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Short film, tall idea. Written and directed by me.  ~  "We dream big cause thems the only things thats free..."
Short film, tall idea. Written and directed by me. ~ "We dream big cause thems the only things thats free..."
287 backers pledged $27,700 to help bring this project to life.

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Okay, so the video didn't totally suck....but tell me Ian, what the hell are you trying to do???

Great question.  FINALLY I've kicked my own ass out of procrastination and am going to direct the short film that I've written!

The Tow is an idea that I'd been mulling over for a while but never really knew what to do with. After managing to get the scrambled thoughts in my head onto paper, I realized I had a script that I was very proud of.  So the next step is to shoot the thing... right?  So how do you go about that?  It takes a village to actually complete a production from start to finish and that costs money.  Because this is a short, and the release isn't designed to sell tickets, or turn a profit, no investor is going to touch it. Therefore it won't get made, and NO ONE WILL GET TO SEE IT!!!  This is the most important part of this entire campaign. I want you to see this film.

Makes sense to me, cause I'm smart, so what's it about?

The Tow is essentially a complete 3 act piece, a beginning, middle, and end, with only one scene.  For me this is the prototypical short film style.  It has two main characters, a protagonist, and antagonist who are at odds with each other and must weed their way through a conflict.  As I mentioned in the video, saying more than that would be giving away valuable plots points, possibly spoiling things, and I certainly don't want to spill the beans.  However... I did shoot some story board like stills with the actors to give a very broad glimpse into what things might look like and also provide a sense of tone. Check 'em out.

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Alright Bohen, I've read this far so tell me, if it's as short as you say it is, why do you need so much money?

Ah Ha!  You're starting to sound like a producer already!

BUDGET

Here's a list of departments and personnel that we'll need to have in order to shoot this film properly.

CAMERA - D.P., 1st Assistant, D.I.T., Still Photographer + EQUIPMENT

DIRECTION - 1st A.D. 2nd A.D. Set P.A.'s Script Supervisor

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Art Director

SOUND - Mixer, Boom Operator, Post Supervisor

GRIP/ELECTRIC - Gaffer, Grips

PROPERTY - Prop Master, Rentals

LOCATIONS - Manager, Set Supervisor

HAIR/MAKEUP - Stylists

COSTUME - Designer, Wardrobe Stylists

CATERING/CRAFT SERVICE - Nom Nom's

POST PRODUCTION - Editor, Colorist, Post Supervisor, Music supervisor

Each of these critical departments has at least one, and sometimes several crucial people that are necessary for the completion of a film.  Many of these key people are going to donate their time for free and some of them aren't.  There are certain areas where you can skimp, and certain areas where you absolutely cannot.  Producers, who are much smarter than I am, make these decision and then tell me which toys I can have to play with and which I can't.

Cue Mike Bircumshaw, producer of The Tow, who suggested Kickstarter, leading to where we are now.

This is Mike.  He's shy.
This is Mike. He's shy.

The budget list above is a pretty complete list but trust me there are TONS of other expenditures not included here that need to be calculated when putting the final numbers together.  For example, film festival submission fees, insurance, permits, electricity, overruns, and so on.  When you get right down to the nitty gritty, after Kickstarter fees, bank fees, (that's right, the bank takes a % of the total amount pledged right off the top) and reward fulfillment costs, I'll barely be able to get this done right.

WHICH IS WHY THIS CAMPAIGN IS SO IMPORTANT!!!!!

Okay I'm hooked. What do I do now?

This is the easy part.  All you have to do is click the little button at the top of the page, choose the reward you think is the coolest, and follow the instructions to pledge support for this project.  Presto!

Risks and challenges

Ironically, getting funding for this film might well be the least challenging part of the entire process. Any one given day of shooting motion pictures is like a fine watch. There's countless different pieces all moving in sync at the same time working to produce a result. If one of them doesn't perform, or is missing, you have a crappy time piece, or a bad movie. The biggest challenge ahead in the completion of this project is the coordination of each and every cog in our movie wheel so that everything lines up at the exact moment we need it to. Right before I call Action.

To ensure this happens according to plan, I have tasked the most talented people I know to produce this short film and make sure everything is right where it needs to be, on time- and I trust them. This way I don't have to worry about a thing except my actors.

Is it risky to put so much time and resource into a short film? Is it worth it? Can't you think of something better to do?
Yes.
Yes.
No.

Filmed entertainment is necessary. We must continue making it. This is a piece that I can afford to make, and hopefully contribute to an art that I think is important. So risk? Risk can kiss my ass. I'm making a movie.

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    SUPPORT THE FILM
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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!
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    SIGNED COPY OF THE SCRIPT
    Although it's only seven pages, you'll get a hard copy of the screenplay signed by the cast and myself.

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    BONUS FEATURE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION DVD
    Your very own DVD, signed by me. This special limited edition will include bonus features including cast and production interviews, behind the scenes footage, the making of, and much more.

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    PHONE CALL FROM JR BOURNE AND ME
    JR and me will call you personally on a conference call to thank you for your support and to chat for a few minutes answering questions you might have about the movie, or anything else you'd like to talk about.

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    ORIGINAL ONE OF A KIND STORY-BOARD
    You will receive a one of a kind hand painted story board art piece I used to pre visualize the film. Each work is an original created and signed by the artist and is suitable for framing.

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    LIMITED EDITION PHOTO ART
    You will receive a production still photograph print from the film, signed by me, which is suitable for framing.

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    SKYPE call from ME to YOU!!

    Grab your laptop for a Skype call to thank you for your support and to chat for a few minutes answering questions you might have about the movie, or anything else you'd like to talk about.

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    CHICAGO -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
    We're gonna sit in really cozy chairs, or whatever I can manage to arrange, and watch this film together!! After which we have 60 minutes for a Q&A session.

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    Date is TBD between June 25-30th.

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    PARIS -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between July 2-7th.

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    BILBAO, SPAIN!! -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between July 9-14th.

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    LONDON -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between July 20-24th.

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    LISBON -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between August 13-18th.

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    BRUSSELS -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between September 25-29th.

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    ROME -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between December 14-21st.

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    LOS ANGELES -- VIEWING OF THE FILM WITH IAN BOHEN FOLLOWED BY Q&A.
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    Date is TBD between August 3-7th.

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    AMSTERDAM -- Q&A WITH IAN BOHEN
    We're gonna get to spend an entire hour together!!! Unfortunately the film won't be completed in time to view in this city but I'll be bringing story board frames, photos and other cool stuff to present to you.

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    Date is TBD between April 30th - May 5th.

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    MEET AND GREET WITH CAST/MYSELF BEFORE SPECIAL LOS ANGELES FRIENDS AND FAMILY SCREENING.
    You and a friend will get to spend 30 minutes having coffee and chatting with the cast and the director the afternoon of the Los Angeles screening, plus tickets to the viewing and reception. If you're under 18 your second ticket must be for your parent/guardian.

    All transportation and accommodation are your responsibility.

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    Date is TBD during August.

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    MY PERSONAL SCRIPT
    This is my set of pages that I've been using to work through the project since day one. They're full of my private notes, dialogue corrections, sketches and ideas throughout the entire process. These are the pages that I hold in my hand when I'm directing while we're actually shooting the film, One of a kind, in which I'll happily dedicate a personal note to you on the inside cover of the title page.

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    VISIT THE SET
    You and a friend, plus one parent/guardian(if you're under 18) will be invited to visit the set the night of the shoot. Spend as much time as you like relaxing in your own chairs, sipping tea and munching cookies while you watch the magic/madness happen right before your eyes. Meet the cast and have a photo op with JR, Paul, and myself.

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    THE WHOLE ENCHILADA
    You and a friend (plus one parent/guardian if you're under 18) can visit the set. Relax in your own chairs, sip tea and munch cookies while you watch the magic/madness happen right before your eyes. Meet the cast and have a photo op with JR, Paul, and myself. And, of course, an enchilada dinner.

    All transportation and accommodation are your responsibility.

    You'll also get the meet and greet and tickets to the Special Los Angeles Friends and Family Screening/reception, the DVD, signed script, Digital download and advanced script email.

    Date of Screening is TBD in August.

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Funding period

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