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Unlucky in love, Melvyn, shows up to a speed dating night with a time machine that shows him his future. What could possibly go wrong?
Unlucky in love, Melvyn, shows up to a speed dating night with a time machine that shows him his future. What could possibly go wrong?
Unlucky in love, Melvyn, shows up to a speed dating night with a time machine that shows him his future. What could possibly go wrong?
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We are raising money to make our short film The Five Wives & Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg.

Here's a brief synopsis of the story.

After being jilted on his wedding day Melvyn Pfferberg decides to venture down a path to find the love of his life. Armed with “The Cupidatron” (a Time Machine Love Helmet that works on the principle that every time you shake someone's hand, you get to see your entire future together) he decides to attend a speed dating night to meet the future Mrs.Pfferberg. He meets, shakes hands and sees his futures unfold with five potential Mrs.Pfferbergs. What follows is a series of disastrous relationships that are played out all ending in absolute failure. Melvyn eventually leaves disheartened, it’s only when Leo, the organizer of the speed dating evening, shakes him by the hand to say goodbye, that Melvyn’s realizes his future is in fact planned out a little differently then he had previously thought.

We are very lucky that the executive producers on Fish! ( my first film) have come in again as executive producers on “Melvyn” and I’m delighted to have their support again - both financial and moral.

We are also extremely honored that many of the creative team that worked on Fish! have jumped onboard including Tim Thornton (composer) from the band Fink.  

My co-writer Mark Eccleston: Film critic and journalist for Glamour Magazine, Sky News & BBC Radio 4.

Our wonderful editor Paul Moth: Final Cut.

Sound designer Andre Jacquemin is best known for his production work on The Monty Python albums; Andre co-wrote Every Sperm is Sacred and was the sound designer on Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus & The Zero Theorem.

Also I am pleased that The Mill, one of the world's leading post production facilities, have agreed to do our VFX, colour and grading all free of charge - which is a massive coup. The Mill loved working on Fish! and are very keen to help out with the new film.

They are also helping me source the top of the range Arri Alexa camera to shoot on - for our attached Director of Photography Gary Shaw who was DOP on the features Moon and Ill Manors.

We also have an amazing first assistant director, art director, costume designer and make-up and hair designer - production co-ordinator, line producer and other crew attached.

The shoot will be over 5 days in London at some fabulous locations to give the film its unique look.

In terms of casting, subject to people's schedules and subject to our set dates for filming, some well know names have committed to being in the cast.

We also have our star prop "The Cupidatron" - made by some expert movie model makers. We will be adding VFX and SFX for full impact.

As this is a more ambitious and longer shoot compared to Fish! the budget is therefore higher; while some contributors will offer their service for free others will come at a cost. Money in the budget is also set aside for after the film is finished for film festival entries, website, artwork etc.

Risks and challenges

We made our first film Fish! with blinkers on and every stage we went through we faced hurdles and new challenges that we knew nothing about, around every corner we turned another corner - at the end of the process we felt we had put ourselves through a crazy version of film school.
This time around we are so looking forward to the process having gained the knowledge & experience and have kept the most brilliant team who through some miracle want to work with us again. We also decided that no work on the film would take place until we had the funding, that way we could start the project in a good place.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    Look down the side of the sofa or at that little pile of coins sitting by your front door gathering dust. Collect £5 worth and hand them over to us and boom, you've just helped fund a film - less than the price of cinema popcorn & coke and without any of the unwanted calories or weight gain #pounds4pounds

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    For your kind loving donation of 10 british pounds (sterling) we will... we will… give you an official, real, genuine 'Thank You' on the Melvyn Website. Which will be availible free of charge to the general public on the World Wide Web**.
    #webdonor

    --- **For as long as we can afford the hosting

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    This is one for all of you social networking butterflies out there. For a meagre £20 donation you will get … (drum roll please)… One twitter follow from the Melvyn twitter page**
    #twit

    --- **We know this is a slightly naff gift but it's also a slightly naff donation. Scroll further down and become the high roller we know you can be.

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    This is more like it people! And to reward your effort we will part with something physical. As well as one signed page from the storyboard you will also get huge piece of mind**
    #nifty@fifty

    --- **the piece of mind that your one donation was worth more than the three people who donated before you. You Rock

    You will also receive one free Digital Download of the film on completion. So you can laugh again and again and again and ... you get the point.

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    Okay that's more like it. Whoever said that money can't buy you friends was frankly wrong because you can now officially add us to your list. As well as all of the tantalising goodies above, you will also recieve a signed copy of the film script**
    #ebay

    --- **Script will be signed by at least 4 people but no more than 12 - or 13, it really depends who's around.

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    Ever wanted to try a new profession? Fly to the moon or be the president for the day? Well for this reward you can (much as Brad Pitt, Sylvester Stallone and Clint Eastwood all did in their early days) - why not try out being an actor** for a day?
    #starforaday

    --- **It's worth mentioning that when we use the term 'actor' we refer to a 'supporting artist', and when we say supporting artist we in fact mean 'Extra'. It's much the same, although our legal team advises us that we should declare that as an extra there will be no lines, only slight movement and no acting ability required in any way. (there will also be no trailer). Just a great chance to come down on set and be a part of the project for one day.

    - You will, of course, receive all of the above rewards as well.
    --- *** You may also be asked to sign a copy the script if no lead actors are available. (Please don't let this on to the £100 donors. its our little secret.)

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    Pledge £500 or more About $840

    Okay now we're entering the high roller stuff that we were telling all you cheapskate £20 (and lower grrrr) people about.

    Now for £500 you could buy/pay for several things… 1) Half a used car. 2) 7 Kung Fu lessons. 3) 8000 plastic army soldiers. or (and this is the really exciting one) 4) You could help us with this great film project and be a part of something that lasts forever (or until aliens wipe us all out). On a serious note though, you will get an IMDB credit and feature in the credits of the film. If you have ever been interested in getting into film financing this would be a great start for you while helping a brilliant project. #baller
    --- **7 Kung Fu lessons is an estimate, you may be able get more or less depending on how much you shop around and how high a master your instructor is.

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    So we're nearly at the business end - we know you know that tickets for the hottest showbiz events in London Town not only sell out within 5 minutes but are extremely hard to come by e.g Kate Bush, Monty Python Live, An Audience with Christopher Biggins - but this is your chance to attend the London Cast & Crew screening of The Five Wives & Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg - mingle with the stars, drink complimentary booze with 2nd Assistant Grip and be photographed on the red carpet with Dave the mini bus driver*
    For just £1000 you and a loved one will have to find your own transport into the heart of London's glistening West End & inevitably at some stage in the evening buy a round of drinks for people you've never met before and actors who can smell money quicker than someone trying to get you to invest in a short film…oh err…we really do love you.
    #FirstNighter

    --- **the carpet colour may vary

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    Now this one is for the high rollers and film lovers, or high roller lovers with access to their partners credit card information. Whichever you are, for this incredibly generous gift you (plus said partner) will be taken out for lunch by the director and producer to answer any questions about the film, the script or the production. Actually scrap that, if you donate £2000 we will answer any questions you like and probably answer 'yes' to all of them. We would also invite you down to the set on a filming day to meet the cast.** You will also be fully credited as an Associate Producer.
    #powerplayer
    --- **When we say 'meet the cast' you may have to make do with meeting the £200 backers - but at least that way you can meet them knowing you are richer and more generous then they are - x10

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    Well you've made it this far, which either means you're minted & generous or you just like reading what rewards you would get if you were minted & generous. Yes, we have been rather flippant in our descriptions but genuinely anyone donating any money to this project will be treated like an absolute god & we will worship at your altar…however like in Greek Mythology there is a King Of Gods: For "just" £4000 you become the Zeus of Kickstarter Pledges - there is no higher honour in the world of film ( well apart from The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at The Oscars)…than the credit of Executive Producer*, you will share your name on screen at the beginning and end credits of the film, have your name on the film poster & won't have to lift a finger, apart from the one than taps in your debit card details
    #Zeus
    - ***No amount of producing or being executive will be required.

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    Yes we have finally made it. The final (very long shot) grand final prize donation. Donald Trump if you are reading this we ask that you forward it on to Richard Branson. Apparently he has 1.1 Billion more than you so is probably far more likely to take a punt on 5K. For this mega donation you will not only get everything listed above but also something priceless. Not just our eternal love and affection but also the one off Cupidatron Time Travelling Helmet**. It's a special one as there has only ever been one made so in some regards it's actually a bargain. Why invest in anything else really?
    #giveralmighty
    --- ** Cannot guarantee time travel

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