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Our mission is to empower people to make their own creative projects!
159 backers pledged $16,265 to help bring this project to life.
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"Shoot You Way to the Top" is not only a film, we are an artistic mission. This feature-length documentary is meant to be used as an engine for all of us who want to create, invest in our craft and pave our paths as artists by collaborating. The film will feature Amazingly inspiring speakers who give insight on their creative process and on the business aspects of succeeding in your field.

“Shoot Your Way to the Top- on Zero Budget” is a feature length documentary aiming to inspire and empower storytellers with the knowledge, tools and techniques they need to make their own projects, and be able to get started on zero to minimal budget!

We have interviewed over 14 amazingly talented leading artists who got started doing their own work and who share with you inspiration, advice and obstacles they overcame. Their messages are empowering and also give insight into the business aspect of creating your path as an artist. Their varying backgrounds are inspiring- pay close attention to their artistic thought process. Some of them are Steven L. Sears, co-executive producer and writer of "Xena: Warrior Princess," Sam Spiegel, composer and director of films and commercials, brother of film director Spike Jonze, and Cynthia Kirchner, professional actress and Victoria's Secret model.

"Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try." - Mary Kay Ash... Thank you for helping us empower others to "play their music" and make their projects. We must work together and collaborate to achieve our dreams, finding creative solutions and "play our music" together!

Our vision: To empower artists and storytellers to invest in themselves by creating their own work without having to get buried in credit card debt or spending their family's hard earned money. You don't need a huge budget, you can do it for zero or very little and we're going to show you how. We'll go into detail on the five most important steps for successful zero to minimal budget short filmmaking that we used to make over 16 award-winning short projects.

Our purpose: We want to create a community of like-minded collaborators who are empowered to make their own creative projects! Building a team is key. Every successful big-time filmmaker like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and James Cameron started small making their own short films. We can all do it too, specially if we help each other out.

TOP 10 reasons to be an Imagineer:

1. Your imagination can shape the world.

2. Artistic expression, love & passion is what connects us all.

3. Investing in yourself & those you love yields great returns. 

4. Making your own work gives you control of your future. 

5. You want to stop talking & start doing.

6. You believe in doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals.

7. You believe in learning by doing & never giving up. 

8. You want to succeed as much as you want to breathe.

9. You want to create projects you are proud to share with others. 

10. You are important & we can't do this without you! 

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

We are already projecting to donate screenings and Q&A's to students as mentorship for educational purposes. We see the need to encourage future generations with the tools and awareness that they can create. We see that everyone starts somewhere, and sometimes all a person needs is a little push! And we really appreciate you helping give us the financial 'push' we need to bring this project to life.

We are giving back. Every dollar we raise will go into the documentary and the series. All the artists we've interviewed have donated their valuable time, energy and wisdom because they believe in giving back. We are all artists empowering an artistic movement.

To set you up so you can get started and make your own work on zero to minimal budget! After this, its up to you to implement, nothing happens unless you take action. The raised funds will cover the cost of going over 100,000 hours of footage we have for this documentary. A friend of ours who didn't apply these techniques spent $80,000 making his short film, only one. We have completed over 16 shorts for a fraction of a fraction of that price. Our goal is to inspire you and save you a ton of money. $15 can save you $80,000. You save more by pledging for the higher rewards.

We believe in us and we believe in you and together we can make this project a reality because everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has talent. Support our project for yourself and give this gift to other creative artists who are eager to make their own projects. You probably have a family member with artistic inclination who would benefit from "Shoot Your Way to the Top on zero budget!" This whole experience is being offered for the small contribution of $15. The price of a regular lunch can give you the tools, encouragement and inspiration to go out and do your own work. With this pledge, you can download the full documentary in splendid 1080p HD video! This project's affordable price is a unique opportunity only on KICKSTARTER during the 30 day campaign. We can't guarantee the same prices afterwards, so take action now.

 We are aiming to have the documentary finished within one month after reaching our goal to make sure you and the creative people you love are rewarded with this great gift for the Holidays!

We're asking for the minimum to be able to make this project, and we encourage everyone to help us reach our STRETCH GOALS. It will literally benefit everyone who support. We'll be able to enhance the quality of the 3 documentaries and include more behind the scenes footage never before seen anywhere online. We have over 100,000 hours of great footage to include with proper funding. Check out the Stretch goals. We have some amazing things on the line. This is where you come in as a hero character with your cape waving at blazing speed flying onto the set to help make this project a reality!!!

"You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

In launching “Shoot Your Way to the Top- on Zero Budget,” everyone has been working hard to do their best and your contribution will help to pay for the making of, encoding and authoring of the DVD, production, post production, manufacturing, duplicating, packaging and shipping. You can contribute as little or as much as you want, every dollar counts towards helping us reach our goal and stretch goals! 

See what our fellow collaborators have to say about their experience making their own projects and what they got out of teaming up with us.

THANK YOU VERY FOR HELPING US FINISH OUR DOCUMENTARY!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an amazing platform that helps us get our project funded by bringing you and us together so we can create something awesome! Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, which means that if we don't reach 100% we get nothing. By meeting our goal we can successfully complete our mission and place this project in your hands. Besides pledging for your favorite reward, you can also help us by sharing this link with friends and family. Keep in mind that roughly 10% of funds are split by Kickstarter and Amazon for processing payment and operating expenses, which leave us 90% of the amount collected. We're already working on a shoe string budget to make sure we benefit a lot of people, Help us achieve our stretch goals to be able to deliver all these awesome projects! THANK YOU.

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    INSPIRED IMAGINEER: Thank you for supporting our project! You get a personalized "Certificate of Appreciation" pdf by email. We'll add your name on our social media & Official website.

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    ACTIVE IMAGINEER: Thank you! You get all previous rewards plus the digital HD version of the documentary "Shoot Your Way To The Top, on zero budget"! $15 can save you $80,000.

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    CREATIVE IMAGINEER: Thank you! You get all previous rewards plus the digital un-cut interviews of our highly talented selected individuals. Get full inside into their creative minds! This is a 2nd documentary in addition to "Shoot Your Way To The Top, on zero budget."

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    LEADING IMAGINEER: Thank you! You get all previous rewards Plus a 3rd documentary, a 'Making Of' Commentary over all of our short films we produced in chronological order. You get to learn from our mistakes, obstacles and problem solving techniques that will save you time and money on your own productions. Plus a .doc "standard release form" from our "Shoot Your Way to The Top on Zero Budget" TOOLBOX.

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    ACHIEVING IMAGINEER: Thank you so much! You get all previous rewards plus a special edition package with all DVDs shipped to your door! The DVD's will have more behind the scenes footage you can't get anywhere online and fun Bloopers. You get the entire "TOOLBOX" of documents and forms like personal release forms, production checklist, release of artwork, festivals list, marketing tips, and our chosen list of top film festivals to submit your work to! The Shoot Your Way To The Top, on zero budget TOOLBOX" alone will cost you over $500 if you purchase those documents separately online.

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    VISIONARY IMAGINEER: Thank you so much! You get all previous rewards plus an original "Shoot Your Way To The Top" poster signed by us, a hand written thank you on a film still and you'll be joining us on a private Live Video Chat where we will discuss pre-production, production and post-production on zero to minimal budget!

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    INNOVATIVE IMAGINEER: Thank you so much! You get all previous rewards plus a one-on-one video hangout with us to talk about your own projects and topics like producing, performance, special effects, etc. When you make great short film using these zero to minimal budget techniques, we'd love to feature it on our website! It has to blow our minds, that's the only requirement, so make it as awesome as it can be.

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    TRAILBLAZING IMAGINEER: Thank you so much! We appreciate it! You get all previous rewards plus ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Credit in the Documentary and IMDB. Your Logo & website will be included as an Official Sponsor on our website, photo stream and social sites! We'll share our heartfelt gratitude for your awesomeness in the Official Thank You Video!

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    VICTORIOUS IMAGINEER: WOW Thank you so much! You are awesome! You get all previous rewards Plus PRODUCER Credit in the Documentary and on IMDB. You are an Official Silver Sponsor on all above platforms plus on DVD packaging. Lunch is on us here in Los Angeles, CA!

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    TRIUMPHANT IMAGINEER: WOW Thank you so much! You're amazing! Thank you for your big heart & generosity, we greatly appreciate it. You get all previous rewards plus EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Credit in the Documentary and on IMDB. You are an Official Gold Sponsor on all above platforms, and we also have a big surprise for you which will remain a secret until we meet for dinner, anywhere in the United States!

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