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By Steven Heller
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About this project

Welcome to the Shakespeare In The Parking Lot Kickstarter project! Let's begin:

WHAT IS SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT?

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot started life as a short film created by Steven Heller, Meg Singley and Brad Singley for The Renton Film Frenzy (see further below), a 48 Hour Short Film competition featured in the Seattle suburb of Renton, Washington. After winning First Place and The People's Choice award for their film, Steven and Brad were approached by Mitch Shepherd and John Wu (not that John Woo), fellow local filmmakers, to expand their short into a feature film. They added talented writer/ actor Rob Harriell to round out the cast, and the rest is history.

NO… I MEAN, WHAT IS SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT ABOUT, EXACTLY?

Oh, got it. Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is a comedy about four lovable losers who, after being rejected by a local Shakespeare performing troupe, join forces and attempt to put on bite-size versions of Shakespeare plays and scenes called 'Shakesbombs', which are performed impromptu in public spaces. One small problem is that none of them really knows much of anything about Shakespeare. The movie is a mockumentary following their trials and errors.

I'M CAUTIOUSLY INTRIGUED. TELL ME MORE.

Picture Best in Show and This is Spinal Tap mixed with parts of The Full Monty and Be Kind Rewind.

OH, THAT HELPS! I LIKE THOSE MOVIES!

Great!

WHY THIS STORY?

Part of it is that it makes for a fun subject matter (after all, who doesn't like to make fun of Shakespeare? Anyone? Seriously, it can't be just us.). Part of it is a statement about the nature of creating art out of very little, which is sort of like what we are doing here. It's meta.

SO HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN POSSIBLY PULL OFF SHOOTING THIS MOVIE FOR $20,000.00?

It's not going to be easy, but with all of the creators volunteering their time and by keeping the crew very small, we minimize the expense of feeding and maintaining a sizable film crew. Since this is being shot like a documentary, we don't require complicated lighting and camera set-ups. That's not to say that the film will look bad by any means; to the contrary, the Director and several members of the cast work in multimedia and already own professional camera, lighting and sound systems, as well as many of the additional components necessary to shoot a film this size.

THEN WHAT DO YOU NEED THE MONEY FOR?

For starters, in an attempt to make certain that the performances are top-notch, the production will be working under a SAG Ultra Low Budget contract, meaning that we can employ SAG Union actors in key roles on the film and pay them at least a modest sum for their days work.

In addition, the documentary shooting style means that we will be allowing for improvisation of the scenes. To that end, we will require fairly sizable hard drives and numerous high end memory cards for the cameras.

That, plus costumes, props and even basic food needs add up very quickly.

WHAT MAKES YOU ALL QUALIFIED TO SHOOT A MOVIE?

Every person connected with this project is a creative, articulate and fun loving person with loads of talent and desire. We've all made shorts together and some of us have also worked on features. This project represents an opportunity for us to make a statement about the films we consume and the people who we have allowed to control our entertainment. We believe we can do what they do, but better.

I'M GONNA NEED A BIT MORE THAN THAT.

No problem. Please take a few minutes to check out these shorts, the original 'Shakespeare In The Parking Lot', by Steven Heller, Meg Singley and Brad Singley, and the award-winning short 'The Disconnect', starring John Wu and written and directed by Mitch Shepherd.

NOT BAD, I GUESS. YOU'RE NO SCORSESE.

And we're not trying to be. We just like to make our silly handmade films and get them out to anyone who cares to see them.

WHO IS THIS MOVIE FOR?

Originally it was for Latin-speaking doctoral graduates of Eastern seaboard based colleges who have a birthday in a month ending in 'R'. We've since revised that to include everyone.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

To us, Kickstarter represents an opportunity for people to use their voices and reach other like-minded people. We figured that we can't be the only ones who like a good laugh at the movies, so why not see what we could come up with if we had the support of others?

This is one of the guys that you're putting your faith into.
This is one of the guys that you're putting your faith into.

TELL ME ABOUT THE REWARDS.

Most are pretty straightforward (but very cool) items that we send out to you, but a few offer the opportunity to be in the movie, either as a general extra, a featured extra, or as a larger character. Our shooting schedule is from the end of August through the middle of September, so you should at least plan on being in the Renton/ Seattle, Washington area during that time. We'll solidify your shooting dates once the final shooting schedule is hammered out.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS FILM?

Well, obviously we want it to be the highest grossing motion picture in cinema history. Duh.

SOUNDS AMBITIOUS. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

Thanks. We have an extremely talented and successful team that are ready to give this everything we've got. Our main objective is to create something that we can be proud of and that our supporters can enjoy. We'll be entering the film in many film festivals and seeking distribution throughout that process.

And this is another. We're not trying to scare you off, we just want you to be informed.
And this is another. We're not trying to scare you off, we just want you to be informed.

WELL THAT DOES IT, I'M SOLD.

Fantastic! We are tremendously excited and can't wait to get this movie in the can and out to everyone who supports it. In addition to the film, we have a number of creative rewards we are offering which will add great value to all contributions. As for the movie itself, look forward to receiving that once the film has made its normal festival run and, hopefully, theatrical distribution.

Beyond that, keep an eye on this page as we will be adding some fun updates and perhaps a couple of other cool rewards over the course of the next thirty days. Then, as production ramps up, we'll keep on posting with stories from the battlefield.

Beyond just giving money, which helps enormously, we would just really love to get people inspired to tell their friends, co-workers, neighbors, mortal enemies or even their parents about this fun and engaging product. We won't be able to do it alone, and we'll need all the support we can get.

And that's it for now.

GREAT. THANKS.

Sure!

SHOULD I HANG UP, OR ARE YOU GOING FIRST?

No, you go first!

NO, YOU!

OK, bye!

ARE YOU STILL THERE? NO? OK.

Our inspiration. Kind of.
Our inspiration. Kind of.

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    ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL: Just $5 gets you special thanks in the credits of our film. Your name will LITERALLY scroll up that screen. Beautiful.

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    BANDWIDTH OF BROTHERS: Receive a high-def digital download of our film and the 2 short films that preceded it. Download links will be sent out after the film has made its festival circuit.

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    THE COMEDY OF ERRORS: Receive a DVD of the movie. This Special Edition DVD will include both short films as well as any fun behind-the-scenes footage that we put together. You'll also receive an HD download of the film. The DVD and download links will be sent out after the film has made its festival circuit. US Shipping included. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    A LATE-SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Ever wanted to be in a film? Do you like barbecue? Now you can have both! We'll be throwing a barbecue party towards the end of shooting. All guests will be in the finale of the film. Talk about a deal! Good for 1 plus a guest. Be prepared to be on location for 3-5 hours (date TBD). We'll contact everyone with the exact date a few weeks in advance. You'll also receive your name in the credits and the BANDWIDTH OF BROTHERS reward.

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    THE RICHARD III: Receive a limited edition, hand screened, collectible Shakespeare in the Parking Lot poster. It's not going to be like that Justin Bieber poster that you bought at Target. We're talking super-high quality ink and paper. This is going to be the type of thing that you're going to want to hang on your wall. You'll also receive the BANDWIDTH OF BROTHERS reward. US Shipping included. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    THE RICHARD IV: Receive the limited edition, hand screened, collectible Shakespeare in the Parking Lot poster mentioned in the reward above as well as the Special Edition DVD and digital download as mentioned in the COMEDY OF ERRORS reward. US Shipping included. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    TO BE OR NOT TO BE (IN OUR FILM): You'll receive a featured extra roll in the movie. We're not talking a large group, we're talking about you, in a small group, on the big screen (travel not included, must be available for shooting dates). This is the kind of experience that you'll want to put in your scrap book. You'll also receive your name in the credits and the COMEDY OF ERRORS reward. US Shipping included. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    MERCHANT OF VENICE: You get your very own Shakespeare in the Parking Lot commercial! We'll promote whatever you want. Do you have a business that you'd like us to plug? Done. A website? No problem. We'll create a commercial between 20-30 seconds and post it to our YouTube channel, as well as send you a download link to the video file. You can then feel free to post it wherever you want. AWESOME. You'll also receive the BANDWIDTH OF BROTHERS reward.

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    THE ROMEO AND JULIET: You'll receive 2 VIP tickets to the premiere. Guaranteed to be a star studded* event, you and a guest will have the night of your lives as you watch Shakespeare in the Parking Lot on the big screen (travel and lodging not included). You'll also receive your name in the credits and the BANDWIDTH OF BROTHERS reward.

    ( * Star-studdedness not guaranteed.)

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    THE JULIUS CAESAR: See those Shakespearean bust drawings on the left over there? Want one of your own? You'll receive your own custom drawing of your own face. The actual drawings will be etchings. We'll post some samples in an update soon. You'll need to send us a picture and our team of artists will create a bust drawing that you can frame and put up on your wall. Your friends will be green with envy! You'll also receive your name in the credits and the BANDWIDTH OF BROTHERS reward.

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    THE HAMLET: You'll receive a bona fide speaking roll in our film. You will be important. You'll probably get lunch on set. You'll also receive 2 VIP tickets to the premiere and the COMEDY OF ERRORS reward.

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    AS YOU LIKE IT: You'll receive an Executive Producer credit. How many people can say that they were an Executive Producer on a feature film? We'll even make you your own Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Executive Producer business cards to let everyone know how awesome you are. You'll also receive 2 VIP tickets to the premiere along with your name in the credits, a Special Edition DVD and an HD download of the film. Download links will be sent out after the film has made its festival circuit.

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