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Jesse GriffithBy Jesse Griffith
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Jesse GriffithBy Jesse Griffith
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About

Let's Turn this $ 3,000 Short Film into a $95,000 Feature!

I have long believed a passionate fan and a group of friends with computers can put together a killer sci-fi epic on par with the great movies of the 80’s & 90's with a modern angle. We see that spirit in such hits as Gareth Edwards pre “Rogue 1” creation of “Monsters”, and even Timo Vuorensola’s “Iron Sky, ” plus countless other fan films. My screenplay "Cockpit" is "Top Gun" meets "Aliens." The feature-length screenplay has won Best Sci-Fi Screenplay from Fantastic Planet Film Fest in Sydney Australia, and at the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival, as well as additional awards and finalist positions from other festivals.

AF-229 from short film + screenplay festival laurels.
AF-229 from short film + screenplay festival laurels.

 I’ve made a short proof of concept film subtitled "Cockpit:  The Rule of Engagement", to show what I can do with very little money ($3,000). I believe I can capture the same lightning in a bottle for the feature, and if you love sci-fi, you won't want to miss this journey.

"Earth’s best pilots are stranded in space, struggling with what’s real and what’s not as they battle aliens that control minds."

You can see this 10 minute short film that stars Ronny Cox ("Total Recall," "Robocop," "Stargate SG-1") and Helena Taylor ("Bayonetta") and "Ellen's" own Karl Champley ("Ellen's Design Challenge", "DIY to the Rescue") at this link... www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIZlR_H4uEs

Avatar of main character rendered for storyboard.
Avatar of main character rendered for storyboard.

What's the Story of the Feature Film?

The feature film follows top ace, Commander Bobbie “Liberty” Johnson-Lee, the mother of one who’s duty it is to shoot down afflicted pilots.   She finds herself on the receiving end of alien mind control, and struggles to return to her carrier and her family.

Storyboard:  Liberty hologram conference calls family.
Storyboard: Liberty hologram conference calls family.

 I wrote the "Cockpit" feature screenplay with the budget in mind.  96 pages of this 113 page script takes place in one location, the cockpit of a long-range bomber / fighter.  The remainder of the script includes an additional 4 locations to be shot on a green screen stage: a docking bay, a bridge, and an enemy colony.   This becomes our second shooting location. 

Jesse Griffith directs Ronny Cox on greenscreen.
Jesse Griffith directs Ronny Cox on greenscreen.

You may have seen my effects work if you’ve seen "Movie the Movie 1" or "Movie the Movie 2" in "Jimmy Kimmel’s After the Oscars Special" (plus all of his other big bits). Just search on YouTube! I bring those skills to the green screen in "Cockpit."   But location alone doesn’t make a movie. It’s the graciousness of the actors, and film professionals whom I've worked with over the years who are willing who bring their artistry well under their rate because they believe in the project. I hope the new "Cockpit" Universe and the Tarced War is one that will resonate with the sci-fi community.   

Karl Champley, Jesse Griffith, & Helena Taylor at Hollywood Film Festival.
Karl Champley, Jesse Griffith, & Helena Taylor at Hollywood Film Festival.

 

Cockpit:  The Feature Film
Cockpit: The Feature Film

 

Risks and challenges

SCI-FI is always a challenge. That's why Hollywood can't keep up with the demand for it (unless of course it's in the Marvel Universe). But that's why I made the short: as a test for the look and myself to ensure I'm up for the challenge.

THE BUDGET:
The budget covers the costs of hiring professional actors (SAG-AFTRA minimum rate), make-up, camera, and a small crew over a 10 day shoot, with the necessary props and costumes. 5 days will be "in the cockpit" scenes and 5 days for the other locations such as the hangar, bridge of the carrier, and an enemy colony. The cockpit requires a smaller green screen. The other locations are bigger, so we will need to rent a studio for those 5 days. The more we raise over our minimum budget, the more practical sets and set elements I will be able to use. For example, if I raise $115,000, I will be able to build a complete set. $150,000 will allow me to shoot the enemy colony on location at a local power plant and shoot additional days.

THE PEOPLE
I work with a talented group of people. Obviously, scheduling conflicts in any department can disrupt or end a low budget project. But not for me. I can personally fill the gaps that circumstance may leave. I am an accomplished fx artist, editor, and sound designer. I prefer to work with specialists in such fields, but if a scheduling crisis arises, the show will go on because I will fill that gap. I did most of the effects on the ten minute short film, and was able to coordinate with fx artists Patrick Connelly and Angus Lyne on a couple of shots. If we only raise the bare minimum budget, I will most likely have to do all the effects myself. The result is the project may take longer; roughly 2-3 years; and I'm cool with that. This is a project from the heart. I'd like to raise more, and cut that time down. More money means I can hire more help in post. But the movie will be completed, and hopefully be the first of many more sci-fi and fantasy movies from my story collection.

MONEY:
It should be noted that I am not taking a dime from this budget for personal payment or personal use. All of the money is going into the movie, hiring of others, and perks. Also, I still have a day job, which means I will work on this movie on nights and weekends and vacations. That is a challenge in and of itself. It is one I'm prepared to face (as I did with the short film). That is why the turnaround time is estimated at 2 years. Once funded , I would begin working on the effects shots immediately. The actual shoot would take place over 10 days in July 2017 to accommodate everyone's schedule.

DISTRIBUTION:
"Cockpit" does not have a distributor attached. This allows us to make the movie we want to make... which we are confident is the movie want to see. We are producing this movie with the "Build it and they will come..." spirit of production. We want to make the movie our way, and do the festival circuit (like we did with the short). If we win half as many awards with the feature film as we did the short, I believe it will find a distributor. And if that shining distributor doesn't coming riding in on a white horse? At the very least, we are confident we will make something that can be sold on iTunes or Amazon Video.

LEGAL:
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the Backer Screening or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.
• Backers who opt to visit the set are informed that we anticipate shooting in Los Angeles in July of 2017, or August 2017. This date is subject to change.

• Backers who opt to appear in the film or promotional video must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and NOT be a member of SAG/AFTRA.

• Some rewards may require Backers to fill out additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film or promo video, you will have to sign a release.

• This fundraising campaign is subject to Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If there are any conflicts we will work with you in good faith to grant you a substitute.

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    Trainee

    Get an MP3 of an accoustic song session from the film. Receive a digital downloaded MP3 of a rehearsal session of one of the movie's songs. The lead character in the movie jokingly sings the 200 year old Irish folk song, "Mrs. McGrath" which is later thematically worked into the score. You get first listen.

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    SEWAC Officer

    "Space-Early-Warning & Control" Officers monitor the galactic perimeter for enemy signal, and dispatch the pilots to shoot them down before they get close enough to infect an entire battle fleet. As a backer at this level, will be given early cuts, behind the scene looks, an informal Production / Post-Production Video Log (broadcast to backers only every 2 weeks). You will also receive a PDF of the screenplay when the movie is released.

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    IClone Avenger Sqadron

    A niche perk for sure. Receive an actual 3D asset from the film! We use Reallusion's iclone for fx scenes and animatics. Receive a 3D iClone avatar of one of the pilots from "Cockpit."
    *Please note that these are rigged for use with iClone only. You must already own iClone for this perk (though you may be able to export the model with 3DXchange to the 3d program of your choice).

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    Receive a digital download of the movie BEFORE it is available on itunes or Amazon (or other outlets).

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    Combat Pilot - DIGI Pack

    Receive the downloadable movie + the movie's soundtrack (collection of MP3's) + a PDF of the movie poster.

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    T-shirt Pack - Heartbreaker Squadron

    T-SHIRT! Exclusive. + digital rewards. You'll look like an Ace and a Heartbreaker in these stylish shirts with a retro touch. Unlike the short film's T-shirts, these are going to be the shirts that the pilots wear in the movie. The Earth Navy Aircraft logo across the chest, without the four claw scratch. The actual colors will depend on the final art direction of the film, but were are leaning towards a black on dark grey look. Available in Unisex or Girl Cut. And these run small, so be sure to specify your size. Here's a link to the old design for a similar reference... http://cockpitthemovie.com/cockpitthemovie.com/PHOTOS.html#6

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    Freedom Flyer

    A DVD of the movie + downloadable soundtrack and PDF of the movie poster.

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    Freedom Flyer Elite

    An HD BluRay + 8.5x11 Poster.

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    • Soundtrack: Cockpit Original Movie Score (collection of mp3's)
    • Sticker: Cockpit Squadron Art
    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
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    Squadron Commander

    See your name in lights with under the Special Thanks section of our end credits, + the digital downloads, + receive a Flight patch. Each of the pilots in the movie wears a 4" circle (approximate) Squadron Patch on their shoulder. Sew it on your aviator jacket, or hang it on your cork board.

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    • Soundtrack: Cockpit Original Movie Score (collection of mp3's)
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    • Cockpit Feature Film Digital Download
    • Sticker: Cockpit Squadron Art
    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
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    Squadron Commander ELITE

    Be a pilot in a sci-fi movie! All the perks of the Squadron Commander + we'll composite you in a AF-233 Cockpit and write a few lines of dialogue for you. While we can't guarantee you scene will make the final cut, we will be creating a special edition promotional scene for promotional purposes that consists of everyone in this tier for the world to see. This Promo movie will be featured on Youtube and Vimeo. You are responsible for your own travel and board, or we can arrange for you to film yourself against green or blue paper and digitally composite you into the cockpit. *- You must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA for this perk.

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    • Soundtrack: Cockpit Original Movie Score (collection of mp3's)
    • Cockpit Feature Film Digital Download
    • Sticker: Cockpit Squadron Art
    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
    • 8.5x11" Movie Poster signed by the director.
    • You will be GREEN SCREENED into a Cockpit for a Promo Video.
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    Carrier Captain

    Photo Book of artwork and behind the scenes photographs and artwork + DVD or BluRay (Please Specify) + digital Downloads.

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    • DVD
    • Soundtrack: Cockpit Original Movie Score (collection of mp3's)
    • Sticker: Cockpit Squadron Art
    • 8.5x11" Movie Poster signed by the director.
    • Special Thanks on the End Credits
    • 24x36" Poster of Movie
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    Commodore

    Keeping a piece of the ship is your passion. Back this level and you will receive a prop flight stick from the movie.

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    • Sticker: Cockpit Squadron Art
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    • Behind the Scenes Video Log
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    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
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    Quartermaster

    Receive the major feature prop from the movie: One of the flight helmets! These helmets are professional props distressed and augmented to look futuristic and worn. + Get a T-shirt and Flight patch.

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    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
    • T-shirt: Black on Dark UES Navy Logo
    • 8.5x11" Movie Poster signed by the director.
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    Vice Admiral / Associate Producer

    Associate Producer Credit on movie and IMDB! + VIP Ticket to Screening and After Party. You are responsible for your own travel and lodging.

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    • Associate Producer Credit
    • Soundtrack: Cockpit Original Movie Score (collection of mp3's)
    • Cockpit Feature Film Digital Download
    • VIP Ticket to Backers Screening + After Party in Los Angeles
    • BluRay
    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
    • 8.5x11" Movie Poster signed by the director.
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    Admiral / Producer

    Receive a producer credit and flightsuit from the film. Free ticket to our VIP Backers Screening and exclusive after party. (You are responsible for your own travel and lodging).

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    • Flightsuit from the film
    • 27x40" Poster signed by the Cast & Director
    • Producer Credit on Film and IMDB
    • VIP Ticket to Backers Screening + After Party in Los Angeles
    • Photo book: Behind The Scenes of Cockpit
    • T-shirt: Black on Dark UES Navy Logo
    • PDF of Screenplay (Delivered when the movie is released)
    • Behind the Scenes Video Log
    • BluRay
    • Flight Patch from the Movie (4" Circle approx.)
    • Soundtrack: Cockpit Original Movie Score (collection of mp3's)
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