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CWU students are making a feature film! "V3" is a thriller about five students who secretly create a device that will change the world.

V3 is an opportunity for CWU college students to experience what it's like to be a part of an independent feature film production. The entire project is designed to exploit the resources we have available in and around campus and make it feel big. And it will feel big! Already we have a ton of talented students and a few professional crew members volunteering to oversee and mentor their areas of expertise – but regardless of how many helping hands we have, making a film costs money. We have the skills and drive to make this happen, but to pull it off we're going to need a bit of financial support.

Money. There's no way around it. Films cost money to produce. Believe us, we know ten grand is a lofty goal, but when you're filming an exciting suspense thriller like V3, the cost is justified. Plus, the more you put into a project, the more awesome it will look on screen!

The funds raised will go toward props and set design, camera and lighting gear, grip truck rental, wardrobe and costumes, expendables, location rentals, housing out-of-town cast and crew, providing hot meals during production, post production, music, and editing costs, festival submissions, and marketing.

Dozens of students are already involved behind the scenes preparing for a summer 2012 shoot. We finished the script breakdown last month and are currently scouting locations, discussing the film's production design, and starting the casting process. We're also going to be doing camera tests during spring quarter and if we're blessed with any amount in excess of our goal we'll be able to consider renting a higher-end camera set-up for the production and increasing the production design budget so as to incorporate some of the more inventive ideas the students are contemplating. Additional funds would also allow us shoot slower and spend more time perfecting each scene before having to move on to the next location. 

As for the script "V3" – it's a suspense/thriller in the tone and style of The Usual Suspects. Told in non-linear fashion – five grad students invent something that could be considered dangerous and are confronted by an FBI agent who then interrogates them in a somewhat futile effort to unravel the truth. It was written by part-time adjunct professor, Jon Ward, who worked in a previous career as a screenwriter in Hollywood and initiated this project as his graduate thesis for a master's degree in film studies he's completing at CWU. 

The overarching goal for this production is to provide the students with a culminating type project that exposes them to the experience of working on a large production from start to finish. Students have been selected for key positions (DP, production design, casting, locations, editing, etc...) then tasked with selecting additional students to round out their departments and provide leadership as we proceed through the production process. Additionally, Jon has recruited various professionals to volunteer their time to mentor these departments thereby bringing current real-world methodologies and skills to the production experience. 

Low-budget filmmaking is an extremely exhausting yet rewarding enterprise. We hope you'll take an interest in our project and we look forward to sharing the finished film with you as soon as it is completed!

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    THE BACKSTAGE PASS. You will receive a password that allows access to behind the scenes content that we will be posting throughout the process. Still photos, video diaries, blog entries. We'll have a small team of students constantly creating entries and reporting on the progress of the production.

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    ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM prior to the public release. Once the film is finished we will send you a link that allows a short window of time to view the film online. This will be an exclusive opportunity to see the film you helped support prior to anyone from the general public. And this level also includes THE BACKSTAGE PASS.

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    DIGITAL SET PHOTO. We will shoot a still photo on set during production just for you. It will be personalized and then emailed to you as a keepsake along with our gratitude for your support of our project. This reward also includes: 1) THE BACKSTAGE PASS 2) ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM

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    DIGITAL COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK. We will be putting together a photo book of the entire production and you will receive a digital copy shortly after the film wraps. This reward also includes: 1) THE BACKSTAGE PASS 2) ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM

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    SIGNED COPY OF SHOOTING SCRIPT. You will receive a copy of the shooting script signed by various cast and crew members including the writer/director. This reward also includes: 1) THE BACKSTAGE PASS 2) ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM 3) DIGITAL COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK

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    HARD COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK. We will be putting together a photo book of the entire production and you will receive a printed hard copy shortly after the film wraps. This reward also includes: 1) THE BACKSTAGE PASS 2) ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM 3) DIGITAL COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK

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    SPECIAL THANKS - END CREDIT. You will be acknowledged during the end credits of the film with a special thanks. You will also be invited to the cast and crew private screening which will take place on the CWU campus shortly after the completion of the film (transportation and accommodations are not provided). This screening will most likely take place in early 2013 but we will keep you updated as we progress. This reward also includes: 1) THE BACKSTAGE PASS 2) ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM 3) DIGITAL COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK 4) HARD COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - HEAD CREDIT. You will be acknowledged during the opening credits of the film with an Executive Producer credit. And you'll have an open invitation to visit the set as often as you like during production and share meals with the cast and crew. You will also be invited to the cast and crew private screening which will take place on the CWU campus shortly after the completion of the film (transportation and accommodations are not provided). This screening will most likely take place in early 2013 but we will keep you updated as we progress. This reward also includes: 1) THE BACKSTAGE PASS 2) ONLINE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE COMPLETED FILM 3) DIGITAL COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK 4) HARD COPY OF PRODUCTION PHOTO BOOK

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