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A comedy about B-string superheroes who go on a reality TV show to promote their careers.

Superman. The Dark Knight. Wonder Woman. 

This is not their story.

This is the story of B-string superheroes hoping to hit the big time. The guys you’ve never heard of. The ones who go out every night fighting crime and hoping that someone will notice. The ones who are desperate enough to go on a reality show.

This is the story of a Sable, a single mom trying to juggle crime fighting, a moody teenage daughter, and a waitressing job. Of Big Shot, a macho marksman who can’t get over the breakup with his former sidekick. Of Malibu Action Girl, a spoiled rich kid determined to prove that she’s more than the sum of daddy’s expensive weapons. Of Water Warrior, a hunky hero trying to sleep his way to the top. Of Rick & Josh, former teen superheroes trying to put their past behind them. Of Psychic Sam and the Vixen and many more. 

This is a look behind the mask, at the real lives of superheroes. 

WHAT WE NEED:  

We’ve already shot the movie, but now we need to raise funds for post production: Editing, color correction, sound mixing, and music. We’ve got some great looking footage, but now we need another $35K to finish this movie right.

And if we are able to raise more than that, there is SO MUCH MORE that we could do with this movie. There are some very funny additional scenes that we could shoot, and some really cool special effects shots that would really bump up the film's visual appeal.  If our campaign can raise a total of $75K, this film could really turn into something special.

And if we manage to get beyond $75K, then the fun really starts.  We've written a whole series of short films based on these characters.  We'll shoot them and put them on the web for free, to start building an audience for the feature.

Ever wanted to go to a superhero speed dating session? Or try a superhero workout video? Wondered what happens when you try to sue your supervillain ex for child support?  Or how heroes REALLY find their sidekicks? Get us the funding, and we'll share the videos.

WHO’S ASKING: 

We’ve assembled a great team for this movie. Our writer-director’s last movie won a bunch of film festival awards, including “Best Screenplay”, “Best Director”, and a whole boxful for “Best Picture”. Our costume designer has won “Best in Show” at San Diego Comic Con 4 times. And we’ve got an amazing cast of actors. You probably haven’t heard of any of them yet, but we bet you will in the years to come. 

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE? 

You can check out our website at RealSuperHeroesLA.com. Or if you want to keep in touch and get updates, you can like our Facebook Page

You can also watch the trailer for our writer/director’s last film here:

WHY SHOULD I HELP? 

This is a low budget comedy about the secret lives of superheroes. It’s not going to end hunger, stop global warming, or bring about world peace. But it is going to be a heck of a lot of fun. And we’d love to have you be a part of it. 

Thanks,

Keith Hartman


Tell me more about these rewards...

Here are pics of some of the great rewards you can get for supporting our film. Prices and details are in the column to your right.  Note that most props and costume items will ship around March 2013, as we may need them for possible reshoots.

GET THE DVD!  For $20 we'll send you a signed DVD of the finished film months before it's released in stores.
GET THE DVD! For $20 we'll send you a signed DVD of the finished film months before it's released in stores.
CAN'T WAIT? For $40 we'll send you a DVD of Keith's first movie right now, and the DVD of REAL HEROES as soon as it's done.
CAN'T WAIT? For $40 we'll send you a DVD of Keith's first movie right now, and the DVD of REAL HEROES as soon as it's done.
Costume Sketches-- Own the original hand-drawn sketches from our award winning costume designer, Andrea Davis. Includes all 16 of her original designs with attached fabric samples. One of a kind!
Costume Sketches-- Own the original hand-drawn sketches from our award winning costume designer, Andrea Davis. Includes all 16 of her original designs with attached fabric samples. One of a kind!
Bondage Bonanza-- Get Manacles from Dr. Nightmare's Death Trap!
Bondage Bonanza-- Get Manacles from Dr. Nightmare's Death Trap!
Malibu Action Playset -- Cute kid not included.
Malibu Action Playset -- Cute kid not included.
Axe Not What We Can Do For You! -- Get the axe blade from the death trap!
Axe Not What We Can Do For You! -- Get the axe blade from the death trap!
BIG SHOT'S ARROWS:  Get the whole collection of Big Shot's trick arrows! Includes boxing glove arrow, grappling hook arrow, dynamite arrow, grenade arrow, brass knuckle arrow, pool cue arrow, and a few that we're not even sure what they do!  Case not incl
BIG SHOT'S ARROWS: Get the whole collection of Big Shot's trick arrows! Includes boxing glove arrow, grappling hook arrow, dynamite arrow, grenade arrow, brass knuckle arrow, pool cue arrow, and a few that we're not even sure what they do! Case not incl
GET RESCUED... from a boring meal!  Let us say thanks by taking you out for dinner and a movie. Join Keith and a random assortment of the cast for one of our movie nights. A classic film at the Egyptian, followed by dinner in Hollywood. Limited to LA area
GET RESCUED... from a boring meal! Let us say thanks by taking you out for dinner and a movie. Join Keith and a random assortment of the cast for one of our movie nights. A classic film at the Egyptian, followed by dinner in Hollywood. Limited to LA area
Action Figures used in the Shoot! Get Malibu, Sable, or North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un!
Action Figures used in the Shoot! Get Malibu, Sable, or North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un!
Plunging the Depths! -- Get one of the electronic death nodes from Dr. Nightmare's insidious death trap!
Plunging the Depths! -- Get one of the electronic death nodes from Dr. Nightmare's insidious death trap!
Malibu Action Girl Classic Pink Ensemble!  Includes her top, cape, skirt, gloves, and utility belt. (Mask and boots not included.)
Malibu Action Girl Classic Pink Ensemble! Includes her top, cape, skirt, gloves, and utility belt. (Mask and boots not included.)
Own the Skull's Hypno Staff! --Not guaranteed to turn men into your mind controlled slaves, but you're bound to have fun trying!
Own the Skull's Hypno Staff! --Not guaranteed to turn men into your mind controlled slaves, but you're bound to have fun trying!
FIGHT CRIME IN STYLE with Malibu Action Girl's Faux Fur Fighting Suit!  Includes gloves, utility belt, mask, and spiked leopard print heels.
FIGHT CRIME IN STYLE with Malibu Action Girl's Faux Fur Fighting Suit! Includes gloves, utility belt, mask, and spiked leopard print heels.
VANISH INTO THE SHADOWS with Sable's midnight stealth ensemble.  Includes ears, body suit, and belt, but not mask and boots.
VANISH INTO THE SHADOWS with Sable's midnight stealth ensemble. Includes ears, body suit, and belt, but not mask and boots.
THIS COULD BE YOU!  Become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the film, and we'll dress you up as a supervillain and have you do a crazy monolog under our end credits!
THIS COULD BE YOU! Become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the film, and we'll dress you up as a supervillain and have you do a crazy monolog under our end credits!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since we've already completed principal photography, there is relatively little risk associated with this project. We already have the footage we need, and I've worked with every member of our post team on other projects. They're smart people who know how to deliver a screwball comedy. If we can raise the money, we can finish the film.

The only significant risk to the rewards is that a costume or prop might be damaged during filming if we exceed our minimum funding and we're able to shoot some additional scenes or FX shots. For the most part, this is likely to be scratches to the paint. (The action figures in particular tend to take a beating in the hands of child actors.) In the event of a more noticeable defect, like a tear in a costume, we'll do our best to repair it before shipping.

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    Thanks! As a member of the REAL HEROES family, you'll get early announcements and links to all of our short films and trailers a week before anybody else! Dazzle friends with your advance knowledge of our heroes activities!

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    SPECIAL EARLY RELEASE DVD! A signed copy of the DVD months before it comes out in stores! See the film before anybody else on your block!

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    I WANT TO LAUGH RIGHT NOW! Can't wait for us to finish the film? Pledge $40 and we'll send you a signed DVD of Keith's first movie, YOU SHOULD MEET MY SON! right away, and the DVD for REAL HEROES as soon as it comes out. (Just don't ask Keith how many awards that first film won. He'll never shut up about it.)

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    PERSONALIZED POSTER -- An 8" x 11" print of our poster, signed and personalized by one of our heroes or villains, thanking you for your support. e.g. "Thanks Pete! Your generous contribution allowed me to finish building my death trap. Love Dr. Nightmare." Also includes signed DVD of the completed film.

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    PERSONALIZED PHOTO-- Is your favorite hero or villain not featured on our poster? No problem! We'll select a frame from the film that features them, print it as an 8"x11" photo, and have them sign it and personalize it. e.g. "Thanks Susan! Your generous contribution helped me finish my death trap. Love Dr. Nightmare." Note that photos won't ship until after the film is color corrected, to insure the best looking image possible.

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    PLUNGING THE DEPTHS! Get one of the electronic death nodes used in Dr. Nightmare's insidious death trap. (Also good for some minor household repairs.) Comes with a signed DVD of the finished film.

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    KICKSTARTER ANGEL-- You'll be listed as a "Kickstarter Angel" in the film's credits and website. We'll also send you a signed and personalized photo from one of the heroes or villains, and a DVD of the film before it comes out in stores. You'll also be invited to our "Friends & Family" screening in Los Angeles with the film's Cast, Crew, and Kickstarter family.

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    THE SHIRT OFF OUR BACK: "Real Heroes: Kickstarter Angel" T-shirt plus the full Kickstarter Angel package. Let your friends know that you made the movie possible!

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    THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT KEITH-- Are you weirdly fascinated by our writer-director Keith? We recommend therapy. Or you can pledge $200 and get the full Keith package: Signed paperback copies of his three science fiction novels, a signed DVD of his first film, as well as the DVD for REAL HEROES and our Kickstarter Angel package.

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    GIANT POSTER-- Get a Marquis size 24" x 36" poster, signed and personalize by the cast member of your choice! Also includes the Kickstarter Angel Package.

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    AXE NOT WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU! The actual axe blade used in the pendulum of Dr. Nightmare's insidious death trap. Large prop, approx 38" by 27" tall. Wooden, not gauranteed to actually slice rope and drop 40 ton rocks onto heroes. But put it on your wall and scare them anyway! Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    GET RESCUED... from a boring meal! Have dinner and a movie with our exciting heroes and villains. (Los Angeles area only) Join some of our cast and crew for a classic movie at the Egyptian and then dinner afterwards. Exact group composition will depend on actor availability, but if there's a hero you particularly want to meet we'll try and accomodate you. The director will also be there. (We can't get rid of him.) Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    BONDAGE BONANZA -- Get a set of the ankle and wrist restraints used to chain one of the heroes into Dr. Nightmare's insidious death trap! (Prop restraints, may not be strong enough to hold down actual superheroes.) Also includes the Kickstarter Angel Package.

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    GIANT ROBOT FEET -- Sadly, the giant robot didn't survive filming, but we still have his feet. These fit approximately size 10 1/2 (human) feet. Also includes Kickstarter Angel Pack.

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    NAZI ZOMBIE PACK-- Own the SS coat in which Necro Nazi was shot by Blue Arrow during the movie's big fight scene. Still has an arrow sticking in it, some traces of zombie gore. Also includes Kickstarter Angel Package.

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    SABLE FIGURINE: The only Sable action figure ever made! Prop, lightly damaged during shooting, and too fragile for children to play with. But what would Malibu do with out her? Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    KIM JONG UN ACTION FIGURE: The dictator of North Korea, who else is a match for Malibu Action Girl? Prop, it was lightly damaged in battle with Malibu Action Girl and Sable. Fragile, it won't last long in the hands of children. Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    GI JAMES AND CYBERSLASH: Action figures used in one of Malbu's commercials to promote her toy line. A two for one deal! Fragile props, lightly damaged during filming, and not suitable for children. Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    MALIBU ACTION GIRL FIGURE! Get one of seven Malibu action figures used in filming, each with a different outfit: Her classic pink outfit, the faux fur fighting suit, her action jammies, the camo halter top, her ninja outfit, her night stealth outfit, and chic clubwear. Choice of outfit on a first pledge - first serve basis. (e.g. The first person to claim this reward gets first choice of outfits, etc.) Note that these are props, too fragile for children to play with. Also includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    SABLE COSTUME: The costume worn by Sable in the movie. Includes black body suit, ears, and silver "S" belt. Also includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    SKULL STAFF: The authentic staff wielded by sexy super villainess "The Skull". Not guaranteed to mesmerize and enslave men, but you're bound to have fun trying. Also includes Kickstarter Angel Package.

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    MALIBU ACTION GIRL CLASSIC PINK ENSEMBLE-- one of the costumes worn by Malibu Action Girl in the movie. Includes cape, top, skirt, gloves, and utility belt. (Mask and boots not included.) Also includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    MALIBU ACTION GIRL PLAYSET: One of three playsets used during filming, it includes a small doll house, and a Ninja for her to fight. Note that these are props, too fragile for children, and were lightly damaged during filming. Also comes with full KICKSTARTER ANGEL package.

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    ORIGINAL COSTUME SKETCHES-- These are the original sketches prepared by our award-winning costume designer Andrea Davis. Includes 16 sketches with attached fabric samples. Note that these are the original designs, and vary a bit from what appears in the final movie. Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    BE A BIG SHOT! Get the full collection of Big Shot's trick arrows. Includes Boxing Glove Arrow, grappling hook arrow, mace arrow, dynamite arrow, brass knuckle arrow, grenade arrow, pool cue arrow, and a few that we're not sure what they do. Prop arrows, not guaranteed to let you immobilize villains, scale walls, or play pool from across the room. Includes Kickstarter Angel package.

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    FIGHT CRIME IN STYLE! Get Malibu's Faux Fur Fighting Suit! Includes spiked high heel leopard print boots, utility belt, body suit, gloves, and mask. And of course, the Kickstarter Angel Package.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER-- Be a part of the production! We'll send you a DVD with an early cut of the film. Screen it for your friends, and then call the director to give him your feedback. You will be credited as an Associate Producer in the film and on IMDB, invited to our cast and crew screening, and get a copy of the final DVD.

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    SIDEKICK SURPRISE! Credit as a Co-Producer in the film and on IMDB, plus dinner with one or both of Malibu's Sidekicks, your choice. (secret identities Tyler Booth and Russell Lewis) Meet the men behind the masks, and find out what it's like to have sidekicks of your own! Transportation to LA not included.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER-- Credit as Executive Producer in the film and on IMDB, and the chance to view an early cut and give notes. But BEST OF ALL, we'll send you a supervillain costume and have you monolog during our end credits! Just think: The title card comes up saying "This film made possible by a grant from Dr. Hypnotica (aka. George Cohen)." Then you come on and say "Foolish Audience! By watching this film you have opened your minds to my subliminal thought control! Now arise my minions! Go forth and conquer Des Moines in the name of Dr. Hypnotica! And pick me up some junior mints on your way past the concession stand." Come on-- how many chances do you get to be a supervillain in this life?

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