This project's funding goal was not reached on December 4, 2013.
About this project
Production of the live-action trailer for Circle, an exciting novel selling well and getting rave reviews.
Circle is about a 14 year old, Spencer, who finds an ET girl living in his house. You'd think discovering an extraterrestrial girl hiding under his bed would be shocking enough! But it's not until Spencer finds out why Mandy came to earth that the real surprise comes.
Ever since the jet she stowed away on crashed in the desert behind Spencer’s home, Mandy has been lost and alone. The pilot was captured by the Air Force. She asks Spencer to risk everything to rescue the pilot from Edwards Air Force Base and help them get back home with the one thing their civilization needs to survive.
On the run from soldiers, fighter jets and attack helicopters, Spencer and his family fall apart when Mandy's secret is revealed. The one thing her people need is the ONE THING they can NOT let her take. http://www.amazon.com/Circle-ebook/dp/B00BDPZOIY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1362874211&sr=8-1
Published just this year, I’m working on getting the word out. It’s going awesome already. A trailer on YouTube and other sites is a great way to get more people excited to read the book. But there is also another reason for this trailer, see below.
About the Author:
I had my 1st flying lesson on my 14th birthday. Now I’m a commercial pilot living a life in the skies. As Chief Pilot running an aviation business specializing in aerial surveillance, I fly above the Southwest. On the ground, I wrote, edited and produced for everything from TV stations to production companies, from book publishers to national magazines. I have had over 40 articles published and screenplays optioned, and supervised writing staffs around the world at magazines and news services. I also produced an award-winning documentary, TV shows, commercials and short films. A pilot passionate about producing? Only when I’m on the ground.
My parents had more children than seats in their single-engine airplane, so I started writing novels in the back of their Mooney when I was small enough to fit in the baggage compartment. – There’s nothing else to do in the baggage compartment! Trips to grandma’s house were even more fun in a plane, especially when I could get the yoke away from my 3 brothers, all of whom are pilots too.
For more info, check out SydBlue.com.
Why make a live-action trailer for a book? Any other kind of book trailer is a bit lame. I’m tired of seeing panels of words strung together with uninteresting still images. We have the technology to do better. Yes, it’s expensive, but why not bring a book to life visually? It also serves as a visual tool when talking to producers for the movie version. This trailer will be used to raise the funding to produce the feature-length film.
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SPECIAL?
- Circle is unique because Spencer takes on the U.S. Air Force. Growing up on Air Force bases excited my imagination. What if drones, attack helicopters and fighter jets were after you? No other book features a 14 year old involved in military action. Plus, the flying. I write my flying scenes in a way even non-pilots can understand and get a taste of life in the skies.
- The book is already being read in schools as class curriculum.
- At book signings, I average selling a book every 8 minutes – just as fast as I can sign them and briefly chat with a new friend.
- All ages enjoy Circle.(See reviews below.)
WHAT IS ALL THE KICKSTARTER MONEY GOING TO?
The goal is to create the most amazing trailer for a book ever. The trailer for my last book FlyGirl was done on a shoestring budget – super, super low-budget. This time, we're shooting more scenes and I’d like to hire professional actors, a full crew consisting of Oktay Ortabasi and his experienced pros at The Dreaming Tree Productions. He’s an amazing DP (Cinematographer) and his wife is a fabulous editor. They are the real deal. So, we need some real money. With your help, the project can be absolutely amazing and exciting. The budget has been created to keep costs down; however, we won’t go cheap on the talent. Oktay is the one who can pull this off and he’s worth every penny. In my opinion, he’s the best in the biz, bringing intelligence, vision, and invention to getting the hard shots to look good without a studio budget.
The shoot will consist of 3 days for all the locations. We’ll work hard and fast to create awesome footage. We need a little CGI for the jet crash and some of the jet scenes (such as when they land on the desert floor). Joining Blue Blaze Productions and The Dreaming Tree Productions is Stoutheart Entertainment. Damon Stout recently raised the budget for his short film on Kickstarter. For info about Damon and his team of producers, check out StoutheartEntertainment.com. Damon brings years of experience and his fabulous Emmy-award-winning filmmaking skills and mastery. With this team, we’ll have the best production possible!
The funds cover: 1. The filming crew, such as the DP, the sound technician, a grip/gaffer, the PA, the makeup artist/script supervisor; 2. The cast, including the casting agency, audition location, actors gas to get to the sets in they are traveling from L.A.; 3. Insurance; 4. Props such as airplane flights; 5. Basic food on set; and 6. Video editing/post production.
This trailer will be used to kick off the feature film fundraising, too.
LET’S DO THIS, FRIENDS! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and if you're on the fence about backing this project, please check out the sample chapter and see if supporting Circle is for you. Click on “Send sample now” on the right side.
Don't forget you can knock out some of your holiday gift giving by pledging. And wouldn't it be fun to be a part of movie making magic?
Thanks again! Super-sized hugs, Syd XOXOX
Me on Twitter: @SydBlue
We plan to start shooting in December 2013.
The book is already selling well. The reviews are awesome. It’s a cross-over audience, ranging from tweens to senior citizens.
Some Circle Customer Reviews on Amazon:
Great Sunday read! By Licensed Home Improvement on Sept 9, 2013
"Haven't taken the luxury of an adventure read in a while, and was very pleased to do so with this fun story! Adventure, drama, and a very good message combined to prevent me from putting the book down until the end. Thank you Syd Blue, for a great story for readers of all ages."
WOW! Blew me away!! By Ted Devito
"Reading Circle brought me back to my childhood! It was wonderful. I didn't want to put it down. Normally I'm very analytical and rational, but Syd brought me back to a world of possibility, idealism, and excitement!
I thought the plot was good. And in fact, the way the plot unfolded was very good. Anticipation was great --- I really wanted to see how Spencer and Mandy got out of the mess they were in.
Characters were likable (and hate-able!!). Syd is very clever in her character development. I was pleased to see the hero giving their best effort, and cringed when they had to deal with the ugly part of themselves. And being that the story is about an alien, I thought Syd did a great job of creating something I could digest - she didn't have to rely on unicorn horns or octopus arms to tell the story. My imagination could take what she offered and run with it playfully. Really good work here, Syd.
There's just so many good things about this book. I recommend it for anyone who wants a fun read and has any drop (stain? I know, sometimes a curse!!) of idealism in their hearts. Syd sees the best we have to offer as a society and weaves it into the book in clever shadows of what could be a better reality for us all.
Awesome awesome. If you have a pulse, I think you'll enjoy it. And if you have a kid, it's your responsibility to get them thinking about the world this way."
Even better than her first and that's saying A LOT By Flyguy on June 12, 2013
"Imagine a world where cute little aliens descend down to our planet for something they can't survive without.....add action, drama, a little love story and gobs of suspense and you have this amazing book CIRCLE. At first I wasn't sure about the title, it was less than descriptive but very enticing. After getting through the 2nd chapter I was more than hooked, the pages just kept turning as I demanded to read more of the adventures of Spencer and Mandy. Even the names of the characters were perfect, I had their faces in my mind the whole book! You'll love it, just like I did!"
What an adventure! You'll want to read this. By Dixie madden
"I purchased this book for my nieces, but decided to read it first. I loved this story and could not put the book down, what a great read! I am so excited to share this book with my nieces so they too can experience this wonderful story and I am hoping for a sequel...please, please, please!"
Fun book for all ages, April 24, 2013 By Marianne Lins
"After reading and thoroughly enjoying this book, I sent it to my friend's sons. Syd's writing is fun and easy to absorb keeping you glued to her books. You'll enjoy them too, no matter what age you are."
More at Amazon.com.
Reviews on the website SydBlue.com:
Tom Heany – April 12, 2013 "This book is a lot of fun. It is aimed at the teen-age crown without being puerile. It is action packed without being melodramatic. The book starts off with a very a very fast plot and grows more suspenseful as the book progresses. It’s a great read."
14-year-old Austin S.’s Mom wrote that, “Austin declared Circle his favorite book of all time — even better than Twilight.”
Details about rewards for pledges.
We intend to ship the books, photos and shirts before the holidays. Buy more than one for
your holiday gift list! (P.S. You can choose more than one.:-)
Pledge $5: A special thank you on my website SydBlue.com, you can join the ETET newsletter, & a place on the mothership when she comes. The ETET newsletter is an occasional update on the happenings at the foundation of Those for the Ethical Treatment of Extra-Terrestrials (ETET). Estimated delivery: Dec 2013.
Pledge $10: Access to the trailer shooting script and photos online. Acknowledgement and thanks in the next edition of the book. Read the trailer script and look at the photos from the shoot. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $19: An autographed photo of the shoot. Choose which actor you’d like an autograph from and picture of. You can also opt for a digital photo sent to you. Estimated delivery: Dec 2013. Add $18 USD to ship outside the U.S. and delivery may take longer.
Pledge $22: An E-book copy of both Circle and FlyGirl. The e-book is for Kindles or Kindle Cloud which can be read on your computer. Estimated delivery: Dec 2013.
Pledge $27: Come to the rough-cut party and give your opinion on the trailer rough cut (draft version) or just join in the fun. The party will be in Big Bear Lake. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $33: A signed paperback copy of both Circle and FlyGirl. Estimated delivery: Dec 2013 for U.S. We'll send them the day the campaign ends so that they can arrive before the holidays. Add $18 USD to ship outside the U.S. Delivery outside the U.S. takes longer due to customs holds.
PLEASE SEND US THE ADDRESS YOU'D LIKE THIS MAILED TO, SO WE CAN GET IT MAILED OFF RIGHT AFTER THE FUNDING DEADLINE.
Pledge $39: A trademarked FlyGirl sapphire-blue t-shirt. It comes in just one beautiful color and fits sizes XS to XXXL. Estimated delivery: Dec 2013 for U.S. Add $18 USD to ship outside the U.S. Delivery outside the U.S. takes longer due to customs holds.
PLEASE SEND US THE ADDRESS YOU'D LIKE THIS MAILED TO, SO WE CAN GET IT MAILED OFF RIGHT AFTER THE FUNDING DEADLINE.
Pledge $55: An audition for a role in the trailer and/or be our guest on set for one day during the shoot. Watch the professionals in action! Costs for getting to the audition/set are not included. Food on set is included. Besides being awesome filmmakers, our crew is made up of nice people who work well together. It’s a pleasure being on set with them. And having fun makes the result turn out better. Estimated delivery: Dec and Jan 2013.
Pledge $77: Participate in a private Google Hangout with the Cinematographer from The Dreaming Tree Productions. Ask any question of this awesome, experienced, inventive filmmaker from anywhere in the world. See above for info on Oktay Ortabasi or visit DreamingTreeProductions.com. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014. This will be scheduled around Oktay's shooting dates.
Pledge $79: Participate in a private Google Hangout with International Airline Pilot Karlene Petitt. Ask her questions about the aviation industry, piloting, or about her bestseller Flight for Control. Karlene has been piloting heavy jets such as the Boeing 757/767, 747-200, 747-400 and Airbus A330 around the world for over 25 years. She is the author of the aviation thrillers Flight For Control and Flight For Safety, and the author of a children’s book I Am Awesome. She is the mother of three grown daughters and the grandmother of seven. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program at ERAU in Aviation Safety. Read her popular blog here. Karlene is an awesome pilot and person. We are very lucky that she's willing to take time from her busy schedule to talk with us!!! Estimated delivery: Jan 2014. This will be scheduled around Karlene's flight dates.
Pledge $99: Help with your resume (or other project). As Chief Pilot, Syd Blue has seen thousands of resumes while hiring for pilot positions at her aerial surveillance company as well as an editor at many publications in the past, such as book publishers, magazines and a news service. Syd will give you feedback on your resume to sharpen it. Hey, why not? Every bit helps. Plus Syd is good at pointing out your strengths and encouraging you, which is important to capitalize on. We all need support! :-) Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $155: A video thank you naming you and your generous support on Syd Blue’s YouTube channel. If there’s a shout-out you’d like included, you can send that to us beforehand and we will mention your business or project at YouTube.com/FlyGirlFlyGirl. (Talk to your tax advisor about writing this off as advertising.) We will link to it from Facebook, Twitter, SydBlue.com, etc. We’ll help you get the word out. Syd’s youtube channel has had 210,000 views (164,000 views on the current public videos). Join the fun. Syd recommends the best tax advisor ever: the Big Bear Tax Lady. Ask her what you can write off as an expense. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $255: The secrets of the FlyGirl trailer shoot revealed. Access to never-before revealed photos of the shoot (please keep our movie magic secrets confidential). We will recognize your generous contribution on Twitter, Facebook and with a YouTube video. See reward above for details. No one outside the filming crew and cast knows how we shot the FlyGirl trailer. Most of the trailer scenes are in the sky. How'd we shoot the trailer on a tiny budget and make it look like we spent a ton more? If you’d like to know, we’ll tell you our secrets for your generous financial support. Please don't tell anyone. It will be our movie magic secret. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $365: Shadow crewmembers on the shoot for one day. Learn from the Director, Cinematographer, Producers, Special Effects Producer, Sound Tech, Grip, Make-up Artist, etc. You will be permitted to ask questions after the shoot, show your demo reel/resume for advice and network with Hollywood professionals -- the best film school ever is hands-on experience. Food on set is included. Costs of getting to the set are not included. If you are interested in filmmaking, this is a great way to get your feet wet. Get your name titled at the end of the trailer as an "Associate Producer." Other credit for your demo reel will be determined by the producers according to your participation. Besides being awesome filmmakers, our crew is made up of nice people who work well together. It’s a pleasure being on set with them. You’ll definitely learn from these ol' pros. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $555: A sight-seeing flight in Southern California by a very well experience pilot. Costs of getting to the flight airport are not covered. Location of flight to be determined by pilot and schedule of flight depends on weather, pilot, etc. The flight will be at your own risk and a ton of fun. The airplane type is to be determined by the pilot. It may be a Cessna 152, 172 or helicopter. The flight will probably take off and return to Big Bear Lake or Redlands airport. The flight will be no longer than one hour. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014.
Pledge $1,555: A "Executive Producer" credit on the trailer. Join the team as a producer! Meet the professional actors and crew. On-set access provided for one day of shooting. An invitation to the book-signing and trailer unveiling party, which will be in January 2014. Join our team! Receive our eternal gratitude. Be our VIP! + we will put your own video on the Syd Blue YouTube channel as long as it is not offensive or inappropriate. Advertise your own biz or project at YouTube.com/FlyGirlFlyGirl. (Talk to your tax advisor about writing this off.) We will link to it from Facebook, Twitter, SydBlue.com, etc. Expenses to get to the signing and party and lodging are not covered; however, these events will have snacks available. Food on set is covered. Expenses to get to the shoot are not covered. Estimated delivery: Jan 2014. Thank you!
IN ADDITION as a stretch bonus when we reach $17,000, I will write discussion starters for the classroom for both books. Any extra funds raised will go toward advertising Circle and the fundraising/pitching of the feature film. Let’s make a movie with this fun story!
Risks and challenges
I am extremely confident about this project. The book is already selling well. The reviews are awesome. It’s a cross-over audience, ranging from tweens to senior citizens.
Shooting a trailer properly takes time, experience and vision. I’m confident that I can keep everything on schedule, but should the project require additional time (due to a natural disaster, a mega mothership making contact or an act of ET AI taking over my brainwaves) I’ll let everyone who pledged know as soon as possible, and I won’t sleep until this thing is ready to dazzle audiences worldwide.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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