For details of the screenplay and plot, refer to the Project Video. (If you have already done so, and are now screaming "YOU DIDN'T GIVE ANY DETAILS OF THE SCREENPLAY AND PLOT!!" at your computer screen, I can only say ... dude, it's a movie. See it to love it!)
This project, if successful, will be the highest-grossing Kickstarter project to date, and the funding received is intended to be seed money only. That's right, more money will probably be needed! Historically, an effects-driven science fiction film costs a minimum of sixty million dollars, and many are budgeted at well over one hundred twenty million. Completing this project will not even guarantee the production of this film, particularly when the screenwriter/producer is as adamant about the seamless quality of the CGI/animatronics as I am. Trust me, if Kickstarter would allow me to set my limit above twenty million dollars, I would have done it. Scary, right?
So why are we pledging to The Sizzling Steg?
When a new screenwriter with no funding or representation presents their script to leading Hollywood agents, directors, or producers, they get ignored. But when a new screenwriter shows up on their doorstep with a script and twenty million dollars of private funding, the script gets read and considered. A good chunk of the producer's work is already done, and pre-production preparations and cast/crew hiring can begin. Additional production funding is more readily available, given the "discounted rate" provided by private funding.
Q: Can I read the script?
Q: Can you tell me more about the story and characters?
Q: If the movie gets made, and it sucks, do I have any legal recourse to get my money back?
A: Good grief, I hope the answer's no.
Q: Your current Project Video seems to be dubbed from German. Are you German?
A: No, my laptop is just really old.
Q: Your current Project Video is the worst Kickstarter video I've ever seen! Can you put up a new one?
A: It took my really old laptop 40 minutes to load a 30 second video. No.
Q: Val Kilmer doesn't seem to even be trying anymore, and I suspect that he wears sweatpants in public when he leaves his house. Can you guarantee that Val Kilmer will not be in your movie if I pledge toward your project?
A: The makers of this project declare no control over Val Kilmer's sweatpants, and would remind you that his performances in "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" and "Spartan" were film highlights. So, in short, no. (For the record, no, I hadn't considered him for any of the roles, but who knows where the casting process will take us?)
Risks and challenges
Hollywood is a minefield, even for the stars at the top. Even when funding is acquired, production can languish in development hell for years, and sometimes the whole project just crashes and burns, never to be seen again. (I'm still waiting for the "Rainbow Six" and "Fraggle Rock" feature films to show up, but I've been waiting a long time.) Investing in a major film is a major risk, and I cannot guarantee successful production. I would urge all of you to consider this before putting in your pledges. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES IN THE WORLD OF FILM.
All I have to offer is my word that I will use all pledged funds for the rewards promised, and the project outcome stated. I love the screenplay that I have written, and I want to see it produced more than anything. The twenty million dollars I will be able to offer up in Hollywood will be hard for any production house or director to ignore, and, in spite of the risks, I am confident that production will take place, and the film will be released. This is the kind of movie I have wanted to see for a long time, and I believe you will love it too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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