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This is an elvis-style movie with very little budget, big aspirations, lots of creativity, a lot of planning, and some great music.
This is an elvis-style movie with very little budget, big aspirations, lots of creativity, a lot of planning, and some great music.
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We are making a feature length very-low-budget motion picture this summer during june and july. It is an elvis-style musical set in ancient mythological greece. There are visually stunning special effects featuring giants, monsters, mermaids, a ship, and legendary beasts. Action, romance, adventure, music, tragedy, comedy, all in one package.

We have included on this page a teaser which we shot in one weekend. it cost about 200 dollars including gasoline and food. Most of the money went to bronze colored paint. 

The teaser is an example of what we are capable of in a rush and with very little money. just think of what we can accomplish with more time and a little more dough! We have the time, but the money is harder to come by, and that's where we need a little help. 

In June we plan to begin principal photography in locations around the santa cruz coast.

We have a star (Johnny Diamonds) , cast, crew, script, camera, shot list, costumes, props, puppets, lights,  locations, experience , and ambition.

We have a total budget of  $1,300,about half of which we have been able to raise on our own, but there are still a few things we would like to buy/build that cost a bit. 

Things we plan to buy are:

-a large green screen

-more lights

-lumber for our sets (a ship, some temple interiors, a palace interior)

-some more costuming supplies (fabric, mostly, maybe some more wide belts)

-more puppetry and miniature model supplies (latex, silicone, plaster, feathers,wood, tiny trees, etc, a decent looking miniature boat)

-ouzo

If we surpass our goal, we could also buy:

-materials for more costumes and sets and props.

-a new computer to edit with

-a  camera (we are borrowing one)

-food for our actors and crewmembers (let them eat cake)

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    for ten bucks you get an autographed picture of Johnny Diamonds himself! suitable for framing , he usually charges hundreds of dollars for an autograph, so get em while they're hot!

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    for twenty bones you could own a copy of the dvd autographed by Johnny Diamonds and the director, Phil Steve. these DVDs will not be available until the movie is finished.

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    eight Lakonian helmets will be available to own! these are bronze-looking helmets used in the movie. they will undoubtably show some signs of wear and tear. these items will be available for shipping after photography is finished for the movie.

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    fifty dollars will get a personal phone call from Johnny Diamonds!!!
    this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to speak with a living legend and tell him how cool you think he is.

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    ever wanted to be a producer?
    for 75 smackers we will give you one production credit.
    think of how this will look on a resume'.
    i'll tell you. it will look good.

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    for one hundred clams we are offering the "Bachelor Buddies Box Set". it includes DVDs of the movies, "Bachelor Blues" , "The Legend Of The Snow Buddies", and "The Golden Bouzouki" , as well as CDs of all three soundtracks. plus an autographed picture of Johnny Diamonds.

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    ever wanted to act in a movie?
    for a donation of $200 , you are entitled to do so.
    the only catch is that you have to provide your own transportation to and from the set (santa cruz, ca) . we will be filming in june and july, mostly on weekends.
    the role would involve one day on set, and you are garaunteed to be seen in the finished motion picture.

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    for $1,000 you get the original model of TOGOLOS used in the movie. two feet tall, bronze colored , and badd, it's an awesome, one of a kind piece of artwork. it looks like a living suit of armor. it is featured at the end of the teaser on this website. this unique treasure will not be available until the end of the production , however.

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