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Experience the story of the world's most beloved food, through the eyes of the man who loves it most.
Experience the story of the world's most beloved food, through the eyes of the man who loves it most.
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Hi, we're Ryan Jones and Shawn Willis of Notice Pictures (www.noticepictures.com), and we want to introduce you to Scott Wiener.  We met Scott in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when he pointed us to Lombardi's Pizzeria, which was feeding the neighborhood by powering their shop with car batteries.  It would be easy to call Scott a pizza expert, but that wouldn’t do him justice.  He runs a successful tour business in NYC, where he leads visitors to some of the best and most historic pizzerias in the world, teaching the history and science of pizza making.  Scott's a legend in the pizza industry.  He eats 15 slices per week, writes a monthly column in Pizza Today magazine, judges pizza competitions, and--oh, yeah--he's the Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of pizza boxes, now numbering nearly 1,000 different boxes from 55 countries, selections of which are currently touring through gallery spaces in the U.S. and Europe, with tentative exhibitions planned for Asia and Latin America. In his spare time, he founded and organizes Slice Out Hunger, an annual event, which has raised over $70,000 for hunger relief organizations in NYC. 

In “Scott’s Pizza Tours," we’ll experience the world’s most beloved food, through the eyes of the man who loves it most. We'll witness how Scott, by living his passion every day, has inspired others to take their own leaps of faith in order to follow their dreams.  And, yes, we'll figure out how someone is able to store 975 pizza boxes in a Brooklyn apartment.

We've already been filming for 6 months, and have had the privilege of attending numerous pizza tours, public events Scott has hosted, as well as the unbelievable International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas (yes, that’s a real thing). We've conducted interviews with Scott, his friends and family, as well as some of the nation's top pizzeria owners who count Scott as a friend and colleague. 

We need your help to raise the funds that will carry us over the finish line.  Scott's reputation extends far beyond New York City, and we need to do a little traveling to speak with some of the people who've been impacted by knowing him.  Funds raised will mostly go toward finishing costs (colorist, sound mixing, musical score, motion graphics, etc.) If we can raise more than $35k, we'll be able to travel with Scott to the UK for the opening of his latest gallery exhibition of pizza boxes, and also make a trip with him to pizza's birthplace: Italy! Additionally, any extra money we can raise will help offset the costs of festival entry and attendance.

Risks and challenges

If this project is funded, there are literally no obstacles standing in the way of this film being completed, and submitted to festivals by the fall. Okay, to say there are "literally no obstacles" might be an overstatement. There could be a rogue asteroid that plummets to earth, killing every single species, or perhaps some sort of situation where films are suddenly not consumed at all, in favor of some other activity...I don't know...pole vaulting?? Not even a pizza shortage would stop this film. It would, in fact, enhance it, and make it all the more dramatic, but let's not hope for such a thing, shall we?

Seriously, though, Between the two of us, we have completed two feature-length documentaries, as well as dozens of shorts over the past several years, so we know what's involved in the process, and we're beyond confident that this project will be completed. So, short of wild space rocks and/or a sudden surge in popularity for stabbing a stick in the ground in order to propel oneself over another set of sticks, we're in good shape.

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    POCKET PIZZA JOURNAL

    Scott's Pocket Pizza Journal will get you started on the road to expert-level pizza lover in no time. Chart slices from every pizzeria you visit, with metrics like "cheese-to-sauce ratio," and tools like the "crust-o-meter."

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    In addition to the production diary, you'll receive early access to download and view the film once it's completed.

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    SCOTT'S PIZZA TOURS T-SHIRT

    You'll receive access to the production diary, the digital download, and be able to impress your friends with this beautiful cotton garment, featuring the logo for Scott's Pizza Tours. Choice of red or gray.

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    "&PIZZA" T-SHIRT (see photo in the "About this project" section)

    You're guaranteed to turn heads (and activate people's salivary glands) with this cool shirt, designed by Scott's friend and collaborator Steph Mantis. In addition to the shirt, you'll get the digital download and the production diary.

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    SIGNED COPY OF 'VIVA LA PIZZA' BOOK

    While you read the production diary, and wait for the digital download release, sit back and enjoy the art of the pizza box with this book written by Scott, and featuring photos from his Guinness World Record winning pizza box collection.

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    NEW YORK PIZZA TOUR
    After reading the included production diary and viewing the digital download of the film, you're going to want to experience a pizza tour for yourself. You'll receive one ticket to the walking tour of your choice.

    *Airfare and accommodations in NYC not included. Tours led by Scott are subject to tour schedule.

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    THE BOOK AND THE T-SHIRT
    Not happy with just a cool shirt or just a great book? Get both! With this reward you'll receive your own Scott's Pizza Tours t-shirt AND a signed copy of the book.

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    NEW YORK PIZZA TOUR FOR 2!!
    After reading the included production diary and viewing the digital download of the film, you're going to want to experience a pizza tour for yourself. You'll receive TWO tickets to the walking tour of your choice.

    *Airfare and accommodations in NYC not included. Tours led by Scott are subject to tour schedule.

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS

    You'll get access to the production diary, the digital download, AND your name will appear in the 'Special Thanks' section of the credits of the movie. Lots of people will see this, so don't be surprised if Scarlett Johansson or Chris Pratt call to ask you out on a date.

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    COUPLES CLASS AT PIZZA A CASA PIZZA SCHOOL
    If you're not happy sitting on the pizza sidelines, and want to learn to create as well as consume the food of the gods, this reward is for you. You'll receive tickets for two to the couples class at New York's #1 pizza making school. "Pizza a casa" is Italian for "pizza at home," and that's exactly what you'll leave with: the ability to make great pizza in your home oven. You'll also receive the digital download and he production diary.

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    EARLY SCREENING!
    In addition to the production diary and the digital download, you will be invited to an early private screening with the filmmakers before the film hits festivals! Plus, there will most certainly be pizza available.

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    PRIVATE PIZZA TOUR WITH SCOTT!

    You get the production diary, the digital download, PLUS a private tour with the pizza aficionado, Scott Wiener himself. You and up to three guests will travel to as many as 3 pizzerias all throughout NYC, all the while learning more about the history of pizza, the city, and all the other knowledge Scott has managed to accrue. You'll never eat pizza the same way again!

    *Airfare and accommodations in NYC not included.

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    DINNER WITH SCOTT AND THE FILMMAKERS

    As though the included production diary, digital download, and t-shirt weren't enough, you and a guest also get to dine in NYC with the filmmakers and Scott and ask all the questions you want on any topic. We don't have to eat pizza, but it wouldn't hurt.

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    LEARN FROM A MASTER PIZZA MAKER

    Frank Pinello of Brooklyn pizzeria Best Pizza is going to divulge to you and a friend some of the secrets to his hugely successful pizza shop. You'll learn how to make your own pizza and be treated to other items from his highly-praised menu. PLUS, we'll throw in the digital download and two t-shirts of your choice from tier 3 and 4.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT AND PRIVATE TOUR

    That's right, you'll be listed in the opening and closing credits as an Associate Producer. That means you'll be listed on IMDB, just like Steven Spielberg! As though that weren't enough, you'll also get a private tour access to the production diary, a digital download (so you can see your name in lights), and a Scott's Pizza Tours t-shirt.

    *Sadly, this does not entitle you to an Oscar statuette should we win the Academy Award.

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