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James SheldonBy James Sheldon
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James SheldonBy James Sheldon
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$27,400
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 24 2012 10:24 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Promo Teasers 

See Dick Jones offer his own take on what a Kickstarter video should be:

Before rolling on official Kickstarter videos, we offered a couple teasers. Here are two promos that accompanied the "Who is Dick Jones" social media and pre-Kickstarter campaign.  

The Story

The Red, White & Blues of The Purple Dick Jones is the story of Richard Lucian Jones. 

Born to a single mother who was heavily influenced by the disco era, Richie Jones was raised to display great ambition, unique style and an appreciation for all things purple.

Richie dreams of owning his own fitness center, and becoming the world's greatest, certified personal trainer. His enthusiasm is undeniable, his knowledge base is impressive, but his manner of execution is...certifiably lacking. The closest he can get to his dream...? Working the janitorial crew at the prestigious Forever Fit Gym, hoping for an eventual opportunity to shine. His big break comes when he is offered a chance to work as the Fitness Floor Supervisor...on a trial basis.

After a series of comedic, unfortunate events--including significant damage to the gym facility--Richie is fired. Coupled with his career misfortune, the ownership of his late mother's home, the very one providing a roof over his head, is threatened by circumstances beyond his control.

Nearing rock bottom, Richie turns to his best (and only) friend, Crab Cakes. CC suggests a cleansing breath through recreation, and takes Richie to one of his favorite places. There, Richie catches a glimpse of something golden--something offering inspiration, consternation and visualization: All this time, people were calling him Richie when he was destined to be a Dick. Dick Jones: Male exotic dancer.  

Richie jumps into life's fast lane, pursuing work for some fast women. Life as Dick offers immediate financial potential--a chance to save his home, and a chance to achieve what he believes is celebrity. However, each step in this new direction is another step away from his longtime aspiration. Richie comes to a crossroads--he must make a choice: Continue to chase the coin, or let it all go, and take a leap of faith toward greatness.  

The story of Richard Lucian Jones is unique, and possesses elements of universality which are timeless. He is presented with choices we're all familiar with--crossroads challenging who he is, and potential paths which could lead him to who he wants to be. Like most who have been offered a taste of "real life," Richie Jones wrestles with his definition of success, and is constantly looking for fresh perspective and a new vantage point. Through his own tragic comedy, Richie's story is one that never strays from sincerity.

The Project

The Red, White & Blues of The Purple Dick Jones will serve as a second-time collaboration between James Sheldon (writer-actor) and Alex O. Gaynor (director). 

Their previous film, Wid Winner and The Slipstream, was featured at over 25 festivals, and also screened internationally. Awards included 5 “Best of” prizes including "Best Drama" and "Best Comedy."

One festival offered the "Avery Crounse Award" to Wid Winner... an award "given to filmmakers that have captured a certain visual artistry in their work, where a film becomes more than just telling a story, it has become a visual poem." Wid Winner & The Slipstream was specifically chosen "because of the richness of the cinematography, the visual character of the actors, and the over all consistency of story and technique.”

Why Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a unique entity allowing for something which rarely exists in the realm of art. For those unfamiliar with the indie filmmaking process, the vast majority of competitive, independent productions are done through a series of legal filings and investor relations. This can greatly affect artistic control, or a thematic vision. Through Kickstarter, you are allowing storytellers to approach a project with a gracious confidence, and a sense of responsibility to the potential audience, including you, the backer. 

Exceeding the funding goal will only result in more opportunity within the production, and during the post-production and film marketing process. 

With this particular project, it is most desirable to fund it entirely of the people via Kickstarter. This creates a true independent film "of the people, by the people, for the people." Your patronage is greatly appreciated. 

A Personal Note From the Filmmakers 

Alex Gaynor (Director) and James Sheldon (Writer, Richard Jones) prep for a shot on Wid Winner & The Slipstream, while considering the threat of an ominous sky.
Alex Gaynor (Director) and James Sheldon (Writer, Richard Jones) prep for a shot on Wid Winner & The Slipstream, while considering the threat of an ominous sky.

Our experience in the indie film world translates to extending resources and finding creative solutions for risks, challenges and problems that may arise. Big budget Hollywood films spend a lot of money on things that are unnecessary to the production process. We are adept at working with smaller budgets, allowing the financial figures to show up on the screen--where the money should be.

With the Dick Jones project, we are planning to take the production outside of Hollywood and Greater Los Angeles, to enjoy principal photography in the hidden treasures around the United States. This includes potential locations of Missouri, Louisiana and Kentucky.

It is our desire and goal to secure a distribution deal that will allow the film to reach the eyes of the masses, while remaining a festival darling, and endearing itself to the hearts of the indie and mainstream comedy lover. The enjoyment of the audience is never found in the budget; it’s in the story.

For more information about the film, and answers to FAQs, please visit the official site: IAmDickJones.com 

You can also join in the fun at: Facebook.com/iamdickjones 

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is a risky endeavor and there are no sure-fire formulas or guarantees for success. However, experience and dedication limit and neutralize some inherent risks. With full commitment and tireless work ethic, remaining risks can result in great rewards.

To piggyback that statement, there are specific challenges that accompany this project which you may want and need to consider before joining this journey.

For you, the Project Backer, there are inevitable questions about rewards, and receiving them. There could be possible delays in delivery based on delays in shooting or refining the cut through the editing process. This may be especially true for rewards that include bootlegs and private screenings; however, the plan is to remain in contact with you all, offering quality and consistent updates about project progress.

Regarding the production and completion of this project:

Many challenges possess simple solutions: Ensuring that there are vegetarian and vegan food options on set if necessary; appropriate travel and lodging available for cast and crew in all locations; securing picture vehicles when specific autos have been written into a story--these are just a few examples of challenges that are easily addressed during the planning and pre-production process.

Other challenges may call upon split-second, crucial decisions that affect, and have a lasting effect on the outcome of an entire project. For example: While shooting "Wid Winner & The Slipstream" (see the trailer above), we embarked upon multiple cross-country road-trips to capture footage and shoot principally in the great state of Kentucky.

On the first day of principal photography, a cold front moved in, bringing with it tornado warnings and 8 consecutive days of rain. The unpredictable forecast threw us for a loop--they often do in the Midwest and South. Based on the shooting schedule, the rain presented a serious problem.

A few hours after the completion of Day 1, Alex Gaynor (producer/director) led the creative team along a path of possibility, and they came to a conclusion: We would forge ahead--we would shoot in the rain. We would refocus on the final 1/3 of the story, in which the rain would lend itself as a thematic asset. And that is precisely what we did.

On this particular effort, the Dick Jones project, an example of risks and challenges may include the involvement of local community. It may be a challenge to bridge the gap between the professional filmmakers constituting the production team, and locals who have a heart and talent for involvement, yet lack practical experience.

As filmmakers and storytellers, we are excited to take on the challenges of production to tell this hilarious and uplifting story.

We hope you will choose to take part in this venture. A film that will appeal to indie‐film lovers, comedy fans, and anyone who enjoys a wonderful and unique story.

We want to offer an open invitation to contact us (the filmmakers) about any questions you have. You may also refer to the official Dick Jones site for more information.

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    Thank you, very much! A shout out and the listing of your name on IAmDickJones.com, the Official Dick Jones site.

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    The Holiday Gift for the Person Who Has Everything: Do you know someone who loves everything about movies? Would they grin ear to ear receiving a Certificate acknowledging their involvement in a feature film? A custom certificate offering a thank you, congratulations and filmmaker signature will be presented to the "Recipient Name" of your choosing. It will be numbered as a Limited Edition (1 of 50, 2 of 50...) How it will work: The campaign is scheduled to end on December 23rd. If we achieve the goal early--December 15--certificates will be mailed on December 17th, 2012. If the funding goal isn't reached until the end of the campaign, a digital file will be emailed on December 24th, followed by the official hard copy on December 26, 2012.

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    ***Limited Edition Reward Opportunity***
    1.) Autographed Hard Copy Print of the Film's Poster 2.) Autographed Hard Copy of the Screenplay 3.) Hard Copy, Autographed Print of Project-Related Concept Art. 4.) ***These items will be delivered to your home by James Sheldon as well as other key creative personnel from the making of the film. You may invite your closest family and friends for a private screening of "The Red, White & Blues of The Purple Dick Jones," and a grand discussion about filmmaking, art, life, sports, or whatever else you desire.*** Love the sound of this, but don't have 2500 bones? Consider putting a group of 10 or 20 together to share in the reward. Just be sure the person with the biggest house is willing to host. Or perhaps the person with the smallest apartment should host, and we can play a round of Twister before the screening.

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    1.) *Limited Edition: Original Dick Jones Concept Art--Signed by the Artist as well as Dick Jones. This art will be the actual hand worked piece offered by the artist; not a copy. 2.) Choose Any 4 of the Rewards Listed Above 3.) These items will be delivered to your home by James Sheldon as well as other key creative personnel from the making of the film. You may (if you wish) invite your closest family and friends for a private screening of "The Red, White & Blues of The Purple Dick Jones," and a grand discussion about filmmaking, art, life, sports, or whatever else you desire. 4.) Let's Chat: What is it about this project that has piqued your interest, and what would you like to see in return?

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    ***Do you love cars? You'll love this definitively unique reward!***
    1.) Autographed Hard Copy Print of Film's Poster 2.) Autographed Hard Copy of the Screenplay 3.) Hard Copy, Autographed Print of Project-Related Concept Art. 4.) Special Thanks in Closing Credits *5.) A PICTURE VEHICLE Used in the Film.

    Dick Jones is a fan of classic cars. This may be due to the fact that I, James Sheldon, the writer of "The Red, White & Blues of The Purple Dick Jones" am a lover of classic cars. There are a few examples of classic cars written into this story... ONE of which will go to the individual who offers generously and deserves this reward. This is a rare reward opportunity for the individual who loves film memorabilia that possesses a unique practicality. What kind of car will it be? Ideally, a Nash Metropolitan, as it is written in the script. The car will be autographed by the Cast and Crew on various aspects of the interior, e.g. glove compartment, sun visors, or potentially by everyone, along the front seam of the headliner. The choice is yours.

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    1.) PRODUCER Credit on the Film 2.) Framed, Autographed Hard Copy Print of the Film's Poster. 3.) Professionally-bound, Hard Cover Copy of the Screenplay--Autographed. 4.) What else would you like for your generous contribution? Hang out on set for a day? Dinner party with private screening? Lunch in Los Angeles? Contact us, and let's talk about your desire to be a part of this effort and execution.

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Funding period

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