The Elevator Pitch:
After growing up on separate sides of the United States, brothers Eddie and Owen are reunited by the death of their father. The boys decide to use their inheritance to venture out on a road trip through the American West to reconnect and relive time they never had. They soon find out though that they may have inherited more than just their father's money...
This script has been described as "everything you loved about Dumb and Dumber, without all the jokes".
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In All Seriousness...
Jordan and I have gathered an incredibly talented group of filmmakers, artists, and musicians, to bring this great story to life. But we have taken this project as far as we can on our own resources. We need your help and support to bring "I'm A Patriot" to the big screen.
Why We Need Your Support...
There are two large expenses associated with this film, the first is the cost of the high end production equipment we need to shoot this film the way we want to shoot it i.e. in CinemaScope, more on that later. The second is the hard working men and women that are putting their time and effort into making "I'm A Patriot" a reality. To make this film our cast and crew will have to take time away from their jobs and away from their families to work long hours. And we need to pay them for it. Here's a rough breakdown of where your support will go.
As you can no doubt see from this wonderfully stylized chart, about 80% of the budget will go toward equipment needed to shoot the film, people to make it happen and food to keep them working. The other 20% will be used for odds and ends, such as set dressings, to make the world of "I'm A Patriot" immersive and believable. Boring stuff like insurance and back end costs like securing music rights and festival submissions are also included.
What's Up With This CinemaScope Thing...?
We are working really hard to make "I'm A Patriot" stand apart from the multitudes of other independent films that are being made all the time. The most innovative way we are doing that is by looking to post WWII era technology for help! In the 40's and 50's televisions began to invade the homes of most Americans. As a result theater ticket sales plummeted and the Hollywood studios scrambled to devise a solution. 20th Century Fox's idea was a process they called CinemaScope. Without delving too much into it, CinemaScope was an early anamorphic process of shooting that involved compressing the width of the image to get a wider view. This compression leads to a distortion in the dimensions of the image.
To adjust for the distortion CinemaScope films were re-stretched upon projection.
The CinemaScope process was a revolution in the way films were made and the images it produced were praised as a new and more immersive theater experience. This process has changed a bit now that we shoot on digital cameras, but what hasn't changed is the stunning images that CinemaScope is known for. Shooting this way will help "I'm A Patriot" stand apart from the deluge of independent films out there, but much more importantly the ultra-widescreen look is critical to the story. And besides, the cardinal rule of filming in Montana is "Go outside...and shoot it wide".
Players Gonna Play...
Our greatest asset in making this film is our cast of incredibly talented actors and actresses that will be bringing "Patriot" to life. Our cast is led by Chris and Michael Magee. Being brother themselves, the Magee's bring a lifetime of experience to the roles of Eddie and Owen. Accomplished writers and producers, many of you may recognize the Magee brothers from their work in Missoula with The Moonrisers theater group.
There are no small parts though and our supporting cast bring a wealth of talent to "I'm A Patriot". Here are a few of the other talented actors who have signed on to The Patriot Team.
Whats The Score?
Music is a crucial part of any film and we have enlisted the talents of John Brownell to create an original score for "I'm A Patriot".
Some of you may remember John from his work with the Oblio Joes or with Secret Powers; both fantastic Montana bands. John created the song playing in the teaser at the top of the page and we can't wait to get him working on the score for the actual film. As a treat and a thank you for considering our project, here is the raw track from the teaser that John created. Enjoy! And if you want it for yourself, go here and download away!
A Note On Rewards...
Unfortunately we can't afford to include travel or lodging expenses in any of the reward levels. However, if you're a big enough fan to fly to Missoula for any of the events in the reward tiers we will happily come get you from the airport!
We have not included shipping in rewards that include tickets to the invite-only screenings of the finished film. Every time we have to ship a package to you guys we have less money to put into the film. Even though we love UPS, we would rather get that money up on the screen! So when you attend the invite-only showing at The Roxy Theater or at Koemans Manor you will be given a personalized gift bag with all of the rewards entitled to you! If you select a reward that includes tickets to one of those showings but can't make it to the show contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements to get you your goods when they become available.
If You Guys Have Any Questions Or Want To Know More...
Email me, Blake Koemans, at email@example.com anytime and I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner. Thank you for visiting our page, and let's get this thing made!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges that go along with filmmaking. We are trying creative and innovative processes to make this film. And we are trying to do it on a very small budget, so the challenges are numerous but the greatest risk is in not supporting independent and alternative art forms. If alternative voices can't be heard our culture loses something very valuable. So please support this and other independent films any way you can! Thanks!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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