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A sociopath frustrated with life and identity, finds a strange hope in a toy firefly leading him to discover a dark truth about himself

INTRODUCTION

Hello. Thank you for your interest in my film and taking the time to stop and check things out. Please watch the video above. 

WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT?

Is this film bizarre? Absolutely! But then again, we're all a little weird so it works out. I try to create things that are different and hopefully make you think. I enjoy things that are dark, but I hold dear the balance of love and redemption.

We've all got things bottled up inside. We're all broken. Eventually everyone finds themselves in a dark place, perhaps succumbing to seclusion or even thinking insecure, desperate thoughts. This is a story of a guy who's bitter. He's bored. He's a little "off." And, even though he longs to, he can't seem to find himself.

There are many short films out there about "identity", "discovery" or a sense of belonging, but there are 2 qualities about this film that are unique. The first is the character study. Kasper has Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. Which does not make any generalizations about these conditions, its simply a part of who Kasper is. He's desperate, and he goes to the extreme of trying to create a friendship in a stuffed animal, only to discover a truth about himself. 

Secondly, even though there have been a few films out there involving a stuffed animal friendship scenario or similar, this character is not animated. He is a real stuffed animal firefly named Loki that was custom made for the film who becomes an objective catalyst through Kasper's journey--but the battle is all in Kasper's mind. Its whimsical, audacious and melancholy.

SO WHAT IS YOUR PLEDGE GOING TO BE USED FOR?

We wanted to take some of the raw footage and make a trailer, which is right above you so you can see what your money is going toward beforehand. But we've gone as far as we can go. We hope that you'll believe in this project as much as we do and help us succeed.

Our project goal is $5K…this will allow us to get a bare bones, edited film. However, in order to promote it outside of nashville, friends and family, reimburse some things, submission to film festivals, and get the music score done like we’d like, we need about $9KDon’t worry! If we only reach our $5K goal, you will have helped make a film! However, the more dollars the merrier! More funding means a better looking and a better sounding film, as well as getting it out there to more festivals to be noticed..

TOTAL PROJECT GOAL = $9,500.

We chose to use half the budget on shooting the film and the other half goes to everything else from post-work (editing, color-correction, compositing, etc.) to promotions (swag, online tools, ads, festival expenses, etc.) Besides the obvious things like camera, lenses, grips, etc,...I think one of the most important post-production costs is scoring music. Sound and music are often the things that set a good film apart from a bad one, and as you can hear from the trailer, we want to continue to put a lot into the music score and quality sound. Music in a film is the hidden emotion behind what you're watching. Sometimes we don't realize what we're feeling in a scene, but 9 times out of 10, the music is what evokes that. 

A lot of the money will go to promotion. It's overwhelming what it costs to promote a film out there among a sea of films. There's DVD making, duplication and packaging. There will be film festival fees and submission expenses, a theatre debut, as well as other online tools and promotional items that add up quick.

We plan to circulate the film to many film festivals U.S. and abroad, such as: Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, New York, and more. And, Matthew and I plan to travel to at least a couple of them to promote the film in hopes of it screening. Obviously we cannot push the film to any of these goals without your support, so anything is appreciated. Thank you so very much!

Kasper Carnival Design
Kasper Carnival Design
Kasper Knife Design
Kasper Knife Design

These are not the actual shirts, but our designs photoshopped onto shirts to see what they'll look like.

CURRENTLY DESIGNING A THIRD SHIRT WITH KASPER'S RARE CAR, A RENAULT 4 TL.

Stickers!...in which, you may stick...(read packages.)
Stickers!...in which, you may stick...(read packages.)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The challenge will be if we don't at least meet our goal, it will simply take much longer to succeed with getting this film completed and promoted the way we'd like to. We'll do it...it will just prolong the process.
For instance if we can't pay to get the music scored, obviously a film without music is like a hamburger without the bun.

Our main goal with this film is to bring it to the festivals, we are unable to take that next step within a reasonable amount of time without you being a part of it by supporting us.

We plan to overcome this financial challenge--if the needed goals are not met--to plan a couple film party campaigns where we would have live music and film swag to sell (providing we get enough to even make more for that) this will help to raise more as well. I am always meeting good business folk and investors to not only help out with methodology and tips, but investments to be made in something different.
We would also plan to do a second fund raiser campaign online.
Bottom line, we love this film and we're determined to finish this film and we hope that you'll join us in making it a fun and smooth ride!
Thank you.

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    FORLORN PACKAGE. You will be emailed a hi-res screensaver image of the film. In addition, you will receive my love and affection and a pat on the back. Perhaps a manly, church hug with a friendly smile. Thank you!

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    BITTER PACKAGE. A private link to view the actual film when available, the behind the scenes footage link, plus the hi-res Discover Kasper screensaver image. Also, you will get a cool STICKER, in which, you may stick in a bathroom stall, on someone's back, or if you really want to get crazy...on your bible! Thank you!

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    QUIRKY PACKAGE. T-shirt of OUR choosing. They will be very nice shirts and there are various designs, but it's a surprise! A packaged DVD of the film, as well as a sticker, in which, you may stick over the expiration date on your license plate, your guitar case, or even on your face. Thank you!

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    UNIQUE PACKAGE. A copy of the script with all production notes and shotlists. And, every previous reward. Oh yeah, stickers. You can stick them on the back of your motorcycle, on the fridge, or on your toilet seat. Thank you!

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    ZANY PACKAGE. Now we're talking a Hoodie! Here's what you'll get: Hoodie and a t-shirt of your choosing, a signed DVD of Discover Kasper, a 36"x24" movie poster which is signed by me, matthew and Todd who plays Kasper. A copy of the script with all production notes and shotlists. And, a few stickers, in which, you may stick on your door, your laptop cover, or even on your forehead. Thank you!

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    DISCOVERY PACKAGE. You will be invited to the test screening which will consist of all the cast and crew. There you will hang out with us over good food and "beverages" while we watch the film before its ever released, in which, you will be a part of critiquing the film. (note: travel&lodging expenses are up to you.) You'll also receive a hoodie of your choosing, DVD of Discover Kasper, a t-shirt of your choosing, the movie poster which is signed by me, matthew and Todd who plays Kasper. A copy of the script with all production notes and shotlists. And, a few stickers, in which, you may stick on your microwave, someone else's car, or even wad it up into a little ball and throw it at your buddy. Thank you!

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    OVERNIGHT PACKAGE. You will officially become an Executive Producer on the film. So you can rightfully say that you are a "film-maker." Not only that, but you'll be listed on IMDB as well as credits on the actual film. Rightfully so, you'll be invited to the test screening to help critique the film. (note: travel&lodging expenses are up to you.) Of course you get everything in the previous package, along with a few stickers, in which, you may stick on your window, on your Mickey Mantle rookie card, or give it to someone random at Starbucks. Thank you!

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    THE FIREFLY PACKAGE. You will receive the draft#1 firefly "Loki" stuffed animal that was custom designed for the film. You will also travel with me and matthew to a film festival to represent the film with us as an Executive Producer, meet hollywood film makers and hopefully some stars! (note: travel&lodging expenses are up to you; however, we'll cover any festival admission/pass fees.) And, of course, all the stickers you want, in which, you may stick wherever you want. Thank you!

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