Go way, way, way behind the scenes! In fact, we'll take you so far behind the scenes that you'll practically be sitting on our Producer's lap. It'll be just like Project Greenlight, only YOU'RE the one who gets to vote on all key decisions! And if Matt or Ben want to pledge and get involved, who are we to stop them? ;-)
Are you a burgeoning screenwriter? Talented YouTube editor? Wannabe Casting Director? Each of our rewards offer an exclusive, one-of-a-kind filmmaking experience that give you unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to making an indie film. Don't just watch Scamdance, make it with us!
Help us choose actors from audition videos, vote on different edits of a scene, chime in on script rewrites, be a part of a test audience or even cast yourself in the movie! Since you’re the one greenlighting this project, you’ll be a part of our collective studio. We want your feedback to help us make the best movie possible.
Word of mouth is key to this grassroots campaign. We're not famous like Spike Lee or Zach Braff (yet), nor do we have access to the publicity machine of Veronica Mars. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform, so if we don't reach our financial goal this movie won't get made. We need your help to spread the word!
The most important thing you can do to ensure the success of this campaign is share the link on Facebook& tweet about it via Twitter. If you enjoyed the video, shout it from the rooftops! Tell everyone that you've joined our production team and invite them to "Like" our Facebook page. When more people join our collective studio, all the rewards become more rewarding! Our forums will have more voices which will ensure livelier debates about the script, cast, edits and so on. More voices mean more Backers. More Backers mean more money. More money means a better movie. And a better movie means a more fun & satisfying filmmaking experience for you!
$100,000 is the absolute minimum we need to greenlight Scamdance. $200,000 would be ideal. $1,000,000 would be surreal! But if we fall even $1 short of our funding goal by the end of our 30-day campaign, then there will be no money, no movie and no rewards. However, if we meet our goal or (fingers crossed) exceed it, then we all go to...
Things will get crazy when we get funded. Pre-Production officially begins the day after this campaign ends, so that means rewards will immediately start heading your way. On my end I'll have tons of new Facebook friends who will start receiving updates, photos & videos of our progress. Everyone who pledges $25 or more will have instant access to the entire script (check out the 30-page sample script) and rewriting will go into full swing. Casting will follow and everyone pledging $35 or higher will have access to auditions and help choose actors--perhaps we'll even cast one of our backers! Those of you at or above the $75 level will be able to watch scene assemblies as our Editor cuts the movie together. Backers pledging $250 or more will be able to watch rough cuts of the entire film! Depending on your pledge level, rewards will keep coming like an endless birthday until the movie gets released. At that point you'll receive the best reward of all: bragging rights!
Thank you, thank you,THANK YOU for watching our video and reading about the project. It'll be an amazing ride. Join us!
Need More Reassurance?
Find out why Kristen Johnston is raving about Scamdance by downloading a 30-page sample (full script available to Backers upon successful funding). If you don't absolutely love it, then make a $25 pledge and you can chime in during the next rewrite!
Lastly, please check out the fun photos from our crazy Kickstarter shoot (below). We shot the entire video in one day for $158, and that included meals for the cast & crew! Imagine what we'll do with $100k..or more!
SEAN HANLEY Writer/Producer/Director Sean received his B.A. in English at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and wound up in La-La Land where he completed a UCLA certificate program in Screenwriting. After three seasons on Fran Drescher's hit CBS sitcom, The Nanny, Sean landed a coveted position on the writing staff and went on to co-create his own sitcom pilot. Half-Share premiered at the world’s most prestigious venue for short films, The Palm Springs International ShortFest, and went on to have an exceptional festival run that spanned twenty festivals in four countries on three different continents. Currently Half-Share airs exclusively on HERE! TV through 2014 and Sean is currently in negotiations with the network regarding turning it into a full blown series. Other television credits include The Simple Life (starring Judith Light, CBS), Kelly Kelly (starring Shelley Long, WB) and Daytrippers (created by Fran Drescher, MTV). Film credits include Todd Graff’s movie musical, Camp (IFC).
MARIO BRASSARD Producer/"Thomas Dubois" Vanity Fair lauded Brassard as “a terrific physical comedian” for his appearance on 30 Rock as Alec Baldwin’s coquettish object of seduction, his interior designer, James. Other TV credits include Gossip Girl, One Life To Live, As The World Turns and Guiding Light. On film, he has most notably appeared opposite Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde in The Longest Week and played Danny Burnstein’s fiancé in Kevin Asch’s upcoming Affluenza. Mario also produced and starred in the short film Dorothy Parker's The Sexes alongside Iron Man 3's Stephanie Szostak. His many theater credits include The Killing Game, Bent, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Student Prince. A versatile entertainer, Mario has performed standup in venues such as Caroline’s on Broadway and been a part of countless commercials and voice recordings including the audio book narration of Daniel Boulud’s Letters to a Young Chef.
DARLENE VIOLETTE "Pudge Peccati" A New York City based actor, writer and comedienne, Darlene's film credits include Sony Pictures' Premium Rush, Two Days in New York, as well as several National Lampoon films. Television credits include a recurring role on Louie as the "Ratty Haired Teacher" as well as appearances on 30 Rock, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, and opposite Kate Winslet in HBO’s Mildred Pierce. Darlene has also appeared extensively in NYC theater productions, indie films and national commercial & print campaigns. A gifted comedienne, Darlene is a veteran of the standup circuit where she has performed regularly at venues throughout NYC and up and down the East Coast, including headlining shows at Caroline's and Don't Tell Mama in NYC.
EDWIN ADLAM HEROD & DRUE PENNELLA Cinematographers Edwin Adlam Herod has worked in commercial photography for eleven years, most recently specializing in cinematography. In 2012 he co-founded Pure Motion Pictures with partner Drue Pennella, a Stella Adler-trained-actor-turned-cinematographer. Together the duo have collaborated on several feature films (Looking for the Jackalope starring Mary Testa, Long Shot Louie starring Steve Stanulis), short films (Fourteen Seeds, Our Condolences), documentaries (The Badger), music videos (Emily Zurik’s Motels), commercials (Doritos, Geostellar Solar Energy) and several educational pieces.
The biggest challenge of any ultra-low budget film is production. Having produced a 30-minute television pilot over 5 days on a remote location with no transportation and a comparably small budget, I personally know how difficult it can be. Inclement weather during beach scenes and P.A.’s crashing a rental vans on the first day of the shoot can happen (not to mention did happen during the “Half-Share” shoot), but if everybody rolls with the punches many wonderful things can happen, too.
Distribution will be a major challenge. The producers of "Scamdance" plan to actively seek film distributors looking to purchase films within the festival market. The fact that it is an ultra low budget feature makes it less of a gamble for distributors, as affordable films will allow for a larger margin of profit. If we cannot secure a lucrative distribution deal the producers plan to take advantage of the internet’s seismic shift in traditional film distribution and distribute independently.
This is not my first Kickstarter project, so I am well versed at how difficult it can be to fulfill the rewards in a timely manner. I have personally designed the rewards so that they will be easily and quickly delivered to Backers (as most will be in digital formats), even rewards that take place during our crazy Production schedule. For those of you who are attending an event or joining me on set, we will do our best to keep you in the loop on our schedule.
THE FINE PRINT
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in December in New York City. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.
• If you become an extra or a featured extra, you must be over 18, be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG-AFTRA.
• If you get cast in a speaking role, you must be over 18, be a US citizen or have a US work visa and may or may not be a member of SAG-AFTRA.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.
• My final cut of the film may have to be further edited in certain cases to adhere to the laws in the country which it is being viewed, or for different types of media.
• All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.
• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
To sum it up, movie making is a crazy business, with a lot of unknown factors. Luckily we're starting with a script I'm really proud of. Then, we assemble the best team possible, get insurance, and make contingency plans. It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, but in the end, we will have created a movie that will hopefully make all of us proud. It's a great journey, and I thank you in advance for helping make this ride possible.
FAN: Be my personal Facebook friend and get exclusive, Backer-only updates, photos & videos detailing the ups (and downs) of making an indie movie! PLUS receive a digital copy of my recently released novel, "The Convertible Life" ("A cautionary tale about the heights and depths of fame and family" --KIRKUS REVIEWS)
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Be my personal Facebook friend and get exclusive, Backer-only updates, photos & videos detailing the ups (and downs) of making an indie movie! Join me for a Backers-Only Online World Premiere followed by a live-streaming Q&A with the cast. PLUS get online access to watch my 30-minute sitcom pilot, "Half-Share” (starring Alec Mapa & Jack Plotnick).
WRITER'S ASSISTANT: Exclusive online access to the “Scamdance” script (and subsequent rewrites) with the ability to comment, critique, even pitch ideas! PLUS a PDF of the final shooting script signed by me & the cast! Upon release you’ll receive a high-definition (1080p) digital download of the movie and be listed in the film’s end credits as a "Kickstarter Script Advisor” PLUS everything in the “PRODUCTION ASSISTANT” package.
CASTING ASSISTANT: Exclusive online access to Actors' auditions with the ability to comment & vote to help cast the roles! PLUS everything in the “WRITER’S ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll be listed in the film’s end credits as a "Kickstarter Casting Advisor.”
MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Exclusive online access to the songs & score with the ability to comment & vote to help the Music Supervisor, Composer and I choose the final music! You’ll get a digital download of the final soundtrack PLUS everything in the “CASTING ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll be listed in the film’s end credits as a "Kickstarter Music Advisor.”
AUDITION: Put yourself on tape and audition for a part in the movie! Choose from our role breakdowns and upload your video audition which is guaranteed to be seen by me and our Casting Director! PLUS everything in the “CASTING ASSISTANT” package (travel and accommodation not included, even if you get cast in a role).
EDITOR'S ASSISTANT: Get online access to rough scene assemblies with the ability to comment & vote on different cuts to help us stitch the movie together! You’ll get a DVD upon release PLUS everything in the “MUSIC SUPERVISOR” package, except you’ll be listed in the film’s end credits as a "Kickstarter Editing Advisor."
EXTRA, EXTRA! Be an Extra during the pivotal last scene of the movie! PLUS everything in the “EDITOR'S ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll be listed in the film’s end credits as "Kickstarter Background” (travel and accommodation not included.)
DIRECTOR'S ASSISTANT: Access to early rough cuts & test screenings of the ENTIRE film with the ability to comment & vote to help create the best edit! You’ll also get a signed DVD, and an official “Special Thanks” credit on IMDb, PLUS everything in the “EDITOR’S ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll be listed in the film’s end credits as a "Kickstarter Director's Assistant” (travel and accommodation not included.)
EXTRA, EXTRA FOR TWO! Be an extra with your a buddy during the pivotal last scene of the movie and save some dough! PLUS everything in the “EDITOR'S ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll both be listed in the film’s end credits as "Kickstarter Background” (travel and accommodation not included.
FEATURED EXTRA: Your gorgeous mug will be fully visible on-screen in a non-speaking role that is guaranteed to be included during the end credits even if the scene gets cut! PLUS everything in the “DIRECTOR'S ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll be listed in the film’s end credits as "Kickstarter Featured Background” (travel and accommodation not included).
FILM EDITOR: Spend an afternoon in our NYC editing bay with me and the Editor and help us finesse scenes while we cut the movie together! PLUS everything in the “DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT” package, except you’ll be listed in the end credits as a "Kickstarter Editor” (travel and accommodation not included).
ACTOR: Skip the live audition and go straight to Hair & Makeup for a small speaking role that’s guaranteed to be included during the end credits & IMDb even if the scene gets cut! PLUS everything in the “DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT” package (travel and accommodation not included).
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: The Early Bird gets Top Billing! You’ll be listed (in the exact order that you backed us) as an “Associate Producer” during the film’s end credits & on IMDb! Receive an invitation for two to the NYC Premiere and sit in a roped off, Producer’s section! PLUS everything in the “DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT” package (travel and accommodation not included).
CO-PRODUCER: The Early Bird gets Top Billing! You’ll be listed (in the exact order that you backed us) as "Co-Producer" during the film’s opening credits & on IMDb! After we wrap, be my guest for a Post-Production lunch in NYC (or possibly other cities depending upon the festival run) PLUS everything in the “ASSOCIATE PRODUCER” package (travel and accommodation not included).
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: The Early Bird gets Top Billing! You’ll be listed (in the exact order that you backed us) as "Executive Producer" during the film’s end credits & on IMDb! Join me for lunch ON SET & be my personal guest at the NYC Premiere! PLUS everything in the “CO-PRODUCER” package (travel and accommodation not included).