Talk Is Cheap - from Academy Award Winner Barrie M. Osborne
Talk Is Cheap - from Academy Award Winner Barrie M. Osborne
A father and daughter's falling out changes the course of history.
A father and daughter's falling out changes the course of history. Read more
About this project
"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation." -Nelson Mandela
Hello Kickstarter world,
On behalf of everyone involved in this project, we thank you for taking the time to view this campaign for our feature filmTalk is Cheap. There are many projects on Kickstarter worthy of support. We hope you’ll find the message of hope and empowerment in this project worthy as well.
With gratitude, Jim, Barrie, & Jon
SYNOPSIS: Talk Is Cheap is a powerful story about a father and daughter’s falling out, a vow of silence, and the ignition of a silent viral revolution. A teenage girl is so disgusted by “all the talk” about climate change, she posts a video online declaring she's done talking until real change happens. Literally done talking. Her video goes viral and within days millions of kids follow her example.
THE TRAILER: Well, we haven’t shot the film yet so we don’t have an actual trailer to show you. But we’ve been workshopping and rehearsing key scenes with cameras running so we can give you an early peek at our vision. Enjoy!
WHY WE'RE MAKING THIS FILM: There are over seven billion people on this planet. Three and a half billion of them are under the age of thirty making them the most powerful demographic on the planet and yet a great majority feel disillusioned and powerless about their futures. Talk Is Cheap is a film with one very clear goal - to empower this generation by showing them what could happen if they united and used their voices to deal with the most important issue facing their futures -a climate changing in powerfully negative ways.
Here's something from the Producers about the evolution of the film and why they're making it:
OUR CAUSE: Our children deserve to be embraced by our planet, not devoured by it. We believe that one person can make a difference in this world. And we believe that film is an effective medium. We ask you to join us by pledging $1 dollar in your name and then $1 dollar for at least one other person whose future your care about. Together we will make this film great.
THE TOP TEN QUESTIONS
#1) HOW DID YOU GET BARRIE OSBORNE TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCE YOUR FILM? We are so honored to be working with one of the greatest Executive Producers of our time so we will let Barrie answer this question.
#2) WITH AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER LIKE BARRIE OSBORNE, WHY CAN'T YOU JUST GET ONE OF THE MAJOR HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS TO FINANCE THE FILM? This is an independent project with a decidedly independent budget that is well below the threshold of visibility for the Hollywood majors. More importantly, studio financing generally requires both established talent in key roles and a loss of creative control. Barrie believes in Jim’s cast and vision for the film. Funding it independently allows us to retain those crucial elements and we believe will make the final result more powerful.
#3) WHY IS THE ONLY CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT AVAILABLE $1 DOLLAR? Talk Is Cheap is a film about how one person can make a difference in this world. And when a bunch of one persons come together, well, we feel that is the true power behind change. What better way to celebrate the entire point of the film than by having a Kickstarter campaign that mirrors this truth? A $1 dollar contribution that ripples into a $1.5 million dollar successful campaign.
You see, successfully funding the project isn't the only thing that’s important to us. You’re important. If this project is successful then 1.5 million people will have come together to express their desire for real change in the world before we’ve shot a single frame. One person. One dollar. That’s how change happens.
#4) BUT WHAT IF I WANT TO CONTRIBUTE MORE? We would love to have you contribute more and here's how: if you were to pledge $1 dollar in the name of every person whose futures you cared about - let's say three other people - and then if your three people helped spread the word by doing the same we'd really start to see the true power of one person. Here’s a quick example of that pretty impressive ripple math:
1.5 million individuals can be reached by as little as 13 exponential series of $3 pledges. So you see, you are so powerful. You are the proof that one person can make a difference.
Or pledge even more! Pledge up to $10,000 but only $1 dollar per person. For example, pledge $78 for the seventy eight employees of "Your Company." Or $1,982 for the one thousand nine hundred and eighty two students at "Your kids high school". Or $10,000 for ten thousand children in the rain forests of Brazil ... you get the idea. But $1 dollar per person only.
#5) AND FOR MY $1 DOLLAR PLEDGE I WILL RECEIVE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT ON FILM BEING MADE BY BARRIE OSBORNE?! That’s absolutely right!
#6) SO THAT MEANS THERE ARE GOING TO BE 1.5 MILLION NAMES APPEARING AS ASSOCIATE PRODUCER IN THE CLOSING CREDITS?! Yes! Your name (and the names of every person you've sponsored) will receive Associate Producer credit at the end of the film.
#7) THAT'S CRAZY! AND A LOT OF NAMES! WHAT WILL THAT LOOK LIKE? Incredible! It looks just like this:
I CAN'T SEE MY NAME IF IT GOES THAT FAST! I know and that's no good. So the second reward for your pledge of $1 dollar is your name will also appear on the film’s official website as Associate Producer. Then you can have the credits roll as slow as you want and see your name forever listed as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER.
#8) BUT WHAT IS ALL THIS REALLY GOING TO DO TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE? Most people who are aware of global warming and the immediate harm it is bringing to our planet do a little something every day to help offset their carbon footprint. You recycle. You ride your bike to work. You grow vegetables in your back yard. Being an activist in this way is tough work and worth every bit of effort. We want to help you do more without you lifting another finger.
That’s why we’re adding your name, and the names of each person you donate on behalf of, to a petition that will be sent out to the Heads of State of China, India and the United State of America. We feel that policy makers and politicians have to step up and play a major activist role in reversing our climate’s steadily increasing temperatures. It’s a pretty effective way to get them to listen and a cool little present from you to our Earth. Talk Is Cheap, check it out!
#9) I THINK THIS JUST MIGHT WORK. IN FACT, I THINK IT MIGHT REALLY REALLY WORK SO WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU RAISE MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS? Every extra dollar that comes in will go towards getting Talk Is Cheap seen by as many people as possible. Which means this film you're now the Associate Producer for will be entered into every major film festival in the world. Festival are extremely expensive things to be a part of - between airfare, lodging, publicists, VIP screening events, press kits, movie prints, posters - it adds up quickly - well over $100,000 per festival. And then you're on to the next one.
Thinking even bigger - If we raise more than what's needed to produce the film and for the festival circuit too, we'll spend that money making the sequel to Talk Is Cheap!
#10) I'M IN! HOW DO I PLEDGE? On behalf of all of us behind the scenes of Talk Is Cheap WE THANK YOU for your support! Just click the big green button at the top of the page - Kickstarter will ask you for your contribution amount and walk you through the sign-up page. It takes just a few steps and a few minutes and you're done!
AND NOW THAT YOU ARE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER ON A FULL-LENGTH FEATURE FILM, LET'S GET PRODUCING!
FIRST THERE ARE A FEW GREAT CAMEOS WE'VE WRITTEN AND WE'D LOVE YOUR HELP GETTING THEM FILLED! THEY ARE:
The problem is they don't know they're in the film yet so we need your help with casting. When you talk to Leo, Jon, Bruce, or Charlie next, would you please ask them get in touch with us? We’d really appreciate the nod. We're working on it from our end too so we'll keep you posted.
Check out Bruce's audition that landed him the part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuc4BI5NWU
NOW LET’S PRODUCE SOME SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ: We all know the power of social media. Talk doesn’t work without some listening too! So please help us share this Kickstarter campaign with as many of your friends, followers and family as possible.
Visit and Like our Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/talkischeapmovie
Follow us on Twitter @talkscheapmovie - when tweeting about us please use these hashtags: #talkischeap #talkischeapmovie #1because
Email your rolodex of friends and family and let them know you donated on behalf of their name
We appreciate whatever you are able to do to help spread the word and continue to get this Kickstarter campaign out there over the next 30 days. To make it even easier to share we've created a few templates for you to use and send to your friends - click here
A FEW MORE QUESTIONS FOR BARRIE. Go right ahead. He's the best!
A GIFT FOR OUR MUSIC-LOVERS
We have some amazing people already on board when it comes to the scoring and music for Talk Is Cheap. We are honored to have the incredible talent of music producers Jonah Johnson and Jeremy Soule, scoring our film.
Also, our dear friend of enormous talent, Lia Rose, is writing a little something for the film. Please enjoy this clip of her beautiful voice.
HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO A WHOLE BUNCH OF FAQ'S ABOUT BACKING A KICKSTARTER PROJECT AND DETAILS ABOUT YOUR PLEDGE DONATIONS
Risks and challenges
The making of any film has its risks of course. In fact, it's only as strong as the weakest link and the "links" involved in completing this film are the following: script, accurate budget, cast, crew, Director, and Executive Producer.
First, the script. When Jon and Jim finished the script they knew they had something special. They just had no idea how special until they got a call from Barrie Osborne telling them he wanted to produce it himself and get this film made. The script is a verrry strong link.
Next the budget. We hired one of the most respected Line Producers in San Francisco, Debbie Brubaker (see full bio section) to do a budget analysis for Talk Is Cheap. After thirty years in the Bay Area working on films and budgets, no one is more qualified to break down a script and come up with an accurate and realistic budget for shooting in San Francisco then Debbie Brubaker. As line producer, Deb also knows who to hire so we recruit the most talented crew in the Bay Area.
The cast. Well, to pull this off this we need "unknowns" and that's perfect, because as solid as our cast is, they're not famous. They're just incredibly talented graduates of The Meisner Technique Studio - please visit http://www.themeisnertechniquestudio.com to learn more.
The crew. We start with eight-time Emmy Award Winning Producers, John Watkin and Eamon Harrington from Planet Grande Pictures leading the way as our DP's. Also, through Deb Brubaker's thirty years in the Bay Area, we will hire the best of the best local crews available.
The Director. Jim Jarrett was the last teaching protege of the legendary acting teacher, Sanford Meisner. For the last quarter century Jim has been teaching and directing actors in film, television and theater. Here are several links of Jim's work directing actors:
And finally, the Executive Producer. We have Barrie M. Osborne as our Executive Producer. Enough said.
And now YOU as our Associate Producers! Our links are solid across the board.
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