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An international weapons inspector in Iraq discovers something that propels him into a shadowy world where truth is deadly.

     False Colors is an ultra-indie low-budget feature film by writer / director William Norton, who is also producing it with his wife Jessica Goin.  It stars Matthew Gilliam and Lavinia Postolache (Miss World Romania 2010) in a political thriller set in 2003. The story begins in Iraq where international weapons inspector Ted Keller has stayed behind when all other inspectors left in anticipation of the U.S. invasion.    There he unearths something that puts his life in danger.  He desperately returns home to the U.S. staying one step ahead of those that want him silenced, while unraveling the mystery surrounding his find.

     It has been William's life-long goal to make features and this is his first.   The film has been 85% - 90% shot and is close to moving into post-production....which is where KickStarter and you come in. 

William Norton discusses an upcoming scene with actors in False Colors.
William Norton discusses an upcoming scene with actors in False Colors.

     William and Jessica took the bull by the horns and put their own money into the making of False Colors.  Over 60 shooting days into production and nearing the end, they need to raise completion funds to film a few remaining scenes and cover post production (visual effects, sound mixing, scoring, color correction, etc.).  Since its inception, William loved the idea of KickStarter as it directly engages the artist with their audience, and with the recent statistic that 19 KickStarter funded projects were part of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival program, it's clear that crowd funding films through KickStarter is an important avenue for the independent filmmaker.

Co-executive producer Jessica Goin readies actor Jevan Vu for a scene in False Colors.
Co-executive producer Jessica Goin readies actor Jevan Vu for a scene in False Colors.

     With Kickstarter if the fundraising goal is not met, False Colors gets none of the pledged money and none of the backers' credit cards are charged.  Because of this, William has chosen a goal at the low end of what he needs to complete False Colors.  Ideally, the trailer will inspire enough of you to want to participate in the film's completion that you will continue pledging beyond the stated goal.  in that case, every penny will go towards making the best movie possible, including adding additional scenes and incorporating more and better visual effects.  A surround sound mix might also be possible.  So, the stated goal is $35,000 but $50,000 or dare we dream larger (and we have up to this point)... $100,000 would increase the possibilities exponentially.

William Norton frames up a shot from the back of a Humvee for a scene in False Colors.
William Norton frames up a shot from the back of a Humvee for a scene in False Colors.

     William's philosophy of filmmaking has always been to know how to do as much himself as possible - as illustrated by his credits on False Colors including: writer, director, producer, editor, one of the D.P.'s, casting, wardrobe, props, craft services, some sound recording, poster concept and photography, transportation, etc.  This approach has made False Colors possible with only a skeleton crew of highly talented professionals ( many thanks to our key regulars Liz Rizo, Michael Turner and Rob Ellenberg) often filling more than just one job description, and of course Jessica's constant input and assistance.  Many mornings were spent with this core group gathered around the dining room table preparing for the days shoot...often guerilla style, always without permits and fueled by their love of film.  

Matthew Gilliam plays international weapons inspector Ted Keller in False Colors.
Matthew Gilliam plays international weapons inspector Ted Keller in False Colors.
Lavinia Postolache plays U.S. Congressional aid Ileana Popescu in False Colors.
Lavinia Postolache plays U.S. Congressional aid Ileana Popescu in False Colors.

     Now as False Colors moves into the final stages it's clear that certain jobs are best left to others who excel at them.  William has already chosen most of these people and truly hopes he gets the opportunity to work with them.  With your help, False Colors can be completed in good time and be ready for 2014 festival submissions.  If you want to see False Colors as much as we do, or if you simply believe in fostering independent film, please consider getting involved and making a pledge.    In addition, word of mouth is of utmost importance in any film's success so please tell all your friends about False Colors by recommending it to them on Facebook or sending them a link to this KickStarter campaign.  Thank you all so much!  

Pave Hawks en route over Iraq in a scene from False Colors.
Pave Hawks en route over Iraq in a scene from False Colors.
Matthew Gilliam, Lavinia Postolache and Bill Stevens in a scene from False Colors
Matthew Gilliam, Lavinia Postolache and Bill Stevens in a scene from False Colors
William Norton watches the performance as Chia-Yu Chen frames a shot with Matthew Gilliam and Cameron Oro for a scene in False Colors.
William Norton watches the performance as Chia-Yu Chen frames a shot with Matthew Gilliam and Cameron Oro for a scene in False Colors.
Matthew Gilliam as Ted Keller in False Colors.
Matthew Gilliam as Ted Keller in False Colors.
Bjanka Murgel in a scene from False Colors.
Bjanka Murgel in a scene from False Colors.
Andrew Montanez plays private military contractor in a scene from False Colors.
Andrew Montanez plays private military contractor in a scene from False Colors.
Geralf Kindler and Matthew Gilliam in a scene from False Colors.
Geralf Kindler and Matthew Gilliam in a scene from False Colors.

Here's a four minute short that played at the Flagstaff International Film Festival, created by the team bringing you False Colors. 

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THE FINE PRINT -

     For the rewards including tickets to the private theatrical screening, you will need to be available on the date of the screening (date T.B.D. once film is completed).   Travel, hotel, transportation and meals are not included in reward(s).

     If you do have a line in the film, we cannot guarantee it will make it into the final edit.  In such a case, your pledge amount will be refunded.

      To attend the screening or visit the set you must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your second ticket).  Extras and actors must also be over 18 or have a signed release from their parent or legal guardian.

• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.

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The early trailer should be a clear indication that False Colors is well on its way to completion and with your help, WILL be finished in 2014. As William and Jessica have put a great deal of their own money into this film, and William has devoted countless hours of his life to it, they see no alternative but success. Thank you!

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    "MY INTEREST IS PIQUED" - Our gratitude, a thank you on the film's Facebook page and a smart phone / tablet wallpaper pack of the False Colors movie poster e-mailed to you.

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    "I WANT TO HELP - Receive the above plus a one-time on-line digital viewing of False Colors once it's officially available. Be one of the first to see the film at home! Also included is the False Colors movie poster wallpaper pack for your smart phone or tablet.

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    "I'M IN" - Enjoy a digital on-line viewing of False Colors once it's officially released as well as a large postcard sized print of the poster that will be signed by the director as well as a thank you on the False Colors Facebook page.

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    "GOTTA HAVE IT" - Receive False Colors on DVD once it's officially available, as well as a signed postcard of the movie poster and thank you on the film's facebook page and movie poster wallpaper for your smart phone or tablet.

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    "I LOVE WHAT YOU'RE DOING" - Be one of the first to watch False Colors streaming on-line as well as the SMALLER version of the POSTER (sized approx. 13 1/2" x 20"). Poster will ship by Feb. 2014. Movie viewing will be available once officially released.

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    "I REALLY LOVE WHAT YOU'RE DOING" - Be one of the first to get False Colors on a DVD signed by William Norton, Matthew Gilliam and Lavinia Postolache as well as the SMALLER version of the POSTER (sized approx. 13 1/2" x 20") also signed. Poster will ship by Feb. 2014. DVD will ship once officially released.

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    "CAN'T WAIT" - Get False Colors on DVD plus FULL-SIZED SIGNED MOVIE POSTER. Poster will ship by Feb. 2014. DVD ships once officially available.

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    "I'LL WEAR MY SUPPORT ON MY SLEEVE" - Get an extremely LIMITED EDITION PATCH...the exact same patch worn by the film's lead character, international weapons inspector Ted Keller. There are only 99 patches available and each will be signed and numbered on the back by William Norton. Also included will be a signed FULL SIZED MOVIE POSTER (26" x 38 1/2") and signed DVD of False Colors (once officially available).

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    "HOW DID HE DO THAT?" - You'll be the first to get a SPECIAL DVD William is producing outlining HOW HE MADE False Colors and imparting much of the knowledge he has learned about making an indie movie, with an emphasis on the low budget filmmaker. He covers technical knowledge in an easy to understand way. Consider it film school with information you actually need...and without the student loans. Also included will be False Colors on DVD when it becomes officially available.

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    ROCK COLLECTOR - This reward is truly UNIQUE. William will open up his photography archives and dig back into history to offer you one extremely LIMITED EDITION, high quality photographic PRINT of some of ROCK & ROLL'S GREATS performing live. These images are beautiful and have never been made available before. Prints will be created in the traditional photo-chemical processes and will be signed and numbered in very small editions. Black and white prints will be expertly hand printed on double weight fiber based silver gelatin paper. Highlights from the archive include U2 and Nick Cave, Sinead O'Connor and Scott Weiland (in drag!). A perfect holiday gift! Inquire for further info. In addition you will get False Colors on a signed DVD (once it becomes officially available).

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    THE EXEMPLAR - A HEADSHOT OR PORTRAIT SESSION with William Norton (he photographed Matthew and Lavinia's portraits seen on this page). Get the pictures you need to kick start your acting career or just get some great portraits that capture the true you. Includes at least 3 looks. Session must be in Los Angeles at a time convenient for William. Hair and Make-up artist not included (but we can recommend one of the best for an additional charge).

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    CAMERA READY - BE AN EXTRA in False Colors plus get two tickets to a PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING in Los Angeles with William Norton and available cast as well as the film on DVD once it's officially released. A donation of $750 will allow you to be an extra in one scene. You will need to be available on the day we choose to film the scene. Travel, lodging and local transportation not included.

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    THE BOOST - 2 tickets to a PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING in Los Angeles with William Norton and available cast You'll also get a phone call from the director and a special thanks in the end credits as well as False Colors on DVD. Does not include travel, lodging or local transportation. You must be available on the screening date.

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    FIRST IMPRESSION! - Filmmakers...get William Norton to PHOTOGRAPH THE POSTER image for your independent movie. He shot the False Colors poster. Have him shoot yours. Includes up to two hours of preliminary discussion about concept and design. Final layout and photoshop work not included. Reward must be fulfilled in Los Angeles on a date convenient to William. Hair, make-up and wardrobe styling not included. Finishing services available for an additional fee. False Colors on DVD also included once officially available.

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    THE BIG BREAK - A chance to have a LINE OF DIALOG in the film + two tickets to a PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING in Los Angeles when the film is completed. Filming will take place in Los Angeles (Does not include travel, lodging or local transportation. You must be available on the shoot date - to be determined). Plus a special thank you in the end credits.

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    THE IMMORTAL - A character in the movie will be named after you (first and last name). Also included will be two tickets to a PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING in Los Angeles with William Norton and available cast, False Colors DVD and full sized movie poster signed by William, Matthew and Lavinia as well as a thank you in the film's credits.

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    THE PLAYER - You'll get an official ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the film and on I.M.D.B. as well as two tickets to a PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING in Los Angeles with William Norton and available cast (Travel, lodging and local transportation not included). Also included is a False Colors DVD and SPECIAL EDITION movie poster with your name on it.

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    THE TOWN CRIER - Your business will be mentioned in the film. We'll show it's name or have it spoken in the film. Los Angeles based businesses are also eligible to be used as a filming locations. We reserve the right to refuse any business we deem inappropriate for the film, accompanied by a cancellation of the pledge. A DVD of False Colors will also be included once it is officially released.

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    THE CREATIVE - William Norton will film a project for you for one day. It can be a short film, music video, commercial or even a Kickstarter video. This is limited to locations within the continental United States and the date is subject to William's availability. You will also receive 2 tickets to a Private Screening of False Colors in Los Angeles with William Norton and available cast (travel, lodging and local transportation for screening not included). Post production for day of shooting not included. Hair & Make-up, wardrobe stylist, rental equipment, rental studio(s), crew, craft services, etc., are not included. . William will arrive with his gear and can accomplish quite a bit by himself but additional crew are sometimes beneficial.

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    THE PATRON - Perhaps you have done quite well for yourself and simply enjoy helping others realize their dreams. And all you want in return is a simple thank you in the film's credits. Other rewards available of course. Just ask.

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