30 seconds, and FilmCow standards of taste. You'll also get the sketch, thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
$250 (Limit of 50 backers)
Own your very own chunk of Detective Heart of America! We're going to go through a lot of eagle statues making this movie, and you can own a nice broken lump of the eagle carnage. Each piece will come with a signed, numbered certificate describing which scene it was destroyed in. You'll also get the voice recording, sketch, thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
We would like to give you a call and let you know what a wonderful person we think you are. At this level you'll get either a Skype, Google Hangout or telephone call (whichever you prefer) from Jason and whoever else from FilmCow is around at the time. You'll also get the voice recording, sketch, thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
$911 (Limit of 1 backer)
Never forget. You can forever say that you were the 9/11 of this movie, and a photo of you (or just your name if you prefer) will roll during the credits with that title. You'll also get the call, voice recording, sketch, thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
$1000 (Limit of 5 backers)
Your beautiful face will be a part of our movie! A photograph of you (or your cat or ferret or whatever) will be used as either a character or a prominent prop that Detective Heart of America talks to. The credits will list you (or your pet) as a cast member. You'll also get the call, voice recording, sketch, thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
$5000 (Limit of 2 backers)
That is a huge amount of money. For believing in our project so thoroughly you will be listed as Executive Producer during the movie and on posters, etc. You'll also get the call, voice recording, sketch, thank-you video, t-shirt, coin, DVD, HD download, special thanks and backer updates.
Thank you so much! This project is only possible with your support, and we appreciate it tremendously.
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Risks and challenges
Making movies is hard! Not as hard as chemical engineering or internal medicine or most other jobs, but it still has its own unique set of challenges.
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