So much gratitude for everyone who helped make our campaign a success! Continue to follow the progress of our film on our website and facebook page. T-shirts, stickers and more will be available there for further fundraising efforts, so it's still not too late to support the film and pick up some cool gear or Quiet Girl artwork by artists PHIL NOTO and TARA McPHERSON. Thanks.
Hello Kickstarter friends! Thank you for visiting the fund-raising home of The Quiet Girl's Guide to Violence, a short film shot over nine days in beautiful and frequently balmy Austin, Texas. Yes, the film is in the can, but that's basically where it will stay unless we can raise the money for post-production, that includes editing, color correction, sound design, scoring, and festival submission fees. This is where you come in. We need your help to finish this film, and we don't intend to reward you with high fives, we have some pretty sweet swag to give you in return.
But firstly: What is this film even about, really?
The film follows Holly, a girl you would probably never notice, but she would notice you. Holly looks like she was home schooled until she was thirty and we quickly learn that she's seriously damaged goods. She's not okay, but she sort of almost starts to become okay after she encounters the man that was her childhood bully and deals with him in a fashion that her therapist (if she had a therapist) would definitely not approve of. After that episode, she becomes more empowered in her regular life and her dealings with other seeming bullies she finds there. But it's a slippery slope, revenge, and when you choose violence as a means to end, well it usually doesn't end well. NO SPOILERS here, that's just life.
The idea originated from an episode of Project Rant that Rafael and I worked on together. Project Rant is a hilarious webseries that takes craigslist-style anonymous internet rants by real people and has actors perform them as monologues. The rants have to be word-for-word, true to the original content, but Rafael and I took some liberties with how we presented the material, adding the idea of this girl just waiting in a parking lot...with a baseball bat. Afterward, we found the idea of this character lingered. Youtube commenters seemed to agree, it seemed there could be an audience for more of her. We see potential for a series around this character, and if we exceed our fundraising goal for the film, additional proceeds will go toward post-production of an expanded 23 minute version of the film, which will function as a pilot episode.
Holly isn't at all the same as the person in this rant, but it was the spark for the entire premise of our script. So in a way, I guess you could say this film is based on a true story. Here's the original rant in its entirety.
The film is set around Christmastime.
So how does this kickstarter thing work?
We have 30 days to raise the funds needed to recoup some of the costs of production (paying people that worked on the film, lighting rentals, feeding the cast and crew, wardrobe, insurance and location fees, etc) and to raise capital for post-production. You donate something and you will receive a reward at that level. It's super easy if you already have an Amazon account. Then we have to pay 5% to Kickstarter and another percentage to Amazon, and we are in business. Some of the funds we are collecting will be used to produce the rewards that will come to you in the mail like it's Christmas. If we don't reach our goal, then we don't receive any of the money at all. You will never be charged. I really hope that does not happen. Like, really.
So seriously, what kind of rewards are we talking about?
What do we have? Stickers! Buttons! T-Shirts! And a super secret, extra special poster that is not unveiled just yet but will definitely be a collector's item. UPDATE!!! Our poster artist is none other than the acclaimed comic book artist Phil Noto! Check our Update #1 for more info.
The idea behind all of these items is that they can stand alone as interesting design pieces that you don't have to be at all familiar with the film to enjoy. But of course, I want you to be familiar with the film. I want your mother to be familiar with the film, even though I bet your mother will not like this film. So let's get it finished, can we?
Visit our facebook page where as this campaign gets underway, you will be able to vote for the t-shirt design that actually gets made and shipped to you, like Exhibit A you see here. The buttons have already been produced, and will be sent in a little funpack you can share (or not.)
Working on this film has been a true labor of love. I want to thank everyone that has supported us along the way, and all of our new friends that we'll make through this campaign. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. - JMJ
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