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Galaxy of Hope - An Unofficial Star Wars Documentary
Galaxy of Hope - An Unofficial Star Wars Documentary
Explore the films & watch as a Star Wars super fan attempts to raise $100K for charity by collecting memorabilia and auctioning it off.
Explore the films & watch as a Star Wars super fan attempts to raise $100K for charity by collecting memorabilia and auctioning it off. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Galaxy of Hope: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Star Wars Documentary will follow the journey of Star Wars super fan, Jay Bartlett and his Star Wars fan group, Echo Three, as they set out to create the "ultimate toy and memorabilia auction." They'll seek out, gather, and accumulate Star Wars memorabilia for their auction which they hope will raise as much as $100,000 - by next year.
The majority of the film follows Jay as he races across North America searching for the rarest and most valuable Star Wars items to include in the auction. He’ll depend on a vast network of friends, supporters, and professional collectors to reach his goal. Jay will also do his best to enlist the help of high-profile celebrities, all in an attempt to secure as many toys, collectibles, screen used props and set pieces to auction off. Simultaneously, the remaining Echo Three members will be busy in their own right, hand-fabricating additional unique items for the auction and organizing the actual event.
Aside from Jay’s quest, our film will also explore all things Star Wars and feature a series of entertaining and informative interviews that will break down the global phenomenon that is Star Wars fandom, the obsession of collecting, lesser known aspects of Star Wars history, the legal challenges of running a Star Wars fan group and, the incredible breadth and depth of the franchise's world-wide appeal which has been crossing all age and cultural boundaries to bring people together for forty years.
Join Jay's quest and marvel at his race against time to help those in need as he recruits industry insiders, superfans and people from all walks that have already had their lives transformed by the Star Wars franchise.
Making a film like this would be impossible without your assistance. We have an incredible opportunity to document Jay's quest, and we want to share it with the world in hopes of inspiring others to do the same or similar acts of charity. Having previously made Nintendo Quest, a similar documentary adventure/quest, we have no doubt that this project will be another exciting adventure full of interesting people, unforeseen challenges, and once in a lifetime moments. Help us spread the word about Children's Health Foundation, and the story of our real hero, Andie Morrison who has inspired us, and shown us the true power and magic of Star Wars.
The quest is simple: Jay has ONE YEAR to gather valuable Star Wars artifacts and auction them off before his time runs out. 100% of the money raised during the auction will go directly to The Children’s Health Foundation.
Jay will do whatever is required to buy, sell and trade his way to gathering a massive collection of treasured Star Wars memorabilia – including tracking down and attempting to recruit the production staff and the actors that have actually appeared on screen in Star Wars films!
There are no rules:
There is only the ticking clock! Anything (legal) goes! Since buying will be an integral component in the quest, managing Jay's budget, item cost and auction amount will be paramount to determining overall success.
So what makes this tough?
Every decision counts when all resources – including time – are limited. Jay will have to consider where to go, where and when to spend travel dollars, what's worth buying and what he’ll have to pass up. Every bad decision could cost him money that is desperately needed to improve the life and well-being of Andie and sick children benefiting from the many valuable services and support provided by Children's Health Foundation.
Is Jay limited to Star Wars only merchandise?
Yes and no. The auction will feature only Star Wars merchandise, but if Jay discovers a valuable artifact that is NOT Star Wars related, he may want to purchase it for trade or to flip for a profit. Again, outside of the auction itself – anything goes!
Andie Morrison is our patient ambassador and source of inspiration. She is an incredible girl afflicted with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, a rare blood disorder that requires a relentless schedule of blood transfusions and daily growth hormone injections. She depends dearly on the Children's Health Foundation and their Child Life program to maintain her quality of life. These programs feature music, entertainment, therapies and help prevent the onset of dread and uneasiness from entering her mind during her many visits to the hospital for treatment.
The Child Life program relies on private donations to cover its annual operating budget of almost $700,000 which is why we hope you will support both this production and Jay’s team as they attempt to make a significant donation to CHF for the sake of Andie and all future patients.
This is a giant endeavor and we need world class partners to make it happen. We're working with Heroes Comics, Children's Health Foundation, and London Comic Con to help us set up the auction, assist us on the quest, and to showcase the power of every dollar donated.
To view the Children's Health Foundation Letter of Support for the film and the auction, click HERE.
Our rewards are really simple:
Back us and get a copy of the film.
Having been a part of a number of different campaigns, we know there are both die-hard fans and causal fans that support Kickstarter projects like ours and that is why we're offering basic and deluxe versions of the film in digital, DVD and Blu Ray formats. We don't want to offer anything outlandish that would require over-dependency on a third-party vendor that would waste our resources, and delay the final delivery.
Regular DVD/Blu-Ray vs. Deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray
Regular DVD/Blu-Rays are just the "bare bones" like the reward implies. Just one disc, with maybe one or two extra features.
The Deluxe DVD/Blu-Rays will be a MULTI-DISC SET!
Disc One will be the film the best possible quality. It’s essentially the retail release. There may be one or two extras on it but small things that won’t compromise the quality of the main film because there is only so much room on each disc. Size constraints.
Disc Two will have all the goodies. Expect extended scenes, deleted scenes, uncut interviews and more. If you backed Nintendo Quest you know we made that a 3-disc set and that could happen here, depending on how much we raise and how much we shoot but expect two-discs for sure.
The other thing to consider is that multi disc dvds and Blu Rays never go to retail for an indie doc. Blu Rays don’t go to retail for indie docs. DVDs get very short print runs with minimal features for indie docs. This is your one chance to snag a deluxe set. Once we order the discs we will only have enough to fulfill rewards plus a few extra for charity give always and events. So if you’ve already got a deluxe version, you’re in the clear. If not, jump up and grab it.
Oh, we always add at least one or two things for the deluxe discs that we don’t ever make available digitally too.
Appearing in the film or a special bonus feature:
To start, we're excited that we may get to include YOU in this project in some capacity. But how do you get to be in the final product? Well, in future at a time T.B.D, we will send you a list of questions to answer. Simply get your best camera (smartphone, webcam, pro movie rig -whatever) turn it on, and start recording your answers to the camera in a selfie-type shot. For the higher reward levels that include this option, we may ask you to submit more than just answers to our questions. We may ask you to showcase your own Star Wars collection, original art, favorite Star Wars stories or whatever we can think that could make the film better. This will likely happen once we're in post-production and editing the final version of the film.
Of course we will retain the right to exclude any material that we may deem inappropriate.
Tickets to the auction:
A few rewards include tickets to the auction which is the BIG end-goal for the quest. There will likely be 150-200 seats available for the event meaning it is very limited. Tickets will vary in cost with proceeds going to Children's Health Foundation. The auction will be held in conjunction with London Comic Con in London, ON, Canada on the weekend of October 25-27, 2019. More information on the auction will be available on the London Comic Con website. We are unable to provide travel and accommodation to the auction for backers that select this reward.
Tickets to the film premiere:
If all goes to plan, we expect Galaxy of Hope: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Star Wars Documentary to premiere at some point in 2020 in London, ON, Canada. While we are unable to provide travel and accommodation to the auction for backers that select this reward, or an exact date of the premiere at this time, we do promise you will be amongst the first people to see the film, hang out with the filmmakers, and meet other people involved with the making of the film.
$30,000 USD - Padawan Goal -- [LOCKED]
This goal reflects the amount we need to start production, showcase the auction, the story of Andie, our patient ambassador, and a little bit of Jay's adventure. We would like to focus more on the travel, collectibles, and fans everywhere, but the heart of the film and importance of the mission get shared. ***Deluxe Sets come with 2-discs packed full of goodies
$50,000 USD - Jedi Knight Goal -- [LOCKED]
This is the ideal goal for the film that gives us the most complete look at the quest. Basically, we get to capture A LOT MORE of the adventure and share it with you. While not every ounce of footage will make the cut, what doesn't get added will most likely be apart of the deleted scenes and bonus materials on the Deluxe versions of the film. ***Deluxe Sets come with 3-discs packed full of goodies
$75,000 USD - Jedi Master Goal -- [LOCKED]
Hitting this mark allows us to use every ounce of footage we can and transform the film into a 6-episode series (maybe more) or a really in-depth documentary across a couple of parts. This expands our shooting and travel budget and also gives us MORE material to load onto the deluxe rewards. We will get to visit more stores, collectors, celebrities, and share the film and quest with more of the world. ***Deluxe Sets come with at least 3-discs packed full of goodies, maybe more!
Galaxy of Hope: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Star Wars Documentary is the latest film project from Emmy-nominated writer/director/producer Rob McCallum, who is also known for Nintendo Quest, Kittie: Origins/Evolutions, Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and the multi-award winning documentary, Missing Mom.
Justin Schoenrock, six-time Emmy winner and multiple PromaxBDA winner, joins as Executive Producer. He will assist with production, overall logistics and post-production creative.
Jay Bartlett will produce alongside our frequent writing/producing collaborator, Jordan Morris. John H. McCarthy will handle post-production audio and Ryan Daniszewski will head up our camera team.
Together, our core group has created and sold several feature films and television series around the world, and won numerous awards. We look forward to documenting this Star Wars inspired journey and crafting it into a piece of memorable cinema that retain and showcases the wonder of humanity. For more info on films from the team, check out RobMcCallumFilms.com.
The auction is set for the weekend of October 25-27, 2019 in London, ON, Canada. London Comic Con will host the event, and Heroes Comics will be a key sponsor. All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Children's Health Foundation.
More information on the auction will be on the London Comic Con website as we get closer to the event.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Want to connect with us online? Here are some handy links:
Rob's film website:
www.RobMcCallumFilms.com and www.Facebook.com/RobMcCallumFilms
Echo Three - Our Facebook page for our local Star Wars group
Galaxy Far Far Away - Our Star Wars Community Page on Facebook for all things Star Wars
For our Press Release, click HERE.
Star Wars and related property titles, names, and images are the intellectual property of Disney, LucasFilm Ltd., or other owners as applicable. This film and associated materials are not authorized, sanctioned, endorsed, approved, or produced by Disney, LucasFilm Ltd., etc... The purpose of this film is to report on, explore, and document the history, development, and influence of Star Wars, and to illustrate the dedication their fans have for their intellectual property. This film and associated materials in no way attempt to assert any ownership of or infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or intellectual property that may be depicted therein.
Risks and challenges
Making a documentary is never easy nor predictable.The simplest change in weather can delay travel plans and destroy a carefully plotted schedule. Thankfully, with several feature films made, we have a fairly good grasp on how to navigate the ups and downs of making a film.
Most research says that third party partners continue to be the number one cause of project delays on Kickstarter; in our case that would be distributors, lawyers, disc manufacturers and crew that we hire outside our normal group of collaborators. The project will not be complete until we secure a distribution partner that best matches the spirit of the film and understands how to handle it in the marketplace. Of course, our goal is to get you a copy of the film in advance of any wide release as soon as we can. Our future partners will know the importance of this commitment. To that end, we may send digital rewards first and then physical discs after BUT we will make sure you are the first to see and appreciate our work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Help Wanted Labs
Do you have an incredible piece of Star Wars memorabilia that you would like the in auction and that we could film?
Do you know anyone that has worked in or on the Star Wars Films that would like to be in this documentary?
Do you have a podcast or website that would like to report on our quest? We're always up for interviews! Let us know!