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A modern, sexy reimagining of Shakespeare's classic tale - Lord, what fools these mortals be!
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved creations. The frolicking tale of lovesick young aristocrats, energetic but inept rustics, and mischievous woodland spirits is a staple of stage and screen. In the past, filmed adaptations have emphasized the play’s traditional, Elizabethan qualities. This project however is a fresh and stylish reinvention that takes an entirely different approach. Our story takes place in present day Hollywood - a place where glamorous stars, commanding moguls, starving artists and vaulting pretenders all vie to get ahead. Hollywood is sometimes called “The Dream Factory,” and like the world of Shakespeare’s Dream, it’s a place where fantasy and reality collide. In the tradition of Baz Luhrmann’s rapturous 1996 reimagining of Romeo + Juliet, this modern vision breathes new life into a classic tale. Combined with a cast of established and emerging stars, and a pulsing contemporary soundtrack, the film will appeal to ardent fans of the Bard as well as audiences discovering Shakespeare for the first time.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM wrapped principal photography in December of 2015. It was a challenging and ambitious shoot, but we ended up with the makings of something special. We have been furiously cutting away since January and expect to have the film ready just in time for the Fall festival season.

This film has been, for everyone involved, a labor of love. Fran, Josh and I were fortunate in bringing together a remarkable group of talented and passionate artists to make this DREAM into a reality.

Movies are shot in production, but they are MADE in post-production. Editing, music, color, sound... these are the things that will make a good picture great. Every member of this cast and crew believes that we have created something truly dazzling, something that deserves extra care and support in this crucial phase of the filmmaking process.

But we need your help to finish strong! We are turning to you, our friends and family, as well as the fantastic community of backers Kickstarter has assembled, to help us give this film the last push it needs.

OUR AMAZING CAST!

Help us make this DREAM come true! Please see below for a presentation of the awesome rewards we have put together for our backers. This has been a D-I-Y effort from the beginning, so if you decide to join us, we want you to feel like part of the production. We've designed our rewards with that in mind. We've also included a simple breakdown of what your contribution will be supporting. It might be easy to think that since we're through production the movie is finished. Not so! Movies live and die in the cutting room. AND, we are very fortunate to have acclaimed LA singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd working with a selection of other accomplished musical artists on a killer original soundtrack.

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Independent film by it's nature is risky. However, because this film is already through production, this is a *relatively* low-risk way to get involved in an excellent project, with a noteworthy cast and prestige source material, that you know will make it to the finish line. We WILL have a completed film by the end of the year, one way or another. But we want to do everything we can to ensure the film is truly dazzling. We are turning to you, our friends and family, and the Kickstarter community, to help us give this film the last push it needs!

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    "Thanks and thanks and ever thanks!"

    - Shout out on social media, and our gratitude!

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    "Such stuff as DREAMS are made on!"

    - An EXCLUSIVE digital copy of the film's visual "bible," including development look book and preproduction journal. An incredible behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaking process!

    + Social media shout out & our gratitude.

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    "See our moonlight revels!"

    - An online screener of the film!

    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "Better three hours too soon than a minute too late!"

    - An EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK at the first 10 minutes of the film, before it's finished!

    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "Sound music! Music ho!"

    - EXCLUSIVE EARLY DOWNLOAD of the film's soundtrack, written by award-winning LA songstress Mia Doi Todd, and featuring appearances by an incredible array of guest artists.

    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "Perchance to DREAM!"

    - Two tickets to an LA or NY RED CARPET PREMIERE of the film!
    (Travel/lodging not included.)

    + Early access to soundtrack.
    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "Some have greatness thrust upon them!"

    - VIP GUEST to LA or NY premiere - same as above, with VIP treatment and an invite to the cast and crew afterparty
    (Travel/lodging not included.)

    + Early access to soundtrack.
    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "Purple grapes, green figs & mulberries..."

    - A GOURMET DINNER prepared by and served in the home of one of the principal cast members or filmmakers. The meal will be inspired by the food of A Midsummer Night's Dream!

    + VIP guest at LA/NY premiere event.
    + Early access to soundtrack.
    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "If music be the food of love, play on!"

    - A PRIVATE CONCERT featuring musical artists from the soundtrack and attended by members of the cast and crew!

    + VIP guest at LA/NY premiere event.
    + Early access to soundtrack.
    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    "All the world's a stage!"

    - A CREDITED ROLE IN THE FILM on IMDb. We're doing pickups and dubbing sessions this summer, so there is still time to be a member of this DREAM CAST!

    + Private concert w/ cast, musicians, filmmakers
    OR gourmet private dinner w/ cast, filmmakers.
    + VIP guest at LA/NY premiere event.
    + Early access to soundtrack.
    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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    • • THE BE ALL AND END ALL • •

    - An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film and IMDb. Boom. Mic drop. Welcome to Hollywood!

    + Private concert w/ cast, musicians, filmmakers
    AND gourmet private dinner w/ cast, filmmakers.
    + VIP guest at LA/NY premiere event.
    + Early access to soundtrack.
    + Sneak peek at first 10 minutes.
    + Online screener of film.
    + Digital book of DREAM visual bible.
    + Social media shout out & our thanks.

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