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A magical & surprising Christmas inspired dark period piece who’s DNA comes directly from one of the greatest holiday classics ever!
A magical & surprising Christmas inspired dark period piece who’s DNA comes directly from one of the greatest holiday classics ever!
A magical & surprising Christmas inspired dark period piece who’s DNA comes directly from one of the greatest holiday classics ever!
41 backers pledged $3,334 to help bring this project to life.

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Christmas Visitations

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Jingle, Jingle, Jingle….. hear that sound?

Yup, those are the sounds of Christmas bells… in September!

For most, the holidays are still a bit of a way off… for a film maker, like myself, the holidays are already here!! That’s because I have already officially begun pre-production for my short, holiday themed film, Christmas Visitations! Many aspects are already being planned, organized, and prepared for our shoot happening at the end of September!!

You know what that Jingle, Jingle, Jingle, sound also represents? CASH.

And lots of it!

I don’t have to go into details explaining how producing films properly costs a lot of money! Even when you are getting people to donate their time for free or very inexpensively, things still have a way of adding up, and fast! Between location costs, and transportation, and wardrobe, and food for the cast and crew, makeup, and camera equipment (to say nothing of post production), you are talking a lot of cost.

With a period piece, like our project will be, that amount gets doubled!

So I’m back, reaching out to the amazing and supportive Kickstarter community, to my friends, family, and to my many supporters both new and old!! Humbly and very sincerely, I am asking for your help once again! Help me create a memorable, entertaining, surprising, and totally festive film!! Help spread joy this holiday season and all year round in the form of a film!! My favorite gift to give!

To encourage and motivate you, we’ve got some fun and awesome rewards! This time around we even have rewards specific to individuals AND to business owners !

So please, explore the rest of our kickstarter, check out our video, see the additional information below, read about our rewards and consider supporting our project!  Thank you for your time and thanks in advance for support art and artists!

Season Greetings,

Paul Howard

Executive Producer

OUR PROJECT:

Christmas Visitations is a Dickens inspired holiday short film. In the tradition of Paul Howard’s previous holiday film, Everything Twas, and his years of holiday cards that have included Jack Frost, a World War Two American propaganda poster, and an Elvis Presley inspired Blue Christmas, Paul looks to continue spreading holiday cheer, magic, and entertainment! A true period piece (and a rarity for short films), our film will introduce a totally new and original Christmas story while using some very well known source material as it’s inspiration.

OUR GOAL:

We have listed a goal of a $1000 dollars but we hoping for closer to $5000. We are optimistic but pragmatic. Our last campaign for Heisted failed. Since we are already in pre production for Christmas Visitations, we think this is the best way to go about things. With your help we are hoping to make our “goal” listed, and then, far surpass it!

OUR REWARDS:

Multiple different levels and options are available. Our rewards are just like Christmas morning!! Lots of gifts to be had, plenty of different sizes and shapes, and there really is something for everyone!! Don’t be shy! Go ahead and do a little holiday shopping for yourself while also helping to support our film!!  Another thing about our rewards... they are full of holiday surprises... and keeping with that tradition... we may be adding a few surprises during our campaign. So check back often and follow our updates!

CREDITS & OTHER DETAILS:

Christmas Visitations

Produced by What's The Alternative? Productions and EZ Productions

Directed by Gareth Fient

Written by Paul Howard

Cast: TBA

*CURRENTLY CASTING*

Crew: TBA

*CURRENTLY CREWING UP*

For more information or to submit yourself to our project go HERE (link coming soon!)

Risks and challenges

With a bit of planning, lots of organization, a handful of talented actors and crew in place, and of course a sprinkling of holiday magic, this kickstarter campaign and short film shoot should go off with no risks and only the typical challenges associated with making a movie!
Our hope is that we will easily meet our "initial" goal of $1000 so that we can focus on our more "realistic" goal of $5000. The closer to that number we reach, the less challenging the shoot and post production will be. Thanks in advance for your support!

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    "TINY TIM"
    Tiny Tim may have been small but he still had a huge heart!! Your $5 pledge will get you an exclusive THANK YOU video from on set of our film!! You’ll also receive exclusive news and updates about the project and first looks as thanks for your kind support!

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    “SANTA’S SECRETS”
    Pledge $12 and you'll receive special links to exclusive “secrets” in the way of behind the scenes video, photos, updates, interviews with the cast & crew, and other exclusive content when production of Christmas Visitations begins. You'll stay in the loop from filming all the way through the magic of post production and into the November premiere of our film! You’ll also receive the exclusive "TINY TIM” thank you goodies! Get this reward and see how the magic is made!

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    "TWEET PRESENTS"
    Buy this $20 reward and get yourself a sweet present in the form of a personalized tweet from either Director Gareth Fient or Producer & Star Paul Howard or Producer Ettore Zuccarelli via their Twitter account. One of them will personally shout you out on Twitter thanking you for your involvement... and with holiday magic in the air, who knows, you may even get a retweet from one or both of the others!
    You'll also receive SANTA'S SECRETS & the TINY TIM rewards!
    *Must be a Twitter user with an active Twitter account to redeem this reward.

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    “NORTH POLE”
    This reward guarantees you’ll be on Santa’s nice list AND his mailing list! With your $25 pledge you’ll receive everything in “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards but you’ll also receive the very special honor of being added to Paul Howard’s 2015 Holiday Card mailing list! Paul’s epic holiday cards are now in their 8th year! Previous year’s cards have featured everything from Jack Frost to Elvis Presley. And while this year’s is still a surprise, you’ll be put on the mailing list, guaranteeing that you are one of the first to see the image! Your holiday card will be personalized, and mailed to to your address! Everyone loves getting surprises in the mail, and this reward guarantees you some magic, delivered direct to your mailbox!

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    "NICE LIST"
    If you pledge $35 you'll get your name added to our NICE LIST, specifically located in the credits of our film!! That's right! See your name in the end credits of Christmas Visitations and see your name forever associated with "NICE"!
    With this reward you’ll also receive everything in “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards!

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    “NORTH POLE EXPRESS”
    This reward gets you holiday magic IN your mailbox and ON screen!! That's because if you purchase this reward you’ll receive a hard copy of Paul Howard’s 2015 Holiday card mailed to your mailbox (“NORTH POLE” reward), PLUS, you’ll be added to the "NICE LIST” and receive a special thank you credit in our film! AND you get everything else included in the “NORTH POLE” and “NICE LIST” rewards!
    Two rewards, one great price, that’s what the “NORTH POLE EXPRESS” brings you!!

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    "ELF WITH AN ASSOCIATE”
    This reward is for all you Elves aspiring for a producer credit, or those Elves aspiring for more credits and your name on IMDB (The International Movie Data Base). With this reward you’ll be added to the credits of our film (both in the film’s end credits and on IMDB) as an Associate Producer. You’ll be an Elf, with an associate!! You’ll also be greatly appreciated by the entire cast and crew for donating $100 toward helping us to make our film. With this pledge you’ll also receive everything in “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards!

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    "ELF WITH A MASTERS"
    At the suggestion of one of our supporters (thanks Eric!) We've just added a new reward! "ELF WITH A MASTERS”
    This reward gets you everything in the "ELF WITH AN ASSOCIATE” reward, PLUS you'll be added to Paul Howard's mailing for his 2015 Holiday card!
    Perfect reward for all you Elves aspiring for a producer's credit (Associate Producer), and your name on IMDB (The International Movie Data Base)!! Plus, those desiring a little holiday magic direct to your mailbox!
    HURRY though, we can only offer 3 of these rewards!!
    With this pledge you’ll also receive everything in “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards!

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    “MACY’S & GIMBEL’S” (Size Small)
    This reward, for BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY, will allow you to share your (holiday themed) product or business with a perfect audience… one that’s actually interested in what you have to sell!!
    As part of this reward you will be advertised across various social media networks and specifically promoted as a sponsor of our film! You’ll appear in conjunction with the promotion of our film!! You’ll also appear on the Instagram accounts of various crew & talent in addition to appearing on Twitter, and the film’s Facebook page, youtube page, and other social networking sites that promote the film! Organic, natural, real advertising! What a gift! Helping independent film get made and helping your business to a bit of exposure and press, what could be better? Plus, the ultimately small amount you spend on this reward, will easily come back to your business in the form of sales!! As a last thank you, you’ll also be added to our films end credits!

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    “CHRISTMAS IN LONDON”
    This reward is for those looking for more of a magical experience. A fun, funny, AND magical holiday experience! With the purchase of this reward you (and one guest) will receive an exclusive, holiday themed evening with Director Gareth Fient at the Southbank Christmas Market in Waterloo, London. You’ll spend the evening chatting about film, Christmas Visitations (and the making of it), or just the holidays while you enjoy hot chocolate (or coffee or tea) and some holiday treats provided by Gareth. Window shop, walk around this iconic location to explore, or find an event. This reward will be geared toward the person who purchases it!!
    You can guarantee that holiday surprises will be part of your evening with Gareth! In addition to this great evening for you and your guest you’ll also receive “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards!
    *(Transportation not provided. 18+ only, no minors. Must be local to the London area or willing to travel. Exact date of the event to be determined but will occur sometime between November 11th and December 11th of 2015. You must be available and in that location to participate, selecting this reward is consent of your understanding of that.)

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    “MACY’S & GIMBEL’S” (Size Large)
    This reward, for LARGE BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY, will allow you to share your (holiday themed) product or business with a perfect audience… one that’s actually interested in what you have to sell!!
    As part of this reward you will be advertised across various social media networks and specifically promoted as a sponsor of our film! You’ll appear in conjunction with the promotion of our film!! You’ll also appear on the Instagram accounts of various crew & talent in addition to appearing on Twitter, and the film’s Facebook page, youtube page, and other social networking sites that promote the film! Organic, natural, real advertising! What a gift! Helping independent film get made and helping your business to a bit of exposure and press, what could be better? Plus, the ultimately small amount you spend on this reward, will easily come back to your business in the form of sales!!
    **The advertising will start right away too, since we'll send an UPDATE out to all our followers immediately after you pledge!**
    As a last thank you, you’ll also be added to our films end credits!

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    “CHRISTMAS IN LA”
    This reward is another one for those looking for more of a magical experience...A fun, funny, AND magical experience!
    With the purchase of this reward you (and one guest) will receive an exclusive, holiday themed evening with Producers Paul Howard and Ettore Zuccarelli. The exact details are a surprise but we can share that it will involve celebrating the holidays in Los Angeles, dinner for you and a guest, a live performance/show, treats, and of course Paul & Ettore’s charming personalities for an evening! In addition to this great evening for you and your guest you’ll receive “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards!
    Purchase this reward, help make our film, AND see how magical the holidays can be, even in Los Angeles!
    *(Transportation not provided. Must be local to the Los Angeles area or willing to travel. Exact date of the event to be determined but will occur sometime in November or December of 2015. You must be available and in the Los Angeles area to participate, selecting this reward is consent of your understanding of that.)

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    “WONDERLAND” *Limited Time Offer*
    This limited (only 2 are available) and very special reward is for someone wanting a bit more of an experience. A walk through wonderland!! If you pledge this reward you’ll earn yourself a role in our film!! That’s right, you’ll appear in our short film as an extra on one of our two shoot days!! You’ll be one of the cast and get to participate in a truly magical day!! In addition, you’ll receive everything in “SANTA’S SECRET” and the “TINY TIM” rewards!
    *Transportation not provided. You must be local or willing to travel to set. The shoot will happen outside of London in the KENT area. Date to be announced but will be either the 24th or 25th of September. You must be available on those dates and in that location to participate, selecting this reward is consent of your understanding of that.)

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