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A feature-length comedy about video games... evil video games that kill any who dare press start...
A feature-length comedy about video games... evil video games that kill any who dare press start...
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What is Multiplayer?

Multiplayer is the latest feature film from Squidjib Productions, a Denver-based production team that dabbles in low-budget movies and shorts. It's an independent comedy film paying homage to video games old and new, told in the style of Are You Afraid of the Dark? crossed with The Twilight Zone Movie.

Four children huddle around a campfire late at night to play handheld video games, but when their batteries run out, they decide to tell ghost stories instead. Multiplayer is broken up into four segments, an anthology of comedic-horror stories that surround the subject of video games. From the government investigation into the deaths of gamers, to the discovery of a haunted Nintendo cartridge, Multiplayer is threaded together by the game-obsessed children weaving these tales.

Ethan, Sadie, and Nash deal with a mysterious NES game.
Ethan, Sadie, and Nash deal with a mysterious NES game.
Meanwhile, these guys are hanging out in an alley looking moody.
Meanwhile, these guys are hanging out in an alley looking moody.

Who are we?

Squidjib Productions is a small team of filmmakers working in Denver, Colorado. From shorts to music videos to feature-length films, we've done it all--on the cheap and on the fly. Sandwiched between our day jobs and personal lives, film-making is something we typically do on the weekends, meaning a feature-length project like Multiplayer takes a while to make. Because we're only filming only on the weekends-- plus working around everyone's schedules-- Multiplayer has been in production on and off since April 2013. Our last stretch of filming will start in October and end by mid-November, with post-production wrapping by mid-2014.

For more information on us, be sure to check out our website and Facebook page.

Squidjib's small crew uses an assortment of equipment, including this dolly and a homemade jib.
Squidjib's small crew uses an assortment of equipment, including this dolly and a homemade jib.

Why Kickstarter?

While we've done other projects and movies out of pocket before, Multiplayer is a different kind of animal. It's our first movie with an ensemble cast, meaning we essentially have 14 main characters (FF6 style!) on top of a ton of supporting character roles. Basically it totals to around 40 speaking roles in the film, not to mention background extras, all of whom we must costume and feed (lest they be naked and hungry).

We've already shot 3 out of the 4 segments on our own dime, but the costs of props, costumes, and especially catering have blown a beluga-sized hole in our budget. Using a tool like Kickstarter, we're hoping gamers and movie-lovers alike will aid us with the remaining production and post-production costs. In exchange, we could ensure the movie finishes strong, plus we'd get everyone who helps out some pretty nifty rewards.

How will funds be distributed?

We've got over two-thirds of Multiplayer shot and we're anxious to finish the rest, but we'll need additional funding to help complete production and post-production. We'll need at least $5500 to cover the rest of the filming as well as post. Here's a breakdown:

  • $2000 toward the remaining production costs. This last segment has many props, costumes, makeup, vehicles, and locations that need to be purchased or rented. This production cost also includes catering for the 10 remaining days of shooting.
  • $1000 toward post-production color correction and special effects. The film has many sections that require special effects, including one very special effect-heavy scene.
  • $1000 toward post-production music. We would be paying someone to compose an original score to Multiplayer.
  • $1000 toward film festival entries. Once Multiplayer is finished, we'd love to enter it in several film festivals. These range from larger general fests like the Starz Denver Film Fest ($45 to $60 per entry, depending on the date and entry fees) to smaller festivals that deal exclusively with low-budget films (typically $20 to $40 per entry). Assuming the average film festival entry fees are around $50 (including WithoutaBox fees), a $1000 budget would get us about 20 entries into the festival world. 
  • $500 toward Kickstarter/Amazon's 8-10% fees.

                                                                                                                           Totaling $5500

Of course, we'd love to exceed our goal of $5500 to make the film even better. For instance, our $1000 budget for special effects is very very low, so if we can exceed our initial goal, we'll up our special effects budget to make sure every effects shot is made as professionally as possible. Likewise, extra funding also means more film festival entries, so we can get Multiplayer the maximum amount of exposure.

If we exceed our goal of $5500, we've got unlockable bonus prizes!
If we exceed our goal of $5500, we've got unlockable bonus prizes!

Risks and challenges

Although there are many risks and challenges when making a feature-length film, Multiplayer is already over two-thirds shot, so we anticipate very few hiccups in the remaining days of production. Weather is the one possible problem; there are a handful of exteriors left to shoot, and Denver weather in October/November can be a bit unpredictable. If we do run into any bad weather, we can simply juggle shoot days around and film interior scenes in the meantime.

Other setbacks might crop up in the post-production process. While we're doing the editing ourselves, we're branching out to others for the soundtrack and special effects. We have worked with composers on other projects before, so that sort of collaboration should go swimmingly.

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    Thank you! Every dollar helps, and everyone who donates at least a dollar gets their name in the END CREDITS of the finished film! It's either gonna be a really long credit sequence or really tiny font...

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    In addition to a film credit, you also get 2 POST CARDS featuring Multiplayer poster designs, plus 10 behind the scenes DIGITAL STILLS.

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    Get a Multiplayer MINI-POSTER (approx. 11x17") and a link to a DIGITAL SCREENING OF THE COMPLETED FILM! Plus everything in the previous tiers.

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    SNES Level

    Receive a DVD COPY of Multiplayer once it's finished, on top of everything else from the previous tiers (the film credit, 2 post cards, 10 digital stills, a mini-poster, and the digital screening).

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    PS1 Level

    Receive a BLU RAY COPY of Multiplayer once it's finished, plus get a FILM SCRIPT PDF (after the film has had its premiere). Plus you get the film credit, 2 post cards, 10 digital stills, a mini-poster, and the digital screening.

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    Dreamcast Level

    Receive a limited run Multiplayer MOVIE POSTER (18x24"), plus an EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO, your choice of Multiplayer on Blu Ray or DVD, the film credit, 2 post cards, 10 digital stills, a mini-poster, the script PDF and the digital screening. That's a lot of nuts!

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    Xbox Level

    Get a BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTO BOOK signed by members of Multiplayer's cast and crew, plus a SIGNED MOVIE SCRIPT, all on top of your choice of Blu Ray or DVD, the full-size movie poster, the exclusive behind the scenes video, the film credit, 2 post cards, 10 digital stills, a mini-poster, and the digital screening.

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    Get a copy of the original Multiplayer SOUNDTRACK as well as a Multiplayer COFFEE MUG, plus the signed photo book, the signed movie script, the DVD or Blu Ray, the full size movie poster, the exclusive behind the scenes video, the film credit, 2 post cards, 10 digital stills, a mini-poster, and the digital screening.

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    Wii Level

    Get a 12 MONTH CALENDAR with stills and factoids from Multiplayer, plus special video game milestones marked on certain dates. Now you'll never miss the anniversary of Tetris!

    Plus: your choice of A) a SKYPE SESSION with the filmmakers or B) SCREENPLAY NOTES from Multiplayer's screenwriter. Both prizes are DRUNK-OPTIONAL! That's right, the filmmakers/screenwriter will get blitzed if you request it, avoiding any awkwardness of a non-drunk Skyping session, and answering all your questions with a drunken slur! What could go wrong?

    All this, plus the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    Why not join us for Multiplayer's first screening? You'll get an INVITE TO THE MOVIE PREMIERE, plus a PROP/SET DECORATION straight out of the film! (***All travel expenses paid for by you.***) Includes all the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    ~~~~Okama Gamesphere Level~~~~

    You, good sir or madam, get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT nice and big in Multiplayer's credits. Plus you get a SPEAKING CAMEO in the film, a Multiplayer MOVIE POSTER (18x24") SIGNED by the cast and crew, and a VERY SPECIAL DINNER with some cast and crew at the ever classy Casa Bonita. (***All travel expenses paid for by you, yummy sopapillas paid for by us.***) Includes all the rewards from the previous tiers.

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