Super Duper: An R-Rated Superhero Comedy
Super Duper: An R-Rated Superhero Comedy
Meet Superhero Interns Human Shield and Desperado: they're trapped on a secret base in a movie mashup of "Clerks" vs "The Avengers"!
Meet Superhero Interns Human Shield and Desperado: they're trapped on a secret base in a movie mashup of "Clerks" vs "The Avengers"! Read more
...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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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