Pre-production fundraiser to get a few of the little things like make-up, FX tests, production art, storyboard, and film a teaser. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 12, 2012.
About this project
For pledges $60 and up you get everything below it EXCEPT the $30 pledge. Once we set the rewards we couldn't edit them once the error was seen.
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We reached our goal in 24 days...so what now?
We have some amazing stretch goals that are lined up and are broken down into small increments of $5,000 each. These will help add more to the overall production...as well as get you more goodies!
Stretch Goal #1 - $30,000
Convention Stuff! Each backer of $15 or more will receive not only the new Z*Con poster and the convention t-shirt that will appear in the film designed by Adam Levermore!
Stretch Goal #2 - $35,000
The Score! This stretch goal will help us record the score for the teaser and set the tone for the film. Each backer of $15 or more will receive a digital download of the score from the teaser.
Stretch Goal #3 - $40,000 Unlocked when Stretch Goal #1 is achieved!
Stretch Goal #4 - $45,000
Unlocked when Stretch Goal #2 is achieved!
Stretch Goal #5 - $50,000
Unlocked when Stretch Goal #3 is achieved!
Stretch Goal #6 & Beyond...
We need to give you something to look forward to. We'll be releasing more stretch goals as you unlock them!
What is Z*Con?
Z*Con is feature length film about four teen podcasters who are trapped at a comic convention when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. They use social media to share what’s going on inside with the outside world. It’s kind of like “Goonies” meets “Shaun of the Dead” set in…well….a comic convention.
Where's the money going?
While our crew has full time jobs, they will be donating their time to make this project happen up until filming begins. Excellent news is that we're off to a great start. St. Johns Properties is donating a warehouse space big enough for our sets, but we're going to run into costs we can't take on by ourselves. That's where you come in. We'll need to do auditions, FX tests, production art, storyboard, film a teaser trailer, and... the costs will add up.
We've set this Kickstarter campaign at $25,000 to get pre-production rolling. This will be everything we have to take care of to get us started. With the funds raised through Kickstarter, we'll be able to move forward with making this film with less of a funding hurdle and we want you to be a part of that process.
What do I get for backing this project?
As Neil Gaiman tweeted about us, we don’t believe you should have to pay for the movie twice…unless you want to. So every single backer of this project will receive, at the minimum, a digital copy of the film and their name in the film’s credits. Yep, you read that right. For $15, you will receive a digital copy of the film, your name in the credits, access to content on our website (where you’ll receive news a week earlier than anyone else), and an invitation to be an extra in our film when we begin production. The rewards are only going up from there.
Our first attempt at a kickstarter campaign taught us a valuable lesson. Because of the lessons learned from that, this will be the first of three fundraising campaigns for us. The pre-production campaign will provide us with seed money to get started prepping, casting, scouting, and film an amazing teaser trailer. Then there will be a production campaign to get us through the shoot and finally a post-production campaign to get us through editing/sound design and finishing costs. And by backing this project you'll be with us every step of the way.
What happens if we help you exceed your goal?
That would make you totally awesome and worth our praise and thanks. The pledges that come in, after we exceed our goal, will go towards expanding the pre-production and making the film. We'll also include some awesome stretch goal rewards that we'll announce when we reach that point.
Keep Up With The Film:
Yes! You will get all the incentives from the lower donation levels EXCEPT those that specify limited quantities. We want to make sure that your experience in Kickstarter, as it will with the film, grows. BTW hugs are totally free.
Just login to Kickstarter and click the “Action Needed” system message on the top of your screen. It will redirect you to Amazon, where you can change your payment method. Alternately, Kickstarter will send you an email every 48 hours with a direct link to correct the issue. Don't delay, however: backers have seven days to correct payment issues before they are dropped from the project (and therefore no longer eligible to receive rewards).
We are an honest to goodness (who talks like that?!) real 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our EIN number is 26-4157747. As you should with any donation to a non-profit, we encourage you to do any, and all, research on us you like. You can learn more about us at our company website http://bigdamnfilms.org
That's the easiest way to do it. Just pick a new level and it will change your reward instead of adding the new level on top of it!
We were aiming to finish the film and have a supporter only release in September 2013 with a full global launch in 2014. Backers get the first chance to see it before anyone else.
What if I live in another country, what about region codes for the digital download and physical copies?
As we did on our last film, this entire project will be DRM free and have no regional restrictions. You can download this file, burn it to a DVD, and play it as much as you like. Or pledge for the DVD or Bluray and enjoy it when it arrives.
Some of these items (like the physical copies of the DVD/Blu-ray and bonus disc content) will not be ready until a few months after the digital version of the film is released around September 2013. We'll work to keep everyone looped into development of these items, so watch the forums and for Kickstarter Updates!
Yes! If you're out of the US and would like to receive a poster, please include an extra $10 in your pledge. This will be basic shipping with limited tracking. If you would like to have your items sent priority, please pledge a minimum of an extra $20. We will send an email out to backers after the end of the project to gather names for the credits and addresses for shipping.
Once the digital version of the film is available, backers who pledge at least $15 will be emailed with a unique login and password to access their downloadable content. This content will only be available for 2 downloads and after that it won’t be available. The reason for that is that the donations from the films release will go to charity. As a small company whose primarily made up of volunteers and sponsors who are working on this project for free or for far less than they would in their regular industry. We would like to be able to continue to offer this delivery method in our future films, which makes it cheaper for the up and us, but can only do that if this film is profitable.
The community section has been established over at our website zconmovie.com, but the Kickstarter Community sections will be available shortly after the project is successfully funded. Everyone will be informed via the Kickstarter project page and email when access to that community section is ready.
Can I put someone else's name in the credits that isn't my own? Can I ship posters to a different address?
You can! We will send an email out to backers after the end of the project to gather names for the credits and addresses for shipping. Just let us know then what name you would like, but know there is a limit to one name per pledge.
Unfortunately, kickstarter can not accept PayPal. More information about this specific issue can be found at: http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/amazon-payments-and-us-only
HOWEVER, Amazon has suggested that using prepaid credit cards will work, as long as you pledge $1 extra on top of the rewards tier you desire.
Also, if you really want to use Pay Pal, we offer that ability to donate via our website zconmovie.com under the “Support the Film” section, but please know that the Kickstarter Pledge Rewards do not apply to those donations.
Did someone tell you we were already planning to write you a special note?!? Bad Zombie!! Yes, we’ll be emailing you for shipping information and we’ll double check with you then about any personalization requests.
Absolutely! An email with a survey asking for your size will go out to all backers that pledged over $100 to gather shirt sizes once the campaign is successful.
Your Q has officially been FA'd.
Pledge $5 or more
Your name appears in the closing credits and exclusive access to Backers only profile, you'll get a personalized copy of the first five pages of the script (that's $1 a page), and access to the backer only community on our website where you will receive info one week earlier than the general public. (Website access is delivered the day after the campaign is successful.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
An HD download of the finished film (extra features not included) including downloadable DVD box cover and disc artwork, exclusive access to Backers only profile and community on our website where you will receive info one week earlier than the general public, and your name appears in the closing credits. (Website access is delivered the day after the campaign is successful.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
41 backers Limited (259 left of 300)
HD download of the DVD extras, Digital download of the soundtrack, and all previous reward tiers.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $60 or more
Special edition DVD or Blu-Ray of the completed film, PDF version of the Z*Con "Making of" Book (filled with 100+ full color pages of concept art, candid and professional photos, the complete shooting script, and more), and all previous reward tiers from $15 and below!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or more
Special Thanks to Kickstarter Backers *IMDb credit listing*, "I Survived Z*Con" Exclusive Backer T-shirt, original Z*Con poster, and all previous reward tiers from $15 and below! (T-Shirt will ship three weeks after the campaign is successful. These items are exclusive to the campaign and will be shipped for free in the US. Please add an additional $10 to your pledge for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
9 backers Limited (191 left of 200)
Z*Con film Poster autographed by Michael C. Dougherty, the cast, and the production team, two (2) free tickets to one (1) of the four (4) US Z*Con film premieres (travel and lodging not included), and all previous reward tiers! (These items are exclusive to the campaign and will be shipped for free in the US. Please add an additional $10 to your pledge for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)
Hardcover Z*Con "Making of" Book (filled with 100+ full color pages of concept art, candid and professional photos, the complete shooting script, and more) signed by Michael C. Dougherty, some of the cast, and the production team, and all previous reward tiers! (These items are exclusive to the campaign and will be shipped for free in the US. Please add an additional $10 to your pledge for international shipping)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
4 backers Limited (21 left of 25)
You will be listed as an Associate Producer in the film's closing credits and receive an *IMDb credit listing* (This is an In Name Only title. No profit will be shared.), a visit to one of the Z*Con sets (availability pending and travel/hotel not compensated), and all previous reward tiers.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
Ever wanted to be in a movie? Want to have a booth in the films convention? Now you can do both. Have your booth in the convention of our film as well as be listed as a sponsor on our website throughout the life of the project. Guaranteed screen time, but you must have own supplies. You'll receive all rewards from the $500 and below pledge reward when the film releases!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)
You will be listed as a Producer in the film's closing credits and receive an *IMDb credit listing* (This is an In Name Only title. No profit will be shared.), Large canvas print of art used in the film, and all previous reward tiers.You'll receive all rewards from the $500 and below pledge reward when the film releases!Estimated delivery:
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
You will be listed as an Executive Producer in the film's closing credits and receive an *IMDb credit listing* (This is an In Name Only title. No profit will be shared.), lunch with Michael C. Dougherty (he will come to you...you lucky person, you), a tour of the Z*Con offices (travel/hotel not compensated), and you'll receive all rewards from the $500 and below pledge reward when the film releases!THERE ARE MORE REWARDS but we can't post them here because they're too big! For premium rewards past a $10,000 pledge, email email@example.comEstimated delivery:
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