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A romantic feature comedy covertly shot on a cruise boat. ➡➡➡ Love Boat meets The Parent Trap, blending families & piña coladas!
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In the summer of 2018, we boarded a cruise boat with two professional actors, two paid crew members, eleven volunteers, a script, and a cover story. We have the footage, though we need your assistance to finish our film.

the ask...  We calculated that we'll need $16,000 to turn this dream into a reality. All $16,000 raised will go towards paying our post production team (minus the Kickstarter fees). We got Jerry slicing & dicing as our Editor, Earl mixing our sound & soundtrack, and Daria & the Hip Drops creating our score. This is all we need to complete our feature film. 

The breakdown:

 $10,000 goes to Jerry, our editor and spiritual guide. We estimate it will take about 7 months for Jerry to slice and dice our film to completion.  

$3,500 goes to Earl, our sound wizard and hair extraordinaire.  Once Jerry locks the timeline, Earl will orchestrate the Sound Design,  the soundtrack, and assist with the score. This will take about 5 weeks. 

$1,500 goes to Daria & Graham of Daria & The Hip Drops. They'll create our film’s score with assistance from Earl.  

Jen & Sean's guide to making a micro-budget feature film

  • brainstorm ideas and logistics 
  • logistics = where can we film cheaply, where it's easy to feed everybody? 
  • film at Golden Corral, Luby's, Chinese Buffet...  What about a cruise boat? 
  • debate whether we need permission or not to film on a cruise ship
  • can't afford legal counsel, so decide it's ok as long as we pay for our rooms and order lots of drinks.
  • write a script about a modern day Brady Bunch, where two of our characters are getting married and starting a blended family... though with only one kid each
  • 6 months later, gather a cast & crew that love the art of filmmaking 
  • create a cover story that matches our real story to explain our intense need to capture every exciting cruise ship moment 
  • put our plan into action on a six day cruise adventure
  • we did it, and no one got arrested or seasick!
  • ok, now that we have everything, how do we pay for our post-prodcution?
  •  KICKSTARTER!  

So here we are, at the next step of Jen & Sean's guide to making a micro-budget feature film, 

the ask...  We caculated that we'll need $16,000 to turn this dream into a reality. All $16,000 raised will go towards paying our post production team (minus the Kickstarter fees). We got Jerry slicing & dicing as our Editor, Earl mixing our sound & soundtrack, and Daria & the Hip Drops creating our score. This is all we need to complete our feature film. 

This isn't our first time going the micro-low budget route to create a feature film. It takes time and many zany moments, though we've never failed to complete a feature film... we've even won a few awards along the way. Here, peruse this link to view our three feature films we've completed since 2010: click here to be transported to our three feature films completed as Backyard Shed Films! 

Extended Goals: 

$18,000 - if we hit this mark, you'll enable us to submit our film to at least 30 film festivals. The competition is fierce; yet, the more festivals we enter, the greater the chance of acceptance. 

$27,000 - if we hit this mark, you'll enable us to hire an attorney to assist with any legal situations which may develop.

Please let us know you read this far by clicking on one of our fantastic reward levels, Thank you!

Risks and challenges

We've got the footage, so now it's all about post-production. Some might say that we're a creative, tenacious and somewhat talented team, as we've successfully completed three micro-low budget feature films. As long as everyone stays healthy, we're well equipped to push through any challenges that arise.

Please check out this link to see the three feature films our team members have completed as Backyard Shed Films (there's also several short films we completed in the 48 Hour Film Project competition): http://www.backyardshedfilms.com/

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    Your $1 or more contribution makes you a BACKER, and it will float our boat! You'll receive our private backer updates consisting of photos, witty musings, and videos.

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    Film Festival Screener ~ Secret Access

    Receive secret access to our FESTIVAL SCREENER. This will be the full feature film we submit to film festivals as we compete for acceptance into their hearts and their film festivals. You'll receive this secret link the day after we screen our film at our first film festival.

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    Rough Cut #3 at Gasa Gasa

    View Rough Cut #3 at Gasa Gasa (a cool music club in New Orleans), as you enjoy popcorn and a couple domestic beers. When the film concludes, there will be a Q & A with the Director, Editor, & Producer. Your feedback will influence the direction of our film as we advance towards Rough Cut#4.

    *Please note, while we're estimating Rough Cut#2 will be ready in April, this is an educated guess. We'll do our best to accommodate everyone's schedules. This reward takes place in New Orleans, and does not include transportation, so if you're out of town you've got to find your way here for the event and a place to spend the night. (This reward includes two domestic beer drink tickets at this event).

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    View Rough Cut #2 at Gasa Gasa (a cool music club in New Orleans), as you enjoy popcorn and a couple drinks. When the film concludes, there will be a Q & A with the Director, Editor, & Producer. Also, your feedback will influence the direction of our film as we move towards Rough Cut #3.

    *Please note, while we're estimating Rough Cut#2 will be ready in April, this is an educated guess. We'll do our best to accommodate everyone's schedules. This reward takes place in New Orleans, and does not include transportation, so if you're out of town you've got to find your way here for the event and a place to spend the night. (This reward includes two mixed drinks, or any two beers, served at Gasa Gasa during this event).

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    Director's Jambalaya & Rough Cut #1

    Be the first to view Rough CUT #1 while you savor Jambalaya at our Director's home. When our film concludes, there will be a Q & A with the Director, Editor, & Producer. Not only will your feedback influence the direction of our film, as we move towards Rough Cut #2, you'll also receive all the lower level awards!

    *Please note, while we're estimating Rough Cut#1 will be ready in March, this is an educated guess. We'll do our best to accommodate everyone's schedules. This reward takes place in New Orleans, and does not include transportation, so if you're out of town you've got to find your way here for the event and a place to spend the night.

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    Sunset Dinner with Director & Producer

    Wouldn't it be fun to watch the sun set over the Mississippi River, while enjoying dinner with our Director & Producer?

    Well, make it a reality on Saturday, January 26th. Plus, receive all the lower level awards!

    Jennifer & Sean shall regale you with stories of their filming adventures, while you enjoy a dinner created by chef to the celebrities, Anne Churchill, at the Black Pearl home of our Producer. Watch the sunset from the third floor balcony, as you sip cocktails and watch the Mighty Mississippi churn towards the Gulf. Anne will be cooking a special Szechuan menu, served family style in the traditional communal style. Items include Kong Bao Chicken, Szechuan Beef & Peppers, Shiitake Mushroom & Cabbage, Szechuan Shrimp, Shredded Pork, and more yummy dishes!

    *Majestic sunset subject to weather. This reward takes place in New Orleans, and does not include transportation, so if you're out of town you've got to find your way here for the event and a place to spend the night.

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    Sunset Dinner for 2

    Wouldn't it be fun to watch the sun set over the Mississippi River, while enjoying dinner with our Director & Producer?

    Well, make it a reality on Saturday, January 26th. Plus, receive all the lower level awards!

    Jennifer & Sean shall regale you with stories of their filming adventures, while you enjoy a dinner created by chef to the celebrities, Anne Churchill, at the Black Pearl home of our Producer. Watch the sunset from the third floor balcony, as you sip cocktails and watch the Mighty Mississippi churn towards the Gulf. Anne will be cooking a special Szechuan menu, served family style in the traditional communal style. Items include Kong Bao Chicken, Szechuan Beef & Peppers, Shiitake Mushroom & Cabbage, Szechuan Shrimp, Shredded Pork, and more yummy dishes!

    *Majestic sunset subject to weather. This reward takes place in New Orleans, and does not include transportation, so if you're out of town you've got to find your way here for the event and a place to spend the night.

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    Music Video ~ Live Performance

    Our team will film a live performance of your band, and create a music video of one song. Filmed for a day/night at a location of your choosing for up to 8 hours (from the setup, filming & breakdown), where we will capture your band performing multiple takes your selected song to gather various angles & positions. The music will be provided by you as a studio or live recording, and our editor shall weave the captured footage into a tight music video, which will be delivered as digital file for you to upload and share with the world.

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    Create Music Video ~ Narrative

    Our team will help you write a narrative music video for your band's original song (up to 4 minutes in length). We'll film for a day/night at locations of your choosing for up to 12 hours (from the setup, filming & breakdown). We can capture live shots of your band performing, shots of your guitarist walking through a field of flowers, a scene of lovers quarreling, a scene of lovers reconciling, while listening to your music, or perhaps some abstract scenes of your band running around New Orleans dressed as donuts. The music will be provided by you as a MP3, and our editor shall weave the footage into an uplifting music video, which will be delivered as digital file for you to upload and share with the world.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Receive all the lower level awards, plus an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit. Besides the joy of being a major contributor towards making our film a reality, you'll also have a cool title on IMDb the next time people google your name. That's better than a private hour on the ship's pool slide!

    *Please be mindful, YOU WILL NOT receive an ownership interest in BACKYARD TRAILER FILMS or our feature films.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Receive all the lower level awards, plus an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit. Besides the joy of being a major contributor towards making our film a reality, you'll also have a cool title on IMDb the next time people google your name. That's better than the ship's grand buffet!

    *Please be mindful, YOU WILL NOT receive an ownership interest in BACKYARD TRAILER FILMS or our feature films.

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Funding period

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