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A film where Men and Women sword fight in a life-sized chess game that is a metaphor for relationships and equity.
A film where Men and Women sword fight in a life-sized chess game that is a metaphor for relationships and equity.
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Very much like The Hunger Games, Equitism the film offers the chance for our younger generation of main characters to change the state of the game forever!

Equitism is equal opportunities and respect for all!

Royal Chess

Play this incredible piece entitled "Maestum Stratum", by composer Steve Jones, from the Equitism Original Soundtrack:

Try to imagine yourself at the Royal Chess Game. You are inside the great arena and men and women cheer from either side all around you for their respective gender.

This chess game is played with human chess pieces and it has been played by the King of the Consulate of Men against the Queen of the Consulate of Women for centuries in order to determine who holds the greatest power in the governing force, known as the Polis. The men, lead by King Rutherford, have always won, until last year when a Queen, Morgana, finally came along who was better than all the rest at chess. Now everything's about to change...

Our Progress (Shown in Green):

Help us fill in the empty squares. You are the missing pieces and we can't do this without you.
Help us fill in the empty squares. You are the missing pieces and we can't do this without you.

Help us determine the length of the film. $32,000 is the absolute minimum we need to make the highest quality picture. It is our greatest hope to make this longer by filling the squares with pieces in them as well with a stretch goal of $64,000. After that we take it to the big screen. Here's where the money is going:

Budget

The more we put into this production the better it will look. We've already spent over a year preparing for this Kickstarter alone and have been very patient so as not to rush our product. You can expect to see everything here and more come to life over the next month while we learn from you and prepare for shooting, which will most likely take place in July or August 2014. 

Locations - We have a very European style setting in mind with cobblestone streets, grand castle Consulates, and epic cathedrals. We plan on shooting all of this in and around LA and we will need funding for permits and reservations.

Costumes & Weapons - We will need your help outfitting our players with armor and weaponry. The swords, sheaths, and shields are all metaphors for our words and actions against one another.

Stunts - We have highly trained stunt men and women who are experts in the ways of the sword. You saw a little taste of what they were capable of in the promo video. Just wait... We promise to upload an entire choreographed fight sequence by the end of our campaign to show you just why these professionals deserve your funding so much.

Camera - We want to shoot this on one of the best cameras on the market, the Alexa. That is cinematographer Niels Lindelien's camera of choice. With your funding he will be able to move smoothly with the actors on Steadicam, glide gracefully across the marble board on dolly, and perform sweeping crane shots that will show the epic scope of this movie.

Post Production - This includes editing on Avid, Foley sound design for the sword fights, and visual effects to make the backgrounds stunning. This will take what we shoot on camera and make you feel it to your core in the theater with 5.1 Surround Sound.

Crew & Support

First and foremost the crew. Phenomenal and hard working, each of them has committed to this project without seeing a penny upfront. They are part of this because they believe in the positive message:

Just a few amazing people that have helped make Equitism a reality. From filming interviews and preparing promotional materials to giving advice and feedback when needed, this crew makes Equitism what it is today.
Just a few amazing people that have helped make Equitism a reality. From filming interviews and preparing promotional materials to giving advice and feedback when needed, this crew makes Equitism what it is today.

Forward this project to your gender forward friends and you too could could be part of the giant college that will make up the entire screen of credits at the end of our movie ; ) Please like and follow us here:

https://www.facebook.com/equitismthemovie

https://twitter.com/equitism

Story

Remember the story and sword fighting of The Princess Bride, the life size chess game in Harry Potter, and  the excitement of The Hunger Games?

Equitism takes place in an alternate universe set in an era comparable to medieval times. In this world, the governing force, known as the Polis, has been split into The Consulate of Men and The Consulate of Women. These Consulates are separated by gender inequality and a lack of communication, causing a divide in the society. At the end of each year, the two Consulates face off in an often gruesome chess game, using real human beings as pieces, in order to determine who will have power in the year to follow.

Our main characters are the newest inductees in the Consulate: Bonaparte of Heart, the hopeless romantic, and Nichole of Soul, the reluctant princess of the female Consulate. We follow them and their friends through their experiences of being new to the Consulate and being new to adulthood. All of these obstacles lead to the Qu'est Ce que C'est (Kiss Kissé), an artistic party thrown by the Consulate every year the night before the climactic Royal Chess game.

The Qu'est Ce que C'est is the grand celebration the night before the annual Royal Chess Game where many of the new Consulate members will receive their first traditional midnight kiss. (Artwork by Jillian Britz)
The Qu'est Ce que C'est is the grand celebration the night before the annual Royal Chess Game where many of the new Consulate members will receive their first traditional midnight kiss. (Artwork by Jillian Britz)

Is this the year for our young characters to speak out against injustice? Or will the barbaric war between men and women rage on? The purpose of Equitism is to show relatable characters in a larger-than-life world in order to teach teens the importance of respect and communication, all while telling a heartfelt and entertaining story.

Here's one more ethereal musical piece from the Equitism OST to inspire you entitled "Altophobia":

Cast

We will be holding auditions and looking specifically to Chapman University Greek Life for upstanding young ladies and gentlemen to fill our Consulates. (Artwork by Taylor Roszkos)
We will be holding auditions and looking specifically to Chapman University Greek Life for upstanding young ladies and gentlemen to fill our Consulates. (Artwork by Taylor Roszkos)

We will let you help us cast this film! How's that for involvement? We will be on the Chapman University campus and around the Southern California area filming interviews, and after that we'll let you guys vote on who you think is the best for the job. We will have the final say, but we'd love to hear what you think and know the people Y.O.U. wanna see make it happen.

Interviews and Involvement

Equitism is a film that depends on having an open dialogue about gender. This starts with you and your friends! Answer the following questions to join in on the global discussion. 

Type your response in the "comments section" at the top of the screen or drop us a YouTube video link if you want to do it in character!

Equitism Survey

Don't think, have fun, and be respectful:

(Type M or F so we know your gender)  

  •  If you could say one thing to the opposite sex without consequence, what would you say?
  •  Describe an awkward moment with the opposite sex. 
  •  Describe a moment of connection or understanding with the opposite sex.
  •  What is a man/woman/human supposed to be? 

You can check out previous responses to the questions from around the globe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/equitismthemovie

These questions help us to pave the way for communication in the next generation. Also check out some of our other sites here:

http://www.reddit.com/user/EquitismtheMovie/

http://www.equitism.tumblr.com 

http://equitismthemovie.com

One-of-a-Kind Rewards

(You can opt out of receiving rewards later if you simply just want to help the cause)

#EquitismPins

Just another one of our cool rewards, The Equitism Pin will be worn by the Consulate members in our movie. These are the official badges of the genders, but if you look closer you'll also see there's some non-verbal functionality in the way you wear the Equitism Pin that will help you on your way to some very verbal consent.

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The Equitism Pin is for all ways to be and unique to each wearer. Use your imagination! The Equitism Pin has unlimited combinations...
The Equitism Pin is for all ways to be and unique to each wearer. Use your imagination! The Equitism Pin has unlimited combinations...

Colorful Equitism Paintings

Some of the production design paintings of actors that will be included in our film. (Artwork by Casee Safford)
Some of the production design paintings of actors that will be included in our film. (Artwork by Casee Safford)

So Equitize yourself with one of the exciting rewards listed on the side. Why not grab a chess piece? Or receive a Royal gown & sword, and who knows... Maybe even find yourself smooching with someone special at the Qu'est Ce que C'est...

Thank you for your time and consideration. With your help we can encourage bystander intervention, educate about the importance of verbal consent, and prevent disrespect from happening. We hope you'll pledge! Even just a dollar makes you a backer.

Sincerely,

The Equitism Team

Risks and challenges

This is a large amount to raise as independent filmmakers, but we believe there are not enough positive messages in films today. Help us to spread this message to the next generation of men and women in a fun and exciting way.

A short feature could be just enough to get the message through to this generation of teens, but we know we have the content to make it an hour and a half or more if you'll help us get there.

Remember that if we don’t reach our Kickstarter fundraising goal your entire contribution will be returned to you. Each pledge gets us one step closer to our goal. Every dollar counts!

Thanks backers!

Legal Safety First:

• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in July or August in Los Angeles. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.

• If you become an extra or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.

• Actors and extras must be over 18.

• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.

• The final cut of the film may have to be further edited in certain cases to adhere to the laws in the country which it is being viewed, or for different types of media.

• All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.

• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

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    ♙PAWN♟This reward is for those of you who may not know us personally. It may be your first time donating on Kickstarter or maybe you've donated to many projects in the past and you just want to become a minimum donation backer to receive updates and track our progress. Do you believe in equal opportunity and respect for all? Show us you do by taking the time to affirm it with this reward. Every donation is handled through Amazon Payments so you can trust its guaranteed safety. Will you put in the time to move us one square forward? Just having another backer who believes is priceless.

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    ⌚FAST CHESS⌚ For cheaper than the price of a movie ticket today, join us for a one-time-only SNEAK PEEK of the film in Orange, CA prior to festival release! The screening will be at the start of the school year in September 2014 and will feature many Chapman faces including teachers, alumni, students, and especially Greek life! (Travel and accommodations not included)

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    ♗BISHOP♝ Receive the entire Equitism Original Soundtrack digitally for free AND a large collection of composer Steve Jones's previous work.

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    ♘KNIGHT♞ Stream the video digitally at your convenience following our festival premier.

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    ♖ROOK♜ The Official Equitism Pin will be mailed directly to your doorstep. All backers who donate in the month of February 2014 will receive their Equitism Pin before 2015 (it's the perfect icebreaker for that new year's kiss)! Use the Equitism Pin as a form of non-verbal communication at the Qu'est Ce que C'est (Kiss Kissé) Party or any social soiree, followed up by some verbal consent! (Additional #EquitismPins are just $15 or buy a party pack of 100 and throw your own Qu'est Ce que C'est for just $1K)

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    ♟EARLY BIRD ADVANCE TWO SQUARES□■The first 32 backers to claim this reward will receive TWO Equitism Pins AND one of the pieces from a one-of-a-kind marble chess set used in the film. Hurry because the pieces are first come first serve!

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    ♖CASTLING♚ In addition to The Equitism Pin you will receive a pawn, bishop, knight, or rook Chess Piece that was used as a prop in the movie! Keep it on your desk, key chain, or make it a hood ornament! Hurry because the pieces are first come first serve!

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    ♔KING♚ In addition to The Equitism Pin you will receive a King Chess Piece that was used as a prop in the movie! Keep it on your desk, key chain, or make it a hood ornament!

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    ♕QUEEN♛ In addition to The Equitism Pin you will receive a Queen Chess Piece that was used as a prop in the movie! Keep it on your desk, key chain, or make it a hood ornament!

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    +LATE BIRD CHECK+ In addition to The Equitism Pin receive a one-of-a-kind marble chess board that was used in the movie (pieces not included). Use this to decorate your coffee table or acquire some pieces and make it a full set!

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    □ROYAL CHESSMASTER■ In addition to The Equitism Pin get a colorful painting of yourself that will appear in the film and will be mailed to you after the production! Paintings by artist Casee Safford. (See samples below)

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    ©EQUITISM CHESS BOARD© In addition to The Equitism Pin receive your very own custom made Equitism Royal Chess Board and enjoy the games from the comfort of your own home! Chess board designed by QueenSquared.

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    ☆ ROYAL CHESS PRODIGY★ We need a role model to sit as the head of The Consulate of Men or Women. In addition to The Equitism Pin you will be given an official consulate gown, sword, and the chance to represent your gender by appearing in our film. You will most likely not have a speaking role in the film. (Travel and accommodations not included) You must be free for shooting in or around LA in July or August of 2014.

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    ♙PAWN PROMOTION♛ Even a pawn can become a queen; we'll prove it with this reward. Consider this your golden ticket to the Qu'est Ce que C'est (Kiss Kissé) Party where you will actually get to use your Equitism Pin with hundreds of others for the first time ever worldwide. We promise it will be more artistic and colorful than ever. And at midnight everyone will get the chance to ask for a kiss! (Travel and accommodations not included) You must be free for shooting in the Southern California coastal area in July or August of 2014.

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    ++CHECKMATE++ You are a substantial part of this film. For that we offer our entire cast and crew at your disposal for a private screening, live sword fighting, and a question and answer session to educate the next generation of men and women at a mutually agreed upon time at your convenience. Not to mention #EquitismPins for the entire audience! (Travel and accommodations not included)

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    ♔ ROYAL GRANDMASTER♛ For this one lucky player: you will earn yourself the role of a character in our film with a custom Equitism Pin, not to mention lines, and a decisive action in the outcome of the film... (Travel and accommodations not included) Filming will take place in and around LA in July or August.

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    ♠ACE OF SPADES♤ You have transcended the Kings and Queens. You are beyond our little game; you have made this a reality. You will receive the highest credit in our film, appearing before and after the film, even ahead of the director credit, plus a personalized Equitism Pin. We will also consult you on how we can improve the film. ♡♣♢

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    ❤ACE OF HEARTS♡ You have transcended the Kings and Queens. You are beyond our little game; you have made this a reality. You will receive the highest credit in our film, appearing before and after the film, even ahead of the director credit, plus a personalized Equitism Pin. We will also consult you on how we can improve the film. ♣♢

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