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Inspired by a legendary true story, starving bakers challenge the Nazis to high stakes soccer games during the middle of World War 2.
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As this phase of the project ends, a new, exciting one begins:

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This is a story you might want to keep up with...

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Inspired by a legendary true story.

Starved to death by the brutal Stalinist regime, Josef Kordik recruits his friends into a bakery controlled by the German Nazis.  There's only one way out of the merciless invasion of Ukraine: Pledge allegiance to Hitler and live on as traitors.

In a city where no one can be trusted and allegiances shift with the wind, a game will now be staged behind closed doors.  As the stakes rise and the future of their nation grows dim, the bakers know the only trophy in this game is loyalty.

But no ordinary men would dare make the sacrifice they must make to reclaim the voice of their people...

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MY GOALS FOR THE PROJECT:

For 9 years, I lived and traveled throughout Eastern Europe, every day waking up with this project on my mind until I fell asleep at night.  I immersed myself in all the colorful aspects of this part of the world.  I visited Ukrainian historians, studied subtle distinctions of the time and place, and I translated old newspaper articles about these events.  Between learning Slavic languages and refining my skills as a filmmaker, I also drafted countless screenplays again and again until I got to the heart of what makes this story tick.  With the story in place, I then set out to create visuals- drawing and obsessively refining storyboards, building models and combining sequences until each visual detail is now vivid in my mind.  

My ultimate goal is to make a movie that will inspire and evoke the same feelings and thoughts in my audience that come from such commitment. 

My first step is to create an exciting animated short that will be submitted into festivals and delivered to producers, actors, and financiers to help get the feature made.  When this drive is successful, I will be capable of accomplishing this task.

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Included in this drive will be the animation, and several collector's items from the past 9 years of hard work and some new goodies as well.

Posters printed on glossy cardstock.  "It's Just A Game,"  written in Ukrainian Cyrillic.  Included will be an official Limited Edition Seal of Authenticity.

Front and back black and white Crew T-Shirt printed on cotton.

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DO WE GET TO SEE THE MOVIE?

You can pledge towards the animated short movie, which is a launching pad for the feature film coming further down the road.  The feature film is going through all the many hurdles it must in order to reach the big screen.   I’m endlessly working on making that a success!  

Told in a stylized 2D animation, this collectible will be a a gripping prelude to the feature and will introduce the characters and the extraordinary events that bring them together. 

My plans for this animation is to submit it to festivals, studio execs, actors, and financiers in order to get the feature film up and running.

Finding you, my audience, is the most crucial aspect of getting it made.  You will be the hub from which this story turns, and a guiding force in completing a rewarding, inspiring experience for us all.

Sample Collage of Production Stills from unreleased promotional animation.  Similar prints will be available for the animation created for this drive.

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PLEDGES

A story of this magnitude deserves large, studio sized financing, big name talent, and authentic locations.  Achieving my minimum goal will financially allow for me to invest some time and energy into knocking on those doors until the right people answer. 

In the meantime I offer you some promotional collector’s items to help me launch this project into the next phase.

Please take a look at the right column to see the rewards I offer.  You can contribute as little as $1 dollar or as much as $10,000.  Every little bit is going to help and it will be an honor to give you back something special.

You pledge the amounts, but no one pays until the goal is reached and the deadline is up. 

DVD Includes behind the scenes info, fun animations, concept art, stylized biographies of the characters, and other tasty treats.

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COSTS

Approximately 10% of any pledge money is withdrawn by Kickstarter and Amazon, who are both providing services for my project.  I also must account the cost of shipping, both from my suppliers and then to you. 

Therefore, due to these costs, much of the rewards I offer are limited editions, made especially for this drive.  This means while some things may be more monetarily expensive than they'd be at your friendly neighborhood discount store, you're also receiving high quality, special edition items that are not only entertaining and hopefully beautiful enjoyments for you, they will also be made with lots of love and care and many are not for public sale.  

All items except t-shirts and magnets and items under $15 will have an official seal of authenticity, and the limited editions are listed and sealed as such.

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WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?

If we don’t reach our minimum goal, no one gets anything.

However, if the project passes it's minimum goal, I'll add bonus surprise rewards at specific stages as an expression of my gratitude to you.

These benchmarks will indicate that our fan base is exceptional and this story is as powerful as I believe it to be.  That means getting this into the cinema is well within reach.  

So please enthusiastically share this webpage with your friends!  Just a few clicks on your keyboard will multiply!  

It’s success will be yours.  Have you ever dreamed of making a movie or wanted to be part of something special and spectacular?  Here is your chance. 

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GET INVOLVED!

Let's get this project made the way it deserves to be.  Let's share the enthusiasm of this Kickstarter link with our friends, teammates, sports enthusiasts, colleagues, groups, and contacts   Please follow us on Twitter and "Like" us on Facebook:  

You might want to keep up with this project!

Remember, you'll compound new additional rewards as we move past our goals and stay in touch. 

You can also email ptgame123@gmail.com to get more personally involved. 

The world is connected now more than ever, and your participation at a local level will be the foundation for success!  

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-THANK YOU!  It is an absolute honor to be working on this project and truly an inspiration to meet so many beacons of light along the way.

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CAST OF CHARACTERS

Here's an exciting opportunity to use your physical likeness as one of the characters!  Yes, this means you'll be featured in this movie.  There's roles for all ages, shapes, sizes and looks.  Some of the characters:

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CLICK LINKS TO KEEP UP WITH THE PROJECT!

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WHO IS TYLER GOODEN?  More about the filmmaker:

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“A hero has faced it all: he need not be undefeated, but he must be undaunted.”

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    Just like every page of written words in the screenplay is one minute of screen time for the feature, this contribution is the essential building block. You'll receive all of the above, plus: One sneak peek autographed page of the screenplay, a "Secrets" refrigerator magnet, and a signed thank you note from Tyler Gooden! See below for even more rewards!

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    Welcome to the crew! When Hollywood studios make a movie, the film crew receives special crew t-shirts. You’re now a member of the team, so you'll receive a limited edition "pre-production" t-shirt made only for this drive, a magnet, and a signed thank you note. Forward this link to friends, and increase your chances of an additional awesome reward added after we surpass our goal. Orders outside of USA, please add $5 for shipping!

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    A digital painting capturing the heart of the story, with a heroic soccer theme and cinematic feel. Great for hanging on your wall. Not available to the public, but will be made with meticulous detail and signed especially for you. Limited edition prints only for this drive, with The Official Seal of Authenticity. Plus magnet, signed page of screenplay, and thank you note. Orders outside of USA, please add $5 for shipping!

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    The featured goal of this drive. Receive the animation in a signed DVD with a personal videotaped introduction to the story. Told through cool, highly stylized vignettes, this animation brings these extraordinary souls together in an exclusive prelude to the feature film. Also in the DVD will be fun, behind the scenes developments, narrated animations, concept art, interviews, insight into the creative process, and other tasty treats to enjoy. Also included will be a "Secrets" magnet, a concept drawing, and a thank you note. Add $7 for shirt, $2 for pdf. Orders outside of USA, please add $4 for shipping.

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    "The Performer Package." Be a FEATURED EXTRA in the short animation! Men, women, and children of all ages are invited to become a part of this story. You’ll receive the DVD, plus you’ll have your physical likeness represented with screen time and a name credit dedication at the end. * Limited availability so act fast!* This reward also includes the magnet, pdf, a thank you note and a document describing your character's importance to the story with Official Seal of Authenticity...

    BONUS: add $5 to receive an 11x 17" printed collage of production stills of you and other featured extras, taken straight from the animation. Orders outside of USA, please add $4 for shipping.

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    "The Fan Package": A printed collage of production stills from the animation, a poster, magnet, DVD and a signed thank you note with a storyboard and seal of authenticity at the bottom. Add $2 for t-shirt. Orders outside USA, please add $4 for shipping.

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    "The Sponsor Package." Receive Special Thanks credit on the short movie! These credits will be the first to scroll at the end of the movie. Plus have your name listed as a sponsor on all flyers and promotional materials for the animation as it travels to festivals and elsewhere. You'll also receive the DVD, magnet, a print of collages from the animation and a thank you note. Orders outside USA, please add 4 dollars for shipping!

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    "The Collector Package." Three production stills collages. The 3 collages will feature scenes from the animation, a collage of the main characters, and a limited edition collage from an unreleased promotional animation, which will be autographed with a personal thank you. This is rare and unavailable to the public. You'll also receive the DVD, magnet, thank you note, and autographed page from the screenplay. Orders outside of USA, please add $3 for shipping.

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    "The Director Package." A compiled booklet of storyboards, concept art, 3d models, exclusive pages from the feature script, production notes, and a signed copy of the completed short movie script. Also included- a print of concept art, great for hanging the wall and a signed DVD. Orders outside of US, please add $4. (Reward added Feb 12)

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    "The Patron Package." Pledge this amount and receive all of the above rewards plus 4 limited edition artwork posters. Unavailable to the public, each in this series features a main character and their theme in the story. Designed with a "propaganda style" social realism, they have an authentic, painterly feel, a detailed "Soviet era" flavor, soccer theme, and exclusive clues into the feature length film. Limited Edition with Seal and will be unseen by the public eye. Free shipping.

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    "The Angel Package." I am truly blessed to have your contribution. Your pledge is considered a legendary dedication to these incredible heroes. Receive some prints of personal artwork, a personal phone call from Tyler Gooden, and after the conversation, a heroic and creative thank you video will be made personally for you and posted on our facebook page and linked on Twitter. You'll receive "A Very Special Thanks To:" in the DVD, animation, and on promotional materials. Plus an additional 'sneak peek' featurette included in your autographed DVD. This is a narrated, entertaining peek into story details and vision, origins behind getting it made, and a chance to know the personality driving this project - so expect a section with me thanking you personally! PLUS receive one limited print poster from "The Patron Package."

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    "The Adventurer Package." An exclusive autographed copy of "The Wild Wild East, Volume 1: How I Didn't Make My Movie And Other Hard To Believe Stories." This unpublished manuscript chronicles the past decade of attempts to get this movie made, with many side show distractions along the way. Packed with details of a life less ordinary, it follows Tyler Gooden's path from an art student living in a 10'x10' storage space to working with film legends and movie stars. Included are storyboards and concept art, some early notes ripped straight from old sketchbooks, and other treats unavailable to the public. This manuscript reveals a deeply personal vision of the movie and funny true stories from The Wild, Wild East. Expect some mishaps and misadventures, dealings with ex-KGB turned-film-producers, and Tyler’s entertaining entrance into the world of movie making. Meet an assorted cast of unusual characters from around the globe, and learn some fascinating things about post communist Europe during the peak of it’s freedom. Includes a personal dedication to you with an authentic limited print seal. Plus, receive a care package of previous listed rewards with surprises, and credit as Associate Producer in the opening credit sequence of the animation.

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    "The Producer Package." Credit as an 'above the line' producer! Your name will be credited as Producer for 3 seconds screen time before the animation starts. Your name and credit appears on all promotional materials associated with this short movie as it travels to festivals, into studio executive hands, and onto actors’ desks. You’ll be updated as this happens and you'll receive public mentions and thanks yous. Also, you'll receive a care package consisting of previous listed rewards, some personal artwork, and a DVD of Tyler's early short movies.

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    "The Guardian Package." I cannot thank you enough. Pledge this amount and you’ll receive all previous rewards plus I will come to your house and cook you a world famous Italian dinner in an authentic Tuscany style with homemade limoncello and tiramisu for dessert, and I'll play some songs on the guitar while you eat. I’ll also bring you some authentic gifts from Eastern Europe and a bottle of homemade slivovice.

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    "The Monarch Package." I am speechless and utterly grateful to have this contribution. You deserve something magical because I will be levitating across the room! For that, I will personally develop a handmade 'Oscar' style sculpture in your honor, but made with an exclusive twist, feel and characteristic from the story. You and I will be constantly in touch throughout it's creation. The statue will be truly unique. Also, you’ll get a short booklet with various hand drawn designs and notes with the sculpture’s connection to the story. You are truly a diamond. Plus, all previous rewards and a periodic personal update on my progress as the project moves forward - You are an endless motivation and I would like to keep you informed. You’ll also receive an invitation to every public event associated to this project, and if this feature gets made, you’ll be credited as a producer and included into behind the scenes developments, crew memorabilia and any assorted perks I can offer at that stage.

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    "The Legend Package." Be a supporting role in the animated movie! We’ll use your physical likeness to represent a supporting character. The earliest pledges will be assigned to characters with the most dialogue! Everyone who pledges can expect to be featured with dramatic presence and importance to the story, plus your character credit in the cool end sequence. You'll send photos, and I'll make a drawing based on your features, plus "make-up" to enhance the character and send a digital copy to you before animating. There are roles for men, women, and various age groups. *Limited availability.* You'll also receive a document stating your character's role in the story, a printed collage of production stills with you featured in your role (great for hanging on the wall), the magnet, pdf, thank you note, and the DVD. Free Shipping.

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    "The Hero Package." Lead Male Roles. Be a MAIN CHARACTER in the animation! This very special pledge puts your physical likeness right into the heart of the story. I will be personally hand drawing you as one of the central characters. How cool is that? And you'll have a cool credit sequence added at the end with your name and image included in a stylized and exciting way. You'll send photos of yourself and I'll send back a digital copy of your full figure character before animating. Your name will be listed on all promotional materials associated with the animation. **There is a limited availability for this awesome reward, so don't be late!** After they are all gone, I cannot offer more! Plus you'll receive the DVD, t-shirt, 3 collages, autographed page of the screenplay, magnets and a signed thank you note.

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    "The Hero Package." Same as above, but for The Lead Female Role.

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    "The Hero Package." Same as above, but for The Lead Young Male Role. Age 8-16.

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    "The Executive Package." Receive all of the above rewards plus Executive Producer credit for this animation. Your name will have four seconds of guaranteed personal screen time at the beginning of the movie with no other interruption or names. You’ll also be Executive Producer of all promotional materials associated with this short movie, with your name attached. That includes the DVD, posters, and some of the artwork. Plus, the progress of the movie will always be available to you, as will other projects in development.

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