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An American filmmaker, who has seen far too many romantic comedies, moves to Paris to try to live out his dreams and look for love.
An American filmmaker, who has seen far too many romantic comedies, moves to Paris to try to live out his dreams and look for love.
360 backers pledged $15,788 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!!! My thanks to everyone who supported the campaign. If you come across this project late and would like to know more, or make a donation, please check out www.anamericangingerinparis.com

I'll also be setting up a way for anyone to make a donation through PayPal, just email me at ScottInParis@gmail.com

And you can follow the adventure on facebook.

Check out this new video of me chatting about the film with Ben and Alice (two of my best friends who played a big role in Being Ginger).

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I am one of those people who has an overly developed romantic attachment to Paris. I think it partly comes from having watched films like Amelie, Midnight In Paris, and Before Sunset far too many times. I just turned 34 and I've decided it's time to finally case my dream of living in Paris, and I'm taking my camera along to document the experience.

I've spent the summer working to save enough money to pay my own expenses of living in Paris for two months, the problem is that doesn't leave me any money to pay for making the actual film. So this campaign is specifically about raising the money needed for gear and crew to start shooting and editing. Hard drives, microphones, a camera operator, and a smaller back up camera (because I won't be able to shoot certain parts of the film with my big camera).

When it is finished, I hope it will be a feature film, but this campaign is a little different. You see, if it becomes a feature, the budget will be about $200,000 and while I'd love to raise that here, I think that's a bit more than I can pull off. So, the plan is to spend two months in Paris shooting as many scenes as I can, and come away with a special short film/expanded trailer that I can show privately to broadcasters and other funders to get the rest of the money.

I'm not offering a finished feature as a reward for the sole reason that I don't want to promise something I don't know I can deliver. When I started Being Ginger I thought it was only going to be five minutes long, and in six weeks I had a 24 minute long film that eventually became the first act of the feature version. So if this campaign seems weird, all you need to understand is that I'm trying to do the same thing I did last time. And for $7 you'll get to see whatever I produce after two months. It might be an extended trailer to a longer film, or it might be a stand alone 15 minute film.

So, what is An American Ginger In Paris?

It's a documentary about chasing your dreams and looking for love in the most romantic city in the world. It's the "sort of" sequel to Being Ginger, in that it will continue following my story, but it will also function as a stand alone film.

But what's it about?

This is where the fun lies for me. I don't know what the film will actually be about. Maybe that isn't the best thing to tell people when I'm asking them for money, but it's true. Being Ginger started off as a film about my hair, but in the end, it became a film about the longterm impact of childhood bullying. This film is at least going to start off as a film about romance, and my attempt to have an adventure in Paris, complete with writing a novel and looking for love. But where it goes from there is anyone's guess. I'm just hoping that after watching Being Ginger you can trust that I'll be able to do it again.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone who has ever dreamt of living in Paris. Anyone who loves romantic comedies. And anyone who enjoyed Being Ginger.

But I haven't seen Being Ginger.

If you're reading this and you haven't actually seen my first film, I have a special offer. For the duration of this campaign, you can go to my website, beingginger.co.uk and download the full film for just $1. I'm dropping the price during the campaign because I believe that after you've watched it, you'll want to see the Paris film come to life. (I would make it free to download, but I'm contractually not allowed to do that.) And if you've already seen Being Ginger, and liked it, please, please encourage your friends to give it a chance this month.

Tell me about your last film

Being Ginger started off as a short film for my Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh. It won an award for being the Best Student Documentary in Scotland, and after I graduated I expanded it into a feature. When I released it, it got great reviews, and at the moment has a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes and was named a New York Times Critics' Pick. It was also a top selling documentary on iTunes, and I toured with it to cinemas in 13 cities around North America. You can read the Times' review here, and watch the trailer below:

Since I'm asking you for money, let me be perfectly clear about two things: first not a penny of this money will go to pay for me to live it up in Paris. As I said, I'll be paying for my own living expenses. And secondly, while I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of making Being Ginger, I actually lost a considerable amount of money on it. I think it was worth it, and I'm hoping that as more people see it, and see my next film, that I'll be able to build enough of an audience that I'll be able to start making a living at this, but I'm not there yet. I spent the first half of this year traveling around North America, going to screenings in 13 cities, and I actually lost money on each screening. Again, it was an amazing experience, and I'm so glad that I did it, but please don't think that I'm rich and famous now.

Finally, let me just say that it's up to you. If you think I should keep making films, then please donate a few bucks. It all adds up. If this campaign is unsuccessful, I don't really have a plan B. I suppose I'll end up back in Texas, living at my parent's house, waiting tables at the Chilis behind my old high school. But please don't let me do that.

(Oh, I almost forgot: This is not a film about my hair. I'm keeping the word ginger in the title because like it or not, that's who I am now. I get stopped on the street by random people asking if I'm the guy who made the ginger film. So I figure if that's my brand, I might as well own it. Plus, it's a play on "An American Werewolf In Paris" and it made Ben laugh the first time I mentioned it to him, and anything that makes Ben laugh has to be good.)

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Email me about the film at ScottInParis@gmail.com

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Risks and challenges

Okay, this isn't going to be easy. I have to be completely up front that I have no idea what this film project will turn into. I do know that I'll go to Paris for at least two months and I'll take my camera with me, so one way or another I will come away with something. That's why I'm not making the final film a reward. All of the rewards listed are things I know I can deliver. This entire project is going to be an adventure, and the nature of any adventure is that there is a chance it could turn into a disaster. My hope is that if that happens, I'll end up with a more entertaining film.

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    POSTCARD FROM PARIS - In addition to the two rewards above, I'll take the time to sit down in a cafe and write you a personal postcard. The plan is to do one a day once I get to Paris, and each one will be unique based on how I'm feeling that day.

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    HIDDEN SECRETS - Maybe you're a hopeless romantic like me, and maybe you're planning to visit Paris one day with your significant other. For $100 I will hide something in Paris for you. Perhaps you want a lock chained to a bridge with you and your significant other's name on it that you can show them three years from now on your next visit to Paris. Maybe you just met the woman of your dreams and you know you want to marry her, I'll bury a ring box (without the ring, but with a note from you) that you two can come and dig up in two years. I'll send you photos and detailed instructions for how to find your hidden prize. We can talk about what you want hidden after the campaign. *note, the $100 covers the cost of me hiding your item. You'll have to separately pay for the item you want hidden.

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    A SPECIAL SOUVENIR - While I'm out and about in Paris, I'll keep an eye out for a special souvenir that I'll randomly send you one day. Each one will be unique and I'll make sure that each one is in the background of a shot in the film. I'll send you a quick questionnaire so I can try to tailor your item to your tastes. (I've already factored in shipping.) (plus, the postcard, and hidden prize)

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    DAY TOUR AROUND PARIS - Maybe you're going to be visiting Paris while I'm there and would like a guided tour of my favorite spots. Well here you go. (Plus everything that comes with a post card.) *It's up to you to get to Paris while I'm there, also I reserve the right to back out of meeting anyone who I think is crazy.

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    PICK THE POSTER - Right now I'm just ripping off the poster from the Oscar winning film, An American In Paris, so I'm going to need an original poster of my own. I'm going to put out a commission to get an original poster designed, and I'll have several options to choose from. I'll let one person pick the first official poster, and they'll get a copy of it. (plus the top four rewards.)

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    ART COLLECTOR - Maybe you really, REALLY, loved Being Ginger, and you want something special associated with the film. Well, I still have the infamous sandwich board sign, and I'm willing to give the two pieces away to worthy homes. (If you haven't seen the film, go over to my website and watch it now for only $1, the sandwich board scene includes the most talked about moment of the film.) I mean, it's technically art, I did paint them myself, and it could easily hang up on your wall. (includes everything from the postcard level) *You'll also have to pay for the shipping costs from the UK. If you're interested in this one message me and I'll let you know what that will cost.

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