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A screwball comedy about masturbation
A screwball comedy about masturbation
60 backers pledged $4,420 to help bring this project to life.

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SOCK JOB story synopsis: 

On a dark and stormy night in a secluded cabin in the woods, a young man faces challenges while trying to relieve his boredom.

What is SOCK JOB? And how will it come to be?

SOCK JOB will be funny, disturbed, wacky, sexy, creepy (think Polanski, with a Three Stooges-approach), and unlike anything you've seen before. It's gonna be TOTALLY DUMB! Also, SOCK JOB will be relatable for most people. Who at one time or another hasn't darkly laughed that their love life seemed like, "a screwball comedy about masturbation?" I know I have! At its heart, SOCK JOB is a romance. 

This is my first film. Bringing an over-the-top work like SOCK JOB to the screen is going to be a worthy challenge! The images in the above video are not part of SOCK JOB, I just created them for Kickstarter promo. SOCK JOB itself is going to be a surreal, colorful, highly-detailed, visual feast, a real brain-puncher... all created with elaborate sets and props. I'm aiming to create something you've never seen on screen before, an allegory you'll connect to and want to revisit. Think of SOCK JOB as that viral video on the internet you want to keep showing to your friends. Is it wrong to aim for that kind of impact when making a short film? These days, I don't think so. The story of SOCK JOB is tongue-in-cheek sexual, but the film won't be pornographic, not even close. It's is a comedy about masturbation the whole family can enjoy! 

We are trying to raise $3,500 to make this unique and fun project happen. Even though this amount isn't our entire budget, it will be a huge part of it. A large chunk of the funds will go towards equipment. I'm using a very high-end digital camera (which is not the one I used to make the video above, *ahem*). The camera and its accessories are too expensive for me to buy, but are something I can afford to rent. Some money will go towards paying cast, crew and location something for their talent and efforts. 

But the biggest chunk of the funds will go towards creating the set. SOCK JOB involves an elaborate, dream-like scenario that I'm creating all with custom sets and props for, no computer animation will be used. I've budgeted everything down to the penny. Every dollar counts!

I want all of you involved for many reasons, but one big reason is: it will keep us on our toes! My cast, small crew and location are all on board, and excited. We are ready to roll! We just need that unavoidable nudge up and over the monetary roadblock. Please get involved. And brace yourself… when you see SOCK JOB you're gonna #@%!

Meet the SOCK JOB team:

Matthew Camp
Matthew Camp

Matthew Camp is the star of SOCK JOB. Matthew has recently taken a successful turn at film acting, starring in Cory Krueckeberg's much-talked about new film The GoDoc Project, which is premiering right now. But Matthew is also a fashion designer, artist, perfumer (check out his clever signature cologne here), in-demand tattooist, illustrator and many, many other things. He's an entrepreneurial man with a wild creative streak! He initially rose to infamy in downtown NYC as a go go boy and club celebrity, and then just kept rising. You can see some of his designs at MatthewCampDesigns.com, and also read an interview with him here and here. The camera loves Matthew... he has great screen presence! He also has a criminal sense of humor, and a gonzo aesthetic that's very in-line with SOCK JOB. He's very excited about the challenges of the project. A perfect fit! 

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the creator and director of SOCK JOB, his first film. As a writer Mark has contributed as a journalist and fiction-writer to The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, The Awl and Vice. He's hosted his own radio show at WFMU, and has performed stand-up at places like UCB East, Cutting Room and 92Y. As a journalist, he's lived for a week with a Japanese home-robot, and been "cured" by an ex-gay church in front of a live audience. Mark ran a show at Dixon Place called Pitch!, where writers pitched ideas to editors live on stage. He used to dance in his underwear for a living, and once helped wrap a giant condom over Jesse Helms' house. He's very exited about making SOCK JOB!

Jim Krewson
Jim Krewson

Jim Krewson will be doing some of the art and design for SOCK JOB, and creating the music. Jim is an artist who has exhibited his insane and startling paintings and sculpture at places like his own solo show at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NYC, Frieze Fair in the UK, and the covers of Tenacious D CDs on the shelves of WalMart. He is also a fashion stylist. Jim illustrates for Vice magazine a lot, and has done work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out and Swank. His work has been featured in the films Mrs. Doubtfire, So I Married An Ax Murderer and on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Jim's known to a whole other audience as an ace bluegrass and old tyme musician, taking turns in a variety of bands from his own successful Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops, to the later Blue Ribbon Boys, The Marty Jimmons Band, and his solo album Feelings Hog. He rose to fame in NYC as an x-rated cake baker after establishing his own bakery, Masturbakers, in the East Village. He's excited about SOCK JOB!      

I'll be filling in more names and information about the crew as roles become official and the information becomes available.

How long will SOCK JOB be?

Somewhere within the 20-30 minute mark.

What will SOCK JOB be like?

Totally nuts. 

Can you give me more details about the story in SOCK JOB?

No. Kinda aiming for the element of surprise here. You'll be glad.

When will SOCK JOB be finished?

The expected wrap date of shooting is fall 2013. If most everything goes according to plan, I can complete editing and all post-production by the end of the year.

I'd like to help, what else can I do aside from donating?

Spread the word! If you can't donate funds, then share this page with all your friends! Post this Kickstarter page on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever social media outlet you like! Spread the word. Talk about SOCK JOB loudly on the subway. Get drunk and talk about SOCK JOB at parties! We also have a website you can blab about: www.sockjobthemovie.com. If you'd like to make any in-kind donations or would like to inquire further about helping, please contact me at markallen@wfmu.org.

When will those yummy incentives be sent out?

See the date at the bottom of each description. We can't wait to get them to you!

What happens if the full $3,500 isn't raised?
With Kickstarter, it's all or nothing. So, if we don't raise the full $3,500, we lose all our contributions, your cards aren't charged, and we go back to the drawing board and start over (this would be bad).

Can we exceed the goal?
Yes! There is no limit to the pledges we can get. Each dollar over the $3,500 amount gives us the chance to increase the quality of the film, the effects, the insanity, the incentives, and increase the exposure the film gets. It also increases the number of film festivals we'll be able to submit for (each assesses fees), as well as the potential to get our story to a movie theater nearer to you. We're conscientious about updating our backers, you'll be informed where the money is going!

Can people see my pledge?
No, people will only see that you're a backer. We're the only ones who know the amount and level you've pledged.

How can I get in touch with you?
Please do! You can send us an email through the Kickstarter website, or email me at markallen@wfmu.org. 

Does the film have a website?

www.sockjobthemovie.com

Risks and challenges

I've been meticulously planning this project since last fall. Step by step. Firstly, I'm leaving no stone unturned about the technical aspects of creating a top-notch short film that can play on the festival circuit. Secondly, while directing a film is new to me, luckily I have many friends who have been legitimate filmmakers for years, and their advice and help has been tremendous (particularly about technical must-haves and must-dos). They have also gone over my budget with me. The plans, technical aspects, and story have all gone through various revisions, with approval from those film-savvy friends! In turn, I've streamlined for the production of SOCK JOB where possible and applicable. We are shooting in one indoor location (one large room… with powerful AC!) over a period of a few days. After giving the matter some thought, I've decided all sound will be done in post-production (SOCK JOB has no actual dialogue). Doing all sound in post-production does have drawbacks, but for a film like SOCK JOB those drawbacks are small. For anyone who's ever worked on a film set, you know how not having to worry about recording sound while filming is a big weight off your shoulders!

The creative aspect of SOCK JOB? That part is not a risk or challenge for me... it's making SOCK JOB come to life on the screen that is.

Join us! :D

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    Thank you for supporting SOCK JOB! We love you! We'll proudly give you a shout out on Twitter or Facebook. Plus you get: good vibes, satisfaction, and warm, pleasant karma.

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    Thank you so much! You'll receive a link to 1 exclusive digital download of SOCK JOB the day before its first world premier (expected early 2014), to own. Be the first to see what you helped create. And you get a shout-out, and the love and karma thing...

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    Guess what you're getting now? Two things: 1. Your name will be listed in the credits of SOCK JOB as a special thanks! Your name! Gasp! And if that's not enough: you also get… are you ready? 2. A pair of socks autographed by me, and our star Matthew Camp. Yes, a pair of socks. We'll handle the socks while thinking of you, on set, perhaps we'll even wear them! Then we'll use a felt marker to each write a personalized message (at your request) on them just for you, and autograph them. And mail them to you! They're one-of-a-kind art! A Duchamp-ian found object! Suitable for wearing, framing, or using as a security blanket. And… you also get the digital download and everything above. Wow!

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    NEW REWARD LEVEL! At this new $55 level you get: Access to our personal digital production diary for SOCK JOB. This will probably be one of the most interesting incentives. It will be sent out via email periodically leading up to the week of shooting, starting now. Then, during the week of shooting, it will be updated daily. It will include (lots of) photos, reports, details, stories, and even a clip or two. See what you helped create unfold in real time! The information, photos and clips seen in this diary won't be seen anywhere else. Plus you also get your name in the credits, the digital download and the autographed socks(!)

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    Okay, two things again: 2. You get a A DVD copy of SOCK JOB! Yes! A DVD! In a hard case, with a sleeve, and a navigable menu… remember those? (old school!) This DVD copy of SOCK JOB will include just the film itself. And you get... 1. Access to our personal digital production diary for SOCK JOB. This will probably be one of the most interesting incentives. It will be sent out via email periodically leading up to the week of shooting, starting now. Then, during the week of shooting, it will be updated daily. It will include (lots of) photos, reports, details, stories, and even a clip or two. See what you helped create unfold in real time! The information, photos and clips seen in this diary won't be seen anywhere else. And you also get your name in the credits, the digital download and the autographed socks(!)

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    You get the SPECIAL EDITION DVD copy of SOCK JOB! Yes! Bigger! Better! This DVD copy also comes in a case, etc., but this version will include the film itself plus lots of bonus material, outtakes, interviews, making-of, etc. that won't be in the digital download or be seen in the diary or anywhere else! Oh, it will look so lovely on your DVD shelf, and playing on your screen! Hours of entertainment! And… you also get the production diary, your name in the credits, the digital download (because you can't wait!) and the autographed socks. Wow!

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    Now you've done it. Guess what? You're coming to a premier screening of SOCK JOB! Yep. I'll be there! Maybe the cast too! Since we are not sure what festivals it will be playing, and (because it's a short) it will be on a bill as part of a larger program, this may be unpredictable. But we will make sure you get a ticket to one of these events near you. Or, we'll make sure we accommodate you as best we can with a screening in your area or something of equal value. We'll help arrange your plans! Does not include transportation and accommodation itself. And… remember: you also get the Special Edition DVD, your name in the credits, the production diary, the digital download and the autographed socks. Will the pleasure ever end?

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    OMG, in addition to everything else above, now you'll also receive in the mail a printed-out copy of the SOCK JOB storyboards, bound and signed by me. There were four versions of the storyboards that ranged from rough sketches to graphic novel-level drawings. Since SOCK JOB is so visual, detailed storyboards were vital. Nearly 100 pages here. Now you can how the film slowly took shape… in storyboard form! This item will look lovely next to all your graphic novels on your book shelf, next to your DVD collection with the SOCK JOB DVD, because remember you also get the Special Edition DVD (with your name in the credits), get to come to the screening, get the production diary, the digital download and the autographed socks. Where are you going to put it all?

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    Make room. Know why? You're getting one of the actual props from SOCK JOB shipped to you, after filming is completed! For what? To proudly display in your home, of course! Oh these things will be nuts. Wait till you see them! While I don't want to give away too much about the film, these surreal, adorable items will look lovely on a shelf in your living room, or as a conversation-starting centerpiece, as long as you have a sense for the slightly absurd and a colorful sense of decor. They would even look great in a children's room! There's a limited number of these props, and each of them will be unique (hand-made by me). So first come first serve! You also get to come to a screening, get the storyboards, the Special Edition DVD, your name in the credits, the production diary, the digital download and the autographed socks. Like, is this Christmas or what?

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    Okay, now you're an official Associate Producer of SOCK JOB, and will be credited in the film as such (this also comes with an IMDb page). But: are you ready for this? You get to come visit us on set for one day of filming. That's right! Come hang out with me and our star Matthew Camp and everyone else as we shoot the film. And guess what? We're going to put you to work! That's right! We need lots of hands-on to operate the effects, and your hands will be perfect. Your name will be in the credits as part of the effects crew as well. But we're not slave drivers, it's casual! Come hang out with some creative weirdoes... the memories will last a lifetime. Does not include transportation (we'll be filming in upstate New York, so maybe a good idea if you live near there… it's a brief train ride up from NYC, and we'll even pick you up and drop you off at the station if you take Amtrak! Otherwise you'll have to make your own arrangements) But we'll also allow you to crash in one of the bedrooms in the house we'll be filming at for one night (you might have to share a room), and we'll even feed you a meal or two! Why? Because you're beautiful. And everyone else involved in SOCK JOB loves you. What an adventure! You'll also get to come to a screening, get the one-of-a-kind prop, the storyboards, the Special Edition DVD, the production diary, the digital download and the autographed socks. OMG, why wouldn't you do this?

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    You are now an Executive Producer of SOCK JOB, and will be listed so in the beginning credits of the film as such (this also comes with an IMDb page). How did you get to be so important? Forget how, we'll just bow. But perhaps it's because: I and everyone else involved in SOCK JOB loves you. Really. As if I need to mention again, you also you'll also get to come to the set, come to a screening, get the one-of-a-kind prop, the storyboards, the Special Edition DVD, the production diary, the digital download and the autographed socks as well, all handed to you on a gold platter, along with endless life-long praise and adoration from me, and us. *faint* We love you. We love you. We love you. We love you.

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