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About this project

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Plain and simple, I am an artist. It took me some years to understand that, and then more time to accept it, but it’s true. I am an artist.

Part of being an artist is having a desire to create. Create something for yourself, yes, but also, to create something for others to enjoy and share. In my humble opinion, the medium of film is one of the greatest opportunities to do exactly that. Create your work, tell your story, share it with the world.

Unfortunately Hollywood doesn’t always see it the same way.

Understandably, Hollywood is a business, and as such it is looking to make money. Which it does! Tons of money! Hollywood will happily spend millions on “established” or “known” talents but seems to have little desire or interest in discovering, or culturing new ones!

And hold for it, dear reader (this is the part where you come in)…. Kickstarter has helped and is helping the independent artist in immeasurable ways. It gives us an opportunity to create and tell our stories, even though we are not a part of, or accepted by the Hollywood machine (yet)!

And this is where the idea of Heisted was dreamt, created, and born.

Heisted.  A short film that promises to be Gritty. Edgy. Dark. Glamorous. 

Surprising.

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ABOUT OUR FILM:

Heisted, takes place in Hollywood, a city full of dreams and glamour, but also a city full of devastation and darkness. Our story will be dynamic, fast paced, and told with unexpected twists and turns.  A true action packed drama.  Suspenseful, engaging, and totally entertaining.

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A Different Sort of Trailer:

Are you more of a visual person?  Enjoy seeing Trailers and Teasers before picking which film you're going to pay for?  Do you like to actually see what you are helping to fund?  Well then, our project, HELLO, a hybrid Music Video/Short Film, was made with you in mind.  This fully complete project was made specifically as a visual tool for our Heisted Kickstarter campaign.  Not a trailer for Heisted.  Not a teaser.  Better. 

HELLO is a completely unique, and different, and separate story from Heisted.  Unrelated, other then it is directed by Gareth Fient, and it is produced and stars Paul Howard (both of who will work on Heisted) but HELLO gives you the opportunity to see what Heisted can and will be like!  Like a trailer for Heisted, but better!  A complete short film/music video hybrid called HELLO!

See!  Just for coming to our Heisted Kickstarter page and checking things out, you get to see some already complete and finished indy film making!  Cool, right?  Well, what can we say... that's just the type of film makers we are!!!  Always looking to entertain and surprise!

Regardless of if you choose to donate to our Kickstarter campaign, we hope that HELLO will entertain you!   And if you are considering helping us financially, well then, we hope that HELLO will give you, just a taste, just a sample of what we can do as film makers.  Remember that HELLO was made with pretty much no money.  Imagine what we can create with proper funding?

See HELLO now (It premiered June 25th) On YouTube. 

You can also see the HELLO teaser trailer now by clicking below

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ALL OR NOTHING:

One of the things we love about Kickstarter (and why we support the site, as opposed to one of those other sites) is that with Kickstarter it's all or nothing.  Meaning that if we don't make our goal, $8000 in our case, then we don't get anything.  Not a single dime!  Any pledges we are promised over our 40 day campaign, well, those individuals that promised them are not charged, we collect nothing, no money goes to Kickstarter, and Heisted isn't made (at least not at this time).  Now this may sound like a bad thing, but for us, we are only interested in doing the film right.  We have carefully figured out our budget (more on that below in "OUR GOAL"), and we know what we need to make this film, and to make it great.  Taking anything less of our goal of $8000 would ultimately make us compromise in our creative vision and in the film's quality.  And who wants that? 

So we love and support that it's all or nothing and we're hoping, with your help, we'll achieve our goal, and far above it!!

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OUR GOAL:

We believe strongly that our talented team of cast and crew should be paid, at least something for their time and talents!  Now this won't make anyone rich, and these are nowhere near "Hollywood standards" but the team that works on Heisted will be paid. 

This is just ONE of the costs associated with film making.  This cost and other costs are what determined our official goal of $8000.  This is not an arbitrary number.  This is a well thought out, well planned, budgeted amount that includes costs for things like... equipment rentals, insurance, location costs, transportation, food for the cast and crew, special effects, costumes, and many other items associated with and required for making a film.

As we stated before, because Kickstarter campaigns are all or nothing, we set a goal of the lowest possible amount that we can comfortably and successfully make our film, $8000.  And we will if we are funded!  Ideally though, we are hoping to make closer to $10,000.  This will allow us more flexibility in our schedule and allow us more creative "perks" when in production and post production.  Plus, anything over our goal will give us money towards additional items like promotional materials and money for film festival submissions and costs.

To recap, the official goal is $8000, our ultimate goal is to reach over $10,000 but rest assured, as long as we make our goal, we're going to be making an amazing film!

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REWARDS:

Lastly, (but maybe most importantly to you) please be sure to check out all our various and numerous rewards.  There are a ton!!  19 different rewards (to be exact) are available and each one is unique and special.  We really thought a lot about what kind of things you'd enjoy or want.  We tried hard to appeal to different people who need and who want different things. We're hoping the different choices and options will only encourage you to join our campaign and support making Heisted.  Plus, we were very mindful of, and created different options for ALL budgets!  So whether you have a little or a lot to spend we think you'll find something fun to reward yourself with!

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Thank you in advance for considering to help support us and our film, Heisted.  I am truly inspired and touched every day by art and artists.  I am reminded and encouraged by this inspiration and strive to do the same for others.  To these artists, and to you, I say thank you.

Keep the faith!

Paul Howard

(Executive Producer)

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Heisted a short drama.
Concept by Paul Howard - Written by Robert Coble & Gareth Fient.
Directed by Gareth Fient - Director of Photography Marc Wiercioch - Executive Producers - Ettore Zuccarelli & Paul Howard

Starring

Paul Howard as Ash
Katie Keene as Bonnie

TBA as Mr. Warners
TBA as Anna
TBA as Jetta

Risks and challenges

When I first began to write my response for this section I wanted to say, "We'll be fine, and nothing will go wrong" but we're talking about movie making. There is always the potential for something to go wrong. But I will say, THAT IS WHY YOU PLAN. Plan so that you are organized, prepared, ready. And boy, have we planed! In fact, the planning on just preparing this Kickstarter campaign (to say nothing of Heisted itself) started over half a year ago!
We're planners. And, we're ready. And if something does go wrong, or throw us off track, we'll adjust, reconfigure, and fix it.
The only thing we worry about, first, getting funded! Then, the only other thing we worry about is, making the most AMAZING film as proof of what we are capable of as artists, but also as a testament to what crowd sourcing can bring to the arts and film making specifically!!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    "IT ALL ADDS UP" Because it really does! We want to thank anyone who donates $5 or more to our Heisted campaign with an exclusive & private link to a very personal video message from Executive Producer Paul Howard.

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    "BEHIND THE SCENES" Reward. Pledge $15 and you'll receive special links to exclusive behind the scenes video, photos, updates, interviews with the cast & crew, and other exclusive content when production of Heisted begins. You'll stay in the loop from PRE production all the way through filming and into POST production of our film! See how the magic is made!

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    "I LIKE VALIDATION" And we're going to give it to you if you choose this reward! Receive a Shout Out & Thank You on the Heisted Facebook Fanpage. Thanking you for helping to fund our project & for supporting indy film making! https://www.facebook.com/heisted

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    "TWEET, TWEET REWARDS" (Twitter Users Only) Maybe social media is your thing? Well, we have a SPECIAL reward just for you!! For a $30 pledge you'll receive a special tweet from one of the following, Producer; Ettore Zuccarelli, Director; Gareth Fient, or Actress; Katie Keene thanking you for supporting Heisted on Twitter! You choose which one you want to receive a special Tweet from!! And don't worry, we won't tell the other two you didn't pick them!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    "FAME! I WANNA SEE MY NAME LIVE FOREVER" If you pledge $35, you Fame Hog you, you'll get your name added to our list of "SPECIAL THANKS"!! That's right! See your name in the end credits of Heisted and see your name, live forever!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    The "ALL THE ABOVE" PACK! Pledge $50 to Heisted and you'll receive everything listed previously! That's right, it will be, "All the Above" for you!! You'll get the exclusive link to Executive Producer Paul Howard's video, you'll also get exclusive links to behind the scenes materials, and you'll get a special shout out on the Hesited Facebook fanpage, plus the "Fame! I wanna see my name live forever" reward! Your name will be added to the end credits of our film! Choose the "All of the Above Pack" as your reward, to get exactly that, ALL THE ABOVE!! *This reward excludes the "Tweet, Tweet Reward"

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    Pledge $51 or more About $51

    "FACEBOOK ROCKS" Reward. This is for Facebook Users Only and special to them. For a $51 (we like random numbers) pledge you'll receive a special and individual shout out and tag from the HEISTED Fanpage, thanking you for your support. In the same post, we will also gladly share one website link of your choosing to promote you, your business, or someone else! If you love Facebook, and a little promotion, you'll love this "Facebook Rocks" reward!

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    "FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD"
    Pledge $60 and you'll get to have a private Skype conversation with Director Gareth Fient, from anywhere in the world! Chat about film making, chat about Heisted, ask questions, pitch your ideas or just listen to his lovely English accent. The choice is yours! For pledging $60 you will also receive everything in the "All the Above" Pack!

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    Pledge $72 or more About $72

    "FACEBOOK REALLY ROCKS" Reward because the "Facebook Rocks"Reward isn't enough for you. No, you are the type of donator that needs more! Well, get more with this reward! For $72 dollars (we still like random numbers) you'll receive a special & individual shout out & tag from the HEISTED Fanpage PLUS another from Executive Producer Paul Howard’s Fanpage (http://www.facebook.com/paulhowardactor), thanking you for your support of Hesited and telling everyone else on Facebook how cool you really are! Like in the "Facebook Rocks" Reward we will also gladly share one website link to promote you or your business in the post. The only difference this time, you'll get TWO separate Facebook posts, in TWO separate places (See, now the "2" makes more sense, right?)!! Pick the "FACEBOOK REALLY ROCKS" reward if you need double the validation and love!

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    "TWITTER OBSESSED"
    For $75 you'll get our TWITTER PACK! This is for Twitter Users Only and those that are more social media inclined (i.e. OBSESSED)! Unlike our "Tweet, Tweet Rewards" pledge (for $30), you won't have to choose! With this reward you'll receive special thank you tweets from ALL of the following... Producer; Ettore Zuccarelli, Director; Gareth Fient, and Actress; Katie Keene thanking you on Twitter! See! No choosing! You don't have to pick a favorite, you get to choose them all and all three will send you a special, separate tweet!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    "HEY BIG SPENDER" One Hundred bucks gets you a couple of things...You get our sincere thanks for being a serious & truly generous supporter of our film, it also gets you your very own copy of the Heisted script autographed by the cast & crew!!
    Plus, Big Spender, you get everything in the "All the Above" pack! How's that for some smart spending?

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    "I WANNA SEE" See Heisted when the film is complete!! Pledge $175 and you'll be one of the few to recieve an exclusive & private link to view our film online once it is completed. No wait for film festival showings, or waiting for it to be officially released. You'll get to see what your pledge helped create! PLUS, with your pledge you'll also receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" PACK!

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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    "GET YOUR FIX"
    Caffeine Addict? Chat lover? Get your FIX with a $225 pledge!! This reward gets you a special coffee date in the Los Angeles area with Producers Paul Howard & Ettore Zuccarelli!! These two can entertain for hours with "Shop Talk" or can give advice, encourage, inspire, but have no doubt... CHAT will happen. Lots and lots of chat to go with your caffeine (and some treats to eat)! This is guaranteed to be a fun AND entertaining coffee date!
    As part of this reward you will also receive the private online link to Heisted (once complete) PLUS you'll receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack!
    (Transportation not included)

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    **REWARD JUST ADDED 7/10**
    "I Can't Control Myself Any Longer!" Do the Conga Baby....With Paul & Gloria Estefan at the famous HOLLYWOOD BOWL.
    You read right!! Producer Paul Howard was lucky enough to just win a pair of tickets to Gloria's Hollywood Bowl performance on Friday, July 25th at 8pm from LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE (thanks guys!) and to encourage more funding for Heisted, Paul has happily added it as a reward! You can take Paul to the concert or just take the two tickets and pick someone else to go. But either way, you'll be CONGA-ING ALL. NIGHT. LONG.

    PLUS with this reward you'll also receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! (Date not transferable. Transportation not included)

    About the show:
    International superstar Gloria Estefan performs songs from her Grammy®-nominated CD, The Standards, which features classic tunes from the Great American Songbook. Fans will also be treated to Gloria’s iconic hits, as you’ve never heard them before.

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    Pledge $380 or more About $380

    "IT'S TEA TIME" This Reward is for all our London locals! Pledge $380 and you'll enjoy afternoon Tea at FORTNUM AND MASON with Director Gareth Fient! Discuss the film, post production, the process of filming Heisted or discuss whatever strikes your fancy! As part of this reward you will also receive the private online link to Heisted (once complete) PLUS you'll receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! All this for just $380! That's only about $226£ What a deal, right?!! (Transportation not included)

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    Pledge $475 or more About $475

    "AN ACTOR'S LIFE FOR ME" Are you an actor, are you a fan of actors? Well this one is for you then! Pledge $475 and you'll go on a special sushi lunch date with actors Paul Howard & Katie Keene in the Los Angeles area. How "Hollywood" is that? Sushi. Actors. Lunch! Be amazed, be awed, be blown away... and we're sure Paul will contribute too! This is an afternoon you'll be glad you attended! As part of this reward you will also receive the private online link to Heisted (once complete) PLUS you'll receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! (Transportation not included)

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    "FILM FREAK" See Heisted on Screen! With this pledge you'll receive two tickets to join the cast & crew to see a screening of Heisted in the Los Angeles area. As a film freak, you know nothing beats seeing a film on the big screen, and with this pledge you'll be there, with the team, watching the film you helped to make! PLUS, with this reward, you'll receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! (Transportation not provided)

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    Pledge $625 or more About $625

    "GIMMIE CREDIT" Need validation? Need to see your name in movie credits and on IMDB? Then pledge $625 and you'll receive an Associate Producer credit on Heisted. Your name will be added to the film's end credits, to our Facebook Fanpage, and to IMDB.com (The International Movie Data Base! The entertainment industry authority) for Heisted!
    You'll also get to "SEE HEISTED ON SCREEN" since you'll receive two tickets to a screening of the film you helped to make in the LOS ANGELES area. PLUS, with this reward, you'll receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! (Transportation not provided)

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    "MONEY TO BURN" You know you got it, so why not share it? And if you do, we're going to thank you, and thank you right!!!
    You pledge $1000 to the Heisted Kickstarter campaign and you'll get to join the cast & crew for lunch in the Los Angeles area on one of our shoot days (Transportation not provided). You will also, for your pledge, receive the private link to Heisted online, and you'll receive a special Twitter shout out & thank you (because you deserve it), PLUS, lucky, generous, awesome you... you will receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! You got it to burn? Well support Independent Film Making, and feel something more then heat... feel the tingle and warmth in your heart knowing you are helping to make dreams come true!

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    "I WANNA BE IN THE PICTURES!"
    For our final, most exclusive and most grand reward we've prepared something really special! This reward is so special there is a only a VERY limited quantity available (only two available) because this one really is unique...
    Pledging $2500 will put you far above the pack... and high above...high, high above... on to the movie screen!
    YOU'LL GET A WALK ON ROLE IN OUR FILM and see yourself on the big screen!! You'll first get to spend the day on set with the cast & crew, get lunch (plus access to the much desired craft table) until it's time to shoot your scene! Late, you'll find yourself in the Heisted end credits, and most importantly, you'll be seen in our movie!! So, you WANNA BE IN THE PICTURES!?! Well you will be, and you'll join the cast & crew for a LOS ANGELES screening of HEISTED to see yourself on the big screen!
    You will also, for your pledge, receive the private link to Heisted online (so you can view yourself from the comfort of your home too), and you'll receive special Facebook AND Twitter shout outs & thank yous (which you deserve), PLUS, you will receive everything in the "ALL THE ABOVE" Pack! And! Yes, there is an "and"... And, you'll be a superstar in our hearts! And what is more valuable then that?

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