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A documentary made by the friends and fans of Sir Terry, remembering how his words and the Disc impacted their lives.
A documentary made by the friends and fans of Sir Terry, remembering how his words and the Disc impacted their lives.
A documentary made by the friends and fans of Sir Terry, remembering how his words and the Disc impacted their lives.
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The Turtle Moves: Remembering Terry Pratchett

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Art by Paul Kidby (http://www.paulkidby.net/). Used by permission.

Terry Pratchett was a beloved figure at Worldcons for over 30 years. In this, the year of his passing, we're filming a love letter to Terry in the form of a fan-made documentary (this documentary has not been officially approved by Terry Pratchett's estate) at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015, which is being held August 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Our film will be based on interviews with attending fans who are willing to share their memories of Terry and tell stories about the way the Discworld books have changed their lives.This is an excellent time to make our film as The Great Discworld Fan Gathering is set to take place at Sasquan; a first for any Worldcon. 

There have always been Discworld fans at Worldcons but this will be the first time we've asked them to come out in force, and proudly state The Turtle Moves.  Sasquan, in their turn, has welcomed Discworld fans with open arms and is offering programing, events, exhibits and meets in Terry's honor.

We have the con's permission to make this film, and we'll be there throughout the convention asking fans of the books - as well as people who knew and worked with Sir Terry - what they would like the world to remember about this funny, and very special man.

We'll film the Discworld exhibit and take note of Discworld art at the convention, as well. We'll record Discworld cosplayers and gamers as they travel the convention. We'll record the best parts of panels, including the Terry Pratchett memorial panel, the Science and Technology of Discworld panels, and the Women of Discworld panel. You'll hear and see the great stories that result.

Best of all, we'll interview the fans; people from all over the world who love the books, and who partied, chatted and laughed with Terry over the years.

This film is being made by fans for fans, and is a non-profit effort. We'll post the budget and all expenses online so you can see where your money goes. Any funds left over from the making of this film will go to Terry's approved charities, which include Alzheimer's Research and the Orangutan Foundation.

Please help us capture some wonderful memories of a man we all admire.

Thank you, and Ook!

BUDGET:

Convention Membership (We're supporting the convention):        $210

Lodging (People need a place to sleep):                                     $940

Food (This is REALLY Necessary!):                                             $300

Transportation (We gotta get to Spokane, somehow):                 $450

Recording Media (Dedicated storage):                                        $150

DVD Production & Shipping:                                                      $3300

Contingency (For when things go wrong):                                   $650

STRETCH GOALS:

If you look at the budget, you might notice that there are no entries for salaries or equipment rental.  We REALLY want to make this film, so we kept our needs as low as possible.  We need to get our people to Spokane, feed and house them, then make and ship the DVDs.  This depends on us using the director's HD camera, lights, and audio gear.  In addition, everyone will be donating their time and energy.  If we can exceed our basic needs, we'd like to address the following goals.

#1) Get our hands on some better equipment. We have access to a perfectly serviceable High Definition video camera. Likewise, we have lights and audio gear that will do the job. But, in the age of Digital Cinema, what director wouldn't love to film in cinema quality video? And, if we can afford to rent better equipment, we think the Discworld fans deserve the best looking product we can possibly create.In addition, securing music and additional footage (like interviews with Sir Terry) would make for a better film and could be a good use of additional money.

#2)  Pay the crew.  Nobody is going to get rich off of this project.  It simply won't happen.  However, a project like this represents an incredible investment of time and effort by many people, and it would be nice to compensate them for their time, even if only a token amount.  Though, something resembling fair is always nice. 

If, after all reasonable expenses are paid, there are any left over funds, we will consult with Rob Wilkins, Terry's business manager, on how best to dispose of them in a manner in which Sir Terry would approve.

Risks and challenges

Let's face it. This is an extremely low budget documentary. As such, all sorts of potential for problems arise. At the $6,000 budget, NOBODY is getting paid. All the money is going for travel expenses, making and shipping the DVDs. We're not even renting any extra equipment. Everything is coming out of the director's personal gear! If we get pledges above an beyond our goals, we'll address that. But, first and foremost, this is a labor of love. There's a LOT of that in the Discworld fan community.

This documentary is meant to be filmed at a gathering of fans. Therefore, there will be a wealth of material and interview subjects within a relatively small area. This will let us get a lot of material in a very short time!

Our biggest challenge will be in narrowing down the final footage, gathering music, and finishing the film and DVDs by November. But, we believe this is a realistic goal. If anything happens to alter that timeline, we will do everything to keep our backers in the loop! We are firm believers in transparency and frank, open communication.

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    For $5, we'll send you a custom made postcard FROM Sasquan! Proof that we were there and actually filmed this thing! And, of course, you'll still get our undying gratitude and your special "Ook!" e-mail!

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    At $10, we throw in a small bit of immortality. Or digital immortality, at least. Your name will appear on a list of donors on our web site! And, since we all know that anything on the internet lasts forever, we can call this Digital immortality!

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    If you choose to pledge at the $20 level, we're offering material gain! Just not much of one. In addition to the digital download, place of honor on our web site, and undying gratitude, we'll be sending you a custom wristband with "The Turtle Moves" embossed on it! Now, you can bling it up with all of your favorite Discworld peeps!

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    This is it! The real reason we're doing this campaign. For $25, we'll be sending you your very own DVD copy of the film! All yours! And, that's in addition to all of the other cool perks! DVDs will be shipped by First Class US Mail. Shipping outside of the United States WILL cost an additional $10.

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    This one is for the real media savvy types! For your hard-earned $30, not only do you get your DVD of the film and all those other sweet goodies, but we're throwing in a digital download of the Feng Shui Ninjas' EP "Livin Every Dae as Though Yer Deid" which included the Feegle-punk song of the same name!!! (Feng Shui Ninjas will be contributing music to the finished film!)

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    Here's your chance to hobnob with the filmaking elite! Not really... It's more like your chance to get some face time with the filmmakers! For your $50 pledge, you will receive an invitation to an exclusive pub meetup with the filmmakers AT Sasquan! Ask anything you want! Share your thoughts! Have fun with us! We're nice people! We promise! If the pub isn't your scene, we can always arrange for coffee, tea, or any other conversation inducing informal setting.

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    This one is for the serious fan! If you pledge $100, you will get your name listed as a contributor IN THE CREDITS of the film! In addition, if you're going to be at the convention, we'll guarantee some camera time and an interview! All this PLUS all the other great stuff we're giving to the other pledge levels!

    Being interviewed doesn't guarantee that you'll make it into the final cut of the film, but we will provide you with a digital download of your interview as proof to all of your friends of your superior Discworld fan status!

    And, as stated before, Convention membership and transportation are not included.

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    Okay. Now, things get interesting! For anyone interested in pledging at the $200 level, not only do you get everything else that's been mentioned. so far, but we're adding the gift of music!

    For these valiant supporters, our esteemed director (along with his bandmates or whatever interesting musicians he can find) will record a custom interpretation of a song of your choosing! Notice, we didn't say a "cover", because whatever song you want will be re-imagined in a way that will probably surprise you... as well as the people recording it!

    Past examples include converting 80s pop songs to acoustic folk and traditional folk songs into rock songs! Add in the possibility of playing with orchestral music or even steampunk, and the sky's the limit!

    John will be consulting with anyone pledging in this range after shooting at Sasquan to determine what song you want to see transformed!

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    This one is for the Fan's Fan! And it's big!

    Anybody pledging at the $500 level receives everything promised, previously. Plus, we're throwing in copies of all of the uncut interviews and panels from Sasquan! You get to see the film as nobody EVER gets to see it! Raw footage; warts and all! But, you also get every cool story that doesn't make it into the final film! How cool is that?

    Not only that, but, you get all of this with NO shipping charges!

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    This one is for the Fan's Fan! And it's big!

    Anybody pledging at the $500 level receives everything promised, previously, except the custom song. Plus, we're throwing in copies of all of the uncut interviews and panels from Sasquan! You get to see the film as nobody EVER gets to see it! Raw footage; warts and all! But, you also get every cool story that doesn't make it into the final film! How cool is that?

    And, if THAT's not enough, we're going to add a custom made six inch posable Feegle figure made by Patty Panek! Which Feegle will be yours? That will be determined by you and Patty!

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    This is for the serious movie moguls! As such, we're limiting how many of these are available. Anyone who pledges $1000 or more will be given credit as an Executive Producer, and their names will be listed in the opening credits for all of the world to see!

    As a special bonus, anybody pledging as an Executive Producer will also receive a specially selected item from the Discworld Exhibit at Sasquan. This one of a kind item will be hand selected for you by Patty Panek, the curator of the exhibit.

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