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Cameron ReillyBy Cameron Reilly
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Cameron ReillyBy Cameron Reilly
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AU$ 9,173
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123
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 17 2018 11:40 PM UTC +00:00.

About

In March 2017, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to help us make a secular, fair and fun documentary about the history of early Christianity.

  • We achieved our goal and have been working hard on it for the last year and a half.
  • We've written a solid script and traveled around Australia and the United States to interview a terrific group of twelve of the most knowledgeable and entertaining New Testament scholars and biblical historians on the planet.

To make sure we provide a balanced perspective, half of the scholars are Christians and half are non-believers.

  • We've also had some fun animations produced to help us tell the story about how a fringe, Jewish cult from the backwaters of the Roman Empire ended up taking over Western civilization.
  • Here's a taste of what we've done so far:

Below are some short segments from our interviews.

These are low-res rough cuts as of Nov 2018. No colour grade. No sound mix. Which is a fancy way of saying they are going to look and sound a LOT nicer in the finished product (we shot them in 4K!).

Unfortunately, back in May we lost our original production company.

  • For personal reasons, the guy who was our original cinematographer / editor suddenly had to move to the other side of the country.
  • So we took a breather and asked a small test group of 50-60 people (50% Christian) to review the 18 minutes we had already edited and then to answer a short survey about it.
  • And the overall score came in around 4.2 out of 5!
  • Not bad, especially for a super low budget film, of which they only saw the first third, and considering the sensitivity of the subject matter. 
  • There were some suggestions about how to improve it, which we're taking into account for the final edit.

HELP US RAISE FINISHING FUNDS!

So here's where you come in - to finish the film, we need to raise some finishing funds to hire a NEW production company and get the rest of the production completed.

  • We have already shot 95% of the film and just need to film the rest of Cameron's presenter sequences (and we'd actually like to re-shoot the existing Cameron scenes), get 20 more animated sequences completed, purchase some stock footage, some music, and get it all edited together.
  • Below you can view the non-public rough cut we showed the test groups in Aug 2018. No colour grade. No sound mix. Final edit pending. It's about 18 minutes long.
  • This is basically what the final film will look like (just add another 70 minutes of interviews and more animations and music).
  • We hope you find this entertaining, engaging and educational and want to see the rest of the film!


ABOUT THE WRITER / HOST

  • Cameron Reilly is an internationally loved history buff, known for being a pioneer of history podcasting, including his groundbreaking long-form podcast series on Napoleon, Alexander, Julius and Augustus Caesar, the Renaissance and the Cold War, which are popular with a huge base of history fans all over the world and have been downloaded millions of times.
  • Cameron is the writer, host and director of the film. He's been fascinated with Christianity all his life, even though he's not a believer. He just thinks it's one of the most influential and engrossing subjects in Western civilization!
Production Still of Cameron & Jesus hanging out.
Production Still of Cameron & Jesus hanging out.

Here's a look at a rough cut of the first three chapters of the film so far!


 Thanks for supporting the project!

Risks and challenges

As we've already got 95% of this film in the can (and by that we mean "digital files on the hard drive"), the only real risk would be that we somehow lose all of the footage. However we have redundant backups, so that's highly unlikely. Of course, if Jesus comes back before we get this finished, all bets are off.

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    Your name will be listed in the end credits of the film as a "Myrrh Contributor". While we're on the subject, a king can't come up with a better gift than incense? Really? We're not sure why it's a good gift for babies either.

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    The Messiah Podcast

    Get access to the full audio of Cameron's interviews with the scholars as a podcast! Twelve interviews, each lasting 60 - 120 minutes long. You'll get to hear the raw audio. A fantastic opportunity to hear New Testament scholars and ancient historians talk about the early days of Christianity.

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    The Greek God Pack

    Get a free subscription to Cameron's "Life of Alexander" podcast series, normally valued at AUD $72, contains 100 hours of history about Alexander The Great and his successors. Plus you get the Frankincense benefits.

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    Get a personalised coffee mug that will feature the poster art. You can never have too many coffee mugs! Keep it on your desk at work as a conversation starter. Plus you get the Frankincense benefits.

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    Get a USB memory stick of the finished film and extras, including uncut interviews and outtakes, shipped directly to you. Plus you get the Frankincense benefits.

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    The Roman God Pack

    Get a free subscription to Cameron's "Life of Caesar" podcast series, contains 160+ hours of history about the life of Julius & Augustus Caesar. This is one of the top rated history podcasts in the world! It's serious, in-depth, funny and quite naughty at times. As one reviewer said "It's like history nerds took over the breakfast show on your local FM station." Plus you get the Frankincense benefits.

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    Early Bird: Get Your Picture With Jesus!

    How would you like your own picture with Jesus!!? If you send us a profile photo of yourself (or a loved one or friend or... pet), our fabulous animator, Alex, will do a digital drawing of you (or pet) with (our stylized version of) Jesus, similar to the one of Cameron & Jesus on this page! Perfect for personalized Xmas cards and gifts for your Christian friends! Very Limited!

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    Holy Communion

    Cameron will spend an hour on a video Skype call with you and your church, talking about the early history of Christianity. Ask any question you like! Plus you get the Frankincense benefits.

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    Ever wanted to get your name on IMDB? For the price of an iPhone, you get an Associate Producer credit on the film, the website, the final poster, and on IMDB. You can put that on your next business card and watch the members of the opposite sex (or the same sex if you're so inclined) drool.

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