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A story of two best friends, giant robots, and the quest to become your own Prime.

Update! Watch another video - All I Wanted For Christmas Was A Millennium Falcon - here on YouTube. I screwed up the export and the file is too big to upload onto the Kickstarter page.

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In 2010, the first ever Hollywood Fringe Festival appeared in my town and I realized it was a chance to grab at a dream.

I have longed to be part of live theater as something other than audience, at least just once. This fringe was set up with wide and welcoming rules - if you had *something* and could pull it off, you're in. Under the brilliant guidance of Molly Prather (http://www.mollyprathercomedy.com) I learned how to write a full stage show. By asking 1,001 questions of just about everybody, I learned how to produce a live show.

The result: I wrote, produced and performed live storytelling show. It went great! I want to do it again, but better this time, with a particular eye toward building a more professional-looking presentation for whatever future I build in this realm.

Here's how your donation will be used:

The Fringe Itself

Your donation will be used to cover required fees payable to the venue, the insurance, the participant registration, minor equipment rental and some advertising. This this the biggest cost, particularly the venue fees.

My Awesome Crew

If this effort is successful I will introduce these folks to backers in full. For now, a summary:

The videographer: Actually, I tell you about this person now! John Srebalus is many things, among them a filmmaker. He is co-director and writer of Such Hawks Such Hounds (http://www.suchhawkssuchhounds.com), a Most Excellent documentary about the hard rock underground. (More here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1377796.) He shot the pitch video above, and he'll shoot the actual show that backers will receive as either download or dvd. NOTE: We are in agreement with not so much loving the look of HD, which is why the video of the full show will not be in HD. But it will be warm, gorgeous and high quality, promise!

The video editor: I was going to edit the final product myself, but then it hit me that I'm going to be busy writing who knows how many micro-short stories for backers, dealing with all of the producer show stuff, the marketing stuff and, you know, performing. Since my video editing skills are still in emerging phase, it's better to have a pro handle editing of the actual show footage in order to ensure you get the absolute best quality.

The still photographer: Because I can't take pictures of myself performing while I'm on stage, or pictures of myself while posing for the images needed for advertising, a fantastic pro is going to take those pictures.

The tech guy: This person will run the lights and sound for the show. What I learned during my first outing doing a stage show last year? This person is critical. The tech guy isn't just pushing buttons; he's painting moods of your space with light.

The production assistant: Because I live in Los Angeles but don't have a car (!!!) the PA will put me and my props in their car and get me to/from the venue for rehearsals and shows.

All of those people need to be paid for their skills. They also need to be decently fed. This is most likely the second biggest cost of the production.

Posters and DVDs

The posters and postcards will be created by Amos Kennedy, Jr. "The Humble Negro Printer," of Kennedy Prints (http://www.kennedyprints.com), all will be handmade letterpress and no two will be alike. You can learn more about Amos here: http://www.20kfilms.com/filmsites/proceedandbebold/index.php. Check out the documentary - that man is a hoot and a warrior!

I have already saved up the funds for the initial run of posters and postcards for local promotional use. If this effort is successful, your donation will be used to up the order of both so that I have enough for all backers.

One incentive level offers a DVD, because some people prefer DVDs over downloads. Your donation will be used to cover the costs of manufacturing and packaging this item.

That's it! Thank you.

John Srebalus (videographer): http://www.suchhawkssuchhounds.com John Boswell (composer): http://symphonyofscience.com/ Amos Kennedy, Jr. (printer): http://www.kennedyprints.com/ Cat Mihos (jeweler): http://www.neverwear.net/store Hollywood Fringe Festival (target): http://www.hollywoodfringe.org

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    Your name/handle listed among the Sparks in the program guide and on the site, along with access to a secret production diary blog - yes, with comments enabled - where there will be occasional bonus multimedia.

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    The above, plus a one-of-a-kind handmade letterpress postcard created for the show by Amos Kennedy, Jr.

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    The above, plus DRM-free mp3s of the two songs composed by John Boswell for the show. Local? You'll also get two tickets to one show!

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    The above, EXCEPT for the postcard. Instead you get a one-of-a-kind handmade letterpress poster created by Amos, with a Praise Story written by Me just for You on the back of it, using your three- to five- word prompt. Local? You'll also get two tickets to one show! International? Please add $4 to defray the additional shipping cost.

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    The above, plus your very own copy of "Such Hawks Such Hounds" a fantastic documentary by John Srebalus and Jessica Hundley chronicling the hard rock underground of 1970 - onward. Essential viewing for us guitar heads. Local? You'll also get two tickets to one show! International? Please add $4 to defray the additional shipping cost.

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    The above, plus a gorgeous window prism (or hair decoration!) handmade by Cat Mihos with Swarovski crystal, tigers eye, sterling Balinese beads, three garnets and Japanese glass seed beads. Kitty's handmade fairy dust is guaranteed for life. Local? You'll also get two tickets to one show! International? Please add $5 to defray the additional shipping costs.

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    The above, plus a DRM-free high quality video download of the full show. Local? You'll also get two tickets to one show! (NOTE: Offer does not include the Mihos jewelry or the Srebalus documentary dvd.)

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    The above, plus a dvd of the full show packed with bonus content. Local? You'll also get two tickets to one show! International? Please add $4 to defray the additional shipping cost. (NOTE: Offer does not include the Mihos jewelry or the Srebalus documentary dvd.)

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    The above, plus I will come to you and throw down a command performance for you and your friends. I'll probably bring a batch of my specialties - either The Greatest Sugar Cookies In The Known Universe or chocolate cupcakes with two kinds of ganache stuffed with fresh whipped cream - baked with mine own hands. (NOTE: Offer restricted to the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside. Fulfillment after HFF11 is over. We'll talk scheduling. Offer does not include the Mihos jewelry or the Srebalus documentary dvd.)

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