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"She's a super hero and... She just got fired." We've already made the movie. We need your help to get it out to the world!
"She's a super hero and... She just got fired." We've already made the movie. We need your help to get it out to the world!
40 backers pledged $2,682 to help bring this project to life.

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We need your help to get our short film seen by the world! "Volcano Girl" is a 13 minute USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA thesis film. We are here to raise funds so that we can create DVDs to send to film festivals around the world. Your support will fund the DVD production, festival submission costs and festival admission fees.

We created "Volcano Girl," a highly ambitious student film with visual effects (VFX) and live action stunts - as well as adhering to USC's strict budget limitations. We finished the film without a penny left from our budget!

Thank you for helping us share this amazing film with the world, and in turn -- helping to kick-start our film careers!

Click here to see the full "Volcano Girl" trailer: http://bit.ly/pGzSFH

You can learn more about the movie "Volcano Girl" by visiting: www.volcanogirlthemovie.com. There you can find fun "Making of the Movie" videos and information about our cast and crew.

Throughout this Kickstarter campaign you will have reasons to return again and again! Check back to see the WHAT'S NEW area to read about and view fun videos/photos from the production of the movie. If you're interested in how movies are made, or just want to see what great things a group of student filmmakers can accomplish...then check back often!

Follow the cast & crew on Twitter!

  • @TheVolcanoGirl; the lead character (Volcano Girl) will provide her point of view on life as she sees it...and movie updates
  • @AshleyMaria; Ashley Maria, director
  • @StephenJGibler; Stephen Gibler, producer
  • @bonniekathleen; Bonnie Kathleen Ryan, actor (Volcano Girl)!

What's New -- fun tidbits for you!

2-9-2012: Visit the director's blog to learn about her experience using Kickstarter and what she has learned over the past month.

2-8-2012: Click here to learn more about the creator of the "Volcano Girl" mask! Lisa Stewart handcrafted the mask over a weekend for the production. For a $500 donation, she can make one for you as well!

1-23-2012: Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions about running a campaign on Kickstarter.

1-22-2012: "Volcano Girl" Trailer

1-4-2012: Click here to see why a director should never spend too much time in the sound mix session...they could go mildly insane... "I just want my old job back"

1-3-2012: Click here to see an epic Foley session for Volcano Girl. We used lettuce for the sound of the big hit that Virginia gives Radian at the end of the film.

1-2-2012: Volcano Girl screened on IMAX in July 2011 to a full house of movie lovers. Read about the event here!

1-1-2012: Check out the Volcano Girl movie poster that is used during screenings. The QR code links to the home page of our website. Sponsors like this feature because people will see their clickable logo when they get to our site.

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    The "Ugh, you want me to pull out my credit card?" Acknowledgement - We've been there...having to find the wallet; squint at the card numbers and then carefully type them on the screen. Did you miss the "4" the first time around? Ugh, we hear ya! We appreciate and acknowledge your effort, and thank you for taking the time to help film students with their careers!

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    "You're A Fire Starter" - You will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website.

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    "Online Private Viewing" - You will receive a super secret password to view "Volcano Girl" online here: http://bit.ly/WatchVG. (Who knows, you might just love this movie so much that you'll come back to take advantage of our other rewards! Speak with the villain? The director? The writer? !!) With this reward option you will also be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website.

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    You will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created.

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    Sponsorship Reward - Did you see the QR Code on our poster? This links to our Volcano Girl website where YOUR logo will appear! So when we screen at festivals, audience members will scan the QR code and see your logo (with link to your website)! PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created.

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    Great for Film Buffs!! -- Phone call with the director, Ashley Maria, to ask any questions about the making of the film; PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created.

    (More about Ashley here: http://imdb.to/jnki8d)

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    Great for Movie Fans!! -- Phone call from Radian (the villain) - We will work with your schedule so everyone in your family can talk to that scary man who throws knives...played by actor Burl Moseley; PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created. (More about Burl here: http://imdb.to/vpPH37)

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    Family Member Deal!! -- Are you related (or friends) with someone on the crew? This reward will get you a DVD and a theater-grade 11" x 17" poster signed by your favorite crew member; PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website. (Poster designed by Cynergie Studio www.cynergiestudio.com)

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    The Artist - You will receive a contributor credit on IMDb (www.imdb.com); PLUS an original drawing of Volcano Girl by the film's artist and writer, Josh Eiserike; PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created. (More about Josh here: www.josheiserike.com)

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    The Disguise - You will receive a contributor credit on IMDb (www.imdb.com); PLUS your very own Volcano Girl red leather mask made by Lisa Stewart Designs; PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created. (More about Lisa here: www.lisa-stewart.com)

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    The "You are Awesome!!" Reward -- Dinner with the director, Ashley Maria, & the real Volcano Girl played by actress Bonnie Kathleen Ryan (http://imdb.to/zAqO8s ) in Los Angeles, CA or Raleigh, NC - your choice of (affordable) restaurant! (travel & lodging not included). A photographer will tag along to document the experience for you. PLUS you will receive a contributor credit on IMDb (www.imdb.com); PLUS you will be listed as a "Fire Starter" on the www.volcanogirlthemovie.com website; PLUS you will receive a DVD copy of the film once they are created. (PLUS did we mention... you are awesome!!)

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