This project's funding goal was not reached on October 24, 2013.
About this project
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.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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