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"For anyone who has lived, loved and laughed dealing with any form of
addictions and isms I strongly suggest you back this smart film about
life, love, loss, addiction and second chances! Dead Drunk is a poignant
tale of loving an alcoholic and what it takes to get sober." - Franceasca Seiden.
I'm Dana. Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter project!
I hope you enjoy it. I am the writer and director of Dead Drunk. I
also play the role of Anna, Harry's fiance in the film. Dead Drunk is a dark
comedy about alcoholism.
The story follows Harry Williams, a struggling novelist and alcoholic, who proposes to his girlfriend, Anna. After several embarrassing drunken escapades, Anna confronts Harry about his drinking problem and gives him an ultimatum: get sober or get out. This is Harry's journey to sobriety.
This film is not a public service
announcement, I promise! I wrote the script as a comedy to find some
humor in the very serious issue of alcoholism. I believe comedy
is a powerful and effective way to shed light on important issues. I
hope that Dead Drunk will be seen throughout the world and that it will raise
interest and awareness in the subject. Who knows, maybe it will even help some
people make necessary changes in their own lives. Or... maybe it will
just make you laugh. It is a comedy after all.
wrote Dead Drunk as a feature length film and my goal is to make the best
possible film that I can. As I am sure you're aware, making a film is an
enormous undertaking. It takes financiers, talent, time, endurance,
passion, dedication, patience, skill, long hours, hard work, and a clear vision. It
takes actors, agents, producers, attorneys, executives, camera crews, lighting, wardrobe, stylists, accountants, special effects, an entire production
crew, editors, sound mixers, technical experts, assistants,
locations, computer whizzes, software, hardware, memory, publicity, casting,
marketing, and distribution. In short, making a film employs a company with experts in every department. Of course, even if you have all
of these factors, the stars must align for a screenplay to turn into a film
that people actually want to see. Sooo.... I really need your support! This is the minimum I need to make a low budget film. Yes, 1.5 million is still considered a low budget. Ideally, we raise lots more! But now I'm dreaming...
decided to shoot a few very quick scenes so you can get an idea of the tone of
the film. The above scenes were cast and shot for the kickstarter
campaign. I was lucky to work with some very talented actors for this trailer. They brought the characters to life and I am very grateful to them. They also happen to be friends!
have spent years of my life writing screenplays, working in production, studying acting, and learning from the best. Dead Drunk is a script I am really proud. Mostly because I think it serves
a dual purpose: to entertain and enlighten.
Those are always my favorite films. I believe the lessons I've
learned and the time I've spent honing my craft have not gone to waste.
They've led me to this moment in my life -- a time where I am ready and
excited to get out from behind the computer and actually turn one of my scripts
into a movie. I'm also excited to perform and to direct - these have been dreams of mine for as long as I can remember. I truly love
all facets of the entertainment industry.
most people, I've gone through tough times and easy times and I've found the
best way to handle most situations is to find the humor in life. It's
everywhere. In people, in situations, in the most common daily
occurrences. Humor heals people and it brings people together.
It's similar to music in that way. It unites and it cures - even
just for a short while. That is what inspired me to write a comedy about
an alcoholic. Alcohol is the biggest drug problem in our country. So maybe we should try a little harder to understand it.
believe this approach to the subject of alcoholism is unique and effective and
I hope it inspires, entertains, and enlightens people around the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you will support my film!
Risks and challenges
I have many years of screenwriting and production experience and am very aware of all the obstacles that may surface.
1. Attracting the right talent.
2. Getting my attorney to call me back. :)
3. Production delays such as weather and schedule conflicts
4. Technical issues such as sound and lighting.
5. Budgetary constraints. Making a film is expensive.
6. Legal issues - obtaining intellectual property rights for music and product images.
7. Editing obstacles - getting the right cut.
8.Marketing the film: publicity is critical.
9. Getting theatrical distribution.
10. Selling and distributing the film worldwide.
11. Hoping the product is good and well-received.
I have spent over fifteen years working for some of America's most talented writers, producers, and directors. I have worked in production on hit television shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the NBC series, "Ed" and the CBS series, "Now and Again." I have also been an associate producer on an independent film where I was responsible for all the post production and marketing of the project.
I co-created and produced a television pilot for my company Main Sequence Entertainment. I was involved with every aspect of making the pilot from developing the script to casting, performing and editing.
I believe my background and experience, coupled with my vision and passion has prepared me for this exciting undertaking and will help me overcome any obstacles that stand in the way.
Thank you! You are an official Dead Drunk Backer. You'll receive email updates as well as information about screenings and festivals. You will receive a digital download of the film when it is ready for digital distribution.
You'll receive a very special, limited edition Dead Drunk T-shirt! This T-shirt will be made for Kickstarter Backers only. It will include a slogan of Dead Drunk (TBD) in the front and in the back the Kickstarter Backer # that you are (for example, "Backer # 2").
Also all the above rewards.
Many Thanks! You'll receive a digital download of the film when it is ready for digital distribution plus access to the exclusive website 'Developing Dead Drunk' where you will be privy to pre-production photos, location scout photos, photos from set, and an interview with the writer/director.
Access to exclusive digital outtakes and behind the scenes clips and interviews with the cast and crew.
Digital Download of the film when it is ready for digital distribution.
Special thank you on the website.
The Dead Drunk Digital Package - this includes:
A download pdf of the shooting script.
A full size digital download of the movie poster.
A digital download of the film when it's ready for digital distribution.
Digital access to exclusive outtakes, behind the scene clips and interviews with the cast and crew. A special thank you on the website and in the credits of the film.
Complete Dead Drunk Digital Film package mailed to you plus a downloadable edition. The package will include a Blue Ray of the film with an interview with the writer/director and the stars of the film. A full size movie poster, a pdf of the shooting script, three production stills signed by the cast, your name listed on the official Dead Drunk website, a public thank you on social media, plus signed production stills, production notes, and pictures of location scouts.
Special thanks on website and in the credits.
Limited Edition: Script to Screen.
You will receive an original, signed, hard copy of the full length screenplay, Dead Drunk.
Plus the Digital Dead Drunk Package.
Special thanks on website and in the credits.
Been there, done that. You're in AA and you want to help others by contributing to the film. That's beautiful. Many thanks. Of course you'll get the digital download package and a thank you in the credits.
You've got a lover or a friend who drinks too much and perhaps if they see this film it'll help them. So let's make it! Of course you'll get the digital package, an invitation to a special screening, and your name in the credits.
You are a Gold level Dead Drunk Backer. You will receive a special invitation to a private screening of the film for you and your guests. Your name on a single title card in the end credits of the film with the words: Kickstarter Gold. The digital download package, and a special Gold Backer T-shirt with your name on it.
Be a Featured Extra in Dead Drunk! You'll be in a scene with one of the stars of the film. (Travel and hotel not included). You will still have to sign the standard contract for Extras and be upheld to the same level of professionalism as everyone else. We can not guarantee that your scene will make the finished cut of the movie BUT if it doesn't, you will be sent a clip of your scene, your clip will be in the behind the scenes making of Dead Drunk, and you'll be listed in the credits.
Dead Drunk Digital Package.
Be in the cast of Dead Drunk! You will be given a speaking role in the film. If you choose this reward, you will still have to sign the standard industry cast contract and be held up to the same level of professionalism and standards as the rest of the cast. If for any reason the scene is cut in the editing room (I can not gaurantee what will happen in post production), you will receive a special clip of your scene to use for your acting reel and the scene will be included in the outtakes and the making of Dead Drunk. You will still be listed as a cast member, credited for your role, and maintain your cast standing.
Plus the Digital Download Package.
Your name in the credits for the role plus a special thank you.
Be in the cast of Dead Drunk! You'll have a speaking role in the film plus you'll have lunch on set with Harry and Anna. I can not gaurantee that your scene will make the finished cut of the movie, but your scene will be send a clip of your scene, your scene will be featured in the "Behind the Scenes making of Dead Drunk" and you will be given a cast credit.
You will be a KAP! You will be given a special on screen Kickstarter Associate Producer credit.
Invitation to a VIP screening with the cast and crew plus the Dead Drunk Digital package and a special thank you in the credits.
VIP KAP. VIP Kickstarter Associate Producer Credit. You'll receive a Kickstarter Associate Producer Credit.
Join us! An invitation to join us on set for two days while we're shooting. (Travel and hotel expenses not included).
Invitation to a special screening with the cast and crew followed by dinner with the stars of the film.
Dead Drunk Digital package.
Kickstarter Producer credit
You will be given a Kickstarter Producer Credit on the film.
Invitation to a special VIP screening with the cast and crew.
Dead Drunk Digital Package, picture of you and the cast signed by cast.
Be in a scene with Harry Williams, the star of the film. You will have a speaking role in a scene with Harry. I will personally write you into the script if there is not currently a role in the screenplay that is well suited for you. If you choose this reward, you will still have to sign the standard industry cast contract and be held up to the same level of professionalism and standards as the rest of the cast. If for any reason the scene is cut in the editing room (I can not gaurantee what will happen in post production), you will receive a special clip of your scene to use for your acting reel and the scene will be included in the outtakes and the making of Dead Drunk. You will still be listed as a cast member, credited for your role, and maintain your cast standing.
Be in a scene with Anna Browning, Harry's girlfriend in the film. You will have a speaking role in a scene with Anna. I will personally write you into the script if there is not currently a role in the screenplay that is well suited for you. If you choose this reward, you will still have to sign the standard industry cast contract and be held up to the same level of professionalism and standards as the rest of the cast. If for any reason the scene is cut in the editing room (I can not gaurantee what will happen in post production), you will receive a special clip of your scene to use for your acting reel and the scene will be included in the outtakes and the making of Dead Drunk. You will still be listed as a cast member, credited for your role, and maintain your cast standing.
You're just cool. And love to invest in exciting projects. You'll receive eternal gratitude from me and of course be invited to screenings, premieres, festivals, and be included on all updates. But you're busy. I get it. So no phone calls. :)
Hello Rock Star. You're a KEP. A Kickstarter Executive Producer. You'll receive an on-screen Kickstarter Executive Producer Credit.
Invitation to a private screening and dinner with the cast and the other KEPS afterwards.
You'll receive weekly phone call updates from the Director.
Every previous reward listed that you would like except the other screen credits.