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Wolves make the best parents. This is a short about that fact.

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THE CUB is a comedy about a little used but highly effective parenting technique that guarantees a lifetime of happiness and success for your child most likely at the expense of others.

I can't really say too much about the actual plot of the film without giving anything away but I can tell you it's funny, weird, absurd, and scary... sort of a strange hybrid of my two shorts CASQUE and MAGNIFICAT.

I wrote and will direct the film as well as will executive produce with my wife Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The wonderful Jamie K. Wheeler, who produced MAGNIFICAT, will produce. The film will be shot in Los Angeles, CA in late March or early April and we will be submitting to festivals.

The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to help offset the cost of producing the film. We've got to pay for the usual suspects (camera rental, location costs, and craft services) but I'd also really love to be able to compensate crew members who might normally have to work for little to no pay. A lot of people work very hard to make a film happen and they deserve everything we can give them.

Any amount over our goal means the film will look and sound better than it already will. Money doesn't necessarily make a film better but money gives very talented people (like our cinematographer and our sound designer) the ability to make a film better. Right now the plan is to shoot on the Red One camera but if we exceed our goal I would love to be able to use the Arri Alexa to give us the best possible image going into post. And if we reach an amount that allows us the chance to shoot on film I'd jump at the opportunity.

I can't thank you enough for visiting our page and for reading about our little film. It means a lot.

Let's make a movie,

Riley

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  • Mary isn't going to be in my short this time around. She is, however, co-executive producing the film with me.

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  • I may have been a bit unclear when it comes to the rewards. Basically whatever level you select you'll also receive the rewards in the level(s) that precede it. The only reward that you won't get (unless you specifically chose it) is the VHS of all my shorts since it's a limited to five copies. Hope that clears things up.

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    Thank you for supporting our film! I will say your name to myself the morning of the shoot to psych myself up.

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    A personal thank you on a limited edition "The Cub" postcard. Let me tell you how awesome you are!

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    Own a dvd copy of the film you helped make happen. I can't send these out until it has played its first festival but you'll have a copy before it's put online. BONUS REWARD: Rip it to your computer and you've got yourself an exclusive Digital Copy!

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    Not only will you get the dvd but you'll also receive a copy of the script signed by Co-Executive Producer Mary Elizabeth Winstead and myself. But don't read the script until you've seen the movie!

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    Ultra limited edition (because I'm going to do them by hand) copy of all of my shorts on VHS! That means "The Cub", "Casque", and "Magnificat" all in glorious standard definition plus original box art by me. Don't worry, I'll also send you a dvd of "The Cub".

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    Thank you so much for your generous donation! We'd be honored to put your name under the "Special Thanks" section in the credits of the film. You'll also get a dvd and a signed script.

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    This is my favorite reward. I'll pick an individual frame from the film and have it professionally printed on beautiful matte paper. Each print will be hand signed and numbered with the shot's time code. I guarantee no one will have the same shot. You'll also get the "special thanks", a copy of the script, and the dvd.

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    You've earned yourself an Associate Producer credit. Your name will share a card with no more than one other person and will have the same screen time as the director card. This credit will also be on IMDB. It's actually a pretty big deal. Includes all of the above rewards (except for reward #4).

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    Join us at the premiere or any screening in your area! Your gift to our film means a lot and we want you to be there when we show it to the world. Includes two tickets to the screening. Does not include travel or accommodations. You'll also receive all of the above awards (except reward #4).

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