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 ...and exploring what it’s like when your big dreams hit brick walls so many times they start to crack. 

So let's set the scene. 

We're on a secret base on Christmas Eve: an aircraft hangar with various storage rooms and holding facilities.

The story, set over an hour and a half of real-time, circles around Human Shield and Desperado, two Super Interns slowly losing hope that they'll ever get to be Super Heroes. 

We discover about what's happening in the world outside -- and about the crisis that may end the world by the end of the movie -- from the TV and radios around the base… 

Okay, I won’t ruin the story – I’ll just say the movie will be like Clerks mixed with the Avengers, or The Winter Soldier if Captain America was being played by Louis CK.  I want it to be the Hoop Dreams of Superhero movies.

The world around our heroes is fleshed out in a comic book that's a 32+ page prequel to the film.  It introduces different characters like Supercloak, Metal Dude and Ratman, and features arguments between Human Shield and Desperado like: which is more impractical in a real fight, a cloak or a mask? 

So who’s doing this? 

I’ve been a director for commercials and virals for over a decade: I’ve shot a handful of big ads and a huge number of small ones, and these have given me invaluable experience in what I want to do in features. 

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I’ve been incredibly lucky – and not least because my best friends are some of the most talented cinematographers, art directors, and motion graphic artists working anywhere today – and that they want to make Super Duper just as much as I do.  So many people whose work I love have offered to help, or have already leant their talents to the project.

Some of these folks – like BAFTA-nominated Paul O’Callaghan and internationally signed director Mike Fisher are already well known. While others, like Elisabeth Ingram, Liam Newbrook, Michael Connolly and Josh Govett have praises that are yet to be sung. These are all people I’d travel to the ends of the world to work with, and who I know I can trust to make this project worth your time, money and involvement. 

Let's talk about the rewards.

Every reward you receive from us -- whether physical or digital -- is going to be an experience in itself. I wanted every aspect of every pledge to be perfectly considered. If you think highly enough of our project to give us your money, I want to give you something back that shows how highly I think of you. 

You’re probably wondering where all that money goes. 

 So check out this cool graph! 

Let's talk about our goal.

Our goal is literally the threshold where we don't go bankrupt making this film. All extras have been stripped away. 

A lot of those extras are amazing and awesome -- but they cost more. Things like famous actors, all the post-production costs -- including recording an amazing score, doing a grade and polish, and so on.  

Plus, I want there to be extra rewards for all backers -- each and every one of you who contributes.  These require a scale and a volume that goes above what our initial goal can achieve on it's own.  

So because we have built dreams on top of our dreams...

We do have stretch goals.  

If it looks like raising £145,000 is attainable -- I cannot wait to tell you all about what we could do with a little bit more... 

Okay then -- let's not tempt fate.  Not yet. 

Not when the whole world's at stake, and only Human Shield and Desperado might be able to save it.  Will they finally prove themselves and make it happen? 

Maybe if you pledge... we'll all find out.

Risks and challenges

I've learnt a lot of things while making this kickstarter campaign.

When our 3D artist had to go off on another project, I had to sit down and teach myself 3D.

When one of our actors wouldn't do 'Free Comic Book Day' I had to put on a crazy outfit and jump around like a maniac in the centre of town.

When we couldn't afford to shoot for two more days, I had to go and earn more cash to pay for them.

These weren't things I was planning on -- but there weren't any other options, so I did them. And I will do anything and everything I can to make this movie.

What I've learnt through more than half a year on set as a director is that there is very little about the world that any of us have control over. No day goes exactly the way you planned. But you can work out a way to fix nearly anything, and turn problems into new advantages -- but only if you have a combination of the right people and enough time, and you won't be defeated.

And that's the reason our initial funding goal is what it is -- because I'm not planning on everything going perfectly smoothly. But I will get it done. And whatever it takes, you will get this movie.

We'll share everything that happens on this project, good or bad. If things don't work out to plan, we'll tell you straight away. If something awesome happens, you'll be the first to know. I promise that I won't be a stranger.

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    THE CALL TO ADVENTURE!... Our eternal gratitude, all UPDATES (including Behind the Scenes tasters)

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    THE SUPER DUPER WEB COMIC! 32+ pages of Human Shield and Desperado antics delivered straight to your inbox in regular instalments!!!

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    EVERYDAY HERO!... -- A STREAM / DOWNLOAD of the finished movie after theatrical release, the webcomic, and a digital mini-pack of extra goodies.

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    SUPER HERO!... -- Above rewards plus stream / download of SUPER AWESOME! The making of SUPER DUPER, and the DELUXE DIGITAL PACKAGE for the film which includes director's commentary, artwork, printables and more.

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    THE SPECIAL ONE!
    All Rewards Above, the SCRIPT as a pdf, and a THANK YOU PACK sent to you with the 4-page Riso printed mini-comic, 2 postcards and a thank you note from the film-makers.

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    THE EARLY SUPER-BIRD SPECIAL!!! All above treats sent to you on an AWESOME SUPER DUPER USB WRISTBAND!!! You're going to look super cool AND have the best movie ever made about superhero interns on your arm!!! International Shipping Included.

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    THE KNOCK-OFF DVD!!! Get "Super Duper" the way Desperado would: a cheap Chinatown knock-off DVD with outrageous lies about the movie's story and casting on the sleeve, autographed inside by the director with a dvd inside that he's written 'LETHAL WEAPON 4' on in Sharpie. International Shipping Free!

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    SUPERHERO OMG!!!
    Get an AWESOME "SUPERHERO INTERN" T-SHIRT, the KNOCK OFF BLU RAY and a COOL LAPTOP STICKER!!! International Shipping Free!

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    THE BACKER SUPERPACK -- RADIUM EDITION! -- Get a unique pack of handmade goodies that will never be available outside of Kickstarter: the Knock Off blu ray, posters, postcards, vintage 32-page riso-printed Super Duper comic, Human Shield and Desperado treats and exclusives, all wrapped up and sent in a Super Duper Pizza Box! Plus all digital rewards! And Worldwide Shipping is Included! Double Super-OMG!!!

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    THE BACKER SUPERPACK - RADIUM TROGLODYTE EDITION! -- it's exactly the same thing as the previous reward but with a DVD instead of a knock-off Blu Ray, and a rude note calling you a Neanderthal! Good luck with that 90's technology, Ug-ster!

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    THE BACKER SUPERPACK - URANIUM EDITION! : Get the knock-off blu ray wrapped up in a SUPER DUPER TOTE BAG, a beautiful SUPERHERO INTERN T-shirt, and... Wait for it... the NAME OF YOUR CHOICE gets wished a HAPPY CHRISTMAS in the CREDITS!!! How many of your favourite movies actually wish you a Happy Christmas -- PERSONALLY -- every time you watch them? ONLY THIS ONE! TRIPLE FRICKIN' SOMG!!! International Shipping Included.

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    BACKER SUPERPACK - PLUTONIUM EDITION! : everything in Super Packs #1 and #2, with a signed script, a thank you letter from the director and a page of his legendary storyboards!!! You won't believe the draughtsmanship!

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    ULTIMATE SUPERHERO INTERN PACK!!! Get everything you need to be a bona fide Super-Intern yourself! Including: your portrait drawn by Gemma Roberts in the SUPERHERO CLASS OF 2015 group picture as a print or as a beautiful, full-screen VINYL LAPTOP STICKER! Plus you get the official New Jersey Superhero Internship Programme Membership Pack! The bootleg blu-ray with a selection of the most awesome stuff from the other packs! PLUS a special 'CLASS OF 2015 INTERN' t-shirt and trucker hat designed specially for this reward! Double Super-OMG!!!

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    BE A GUEST STAR IN THE COMIC!!! That's right -- not only do you get your likeness into the Super Duper comic, but you get to choose which of our superhero characters you want to play! Ratman / Supercloak / The Merman / Punchline or his sidekick, The Quipper / The Mermaid / The Chick / The Honey Badger / or choose to be another Superhero Intern!!! Plus you get the Backer Super Pack Radium Edition!

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    BE A VOICE ON THE RADIO!!! Throughout the movie, the radio's playing on and off as bystanders describe what's going on. You could be one of those bystanders! Or you could be the voice of an ad, telling everyone about Phil's cheap, cheap sofa beds during a bumper between two news sections describing to us how the world's about to end- so buy buy bye NOW! Plus the Backer Super Pack Uranium Edition!

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    PLAY AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER WHO GETS KILLED ON LIVE TV DURING THE MOVIE!!! Who wants to be an extra when you could get to run around screaming then get crushed by a building!!? Thought you would! Travel and accommodation not included. Plus you get the Backer Super Pack Plutonium Edition!!!

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    BE A MEGA HERO! Get credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and as a MEGA HERO!
    Get the 'ULTIMATE SUPERHERO INTERN PACK', PLUS YOUR FACE becomes one of the SUPERHEROES' FACES in the pictures in the break room, featured in the film. That's right -- you're now a SUPERHERO in an ACTUAL MOVIE! JUST LIKE BEN AFFLECK!!! And you get NAMED in the CREDITS! PLUS -- for EVERYONE (ANYONE!?!) who backs on this level, I will think up a NEW REWARD for EVERY SINGLE BACKER OF THE PROJECT!!! -- LOOK WHAT YOU JUST DID!!! WHO'S THE HERO? YOU'RE THE HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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