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A small town catches a wish gremlin and must vote on one wish. This is my final thesis for Harold Ramis Film School, Second City.
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Dingus Wishes is a short film about a small town that catches a wish gremlin every few years. Traditionally, the town lets the youngest child make the wish with some bonkers results. This year, the new mayor decides to have the town vote on the wish. The film takes place at the town hall where they hold the vote.

This is a student project for The Harold Ramis Film School at Second City. The program is the first of its kind in focusing solely on writing and directing comedy. This project is the final thesis for a year long program. This film is being produced in association with Huggable Riot. Upon its completion, the film will be screened at the Harold Ramis Film School graduation and subsequently entered into the festival circuit.

 Every person in Dingus Town is unique and has very specific wants. This is what makes the voting so tough! It's hard to keep track of all the residents, but as a backer you could get yourself a handy-dandy poster with all the residents and their names. If you were so inclined, you could even get your own avatar and name in the town!

The residents of this town will be played by a fantastic cast of some of the finest actors and improvisers in Chicago. The improv/sketch community at The Second City, iO, The Annoyance, Huggable Riot and many more groups is filled with amazing talent. As a backer, you will receive updates on some of the incredible actors we are working with.

 This film is being made in association with Harold Ramis Film School, The Second City and Huggable Riot. The crew is made up of HRFS students and local filmmakers. Meet some of the cast and crew now:

Elvira Ibragimova - director:

Elvira is a student at The Harold Ramis Film School, studying to be a writer and director of comedic content. Prior to starting film school, Elvira was an architect at SHoP architects in New York City. While practicing architecture, she began studying improv and sketch at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Pit, where she was on a house team for a year. She was also one of the writers for the sketch group Spitball - together with this group and SparkyStories, Elvira wrote and produced a web-series that’s currently in post-production. She is also an illustrator. Under the incredible mentorship of Harold Ramis Film School and with her background in improv and architecture, Elvira aspires to write, direct and produce comedy after this year is finished.

Samuel Ott - director of photography:

Sam is a cinematographer, camera and Steadicam operator currently based out of Chicago, IL. Born and raised in mid-Missouri, he attended the University of Missouri’s early film production program and attained a bachelor's in Business. He recently finished filming his first feature, In The Wake Of Ire. His most influential DPs are Bradford Young, Emmanuel Lubezki, Robert Elswit and Roger Deakins.

Amy Anderson - producer:

Amy graduated from St. Edward's University with a Bachelors in Media Communications and Creative Writing. A veteran of the gulf south's booming film industry, she performed stand-up comedy in New Orleans for 5 years before moving to Chicago in 2012. A belligerent Texan and avid Beastie Boys collector, Amy is a graduate of the Improv Training Program of The New Movement Theater in New Orleans as well as a graduate of The Second City's Writing Program. Amy is a co-founder and executive producer of the Chicago comedy theater company, Huggable Riot. If she had one wish it would be for easy affordable access to teleportation devices as she hates commuting.

 We will be updating you as our team grows!

 We've got some great rewards from the citizens of Dingus Town! You can get early script and film access; you could get the Mayor of Dingus Town to follow you on Twitter; or receive a blooper/behind the scenes reel from the set. Maybe you'd care to receive a postcard from on of the residents or the magical Wish Gremlin himself?

Perhaps even more enticing would be to become one of the residents yourself! One of our reward tiers includes a poster of every resident in the town, drawn by the director. You could be one of those residents! Simply send over a photo of yourself and you will be forever immortalized in the Dingus Town roster.

Care to dig deeper? The Dingus Town Savior tier make you the executive producer of this film. That's right. You've always wanted to be the savior of an entire town, and now is your chance. Should this film snag a spot in the festivals, your name will shine brightly on the big screen - though it will be seen many a time before then by the many actors, improvisers and filmmakers associated with the project.

Check out all the reward tiers! There is something for everyone!

Music: Melodie Victoria by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100819 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ 

Risks and challenges

As a student film, funding is one of the toughest challenges ahead of us. We are undertaking a project with a huge cast and crew and thus will have to provide a spacious location, catering, hair and make-up, costumes and props - all this for a group of people many of whom are volunteering their time and talent.

Most of our gear will be provided by HRFS; the school also provides insurance. Of course there are always unpredictable factors regarding scheduling, timing, availability and locations.

Finally, a note about festivals. Though the script has been meticulously and repeatedly re-written with the help of some terrific writers and professors, and though the crew is comprised of some truly skilled and creative filmmakers, festival submissions never guarantee acceptance. This is a student film and a learning experience for a lot of the students involved. Our number one priority is to create something fun and lovely together and learn how to work under pressure with a group of very talented comedians.

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    Dingus Supporter

    Early script access - read how the vote truly unfolds!

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    Dingus Admirer

    Mayor Stamps of DingusTown will follow and tweet at you on Twitter!

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    Dingus buddy

    Early film access - be one of the first to see how the town votes!

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    Dingus pen pal

    Get a postcard from one of DingusTown's finest citizens - it could be from Mrs. Turdini, Mr. Fondue or even the Mayor himself!

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    Wish Gremlin pen pal

    Get a postcard from the Wish Gremlin himself. Warning: he is a mystical being from a far away dimension. The postcard will be unintelligible gibberish, may include mystical cuss words and references to doody, could potentially open a vortex into a parallel universe and even require extra postage.

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    DingusTown visitor

    Be an extra on set! You can truly experience DingusTown, by joining the citizens* as they vote on the wish. In fact, just tell everyone you are a citizen.
    *Must be in Chicago and available on Oct. 23, 24, and 25.

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    Dingus friend

    The townsfolk of DingusTown will take time out of voting to sing your praises with a video message. Get a personal compliment from The Palpatooni Brothers, Jimmy McNut, Mr. Sweater or maybe even the Mayor himself!

    Includes:
    • Video Message from DingusTown townsfolk
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    Dingus creeper

    A video giving you a behind-the-scenes look at production, a blooper reel and the hardest reward to give away - a truly embarrassing set of failed takes from the making of the Kickstarter video. For every minute of film you see, there are hundreds of minutes of awful, cringeworthy failed attempts at being natural and funny, and while she does not really ever want anyone to see these, she will if the price is right.

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    Dingus True Fan

    A poster of all the citizens of DingusTown! It's hard to keep track of who is Mr. Fondue and which Palpatooni brother captured the Wish Gremlin - this poster helps keep track of these important matters!

    Includes:
    • DingusTown poster
    • Early film access
    • Early script access
    • Mayor Stamps Twitter follow
    • Postcard from DingusTown resident
    • Video Message from DingusTown townsfolk
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    DingusTown resident

    Your own Dingus avatar! Are you ready to be one of DingusTown's residents? Get your own avatar, drawn by the director herself, to be included on the poster of DingusTown residents and mailed digitally to you on its own. You will get an avatar, a Dingus nickname and a short bio, reminding you of what you've done in the town.

    Includes:
    • Personal hand drawn Dingus avatar
    • DingusTown poster
    • Early script access
    • Early film access
    • Mayor Stamps Twitter follow
    • Postcard from DingusTown resident
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    Dingus rockstar

    A T-shirt with the Wish Gremlin's fairy poopee dust on it? How did we even get such a thing?

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    • Early film access
    • Early script access
    • Mayor Stamps Twitter follow
    • Postcard from DingusTown resident
    • Extra on set
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    Dingus Town Council

    Associate producer credit and a spot on the shady, never seen town council of DingusTown.

    Includes:
    • Associate producer credit
    • Behind the scene footage and blooper reel
    • DingusTown poster
    • Early film access
    • Early script access
    • Extra on set
    • Mayor Stamps Twitter follow
    • Personal hand drawn Dingus avatar
    • Postcard from DingusTown resident
    • Video Message from DingusTown townsfolk
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    Dingus Savior

    Executive producer credit. Everyone in DingusTown owes you big time. You'll get handshakes, pats on the back, big smiles but most importantly that big executive producer credit. The Mayor will name a street in DingusTown after you. The director will probably call you crying, then name a town character after you. The festivals will sing your praises and all film schools throughout the land will envy our knowing you.

    Includes:
    • Executive producer credit
    • Behind the scene footage and blooper reel
    • DingusTown poster
    • Early film access
    • Early script access
    • Extra on set
    • Mayor Stamps Twitter follow
    • Personal hand drawn Dingus avatar
    • Postcard from DingusTown resident
    • Video Message from DingusTown townsfolk
    • Postcard from Wish Gremlin
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