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Czechoslovakia - 1958 - how a defining moment can affect a family, a country, and one man's lifetime.
Czechoslovakia - 1958 - how a defining moment can affect a family, a country, and one man's lifetime.
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A Distant Shot is an exciting period piece drama that we plan to shoot in Prague on 35mm film this summer. Our short film is about how a defining moment can affect a family, a country, and one man's lifetime seen through the eyes of a Czechoslovakian track runner on the day of the biggest race of his life.

Concept art by Shelley Kensler
Concept art by Shelley Kensler

If you make a pledge, we get closer to our fundraising goal. If we don't make the goal by Friday May 10th at 8PM, we don't get anything and you won't get charged. But, if we do make the goal (or exceed it) within the time limit, we receive the money and can make movie magic!

James Paul - Director, Writer, & Producer www.jp2films.com

Harrison Goldberg - Line Producer

Ryan O'Connell - Composer - ryanomusic.com

Rodolfo Carlos - Set Photographer - rodolfocarlos.com

Molly Ellison & Sam Lang - Public Relations & Marketing

Shelley Kensler - Concept Art

Additional Crew - Talented students at F.A.M.U. in other key positions such as Cinematographer, 1st AC, Sound, Grip, and other personnel.

Partnership with F.A.M.U. (The Czech Film and TV Academy of the Performing Arts)

We will be working with F.A.M.U. students, who are some of the most experienced and talented student filmmakers in the world.

Barrandov Studios

Barrandov is the Czech equivalent of Paramount Pictures and allows rentals to the public at the same rates they give major motion pictures. This will give us access to authentic period piece costumes, props, and vehicles at bargain prices.

Currency translation

A dollar in the Czech Republic goes a lot further towards filming than it ever could in the U.S.

Production Value

We'll have access to unparallelled resources in terms of 35mm film cameras, equipment, locations, first class post-production facilities, and local talent (actors and crew).

  • Rent the lens and lighting kit for our 35mm film camera
  • Work with talented Czech actors
  • Hire highly skilled crew ensuring picture and sound quality
  • Afford authentic period piece locations, wardrobe, and props
  • Transport and feed our cast and crew on set
  • Cover the costs of composing and recording the soundtrack
  • Pay for post production services (including editing, sound mixing, SFX etc.)

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Risks and challenges

Shooting on Film
We increasingly live in a digital world, so working with traditional film isn’t second nature (and it’s EXPENSIVE). Thankfully we have a top notch crew who is well versed in the film medium.

Currency fluctuations
Not only do we have the costs of our Kickstarter campaign itself, but we'll have to convert our funds from dollars to Czech Crowns. Nobody can predict which way our two currencies will move but thankfully the exchange rate is very favorable at this time.

Language barriers and Trans-Atlantic business dealings
Half of our crew is American. But, most have lived or studied abroad for some period of time. Our Director speaks basic Czech and the whole team is up for an adventure!

Staying within our budget
We've prepared a detailed budget accounting for every possible expense we could incur to make sure we are filming within our means. In addition, our talented Producer will be making sure we stay on track.

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    Thank You! Receive a photo (via email) from the cast and crew as well as updates throughout our film.

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    Thank you shout out via our Facebook page and Twitter! We'll also toast to you at the bar in Prague, na zdraví! (translation: to your health!)

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    Love history? Love stamps? Receive authentic stamps from the World War II time period (one of the eras our film is set in) AND a thank you photo (via email).

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    Digital download of our soundtrack composed by the talented Ryan O'Connell.

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    Give a dollar for each year of our Director James's life! Happy Birthday James! (April 9th). In return, receive all of the above and a handwritten postcard mailed from Prague.

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    Receive a package of 10 beverage coasters hand picked from bars throughout Prague by the Director! Some of these coasters will even be featured in our film! No two packages will be alike! And a DVD of the film.

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    BUNDLE trifecta! HQ Digital download, DVD, and a copy of the script signed by our writer!

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    Beautiful one-of-a-kind original artwork used during pre-production as part of our lookbook. These were the amazing watercolor pencil drawings you saw in our video above. They will be mounted on boards making them easy to display in your home or office. And of course a digital download and DVD of the film.

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    Get an authentic piece of history! Receive an actual military officer's pin worn during World War II, Allied or Axis powers, and a digital download and DVD of the film.

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    Autographed DVD set of Season 4 of HBO's THE WIRE signed by Julito McCullum aka "Namond Brice" on the show as well as a signed movie poster, digital download, and DVD of the film.

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    Breakfast in Bethlehem, PA with the Director for two at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem (travel & accommodations not included), as well as a signed movie poster, digital download, and DVD of the film.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!
    You will receive an official IMDB credit on the film, as well as a signed poster, digital download, and DVD of the film.

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    A night of culinary delights, drinks, and desserts with the Director for two. PA, NYC, or DC locations only (travel and accommodations not included). An official IMDB credit on the film AND all of the above (excludes original artwork)

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    Feel like you were born in the wrong time period? Then travel back to 1958 with our Director by coming to Prague this summer and DRIVING A REAL SOVIET TANK! Get a round of drinks with the cast and crew afterwards, as well as a personal guided tour by the Director of his favorite spots in Prague, all on us! If scheduling allows we'll even give you a walk-on role in our film! AND all of the above (excludes original artwork) (Travel and accommodations not included)

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Funding period

- (31 days)