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A brand new feature documentary exploring the amazing world of fanfiction and the people who write it, read it and love it.
A brand new feature documentary exploring the amazing world of fanfiction and the people who write it, read it and love it.
106 backers pledged CA$ 10,165 to help bring this project to life.

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WE HAVE HIT OUR INITIAL GOAL!!! LET'S TRY TO HIT A STRETCH GOAL BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN ENDS!!

You might remember us from such previous Kickstarter campaigns as our last, sadly unsuccessful, campaign. But we're back! Fanfic: The Documentary is the first feature length documentary about fanfiction, and we're crowdfunding for funds to film the documentary.

Fanfiction. You're either in love with it or baffled by it. Regardless, it's everywhere.  

If you're like a lot of people, Fifty Shades of Grey is likely the first time you ever heard of fanfiction – the novel started life as an online story about Twilight’s Bella and Edward. But fanfiction is so much more than Fifty Shades. There's a whole amazing fanfiction world out there, and it's a lot more complicated and interesting than you might think if all you know is Fifty Shades

The beauty of fanfiction is that there is a story about anything – if you can think of it, chances are someone has written about it. There are quite millions of stories out there, so there is something for absolutely everyone. 

 The stories themselves are nothing more than taking characters that already exist and imagining a story for them outside of the original work. That may be as simple as what the characters do after the end of the original story (what the Harry Potter characters do after they leave Hogwarts), as elaborate as imagining those same characters in a whole other world (what Harry Potter and his friends get up to as members of the hit rock band The Gryffindors) or as involved as imagining the characters crossing paths with characters from another story (what Harry does when he travels to New York and meets The Avengers). 

One of the most intriguing things about fanfiction is that there are as many reasons to write it as there are fanfic writers. Some love the community fanfiction provides, some love the opportunity to fix the things they disliked about the original stories, some love the opportunity to explore character pairings that would never appear in the original, some just love the chance to read and write more stories about their favourite characters. And there are no shortage of stories to read. Popular site Archive of Our Own hosts just over 2.5 million stories from thousands of fandoms. 

Director Alice Huzar first discovered fanfic over three years ago and rapidly became obsessed. At first not understanding the fascination (why couldn't fans just love something and then move on?), she quickly began to understand the unique and unusual appeal of fanfiction and the variety of outlets it offers fans, writers and readers. 

This led to the development of a documentary film, and after almost two years of research, we're ready to move into production and bring the story of fanfiction to screens everywhere. Fanfic: The Documentary will be featuring eleven great writers, who write in a variety of fandoms and a on a variety of different platforms, and who all love fanfic and write for different reasons. 

We've also got an amazing group of academics, journalists and experts who will help us figure out fanfic's appeal. The film will bring them together to give viewers an unprecedented insiders look into the world of fanfiction.

How are we going to spend all this money?  Filmmaking is expensive! This campaign is aimed at raising the funds for our first wave of filming, with our group of fanfiction writers. Any additional funds raised will be devoted to the second wave of filming, with our experts, and then to post-production.

Our first priority is making sure all the talented people who are coming together to make the film get paid. We believe in paying professionals for their work, and our budget reflects that. The other key areas are the fees associated with the Kickstarter campaign, filming equipment, travel and insurance. We hope to raise as much as possible via Kickstarter, and we also have additional funding streams lined up to help us achieve our total budget.

Our goal only gets us part of the way, and so our stretch goals are aimed at helping us get the rest of the way! 

Our second wave of filming is with our team of experts, and hitting this goal will help us start filming this segment of the film.

Hitting this goal is a big deal! It means post production can start, and that means the film can be on its way to completion!

If we hit this goal, we'll be able to turn our awesome graphics into even more awesome animations.

Alice Huzar - Director & Producer  

Alice is a director and producer and with over fifteen years’ experience in the film and television industry. A Canadian with dual British citizenship, she has produced and directed dozens of productions as varied as behind the scenes specials, mixed martial arts events, red carpet specials, reality series, short documentaries and more in the UK, the US and Canada. In 2011, Alice formed British production company, Caterpillar Television, which has produced shows for Channel 4, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox. In 2016, Alice started Caterpillar Documentary Films, the sister company to Caterpillar Television, with a focus on documentary production. Alice is currently completing a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking with Raindance and Staffordshire University and will be writing about her experience making this documentary for her final masters project. Fanfic: The Documentary is Alice’s first feature documentary. 

Grace Stevens - Producer 

With a production career spanning over a decade, Grace has been involved in the global production of television and live music entertainment programming for a wide spectrum of clients. A British native able to also call New York, Nashville and Los Angeles home, Grace's strong portfolio of original entertainment and music programming has built her a reputation for her solid relationships with networks, bands, artists, festivals & on screen talent both in the UK and USA. From multi state car rallies, to Academy Award red carpets and intimate behind the scenes interviews her passion for the creative continues to attract new projects to her realm. 

Sarah Taylor - Editor 

Sarah is an award-winning editor with over fourteen years of experience, she has a passion for storytelling and has cut a wide range of documentaries, corporate videos, television programs, and full length feature films. She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and an associate member of the Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE). 

James Riehl - Graphics 

James is a senior artist with 6 years’ experience working for Big Blue Bubble, Canada’s largest independent mobile gaming company. Big Blue Bubble has fostered relationships with such powerhouse clients as Atari, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Muppets, and Disney and James has benefited greatly from the exposure. Based in London, Ontario, James is also a published cartoonist who includes children’s books, comics, tattoos, movie posters and album covers as some of his many independent commissions and passions.

 

 Your name will be featured in the end credits of the film as one of our amazing Kickstarter contributors.

 

 

 Get a digital download of the film before its official release date, in Autumn 2017, with exclusive Backer Content!

 

 

Be the first to see the film and give us your feedback before we finish the final edit!

Contribute your thoughts about fanfiction to the DVD extras! Share what you love, hate and are obsessed with other fanfic fans.

Filming will begin in December 2016 and run through to February 2017. Post production will begin in January 2017, and we plan to have the film completed and ready for festival distribution in Spring 2017. The wide release of the film will be in Autumn 2017 - but you'll get to see it first if you choose one of the rewards on the right!

Risks and challenges

There are risks involved in making any film project, including running over budget, losing contributors or running over schedule. But we have a talented team of professional filmmakers on board and are confident we can deal with any challenges that arise.

If we do run into difficulties, rest assured that we will keep our backers updated and be as transparent as we possibly can.

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    An interview with YOU on the DVD extras with all your thoughts about fanfiction!

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