With a nutty father and a pregnant wife, Gym Thompson navigates the road to self-discovery in the mutilating man sport of Dickball.
After a ten-year absence, Gym Thompson’s dad is back in his life, driving him as hard as any disapproving father can to be the next champion of the world.
Helen, Gym’s loving and very pregnant wife is doing all she can to stay supportive even if she doesn’t fully understand the testosterone-driven madness Gym and his father insist is a legitimate sport.
Gym, torn between his desire to win his father’s love and his responsibilities as a soon-to-be-parent, balances upon an ever-shrinking tightrope as each of his worlds threaten to collapse in on one another.
Can a very real drama take place within a world where former soap opera stars, pimps, and even the Amish compete in the zany, professional past-time known as DickBall? A sport as dangerously ridiculous as it is ridiculously dangerous; where competitors keep a stiff upper lip as they sling one ball after another at each others most prized real estate. All determined to score the most points and win the coveted title of Mr. DickBall.
DickBall is a comedy with more twists and turns than a seasoned athlete's naughty bits and more phallic references than you can shake a stick at, it’s a dark farce through which love nonetheless hopes to prevail. But is it the love of heart, for family, or of fame?
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To paraphrase fellow Kickstarter Spike Lee, filmmaking is hard shit. There are a lot of moving pieces, various crews and departments all needing something different from you 24 hours a day - be it a dollar, an idea, or just a hug. With no shortage of great ideas and a reputation as a championship-level hugger, the only hurdle left is my pronounced lack of funds.
For Locations: in order to create a believably deep and expansive world, you've gotta have a lot of different locations, which means a lot of moving around and paying people for the graciousness of letting us use their spaces.
For Camera: in order to make a movie that feels like a faux documentary but still looks pretty, the camera needs to be in near-constant motion. This demands three things:
1. A great camera. We hope to rent one of the best - the Red One. We'll shoot it on an iPhone if we have to, but it wouldn't look nearly as amazing that way (all the same, keep your eyes peeled for any potential Kickstarters to fund the purchase of said iPhone).
2. A rig to steady the camera. A steadi-cam, if you will. This is a device that the cameraman will sport so that he will be able to move the camera around smoothly and fluidly. Remember when Uncle Fred showed you his home videos from the Running of the Bulls, and you almost vomited all over his prosthetic leg? You wouldn't want to pay to watch a whole movie like that, would you? In fact, maybe you should mention this device to Uncle Fred.
3. Grip & Electric: A fancy camera is nothing without lights. Rentals for this would cover the lamps and associated gear.
For Art Department: It may seem obvious, but sometimes things are obvious for a reason: in order to create a believable World you have to create stuff. This requires materials, which requires money. Nothing in the World is free.
For Catering: In order for people to be willing to work 14+ hours a day (an average shooting day runs 12 hours) without them wanting to eat you alive, you have to feed them. We don't need anything fancy, but a good meal makes a good worker.
These are the things currently clamping the vice grip around my frontal lobe. The good news is that we are all industry professionals. I myself have worked on well over a hundred projects ranging from no-budget indie shorts to full-blown Hollywood blockbusters, and many of my crew are even more experienced.
As this campaign progresses we will not only introduce you to the madcap world of DickBall but also to the people who are helping to create that world. These people are my friends, and I like them a lot - I think you will, too.
To me, DickBall is more than a film - it is a chance for me to stand up and move forward with my goals. You have the chance to not only make my dream of making a movie called DickBall come true, but also to make your dream of realizing that you never wanted to see a movie called DickBall until RIGHT NOW come true as well. Please be merciful with this great power.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Everything above, plus: A Film and Conference pass to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, which will not only allow you to see as many films as you want during the festival on a priority seating basis, but also grants entry to Opening and Closing Night Screenings, admission to Creative Conference panels, access to select parties and all Filmmaker Happy Hours, as well as 6 Companion Tickets for friends and an Atlanta Film Festival Membership that expires at the end of 2014.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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Everything above, plus: A set of DickBall wizzers (balls) and a script signed by the characters, plus an Associate Producer credit on the finished film.Estimated delivery:
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Everything above, plus: DickBall home kit including: Everything you need to play the game, a DickBall Patch, a signed cast poster and a one of a kind DickBall cardboard tie.Estimated delivery:
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This is my personal favorite. Everything above, plus: If you make a pledge of $10,000 Keith, our fearless director, will get a tattoo of your choice (He gets to pick size and location).Estimated delivery:
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