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Having his future-selves bend time and inadvertently trigger a war during his wedding is just the start of Alex's problems.
Having his future-selves bend time and inadvertently trigger a war during his wedding is just the start of Alex's problems.
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Thanks to all your support, we made it to 100% so that means it's time for ...

STRETCH GOALS!

$4,000: Document the making of "Present Tense," following the process from pre-production all the way through post!  We'll put these behind the scene videos online and also include them as a feature on the "Present Tense" DVD!

$4,500: We'll be able to get one more half-day of shooting in, allowing us to shoot a special, after-the-credits ending!

Read about "Present Tense" on Gawker's io9 blog!

In the near future, the present becomes ... the past.

Truer words have literally never been spoken. Okay, maybe there's something that's been said that has been truer, but, still, I'd put that quote in the top 5 of truerieness. 

So, what happens when that near future comes back to the present (which is the past for that near future - stay with me) to prevent the present from causing stuff to happen in the future? Confusion! 

Original Storyboard Art by Per Berg
Original Storyboard Art by Per Berg

In our short, Present Tense, Alex becomes the victim of such confusion on his wedding day. Alex is at the altar, nerves and performance anxiety shaving years off his lifespan, when, BOOM! A brilliant flash of light! Alex 2.0 (not trying to be 2005 trendy here, it's just easier to tag the multiple Alex's that way) appears from the future to stop the wedding. Soon, there's a bunch of Alex's - including Alex 11.0 - all with their opinion of the nuptials. Then, the people sitting in the pews start revealing their true nature and affiliations, and, of course, a laser battle ensues

Original Storyboard Art by Per Berg
Original Storyboard Art by Per Berg

Laser battles, time travel and weddings are expensive.

Yet another truism, and, because of this fact of life, we need your help! Who are we? We're Skinny Bones! 'nuff said! 

Okay, well, here's some more stuff: Skinny Bones Productions was born on a small cactus farm in the deserts of Tucson, Arizona in 2004. SBP spent its youth like all young companies, riding horses, playing stickball, and making a 100%-indie feature film (On the Cutting Room Floor (2006)). Like all rambunctious kids, by the age of four, it had a mortgage and a family to support, so it took on a slew of projects, from web series to shorts (some long and some really short).

Original Storyboard Art by Per Berg
Original Storyboard Art by Per Berg

Backing a project based on a synopsis and a promise of hilarity and action is a tough call to make, so we've put together a bunch of great rewards that will make the decision a lot easier! We have everything from letting you see Present Tense before the rest of the world does, to getting your hands on the script (which includes the alternate, "Jesus" ending) to getting the original storyboard pencils done by artist Per Berg! There are some really great rewards here, and I promise I'll keep the SBP team away from them until all of you have a chance to call dibs!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check this out and I hope you support us and spread the word!

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    We'll go back in time and reverse your most embarrassing moment! Because of how time travel works, you won't know that this was done. Think about the most embarrassing moment in your life. Know that, at one point in time, this was actually your second most embarrassing moment, 'cause you gave us a buck, and we changed your life.

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    For less than a gallon of gas you can get a digital download of "Present Tense" formatted for your pocket (or slightly bigger than-pocket) device! ** Digital download is included in all reward levels below!**

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    Not only will we go back in time to iron one of those wrinkles out of your life, but we'll also stroke your ego with a thank you message on Twitter and/or Facebook! Now your past and present are looking a little brighter! **Included in all rewards below - so, don't feel like you're gonna lose out if you dig a little deeper into your digital pocket**

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    LIMITED WEEKEND SPECIAL! Get "Present Tense" on DVD for more than half-off!

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    WEEKEND BLITZ SPECIAL!
    Get everything in both the $20 and $25 reward levels!
    You get a DVD copy of "Present Tense", your name in the Special Thanks section of the credits and access to the Pre-release VIP screening!

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    You get your name in the Special Thanks section, plus we'll give you a link and password so you can watch "Present Tense" before its wide release! **Pre-release online VIP screening included in all rewards below**

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    Get "Present Tense" on DVD, so if we do go back in time to change the ending, you'll have a copy of how PT was meant to be, because we all know, DVD's are immune to alterations in the fabric of time. **DVD is included in all rewards below - so don't stop here!**

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    Digital copy of the script with alternate ending you weren't meant to see, but we'll let you read! In addition to that, you'll also get a digital copy of the storyboards created by artist Per Berg that were used to guide this rudderless ship of a production!

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    Get your hands on a limited run graphic novel style paperback of the script (including the alternate ending) with Per Berg's storyboards!

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    Own an original penciled storyboard page done by Per Berg! After Per and Jaz breakdown a sequence from the script, Per draws out the sequence in pencil, scans it and refines it digitally - so, sure, we can select-all and duplicate all those scanned images, but you get one of the one-and-only initial sketches, signed by Per! Crazy, right?

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    Time-box prop from "Present Tense!" (picture: http://bit.ly/Vt40IG) Batteries not included, because, well, it doesn't use batteries. (It uses a form of energy that hasn't been invented yet.*) **We'll also be sending you a picture from the set of the prop in the hands of one of our actors!** (*Form of energy that hasn't been invented yet not included.)

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    Laser handgun prop from "Present Tense!" (picture: http://bit.ly/QLsM3D) By the time you hold the future's equivalent of a Glock 17, it'll have had its time in front of the camera, having been waved around, shot and holstered in 24P HD! We'll also be sending you a picture from the set of the prop in the hands of one of our actors!

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    Big-ass timepiece prop from "Present Tense!" (picture: http://bit.ly/R4vzC6) In the future, telling the time is even more important and, to reflect that, their clocks are bigger. So, stop using your cellphone as your watch and start using this oversized piece instead! **We'll also be sending you a picture from the set of the prop in the hands of one of our actors!**

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    Ergonomics and blasting power reach a zen-like balance with this "Present Tense" prop! (picture: http://bit.ly/UPLWnh) They frisked you, took the giant blaster you keep in your shoulder holster (the one that's been rubbing your ribs raw), but they missed your ankle holster ... PEW! PEW! Eat photons, bitches! **We'll also be sending you a picture from the set of the prop in the hands of one of our actors!**

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    Beef up your forearms with this blaster prop from "Present Tense!" (picture: http://bit.ly/WNof1W) In the future, it's the only way to win an argument that's entered the simmering, "let's agree to disagree" phase! **We'll also be sending you a picture from the set of the prop in the hands of one of our actors!**

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    Get the future's equivalent of a .44 Magnum with this "Present Tense" prop! (picture: http://bit.ly/TrVaKu) This is the blaster that Dirty Harry's great-great-grandson would be packing. The only downside is the infamous "I know what you're thinking" quote wouldn't quite work due to the modified energy compressor holding 1,536 rounds off a single charge. "I know what you're thinking, "Did he fire 1,536 shots or only 1,535?" **We'll also be sending you a picture from the set of the prop in the hands of one of our actors!**

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    VVVVVIP screening! Join us on Google Hangouts and watch "Present Tense" before anyone outside of Skinny Bones Productions does! Then stick around and ask any questions or just relax and ponder the absurdity of time travel with us. On top of that, you'll get the graphic novel style paperback of the script and storyboards and one of Per Berg's original storyboard sketches!

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