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Independent filmmaker taking a new & unique approach to a dramatic thriller about a serial killer.
149 backers pledged $20,881 to help bring this project to life.
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What is M.O. about?

M.O. is the story of a ordinary man living an ordinary life, with one exception: he's a serial killer.

Now before you say, "WHAT? Another movie about a serial killer? It's been done!", let me explain why this film is DIFFERENT.

Ask yourself: how many movies about serial killers have shown what a serial killer does when he isn't killing? How does a serial killer plan his crimes? And how does a guy that seems totally normal hide such a monumental secret from everybody?

After doing A TON of research and a lot of brainstorming, I sat down and wrote an outline that incorporates these ideas, and a few months later...BOOM! SCREENPLAY! (4 drafts so far...)

M.O. is short for modus operandi, which is defined as: a distinct pattern or method of operation that indicates or suggests the work of a single criminal in more than one crime. In other words, it's the way in which a serial killer (the main character of this film) plans out, executes, and covers up his crimes. THAT'S what this film is about...in addition to the normal, every day life he shares with his wife and daughter, who have no idea what he's up to.

I hate to make analogies, but imagine Dexter meets the Dardenne Brothers!

How do you plan to make this film worth watching?

Fair question! From the beginning, we decided that the best way to shoot the film is in a documentary-like, cinema verite style. 

 What better way to study and learn about a character than by following him around with a camera everywhere he goes?

How does my pledge help make this film possible?

Every pledge matters! Like any micro-budget independent film, we have expenses that we absolutely have to pay for...and that's after begging for and borrowing as much stuff as we can!

Your pledge allows us to pay for the essentials: salaries for cast & crew (which are MINIMAL), food, color correction, sound mix, props, locations...anything we have to pay for! Keep in mind that $20,000 is a TINY budget for a feature film and it's the BARE MINIMUM we need to get our film off the ground.

How far along are you in the filmmaking process?

We've already put in a significant portion of pre-production work onour film: we have our script, we have a Producer and a Director of Photography (who comes complete with his own RED camera), we have our locations scouted, and we are currently in the casting process! What we need now is a budget to bring these elements together so we can start shooting!

What do you plan to do with the film?

If all goes according to plan, we plan to submit M.O. to the Director's Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, in addition to other film festivals all over the world.

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    **SPECIAL REWARD** You've just become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! Your name will be included in the CREDITS OF THE FINISHED FILM, ON THE FILM'S IMDB PAGE & ON THE "PRODUCERS PAGE" OF THE WEBSITE + special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    You'll receive an EXCLUSIVE LEATHER-BOUND SIGNED COPY OF THE SCRIPT + (3) 8X10" ARCHIVAL FILM STILLS + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + Associate Producer credit + special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    WOW! You and a friend are invited to attend a SPECIAL SCREENING AT THE FANTASTIC LIGHT FILMS STUDIO IN LA (evening includes food & drink. Transportation and lodging not included) + leather-bound signed script + archival film stills + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    You get a SUPER AWESOME DIRECTOR'S CHAIR WITH A STILL FROM THE FILM PRINTED ON THE BACK AND SEAT (PHOTOGRAPHICALLY PRINTED BY KICKSTARTER HALL-OF-FAMERS LUMI CO!) + special screening in LA + leather-bound signed script + archival film stills + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + Associate Producer credit + special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    VISIT THE SET OF "M.O." DURING THE SHOOT IN JANUARY! MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AND SPEND THE DAY ON SET WITH THE CAST & CREW - YOU EVEN GET TO YELL "CUT!" AND "ACTION!" BETWEEN TAKES - HOW RAD! (transportation & lodging not included) + Lumi printed director's chair + special screening in LA + leather-bound signed script + archival film stills + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + Associate Producer credit + special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    BE IN "M.O."! MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE SF BAY AREA TO HANG OUT ON SET FOR A DAY AND GET A WALK-ON CAMEO IN THE FILM...PRETTY BITCHIN' (transportation & lodging not included) + Lumi printed director's chair + special screening in LA + leather-bound signed script + archival film stills + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + Associate Producer credit + special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    HOLY MOLY! You get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT IN THE CREDITS OF THE FINISHED FILM + A PRIVATE SCREENING OF "M.O." IN LOS ANGELES. HECK, MITCH & BRITTANY WILL MAKE YOU A SPECIAL DINNER BEFORE THE SCREENING AT THE FANTASTIC LIGHT FILMS STUDIO AND YOU GET TO SPEND THE EVENING WITH THEM AND SELECT CAST & CREW (Transportation for 1 person from anywhere in the US is included + 1 night stay in Los Angeles) + Day on film set & walk-on cameo (transportation & lodging not included) + Lumi printed director's chair + leather-bound signed script + archival film stills + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + 2 copies of the special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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    OMG - WE LOVE YOU. NO, SERIOUSLY. You get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT IN THE CREDITS OF THE FINISHED FILM + A WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES, HANGING OUT WITH MITCH & BRITTANY. GO TO THE BEACH, STROLL AROUND TOWN, DO FUN TOURISTY THINGS OR JUST CHILL AND SIP COFFEE WITH THE FILMMAKERS ALL DAY LONG + PRIVATE SCREENING OF "M.O." AT THE FANTASTIC LIGHT FILMS STUDIO AND YOU GET TO SPEND THE EVENING WITH SELECT CAST & CREW. (Transportation for 2 people from anywhere in the US is included + 2 night stay in Los Angeles + all meals during your visit) + Day on film set & walk-on cameo (transportation & lodging not included) + Lumi printed director's chair + leather-bound signed script + archival film stills + your name on the special thanks DVD insert + 2 copies of the special 2-disc signed DVD set + download of the script + digital download of the film + handwritten thank you card + access to Production Diaries + Special Thanks on our website & blog!

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