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Max is homeless, and hopelessly in debt, until an eccentric metaphysical mentor puts him on an unavoidable path to enlightenment. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 18, 2012.

Max is homeless, and hopelessly in debt, until an eccentric metaphysical mentor puts him on an unavoidable path to enlightenment.

About this project

Mostly Awake was conceived from a group of unmade short films or concepts that take place in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The main story began with the character of Metaphysical Jesus, an eccentric who lectures about the nature of reality in abandoned lots and on crowded sidewalks. The rest followed.

Rewards:

Any donation over $5 will grant you access on our site to what we hope will be a fun, and perhaps even informative, behind-the-scenes look at the movie being made in real-time. Every week we'll be putting up a video showing our progress and a few short interviews, shot by a different cast or crew member.

Other fun incentives, including a chance to be a walk on in the movie, can be seen this way ==>

The Plot:

Max is aimless and unemployed and when he suddenly becomes homeless he meets an eccentric wandering lecturer, Metaphysical Jesus, who agrees to help him get his life back together. Max is given a list of disconnected assignments meant to jump-start his life, but the more he does, the further he gets from the slight normalcy and happiness he had left.

Shooting:

The film's trailer was made over a three-day weekend in June. It was filmed with a DSLR camera, one microphone, a battery powered LED light, and no budget. Well, there was a bagel budget. 

The real film will be shot almost entirely on-location in real loft apartments and local businesses in Bushwick, Brooklyn, during the months of August and September. The film will then premiere sometime in the winter of 2012.

The Soundtrack:

All the music in the movie is performed by local artists. The idea, besides including more friends in a project we're excited about, is to continue to push the goal of a faithful portrait of the neighborhood and the people who live in it.

Cast/Crew:

The core crew of Mostly Awake is made up of five people, each rotating between actor, sound, lighting, and more. All other actors and extended crew will work together to share duties and teach/learn from one-another. Most come from other, non-film creative backgrounds, and this will be their first feature. One of the main goals for the film is to provide a structure for many multi-disciplined collaborators to share their talents productively.  

Budget:

We're aiming to operate on a micro-budget. The money raised for this film will go back directly to the cast and crew, primarily in the form of food and, if we can, financial compensation. The more we raise, the better we'll be able to compensate everyone involved, and the more we'll be able to buy actual food, with nutrients, for our craft service table. We'll also need some funding for props and to pay for a few key locations. Anything after these expenses will go towards promotion and distribution once the film in completed.

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We hope you enjoyed our trailer enough to want to see the full thing.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $5 or more

    1 backer

    Access to weekly updates and behind-the-scenes footage, during production

    + mention on site's Thank You page

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    Pledge $10 or more

    11 backers

    All of the above + Digital download of the film

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    Pledge $25 or more

    16 backers

    All of the above + Signed, hand-made DVD copy of the film + Metaphysical Jesus Guide-To-Life pamphlet
    + Soundtrack download + (please add $5 for international shipping)

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    Pledge $50 or more

    9 backers

    All of the above + all-purpose/no-purpose Metaphysical Jesus pint-glass + Signed poster + portrait sketch by Max (Trevor Hamilton) from emailed photo + (please add $5 for international shipping)

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    Pledge $100 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    All of the above + VIP seating, food, and refreshments at film premiere (travel to NYC not included)
    + a signed cast and crew group photo
    + Thank you before screening + (please add $5 for international shipping)

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    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    All of the above + Invitation to cast and crew wrap party (travel to NYC not included) + 1-on-1 5min enlightenment video session with Metaphysical Jesus + (please add $5 for international shipping)

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    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    All of the above + walk on role in movie (NYC area only) + Framed photo prop from movie + (please add $15 for international shipping)

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    Pledge $400 or more

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    All of the above + Executive Producer credit (with IMDB listing) + a personalized Thank You Song written and performed by writter/director Cody Swanson, dinner with the primary crew at our favorite Bushwick Restaurant (NYC only) + (please add $15 for international shipping)

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Funding period

- (30 days)