Special Features 2.0
During my short, happy stint working in DVD productions, I learned that one of the things DVD buyers value most is special features, or VAMs, as they're called in the business (Value-Added Materials). I know I do. You can learn as much from watching a good director's commentary or behind the scenes film as you can from a month in film school!
Bluray's brought VAMs to the next level, allowing filmmakers to engage in live screenings with their audiences. But the technology was tricky and not always easy to use.
With False Profit, we wanted to take these special features into the internet age...and we're using open source software to do it!
Each of you, backers, is eligible for a login to The Clubhouse, a website we've setup with all sorts of goodies: Behind-the-scenes video, footage of takes, interviews, workshops in various parts of filmmaking, artwork, documents, scripts, and so on. Not only that, but there's a forum, a two-way communication point so you can communicate to us what you'd like to see in the movie.
We're using an open-source piece of software called Drupal to make this happen. I built the site myself and I have to tell you, it couldn't have been easier.
We originally planned to just have a web forum, but when I discovered Drupal, it enabled us to do things we never though possible. For instance, we're giving away a lot of proprietary data and potential movie spoilers, but Drupal has a built in permissions system, so I can enable our backers to see certain content and keep people who haven't paid for our content from seeing it.
Drupal has opened our imaginations to what this can be. It's free, it's flexible, and it's easy. We're hoping to bring movie special features into the internet age and open source software is allowing us to do that.
PS It's still a work in progress, but the forum's open and we'll start generation lots of documents for you to look at real soon. If you're a backer, just send us a message and we'll setup a login for you. And if you're not a backer, why not come see our experiment take shape?
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DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: A Special Edition Digital Download before the official DVD release (coinciding with the theatrical release date)Estimated delivery:
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SPECIAL EDITION DVD/BLURAY: A Special Edition DVD or Bluray before the official DVD release (coinciding with the theatrical release) with limited edition cover art. Plus the digital download! This special limited edition DVD/bluray will come delivered in a dollar sign coin sack. It will be signed by our principal cast and crew and include a special limited edition certificate of authenticity.Estimated delivery:
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PREMIERE EDITION: Everything above PLUS an invitation to attend a special online movie premiere, streamed over the internet, with a live Q&A with our virtual audience afterwards AND access to several live streaming workshops on comedy and improvisation with Second City guru, Jeff Michalski. You'll even be able to participate via your webcam or Twitter.Estimated delivery:
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VIP EDITION: Everything provided in our premiere edition version above PLUS: Two tickets to one of our live screenings (transportation not included; events currently planned for NYC and LA, but more cities to come); Invitation to our exclusive after-party; invitation to our live, online director's commentary recording;Estimated delivery:
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ULTIMATE EDITION: Everything included in our VIP edition plus four tickets to our premiere and after-party; a cast and crew T-shirt or hat and a poster for you to hang in your office, signed by the cast and crew. And your name in the special thanks section of our credits.Estimated delivery:
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ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Everything included in our Ultimate Edition plus an Associate Producer credit in our end credits.Estimated delivery:
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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Everything included in our Utimate Edition plus: An EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the opening credits; A Private Screening for you and your friends with a live Q&A afterwards via skype with the stars and director.Estimated delivery:
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THE "GOLD STANDARD” PACKAGE: You get a private screening for you and your friends with a live Q&A afterwards with the stars, producers and director. You also get a credit at the beginning of the movie that says: "This film made possible with the generous support of _________" Plus, a custom-made set of 20 DVDs or BluRays, with custom box art designed just for you. The disc's Special Features will include a custom video written specifically for you, starring the stars of the movie, directed and shot in your honor. The collection of discs will be delivered in a real US Mint Coin Sack, that money was once circulated in. PLUS you'll receive a one of a kind, beautifully engraved plaque, stating that your generous donation helped rescue the global economy from total financial collapse.Estimated delivery:
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THE “WALL ST GOLDEN PARACHUTE”: Our most exclusive package. It comes with everything in the GOLD STANDARD PACKAGE… PLUS a comedy video honoring you and your fellow Golden Parachutists that will be included as a Special Feature in EVERY DVD distributed through this Kickstarter. Everyone who sees the film will know that you made it possible. You can have fun in this video, you can discuss something important, or you can just say hi to your mom (or you can decline if you wish.) As a bonus, our 5 Golden Parachutists will also have unmediated access to the writers & producers throughout the production process, including our private email addresses. We will seriously consider your creative suggestions, and respond promptly to all inquiries. PLUS you’ll receive a display-worthy engraved award statuette thanking you for your support and stating unequivocally that you DID NOT CAUSE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS.Estimated delivery:
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