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Gordon has fallen spiritually. He finds a mysterious woman in a bar holding court. Out back, worldviews are sold on the black market.
Gordon has fallen spiritually. He finds a mysterious woman in a bar holding court. Out back, worldviews are sold on the black market.
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Synopsis

Gordon Atkinson is a minister who has fallen away from everything he once thought was true. Desperate and lost, he stumbles into a seedy bar where a mysterious woman holds court before a drunken congregation of three.

An appraiser in a back room also buys and sells worldviews on the black market while having what can only be described as philosophical therapy sessions with her clients. The conversation they have is not like anything you've heard before.

They seek the mysterious Tertium Quid, a third way that is said to open itself to our awareness when there seems to be no answers to our questions. 

The Short Film

Tertium Quid is a short filmed based on a piece of surreal fiction written by popular blogger and author, Gordon Atkinson. The story "True Believers" was popular and eventually published by a major magazine. We think it would make a fantastic short film, dealing with spiritual and psychological forces that form the psyche of modern humanity.

We've secured actors, producers, a location, and we have begun working on set pieces. The script is just about finished. All we need now is a little help to get it done.

This is a SAG-AFTRA project.

The Talent

The character Gordon is played by Dean Nolen. He is a talented actor and director. His talent and experience in the theatre, television, film and educating others in the art are extensive. IMDB

The characters Carla and Salome are played by Denise Lee. Denise also has extensive experience in television, film and theatre. Her skills and personality enrich this project. IMDB

 

What the money will be used for!

We are using legit people and legit equipment.

Even though we are getting extremely friendly rates, we are still using SAG actors.

We'll be shooting on a RED EPIC-W with legit lenses.

Creating a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) to screen the short film in a theater or most festivals costs a couple hundred dollars.

We'll be working with a crew of professionals regularly producing high-quality projects such as film and commercials in Texas.

We will have to feed the crew, manage locations, pay for expendables on set and the grip truck and additional gear.

A small portion of the budget will help ensure our props and art are up to par.

Another part of the funding will be used for entry fees in a dozen plus film festivals.

Most of the personnel on this project will be offering their expertise and effort for a fraction of what they should be making.

Timeline

Assuming we get funding, we are scheduled to shoot in August, post-production work is in August/September, initial finishing in late September, festival submissions begin in the Fall and go through Winter, hoping to premiere in early 2018 with distributing to backers in early 2018. After that, we hope to be making a number of film festivals through 2018.

$20K Stretch Goal

We would really prefer to pay our crew more appropriately. If we're able to raise a total of $20,000, we'll pay those involved with the production of this short film. That's what we want to do. You can help us do right by those who make all of this actually work. Even this much money will not pay everyone at "full rate" but it will get much much closer. All money that comes in towards this goal will be distributed to the cast and crew towards their contributions to making this work.

$+ Beyond the Stretch Goal

Once the project is paid for, a really important aspect of this project's success can be tied to promotion. Any funds that go beyond what we have outlined will go towards ongoing promotion of the project, increasing its visibility and your return on investment in the form of satisfaction knowing that more and more people are able to enjoy what our backers have enabled.

Risks and challenges

Risks... well, not getting enough funding is a bit of a risk. We need your help. We've got good people. Great people. Great gear. A great script. Anytime you attempt greatness on low-budget, it's a little risky... so you can help us with that at least a little bit!

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    We'll produce a special custom postcard using some of the Short Film's final art and/or look that will have a handwritten thank you from two prominent people from the project.

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    DVDs

    You will receive two (2) physical DVD discs of the short film. These items will be shipped to you. These discs are not for SALE and they represent personal copies so that backers can see what they have helped produce. These are standard definition discs.

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    If you have pledged $100 or more, you will automatically get this reward. If you haven't, please help us with additional funding.

    We will have a behind-the-scenes photographer capturing the making of this short film. You will receive two signed 7" x 5" prints.

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    Signed DVDs

    You will receive two (2) physical DVD discs that will be signed by writer Gordon Atkinson and director J Matt Wallace. These items will be shipped to you. These discs are not for SALE and they represent personal copies so that backers can see what they have helped produce. These are standard definition discs.

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    Premiere VIP Access + DVD

    You will be designated as a VIP Special Guest at one of the special screenings that we may orchestrate and at minimum our premiere. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to transfer your access to another by coordinating with our team at least 48hrs before the event. At the event, you will be given one (1) DVD disc of the Short Film. These are standard definition discs.

    Special Note: We cannot guarantee what date(s) will be scheduled for special screenings.

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    Signed Books

    Gordon will personally sign your name and offer a unique thanks in both of the books you request. We'll send these books to you at whatever address you provide. Gordon has written four (4) books that can be found at: http://materialmedia.com/project/gordon-atkinson You will also be granted Premiere VIP Access.

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    Behind-the-scenes Photo Book

    You will receive a custom photo book of the best of the Behind-the-Scenes "on set" imagery captured during the production. This book will allow you to see a whole different side of the production in a convenient printed book, making it easy to share with others.

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    In Gordon's Own Hand - Custom Script

    You will receive a copy of the script with notes Gordon takes from the production days. In addition to the copy of this unique version of the script, Gordon and Matt will sign the cover page with a custom note to you. You will also be granted Premiere VIP Access for two (2) people.

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    Custom Bottle of Whiskey

    You will receive a bottle of the same custom whiskey used in the short film. These will be limited edition bottles signed by Gordon, the whiskey creators and director J Matt Wallace. Each of these limited bottles will be the most unique custom versions of its type. You will also be granted Premiere VIP Access for two (2) people.

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    The Bundle of Good Things

    You will receive two (2) bottles of the same custom whiskey used in the short film, a "Gordon's Own Hand" Custom Script, two (2) signed books of Gordon's, two (2) signed DVD discs, VIP Access for four (4) people for the premiere or other screenings and the custom handwritten postcard. You will also be listed in the credits under the VERY SPECIAL THANKS section.

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    Associate Producer

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    On Set Extra

    You are in the movie! (If you want to be.) Key scenes in our story happen in a bar. You'll be one of the bar's patrons in one of the scenes. We can't guarantee how much of you will be seen, but it'll be you! You'll have to be available to be in the Dallas area on Sunday August 6 for most of the day. You'll be credited as one of the characters. Anyone on set must be approved by the director. If some selects this option and is not able to be an extra for any reason, the backer will receive one of all of the lower dollar rewards. Delivery dates will vary.

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