Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 6, 2011.

Update #5

6 Days To Go + JANE PART 2: THE MCGONIGALING + Stuff We Love

6 Days Left To Make This Movie Happen! Help Out Here!

After acquiring Yahtzee Croshaw of Zero Punctuation and Lisa Foiles of Save Point and Top 5, we've got a new cast member to add to the list: Jane McGonigal of ... pure liquid awesome.

Now that we're backed by some of the smartest people I know, what's holding you back? (You'll look smart just by sharing our link on your social networking feeds... or emailing everyone you know. Or calling your grandma... There's only six days left. C'monnnnnn.)

As we've already done a post about Jane as a backer and major influence upon the film (which you can check out here), today we'll just express our excitement for her agreeing to flex some thespian muscles in our film. The excitement looks like this: !!!!!!!!!!!!! But with my face.

Speaking of the smartest people we know, friend close Robby Karol (who has no involvement whatsoever with the film, but loved our first draft) is running a special site promotion today... and didn't even tell us. I had to find out on Twitter. Visit Mr. K's Geek Cornucopia, where he's promised that any donation of $30 or more will be treated by him writing an entire blog post on any subject you'd like. Put his giant brain to work for you!

(College Kids: This is an excellent excuse to get a paper for class, at only $30 a pop. What? It's not Plagiarism! We live in the information age. That word no longer has meaning...) This is, by the way, just the coolest, and we owe Mr. Karol a great debt of gratitude. Especially considering he's doing this after only having read the first draft. Robby, we're on draft five now! You should see it now that it's good!

We've also had an incredible reaction to my story on Junior Varsity about how my brother (uncle?) and I bonded over games: from football to GI Joe to Sega Game Gear. And today, as part of our 90's Nostalgia series, Mike Placito takes on Dark Adaptations, I've got a new piece which just started running about my lifetime adventure through music, and by this afternoon you should be able to find an even newer one on the main page about my favorite movie growing up and its modern context: Hackers. Glad you're all enjoying.

And here's some photos of our cast read-through on Monday night:
  • We're borderline concerned that inviting Yahtzee to be part of our cast has made him... happy? Today's Zero Punctuation for Infamous 2 shows a side of the man that we rarely see. He... seemed to enjoy this game. We aren't taking responsibility... WHAT HATH SCIENCE WROUGHT? 
  • A very astute analysis of WHY the music in Portal 2 is so incredible, courtesy of Cruise Elroy. I legitimately had no idea how they made those arpeggios and effects work, and now I'm even more impressed. Includes this: “The puzzles are thanking you for playing with them. They love you.”
  • It's been a fascinating week for a terrible release decision. Nintendo 3DS' entry into the Resident Evil Universe (Mercenaries) is getting "Amazon-Bombed" (Destructoid) for the DRM decision to not allow more than one save file per game. Meanwhile, retailers are refusing to stock the game (Joystiq), making us wonder if 3DS games are patchable, since fixing this truly awful feature might be the only hope of breaking even for Capcom. Just... ouch.
  • An excellent Transformers 3 review by Dustin Rowles on how Michael Bay's film doesn't reveal him to have tiny man-parts (as his Transformers 2 review suggested), but that T3 proves Bay has textbook childhood behavioral disorder. Find the review, in all its glory, here
  • Speaking of people who can't afford to make their art a reality, Swery65 is trying to make a new game (Joystiq) and is hoping to find funding. Welcome to the Kickstarter Future, Swery! His last game was Deadly Premonition, an homage to Silent Hill that borrows even more heavily from Twin Peaks, and is (depending on who you are) one of the worst games of all time, one of the best games of all time, or a game that's so amazingly flawed but genius that assigning any sort of numerical judgement would be impossible. That's kind what we're hoping reviews of Your Friends Close will look like...

  • Amy Pierpoint has an art series called "Keep Your Friend Close" which perfectly represents the themes of our film. I really want to make these into our film posters... or just mail them to critics with our screeners.
pledged of $7,500 goal
seconds to go
  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    24 backers

    THE NOOB PACKAGE: Every little bit helps, and we appreciate you chipping in just as much as every other contributor. Except for those giving to the God Package. They really bested you. PERKS: A personal thank you on the film's website. And our love! But not the same kind of love we're giving to the God Package people. You really gotta pay extra for that...

  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    31 backers

    THE SUPPORT PACKAGE: You've really supported the troops on this one. This'll go to feeding one of our actors in the trenches for a whole week! (Note to Cast: That depends on the cost of lighting...). PERKS: A downloadable copy of the film for your enjoyment.

  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    11 backers

    THE WARRIOR PACKAGE: Leading us into battle, against the financial forces of production... and.. these metaphors are already losing steam. On to the awesome prizes! PERKS: All previous perks, plus you'll receive a downloadable copy of the film's complete soundtrack upon release, featuring many of our friends and some of our enemies. Look out Reznor, "Social Network" has nothing on this.

  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    6 backers

    THE MINI-BOSS PACKAGE: Nice choice, killer. PERKS: Every perk from previous levels, plus be listed under Special Thanks in the film, a downloadable copy of the film's script, and free pre-release copies of forthcoming musical EP's by Plot Moat, Brock Wilbur, and Keith Harrison. Also, unlimited hugs. (Lots of footnotes on that one.)

  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    9 backers

    THE IMPRESSIVE PACKAGE: See what we did there? That's the kind of clever you're enabling. Be proud! PERKS: Every perk from previous levels, plus a physical DVD copy of the film, and personalized video thank yous from on-set. Maybe some Skype/Facetime time. If you want that. If not, we'll leave you alone.

  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    THE HIGH SCORE PACKAGE: You're going above and beyond. Input your initials here. On the high score list (credits). PERKS: Every perk from previous levels, plus, a credit on the film (and on IMDB), a physical copy of the shooting script signed by every member of the cast, a free ticket to the premiere of the film in the city closest to you (LA and NYC now, more to follow), and a name drop in a song that thanks all of our mid-level contributors.

  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    THE 1337 PACKAGE: For the true gamer elite. PERKS: Every perk from previous levels plus an invitation to the cast and crew only wrap party in Los Angeles (must provide your own transportation), a YFC t-shirt, and an online playdate with the movie's leads in the game of your choice on PS3, 360, iPhone, iPad, or PC. (Please don't make us join WoW or Farmville, but it is your right...) More than willing to help you grind out some achievements.

  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    THE PRODUCER PACKAGE: Damn. That's awesome. PERKS: Every perk from previous levels, plus credit on the film as an associate producer, and we will combine the talents of all the musically inclined members of the cast and crew to write a personalized THANK YOU song, all about you and what an awesome human being you are (even if you aren't one!).

  • Pledge $2,500 or more
    You selected

    2 backers

    THE MOLYNEUX PACKAGE: You are an archangel from above, gracing us with your genius. You're also allowed to talk to us in a British accent whenever you want, no questions asked. PERKS: All perks from previous levels, plus a professionally printed full size movie poster, signed by the entire cast, several songs on the soundtrack named after you, a CO-PRODUCER credit, a Your Friends Close t-shirt customized with your name and title on the back, and you'll be referenced by name in the film. That's right. Name drop. Boom.

  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    THE BENEFACTOR PACKAGE: Hey, big spender. You've just made a friend for life. Also, a savvy investment in a VERY sexy film. PERKS: Every perk from previous levels, plus credit as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the film, daily phone call updates from members of the cast throughout production, a physical copy of the third draft of the film signed by every actor in attendance the night of the first read-through, and either a role in the film (if in the LA area) or a character named after you. We'll also send you a copy of the script one week before shooting begins, and if you have notes, ideas, or changes... you get a voice in this movie. That personalized THANK YOU song we mentioned earlier? Yeah. It gets a music video with it. A song and music video just about you. And you can come be on set as much as you'd like. And you never have to pay for a ticket to see this movie in screenings and festivals. Neither do two of your friends. We'll cover all of those costs, including the cost of FLYING YOU TO LA for our premiere (that's just you, no friends, USA only) and make sure to point you out at every opportunity. People will know exactly how vital you were. We'll probably take a lot of pictures together and tag them on Facebook. You know, FAME.

  • Pledge $7,500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    THE CLIFFY B PACKAGE: Yup. You're the coolest person in the room. PERKS: Every perk from previous levels including flying a friend out to the premiere with you (USA only), not only a song written about how great you are, but also a song written about anyone you'd like us to cover. Girlfriend? Husband? Child? Ex-girlfriend? Music video for both? Check. Also a carry over credit to our next film, where you'll be given credit and shown similar treatment, including getting to read scripts or even having a part written just for you. Ya wanna make it in Hollywood, kid? Well, get ready for your close-up!

  • Pledge $8,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    THE BLOOD PACKAGE: I'll give you my blood. PERKS: No other perks. Just my blood. Mailed to you. Perfect for many household/occult uses. Also, the cast of the film will sign a full sized movie poster for you, using my blood as ink. Pretty sure it'll come in a very nice frame. I'm... kinda serious about getting this movie made. Your move.

  • Pledge $10,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers

    THE GOD PACKAGE: You are a God amongst mortals. PERKS: I don't see any way around this. Brock Wilbur and Jocelyn Kelvin are at your disposal for a day. I'm not saying we'll be your "slaves" cause that's not appropriate, but I am saying... this is kind of an anything goes scenario. We will travel to you wherever you live (in the U.S.) and... I mean, your call. Breakfast in bed? Clean your house? Mow your lawn? Film your wedding/family get-together/sports event and edit it into a film? Copy down a Bible by hand? Just take you out and get super hammered? It's your day. Or maybe you'd rather we invested those resources into producing a short film based on a script or idea of yours? Or a clever music video for your band? Make an ad for your company? Or help you finally finish that novel or children's book you always wanted to make? We're here to make dreams come true. Email us a question if you've got an idea and you're wondering if it'll work. Otherwise... Yeah. You're our hero. Name your price.

Funding period

- (22 days)