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WE HIT OUR GOAL *throws confetti* BUT THERE'S STILL MORE TO DO...
- UPDATE 3 - We hit out goal!
- UPDATE 4 - Help cast Sean Ferro
- UPDATE 5 - I'll match your donations $1 per $1
- PRIZE UNLOCKED - $10 Mr. Turkey Art goes to all backers who pledged $10 or more.
- PRIZE UNLOCKED - $39 Movie Poster (digital) goes to all backers who pledged $39 or more.
WHAT ARE STRETCH GOALS? A stretch goal is an additional funding goal set for this campaign in the event that we surpass the initial funding goal, and will be used to finance other aspects of this project.
We hit our initial goal of $7,999, but there's still more to do. I'd planned on making multiple little campaigns where we can raise what we need for the next step, but we may not need to, depending on how much we can do now.
In the event that we fund this quickly (and we did -2 days!- which is epic), we can keep going, which will give us the funds needed to unlock the next phase of production.
That means we can progress faster than anticipated. Meeting stretch goals will take us further into the fundraising for the production.
New rewards will appear as we head toward the stretch goals. You can update your reward level at any time prior to February 4th.
Want more info about stretch goals? Read this post.
YES! I'll match every $1 pledged with $1 from my own pocket, up to $15,000.
So instead of just giving the $2001 that I already promised for the script, I'm increasing my donation to match yours at $8,855 which is the current pledge total, which puts us at $17,710. When there are more pledges, my contribution will match it up to $15,000 USD.
So it'll be really easy to hit that casting goal!
That means the Mr. Turkey reward has unlocked and we are really close to getting that $20K reward unlocked. Help spread the word. Together we can do this!
The Arrangement series by H.M. Ward has had over 20 New York Times bestsellers and over 30 USA Today bestsellers, plus it's sold almost 13 million books in three short years. This is your chance to see the characters you know and love in the flesh.
Many of you have already heard of our struggles with finding the perfect home for Sean Ferro. Despite our best efforts to find the perfect traditional film studio to bring The Arrangement to life, this has been the response every time: I'm sorry, but this is too dark for us.
I get it. The Ferro series at its core is about the rawness of humanity and what we're willing to do to survive. Sometimes it's not pretty. The Arrangement series is an evocative journey with real rawness and grit. It twists together family, survival, and sexuality into a tight knot. That's why you love it.
Removing the darkness of the central character ruins the story. There, I said it. I admit it. I can not see how anyone would want to watch a lighter version of this series. Then, I thought I was just another author in love with her own voice, so I asked you guys. Should we tame things down and brighten them up a little bit?
You answered LOUDLY.
KEEP SEAN FERRO DARK.
These are only a tiny fraction of the replies on this topic. Opinions came flooding in quickly, along with multiple requests to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money. You want to keep Sean the way he is in the books, darkness and all. You didn't want to tame that and I can't blame you.
In fact, I agree with you. There are some things that can change from book to film, but without the darkness that shrouds Sean Ferro, there is no story. It becomes diluted and loses meaning. You pointed that out along with all the extreme contrast between Sean and Avery. If we were to take a lighter path with the film version that would be lost, too.
Then you suggested that we do it using Kickstarter, so here we are! This campaign gives you the chance to bring Sean and Avery to life in an episodic screenplay and get a glimpse into their spectacularly broken world with Sean Ferro fully intact.
This Kickstarter is to fund the creation of the script. I've selected a talented, experienced female screenwriter who gets Sean and Avery. She loves the Ferro world and all its dark, sexy details.
To make it perfectly clear: I AM NOT WRITING THE SCRIPT. I tried that and with all honesty at this point in my career, I'm a novelist, not a screenwriter. There is a difference, which is why I selected someone with experience and talent.
The math: The script costs $10,000 to create. Hey, Holly, why are we only raising $7,999, then? Because I've already donated a little over 20% of the script budget in the amount of $2,001. That leaves us with $7,999 to raise, which is the goal of this Kickstarter.
Another major fan concern was remaining faithful to the steamy parts of this tale. If we do it this way, the author you know and love is the one overseeing the script creation. I can make sure it is dark, tasteful, hot, and in line with my original vision that you love so much.
Sexy scenes are part of a love story and a major part of this series. You won't have to worry about having those encounters toned down. In addition to that, you'll get more insight into Sean Ferro, his mannerisms, his personality, and his family. You'd like to know him better and this is a great way to do that.
Look at the list of rewards, select the thing or amount you're happy to offer and click to contribute (upper right side on your desktop, or bottom of the page on mobile).
If you'd like to give an amount without getting a prize, that's awesome too. Donations can be made by clicking 'make a pledge without a reward' at upper right side of the page (desktop). The funds you donate aren't watered down in order to send out rewards and we'll fund the entire thing much faster.
Every single dollar helps. And I know you're thinking a single dollar doesn't matter. Sometimes I feel that way too, but if 7,999 people all contribute $1, that's it. We'll hit our goal in a blink. Holly, that's a lot of people. I know, but Sean has a huge following with almost 60,000 facebook fans. Every single pledge helps in a huge way. This is a place where YOU do make a difference.
The premium deluxe hardcover and collector's paperback are pictured so you can see what they look like and the cover design. Please note that some perks are cumulative. They come with the items stated only so read carefully.
You can also share this project with your friends by clicking the social media buttons at the top of the page right under the main video.
SHARING IS SO IMPORTANT! REMEMBER TO SHARE!
If we don't raise the total amount of funding designated for the goal, this project will NOT be made.
You will not be charged. I never see your credit card number (that info is secure with Kickstarter). There will be no movie, no script, no nothing. Total suckage. Seriously.
But why? Because if we don't have enough people interested to meet the $7,999 threshold then there aren't enough people interested in viewing the series to warrant creating the movie.
How can you help? Make sure all your Ferro friends know this is going on and that they can help shape the movie! Click the share buttons and spread the word!
You made this series what it is today. You shaped the storyline. This is your chance to see Sean's swagger and hear that rich voice. Your excitement will do wonders for this project, which means Sean will come to life that much faster.
Sean Ferro is the hero in the wildly successful New York Times & USA Today Bestselling series The Arrangement by H.M. Ward.
In the event that you have a Ferro fan as a friend or you stumbled on this page and you'd love to know more about this series to see if you want to be involved, you can get the first ebook for FREE (reg. $2.99).
To get the ebook, just head over here. The ebook will be delivered to your inbox in a matter of moments so you can see what all the fuss is about for yourself.
There's no risk because if you don't enjoy it, it was free. If you like it, you can come back over, select a reward level if desired, and jump in chatting with other Ferro fans and be part of something amazing!
The Arrangement is a fan-driven series where fans were able to shape the storyline by interacting with the author, H.M. Ward, via social media. People talk to me. I'm not a totally scary person, so a fan-driven series (as crazy as that sounds) worked really well. Plus lots of fans made amazing friends along the way.
Remember finding your first Ferro Friend? *nostalgic twinkle in eye* Friendships formed across cities, countries, and even oceans because it doesn't matter who you are or where you live, Sean Ferro is that appealing. You shaped the books and voted to keep them dark, unsuppressed, and raw. Now you get to have the same impact on the movie.
You were thinking it and you should. If I'm asking for your hard-earned money than it's only fair that I tell you how I'm helping with this project.
Yes, I am contributing a lot of time and money to this project. I'm donating $2,001 USD of my own money toward the script goal, which is 20% of the script budget. It will help us get the script made that much faster!
That means I'm doing what you are and putting my money into creating a movie that will portray The Arrangement series in a way that is loyal to the books and exciting to the readers. Instead of walking away from a film where you feel let down because so much was cut out, we can make something that amplifies the books and remains true to the author's vision. That means more authentic Sean Ferro moments, just for you!
You will NOT be charged until February 4th, 2017 when the campaign ends. That means you can bid today to hold whichever reward you like and then pay for it on February 4th.
Make sure your final pledge is in place before the campaign ends.
We do NOT use a pledge manager so please manually back the project before the end date.
These are the ways to help make sure Sean Ferro comes to life and we have an amazing movie!
- Pledge: Pick a reward that temps you and click to pledge.
- Donate: Put your entire pledge toward the film by choosing no reward. Type in your pledge amount in the 'make pledge without a reward' box at the top of the rewards column.
- Share: Tell your family, friends, book club, and hairdresser that a Ferro movie is coming and that you get to be involved. Simply telling people this is happening is a tremendous help.
- Get Social: Are you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest? Share this link www.FerroMovie.com and we'll grow the Ferro community of awesome people even bigger, which means more friends and of course, more Ferro for everyone!
- Use #FerroMovie when you post on Facebook or Twitter.
- If your prize requires travel and you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian must accompany you.
- Travel, room, and board are not included with any of the rewards.
- There may be additional paperwork for some prizes (to protect you and me).
- Script completion dates are not finalized at this time, so prize delivery dates may shift.
- The goal is to deliver the script at the same time the movie goes live. In the event that March 2018 comes and goes and there is still no movie forthcoming, then all prizes will be shipped promptly. If everything goes quickly, you'll get your prizes and scripts quicker.
- Some rewards ship earlier - check the dates on the specific reward level.
- Please bear in mind that the nature of this kind of thing is somewhat fluid--dates shift, it rains, stuff happens that can speed or slow production. Never fear! I will keep you updated throughout.
- Some rewards are cumulative, so read carefully to make sure you get what you want.
- Rewards that require travel may necessitate travel within the US or to other countries. Make sure you have the appropriate travel papers/ passports if needed.
- *Pledge matching is in USD and capped at $15,000.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration. If every Ferro fan donates a dollar we can easily hit this goal, and with your help anything is possible. Please help spread the word so that we can make the Ferro family come to life.
Thank you so much for your donation and taking the time to read and share this project! You are the type of person who makes being an Indie awesome! It's all about you and it always has been. Rock on!
*Waves* Peace out peeps! Let's rock this!
Risks and challenges
My goal is to move quickly, but I will NOT sacrifice quality to do so. Screenwriting is a creative process and we need to give the writer the time needed to make sure everything is amazing.
There is a lot of coordination involved for the stretch goals which can slow things down a little bit. Although I have experienced help with this project, this is my first-time completing a Kickstarter and venturing into film. There will be hiccups, and I'll work my way through them and thank you ahead of time for your patience and good humour.
Updates about this project will be posted here in detail and major issues or highlights will be posted on my facebook page. I am always accessible to my fans via Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AuthorHMWard. Feel free to come by and say hi at any time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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