Dave Cleland (pastor of Cornerstone Church in Georgia) pitched a story to
Matt Green (Filmbandit Productions) over lunch one day at Chipolte (where all
good story ideas are pitched). Matt was captivated by the story and could
immediately see it in his head. Matt sat down with his writing partner Anthony
Tyler Quinn ("Boy Meet’s World", "Melrose
Place") and three weeks later the first draft of
"Open Mind" was born. Fast
forward six months and many drafts later, Filmbandit Productions and distribution
partner Shelter Entertainment Studios are taking the first step toward seeing
the feature film come to fruition. They are going to make a comic book based on
WHAT IS "OPEN MIND?"
“Open Mind” is a sci-fi, noir/mystery that takes place in
a not-too-distant future where freedoms and religious liberties are a thing of
the past. In this future, most people have become a product of their society
and no longer think about what they believe or why they believe it.
December 7th, 2041. The day known as Red
Friday. A series of deadly terrorist
attacks literally rocked the world as 8 iconic locations around the globe were targeted. In the aftermath, it is discovered that over 200,000 lives were
lost. The Global outcry against such
acts of cowardice and hatred became so great that it prompted then U. S. President
Corday to utter his famous statement: “Separately, we die! Together, we LIVE!” From this was born his Government Unity program.
2052. Sam Reynolds
sits at home, quietly studying. BAM! His
front door is battered down by police forces.
Red beams of light fill the room as they scan Reynolds and his
surroundings. Sam remains as calm as he
can, as he is told that he is being taken into custody by the government for
possession of treasonous materials, civil unrest and threats against national
security. Sam is ripped apart from his
family while his wife and daughter helplessly watch, never to see each other
Eight days later, up-and-coming agent Henry Bishop is
working in the highly classified branch of the FBI known as R.A.M. Government Unity is stronger than ever and
the FBI has perfected its weapon in the war against terror and hate: R.A.M.
Henry is the newest and best wielder of that weapon and he receives a
new case file. Sam Reynolds. R.A.M.'s primary function is memory
analysis—the ability to penetrate a criminal's memory, and using virtual
reality, plunge into the mind of the subject.
The terrorist or criminal literally becomes an open book to the
investigator as he searches for clues, hidden agendas and possible connections
to future crimes.
starts out as an open and shut case of terrorism for Agent Bishop becomes a
hall of mirrors, as he discovers shadows and reflections that perhaps Sam Reynolds is
not the man the government has made him out to be. Is there a link between Reynolds and
R.A.M.? Is Government Unity really
what's best for mankind? Is R.A.M. the real
terrorist? Agent Bishop is slowly
beginning to realize that the side he has so valiantly fought for may not be
the right side at all. Everything will
be put on the line as he comes to the crossroads: Stay with the status quo, or
risk it all?
WHY A COMIC BOOK?
first draft of “Open Mind,” Filmbandit Productions and Shelter Entertainment
Studios have always thought the story would make a great comic book. So there!
But seriously folks, our goal is to produce an amazing comic book that would
create a fan base for this story. The
book will be sold through retailers upon completion in June.
Then we will use the fan base as a springboard to get
investors interested in the feature film version of the story. After all, a
comic book is a super nice set of storyboards.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Kickstarter and Amazon are gracious enough to take
8-10% right off the top (Awesome!)
Then we have to pay our artist (David Rhoades) and get it
We cannot do this without your support! From all of us at
Filmbandit Productions and Shelter Entertainment Studios, welcome aboard!
Risks and challenges
Our first challenge goes without saying. We need your help to get the ball rolling! Once we are fully funded we will be ready to go.
Pre-production - breakdown the script and format it for a comic; artist will develop character sketches and begin penciling.
Production - the artist will complete the full 28 page comic book.
Filmbandit Productions and Shelter Entertainment Studios will then oversee the distribution of the comic.
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