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A short film about life, achieving your dreams, and overcoming hardship. We all have our mountain to climb.
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100% Funded in 10 days! Thank you!

Everyone in the SBCrew is super excited, that we managed to fully fund our campaign in just 10 days! We thank each and every backer, and look forward to showing you great results for your support!

Additional Funding

That said, even though we've reached 100% of our goal, we can certainly still use some more money. Our funding goal was our bare minimum, not a number that would just cover everything. Any additional funding will be used on things like:

  • Paying admission fees at film festivals. While some film festivals are free, many have an admission fee. This fee can be in the smaller range, but can get into several hundred dollars. Additional funding would be used to be allow us to submit Mtn. to more film festivals!
  • Future (not so) Secret Project: Indian Summer
    Indian Summer is a full feature-length movie, already planned and written by the SBCrew. But the budget for a feature-length movie, taking place on two different continents, far exceeds that of a short film. Any remaining money would be used to promote this film to producers in Japan, marking our first major film project.
  • Fees for creating, and maintaining, a dedicated website. Currently, SBCrew is oberating purely on free social platforms, such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Additional funds would give us the possibility to pay for a domain name (around $5) and a years web hosting (roughly $100), to have and run our own website dedicated to SBCrew.  
  • Paying for press release distribution.We are already putting a lot of effort and time into spreading the word about Mtn., but with a small crew and limited funds, there’s only so much we can do. Paying for distributing a press release - anywhere between $200-$800 - would greatly help us getting the press to pay attention.

The Story

Mountain, or "Mtn.", is a Japanese/International short film, set in both the hectic city of Tokyo, as well as the beautiful mountains of Yatsugatake.

Our hero, Hiro, has become obsessed with mountain climbing. His reasons are not as simple as getting to the top. As he tells his trainer and closest friend Aaron, Hiro’s Mtn. is “not something to be conquered” but a way for him to explain, express, find. All mountains are within.

 But "Mtn." is more than just a film. Mtn. is meant to make you think, evaluate your own life, and reach your own conclusions to the story's true meaning. Depending on the choices you have made in your own life, Mtn. could be a film about something completely different to you, than to anyone else, and that's what we want it to be.

"Mtn." is about a man who climbs a mountain. But more importantly, what is it about to you?

Help Us Realize Our Dreams

"Mtn." is the first large-scale project that the SBCrew has embarked on together. And just like in the story of "Mtn.", we all have our mountains to climb.

Our goal with this short film is not only to create something entertaining and thoughtful, but also to create something that showcases the true quality of what we can do.

The creation of this short film will help us "kickstart" our move into larger projects, that we have long wanted to do in the future. Helping us fund this short film is not just helping to create a great film, but is truly also helping us realize our dreams, and for that, we are truly thankful to you all.

Backer Rewards

We have worked hard to come up with backer rewards that we think are both meaningful, interesting, and relevant.

The Curious! At £5, you get a free digital download of the film, as well, of course, our eternal gratitude!

The Supporter! At £10, you get the digital download, 2 10x15cm sized Japan-inspired art prints by team designer Philip Zeplin, as well as a signed originally printed ticket!

The Enthusiast! If you fund £20, you get the digital download, 2 10x15cm art prints, an originally signed and printed ticket, a digital download of the script, a digital download of the film storyboards, as well as a signed promotional flyer!

The Devotee! The At £30, you get the digital download, 2 10x15cm art prints, an originally signed and printed ticket, a digital download of the script, a digital download of the film storyboards, as well as a signed promotional flyer, two signed photos from crew members, an SBCrew themed keychain,and your name in the credits of the film! Sweet!

The Big Fan! If you fund £60, you get the digital download, 2 10x15cm art prints, an originally signed and printed ticket, a digital download of the script, a digital download of the film storyboards, as well as a signed promotional flyer, two signed photos from crew members, your name in the credits of the film, an SBCrew themed keychain, an additional signed photo, and a hardcopy DVD of the film!

The Script Aficionado! With only 1 available, at £120 you get the digital download, 2 10x15cm art prints, an originally signed and printed ticket, a digital download of the script, a digital download of the film storyboards, as well as a signed promotional flyer, two signed photos from crew members, your name in the credits of the film, an SBCrew themed keychain,  an additional signed photo, a hardcopy DVD of the film, as well as the originally printed script used during filming, signed by the entire crew in Japan!

The Hardcore Fan! With only 4 available, if you give £120you get the digital download, 2 10x15cm art prints, an originally signed and printed ticket, a digital download of the script, a digital download of the film storyboards, as well as a signed promotional flyer, two signed photos from crew members, your name in the credits of the film, an SBCrew themed keychain,  an additional signed photo, a hardcopy DVD of the film,and a Skype conversation* with a crew member of your choice.

The Most Super Awesomest Fan Ever! At the top, with only 2 available, £300 will get you the digital download, 2 10x15cm art prints, an originally signed and printed ticket, a digital download of the script, a digital download of the film storyboards, as well as a signed promotional flyer, two signed photos from crew members, your name in the credits of the film, an SBCrew themed keychain, an additional signed photo, a hardcopy DVD of the film, TWO Skype conversations with a crew member of your choice, and an invitation to a private, free, dinner and closed screening of the film in Tokyo!

PLEASE NOTE:
*Name in credits are limited to your real name.
*Some limitations may apply to Skype conversations, due to language difficulties and time zone differences.
*Possible travel and living expenses in Tokyo are not covered with your invitation to a screening.
*Above pictures are not necessarily accurate representations of how the individual reward will look.

Who Is The SBCrew?

"Mtn." is being produced by the indie filmgroup Same Bowl Crew. While primarily based in Tokyo, crew members are from, and situated in, all around the world. SBCrew is a truly international group of likeminded artistic individuals, who share the common goal of creating amazing films.

We also have Evgeny Suzuki, our cinematographer, who has worked as a cameraman for the last 6 years. Evgeny started as a camera man for Kyodo TV in 2006, and has since freelanced all over the world, including in Kazakstan for a documentary on its dictatorship, and the North Pole for a project on the North Sea.

Further, we have Victor Gonzalez, our Photographer/Videographer, on board for additional shots and photography. Victor has 5+ years as a photographer with experience in Automotive Shows, Model, Night-life, and Event Coverage.

Additionally, we have our adorable female actors, in minor roles, Aki and Megumi.

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu! And thank you!

We hope that from reading over our Kickstarter page, you can see that we all take this very seriously. In fact, some might even say we've gone overkill, when we "only" need £1300.

But everyone in the SBCrew takes their role seriously. We all want this to happen. And for that, we all give 110%. With that mindset, we hope that you decide to help fund this project!

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu! AND THANK YOU!

Risks and challenges

No project is without risks, but we have done our very best to minimize them. If we reach our funding goal, something truly major and unforseen would have to happen, to have a serious impact on production.

Currently, our only risk, is the time available to each of us in the SBCrew. No one is getting paid, and that means everyone is doing this in their free time, while also having fulltime jobs. We feel confident we have it all under control, but minor schedule setbacks may happen.

We have the production and cost of our rewards all planned out, but haven't produced many of them. If any unforseen issue happens with production, however unlikely, we plan to simply change the company with whom we are producing the goods.

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