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A humorous, coming of age tale about a serious teenage boy as he navigates life with his charismatic, eccentric firefighter dad.
A humorous, coming of age tale about a serious teenage boy as he navigates life with his charismatic, eccentric firefighter dad.
A humorous, coming of age tale about a serious teenage boy as he navigates life with his charismatic, eccentric firefighter dad.
245 backers pledged $10,600 to help bring this project to life.

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"Will" is a short film based on real people and events. We've been developing it for the last six months and are moving into production in September of 2016. It is a humorous, thought-provoking, coming of age story about the often hilarious relationship between a determined boy and his charismatic, eccentric firefighter dad as they shoot hoops and argue about the future. 

Until the future throws a curveball.  

This little fictional film has a giant heart. It is based on the life of Gregg Roberts, a firefighter, father, friend, and coach to many. Gregg's big personality and stature, coupled with rambunctious humor and tender spirit, have influenced countless people in his wide-ranging circle, most notably his family, his firefighting comrades, and his friends. 

In 2014, Gregg's life was taken tragically and suddenly. This tiny film is meant to shine a spotlight on one of the most important aspects of his life: his relationship with his family, specifically, one of his sons. Although based in reality and about a specific father and son, the themes are universal: the joy, tribulation, challenge, and fantastic reality of a parent and teenage child navigating life together, often in disagreement, always in love.

Through this campaign we are hoping to raise the funds needed to get this film done the right way. We want to honor the Roberts family and others who loved Gregg and love the Roberts family. It’s our hope that this little film with a big heart will bring laughter, joy, and thoughtful reflection to your lives. 

We are passionate about this project and are confident in its ability to keep viewers entertained with the frequently comedic relationship between a dad and son, while also leaving the opportunity to be inspired, to think deeply about relationships, and to enthusiastically cherish every moment. 

With a little over a month until principal production, we are primed to do this story and project justice with a long list of established creatives signed up to contribute their talents. In order to produce this at the quality it deserves, we need your backing and support.

Please consider helping us in whatever way you can to make this film a reality. We can't thank you enough!

Will has serious plans for his life, but his charmingly eccentric and charismatic firefighter father is there to remind him otherwise. Watch their relationship unfold against the backdrop of basketball, family, school, and the firefighting community as they argue, banter, play, and make plans for the future. 

Except the future doesn't always unfold how you plan.

Rediscover life as we know it through their unbreakable bond in this exceptional story.

While this is a fictitious story, it is based off of the relationship between a loving, respected father and his son. Inspired by a well known family within the Vancouver, WA community, this story and its characters will make you laugh lots and simultaneously shed a few tears. 

We are excited to partner with the city of Vancouver in bringing to the big screen this poignant and humorous original script (Joseph Long, Very Long Media). This little film has a big heart, and with your help, it will have a big audience as well. 

Thank you again for your support!

 

 

 

 

 Gregg Roberts (second from left) and family.

DIRECTOR: Dennis Mulyar (www.wearethefilmhouse.com)

WRITER: Joseph Long (www.verylongmedia.com

DP: Jonny Long (www.flyviewaerial.com

PRODUCER: Ian Midura

WARDROBE: Erin Toft 

COMPOSER: Tyler Linahan (www.tylerlinahan.com)

Here are some examples of our past work, produced independently and together.

'TOMORROW' directed by Dennis Mulyar 

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'CHRIS PAUL - D1 SPORTS' directed by Dennis Mulyar

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'WINTER AERIAL REEL 2015' cinematography by Jonny Long

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'H-E-B COMMERCIAL' cinematography by Jonny Long

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'REPUBLIC ROOSEVELT' cinematography by Jonny Long

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Risks and challenges

This short film comes with many elements and moving parts. Along with several tricky shooting locations, special permitting, and a large crew, we will have child actors on set.

Your support will help cover hard costs such as permitting, equipment rental, and food for the crew. We've invested the time to assemble a fully capable crew, but now we need the backing to sufficiently suit them up to produce the highest quality work within the limited time we've set for production.

We have taken this as far as we can go, but now we need the support of the community as a whole to help show their support. Even with the challenges involved, we have prepared as best as possible and feel we are well prepared on all fronts!

We have five shoot days scheduled with each day planned out in detail as it pertains to the logistics of who's on set and general production.

This project holds special meaning to all of us involved and we are incredibly excited to bring to life a story that we hope will touch many people and communities.

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    THANK YOU for following us in our journey to make this film happen. Your support is incredibly appreciated! We know how much a dollar is worth and your generosity is indescribable.

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    Special BTS Updates during Production

    Receive exclusive behind the scenes content during production through our social media platform. Let's be honest, you would probably be able to see a lot of the content by simply following us on our pages, but now you get to feel like you're part of a special club, and there isn't a price you can put on that, right?*

    *Actually, there is, it's $10.

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    Download Link + Music

    We made the mistake of not initially including a download link to the finished film as a reward, so here you go! Upon production completion and premiere of "Will", you'll receive a download link to not only the finished film but also the original soundtrack and additional music inspired by film composer Tyler Linahan (tylerlinehan.com), Mikhail Mironov (mikhailmironov.com), and Tad Worku (tadworku.com).

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    It's insane what $25 will get you these days. You get a ticket to a screening in Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA. Screening times and dates will be posted as we get closer to post production wrap.*

    If that wasn't enough to sway you, you'll also get an original soundtrack and additional music inspired by film composer Tyler Linahan (tylerlinehan.com), Mikhail Mironov (mikhailmironov.com), and Tad Worku (tadworku.com).

    Please email us at willthefilm@gmail.com for dates, times, and name placement on screening lists. $10 tier included.

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    We would typically charge $500 per hour to hang out with us, so really you're getting the best bang for your buck by signing up to come and watch Will with the filmmakers during a private screening in the Vancouver/Portland area, with Q&A afterwards about the process of the film. $10, $25, $35, and $50 tiers included.

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    This one is for you Pacific Northwest locals.* You get to come to our office and watch previous works with the filmmakers. Essentially you're paying us to come and hang out and watch movies. It's like an intimate movie going experience, with dinner on us. We'll obviously pay for dinner but we probably won't eat with you because that would be weird, so we'll gladly watch you while you eat. $10, $25, $35, and $50 tiers included.

    *From a legal standpoint we cannot discriminate, so we will not turn down you or your money if you live in Bangkok or North Carolina. Sadly, travel expenses still not included.

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    You'll get an entire day to learn and soak up an enormous amount of information. If you're already into the arts and have any current or past projects you'd like to discuss and review, we'd love to include that on our agenda!

    Also, we'll give you lunch from Taco Bell or somewhere equivalent so there's that.

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    You REALLY want to have the inside track on how this movie is made. I can't promise we'll listen to all your ideas, but we'll most likely at least consider them. Seriously though, we love feedback and would welcome your input during post production via Skype or in-person.*

    In addition you'll also be listed as an Associate Producer on IMDB, which could potentially catapult you into the attention of movie heads producing blockbuster films.

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    At this point there's not a whole lot we can do to properly thank you. What we can do is invite you to be present for the very FIRST screening before the film is publicly launched.* We will also provide Slurpees and popcorn at the very least. Because we know you want to be involved to the extreme, you'll also receive all of the backer rewards listed.
    Lastly, if your feet get really sore from pacing around in anticipation of watching Will, our Director Dennis will be more than happy to massage them for you.

    *Gotcha. This time we are covering your travel expenses (within the States) AND accommodations for 2! We'll fly you here on us, put you up in Dennis' little brother's room (hotel), feed you Chinese takeout (or whatever your heart desires), and offer Uber Credit up to $250 to explore the beautiful city of Portland, Ore. Previously stated pledges are ALL included.

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