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Four lovable supernerds - yearning for respect - create an A.I. to win videogames. It gets loose and starts fragging humanity. Whoops.
Four lovable supernerds - yearning for respect - create an A.I. to win videogames. It gets loose and starts fragging humanity. Whoops.
Four lovable supernerds - yearning for respect - create an A.I. to win videogames. It gets loose and starts fragging humanity. Whoops.
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 THANKS TO YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMANS WE'VE MOVED INTO....

And for those arriving here for the first time...

I'd like to take a moment and sincerely thank you for checking out Uprising. My entire life, I've been madly in love with robots: Robotech, Gundam, Transformers, Terminator, Evangelion, Patlabor - (Sure some of these are mecha, but let's not get in the mud.) - so I appreciate you being here.

Beneath the comedy and glorious action, Uprising is actually a story about family. In fact, most of the concept came to me when my son was an infant, and I'd take long walks with him late at night. Within this absurd setting, our four human Heroes fight for each other (and with each other) like Brothers. Two of the robots - our film's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - save a human baby and decide to raise it as their own. (Hint: Worst. Parents. Ever.) Even the decisions of the master A.I. 'Caster', weirdly mirrors the decisions I had to make as a new Father.

On top of that there's life-sucking Roombas, self-driving Priuses that hunt humans in packs, vigilante Soda Machines, and Celphones that send your Snapchats to your Mom.

And of course... ROBOTS! These metal monsters think the #ROFLpocalypse is just a game - so they get busy tea-bagging, dry-humping, and Leader-boarding humanity out of existence. 

And no, our human heroes are NOT the Snake Pliskins you'd hope would be coming to rescue us in this situation. Instead our code-writing, Yoo-Hoo chugging, supernerds can barely lift a case of Mt. Dew much less an M-16. 

So yes -- to quote Pvt. William Hundson, Game over, man.  Game over.

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www.uprisingthemovie.com

Risks and challenges

Like any film there are numerous real-world challenges to getting Uprising made. We've assembled an incredible crew willing to donate their time - but there's always the challenges of casting great actors, scheduling, equipment & camera rental, feeding an army, transportation, renting motion-capture stages and much more.

But these are all challenges we've faced before, and between Ben's role as a director and his extended USC Film School Family - they're all challenges we can easily overcome. And as you can see, the post-production pipeline has already been ironed out and is raring to go.

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    FRIEND OF THE MACHINES

    You're awesome. Thank you for jumping in to help get this film made. We will THANK YOU ON OUR SITE so that when the Uprising happens, the robots will be sure to skip your house.

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    ROBOSAPIEN

    We can't thank you enough. You are the lifeblood of the roflpocalypse. Though our perks can't match your kindness, you'll get the $10 love PLUS:

    We'll send you the MEGA-DIGITAL UPRISING ART BOOK with production stills, concept-art, storyboards, scripts, set photos, and much more.

    AND you'll receive a LINK TO THE FILM before most anyone else gets to see it. (So you'll know what to look out for when your microwave starts blinking L:OL.)

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    ROBO-RECOGNIZE!

    This is commitment. You're obviously doing this because you're an incredible person and want to get this project made. We'll send you the $10 and $25 perks, PLUS:

    We'll create a special robo-Tweet shouting YOU out on Twitter. This is sure to put you in good standing once our new robot overlords take over.

    -AND- Your name will appear in the Uprising credits - forever declaring you as a Patronbot of the Fine Arts!

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    Your love is so big, we need to hug you in person. We'll of course get you all of the $10, $25, and $50 perks, PLUS:

    We want you to come to our RELEASE PARTY!!! If you can find your way to Los Angeles, you'll meet, greet, and hang with cast and crew. What a great chance to wine, dine, and enjoy UPRISING before anyone else.

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    THE T-800 OF T-SHIRTS

    You're here because you're amazing and you're kicking down doors to get this film off the ground. So we want to give you something undeniably unique to show our appreciation. You'll receive all the previous perks PLUS:

    We'll send you the UPRISING LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT printed only once for backers and crew of our illustrious film. Strut the streets is your hip soft-cotton, eye-catching work-of-art shirt.

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    DESIGNER POSTER!

    You and Johnny5 are ALIVE with giving greatness. We can't thank you enough. But we can get you all the previous perks and:

    We'll send you the UPRISING FILM POSTER -- crisp, new, and undeniably fresh. Gorgeously designed by one of the finest artists working in the business, and curated by Ben - who is a poster snob - you can hang this beauty in your house so people know you're a Patron of the Arts. OR you hang it in a museum so that people know you have the best taste in the world.

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    GET IN THE GAME!

    Your name, and your likeness (or the likeness you choose) will be immortalized as a CHARACTER IN THE UPRISING IPHONE GAME!!! That's right, send us a picture and we'll build you in as a character in our game. Choose your likeness, looks, accessories, and more. We'll work with you to make you the most ballin' and glorious Avatar you can be - for the whole world to play!!!

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    HUMAN-TO-ROBOT TRANSPLANT

    Whoever you are, you're obviously from the future - come here to make the world a better place by guaranteeing Uprising's birth. You'll receive ALL OF THE PREVIOUS PERKS PLUS:

    You'll be listed as a Producer on our film, and invited to Set to hang with the cast and crew of Uprising. Roam the halls, laugh at the mayhem and feast on our mighty craft-services. But more importantly, be surrounded by people who are supremely ecstatic that you exist.

    And if you can't make it to set...

    You'll receive a thunderous THANK YOU VIDEO from cast and crew on set. We'll celebrate humanity's last hurrah by expressing our love and gratitude for YOU.

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    NEW! DISPLAYED IN THE DISPLAYS

    Preserve your company logo (or your own brand) well into the future with this special IN-FILM OFFER. Our team of Marketrons will work with you to feature your brand prominently on one of the Screens in our film. (Futuristic laptops, holographic touchscreens, in-goggle VR, and more.) Prime Robo-Logo Real Estate Just for YOU!

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    GLORY THE EXEC PRODUCER

    Androids don't dream of electric sheep, they dream of you coming into their lives to help make their film. So for you we've reserved the greatest gift of all: YOU'LL BE IN A SCENE! Part of the office comedy, running from the impending robot destruction, or even having your head kicked off (eh-em, that's animated, of course...) If you can find your way to Los Angeles, we'll put you in a scene that people will talk about for generations to come.

    Also, you'll be proclaimed to all of the Human Race as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on Uprising and heralded for eternity.

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    NEW! BUSINESS OF THE FUTURE!!!

    Do you dream of your business dominating in the future? Do you wish you were bigger than Google? Well put your Logo where your mouth is and let us work your brand identity into the physical world of our film. Imagine your business emblazoned across a massive building inside of our movie. Or pimped along the side of a bus. Or maybe you just want to subtly exist on every VR Headset the future has to offer? No we're not fans of subtle -- but we'll sure as hell make it subtle FOR YOU!

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    NEW! ALL HAIL THE ROBOT KING!

    The greatest gift our film - or any human being - can give you, is your Company logo (or personal brand) painted directly on a featured robots. Like owning the front hood of a Nascar, this gorgeous prominence will show the world that you are indeed the greatest human being that has ever lived. (Or _will_ ever live, given humanity's imminent demise.)

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