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An independent feature film about the struggle to ignite the spark of inspiration and fighting to chase your dreams. Read more

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An independent feature film about the struggle to ignite the spark of inspiration and fighting to chase your dreams.

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What is Methods of Revolution about?

Methods of Revolution is an independent fiction film that follows four graduating students in their early twenties as they all reach a similar realization about their lives - they feel like they aren't living up to their potential. They feel as though life is slowly pushing them towards a path that they never expected they'd end up on and the four begin a powerful, introspective journey to find a greater purpose in life.

At its core, Methods of Revolution is about the exchange of ideas, the encouragement of growth and success, and ultimately coming to terms with the reality of our own fleeting mortality. The film explores the boon of technology, the power of media, and the obsession of pop culture through the eyes of those who have grown up alongside it. Finally, it's about the effort to ignite the spark of inspiration in a generation that has sought refuge in apathy. To put it bluntly, Methods of Revolution is about going out of your comfort zone and grabbing life by its proverbial balls (although it's fair to expect a more, uh, tactful tagline on the back of the DVD).

This isn't some kind of touchy-feely, preachy after-school special ensemble; operating around the cliche of the cheesy "believe in yourself and follow your dreams" message was the absolute focal point of writing this narrative and I believe it has succeeded on all fronts. Methods of Revolution is very much an examination of the state of Generation Y by way of multiple interpretations from each of the protagonists and their own personal journeys. 

While it is narrative fiction, Methods of Revolution is very much grounded in reality, and as such the movie is unapologetic when it comes to its presentation. The themes and issues that Methods of Revolution deals with are ones that resonate all too well with emerging young adults in the 21st century, and it only makes sense that those issues are addressed with all the delicacy and tact that would be expected of the demographic. 

What is the goal for Methods of Revolution?

Methods of Revolution is a project that I don't want to be limited to just an hour and thirty-odd minutes of entertainment. I want it to be able to genuinely make a difference and impact someone's life for the better. I want it to be able to inspire people who (like myself) have big dreams and big ambitions and motivate them to go out there and pursue them while they still can. Life is too short to be waiting around or putting off your lifelong ambitions another second, and I want this message to impact the viewer long after the credits roll. I want this movie to help facilitate the growth of independent artists, musicians, creators, and inventors across the world. I want this film to be able to assure them beyond a doubt that that their dreams are possible.

How can you help?

As much as this movie is a labor of love from myself; given the very nature of what Methods of Revolution stands for I want to involve the community as much as possible in its production. Because of this philosophy, many of the rewards you earn by giving a financial contribution reflect exactly that. By donating an amount, you will be supporting independent film making and - at the risk of sounding cliche - you will be allowing a young man to not only achieve his own lifelong dream, but help create something that will inspire others to go out and do the same.

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Where can I buy Methods of Revolution and how much will it cost?

When Methods of Revolution is completed and released to the public, it will be released completely free. This was a realization I inevitably came to about this film as early as writing the first draft of the screenplay. I am so dedicated to what this movie represents - not just to myself, but to anyone that has ever had an ambition or passion for something greater - that I believe charging money for this would not only be hypocritical, I feel that it would destroy the significance of what this movie is all about. More information will become available on distribution methods as we get closer to its release, but right now making sure this Kickstarter is a success is my only priority.

Reaching the Kickstarter goal of $9,840

Meeting our goal of $9,840 means that we will be able to produceMethods of Revolution at the projected minimal costs. This is the bare bones goal for getting this project off the ground. There are certain scenes in the film that would greatly benefit from having a greater budget. These scenes were originally written with a bigger budget in mind (blame the optimist in me), and I have had to tone them down in order to work with the realistic financial goal we've set initially. Quite simply, the more money we can earn, the better we can make this movie.

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How Methods of Revolution aims to help other aspiring artists

One of the main goals of Methods of Revolution is to help similar independent creators and artists out there. Exposure is needed to flourish and in the months leading up to the release of the film, an in-universe message board on the official website (when it launches) will accomplish just that. 

PayPal Users

Due to the way Kickstarter is set up, unless you have a PayPal debit card you will be unable to donate directly using PayPal. However, there's an easy way around this. We have a PayPal account set up that you can donate to which will go directly towards the Kickstarter fund. Make sure to include your name as you want it to appear in the credits and a mailing address (if your donation is $25 or more) so you are able to receive any rewards you earn. If you have any questions don't hesitate to send me a message and I will be more than happy to help walk you through it. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Methods of Revolution Kickstarter PayPal Fund:    

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Final words from Alex

For as wordy as all of this information has been, it's ironic that at the end of this wall of text there are no words that can even come close to being able to describe how thankful and appreciative I am for all of your generous support. Thank you so, so much for everything. I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to finally start making this dream a reality after having worked on this from the ground-up for so long. I have never been more proud of my work than I am about this film and I hope you guys share my enthusiasm from the brief glimpse you've seen so far. Through your generosity, together we can make this film a reality. I dream that this film will be able to give just as much back to the community as they gave helping to create it. 

FAQ

  • I have never been more passionate about a work that I've done before than I am about Methods of Revolution. I believe that it has the potential to make a powerful impact on its audience in a way that is completely unprecedented in mainstream film today. To the majority of those who watch it, Methods of Revolution will achieve what it sets out to do - be an incredible, one-of-a-kind, thought-provoking experience that stays with you long after the credits roll. However for the right person, I sincerely believe that this film could very well be that missing piece of the puzzle - that it could be the epiphany that sets off that spark of ignition they've been looking for - and you can't quantify how valuable that is to someone. I believe in the importance of this film and its message so much that I want anyone who wants to see this movie to be able to see this movie. To me, there was simply no other option.

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  • Due to the way Kickstarter is set up, unless you have a PayPal debit card you will be unable to donate directly using PayPal. However, there's an easy way around this. We have a PayPal account set up that you can donate to which will go directly towards the Kickstarter fund. Make sure to include your name as you want it to appear in the credits and a mailing address (if your donation is $25 or more) so you are able to receive any rewards you earn. If you have any questions don't hesitate to send me a message and I will be more than happy to help walk you through it. Thank you so much for your continued support!

    Methods of Revolution Kickstarter PayPal Fund:

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  • If you are unable to contribute financially to the project - don't worry - there are still plenty of other ways you can help out that are crucial to this project's success as well. It may sound trivial to a lot of you - and I used to roll my eyes at this too - but a "like" on the Facebook page or a follower on Twitter will end up going a long way towards helping promote this project. Seriously. It takes three seconds to do and that simple button press means more than you might think. When it comes down to it, however, the most important way you can contribute to this project is through good old fashioned word of mouth - just passing it along to friends and family or sharing the fact that this Kickstarter exists on other social networking sites is without question the best thing you can do to support this.

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  • I've been passionate about filmmaking for the majority of my life and as a result I've entered numerous film competitions as a teenager (most notably the http://www.youtube.com/watch… and worked on dozens of film projects growing up. A fortunate byproduct of all of this is I have built up a network of reliable crew members, talented actors, valuable firsthand experience in the industry, and the means to having top of the line equipment at my disposal. I've spent my adolescence gathering all of these resources and now it's come time to utilize them to help make Methods of Revolution a reality.

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  • This is a tricky one, and rest assured that as the release date of Methods of Revolution draws closer, there will be more revealed about the plot. The reason why I've kept the plot itself under wraps is because in today's society, the stuff that Methods deals with is sensitive. It has to operate around a lot of disappointing cliches (I say disappointing because it's sad that they're so overused to the point they become a cliche).

    Showing the wrong scene or elaborating on the wrong part of the story when it's isolated by itself runs the risk of illiciting a knee-jerk reaction and making some people jump to conclusions and have all kinds of prejudices and preconceptions about the film going into watching the full thing, severely diminishing the potential message and impact it could have on them.

    For as empowering and motivational of a message as "follow your dreams" is, it has been done so ineffectively and mediocrely in just about every medium that it's become a total cliche. And that's incredibly infuriating. It was a hard decision to come to - because I want you guys to see exactly why I am so excited about this project - but ultimately I feel like this is necessary to preserve the integrity of the film at this time.

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  • Methods of Revolution is currently in pre-production. The script is completed and production is slated to start this summer in the Midwest, with the finished product itself having a release date set for late 2012. To keep tabs on the production, the Twitter account will provide constant on-the-set updates (and a few bonus extras) once production starts. If you're a fan of seeing the behind-the-scenes on how movies are made, I highly encourage you to check out that account.

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  • For the sake of example, let's say that an independent band wants to get their name out there, they'll email a designated mailbox on the website. They'll describe their band, give out their website that they want people to visit, and send a picture that they want to be used along with any suggestions they have for what they want their advertisement flier to be like. Every Wednesday the cork-board is updated with new fliers and postings, and if theirs is selected to be featured, on the board there will be a flier that might say "[Band name] preforming live tonight at Humphrey's Theatre!" with their submitted picture on it. People on the Methods of Revolution website and viewing the cork-board can then click on the flier and will be taken to that band's website. This basic example is applicable to almost anyone, but with little variations. A blogger, for example, might have a featured blog post of theirs mocked up as a newspaper article and thumb-tacked to the cork-board instead, an artist might have a mock flier for their art exhibit that links to their website, and so on and so forth.

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