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An undefined force draws together two scientists on separate continents. Together, they may alter the future of our world’s energy. Read more

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An undefined force draws together two scientists on separate continents. Together, they may alter the future of our world’s energy.

Chicago, IL Webseries
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Two high-level oil executives, separated by two continents, are being drawn together by an undefined movement, as they attempt to take the future of energy into their own hands. Jon Hill is an executive security agent for a global oil company in the U.S. investigating several recent abductions linked to the oil industry. Ernesto Sandoval is a research scientist for an oil company in Venezuela, independently investigating the disappearance of his son. Both men have been conducting clandestine renewable energy research in direct conflict with their infinitely powerful industry. Unbeknown to them, each is what the other is looking for.

Jon and his wife Barb, living in suburban Pennsylvania, deal with a dark and steady drifting apart brought on by the recent death of their son. Their gifted and complex daughter Laurie is a soccer sensation. However, the loss of her younger brother and a devastating sports injury cause her to question the purpose of her pursuits. Ernesto, in Venezuela, teeters on insanity in an obsessive search for his missing son. Coupled with the political fallout surrounding Jon and Ernesto’s covert research and the collapse of their emotional foundations, both families attempt to regain balance in their everyday lives. In the background, the fate of civilization’s future energy infrastructure looms.

There is one common bond that every country, culture, theology and government can rally around: the future of human civilization. The heroes of our story are scientists, engineers and executives; individuals with the foresight and courage to address the security of future generations.  The energy that powers our civilizations' infrastructure is the key to this future.  The main characters’ personal struggles both within and peripheral to this idea are the impetus for “Convergence.”

The X-Files
• The paranormal and federal justice aspects
• Ability to bring cinematic production value to television

Syriana
• Global, political & corporate ties to energy and the oil industry

Magnolia
• Concept of connecting multiple, character-based story lines
• Intense character development

Six Feet Under
• Interconnecting complex, interesting characters based on everyday life

With the rise of on-line video, social media and cable TV, the series medium has become a growing and proven platform for independent film making. On the strength of this 30-minute pilot episode for "Convergence," our aim is to establish the viewership and momentum necessary to secure funding for Season 1 and beyond.

Our team has created and produced hundreds of videos for the web and many for broadcast. In 2013, we produced “BLACK,” a successful web-based series, featuring Mikal Vega (TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, GRIMM, TRANSFORMERS: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION). 

In 2014 we secured funding and are in production for “BLACK” Season Two. We have also produced several award-winning short films since 2008.

              

http://kickingitforward.org   

Risks and challenges

Because our story is character-driven, it will require a tremendous amount of time to ensure we have consistency in performance across the board. The bilingual, multicultural aspect of the story increases that challenge.

Our initial goal for this Kickstarter is $30,000 for which we will produce a slightly abbreviated version of the pilot episode (don't worry, it'll still be awesome :-). We have a stretch goal of $45,000 with which we will be capable of completing the full 40-minute pilot.

Another difficulty with the making of Episode 1 and reaching our goal through Kickstarter is that you, our 'audience,' does not yet know the "Convergence" story or characters. Asking people to support something they haven't seen before is a huge challenge. We are confident in the story, our crew and our passion for the project and are excited to have others join us on this journey!

THE FINE PRINT

• For those of you visiting our set, we will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.

• If you become an extra or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen or have a valid US work visa.

• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to visit the set as a production assistant or extra.

• If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.

• The 90-second video includes a 1-day, 2-camera shoot within 50 miles of Chicago. Contact us for additional details and limitations.

• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

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    CRUDE OIL PACKAGE - You get our undying gratitude, one heckuva high-five, and a special thanks!

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    COAL PACKAGE - Choose one of five original artwork desktop images from the Convergence branding.

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    CHEMICAL ENERGY PACKAGE - Get a limited hand made poster that our crew carved out of an linoleum, painted and printed on recycled news paper. [PLEASE NOTE: While many higher tier rewards say "And everything above" this item is not included in any of those rewards]

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    NATURAL GAS PACKAGE - The official Convergence Solar powered flashlight. And everything else above.

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    ELECTRIC PACKAGE - You get the exclusive digital download of the premiere episode the night it premieres in Chicago. You also get listed on the pilot episode credits as an official contributor! And everything else above.

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    HAMSTER WHEEL PACKAGE - Official Convergence t-shirt that is available only through this campaign. And everything else above.

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    KINETIC PACKAGE - Blu-ray copy of the Pilot episode with special features. A limited edition Convergence premiere poster signed by cast and crew. And everything above.

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    ETHANOL PACKAGE - The Convergence Press Kit - Includes Blu-ray copy of the Pilot with special features, limited edition copy of the pilot screenplay signed by the show creators, two original, limited edition press kit photos numbered and signed by the series creators, director of photography, and producer and the original Convergence pitch package. And everything above.

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    NUCLEAR PACKAGE - “Laurie Hill” sketches your portrait and adds you to the Convergence Donor Page and you receive the final mural in a poster signed by cast and crew. Two tickets to the premiere of “Convergence” in Chicago! (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included). And everything above.

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    HYDROELECTRIC PACKAGE - Get an official surprop (n; object appearing in “Convergence” that is a surprise and a prop) from “Convergence” that will be screen-used and sent to your doorstep. Also included is an autographed 8x10 of the actor who used the surprop. Plus two tickets to the premiere in Chicago (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included). And everything above.

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    THERMAL PACKAGE - See all the behind-the-scenes action, in person, by being an on-screen “Featured” extra for a day of production. Forget about being way in the back, you’ll get actual screen time, IMDb credit, and also film credit. Also two tickets to the premiere in Chicago (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included). And everything from the $500 tier and above.

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    GEOTHERMAL PACKAGE - Be a PA for a day! Get to see behind-the-scenes and meet everyone involved while learning what it’s like to be on set. Also receive an IMDb credit, film credit, and massive street credit. Also two tickets to the premiere in Chicago (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included). And everything from the $500 tier and above.

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    WIND PACKAGE - You get official Associate Producer credit, an IMDb credit, film credit, and massive street credit. This is includes two tickets to the Convergence premiere in Chicago (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included). And everything from the $500 tier and above.

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    SOLAR PACKAGE - p3 mediaworks will produce a 5-minute video slide show. Bring us your favorite photos and home videos or maybe your wedding or special event photography, and we can create a dynamic video scrapbook memoir. Digital download or Blu-ray - your choice! Also four tickets to the premiere in Chicago (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included). And everything from the $500 tier and above.

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    PERPETUAL MOTION PACKAGE - p3mediaworks will produce one 90 second video* for the sponsor, organization or individual. Associate Producer listing in the credits (listed in alphabetical order) and on IMDb. Four tickets to the premiere in Chicago (November 2014, travel and accommodations not included).
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