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Browncoats: Independence War is a short not-for-profit Fan Film based on the show “Firefly”

Browncoats: Independence War – A “Firefly Fan Film”

(Backers who live OUTSIDE the U.S.! you are in luck!  Check out the latest update for amendments to our 'international shipping' terms)

(Click on the Updates link to see actual trailers and Clips from the film!)

Hi, my name is Francis Hamada. This may be your first time hearing about the latest film / movie based in the Firefly universe.


Background to the world of “Firefly”


As you already know, Firefly is the cult Sci-Fi television show, created by Joss Whedon, and broadcast on the Fox Television network in 2002. Unfortunately only 11 episodes were aired before it was canceled. A total of 14 episodes (including the 2 hour pilot) were released on DVD and became a world wide smash hit. This fan enthusiasm led to the eventual production of the major motion picture “Serenity” (2005). But despite massive and popular panels by the stars at many conventions throughout the years and a 10 year retrospective show on the Science Channel, there was little left for the fandom, other than the comics and other original fan fiction, art and fan films. As fans do, some of us got motivated to throw our hat into the ring and create a fan film, not for profit, purely for the fun and enjoyment of fans (old and new) alike, around the U.S. and beyond.


As a filmmaker and production crewmember, I’ve worked on and helped other people’s projects for years, some professional and many, many student and indie films. There is nothing better than being on a set, filming a movie or video, but it is a grueling and exhausting process. And it takes a lot out of you when you’re trying to be epic with a low budget.


Browncoats: Independence War


What is Browncoats: Independence War? It is a fan film short (not a feature film) that runs around the 25-30 minute range based on the Firefly universe. It deals with the War between the Independents (the breakaway planets and moons who wanted self rule) and the Alliance, the league of central core planets. This conflict takes place six years before the events of the television show, though Episode 1 :“Serenity” and Episode 14 :“The Message” did have flashbacks showing the war. Per information gleaned from the show, deleted scenes and other canonical sources, it was a brutal campaign that exacted huge casualties from both sides. It was the conflict that made “Malcolm Reynolds” lose his faith, a theme that was touched on through the series. 


As fans of the show are aware, the final decisive battle between the Browncoats and the Alliance took place in “Serenity Valley”. Our film deals with several squads of the 5th Battalion of the 76th Combat Brigade. The soldiers are tasked with a dangerous mission, to evacuate civilian refugees who have been caught in Serenity Valley before they are all killed by the inevitable Alliance assault. The plot deals with their mission … and their fate.


What We Need 


We have shot for approximately ten days already and have most of the difficult ‘battlefield’ sequences done. What we need now is the final push, the extra funds to secure the few remaining locations, which required production insurance (and some requiring location fees and payment to their staff to accompany the crew). All these small items add up and become a roadblock to completion. We are very close to finishing and the hardest filming days are behind us. For $16,000.00 we can take care of the following:

  • Additional Location fees
  • Permit fees
  • Additional CGI Costs
  • Additional practical effects
  • Additional Editing & Sound mixing
  • Incidental costuming expenses
  • Blanks for blank firing weapons
  • The final Pyrotechnic effects
  • Instrumental Score & Composer
  • Color correction services
  • Craft services for large crowds of extras
  • Additional production insurance

With that list, $16,000 doesn’t sound like much does it? But we can do it. We have secured many ‘buddy’ deals with professional outfits, however, even the smallest buddy deal requires ‘some recompense’ to them. Equipment, utilities, expendables, vehicle rentals (for transport) are some of the things we just can’t expect for free. Any and all pledges that exceed the $16,000.00 goal will be used on the production and definitely used for marketing and getting out a final product that you can view.

Being a fan film, we cannot profit, nor make money off this venture, but like all fan endeavors, the goal is to bring fun and enjoyment to the fandom. We hope to screen at various showings of “Can’t Stop The Serenity” (charity screenings of “Serenity” around the country to benefit “Equality Now” – a charity approved by Joss Whedon himself) and some of the fan and genre conventions. There will be a very limited number of DVDs made, since they are just gifts to benefactors for their donations. These will not (and cannot) be offered for sale later, so be sure to be in a position to get one before they’re no more. 


Other Ways You Can Help


On behalf of Browncoats: Independence War, I would like to thank you for your support. Even if you cannot pledge any funds, you can help us out immensely by spreading the word. 1) Please "Like" our video if you can, or put thumbs up to any other embedded versions you see, 2) Tweet this page to the world! 3) Visit and like our Facebook page for Browncoats: Independence War,  4) Check out our webpage for Browncoats: Independence War as well. Please spread the word as much as you can on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest or any of the other myriad of social media sites. 


In conclusion


This film is about the choices we make and the sacrifices we must endure. It addresses the themes of honor, duty and loyalty in the face of near certain defeat. This film is a dramatic narrative done inside, but technically ‘not’ about the show Firefly. This film exists within the universe created in the show and expanded by its fans. This film is about those who never give up, regardless of the odds. In essence, one can say this film is about the typical Firefly Fan – a Browncoat forever!


Thank you very much for your consideration. It will be a blast!
Francis Hamada
Writer and Director

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenges come with the incidental expenses that we have run up against in the final stretch. Actually our ability to successfully complete the project is very high since we front loaded the most complex and hard to shoot scenes first. Many of those difficult shoot days are already done. The majority of the remaining filming days are simple dialogue and character interactions with only a few 'epic' days. We have locations ready and waiting for the green light to commence with the final push. Sure all projects can have events which delay them from completion, and all human activity has risk, but this project has momentum and more importantly, a schedule that has easier filming days backloaded into the schedule.

FAQ

  • (taken directly from Updates)

    We've been getting a lot of inquiries as to how backers who are NOT in the U.S. can contribute and get the perks. The primary reason why we restricted the original perks packages to the U.S. was the fact that international shipping is ridiculously expensive. What would cost $3 US Dollars to ship could cost $12. With a lot of backers, that triples the amount of money we would have to take AWAY from the production fund, which defeats the purpose. We weren't padding when we calculated our finishing number so now we will have to get creative.

    But we have so many WONDERFUL Browncoats who reside in Canada, the U.K. and Australia that we had to try to think of something. You guys are AWESOME and deserve something! So many other Kickstarter campaigns have small additional fees they request to help mail items in other countries and we took a cue from them (and some of the suggestions from our backers).

    Here is the addendum to the perks (all other agreements with U.S. Based backers still apply)

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    NEW ADDENDUM - BACKERS WHO LIVE IN CANADA, the U.K, and AUSTRALIA!!!!!!

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    1) Since the $50 pledge is the first and lowest tier of physical perks, we requested the following: For Canada and Mexico, please add an additional $5.00 USD to your pledge (or you can paypal it to us later when your package is ready to ship), but realize that this is an agreement and we cannot ship unless the additional mailing funds are received. For Backers who reside in the U.K. and Australia, please add an additional $10.00 for your physical perks. For any other country, please email us and we will have to quote you the exact amount but we will get it to you. Also please note that international mailings will take longer than domestic. We are going for the most economical mailing possible in order to save our backers money, so your packages will take a little longer than others.

    2) At the $100 pledge, please apply the same North America (outside of the U.S.) and UK & Australia rates as above. At this level, U.S. Backers get a poster. But a poster, shipped in a dent proof tube, is considered an 'oversized' package and would cost around $44-52 US Dollars to ship (just the poster!) to international addresses. Now wiping out nearly half of a $100 pledge just for shipping is somewhat counter productive. So we will have to substitute our poster with a digital download of the full sized poster, plus additional 8x10s of either the promo material or the cast, or a set of trading cards of the characters of the film. These are photographic quality prints about the size of large tarot cards and were designed to be special awards at conventions here in the U.S. (you let us know your choice re: the additional 8x10s or the trading card set)

    3) These substitutions will stand for all pledges between $100 and $500 dollars since they are considered equal value. Also for all pledges between $50 and $500, the request for a small additional fee to help with international shipping applies.

    4) All pledges $1000 and higher already had a higher budget for mailing, since we were budgeting for the option of express mailing them their perks. So we don't ask for more money since we'll just ship it standard instead of express. If we standard mail them their perks, even with international rates, it is about the same.

    If you have read this and contribute, it is assumed that you understand and accept the terms of our amended perks. :)

    Thanks again! We all appreciate all the amazing support. We originally budgeted this campaign very closely to the exact amount we need to finish. If you can help us defray the additional expense of international postal fees, then we can share the physical perks with MORE of the Browncoat community, without taking a financial hit that could slow down the production!

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  • The original Perks are unchanged, after all, they are a contract made between us and the backers. The addition of expanding the perks to foreign backers came only later. If you want your perks sent to a non-U.S. based address, don't worry. We won't abandon you. If you put in the additional amount to cover your shipping expense (as seen above), you can always PM or email us your mailing address outside the U.S. Don't be confused or intimidated by any warnings that the perks are U.S. based only. You can get your stuff. We know who gets what and how much you gave. Don't worry. We'll make sure we ship your stuff to the address you give us. :D

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  • Unfortunately no. Please carefully read the first answers in the FAQ. There will be some substitutions of items we regard as equal or greater value that is not a bulky or difficult to ship.

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  • Well for one, we were not padding our numbers. The funding goal is nearly exactly the amount we need to finish the film. Since we are committed to continue to do this for no profit, any additional amount will be funneled directly back into the project. More money means, More explosions, more CGI, better Score, etc. Plus there is the all important note that we cannot sell the DVD at a later time. We may have some limited runs in the future as door prizes for charity, etc. but there will be far fewer existing DVDs of this project than many other films. Don't be one of the people who want to get their own copy, but can't get one because none are for sale. Donating a minimum amount (you can see which amounts get you a physical DVD and other physical perks) will ensure that you have a DVD that many, many other people will not have.

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